Letter from Rev. Hermann Emil Studier to Dorothea (Bohnsack) Studier

Wilhelm and Dorothea (Bohnsack) Studier

Dorothea (Bohnsack) Studier was the twin sister of my 2nd great-grandfather, Carl Hermann "Herman" Bohnsack. Rev. Hermann Emil Studier was born in Germany in 1859, and immigrated to the U.S. in 1869. His older brother, Wilhelm, was Dorothea's husband. In 1939, Dorothea received a letter from her brother-in-law, Rev. Studier. While Dorothea and Rev. Studier were both born in Germany, the letter was written in English. In the letter, Rev. Studier talks about his various ailments and daily activities. What interested me the most, and why I'm sharing the letter, is he … [Read more...]

Letter from George Davies to Jacob Davis 3rd

Letter from George Davies to Jacob Davis 3rd

Below is a transcribed letter that the widow of David Mayo Davis gave to my mother and grandmother, Marian Davis, in the early 2000s.  David and my grandfather, Stanley Davis,  were cousins. (Read all of David's research.) Written in 1868, the letter is from George Davies to his nephew Jacob Davis III.  George Davies (1803-1880) was the son of Jacob Davies I and Elizabeth Vivian, my 4th great-grandparents. Jacob III was the son of Jacob Davies II and Jane Blewett, and brother to my 2nd great-grandfather, John B. Davis. George was living in Port Burwell, … [Read more...]

Death Notice: Elizabeth (Davis) Wear

Death: Elizabeth (Davis) Wear

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 … [Read more...]

Obituary: Mary (Davies) Jeffery

Obituary: Mary (Davies) Jeffery

Mary (Davis/Davies) Jeffery was a daughter of my ggg-grandparents, Jacob Davies II and Jennifer "Jane" Blewett. She was a sister to my gg-grandfather, John B. Davis. Mary was born on July 27, 1832, in Cornwall, England. A few years after her father died, Mary immigrated to the United States with her mother and siblings, first settling in Pennsylvania. John Jeffery and Mary married in June 23, 1853 in Pennsylvania. They had nine children, including: William, Joseph Alexander, Sherman William Tecumseh, Edward, John and Thomas. I do not know the names of the other … [Read more...]

Biography: Alfred Hicks

Biography: Alfred Hicks

The biography of Alfred Hicks was published in The History of the Yakima Valley, Washington, comprising Yakima, Kittitas and Benton Counties by the S.J. Clarke Publishing Co. (1919) Volume II, page 645.   Alfred Hicks was the son of Henry and Hester (Ingram) Hicks, and the youngest brother of my gg-grandmother Margaret Jane (Hicks) Davis. --- ALFRED HICKS. Alfred Hicks, one of the prominent orchardists in the vicinity of Grandview, having thirty acres planted to apples, has readily adapted himself to conditions and opportunities of the northwest and through … [Read more...]

Biography: William Passmore

William Passmore

William Passmore is not a direct ancestor of mine.  His daughter Elizabeth Edna Passmore married James T. Davis, a nephew of my gg-grandfather John B. Davis.  Passmore was the coroner for the suicide of William Davis, brother of James T. Davis. His ties to the Davis family are why I'm posting his biography published in Portrait and Biographical Album of Jo Daviess and Carroll Counties, Illinois (1889), p257. William Passmore, his wives Elizabeth and Sarah, and children Anna Marie, Salina, and John Yonatt are buried in Council Hill Cemetery. Unfortunately, I was … [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...]

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 … [Read more...]


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