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Davoll, Frederick William

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Chris Beaumont’s manuscript has the inscription “F. W. Davoll” on the front cover, but was purchased in a second-hand bookshop. Davoll is an unusual name mainly found in Staffordshire, but a F W Davoll was Headmaster at Upton Bishop (Glos / Hereford border) primary school and lived in the School House there in 1901. He died in 1918. He was born in Staffordshire in the mid 19th Century and seems to have married in Cheadle. He may have been the owner and compiler of the book.

Davoll is a very unusual surname. From research into persons carrying this surname in Gloucestershire it is likely that the F W Davoll above was the Frederick William Davoll from the following family.

Frederick William Davoll was born in Stone, Staffordshire about 1852. He was the son of William Devoll (spelt Devalle), a pointsman on the railway, born in Colton, Staffordshire. His mother, Phoebe was from Market Drayton. His eldest brother John was a shoemaker and he had three brothers and a sister all born in Stone.

In 1871 Frederick William Davoll was studying at Worcester, Litchfield and Hereford Training College. He married Frances Bridget Skidmore between October and December 1875. Frances was born about 1856 in Froghall, Cheadle, Cheshire.

Frederick William and Frances had four children, Harry W.E. aged 15 born about 1876 in Ashborne, Derbyshire (birth name William Harry Elias Davoll) , Frances Annie aged 13 born Eglwysfach, Denbighshire abut 1879, Frederick Evan Craddock Davoll who had been baptised on 30 October 1881 at Christ Church, Eaton (near Congleton), Cheshire and Charles Edwin Davoll who was born 13 June 1887 in Leaton, Shropshire. In 1881 he was living in the schoolhouse in Eaton, Cheshire with his two eldest children. By 1891 he was living in the schoolhouse, Diddlebury, Shropshire working as a schoolmaster at Gayton National Church School, Upton Bishop with his wife and all four children.

In 1901 he was still teaching at Upton Bishop. His two youngest sons were still living at home and Evan was working as an architect’s clerk. By 1911 he had become headmaster of the school at Upton Bishop and all his children had left home but were still alive. His son, Evan, was living at Church End Cross, Upton Bishop and was working as an Architect and Building Surveyor.

Frederick William Davoll, died 22 November 1918 in The Chestnuts, Church Street, Newent, Gloucestershire. Gayton School, Upton Bishop is now a house. The original building dated back to 1841 and closed in 1971.

Frederick William Davoll’s Children


Evan Davoll was married to Annie who was from Woodnesborough, Kent and they had one son, Bernard, born in Deal, Kent. In 1934 Evan was still living in Herefordshire as in the Kelly’s Directory of Herefordshire for that year Evan was listed as an Architect & Surveyor. Evan died on 16 May 1963 back in his wife’s hometown of Woodnesborough, Kent. He was living at Inglenook, Marshborough, Woodnesborough and probate was granted to his widow, Harriet Annie Davoll, and his son, Evan Bernard Groombridge Davoll, a transport driver.

Harry Davoll was born early in 1876 in Ashbourne, Derbyshire.He married Eleanor Collins, daughter of John Collins on 5 January 1904 at St Silas Church, Toxteth.In 1911 he was living in Far Oakridge, Near Stroud in with his wife, Eleanor, born about 1878 in Liverpool and daughter Nellie Madeline Davoll born between October and December 1906 in Sapperton. Married for 7 years, they had had 2 children of whom 1 was still living. They had a daughter, Winifred F. between July and September 1911 in the Stroud Registration District.

Harry’s wife Eleanor died 22 February 1943. She was living at Woodbrae, Oakridge Lynch, near Stroud. Probate was granted to her husband, then working as a cabinet maker. Harry William Harry Elias Davoll died 4 September 1963 at Salterley Grange Hospital, Coberley Gloucestershire. He was living at Woodbrae, Oakridge Lynch near Stroud and probate was granted to Nellie Madeline Davoll spinster, his daughter. Nellie died in March 1982 in the Cheltenham Registration District. She apparently never married.

Harry’s daughter, Winifred F. Davoll married John G. Tew between July and September 1952 in the Cirencester Registration District.

Edwin Davoll was born 13 June 1887 in Leaton, Shropshire. He married Gertrude Sandbrook (born 7 March 1888) in 1915 in Aston, Warwickshire. Gertrude died 1981 in Ross-on-Wye

Edwin died 1974 in Ross-on-Wye.

Notes by Carol Davies November 2015