Tag: davis

Bausman Girls

Bausman Girls
Bausman Girls

These are the daughters of Nicholas Jr. and Catherine (Hebenstreit) Bausman. From left to right, standing are Pearl, Gertrude and Viola.  Hazel is sitting. Viola was my maternal grandfather’s mother.

I believe the photo was taken about 1898 or 1899 since Gertrude (the oldest) was born in 1887, Pearl in 1890, Viola in 1893, and Hazel in November 1896.

I shot this photo when I visited Steamboat Rock, Iowa, in June 2012.  When my mom saw the picture, she immediately recognized her grandmother Viola, saying it looked just like her.

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 about 90 years old.

Tantalizing, isn’t it?  Who wouldn’t want to know more about their family history after reading something like this?  So how is it that I completely forgot about a 32-page document regarding the Davis-Blewett family?!

Davis-Blewett Family Info from David Mayo Davis

The fact that I didn’t remember I had this information HORRIFIES me.  This research was done by David Mayo Davis. My mom and grandmother received it from David’s widow Loretta in the early 2000s.  At first, it seems overwhelming detailed and confusingly laid out.   However, the information contained in the document is extremely valuable, accurate, and helpful.

Anyone searching the Blewett and Davis family from Crowan Parrish in Cornwall, England may find the document helpful.  The family starts with Jacob Painter who, after his father died, was adopted by Mr. Davies.  After Jacob and Elizabeth (Vivian)’s descendants came to America, the name changed to Davis.

Alvin Davis Jr and my grandfather have passed away, but the research lives on.  If you find this information helpful, let me know.

Family History

I’ve been researching my family history for about 10 years, give or take.  About 5 years ago, I gave up using software that needed to be installed on a computer. Instead I use ancestry.com’s system.  It allows for me to collaborate with my mom about research and let other family members look at it.  If it was only on my computer, I would not have the collaborative opportunity.  Whether this is  a good or bad thing is open to debate.

Anyway, one of the drawbacks to using a proprietary system like ancestry.com is that those who are not subscribers cannot access research and collaborate.  This blog is another way for me – hopefully – to make connections with people who may be researching the same family names.

My primary research is focused on ancestors from England and Germany.  After they immigrated, they settled in the Midwest, primarily in Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, Ohio, and Indiana.  Some family names are:  Lightcap, Strelesky, Bausman, Deininger, Wulff, Doose, Hebenstreit, and Davis.