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The Davis and Dwyer Families of Montana

Updated November 9, 2000

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I am a fifth generation Montanan, on my mother's side. According to the family's oral history, Nathaniel Davis emigrated from Rockingham, Vermont, to California in 1849. By 1854 he may have been in Fort Benton, Montana. He is listed in the unofficial census of Bannock, Montana, in 1863 and I know his son, also Nathaniel Davis, was born in Virginia City around 1865-1867.

Nathaniel II married a widow with six children from two previous marriages,the eldest of which was born in 1900 and still resides in Sheridan, Montana. Her name is Leona G. Jackson. Nathaniel and the widow produced four boys: Ed, Cliff, Donald and Warren. Donald John Davis, my grandfather, was born October 1919 and graduated with his brother Warren from Anaconda High School.

Don Davis married my grandmother, Claire Honora Dwyer, in Butte in February 1941 at St. Mary's Church. Claire was the youngest daughter of John D. Dwyer and Mary Harrington Dwyer, emigrants from Aeiries, County Cork, Ireland. Claire's younger brother and the baby of the family was Emmett. He was killed during a training exercise in Alabama (I think) during WWII.

I Have traced the Davis family back to Rockingham, VT, adn woudl liek to know when they come to America, and from where. Likewise, I am interested in finding out when the Dwyers came to America and whether they came directly to Butte.

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