Elizabeth Davis was the daughter of John Davies II and Jennifer “Jane” Blewett. She was born in Cornwall, England on December 6, 1834, the fourth of five children. Her siblings were Jacob Davis III, William Davis, Mary Davies, and John B. Davis (my gg-grandfather).
Elizabeth’s father died about 1840 in Cornwall. Jane immigrated with her children in 1848 after the 1847 Cornish potato famine hit. The famine occurred at the same time as the Irish potato famine and deprived the Cornish working classes of one of their staple foods.
Jane and her family settled in Reading, Berks Co, Pennsylvania by 1850. In 1870, Jane was living in Jo Daviess Co, Illinois. Elizabeth had married William Wear, also a native of England, and lived in Santa Clara, Santa Clara Co, California.
They had two children: John and Charles. Elizabeth died August 12, 1903, in Santa Clara, California.
A notice of her death appeared in August 13, 1903 in The San Jose Evening News.
Transcription of obituary:
Mrs. Elizabeth Wear of Santa [illegible] at her home Wednesday morning. She was a native of England and was in her 68th year. For over thirty years she has been a resident of this county and a large circle of friends who hear of her demise with regret. She is survived by two sons.