Benjamin DAWES 1788 – 1856

59th Foot
1st Garrison Battalion
5th Garrison Battalion

Benjamin DAWES was born ca 1788 at Crich; no baptism record found. He enlisted into the Army on 8 March 1808 at the age of 18, a FWK.

Army record 1806–1814

Benjamin dawes Army record 1806

His record showed him to have been aged 18 at enlistment; 5 ft 7½; blue eyes; black hair; dark complexion; a FWK.

He was discharged on 24 March 1814 after just over 8 years service the result of becoming lame after his right foot was run over by a cart wheel going over it at Harwich.

Benjamin dawes Army record 1814

Benjamin DAWES had married Lydia CURZON at Crich on 25 December 1812

marriage of Benjamin Dawes 1812

Settlement Certificate 1813
The Examination of Benjamin Dawes of Crich in the County of Derbyshire taken on oath before Philip Geo Gell Esq ? of his Majesty’s Justice of the Peace in and for the said County the 5th day of January 1813 touching his last place of legal settlement .
Who saith that he is upwards of 25 years of age that he was born at Crich in the parish if Crich in the said County of parents legally settled there that when he was about 13 year of age that he was bound apprentice to Richard Berresford of Alfreton in the said County Framework Knitter for 6 years that when he had served him about 11 months his master failed and was made Bankrupt. The Assigner under the Bankruptcy destroyed the indentures. He was at liberty, he then returned to Crich and worked with Mr Curzon about 2 years he then left and went to Hathern in Leicestershire and worked as journeyman there about 9 months, he then returned to Crich and worked there as journeyman – that about 7 years since he enlisted into the 59th Reg of Foot and that he is now in the 3rd Garrison Battalion now at Cove near Cork – that about a week ago he intermarried with Lydia Curzon and that he has done no other act to gain himself settlement.
Benjamin Dawes , sworn before Philip Gell, Charles Hunt
[with thanks to Prunella Bradshaw]

Their son, also called Benjamin, was baptised on 13 March 1814 at Crich; his father's occupation was "soldier". He died an infant and was buried 5 August 1814 at Crich.

benjamin Dawes baptism 1814

Benjamin Snr was discharged from the Army through injury 11 days after the baptism.

His later children were – Elizabeth (1815), Joseph (1817), Hannah (1818), Caroline (1820-1829), Sarah (1822) and Maria (1824).

His wife Lydia died aged 42 at Crich in 1833

burial of Lydia Dawes 1833

1821 Census: Crich

1821 census Benjamin dawes

The rare 1821 Census results show Benjamin, his wife (Lydia), three daughters (Elizabeth, Hannah, Caroline) and a son (Joseph).

1851 Census: Top Crich
Israel DAWES, head, widower, 66, FWK; born Crich
Benjamin DAWES, brother, widower, 62, FWK; born Crich
Ann DAWES, Grand daughter , 21, House keeper; born Crich
[HO107 2145 243 34 139]

Benjamin DAWES was buried at Crich on 27 July 1856.

Burial Benjamin Dawes 1856

With thanks to Punella Bradshaw for information received