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John Davies

Birthdate: (79)
Birthplace: Manorbier, Pembrokeshire, Wales, United Kingdom
Death: Died in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah Territory, United States
Place of Burial: Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Unknown Father of John Davies and Unknown Mother of John Davies
Husband of Elizabeth Davies
Father of Joseph Cadwallader Davis; William George Davis; John Davies; William Davies; Mary Davies and 2 others

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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.”


His parents appear to be unknown. From his Find A Grave page:

John Davies

  • Birth: Jan. 20, 1802 - Pembrokeshire, Wales
  • Death: Sep. 26, 1881 - Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA

Born in Wales, joined the Mormon church, crossed the ocean and the plains and came to Utah with wife, Elizabeth Cadwallader Davies. Lived in the Sugar House Ward in Salt Lake City.


John Davies, Copied from records of Leigh William Clark

Our Grandshire, John Davies, was born at Manmouthshire, South Wales. His mother died at his birth, and his father's name is unknown, as he was at sea at the time of his birth, and the nurse, whose name was Alice Davies, adopted the little one and called him after her. It is not definitely known if she was married, or a spinster, or whether the father returned to claim it but we hope by our efforts to discover the true circumstances of his birth and however, we do know he must have been born of goodly parents and was well taught, as he was full of principle. Honest, virtuous, industrious, religious and firm to his convictions. Through his conversion to the faith of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and by his faithfulness and zeal he converted his wife, and family; his youngest child, being 12 years of age when they all came into the church and later immigrated from Pembrokeshire, South Wales, to join the body of the church in Salt Lake City, Utah. He and his wife crossed the plains and suffered the privations and trials of the company of saints with ox teams and his wife had typhoid fever but was spared to join their children who had proceeded them three years before and arrived in October 1865.


John Davies and Elizabeth Cadwalader Davies

By Bessie Clark Butterfield (Niece of William George Davis)

Reminiscence of my grandparents: Grandfather John Davies was a man of great modesty; would never undress before a man, his word was "By gause I'll let no person see my naked body." He was very regular in his habits, always cut his nails on Friday night and shaved on Saturday night and cleaned his shoes.

Was very particular about his clean underwear and would not put on a sock with a hole; he always spoke the plain truth and despised fibs and excuses; he was also strong on punctuality and reliability; he had the name of being dependable. If john gave his word he would do anything, or go anywhere, John would be "on the job"; much of this I learned from friends of his, whom we met in Wales, and, who spoke of his characteristics and his staunch friendship; he also stoutly defended the gospel.

His family being the only one who belonged to the church in the village of Manorbier, he walked three miles to meetings with his two boys and later with mother (Frances) who was twelve when she was baptized.

Aunt Alice was the last to join the church; she lived with a family of distant relatives by the name of Rogers on Caldy Island near Tenby, so was much away from home. Grandmother Elizabeth Cadwalader Davies was baptized just before emigrating.

Uncle Joseph, and William, Uncle James Crane and Aunt Alice came first and stayed in New York for some time before coming here. Mother came all alone when a girl of seventeen, three years later in 1865. Grandfather and grandmother arrived in the called, I think in the fall.

Grandfather Davies was a careful, painstaking laborer, he was expert in quarry work and in drilling, also ca coal miner; he was also good at mason work and a basket and chair bottom weaver; he was combative and tho small in stature a brave fighter; he was light hearted, and had a vein of humor. I've heard grandma say many times, "John, thou art a fool". She was very sober and serious minded, positive, and could not endure any foolishness, a woman full of charity and mercy, very generous, but frugal in her own wants; she was not as religious as grandpa but always lived up to the golden rule and truly her neighbors really better than herself.

Grandfather Davies was very humble and had no pride except in his work, which he sought to do better than anyone else. Grandmother had the pride and dignity of an Indian, and could not endure anything slipshod or careless, or work half done; she loved peace and order, disliked confusion or outward show, and never bragged; her motto "Let not your left hand know what your right hand doeth". She never spoke of her charity; had great pity and kindness to a fallen woman. She always honored her sex; a true royal descendant of King Cadwalader.

She was a wise counselor to her husband and children; if the children wanted any foolish pleasure they went to their father, then ‘Twould be "John surely thou ou'tn't encouraging such a thing?" He would plead, "Oh, Betsey let the little maid have it"; such was the difference.

Grandmother was tall and moderately built, large dark grey eyes, dark brown wavy hair, and dark complexion; grandfather very fair, blue eyes, thick hair, small nose; square chin, short in stature and muscular; a kind indulgent father; grandmother affectionate, but sensible.


The following is copied from a letter by a woman who was raised in the same household where Alice Crane lived. Alice was the daughter of John Davies and Elizabeth Cadwalader and sister to William George Davis. She married James Crane.


Herriman, Utah, July 16, 1923

Mrs. E. E. Huffaker,

Dear Cousin Ettie, I received your letter a few days ago. I was unable to see Annie till last night so I will write this morning.

Grandfather Davis was born in 1801, died at our home in 1881, as to the date I cannot locate it.

He died early in the morning, while Auntie was getting breakfast, he went outside without his cane. Mother met him and asked him how he was feeling. He just looked at her, making no answer. So mother came in from the house, asked Auntie if she'd noticed her father going outside without his cane, with that he came in, looked at them, passed into the room where slept.

He was gone sometime so Auntie stepped in to see if he was all right; he was kneeling as she thot in prayer so she left him. He was such a long time so mother went and touched him on the shoulder and shook him. His head dropped. Mother called to Auntie and told her he was dead. Mother took him by the shoulders, laid him out on the floor. Aunt Rachel ran to the hay field where father was working and brought him to the house.

The following day father and Auntie took him to Salt Lake City to be buried.

This is all the information I can get, I hope it will be of some use to you.

Love from your cousin, Mary C. Jensen (Mrs. Mary C. Jensen was formerly Mary Crane, daughter of James Crane and Alice Davies)


Mrs. Elizabeth Cadwalader Davies, wife of John Davies, died shortly before in the same year, without having any previous illness incident thereto. These, the parents of William George Davis, both died while William was on his mission in England, as before noted herein. They were dependable sturdy people, endowed with longevity.

Family links:


  • Elizabeth Cadwallader Davies (1807 - 1881)


  • William George Davis (1841 - 1900)
  • Frances Davies Clark (1844 - 1913)

Burial: Salt Lake City Cemetery, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA

  • Plot: Plot B, Block 11, Lot 5, NE Half Rod
  • Created by: Twimom6
  • Record added: Mar 06, 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial# 18260499
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John Davies's Timeline

January 20, 1802
Manorbier, Pembrokeshire, Wales, United Kingdom
July 8, 1833
Age 31
January 8, 1834
Age 31
Pembrokeshire, Wales, United Kingdom
Age 32
December 6, 1836
Age 34
Pembroke, Pembrokeshire, Wales, United Kingdom
November 24, 1841
Age 39
Manorbier, Pembrokeshire, Wales, United Kingdom
Age 39
April 24, 1844
Age 42
September 26, 1881
Age 79
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah Territory, United States