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, … Continue reading Letter from George Davies to Jacob Davis 3rd
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 … Continue reading Death Notice: Elizabeth (Davis) Wear
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 … Continue reading Obituary: Mary (Davies) Jeffery
My ggg-grandmother Hester Jane (Ingram) Hicks was born in Crowan, Cornwall, England in 1822, and died on October 24, 1889, in Scales Mound, Jo Daviess Co, Illinois. When she was … Continue reading Obituary: Hester Jane (Ingram) 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, … Continue reading Biography: Alfred Hicks
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 … Continue reading Inquest results for John B. Davis
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?!
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.