PARRY, David (B12)
Born in Raglan, David made watches as well as grandfather clocks. He was mad about clocks! He is buried next to the Church, crowned by a gravestone with a clock carved in the top that is set for the time that he died. This was Ernie Morgan's favourite gravestone (see GRAVE A52) .
Sadly, this gravestone is a poignant example of the impact of air pollution on gravestones. In 1991, the stone was readable - try reading it today! Learn more about Clockmaking
(B12) PARRY. In memory of David PARRY of this parish who departed this life in February 27, 1847. Died 82 years. (Note: the Clock at the top of the gravestone is believed to show the time that he died)
David Parry was born, 15 April 1764, the son of Paul Parry. When he was 21 years of age, David married Elizabeth Parry, of Abergavenny.
The Hereford Journal announced their marriage, On Thursday, March 16, Mr. Parry, watchmaker married Miss Elizabeth Parry of Abergavenny Monmouthsire (Hereford Journal, 16 March 1786). Note that the marriage took place 27 February, 1786 but wasn't announced until over two weeks later!
In the early years of their marriage, David and Elizabeth Parry were servants of Margaret Pytt who lived in Church House across from St Cadoc's Church. He must have been supplementing his income until his clockmaking took off!
In any event, David and Elizabeth PARRY had at least 6 children (see below). He was still making clocks until he was 75 years old. By 1841 he had probably outlived his wife Elizabeth because he is listed in the 1841 Census record as living with William and Mary Lewis, and on the 1841 Raglan Tithe map he was living at Old House and Orchard (owned by Mary Holmes, no. 46).
David Parry is possibly the son of James and Mary Parry.
David might have had a brother John Parry, who married Mary Lewis, 6 July 1788.
David was 82 years of age when he died on 3 March, 1847.
He might also have had an uncle, Paul Parry, who married Ann Jenkins, 7 Feb 1758 in Raglan. Witnesses: William Penry and Elizabeth Bevan.
Anne, b. 18 June 1786,
John, b. 27 July 1788,
Elizabeth, b. 15 May 1791,
Maria, 15 May 1791. (nb. she later married William Bithel of Lanthewy Skirrid, 23 April 1822)
Anne, 21 apr 1793, Ann Parry, born, 1793 (nb. she died, 9 Sep, 1813, age 20 years. Raglan Burial record: no. 171)
Somehow Raglan has an interesting link with clockmakers! - William Harrison, the son of the famous John Harrison (the inventor of the pocket time-piece or watch, and of other mechanical contrivances) had a country residence at The Ton (the Glade). In 1791 he was sheriff of Monmouthshire. (source: Bradney,Hundred of Raglan, 1914)
Family Tree: Parry Family Tree
Parry, David, Clockmaker. b. 1765, d. 1847, 82 years old. Wife Elizabeth
(B12) PARRY. In memory of David PARRY of this parish who departed this life in February 27, 1847. . Died 82 years. (Note: the Clock at the top of the gravestone is believed to show the time which he died)
David Parry born, 15 April 1764, son of Paul Parry, Raglan Christenings C023932 Paul Parry, married Ann Jenkins, 7 Feb 1758. Witnesses: William Penry and Elizabeth Bevan.
Possible: Brother, John Parry, married Mary Lewis, 6 July 1788.
1786 David Parry and Elizth Parry married by Licence in Raglan. 27 Feb 1786. (David and Elizth Parry were servants of Margaret Pytt in Raglan). Children: Anne (b. 18 June 1786) John (b. 27 July, 1788), Maria (b. 15 May 1791), Anne (b. 21 Apr 1793), Wm (b. 3 May 1795) Pytt, Margaret Williams (b. ca 1733)
David and Elizabeth PARRY -- Children ▪ Anne, b. 18 June 1786 ▪ John, b. 27 July 1788 ▪ Elizabeth, b. 15 May 1791 ▪ Maria, 15 May 1791. Married: William Bithel of Lanthewy Skirrid, 23 April 1822 ▪ Anne, 21 Apr 1793. ▪ Ann Parry, born, 1793, ⁃ died, 9 Sep, 1813, age 20 years. Raglan Burial record: no. 171 ▪ William, 1796
aged 70 David Parry, Watchmaker, (1835, Pigotts Directory)
David Parry, age 75, watchmaker, living with William Lewis, age 40, ag lab, and Mary Lewis, age 35. no 347, 1841, Raglan Census
1841 Thomas Parry lived at Old House and Orchard, owned by Mary Holmes. (no 46 on Raglan Tithe Map)
David Parry, died 3 march, 1847, age 82 years, b. 1765. Burial Record: combined no. 583,
Sarah Parry, top, died 8 March 1855, age 92, born, 1763. Burial Record: combined, no. 703,
Mary Parry, died 28 Dec, 1817, born 1765, age 52 years. Burial record: combined. no. 216.
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