John Davies (1802 - 1881) MP

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Birthplace: Manorbier, Pembrokeshire, Wales, United Kingdom
Death: Died in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah Territory, United States
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About John Davies

John Davies (1802 - 1881) married Elizabeth Cadwallader Davies (1807 - 1881), daughter of John Cadwallader (1781 - 1869) and Alice Jerman Morgan (1768 - 1837) on 17 April 1831 at Manorbier, Pembrokeshire, Wales.

Children of John and Elizabeth Davies

  1. William Davies (8 July 1833 - )
  2. Alice Davies (8 July 1834 - 11 March 1907) married James Crane
  3. Mary Davies (1835 - )
  4. Joseph Cadwallader Davies (6 December 1836 - )
  5. William George Davis (24 November 1841 - ) married Esther Harrison
  6. John Davies (1842 - )
  7. Frances Davies (24 April 1844 - )
  8. George Davies (23 September 1846 - )

Biographical Sketch

In 1847 John invited two missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to dinner. After dinner a mob gathered outside to taunt the elders. They left the Davies home so no incident would take place.

John wanted to hear more of what the missionaries had to say. Two years later he went to a meeting held by the Mormons. He was baptized on 10 November 1849 at the age of 47. At that time he was working for a farmer by the name of James Gardner. His daughter Alice was 15 and living with the Gardners as a servant. When Mr. Gardner got word of John’s baptism, he sent word that he did not want John to work for him anymore because he did not want a Latter-day Saint on his property.

Elizabeth was baptized three years later on 11 November 1852. In 1855, their children, Alice, Mary, Joseph, William, and Frances, were baptized. Elizabeth was unable to convince her family of the truthfulness of the gospel. Her brothers and sisters were satisfied with their Weslyan faith. Only her father, John Cadwallader, joined the Mormon Church at the age of 80 on 22 September 1861.

The Davies family emigrated to the United States in 1863, arriving in New York City aboard the Cynosure on 19 July. Another passenger aboard the Cynosure, Hannah Molland Byington, described the voyage, “Shortly after the ship left England it was stopped because of no wind. For three days the ocean was so quiet they could almost see the bottom. The Saints aboard held a meeting and in prayer, they asked the Lord to cause the wind to blow. Their prayers were answered and the next day the ship sailed on. They had favorable winds for sailing for several more days.”

Many of the passengers became seasick. There was a measles outbreak and some of the passengers died and were buried at sea. Their drinking water on the ship became stale and was rationed. They ate unleavened bread called “hard-tack”. They slept in bunks in little cabins.

Byington wrote further, “A storm came up suddenly one day and they all rushed down to their cabins. The portholes were closed up. For three days they were locked in their cabins with no air, no light and no cooked food - just hard-tack.”

“The trunks bumped from one side of the cabin to the other, so they couldn't sleep. The ship tossed and rocked so much they were afraid of falling from their bunks. The wind was so strong that the captain had to let the anchor drag to keep the ship from going backward. When the storm was over they went out on the deck. The waves were still strong enough to almost wash them overboard.”

"Finally after six weeks on the ocean, land was spotted and everyone onboard shouted and cried for joy! It was a beautiful sight to see land after only seeing the ship and the ocean all those weeks!"

In another account by David M. Stuart, he wrote about the ship coming near icebergs, the measles outbreak, deaths, births, and weddings that also took place on this journey. He remarked that even with all the things that had been suffered, the voyage, “on the whole, although rather long, has been a very pleasant one.”


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John Davies's Timeline

January 20, 1802
Manorbier, Pembrokeshire, Wales, United Kingdom
April 17, 1831
Age 29
Manorbier, Pembrokeshire, Wales, United Kingdom
July 8, 1833
Age 31
January 8, 1834
Age 31
Pembrokeshire, Wales, United Kingdom
Age 32
November 24, 1841
Age 39
Age 39
April 24, 1844
Age 42
September 26, 1881
Age 79
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah Territory, United States