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Davis Family of West Virginia

Updated February 10, 2005

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My family were immigrants as were so many others. The earliest member that I can verify is Daniel Davis, b. 11 Feb 1759 in Chester Co., PA. Like so many others, he followed a particular route by going to what is now West Virginia. Durint that time, the American Revolutionary War caught him and he served his term as well as a term for William Davis. He married Elizabeth "Betsey" Stephenson there and lived out his life, dying in 1838 in Cabell Co., WV
His son Benjamin S. Davis lived his life in West Virginia, marrying Sarah Gilkerson 08 June 1799 in Greenbrier Co. He was born 1755 in Greenbrier Co., WV.
Next came James M.C. Davis, his youngest child. He was born 1829 in Cabell Co., WV. He married Elizabeth "Eliza" Rutherford, daughter of Joseph Rutherford and Margaret Morrison. In 1868 they moved to Greene Co., MO. In September, on a hay making across the border into Kansas, he died suddenly. The family too him back to Springfield, Green Co., Mo for burial. The childre ranged from 18 to3 months. Eliza remarried to John Taylor of VA. She died in 1904 in MO.
Marcellus Davis, their second son, became by Great grandfather. He was born 29 Oct 1853 in Cabell Co., WV. On Sunday 18 April 1880, he and his sweetheart were out buggy riding when they met the preacher. They asked the preacher if he would marry them so they were married beside a country road in Ozark Co., MO. He was 26 and she 17 at the time. In 1892 they trekked to Texas with her family in a wagon train. First, they spent a terrified night camped in Indian Territory. The locals were holding a dance complete with drums and feathers. In the morning they hitched up and pulled out only to find out that the Indians were holding a form of wake for two prominent members who had died. Then, while crossing the Red River they got into quick sand and almost lost their team and wagon. Into Texas, a disease struck, first the children, then the adults. The baby of Luzana Scrogum and James Franklin Shipley died and was buried beside the trail. As the immigrants succombed to disease, Louisa Ann Scrogum Davis, was thrown into pre mature labor but a 5 lb baby girl was safely delivered. She promptly contracted the diseas and almost died. But Marcellus gave them all a good dose to Quinine and everybody lived.
Houston Davis was born 03 March 1884 in MO and died in church one Sunday night in Graham, Young, TX. He married Mamie Viola Lewis of GA: daughter of David T. Lewis and Mary M. Blissett, farmed for a living and raised 4 children. Mamie died in 1922 in Young Co., TX
The oldest son of C.B. Davis ( named for his doctor, Charles Bryant). He married Jewel Elliott. He was 19 and she 15 when I was born.


 
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