Ephraim Davis (1800-1865) & Anna McClure (1800-1840)

Ephraim Davis and Anna McClure are Todd’s 4x Great Grandparents.

Ephraim Davis was born in about 1800 in Pennsylvania. I don’t know who his parents are.

Anna McClure was born in about 1800.  I don’t know who her parents are.

Ephraim and Anna were married in about 1824 (based on the birth of their first child), probably in Pennsylvania since their 3 oldest children were born there.

On the 1840 US Census, the family was in Ashland County, Ohio. They moved here prior to the birth of their 4th child in May of 1834. They were a family of 6: 1 male under age 5 (Ephraim was 4); 2 males aged 5-9 (William was 9 and Henry was 6); 1 male aged 40-49 (Ephraim was 40); 1 female aged 10-14 (Nancy was 12); 1 female aged 20-29 (hmmm, Anna was 40). Their son McClure Davis, age 15, isn’t accounted for.

Anna McClure Davis is said to have died in 1840. However, in his will Ephraim refers to Margaret (born in 1844) as one of his “5 oldest children” and doesn’t list her as a child with his 2nd wife Rachel (who he married 4 years after Margaret’s birth). Her Find A Grave memorial is here. I suspect that Anna actually died in or after 1844.

Ephraim married Rachel Budd on July 6, 1848 in Richland, Ohio. This is according to the Find A Grave memorial for Rachel.

On the 1850 US Census, Ephraim is 50 and Rachel is 33. They lived in Vermillion, Ashland County, Ohio. Children in the home are McClure, age 23; William, age 18; Henry, age 16; Ephraim, age 13; and Margaret, age 6. (Listed next on the census is McClure Davis, living alone, age 33, a teacher. I have no idea who this would be.)

The 1850 Agriculture Schedule for Vermillion, Ashland County, Ohio lists the following for Ephraim Davis:
48 acres of land, improved, 27 acres of land unimproved
$1500 cash value of farm
$75 cash value of farming implements and machinery
3 horses, 3 milch cows, 3 other cattle, 12 sheep, 13 swine
$250 value of live stock
173 bushels of wheat
28 bushels of rye
250 bushels of Indian corn
150 bushels of oats

On the 1860 US Census, Ephraim was 60 and Rachel was 43 (though the census says 53). They lived in Vermillion, Ashland County, Ohio. They have 6 kids at home: Ephraim Jr., age 22, and a physician; Margaret, age 16; Jared, age 9; Mary, age 8; Elizabeth, age 2; and Susan, age 9 months. Ephraim Jr. died less than a month later.

The 1860 Agriculture Schedule for Vermillion, Ashland County, Ohio lists the following for Ephraim Davis:
65 acres of land, improved, 20 acres of land unimproved
$3400 cash value of farm
$100 cash value of farming implements and machinery
3 horses, 3 milch cows, 3 other cattle, 9 sheep, 9 swine
$530 value of live stock
175 bushels of wheat
100 bushels of Indian corn
300 bushels of oats
38 pounds of wool

Ephraim died in 1865. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

On the 1870 US Census, widowed Rachel was 52 and remained in Vermillion, Ashland County, Ohio. Her 4 biological children were still at home: Jared, age 19; Mary, age 18; Elizabeth, age 12; and Susan, age 10. (Mary’s future husband, Paxton Applegate, lived next door.)

Rachel died in June 14, 1879. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

The children of Ephraim Davis & Anna McClure:

Note: Ephraim’s will is available at Ancestry.com. He refers to his children with 2nd wife Rachel by name, and he refers to his “5 oldest children,” those with Anna, by name also. He had a 6th child with Anna, Ephraim Jr., who died prior to the will.

McClure Davis – McClure was born in February 23, 1825 in Pennsylvania. He married Mary J. Baker on March 10, 1853 in Ashland County, Ohio. They had 5 children. His Find A Grave memorial is here, but at the time of this writing the date of death listed is actually the date of death for his son McClure Jr.

Nancy Davis – Nancy was born on July 20, 1828 in Pennsylvania. She married Carmi Maffett in about 1849 in Pennsylvania. They had 5 children. She died on April 4, 1895 in Ashland County, Ohio. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

William Davis – William is Todd’s 3x Great Grandfather. Read about him here.

Henry Bascom Davis – Henry was born on May 24, 1834 in Ohio. He married Elizabeth Cole on October 15, 1854 in Ashland County, Ohio. He was a Reverend, and he served Ohio in the Civil War. He died on November 9, 1895. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Ephraim Davis Jr. – Ephraim Jr. was born on November 14, 1836 in Ohio. He was a physician. He died on September 1, 1860. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Margaret Jane Davis – Margaret was born April 9, 1844 in Ohio. She married Matthew Turner McClure on October 24, 1865 in Ashland County, Ohio. They had at least 3 children. She died October 29, 1906 in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

The children of Ephraim Davis & Rachel Budd:

Jared Davis –  Jared was born in August 29, 1851 in Ohio. He married Anna E. Scott in about 1875. They had 3 children. He died in September 29, 1909 in Vermillion, Ashland County, Ohio. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Mary Davis – Mary was born in about 1852 in Ohio. She married Hugh Paxton Applegate. They had 3 children. She died in 1921. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Elizabeth Davis – Elizabeth was born in about 1858 in Ohio. I don’t have record of her after the 1880 US Census when she lived with her sister Mary Davis Applegate.

Susan Davis – Susan was born in about 1859 in Ohio. I don’t have record of her after the 1870 US Census.

William Davis (1831-1891) & Elizabeth Byerly (1831-1911)

William & Elizabeth are Todd’s great great grandparents, the parents of his great grandmother Maude Amy Davis. I don’t have a photo of William & Elizabeth, but I have photos of their children.

(Photos: All 15 of the Davis children, wearing mourning clothes, gathered after the death of their father in 1891. I was recently contacted by Deb Clements who has an original photo of the sons, which had belonged to Mrs. W. H. Cooper (Doris Francis Gray),  a daughter of the youngest Davis girl, Maude Amy Davis. It is marked with identification on the back as follows:
Standing, left to right: William Davis, Joseph Davis, Marion L. Davis, Thurman Davis. Seated, left to right: Henry Milton Davis, Andrew M. Davis, Ephraim Davis, Emory Davis.)

DAVIS Maude Amy's brothers black and white  DAVIS Maude Amy and sisters black and white

William Davis was born December 1, 1831. His parents are Ephraim Davis and Anna McClure. Read about them here.

Elizabeth Byerly was born April 17, 1831. Her parents are Andrew Byerly & Elizabeth Skiles of Pennsylvania. Andrew fought in the War of 1812. You can see his Find A Grave memorial here. Read about them here.

On the 1850 US Census, there is an 18 year old William in the household with Ephraim Davis in Ashland County, Ohio.

William and Elizabeth were married on April 15, 1852 in Ashland County, Ohio.

On the 1860 US Census, William was 27 and Elizabeth was 28. They had 6 children: Andrew, 8; Ephraim, 6; Emrie, 5; Henry, 3; Rebecca, 1; and Amanda, 2 months. They were farming in Ashland County, Ohio.

On the 1880 US Census, the family was farming in Holt County, Missouri. William and Elizabeth were 49. Henry was 23; Rebecca was 21; William was 18; Laura was 16; Joseph was 15; Margaret was 13; Marion was 12; Coraetta was 10; Minta was 9; Thurman was 7; Maude was 2.

William died on September 9, 1891. His Find A Grave memorial is here. See his obituary here.

On the 1900 US Census, Elizabeth was 69 years old and widowed. She’d had 15 children, and all were living. Three daughters lived at home: Rebecca Ann, 39, a servant; Laura, 35, a servant; and Estella, 26, a teacher.

On the 1910 US Census, Elizabeth was 79, widowed, and the mother of 13 living children. She lived with daughter Maggie and her husband Lew Stouffer (farmers) and their son in Atchison County, Missouri.

Elizabeth died on June 15, 1911. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

(Photos: The Davis family gathered after the death of Elizabeth Byerly Davis, 1911 in Craig, Missouri. In the top photo, Maude Amy Davis Gray is on the left in the front row, holding Ralph Richard Gray.)

DAVIS Maude Amy huge family photo black and white

DAVIS Maude Amy family gathered moms funeral 1911 black and white

The children of William Davis and Elizabeth Byerly:

Dr. Andrew Martin Davis – Dr. Davis was born October 4, 1852 in Ashland County, Ohio. He married Emma Pettis and they had 3 children. He died on September 20, 1927 in Neosho County, Kansas. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Ephraim T. Davis – Ephraim was born January 18, 1854 in Ashland County, Ohio. He married Margaret Baker on November 21, 1880 in Holt County, Missouri, and they had 8 children. They farmed in Atchison County, Missouri. He died on February 20, 1930 in Atchison County, Missouri. His Find A Grave memorial is here. See his obituary here.

Emrie L. Davis – Emrie was born on 1856 in Ashland County, Ohio. He remained in Ohio, and married Nettie Staman. They had 2 children. He worked as a merchant. He died on March 23, 1931 in 1931 in Ashland County, Ohio. His Find A Grave memorial is here. See his obituary here.

Henry Milton Davis – Henry was born on May 30, 1857 in Ashland County, Ohio. He married Clara Delvina Troxel in 1883, and they had 15 children. He farmed in Holt County, Missouri. He died on November 23, 1936 in Holt County, Missouri. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Rebecca Ann Davis – Rebecca was born on October 3, 1859 in Ashland County, Ohio. She didn’t marry. She died of tuberculosis on February 13, 1910. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Amanda Elizabeth Davis – Amanda was born on March 14, 1861 in Ashland County, Ohio. She married James Hamilton Neely in 1880 in Ohio. They moved to Missouri and farmed in Atchison County, and then in 1910 they moved to Montana. They had 3 children. Amanda died on January 20, 1945 in Stanford, Montana. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

William W. Davis – William was born on July 24, 1862 in Ashland County, Ohio. He married Alma Viola Wennihan in 1889 and they had 5 children. They farmed in Holt County, Missouri. William died on November 7, 1936 in Saint Joseph, Missouri. His Find A Grave memorial is here. See his obituary here.

Laura Matilda Davis – Laura was born on April 5, 1864 in Ashland County, Ohio. She never married. She died on July 29, 1907. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Joseph Franklin Davis – Joseph was born on November 2, 1865 in Ashland County, Ohio. He married Minnie Bayha in 1898 and they had no children. They farmed in Atchison County, Missouri. He died on September 27, 1933 in Fairfax, Missouri. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Margaret Charlotte Davis – Margaret was born on April 10, 1867 in Ashland County, Ohio. She married Lewis H. Stouffer in 1889. They farmed in Atchison County, Missouri, and adopted a son. She died on May 14, 1923 in Atchison County, Missouri. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Marion Lucien Davis – Marion was born on February 6, 1869 in Ashland County, Ohio. He married Jessie Sarah Bayha in 1900 and had 3 children. They farmed in Atchison County, Missouri. He died on June 2, 1944 in Fairfax, Missouri. His Find A Grave memorial is here. See his obituary here.

Cora Etta Davis – Etta was born on January 3, 1870 in Ashland County, Ohio. She married Arch Sharp in 1900 and they had 1 child. (Arch had previously been married and widowed, and had 2 children.) Etta died on March 1, 1949 in Maryville, Missouri. Her Find A Grave memorial is here. See her obituary here.

Minta Estella Davis – Estella was born on October 16, 1872 in Ashland County, Ohio. She never married, and worked as a teacher in public schools. She died on April 19, 1948 in Holt County, Missouri. Her Find A Grave memorial is here. See her obituary here.

Thurman Lee Davis – Thurman was born on May 18, 1873 in Ashland County, Ohio. He married Geneva Walker in 1898 and they had 11 children. They farmed in Atchison County, Missouri. Thurman died May 23, 1964 in Fairfax, Missouri. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Maude Amy Davis – Maude is Todd’s great grandmother. You can read more about her here.