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Henry C. Davis family news article 1887


Posted By: Susan Davis Patt (email)
Date: 7/5/2004 at 20:34:49

Elkader Weekly Register, June 9, 1887
Elkader, Clayton Co., IA
(copied by Glenn Davis family)

June 6, 1887
The family of Henry Clay Davis of this township are sadly afflicted-- Mr. and Mrs. Davis and their youngest daughter went to Hot Springs, Arkansas a few weeks ago--where Mr. Davis expected to regain his health. They took passage on a Mississippi River steamer and during the voyage, Abbie, the daughter, was exposed to the measles and shortly thereafter came down with the disease. She was on a fair road to recovery when she suffered a relapse and soon after was taken to the home above where sickness and sorrow are unknown. She was buried in that southern city far away from her brothers, sisters and dear friends. She was 12 years old. The family at home received word that Mr. and Mrs. Davis had started for home a week ago but at this writing they had not reached this place. The sons and two daughters are nearly crazed by their troubles. they do not know where the parents are nor do they get any news of them.

Abbie Davis died 28 May 1887 aged 11 ys 8 mos, according to the inscription on one side of the gravestone in Grant View Cemetery, Delaware Co., IA.

One side of this stone bears the inscription of her father which reads: "HENRY C. DAVIS Died June 18, 1887 Aged 57 Y's 26 D's."

On another side of this stone is the inscription of her grandfather, "SYLVESTER DAVIS Died Sept. 12, 1869 Aged 78 Yrs. & 6 Mos."


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