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.

George Brittain (1813-1877) & Memory Larimore (1813-1885)

UPDATED JULY 2017

George Brittain and Memory Larimore are my 4x great grandparents, parents of my 3x great grandmother Jane Brittain.

George Brittain was born in 1813 in Barren County, Kentucky. His parents are Parks Brittain and Sarah Price. In 1820 the family was in Rockcastle, Kentucky. In 1830 the family was in Henricks, Indiana.

Memory Larimore was born in 1813 in Green County, Kentucky. She is the daughter of Richard Larimore Jr. & Mary Polly Benningfield. In 1820 the family lived in Campbellsville, Green County, Kentucky. In 1830 the family lived in Sangamon, Illinois. This story is shared on Ancestry.com and attributed to Michael Anthony Larimore:

“Richard Larimore Jr. migrated with his father and family from North Carolina to Kentucky and Missouri.  Sometime after his fathers death in 1823 he moved his family to west central Illinois.  They settled for a time in Sangamon County where his oldest daugher Elizabeth was married.  They later moved on to Henderson village just north of Galesburg.  This is where he is believed to have died between 1840 and 1850.  Also this is where the Larimore and Brittian families meet.  You can see there were three Larimore – Brittian marrieages amongst his children.  His children, their families and his widowPolly moved on to Keokuk County, Iowa in the mid 1840’s.  He did not go.”

George Brittain and Memory Larimore were married on February 11, 1838 in Knox County, Illinois. On the same day in the same county, George’s brother Frances married Memory’s sister Effemony. Earlier that month in the same county, George’s sister Jane Eliza married Memory’s brother John.

On the 1850 US Census, George and Memory were both 37. They lived in Keokuk County, Iowa with 4 of their children: Jane was 11; Eli was 9; Mary was 2; Sarah was a newborn. Also living in the house was Memory’s mother, Mary Larimore, age 68. George and Memory had 2 more sons, Harvey, age 7; and James, age 6; but I can’t find them on a census.

On the 1860 US Census, George and Memory were listed as being 45 years old. They lived in Medicine, Mercer County, Missouri and had 6 children at home: Harvey was 17; James was 15; Mary was 12; Sarah was 10; Frances was 6; Melcina was 2. Their oldest children Eli and Jane were both married.

On the 1870 US Census, George and Memory were listed as being 58 years old. They lived in Clifton, Wilson County, Kansas and had 2 children at home: Frances, age 16; and Melcina, age 12.

On the 1875 Kansas Census, George and Memory were listed as age 59 and they lived in Painterhood, Howard County, Kansas. It is noted that Memory can’t read or write. Their son Frances and daughter Sarah lived nearby.

George is said to have died in 1877 or 1878 in Taney County, Missouri. This may be his Find A Grave memorial.

On the 1880 US Census, Memory was age 66 and a widow. She lived in Mound Valley, Labette County, Kansas, with daughter Sarah Catherine Brittain Gilstrap’s family.

Memory is said to have died on October 30, 1885 in Taney County, Missouri. She was 71 or 72.

The children of George Brittain and Memory Larimore:

Jane Brittain – My 3x great grandmother Jane was born January 2, 1839 in Henderson, Knox County, Illinois. She married James Henry Bly on May 31, 1854 in Caldwell County, Missouri. They had 4 children. She married Calvin Parton in May 1865. They had 4 children. Jane died October 30, 1911 in Omaha, Arkansas. She was 72. Read about her here.

Eli Brittain – Eli was born in 1841 in Henderson, Knox County, Illinois. He married Margaret Balsher, and they had a son named James Eli Brittain in 1862. Eli died on May 9, 1863 in Helena, Phillip County, Arkansas while serving Iowa in the Civil War. He was 22. Cause of death was Typhoid Fever. His brothers Harvey and James served with him. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Harvey Brittain – Harvey was born February 14, 1843 in Knox County, Illinois. He married Sarah Ellen Stanturf on October 28, 1860. They had 10 children. He served with his brothers Eli and James in the Civil War, Company F of 33rd Iowa Regiment. He died on July 6, 1904 in Idaho. He was 61. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

James Franklin Brittain – James was born September 13, 1844 in Knox County, Illinois. He married Ursula Olive Kirkendall on April 4, 1861 in Grundy County, Missouri. They had 3 children and divorced. He served in the Civil War with brothers Eli and Harvey. He later married Mary Jane Gaines on November 11, 1869 in Wilson County, Kansas. They had 12 children. He died on December 7, 1925 in Tulsa County, Oklahoma. He was 81. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Mary Ethelda Brittain – Mary was born May 1, 1848. She married James Milton Hopper and they had 10 children. She died November 29, 1919 in Midvale, Washington County, Idaho. She was 71. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Sarah Catherine Brittain – Sarah was born February 10, 1850 in Iowa. She married William Henry Gilstrap on October 18, 1868 in Wilson County, Kansas. They had at least 8 children. She died May 20, 1899. She was 49. Her Find A Grave memorial is here. After her death, William married her sister Melcina.

Frances McGuire Brittain – Frances was born in about 1854 in Iowa. He married Sarah Elizabeth Hopper in about 1872. They had at least 3 children. The last record I find for him is the 1880 US Census where he lived with Sarah and the 3 children in Mound Valley, Labette County, Kansas. Sarah died in 1889 at age 36 in Taney County, Missouri.

Melcina Brittain – Melcina was born in 1858. She married William Davis in 1876. They had 6 children, and he died in 1898. She married her sister Sarah’s widow, William Henry Gilstrap, in 1900. My last record of her is the 1920 US Census, where she lived with husband William, two Davis sons and a grandson in Cherokee County, Oklahoma. William Gilstrap died in 1924.

Obituaries for William Davis and some of his children

Here are clippings of obituaries from the family of William Davis & Elizabeth Byerly. These have been passed down through generations. You can click on them to see them larger, and you can save them to your own computer. Unfortunately, I do not know when they were published or in what newspaper.

William Davis

DAVIS William senior Obituary

Cora Etta Davis Sharp – Empraim T. Davis – Emrie Davis

DAVIS Cora Etta Obituary DAVIS Emphraim Obituary DAVIS Emrie Obituary

Marion Lucien Davis – Minta Estelle Davis – William W. Davis

DAVIS Marion Lucien DAVIS Minta Estella Obituary DAVIS William W Obituary

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

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.