Marriage: Percival Davis and Viola Bausman

Marriage: Viola Bausman and Percy Davis

My great-grandparents Percival Davis and Viola Bausman married on July 17, 1913, in Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois.  The certified record of marriage is from 1959. Transcription of marriage certificate: State of Illinois, Stephenson County Certificate of Marriage I, Kenneth G. Schultz, Clerk of the County Court of said County, hereby certify that Mr. Percival L. Davis was married to Miss Viola E. Bausman in said County on the 17th day of July A.D. 1913 by Wm. M. McGuire. Ages given next birthday Groom: 26 Bride: 22 … [Read more...]

Death: John Thomas Davis

John B., Margaret (Hicks), and John Thomas Davis

John Thomas Davis was the brother of my great-grandfather, Percy Davis.  He was born in Council Hill, Illinois, on March 8, 1878.   Both my mom and grandma thought it odd that no one ever talked about him.  His death was very mysterious. I haven't been able to find any articles but this one about his death.  Originally my mom thought that the Watertown mentioned in his obituary referred to Watertown, Wisconsin.  We couldn't figure out what he was doing there, but it made sense. However, when the information on his death certificate became available on Ancestry.com, … [Read more...]

Inquest results for John B. Davis

Headstone: John B Davis

John B. Davis was my great-great grandfather.  He was born in Cornwall, England, and immigrated to the United States about 1850.  On April 7, 1913, he committed suicide by hanging himself under the floor of his barn.  One newspaper stated it was his despondency over ill health that drove him to this drastic action; another newspaper said he had a cold.   Family lore says he was not happy over sons' drinking. Whatever the reason, he hung himself in the oddest place and it does not read as a quick death. Here is the inquest determination/obituary for John B. Davis, … [Read more...]

Obituary: Viola (Bausman) Davis Hickman

Viola Edith (Bausman) Davis

I have several obituaries for my great-grandmother, Viola (Bausman) Davis Hickman.  She was the daughter of Nicholas Jr and Catherine (Hebenstreit) Bausman.  Her first husband, Percy Davis, was my great-grandfather.  She married her second husband, Herb Hickman, in 1956 at age 63. Viola died January 20, 1974, in Cuba City, Wisconsin.  She's buried in Scales Mound Township Cemetery (also referred to as Citizens Cemetery) in Scales Mound, Illinois. I received this obituary from mom.  The citation is not known. Transcription of obituary: Mrs. Herbert … [Read more...]

Death Notice: Percival Leland Davis

Percy Davis

Below are two death notices for Percival Leland Davis, my great-grandfather.  Percy married Viola Bausman. Their son, Stanley, was my grandfather. The first notice appeared on page 3 of the Galena Daily Gazette, Friday evening edition, on April 16, 1943.  (I do not have an image.) Percy Davis Passes Away Suddenly at Scales Mound Percy Davis, 56, died suddenly at his home in Scales Mound about 9:30 Thursday evening. He and his wife were retired from the farm and have been making their home at Scales Mound for the past several years. Mr. Davis was well-known in … [Read more...]

Obituary: Clara (Davis) Smith

Obituary: Clara (Davis) Smith

Clara (Davis) Smith was the daughter of Jacob and Jane (Moyle) Davis.  Her father was a brother to my gg-grandfather, John B. Davis. Clara's the sister of William Davis. I received this obituary from my mom; there is no citation.  Clara died December 10, 1951, and is buried at Linwood Cemetery in Dubuque, Iowa.  I visited Linwood Cemetery in 2011, but was unable to locate her headstone. Transcription of obituary: MRS. CLARA SMITH Mrs. Clara Smith, 92, widow of W. H. Smith, died at 4 a.m. Monday at Mercy hospital. She had been ill for one week. Friends may … [Read more...]

Happy 90th Birthday!

Marian (Bohnsack) Davis

Not only is it Easter Sunday - today my grandma turns 90! Marian (Bohnsack) Davis was born in Schapville, Illinois  on April 24, 1921. I wish I could be with her to celebrate, but she's in my thoughts and prayers! HAPPY BIRTHDAY! … [Read more...]

Obituary: Lovella (Davis) Temperly

Lovella Davis obituary

Obituary for Lovella (Davis) Temperly , daughter of John and Margaret (Hicks) Davis.  She was the sister of my g-grandfather, Percy Davis. I received this obituary from my mom.  There is no citation. Transcription of obituary: Mrs. Joseph Temperly of Hazel Green Dies on Monday Mrs. Joseph (Lovella M.) Temperly of Hazel Green passed away unexpectedly Monday evening at the Cuba City Medical Center where she was taken after suffering a stroke at her home in the early forenoon. Born in Jo Daviess county on May 16, 1885, she was the daughter of John and … [Read more...]

Inquest results on William Davis’ suicide

Inquest: William Davis

My g-g-grandfather, John B. Davis, committed suicide in 1913 by hanging himself in his barn.  His suicide was something that wasn't discussed because it upset my grandfather.  Until I read this article I didn't realize that 30 years earlier - in 1883 -  that John, along with his son Alvin, cut down the body of his nephew, William Davis.  William was suffering from a painful illness and hung himself.  William's parents were John's brother Jacob and Jane (Moyle). (Making William my 1st cousin, 3x removed.) I imagine that cutting down the body of his nephew would have … [Read more...]

Davis – Blewett Information

About the year 1770 a man by the name of --- Painter brought his small son to a family by the name of Kempthorn who lived in Cornwall, England and left him for them to care for.  He went to the continent and sent back money to pay for the child's expenses.  Mr. Painter appeared to be well to do.  After about 5 years, the money stopped and it was assumed that he had died.  The Kempthorn's were evidently poor people and could not afford to keep the child so he was adopted by a man named Davies.  This boy's name was probably Jacob, and he married Elizabeth who lived to be … [Read more...]

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