Obituary for Gladys (Ray) Davis

Gladys Cecilia (Ray) Davis was the wife of Laban Davis, brother of my great-grandfather Percy. Gladys was 21 years old when she died in childbirth at Mercy Hospital in Dubuque, Dubuque Co, Iowa.  Her baby girl died a few days later.  The baby was not named. Mother and baby are buried together at Scales Mound…

Death Notice: 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:…

Obituary: Laban 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….

Biography: 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…

Death: John Thomas Davis

John Thomas Davis was the brother of my great-grandfather, Percy Davis.  He was born in Council Hill, Illinois, on March 8, 1878.   Both my mom and grandma thought it odd that no one ever talked about him.  His death was very mysterious. I haven’t been able to find any articles but this one about his…

Inquest results for 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…

Obituary: Carrie (Deininger) Stienstra

Below is an obituary for Carrie (Deininger) Stienstra, daughter of John and Rosa (Berger) Deininger.  Edward Deininger was her half-brother. The obituary was published in the Freeport Journal-Standard, Friday, 15 May 1964, page 6. Transcript of obituary: Mrs. Carrie Stienstra GALENA – Mrs. Cornelius (Carrie) Steinstra died Thursday afternoon in the hospital here. She was…

Inquest results on William Davis’ suicide

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…