William Davis & Elizabeth Byerly Family Bible Pages

Here are (photos of copies of) pages from a Davis family Bible listing the births of parents William & Elizabeth Davis, and their 15 children, and the death of William. In many places there is writing over writing, so I suspect this wasn’t filled out as children were born. The birth dates for Henry Milton Davis says April 31st but his death certificate says May 30.

DAVIS family bible page 1

DAVIS family bible page 2

DAVIS family bible record page 3

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.

Franklin Edgar Gray (1878-1971) & Maude Amy Davis (1877-1972)

Edgar & Maude are Todd’s great grandparents, the parents of his grandfather Ralph Richard Gray.

GRAY Franklin Edgar DAVIS Maude Amy All Kids

(Photo: This photo was taken on Edgar & Maude’s 50th Wedding Anniversary in 1950. Back row, left to right: Ralph Richard, Carl Lee, Donald Davis, Dean Alexander, Harold Murray. Front row left to right: Marian Lucille, Frances Doris, Maude & Edgar, Florence Edna, Hope Elizabeth.)

Franklin Edgar Gray was born on August 1, 1878 in Missouri. His parents are Alexander Gray and Rose Althea Browning. I wrote more about them here. He was the oldest of their 4 children.

Maude Amy Davis was born on November 8, 1877 in Ashland, Ohio but had moved to Holt County, Missouri by 1880. Her parents are William Davis and Elizabeth Byerly. I wrote more about them here. She was the youngest of their 15 children.

On the 1880 US Census, Edgar was 2 and lived with his parents in Atchison County, Missouri. They were farming. Maude was also 2 and lived with her parents in Holt County. They too were farming.

Edgar & Maude were married on February 18, 1900 in Craig, Missouri. Four months later they were enumerated on the 1900 US Census. Edgar, age 21, and Maude, age 22. They were farming in Holt County, Missouri and continued to farm there their entire lives.

On the 1910 US Census, Edgar was 31 and Maude was 32. They had 5 children. Dean was 9, Edna was 7, Doris was 6, Carl was 4 and Donald was 1.

Franklin registered for the draft for World War I in 1918 and the card indicates that he was tall, slender, with gray eyes and black hair.

On the 1920 US Census, Edgar and Maude were 41. They had 8 children. Dean was 18, Edna was 17, Doris was 15, Carl was 13 and Donald was 10, Ralph was 8, Marian was 6, and Hope was 1.

(Photo: Edgar & Maude at their 70th wedding anniversary.)

On the 1930 US Census, Edgar was 51 and Maude was 50. They 4 children at home. Ralph was 19, Marian was 16, Hope was 11 and Harold was 8.

On the 1940 US Census, Edgar and Maude were 61. Living at home was daughter Marian, age 26.

Franklin died on June 14, 1971 in Craig, Missouri. His Find A Grave memorial is here. Maude died on June 1, 1972. Her Find a Grave memorial is here.

(Photo: The children of Edgar & Maude, June 1972, probably gathered for their mother’s funeral. Back row, left to right: Don, Dean, Ralph, Carl, Harold. Front row, left to right: Marian, Edna, Doris, Hope.)

The children of Franklin Edgar Gray & Maude Amy Davis:

Dean Alexander Gray – Dean was born on February 22, 1901 in Holt County, Missouri. He married Esther Ruddell and they had 2 children. On the 1930 US Census he worked as a car storer at a packing plant. On the 1940 US Census he worked as a car storer in the meat packing industry. He died on November 29, 1974 in Buchanan County, Missouri. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Florence Edna Gray – Edna was born July 5, 1902 in Holt County, Missouri. She married Paul Revere Griffin on December 15, 1920 and they had 9 children. They left Holt County in 1942 and moved to California. She died September 6, 2006 in San Bernadino, California at age 104. Her Find A Grave memorial, with a wonderful biography, is here.

Frances Doris Gray – Doris was born on April 27, 1904 in Holt County, Missouri. She married William Henry Cooper and they had 2 children. William was an inspector on the railroad. She died on April 26, 1989 in Buchanan County, Missouri. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Carl Lee Gray – Carl was born May 3, 1906 in Holt County, Missouri. He married Hope Eleanor Gaskill and had a daughter. He worked as a painting contractor. He died October 1, 1980 in Buchanan County, Missouri.  His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Donald Davis Gray – Don was born on April 13, 1909 in Holt County, Missouri. He married Geneva Hickman (and his brother Ralph Richard married Geneva’s sister, Edna.) They had 3 children, and farmed. He died on October 8, 1981 in Michigan. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Ralph Richard Gray – Ralph is Todd’s grandfather. You can read more about him here.

Marian Lucille Gray – Marian was born on November 14, 1913 in Holt County, Missouri. She married Wesley Ingram and they had one daughter. She died on September 27, 2002. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Emory William Gray – Emory was born May 1, 1916 in Holt County, Missouri. He died on May 17, 1917 of the measles. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Hope Elizabeth Gray – Hope was born on July 29, 1918 in Holt County, Missouri. She married Welton Helfers and they had one daughter. Hope died on October 14, 2014 in Holt County, Missouri.

Harold Murray Gray – Harold was born August 15, 1921 in Holt County, Missouri. He married Joan Walkup and they had 2 daughters. Harold served in World War II. He died on March 13, 2000 in Buchanan County, Missouri. His Find A Grave memorial, with a nice biography, is here.

Ralph Richard Gray (1911-2007) & Edna Louise Hickman (1913-2000)

Now it’s time for me to record Todd’s family tree. I hope to add interesting biographical information to all of the Gray and Reece family information after talking to Todd’s parents at Thanksgiving this year. But for now . . .

Let’s start with Todd’s paternal grandparents, who spent most of their lives as farmers in Northwest Missouri.

Ralph Richard Gray was born February 28, 1911 in Craig, Missouri. He was the 6th of 10 children. His parents are Franklin Edgar Gray and Maude Amy Davis. Read more about them here.

Edna Louise Hickman was born June 6, 1913 in Mound City, Missouri. She was the 3rd of 4 children. Her parents are George Fletcher Hickman and Minnie Alice Showalter. Read more about them here.

On the 1920 US Census, Ralph was 8 and lived with his parents and siblings on a farm in Holt County, Missouri. Edna was 7 and lived with her parents, siblings and grandfather on a farm in Holt County, Missouri.

On the 1930 US Census, Ralph was 19 and lived with his parents and siblings on a farm in Holt County, Missouri. Edna lived on a farm with her widowed mother and siblings in Holt County, Missouri.

Ralph and Edna were married on August 10, 1932 in Atchison County, Missouri. Grandma Edna told me that her interest in Ralph had been piqued after an afternoon of sledding with a group of friends, which included him.

On the 1940 US Census, Ralph and Edna were married and lived in Atchison County, Missouri. They were living with Tom Westfall as hired hands, and had a 4 year old son, Todd’s father. Ralph was a laborer on the farm and Edna was a laundress.

They had two more children.

Edna died on January 26, 2000 in Maryville, Missouri. Her Find A Grave memorial is here. Ralph died on October 27, 2007 in Mound City, Missouri. His Find A Grave memorial is here.


Their children:

A son, Todd’s father, living

Barry Richard Gray – Barry was born on December 2, 1941 in Holt County, Missouri. He married and had 3 children. He had a long career with State Farm Insurance, He died on January 22, 2007 in Clay County, Missouri. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

A daughter, living

(Photo: Barry Richard Gray, senior in high school.)

Postcard – “hope this will find you feeling fine” 1916

GRAY Alex SHOWALTER A 1916 Front

GRAY Alex SHOWALTER A 1916 Back

Postmarked: November 1916, Craig MO
Addressed to: Mr. Alex Gray, Ensworth Hospital St. Joseph MO

Dear Old Neighbor
hope this will find you feeling fine
you know you did not come
to see us so when you
get home you will haft to
come take the Beast of
care of your self Abe
got cattle at K. C. Wednesday
I talk to Maud nearly a
hour last eve from Mr and
Mrs A. H. Showalter to Alex Gray

Abraham H. Showalter (1872-1944) and his wife Lydia (1874-1920) lived next to Alexander Gray (1856-1940) and Rose Althea Browning Gray (1854-1938) on farms in Craig, Missouri according to the 1910 US Census. Not far away is Maude Amy Davis Gray (1877-1972) married to Alex and Rose’s son Franklin Edgar Gray (1878-1971.)

Ensworth Medical College and Hospital was located at 7th and Jules in St. Joseph, Missouri.