The following describes the paternal ancestry of the Couch line (grandmother of Vivian Davies Swaim on her father’s side). This information is described in reverse order – most recent first and oldest last. Most information is based on records of Charles Davies and other information where notred is based on my research. Charles Davies source information in many cases based on birth and death certificates.
Marie Couch (b 1892)
Charles Reginald Davies, Sr.’s mother was Marie J. Couch who was born in Philadelphia, PA. Marie Couch was the daughter of Perley T. Couch and Marie Frances Guider. Marie Couch (b 14 Aug 1892, d 21 Nov 1966) married Charles R. Davies (b 31 Jul 1889, d 20 Apr 1970) and they had the following children:
Charles R. Davies, Jr. (b 1 Apr 1916, d 4 Nov 2001)
Fred J. Davies (b 13 Aug 1918, d )
Perley Tapley Couch (b 1848)
Perley Tapley Couch was born in Newburyport, MA and was the son of Francis Anthony Smith Couch and Harriet N. Tapley. Perley Tapley was a housewright and loved in Danvers, MA.
Perley Tapley Couch (b 3 Nov 1848, 4 Mar 19061086) was married ~ 1890 to Marie Frances Guider (b 4 Aug 1872, d 27 Nov 1939) and they had the following children:
Fred J. Couch (b 29 Dec 1890, d 16 Mar 1963)
Marie J. Couch (b 14 Aug 1892, d 21 Nov 1966)
Helen G. Couch (b 14 Feb 1894, d 6 Sep 1915).
Marie Frances Guider was born in Philadelphia, PA and her parents were born in Ireland.
In the 1900 Census Perley and Marie Couch were living at 132 26th Street, Camden, New Jersey with two children:
- Perley Couch, Head, Mar 1857, 49, married 10 years, born MA, Occupation listed as Millright
- Mary Couch, Wife, Aug 1868, 31, married 10 years, 3 children living, Born Ireland, parents born in Ireland
- Fred Couch, son, Dec 1890, 9, born PA
- Marie Couch, daughter, Aug 1892, 7, born PA
- Helen Couch, daughter, Feb 1893, 6, born PA
Note that the birth dates do not match other information. I am listing it as informational.
In the 1910 Census M. F. Couch,Age 38, was listed as a widow living with her three children in Norfolk, VA:
- Marie Couch, daughter, 18, born PA
- Helen Couch, daughter, 16, born PA
- Fred Couch, son, 19, born PA
In the 1920 Census Marie Couch, Age 47, was living at 134 Tenth Street, Nofolk, Virginia along with the following people:
- Charles Davies, son-in-law, 27
- Marie J. Couch, daughter, 25
- Frederick Couch, son, 28
- Helen Gertrude Couch, daughter, 24
- Elmer Mears, son-in-law, 28
- Reginald, grand-son, 3 9/12
- Frederick J., grand-son, 1 6/12
- Edward C,, Grandson, 2 6/12
- 4 boarders1087
Perley Couch was a contracting machinist. He later was a design engineer involved in the construction of the original Planters Peanut facility in Suffolk, Virginia. Perley Couch’s father was Francis Anthony Smith Couch (b 24 Nov 1826, d 20 Dec 18891088) who was born in 1826 in Salem, Massachusetts. Francis Couch was a housewright. Perley’s mother was Harriett Newnall Tapley (b 31 Mar 1829, d 17 Mar 18501089) who was born in Danvers, Massachusetts.
Harriet Tapley was the daughter of Perley Tapley (b 14 Nov 1800, d 28 Feb 1848) and the granddaughter of Asa Tapley (b 11 Sep 1761, d 22 Jul 1836). Asa Tapley was briefly a soldier in the Revolutionary War.1090
Perley T. Couch died in 1906 in Suffolk, VA of heart failure at the age of 58. His remains were moved to Norfolk during 1939.1091 A newspaper article Charles Davies saved from 6 Mar 1906 and 7 Mar 1906 in the Norfolk Virginia Pilot stated
“ P. T. COUCH IS DEAD OF HEART FAILURE
Suffolk, VA, March 6 – Pearlie T. Couch died about 6 o’clock Sunday morning at his home on Chestnut Street. Death was caused by heart trouble brought on by indigestion. …. The deceased lives a widow, two daughters, Marie and Helen, aged respectively 13 and 12 years and one son, Fred, aged 15. Mr. Couch was a contracting machinist and was connected with the firm of Lummis and Company, both at Suffolk and Philadelphia plants. The deceased was highly esteemed by those who knew him.”
“ MR COUCH BURIED
Suffolk, VA, March 5 – The obsequies of the late P. T. Couch took place at 3 o’clock this afternoon form the residence on Chestnut Street. The services were in charge of Rev. Father Kaup, of Portsmouth, VA.
The burial was in Cedar Hill cemetery, the following being pall-bearers: Active – John Taylor, Frank Lummo, C. E. Hargrave, C. L. Lewis, Rochelle Harrell, Lem Griggs, John Harrell and S. H. Babb.
Honorary – John B. Norfleet, J. L. Bangley, A. Stallings, R. C. Barton, J. T. Hines and W. J. Baines.
Mr. Allen of Boston, a brother-in-law of the deceased arrived last night. The deceased was from Danvers, Mass.”
Marie F. Couch died in 1939 at age 67 of cancer of the liver and was buried at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Norfolk, Virginia. She also suffered from gallstones.
Francis Anthony Smith Couch (b 1826)
Francis Anthony Smith Couch was born in Newburyport, MA and was the son of Daniel N. Couch and Elizabeth E. Dennis.
Francis Couch (b 24 Nov 1826, d 20 Dec 1889) was married on 6 Sep 1846 to Harriet Newnall Tapley (b 31 Mar 1829, d 17 Mar 1850) and they had the following children:
Harriet F. Couch (b 13 Dec 1846)
Perley Tapley Couch (b 3 Nov 1848, d 5 Mar 1906). Born in Danvers, MA.
Harriet (Tapley) Couch was born in Danvers, MA and died in Danvers, MA in 1850. Francis Couch was then married to Caroline Porter (b 15 Jan 1834, 18 Mar 1869) and they had at least the following children:
Ellen N. Couch (b ~ 1854)
Carolyn (Carrie) L. Couch (b ~ 18571092)
Fred W. Couch (b 19 Jan 1861, d 1872)
Hittie P. Couch (b 28 Aug 1863)
Lester Couch (b 10 Mar 1866, d 21 Jun 1939)
Martha Couch (b 26 Jun 1868)
In 1860 Francis and Caroline Couch were living in Danvers, MA. Francis was listed as a carpenter in the 1860 and 1870 censuses.
Caroline Porter Couch passed away in 1869. She was buried in Walnut Grove Cemetery (Lot 248 on Union Avenue) in Danvers, MA. Francis Couch was then married in 1870 to Hannah E. Morse (b ~ 1833)1093. Francis Couch passed away in 1889. He was buried in Walnut Grove Cemetery (Lot 248 on Union Avenue) in Danvers, MA.
Figure 15 Photos of Francis Couch (1882 at age 56) and Perley T. Couch (1878 at age 30)
Daniel Couch was listed as a “Baker” in the1850 census.
Daniel N. Couch (b 4 Aug 1800, d 15 Jun 1869) was married on 13 Nov 18231094 to Elizabeth E. Dennis (b ~ 1806, d 23 Jun 1878) and had at least the following children:
Margaret Ellen Couch (b 2 Apr 1825)
Francis A. S. Couch (b 24 Nov 1826)
Daniel Newman Couch (b 4 Aug 1828)
Emiline E. Couch (b ~ 1830)
Laura A. Couch (b ~1831).1095
Elizabeth Dennis was born in Salem, MA and was the daughter of Devereaux Dennis (b 1780, d 7 Feb 1851) and Elizabeth Eldridge (b 1785, d 15 Sep 1858) who were also born in Salem, MA. It is through this ancestry of Elizabeth Eldridge that provides a connection from Charles Davies to William Bradford, Governor of Massachusetts and early settler of Plymouth Colony who came over on the Mayflower.
- Elizabeth Eldridge (b 1785) was the daughter of Joshua Eldridge and Elizabeth Damon.
- Elizabeth Damon (b 1758) was the daughter of Elijah Damon and Anna Thomas
- Anna Thomas (b 1726) was the daughter of Gideon Thomas and Abigail Baker
- Abigail Baker (b 1693) was the daughter of Kenelem Baker and Sarah Bradford
- Sarah Bradford (b 1671) was the daughter of William Bradford and Alice Richards
John Couch (b 1772)
John Couch was born 24 Feb 1772 and was the son of Joseph Couch and Mary Newman based on Charles Davies research and validated by Essex County, MA Birth Records to 1850: Newburyport.
John Couch (b 24 Feb 1772, d 17 Dec 1846) married on 30 Aug 17961096 to Sarah Heard (b 9 Jul 1778, d 16 Mar 1854) and had at least the following children:
Daniel Couch (b 4 Aug 1800, d 15 Jun 1869)
Elizabeth Newman Couch (b 1 Nov 1808)
Susan Couch (b 6 Nov 1813)
William Friend Couch (b 28 Nov 1816)
Joseph Couch (b 1745)
Joseph Couch was the son of Joseph Couch and Mary Toppan.
Joseph Couch (b 14 Aug 1745, d 16 Apr 1805) married Mary Newman (b 25 Jan 1746, d 21 Feb 1822) and had at least the following children:
Joseph Couch was the son of Roger Couch and Bridget Bickford and was born in Maine. “In 1732 "Petition of Joseph Couch, minor, aged about 18 years, and living out of the province, that his uncle Lemuel Bickford (Bridget's brother) be appointed his guardian, 5 July 1732".....In Sept 1732, Joseph is described as being the only surviving child of Bridget Cooch formerly Bridget Bickford.”1098
Joseph Couch (b 18 Sep 1715) married Mary Toppan (b 7 Feb 1711) and had at least the following children:
Joseph Couch (b 14 Aug 1745, d 16 Apr 1805)
Mary Toppan was the daughter of Samuel Toppan and Abigail Wigglesworth.
Roger Couch (b ~1674) Roger Couch was born in Maine around 1674. Roger died in 1719. Roger Couch (b, d 15 Jan 1719) married Bridget Brickford (b 24 Jul 1685).
Joseph Couch (b 14 Aug 1745, d 16 Apr 1805)
John Couch (b ~1717)
William Couch (b ~1718)
Based on some Couch family research Roger Couch was the son of Joseph Couch who was born in England (Saint Winnow, Cornwall) and Johanna Deering who was born in Maine.1099