Charles was born on 29 January 1863 at 27 Hemsworth Street, Shoreditch, Hoxton Old Town registration district to Alfred Davis, a Master Cabinet Maker, and Jane, née Hunt. They had married in 1855.
Charles was the fifth child of nine:
- Agnes Sarah 1856 – 1944 (married Thomas Flaherty, a harness maker, in 1882)
- Alfred William 1857 (married Sarah Radford in 1877)
- Thomas George 1859
- Rosa Jane 1860
- Charles Augustus 1863 – 1908 (married Amelia White in 1884)
- John Arthur 1864
- Walter Frederick 1865 – 1865*
- Walter Frederick 1866 – 1898* (married Maria Cuttriss in 1886)
- Albert Edward 1869 – 1904 (married Esther Skinner in 1889)
*As was often the practice when a child died in infancy (Walter Frederick, the first, was born in the first quarter of 1865 and died in the third quarter of the same year), the next one of the same sex was given the same name.
The sons appear to follow their father into the Cabinet Making business.
So far, I have not been able to identify Charles with certainty on the 1881 Census, but I have found a strong possibility, as Charles’ occupation is a wood case maker. On the 1891 Census he is residing in a Lodging House and is a Cabinet Maker. The doubt is that his place of birth is Bristol, but this could be an error on the part of the enumerator.
In 1884 Charles married Amelia White.
In the 1901 Census Charles was a boarder with a family in Mill Row, Hoxton. His marital status is not very legible but in comparison with two entries above, it may be Wid(ow). However, I have not been able to identify a death for Amelia as Davis or White. I also searched for a divorce or annulment of marriage, again nothing found on the genealogical sites. The couple do not appear to have had any children.
Charles was admitted to Long Grove asylum on 12 Sep 1907, where he remained for 362 days.
Charles died in Long Grove on 8 September 1908 aged 45, he was described as a Cabinet Maker of 6 Bridport Place, Hoxton – now a modern development. Cause of death was General Paralysis (of the Insane).
Charles is buried in Horton Cemetery, in an unmarked grave numbered #193b.