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Abraham Giles
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David Aze Giles


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David Aze Giles 1769

  • Born: 1834, Plymouth, Devon, England 1769
  • Marriage: Elizabeth Stock
  • Died: 2 May 1873, Stonehouse, Plymouth, Devon, England at age 39 32

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LATI N50.3964
LONG W4.1386
LATI N50.3964
LONG W4.1386
LATI N50.3964
LONG W4.1386
LATI N50.3964
LONG W4.1386

bullet  Death Notes:

The Weston Daily Mercury
Friday, May 2, 1873


A fearful accident, the like of which has not occurred in Stonehouse f or some considerable time past, happened early yesterday morning at M r William Vosper's brewery in Chapel-street, and was the cause of muc h excitement amongst the inhabitants, and the exhibition of a deal o f sympathy for the relatives of two unfortunate men who were thereby c rashed to death. Of late Mr Vosper has been contemplating the extensio n of his premises by converting a garden, formerly situated at the rea r, into a large store, and this he proposed to do without altogether d ispensing with the garden. In order to do this the proprietor has, wit hin the past fortnight, erected a kind of arch roofing over the spot w here the garden formerly existed, this same roof consisting of cemente d bricks which were supported by several new and apparently good cas t iron girders. These were sixteen feet in length, and in substance we re ten inches long, eight inches wide, and one-and-a-half inches thick , and these all rested on substantial iron pillars. This being well an d properly built, it was proposed to take the superior portion of th e earth of which the garden was composed, and place it upon the top o f the roofing overhead for the purpose of cultivating another garden , and causing the store to be also cool in nature. Amongst the five me n employed to do the excavation part of the work were two labourers, N amed William Shelly and David Giles. About seven o'clock yesterday mor ning one Gillard was working underneath the structure with a pick nea r the door when, whilst in a stooping posture, a mass of brick and ear th fell with a sudden rush upon him, very nearly burying him underneat h. He, however, quickly recovered his feet, and looking around perceiv ed that one of the girders had snapped in two, and he noticed immediat ely that his two wretched comrades, who were working some four of fiv e feet from him engaged in lifting the soil into a handbarrow, were bu ried beneath some twenty tons of the earth which had been already plac ed overhead. The roofing was 56 feet long by 28 feet broad, but onl y a portion of it, to the length of some fifteen feet, had given way , and by the snapping of the single girder the others, with which it w as connected, immediately followed suit. Another man, who was engage d on top in laying out the earth, narrowly escaped serious in injury a lso, for he came down with the rest, but he was quickly rescued. Mr Vo sper was at once fetched to the scene of the disaster, and under his s uperintendence several employee's, with the greatest haste, set to wor k to dig out the bodies of those poor fellows, having at the same tim e but small hope that they would recover them alive. After incessant w orking for half an hour the men came upon the bodies of the two men, b ut they were lifeless, although Giles, who was taken out first. It wa s fancied heaved a final sigh, and when Shelly's pockets were examine d the watch he was wearing was still keeping the correct time. Dr Lea h and Dr Bulteel, who were sent for, were present within half an hour , but their services of course of no avail. It should be mentioned tha t Mr Vosper's stores in the other portion of the establishment are bui lt on a precisely similar method as that upon which the present roofin g had been made, with the same kind of girders, some of which have alo ne supported forty tons of goods, or double as much as rested upon upo n the broken one, so that suspicion or fear of accident was most natur ally never entertained. Giles has to mourn his lose, a family consisti ng of wife and seven children, the youngest of whom is but a few month s old, and the whole are left entirely destitute. They live in Tin-str eet, Plymouth. Shelly happily has but a wife, residing in Eldad-place , but she is a cripple, and equally deserving the benevolence of the p ublic. Mr Vosper has set a laudable example by offering to pay all fun eral expenses, and has opened up a subscription to which he has put do wn his name for 5 to each widow.


bullet  Noted events in his life were:

1871 Census of England: David, age 37, with wife Elizabeth, age 37, with children Elizabeth H, 1871. 1769 , age 14, David, age 12, Mary H., age 10, William, age 5, Rose, age 3 , and Jessie, age 12 weeks.
Plymouth, Devon, England
Plymoth, Devon, England, p. 38-39;
David, age 37, with wife Elizabeth, age 37, with children Elizabeth H. , age 14, David, age 12, Mary H., age 10, William, age 5, Rose, age 3 , and Jessie, age 12 weeks.

Occupation: Labourer, 1871. 1769 Plymouth, Devon, England

1861 Census of England: David, age 28, with wife Elizabeth, age 28, and children Elizabeth H, 1861. 836 , age 4, and David, age 2.
Plymouth, Devon, England

1851 Census of England: David, age 16, with father Abraham, age 50, and mother Jane, age 45, w, 1851. 319 ith grand-mother Jane Carter, age 70.
Plymouth, Devon, England


David married Elizabeth Stock, daughter of Unknown and Elizabeth. (Elizabeth Stock was born in 1834 in Plymouth, Devon, England 1769.)

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