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Tuesday 26 February 2013

Robert Clifton Davy and Susannah Sarah Davy

Taphophilia is a passion for and enjoyment of cemeteries.

Monument to Robert Clifton Davy and Susannah Sarah Davy, All Saints Church, Boyn Hill, Maidenhead, Berkshire.

"Whatsoever thy hand find to do. Do it with thy might. To the beloved memory of Robert Clifton Davy who fell asleep May 6 1908 aged 57 years.

For here we have no continuing city, but we seek one to come.  To the beloved memory of Susannah Sarah Davy his wife who feel asleep July 14 1913 aged 69 years."

Robert Clifton Davy was born in Maidenhead In 1852 to Clifton davy, a tailor and lock keeper and his wife Mary Ann Lucas.  He first appears on the 1861 Census living with his parents at Boulter's Lock, Ray Mill Island in Maidenhead Berkshire.

In 1871 the family is still living at Ray Mill Island, but Clifton is no longer the lock keeper.  Robert occupation is listed as an architect and surveyor.  sadly in 1873 Robert's mother Mary Ann passed away.

In 1878 robert marries Susannah Sarah Gunn and in 1879 they celebrate the birth of their son Clifton Robert Davy.  In 1881 the young family can be found living at 3 York Villas, York Road, Maidenhead.  Living with the family at the time were the widowed Clifton Davy and Susannah's sister Ellen Edith Gunn.  By 1891 the family, along with Robert's father Clifton, had moved to The Chestnuts, All Saints Avenue, Maidenhead where the family and Clifton Snr are still living in 1901.  Clifton Robert's occupation is listed as architect's assistant.  Sadly Clifton Snr was to die later that year aged 86.  Robert Clifton was to follow his father in 1908.

In 1906 Clifton Jr married Ethel Rose Cooper in Maidenhead, Berkshire

In 1911 the widowed Susannah is still living at The Chestnuts, All Saints Avenue.  Visiting her at the time of the Census is her niece Ellen Florence Gunn.  Clifton and Ethel Rose, along with their daughter Evelyn Beatrice are living at the Boarding house of Myra Wood and Alice Cook, 50-51 Eversfield Place in Hastings, Sussex.

Susannah Sarah Davy was born Susannah Sarah Gunn in 1843 in Great Dunmow, Essex to John Perry Gunn, a hair Dresser and his wife Sarah Cross.  The first Census I can find Susannah on is the 1861 Census.  She's living with her parents and siblings John Cross, Henrietta, Henry, Edwin, George and Ellen Edith at West street in Great Dunmow, Essex.  In 1871 Susannah, listed as Sarah, is working as a governess for the Rianda family at Ray Mill in Maidenhead.

Susannah was to pass away in 1913.


  1. Nice monument and verse for this couple.

  2. That's a gorgeous marker. I don't think I've ever seen a cross quite like that.

  3. Always nice to see your photos and read all that you have found. Thanks for sharing on Taphophile Tragics!


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