Miriam “Maria” Davies

Miriam “Maria” Harris Davies

U-Vic Special Collections
L.00462

Biography:
Maria Harris was born in London, and could trace her family history to the expulsion of Jews from Portugal in 1492. As a young woman Miriam Harris went to Sydney, Australia and became an umbrella maker. In 1843 at the age of 24 she married Judah P. (J.P.) Davies. She helped him run a business and had three children (Elizabeth, Joshua, and Cecilia).

Attracted to California by the gold rush, the family set out, but was shipwrecked off the coast of Monterey, California. After drifting for 6 weeks they made it to land and settled in Monterey. J.P. ran a hotel, Maria had Henry (Harry) and David. The family moved to San Francisco where Phillip was born. In 1863 the family moved to Victoria. J.P. and Joshua ran JP & Co. auction house. The Davies were a wealthy and prominent family. Maria ran a large household. She sang, and recited long poems that she remembered from her childhood.

Maria died in 1901 at the age of 82 as a result of a fire.

Gravesite Details: Row F – Plot 30
A shaft carved from Beaver Cove marble by Mortimer & Reed once stood on the granite base.

Inscription:
REST
MARIA DAVIES
Relict of J. P. Davies
Died
February 16, 1901
Aged 82 years

Spouse:
J.P. Davies

Children:
Elizabeth Davies Schultz (1844-1866)
Joshua Davies (1846-1903)
Cecilia Davies Sylvester (1848-1935)
Henry “Harry” Davies (1850-1916)
David Lewis Davies (1852-1924)
Phillip Judah Davies (1854-1943)

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