William Dewey

William Dewey (also William Dewy) was the oldest of the eleven children of George Dewey and the first of the five children with his first wife Mary Long of Witcham in Cambridgeshire, England.

When he was sixteen, his mother died and by the following year his father had remarried to Mary Payton of nearby Wentworth.

William married Ellen Markerham of Waterbeach, Cambridgeshire and the couple appear on the 1841 Census as "Dewy" (a common variant of the name) at Witchford with their second, third and fourth of their six children.

By the time of the 1851 Census, the couple are alone and living at Witchford Main Street. It is noted that he was too ill to work and was consequently receiving parish relief.

On the 12th August 1854, William was 'violently assaulted' by Mrs Ruth Whetstone. According to the Sessions and Police Intelligence report in The Cambridge Independent Press on 19th August 1854, William was 'aged and infirm', and his son Joseph came to his defence.

Ruth was found guilty as she 'evidently commenced the assault', and was ordered to pay costs of 7 shillings.

Ellen pre-deceased William by 9 years in 1856.

Life Events


  • Circa 1791 in Witchford, Cambridgeshire, England.


  • 23rd October 1791 at St. Martin's Church, Witcham, Cambridgeshire, England.



Census and Residence

  • 1841: 50yrs, Witchford, Cambridgeshire, England.
  • 1851: 60yrs, Main Street, Witchford, Cambridgeshire, England.
  • 1861: 69yrs, Main Street, Witchford, Cambridgeshire, England.


  • 1841-1861: Agricultural Labourer


  • February 1865 at Witchford, Cambridgeshire, England.


  • 19th February 1865 at St. Andrew's Church, Witchford, Cambridgeshire, England.

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