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...]

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...]


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