Wednesday, February 26, 2014

#8 Charles Warren Davis

The Davis line is a difficult line to trace.  Such a common last name and he was born in an area that had lots of them.  Really hope to connect to family members with this posting.

Charles W. Davis was born 18th of March 1838 in Virginia.  He married Lavina Morgan in about 1865 in Illinois.  He died in about 1921 in Los Angeles, California.

Charles & Lavina had the following children:
1.  Martin was born in Kansas.  According to cousin, Cecil Whitby, Martin was killed in a Sheep & Cattlemen’s War.  I also have notes saying he lived in the Seattle, Washington area and owned a lumber mill.
2.  Charles Warren “Oscar” was born on 9 April 1870 in Kansas.  He married (1) Alice Hall and (2) Elsie.  Lived in Mountain Home, Idaho.
3.  Mary was born in 1873 in Kansas and died about 1876.
4.  George Washington was born 21 Aug 1879 in Decatur, Kansas.  Married Martha Wilson.  His family lived in the Spokane, Washington area.  He was an engineer for Old Spokane Hotel.
5.  Arthur was born Jul 1882 in Kansas and died about 1895.  According to cousin, Cecil Whitby, Arthur was killed by a horse at the age of 18 probably as a result of a rodeo accident.
6.  Bertha was born 9 Apr 1884 in Laramie, Wyoming.  Bertha married Harry Swinehart in Hagerman, Idaho on 1 Nov 1903.  She died Aug 1930 in Lind, Washington. (I descend from this line).
7.  Amelia was born 15 Jun 1888 in Laramie Peaks, Wyoming.  She married Harry Whitby on 18 Oct 1908 in Shoshone, Idaho.  She died around 1980 in Alameda, California.

Have the following Census information:

·        1880 located in Grant Township, Decatur County, Kansas.  Occupation is farmer and indicates he was born in Illinois and his parents in New York and Kentucky.  His age is listed as being 38.  Children included David M (age 9), Charles W (age 6), Mary E (4) and Joel W (age 9/12).  All born in Kansas.
·        1900 located in Blaine County, Idaho.  Indicates he was born in March 1842 in Illinois and his parents were born in New York & Kentucky.  Children (6 out of 7 living) listed include George born in Aug 1879 in Kansas, Arthur in July 1882 in Nebraska, Bertha in Apr 1885 in Wyoming, and Amelia in Jun 1888 in Wyoming.  Listed as a farmer owning his own place.  His son, Charles (b Apr 1874 in Kansas) lived next door with his wife Alace.
·        1910 located in Buhl Precinct, Twin Falls County, Idaho. Just Charles & Lavina.  Indicates 5 out of 7 children are living.  Has him being 68 years old and being born in Illinois and parents in New York & Kentucky.  He is still a farmer but now is renting instead of owning.  Their daughter, Amelia, is living two houses down with her husband Harry Whitby and son W. Cecil.

Looks like I may need to change my data.  All 3 censuses are consistent as to his birthplace and year.  I’m also thinking I may need to update other birth dates as well.  Not able to locate him on the 1920 census nor do I have information for the 1870 census.

PS:  Since writing this, I have located the 1870 Census for Charles & Lavina Davis.  They were in Chandlerville, Cass Co, IL (no children).  I also found their marriage record in Cass Co, IL - 22 Dec 1869.  I also have reason to believe his parents are Joel W & Rebecca Davis.  Found an 1850 census that collaborates the birth information, birth places, etc.  So, I will need to update my family tree.

June 2016 - I have recently been in touch with a family member that has collaborated information and updated others.  I will be publishing a new blog entry for the Davis surname. 

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