James Davey was born on February 8, 1854 in Chinguacousy Twp, Peel County, Ontario. In the 1861 census, James (7) is listed with his parents and three younger siblings. In the 1871 census, James (17) is a farmer and is still living with his parents and five younger siblings.
He married Margaret Hindle 1875 in Brampton, Peel County, ON. The exact date is not clear from the marriage register but is probably July 15. Ultimately, they had twelve children: William James, John, Edward, Margaret Jane, Samuel Howard, Sarah Ann, Thomas Hindle, Andrew, Robert Harold, Alexander Jonston, James and Ethel.
In the 1881 census, James (27) is listed as being of Irish descent and a farmer. Margaret (27) is English. At the time of that census, their children included William (5), John (3) and Edward (1).
The 1891 census shows James (37) and Margaret (37) with the following children: William (15), John (13), Edward (11), Margaret (9), Samuel (7), Sarah (5), and Thomas (3).
I couldn’t find the family in the 1901 census. That is because they were living in the United States at the time. The 1900 census for Clinton Township, Macomb County, Michigan, USA, lists James (46) and Margaret (46) along with their children: Samuel (16), Sarah (14), Andrew (8), Robert (7) and Alexander (4). James is a day labourer and Samuel is a farm labourer. The family had just arrived in the the States at the time of the census.
The 1911 census provides some additional detail on where specificially the Davey farm was located – Lot 6, Concession 4 in Chinguacousy, Peel Co., Ontario. James’ (57) occupation is listed as ‘Odd Jobs.’ The children living at home at that time were: Andrew (21), Robert (18), Alexander (15), and Ethel (11). It appears that their son John (34) is living in a separate residence on the property with his family.
James died on February 22, 1925 at 71 years of age. His death registration lists his place of death as being Lot 6, 3rd line, East Chinguacousy (Brampton). He is listed as English and a farmer. He had been resident at his place of death for 10 years. His primary cause of death was heart disease. The contributory cause was chronic Bright’s disease.