George Dant

George Dant

b: 2 DEC 1844
d: 28 NOV 1891
From 'Cambridge history - a personal view' on the Internet 2003, by C Hadley:

Ferries and Bridges
The "bridge" in "Cambridge" is the Great Bridge (now more commonly known as Magdalene Bridge) or, rather, a distant ancestor. The Romans probably built a bridge on or near this site. Other bridges have followed, of wood, stone, or steel. The Cam today looks relatively tame and easy to cross, but before man came along it was wider and shallower and edged by fen and bog, making it extremely hard to cross. Thus the relatively solid ground in this area made it not just the best but the only place to cross either by ford or by bridge what was quite an effective geographical boundary. Not surprisingly, a town appeared. The Cam is now well supplied with bridges of various kinds, but this is only recently the case. Apart from the Great Bridge most river crossings before the Edwardian period required a ferry, of which there were several. From West to East these were: Bate's Ferry on the site of Victoria Bridge; a ferry by the Fort St.George replaced by a footbridge in 1927; Dant's ferry replaced by the Cutter (aka Pye) footbridge (between Pembroke and Emmanuel Boat Houses); the Horse Grind ferry at Chesterton by the Green Dragon pub; B.Jolley's ferry from the Pike and Eel pub; and the Ditton Plough ferry. All of these were so-called "Grind" ferries, they were pulled across by a chain wound by hand. The Horse Grind ferry was unusual in that the grind was powered by a horse, hence the name. This ferry was the main ferry used for wagons and livestock, with another separate ferry for pedestrians. The adjoining road is still called Ferry Lane despite the fact that the footbridge has been there for over 60 years (since 1935) - similarly there is still a Ferry Path leading to the Fort St.George footbridge. There was a major accident at the Ditton Plough ferry in 1905 when drunken undergraduates tried to climb aboard an already full ferry after the May boat races. It overturned and three women were drowned. The absence of a ferry or bridge on this site means that Fen Ditton is probably harder to get to from the town centre now for cyclists or pedestrians than it was in Edwardian times and before.
Biography
From 'Cambridge history - a personal view' on the Internet 2003, by C Hadley:

Ferries and Bridges
The "bridge" in "Cambridge" is the Great Bridge (now more commonly known as Magdalene Bridge) or, rather, a distant ancestor. The Romans probably built a bridge on or near this site. Other bridges have followed, of wood, stone, or steel. The Cam today looks relatively tame and easy to cross, but before man came along it was wider and shallower and edged by fen and bog, making it extremely hard to cross. Thus the relatively solid ground in this area made it not just the best but the only place to cross either by ford or by bridge what was quite an effective geographical boundary. Not surprisingly, a town appeared. The Cam is now well supplied with bridges of various kinds, but this is only recently the case. Apart from the Great Bridge most river crossings before the Edwardian period required a ferry, of which there were several. From West to East these were: Bate's Ferry on the site of Victoria Bridge; a ferry by the Fort St.George replaced by a footbridge in 1927; Dant's ferry replaced by the Cutter (aka Pye) footbridge (between Pembroke and Emmanuel Boat Houses); the Horse Grind ferry at Chesterton by the Green Dragon pub; B.Jolley's ferry from the Pike and Eel pub; and the Ditton Plough ferry. All of these were so-called "Grind" ferries, they were pulled across by a chain wound by hand. The Horse Grind ferry was unusual in that the grind was powered by a horse, hence the name. This ferry was the main ferry used for wagons and livestock, with another separate ferry for pedestrians. The adjoining road is still called Ferry Lane despite the fact that the footbridge has been there for over 60 years (since 1935) - similarly there is still a Ferry Path leading to the Fort St.George footbridge. There was a major accident at the Ditton Plough ferry in 1905 when drunken undergraduates tried to climb aboard an already full ferry after the May boat races. It overturned and three women were drowned. The absence of a ferry or bridge on this site means that Fen Ditton is probably harder to get to from the town centre now for cyclists or pedestrians than it was in Edwardian times and before.
Facts
  • 2 DEC 1844 - Birth - ; St Ives, Cambridgeshire, England. Christened: St Clement 11 May 1862
  • 2 DEC 1844 - Christening - ; St Ives, Cambridgeshire, England
  • 28 NOV 1891 - Death - ; Chesterton, Cambridgeshire, England.
  • 1887 - Occupation - Waterman ; Chesterton, Cambridgeshire, England
  • Occupation - Butcher ; Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England
Ancestors
   
William Dant
25 NOV 1767 - 13 MAR 1827
 
 
David Dant
5 FEB 1808 - 28 NOV 1892
  
  
  
Sarah
ABT 1770 - 28 JUL 1830
 
George Dant
2 DEC 1844 - 28 NOV 1891
  
 
  
 
 
Catherine Leak
29 DEC 1807 - 9 APR 1861
  
  
  
 
Family Group Sheet - Child
PARENT (M) David Dant
Birth5 FEB 1808Cambridgeshire. Christened 6 November 1811, St Ives, Cambridgeshire
Death28 NOV 1892 The Cutter, Cambridgeshire
Marriageto Catherine Leak
FatherWilliam Dant
MotherSarah
PARENT (F) Catherine Leak
Birth29 DEC 1807St Ives, Cambridgeshire. Christened 20 January 1808, All Saints, St Ives
Death9 APR 1861 3, Quayside, Cambridgeshire (St Giles sub-dist).
Marriageto David Dant
FatherWilliam Leak
MotherElizabeth Whitfield
CHILDREN
MGeorge Dant
Birth2 DEC 1844St Ives, Cambridgeshire, England. Christened: St Clement 11 May 1862
Death28 NOV 1891Chesterton, Cambridgeshire, England.
Marriageto Anna Maria Scales
FCatherine Dant
Birth25 JUN 1826St Ives, Cambridgeshire, England.
Death16 SEP 1826St Ives, Cambridgeshire, England.
MSamuel Dant
Birth16 AUG 1832Christened 28 May 1834, St Ives, Cambridgeshire
Death12 JUL 1907
MDavid Dant
Birth30 MAR 1829St Ives, Cambridgeshire, England.
Death28 FEB 1911Chesterton, Cambridgeshire, England.
Marriageto Sarah Ward
FCatherine Dant
Birth29 APR 1835St Ives, Cambridgeshire, England.
Death19 FEB 1838St Ives, Cambridgeshire, England.
FSarah Dant
Birth27 JAN 1839St Ives, Cambridgeshire, England.
Death
Marriageto John Rogers
MCharles Dant
Birth25 SEP 1843St Ives, Cambridgeshire, England.
Death1902Croydon, London, England
Marriageto Maria Hart
FEmma Dant
Birth19 APR 1846St Ives, Cambridgeshire, England.
Death20 OCT 1922Kings Lynn, Norfolk, England
Marriageto James Simeon Fyson
MIsaac Dant
BirthJUN 1850St Ives, Cambridgeshire, England.
Death31 AUG 1850St Ives, Cambridgeshire, England.
FSusannah Dant
Birth13 NOV 1827St Ives, Cambridgeshire, England.
Death
Marriageto Samuel Rogers
FEliza Dant
Birth29 OCT 1830St Ives, Cambridgeshire, England.
Death
Marriageto James Parnell
MJohn Dant
Birth13 NOV 1833St Ives, Cambridgeshire, England. Christened 20 May 1834, St Ives, Cambridgeshire.
Death4 SEP 1879Gosberton, Spalding, Lincolnshire, England
Marriageto Maria Flanders
FMary Ann Dant
Birth7 JAN 1837St Ives, Cambridgeshire, England.
Death
Marriageto John Shingles
FElizabeth Dant
Birth14 MAY 1840St Ives, Cambridgeshire, England.
Death
Marriageto Harry Joseph Evans
MAbraham Dant
Birth8 DEC 1848St Ives, Cambridgeshire, England.
Death12 NOV 1849St Ives, Cambridgeshire, England.
Family Group Sheet - Spouse
PARENT (M) George Dant
Birth2 DEC 1844St Ives, Cambridgeshire, England. Christened: St Clement 11 May 1862
Death28 NOV 1891 Chesterton, Cambridgeshire, England.
Marriageto Anna Maria Scales
FatherDavid Dant
MotherCatherine Leak
PARENT (F) Anna Maria Scales
Birth
Death
Marriageto George Dant
FatherThomas Scales
Mother?
CHILDREN
FEmily Charlotte Dant
BirthABT JUN 1874Chesterton, Cambridgeshire, England.
Death14 AUG 1874Chesterton, Cambridgeshire, England.
FEmma Jane Dant
Birth1868St Andrew the Less, Chesterton, Cambridgeshire, England.
Death
MGeorge Albert Dant
Birth1872Chesterton, Cambridgeshire, England.
Death20 FEB 1873Chesterton, Cambridgeshire, England.
FAnna Elizabeth Dant
BirthMAR 1869Chesterton, Cambridgeshire, England, see March 1869 index for Chesterton 3b, 498, which also covers 'Charles Harry Dant'
Death29 NOV 1896Cambridge. For death certificate see Dec 1896 - Cambridge - 3b, 293
Marriage11 DEC 1887to Harry Wood at Chesterton, Camridge, Cambridgeshire.
Evidence
[S26630] http://www.john-blenda.co.uk/Blenda/DantTree/gp525.htm#head1
[S10998] Marriage Certificate obtained from the General Register Office through the Family Records Centre, London
Descendancy Chart
George Dant b: 2 DEC 1844 d: 28 NOV 1891
Emily Charlotte Dant b: ABT JUN 1874 d: 14 AUG 1874
Emma Jane Dant b: 1868
George Albert Dant b: 1872 d: 20 FEB 1873
Anna Elizabeth Dant b: MAR 1869 d: 29 NOV 1896
Harry Wood b: 22 JAN 1869
Winifred Emilie Wood b: 15 APR 1892 d: 30 MAR 1992
Maurice Martineau Welcher b: 13 NOV 1893 d: 14 MAY 1981
Eileen Mary Welcher M.B., B.S. b: 26 NOV 1922 d: 10 APR 2015
Mabel Wood b: ABT 1890
Wilfred Wood b: ABT 1891