S: Davies Dignum Family
BC: as compiled by Paul and Trish 2011 email@example.com
FC: Davies Dignum Family | "Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow."
1: William Joseph (Joe) Davies circa 1925
2: Mother Delia Dignum January 2 1896 Liverpool, England October 7th 1980 Canada | Father Joseph Henry Davies June 9th 1889 Liverpool England July 16th 1948 England | Grandmother Elizabeth Williams circa 1848 Tanralt, Flintshire,Wales circa 1930 England | Grandmother Mary-Jane Donnelly circa 1868 Montreal Canada Nov 15th 1907 England 5th 1907 England | William Joseph (Joe) Davies February 4th 1922 Liverpool England June 12th 2010 Canada | Grandfather Peter Dignum February 28th 1864 Liverpool England February 1st 1942 England
3: Grandfather William Davies circa 1847 New Market, Flintshire, Wales circa 1920 England | Great Grandfather James Dignum circa 1828 Dublin Ireland circa 1900 England | G. Great Grandfather John Dignum circa 1800 Ireland unknown | Great Grandmother Margaret Ray Dublin Ireland circa 1841 circa 1890 England | G. Grandfather Patrick Donnelly Ireland circa 1845 circa 1888 | G. Great Grandfather William Ray circa 1800 Ireland unknown
4: William Joseph Davies Joe was born in Liverpool, England February 4th 1922, the first of two sons to Joseph Henry Davies and Delia Dignum Davies. His brother Robert Henry Davies was born in 1929. | We believe the girl in every photo is favorite cousin May Owens
6: Various photographs of Joseph, Delia, and sons Joe and Bob. Exact dates unknown. Estimated to be early to mid 1940's.
7: photo below: Elizabeth (Liz) Davies Owens,(Joseph's sister) William (Bill) Davies, (Joseph's brother) Delia, Joe, Joseph, Robert
8: Joe served in the Royal Air Force from Nov 1939 to Feb 1946 (Joe on left) Joe marching front row middle
9: January 1943 Bridlington. Joe is 2nd row from top, 6th man counting from left. crew "Y" no 201 Squadron, Pembroke dock. identified from top left: Tony (A.G.), Nonny (W/OP), Jacko (3rd pilot)Joe (A.G.), Arthur (W/OP) Lower row: Don (W/OP)Eric (Nav), Skipper, Jeff (2nd Pilot), Frank (Nav) Sitting: Jock (Engineer)
10: Joe sometime in the 1940's and early 50's.
11: Joe married Evelyn Mary (May) Crawford July 5th 1943. John Robert Davies was born on June 2nd 1944. | John with Nana "Maude" Crawford, his maternal Grandmother.
12: Joe joined the Liverpool police department on June 21st 1946. He resigned September 22nd 1953, shortly before he immigrated to Canada.
14: Joe divorced his first wife Evelyn Mary (May) Crawford on September 6th 1951, and May retained custody of John Robert. He married Theresa Josephine (Jo) Barker on April 5th 1952 at the Aldelphi hotel in Liverpool.
15: Jo Barker Davies
17: Joe and Jo arrived in Canada Oct 8th 1953, and resided in Vancouver. They brought Delia, Joe's mom with them, and lived for a time with Bob, Joe's brother who had immigrated ahead of them. Joe and Jo obtained their Canadian Citizenship May 12th 1959.
18: Bob and Helen's wedding July 1957
19: Joe and Jo with Delia
20: Joe's first job in Canada was a prison guard at the BC Penitentiary and he worked there for about two years. It is said that he did not enjoy this position. Joe began his career at BC Electric in 1955, which later became BC Hydro, and worked there until his retirement in 1984.
21: Joe was committed to personal development, participating in numerous courses, and gaining accreditation in various subjects during his 30 year career with BC Hydro. Joe also assisted in the facilitation of the diploma course in business management as an instructor at the University of BC in partnership with the Vancouver Chamber of Commerce. He was a long time and active participant in Toastmasters International, holding the position of president of the local chapter during his membership. | Joe, second from right with BC Hydro colleagues | Joe is top row, sixth from left
22: Joe and Jo had three sons together, Paul Francis, born in 1958, Anthony Wayne (Tony), born in 1960, and John Joseph in 1962. The family lived in Richmond BC. Pictures on left from top: Paul, Tony, John
23: Joe and Jo with boys from left John, Tony Paul. | Paul, Jo, Joe, John, Tony | With their cousins (children of Joe's brother Bob and wife Helen) John, Paul, Tony, and cousins from left, Linda, Rita, Diana, Carolyn-back row
24: Joe won many tournaments in the men's singles during his membership in the WestLu club and was the president of the badminton club in the 1966/1967 season. Joe was also an active golfer, golfing two to three times a week into his early eighties.
26: Joe and Jo had been married for just over 52 years when Jo passed away on May 16th 2004. Joe passed away on June 12th 2010.
28: Joe's Father Joseph Henry Davies was born June 9th 1889
29: Joseph was born in Liverpool, in 1889, the youngest of six children, all of whom were also born in Liverpool. Maggie in 1880, Robert in 1881, William in 1883, John in 1884, and Elizabeth in 1888. His parents William Davies and Elizabeth Williams Davies were both born in Wales, William in Newmarket, Flintshire, in about 1847, and Elizabeth in Tanralt, Flintshire, in about 1848. We have not traced the family further past this point at this time. The 1891 England census indicates that the family lived at 49 Timpron Street in Liverpool and that William was employed as a gas stoker, laboring in a local gas works tending the fires. By 1901, they were living at 10 Corney Street in Liverpool. William was still a gas stoker, and Joseph's older brothers were also working to support the family, William Jr. as a dockyard laborer, and John as a joiner. Although we do not know what Joseph did prior, we do know that on May 9th, 1914, Joseph joined the army as a gunner, assigned to the #3rd West Lancs regiment. The daily pay at the time was 8 pence and a half penny. Joseph met Delia Dignum when she was a barmaid at a local Liverpool pub, The Brookhouse. They were married on April 3rd 1921 at St. Anne's Church. The marriage certificate shows that William, Joseph's father, was deceased by then. The ceremony was witnessed by Delia's brother William Dignum and by Ellen Dingle, who would later marry in October of 1921. At the time of the wedding, Joseph and Delia were living at 13 Russell Road Wavertree, Liverpool, and 44 Janet Street, Wavertree, Liverpool, respectively. The Davies Family were fun loving, and enjoyed getting together for celebrations. Joseph became a tram driver, an occupation he held for the rest of his life, and was the beloved coach of a local cricket team. He died an early death at the age of 59 on July 16th 1948, following surgery for carcinoma of the oesophagus. Joseph's son Bob recalls that he was so respected that the cricket team carried his coffin down the street on the day of his funeral. He is buried at the Allerton cemetery in Liverpool.
30: Joseph's and Delia's wedding day, April 3rd 1921.
31: Joseph in his tram driver uniform. His routes were the #4 and the #4a.
32: The Cricket team. Joseph is in the back row middle, dark hat. | circa 1925. Davies family gathering. Top row far left Delia. Joseph in middle with bottle. Joe is bottom row middle about 3 years old. | photo right page, circa 1930. Top row: second from left Delia, fourth from right, Liz Davies Owens (Joseph's sister). Middle row, second from left Joseph, fourth from left Tom Owens (husband of Liz), fourth from right is Jack, Joseph's brother. Lower row, second from left Elizabeth Williams Davies, Joseph's mother. Sitting on ground: middle Joe. To his left is cousin May Owens, daughter of Liz and Tom.
34: Joe's mother, Delia Dignum Davies, was born January 2nd 1896
35: Delia was born in Liverpool in 1896, one of nine children, all of whom were also born in Liverpool. Peter Henry(Harry) in 1889, Stephen in 1891, Mary(May) in 1893, Thomas in 1898, William in 1900, Teresa in 1903, Christopher in 1905, and Matthew in 1907. Her father Peter Dignum was born in Liverpool on Feb 28th 1864, and her mother Mary Jane Donnelly was born in Montreal, Canada in 1868. The census report for 1901 shows the Dignum family living at 58 Field Street in Liverpool, and Peter's occupation at that time was listed as a storekeeper. By 1907, the family was living at 123 Gregson street and Peter's occupation was now listed as a boot stock keeper. Delia's brother, Christopher, died on March 25th 1907, when he was only two years old. Delia's son Bob recalls that Delia's mother Mary Jane somehow blamed Delia for the death of Christopher. The circumstances of Christopher's death are unclear, and Delia would have been just 11 years old. She carried this accusation with her for the rest of her life. Mary Jane Donnelly Dignum also died this year on November 15th, due to typhoid fever and cardiac arrest. She left behind an infant son, Matthew, who was born in May of that year, and seven other children. By the time Delia was 15, she had left home, and the 1911 census shows she was occupied as a servant in the Trimm household at 23 Hart Hill Avenue. Mr. Trimm's occupation was listed as a boot and shoe buyer, and an assumption could be made that this connection was gained through her father Peter. Her next known occupation was as a barmaid at the Brookhouse pub in Liverpool where she met Joseph. She and Joseph were married 27 years before his death in 1948. She never remarried, and immigrated to Canada with Joe and his wife Jo in 1953. Delia passed away in Richmond, BC, Canada on October 7th 1980. She is buried at the Gardens of Gethsemani in Surrey BC Canada.
36: More family history Mary Jane Donnelly and Peter Dignum's marriage certificate shows that Mary Jane's father was Patrick Donnelly, and that he was deceased at the time of their marriage on August 6th 1888. He had been employed as a customs officer, but it is unclear if this is in England, Canada, or Ireland, where it is said he was born. At this time, we have uncovered no further information on the Donnelly family.
37: Peter Dignum The 1911 Peter Dignum household census shows that son Peter Henry (Harry) was employed as a porter. Stephen was employed as a bacon curer, and Mary Francis (May) as a housekeeper. Peter's occupation is listed as a boot stock keeper and it is believed he was a department manager at the Lewis store in Liverpool. Peter remarried on January 31st 1916 to Mary McCoffry at St. Peter's church. Records indicate she was 40 years old at the time, and that they did not have any children together. Peter died on February 1st 1942.
38: More on the Dignum Children Peter Henry (Harry) Dignum 1889-1966 Harry married Margaret Ann McNamara in 1913. She died in 1924 at the age of 35, and Harry remarried in 1925 to Elizabeth Dooley. They had at least one child together, a daughter. Harry died in England around July 0f 1966. Stephen Dignum 1891-1968 Stephen married Harriet Hickey on August 11th 1912 at the St. Francis Xavier church in Liverpool. They had at least one child together, as military documents note Mary Veronica Dignum, born 1914. Stephen was a bacon curer and packer for J&R Adamson in early 1916, and joined the army on November 27th 1916. He was discharged on February 28th 1919, due to a permanent foot injury which prevented marching. Records describe Stephen as 5 foot 9 inches and weighing 144 pounds at the time of his discharge. The Stephen Dignum family lived at 32 Sterne Street in 1919. Stephen died in England around July of 1968. Mary Francis (May) Dignum 1893-1981 May married Harry Ryley on August 10th 1913. They had children together, but we have no other information at this time. She died in England on May 18th 1981.
39: Thomas Dignum 1898-1959 Thomas Dignum married Veronica Bruce in 1940. Records show they had three children together, Gerald, Mary, and Anne. Thomas died in England in 1959. William Dignum 1900- William married Ellen Dingle in October in 1921. They had five children.Peter in 1922, William in 1924, John in 1926, Gertrude in 1928, and Helen in 1938. Teresa Dignum 1903-1981 Teresa married Norman Burke in October of 1930. We do not have record of children they had together. Teresa died in 1981 in Lily, Victoria, Australia. Matthew Dignum 1907-1969 Matthew married Elsie Craven in 1933. They had three children. Patricia in 1934, Ronald in 1941, and Paul in 1942. Elsie died in 1944. Matthew remarried in 1947 to Florence Bratherton and had three more children. Christine in 1947, Sheila in 1951 and Alan in 1952. Matthew died in England in 1969.
40: More about Peter Dignum's Family Peter's parents were James Dignum and Margaret Ray, both of whom were born in Dublin Ireland, James in about 1821, and Margaret in about 1835. Margaret's year of birth fluctuates significantly between documents. Records show that James and Margaret had four children, Charlotte in 1859, Elizabeth in 1861, Peter in 1864, and Teresa in 1870. Census records from 1861 show the family of four (James, Margaret, Charlotte, and Elizabeth) living at 28 Brownlow Hill in Liverpool. The records show this residence also housed the Russell and the Wood family. Margaret's occupation is listed as a dyemaker and milliner, and James' occupation is a cabinet maker. Records show that Elizabeth died in 1864; she would have been about 3 years old. The March 1870 copy of Teresa`s birth certificate records the family address as Birkett street. By 1871. the Dignum family were listed as living on Comus street, Court 6 #5, James' occupation is still declared as cabinet maker. The household includes Charlotte, Peter and Teresa, and it indicates the family are lodgers in the home of lawyer John Williamson.
41: Copy of the birth certificate of Teresa Dignum 1870.
42: Although prior years records indicate James and Margaret as already married, this is a a copy of their May 13th 1876 marriage certificate. Their address at that time is recorded as Jenkinson street. It also lists James father as John Dignum, a clothes dealer, then deceased, and Margaret`s father as William Ray, a cabinet maker, also deceased. This is as far back as we have traced the Dignum family at this time. We have no record of the death of Margaret or James, but the 1891 census shows James Dignum living in the James Fleming household, and his marital status is listed as widower.
43: Charlotte Dignum, the eldest daughter of James and Margaret, was married on July 1st 1876. She and her husband James Fleming had six children; James in 1878, William in 1880, Charlotte in 1883, Joseph in 1886, Teresa in 1888, and Francis in 1890. Charlotte`s sister Teresa was married to Henry McGee in 1889. This concludes the records we have uncovered to date.