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...]

Death Notice: Margaret Jane (Hicks) Davis

Death Announcement: Margaret Jane (Hicks) Davis

Margaret Jane (Hicks) Davis was  my great-great grandmother, and the wife of John B. Davis.  Her parents were Henry Hicks and Hester Ingram. Margaret was born on June 17, 1843 in Guilford Twp, Jo Daviess Co, Illinois.  She died June 14, 1915 in Council Hill, Jo Daviess Co, Illinois. Margaret and John had six children: Estella, Alvin, Laban, John, Lovella, and Percival. The announcement of her death appeared in the Galena paper on Tuesday evening, June 15, 1915. Transcription of Death Announcement: Council Hill Lady Dead Mrs. J.B. Davis Dies at … [Read more...]

Obituary: Laban Davis

Laban and Gladys (Ray) Davis

Laban Davis was an older brother of my great-grandfather Percy Davis. Laban was born October 12, 1873, in Council Hill, Jo Daviess Co, Illinois, to John B. and Margaret (Hicks) Davis.  He was the third of six children. On November 23, 1915, he married Gladys Cecelia Ray in Dubuque, Iowa.  She was a mail-order bride. Gladys died during childbirth on October 24, 1917, in Dubuque.  The unnamed baby girl passed away a few days later. Gladys and baby are buried together in Citizen's Cemetery, also known as Scales Mound Township Cemetery. Laban discovered his … [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: 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...]

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