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Isaac Davis

Generation No. 1

1. ISAAC4 DAVIS (JOHN3, JOHN DAVIES2, CHARLES1)1,2 was born October 02, 1796 in Surry Co., NC, and died December 27, 1881 in Richland, Keokuk Co., IA - burial Richland Friends Cemetery, Richland, IA. He married (1) MARY "POLLY" JOHNSON3,4 November 24, 1816 in Montgomery Co., OH, daughter of ARCHELAUS JOHNSON and MARY HUTCHENS. She was born November 20, 1795 in Surry Co., NC, and died April 22, 1863 in Richland, Keokuk Co., IA - burial Richland Friends Cemetery, Richland, IA. He married (2) HATTIE ESTHER? TANSEY 1865. She was born June 06, 1810, and died November 27, 1881.

Notes for ISAAC DAVIS:

The death of uncle Isaac Davis, as he was familiarly called, deserves more than a passing notice. He was born in Surry County, North Carolina, in the year 1796, and had passed his four score and fifth year. Leaving his native state in 1815, he came to Ohio and settled in Butler Twp., Montgomery County. At the age of 20, married Miss Mary Johnson, and remained there until 1832, when he removed wtih his wife and five children to the new state of Indiana. He settled there in Morgan County on a farm and remained there until 1847. (While at White Lick Monthly Meeting in Morgan County, his daughter Lydia was disowned for marriage out of unity (married a cousin). Sons John and James were disowned for the same reason. They were received back into other meetings on certificates). He again removed to the then young state of Iowa - and settled near Richland, when he again removed to Pleasant Plain, in Jefferson County, but remained there only a year, when he returned to this place where he lived until his death. The value of his property in 1850 was listed at $830.

(Richland Monthly Meeting disowned son Daniel for wagering in 1854, son Dayton for joining the Free Masons in 1855, and daughter Mary Ann for joining another society in 1855).

Here his companion through the cares and vicisitudes of the pioneer life he delighted to lead, died in 1863, leaving him alone; as all his children were married. He again married Mrs. Hester Tansey, and lived happily until her death just a month to the hour prior to his own. He was a member of the Friends Church, and had been for many years. Consistant in all his ways, promptness and punctuality were his prinicipal characteristics. A staunch friend and devoted husband and father. He is buried in the Richland Friends Cemetery, Richland, Keokuk Co., IA.

Children of ISAAC DAVIS and MARY JOHNSON are:

2. i. LYDIA5 DAVIS, b. September 29, 1817, Montgomery Co., OH; d. August 14, 1872, Jackson Twp., Clarke Co., IA - burial Ottawa Cemetery, Woodburn, IA.

3. ii. JOHN B. DAVIS, b. July 23, 1820, Montgomery Co., OH; d. September 30, 1902, Richland, Keokuk Co., IA - burial Highland Cemetery, Richland.

4. iii. WILLIAM DAVIS, b. September 05, 1822, Montgomery Co., OH; d. February 22, 1905, Ashland, Clark Co., KS - burial Ashland Cemetery, Ashland.

5. iv. JAMES DAVIS, b. December 15, 1825, Montgomery Co., OH; d. April 12, 1897, Richland, Keokuk Co., IA - burial Methodist Cemetery, Richland.

6. v. ANDERSON DAVIS, b. July 24, 1828, Montgomery Co., OH; d. March 25, 1897, Montgomery Co., KS.

7. vi. DANIEL D. DAVIS, b. September 02, 1833, Moravia, Morgan Co., IN; d. February 02, 1922, Woodburn, Clarke Co., IA - burial Woodburn Cemetery, Woodburn, IA.

8. vii. DAYTON MONTGOMERY DAVIS, b. June 01, 1836, Moravia, Morgan Co., IN; d. March 18, 1909, Richland, Keokuk Co., IA - burial Old Methodist Cemetery, Richland, IA.

9. viii. MARY ANN DAVIS, b. December 27, 1838, Morgan Co., IN; d. June 23, 1907, Manhattan, KS.

Generation No. 2

2. LYDIA5 DAVIS (ISAAC4, JOHN3, JOHN DAVIES2, CHARLES1)5,6 was born September 29, 1817 in Montgomery Co., OH, and died August 14, 1872 in Jackson Twp., Clarke Co., IA - burial Ottawa Cemetery, Woodburn, IA. She married THOMAS ELWOOD JOHNSON6,7,8 March 16, 1837 in Morgan Co., IN, son of THOMAS JOHNSON and JANE BROOKS. He was born June 06, 1814 in Randolph Co., NC, and died August 16, 1900 in Jackson Twp., Clarke Co., IA - burial Ottawa Cemetery, Woodburn, IA.


In 1847, Thomas and Lydia came to Iowa, residing in Keokuk County two years, then moving to Jefferson County, where he was engaged in farming. He owned a farm south of Fairfield, and was also engaged in the building up of Fairfield as a contractor.

In 1861, they moved to Clarke County, Iowa, making their home on Section 14, near the village of Ottawa. They owned 120 acres there and other tracts of land in the vicinity. On August 14, 1872, Thomas met with great affliction in the death of his wife. Thomas married Sarah (Duke) Hall, widow of Nelson Hall in 1875.

He retired from farming in 1876, owning a comfortable home. In December, 1897, he built an office for a flour business in his residence in Woodburn, Clarke County, Iowa. In December, 1899, he and his son, William, rented part of Benjamin Coppock's house and started a flour and feed store there.

In early life he was a Whig and then a radical Prohibitionist. He was reared a Quaker, both parents being of that faith, and also his wife's family.


i. DANIEL DAVIS6 JOHNSON9,10, b. July 11, 1846, Morgan Co., IN; d. July 14, 1913, Jackson Twp., Clarke Co., IA - burial Ottawa Cemetery, Woodburn, IA; m. NANCY BROWN CARSON11, June 29, 1873, Clarke Co., IA; b. October 10, 1850, Fayette Co., PA; d. January 19, 1923, Jackson Twp., Clarke Co., IA - burial Ottawa Cemetery, Woodburn, IA.

ii. ISAAC WILSON JOHNSON12, b. February 08, 1840, Morgan Co., IN; d. April 11, 1863, the Civil War - burial Ottawa Cemetery, Woodburn, IA.


He died in the Civil War, was a member of Co. I, 15th Iowa Infantry.

iii. DAVID BROOKS JOHNSON12, b. September 23, 1841, Morgan Co., IN; d. August 18, 1923.

iv. WILLIAM HENLEY JOHNSON12, b. January 18, 1843, Morgan Co., IN; d. September 04, 1921, Clarke Co., IA - burial Woodburn Cemetery, Clarke Co.; m. REBECCA LAVAL, Aft. May 1865, Iowa; b. 1840, Iowa; d. 1933, Clarke Co., IA - burial Woodburn Cemetery, Clarke Co.


He served in Co. I, 15th Reg. Iowa Infantry in the Civil War. He married in the fall of 1865 after his discharge from the service on May 6, 1865. William owned a 120 acre farm in Section 34 of Jackson Twp., Clarke Co., IA, where they lived all of their married life. He was a member of G.A.R. Post #385 and they were members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

v. MARY JANE JOHNSON12, b. December 30, 1844, Morgan Co., IN; d. September 04, 1921.

vi. SALLY ANN JOHNSON12, b. March 23, 1849, Jefferson Co., IA; d. September 08, 1917, Clarke Co., IA - burial Ottawa Cemetery, Woodburn, IA; m. JOHN ALLEN BRUFFEY, February 22, 1871, Fairfield, Jefferson Co., IA; b. September 1850, Princeton, MO; d. Aft. 1901.


Sallie was converted at the Ottawa, Clarke Co., IA church around the time of her marriage and was a member of the M.E. Church for more than thirty years.

They moved from Ottawa to Woodburn, Iowa, where husband was a carpenter. Sallie was highly esteemed and honored by all that knew her. For years she was engaged in keeping boarders, some of the community and many from abroad. The Bruffey Boarding House was on Sigler Street in Woodburn, and later the telephone exchange was ran out of this home. It was the traveling man's home, and people looked at her as a mother rather than one that entertained. She opened her heart and home to the poor and needy, giving shelter and care to those that were in need. She had a great faith in God and proved by her life that it was possible to be cheerful in the face of adversity and trouble.

The Bruffeys moved to Creston, Iowa, in 1901. John's death date is not on the stone in the Ottawa Cemetery and is not known.

vii. JOHN CLAYTON JOHNSON12, b. March 23, 1849, Jefferson Co., IA; d. September 09, 1849, Jefferson Co., IA.

viii. LYDIA ELLEN JOHNSON12, b. January 02, 1852, Jefferson Co., IA; d. September 28, 1873, Jefferson Co., IA - burial Ottawa Cemetery, Woodburn, IA.

ix. THOMAS SYLVESTER JOHNSON12, b. June 15, 1854, Jefferson Co., IA; d. July 17, 1909, Chariton, Lucas Co., IA - burial Woodburn Cemetery, Clarke Co., IA; m. HANNAH ELVESSA TULLIS, 1876; b. November 01, 1859; d. October 06, 1951, burial Woodburn Cemetery, Clarke Co.

3. JOHN B.5 DAVIS (ISAAC4, JOHN3, JOHN DAVIES2, CHARLES1)13 was born July 23, 1820 in Montgomery Co., OH, and died September 30, 1902 in Richland, Keokuk Co., IA - burial Highland Cemetery, Richland. He married SARAH W. FERREE14 September 10, 1840 in Morgan Co., IN, daughter of JOHN FERREE and PRISCILLA WARD. She was born April 1822, and died May 02, 1904 in Richland, Keokuk Co., IA - burial Highland Cemetery, Richland.

Notes for JOHN B. DAVIS:

While a mere lad, John went with his parents to Morgan County, Indiana, and there grew to manhood. At that place on September 10, 1840, he was married to Sarah Ferree. To this union were born nine children. He came to Keokuk County, Iowa, in 1847, and during his earlier life worked at the cooper's trade and carpentering. He built the old seminary which was destroyed by fire in 1866.

In the early 1850's he engaged in the mercantile business and also extensively in buying stock. In those days the nearest shipping points were Keokuk and Burlington. At one time, Uncle John, as he came to be familiarly known, drove a herd of 1800 head of hogs to Keokuk. He followed this business until the year 1868. In 1869 he opened a grocery store and conducted that business until 1893, when he retired from active business.

Uncle John Davis was probably as widely known as any man in Keokuk county. And he was known for his honesty and integrity. His dealings covered a wide scope of country and in this way he became acquainted with the people far and near. Even to within a short time before his death, he showed a wonderful vitality for his age. Funeral services were conducted at his late residence in Richland on Thursday, October 2, under the auspices of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Every business house in Richland was closed that afternoon in honor of the dead pioneer.

Children of JOHN DAVIS and SARAH FERREE are:

i. ZERELDA J.6 DAVIS, b. 1843, IN.

ii. JAMES M. DAVIS, b. 1845, IN.

iii. WILLIAM H. DAVIS, b. September 1847.

iv. MARY P. DAVIS, b. April 1850, Keokuk Co., IA.

v. SIBBIE E. DAVIS, b. 1852, Keokuk Co., IA.

vi. LYDIA C. DAVIS, b. 1856, Keokuk Co., IA.

vii. HENRY C. DAVIS, b. 1858, Keokuk Co., IA.

viii. EVELINE DAVIS, b. December 1860, Keokuk Co., IA.

4. WILLIAM5 DAVIS (ISAAC4, JOHN3, JOHN DAVIES2, CHARLES1)15 was born September 05, 1822 in Montgomery Co., OH, and died February 22, 1905 in Ashland, Clark Co., KS - burial Ashland Cemetery, Ashland. He married HULDAH HADLEY16,17 November 15, 1847 in Keokuk Co., IA, daughter of JOSEPH HADLEY and MARY HINSHAW. She was born February 14, 1829 in Chatham Co., NC, and died June 01, 1917 in Ashland, Clark Co., KS - burial Ashland Cemetery, Ashland.


William Davis was born at Dayton, Ohio, September 5, 1822, departed this life at his home in Ashland, Kansas, February 22, 1905, aged 82 years, 4 months and 17 days.

He came to Indiana with his parents when he was a small boy and later on to Iowa. November 14, 1847, he was married to Huldah Hadley in Keokuk County, IA. From there they moved to Montgomery County, Kansas. From there they came to Clark County in 1885, and have since made this their home.

The old gentleman has been in failing health for a number of years. He was an honorable, upright citizen and leaves a good record. He had been a Quaker all of his life.


Hulda Hadley was born near Raleigh, N.C., more than 88 years ago and died in Ashland, Kansas, Friday evening, June 1. She lived at the place of her birth until she was 12 years old and then moved, with her parents, to Richland, Iowa, where, in 1847, she was married to Wm. Davis. The family moved to Independence, Kansas, in 1871, and to Clark County in 1885.

Ten children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Davis, seven of whom are living. They are M.E. Johnson, Ashland; Mandy Couch, LaPorte; I.N. Davis, Hagerman, Idaho; Lon Davis, Deering, Kan.; Geo. Davis, Gate, Okla.; Eva Henry, LaPorte, Ind.; Lida McKay, Enid, Okla. Thirty-two grandchildren and sixty-two great grandchildren survive Mrs. Davis.

"Grandma" Davis had been feeble and almost helpless for a long time, and about ten weeks ago she fell out of a chair breaking her hip, which caused her death. Funeral services were held Sunday from the M.E. church and burial made in the Ashland Cemetery.

- Ashland, Kan. Record obituary, Richland Clarion, June 21, 1917, front page


i. MARY EMILY6 DAVIS18, b. September 09, 1848, Richland, Keokuk Co., IA; m. (1) HENRY DAVIS19, December 12, 1867; m. (2) MILTON JOHNSON19, November 21, 1869.

ii. JOSEPHUS F. DAVIS20, b. March 07, 1850, Richland, Keokuk Co., IA; m. VICTORINE PIERCE20; b. Abt. 1854.

iii. LYDIA JANE DAVIS21,22, b. July 17, 1851, Richland, Keokuk Co., IA; d. January 16, 1905, near Protection, KS; m. ALFRED MORRISON HAYDOCK22, October 28, 1869, IA; b. November 22, 1846, Morgan Co., IN; d. November 27, 1903, Tulare, CA.

iv. JOHN A. DAVIS23, b. April 04, 1854, Richland, Keokuk Co., IA.

v. AMANDA A. DAVIS24, b. May 28, 1856; m. MALE COUCH24.

vi. ISAAC N. DAVIS25, b. Abt. 1858, Richland, Keokuk Co., IA; m. MARY C. LIGHTMAN25, December 23, 1879, Montgomery Co., KS26; b. Abt. 1864, IL.

Notes for ISAAC N. DAVIS:

He and his wife are living with his parents in the 1880 Kansas census.

vii. GEORGE W. DAVIS, b. September 1862, IA; m. LAURA J. JOHNSON26, March 26, 1884, Montgomery Co., KS; b. Abt. 1861.

viii. EVA DAVIS27, b. Abt. 1865, IA.

ix. ALIDA DAVIS28, b. February 07, 1867, Keokuk Co., IA.

x. ALONZO DAVIS, b. Aft. 1868.

5. JAMES5 DAVIS (ISAAC4, JOHN3, JOHN DAVIES2, CHARLES1) was born December 15, 1825 in Montgomery Co., OH, and died April 12, 1897 in Richland, Keokuk Co., IA - burial Methodist Cemetery, Richland. He married HANNAH THORNBURG 1847 in IN. She was born 1829, and died January 01, 1887 in Richland, Keokuk Co., IA - burial Methodist Cemetery, Richland.


i. JOHN D.6 DAVIS, b. September 1848.

ii. ELIZA (LIDA) DAVIS, b. 1851.

iii. DICELVA "SYLVIA" DAVIS, b. 1854.

iv. ALFRED DAVIS, b. 1858.

v. EFFA M. DAVIS, b. July 1864.

6. ANDERSON5 DAVIS (ISAAC4, JOHN3, JOHN DAVIES2, CHARLES1)29 was born July 24, 1828 in Montgomery Co., OH, and died March 25, 1897 in Montgomery Co., KS. He married MARY J. JONES 1850 in Keokuk Co., IA. She was born August 03, 1828 in IN, and died January 11, 1916 in Montgomery Co., KS.

Children of ANDERSON DAVIS and MARY JONES are:

i. NANCY E.6 DAVIS, b. 1853.

ii. ELVA DAVIS, b. 1855.

iii. ORLA M. DAVIS30, b. 1858; m. EDWARD NOBSON30, May 29, 1877, Montgomery Co., KS30; b. Abt. 1855.

iv. LEVI V. DAVIS, b. 1860.

v. ADA DAVIS31, b. 1862, IA.

7. DANIEL D.5 DAVIS (ISAAC4, JOHN3, JOHN DAVIES2, CHARLES1)32,33,34,35,36 was born September 02, 1833 in Moravia, Morgan Co., IN, and died February 02, 1922 in Woodburn, Clarke Co., IA - burial Woodburn Cemetery, Woodburn, IA. He married LAURA ANN "ANN" WAYMAN37,38 September 24, 1868 in Keokuk Co., IA39, daughter of JOHN WAYMAN and MARY SMITH. She was born August 08, 1837 in near Melmore, Seneca Co., OH, and died February 24, 1925 in Woodburn, Clarke Co., IA - burial Woodburn Cemetery, Woodburn, IA.

Notes for DANIEL D. DAVIS:

Daniel moved with his parents to Iowa near Richland in 1846. He worked in a shoe shop, clerked in a store, and was also a supply teacher in the Richland schools. When the Civil War broke out he volunteered his services. He tried to join the infantry, but was rejected on account of being under weight and height. He volunteered for cavalry service and became a member of Co. D, 9th Iowa Cavalry on August 12, 1863. He enlisted for three years. On November 12, 1865, he was promoted for meritorious conduct to the rank of 1st Sergeant Co. D. May 2, 1866, he was again promoted to the rank of Lieutenant, in which capacity he had served 2 months previous to the close of the war. The commission was dated back to January 20, 1866. He received an honorable discharge from the service February 28, 1866.

While in the war, he was sent out with a detail of men for foraging. They had to do that sometimes to get something to eat besides hard-tack which occasionally would go wormy and had to be toasted so the worms would crawl out before they ate it. He said some of the men would take all the poor Southerners had to eat but he would not do that and leave them to starve. They heard about a place where they could get some cured hams to eat, and the woman there was a fine southern lady. She asked Daniel if he could give her some coffee, and he gave her all he had.

The Corporal of his regiment had his wife with him part of the time and they had a little daughter named May. (Dan and Ann named their daughter May after her).

When he came back from the war he married Ann Wayman Wade, a war widow. They lived at her farm near Richland. Just south of the Star School house on this property was an old building that later was used as a stock shelter or feed room. Through the 1880's this sheltered an interesting bunch of Star pupils, the five sons and one daughter of Dan and Ann. Dan was the school director for many years. (In 1885 he farmed in the northeast quarter of the northeast quarter of Sec. 30, Richland Twp., Keokuk Co).

After the children were grown, he sold the farm near Richland to Roy Nordyke (son-in-law to Alice Wade Vastine - Ann's daughter by her first husband). They moved to the Pine Tree Stock farm near Woodburn, IA, in September of 1901. He formed a partnership with his sons - Charles, Fred and Isaac and engaged in farming and stock raising under the firm name of Daniel Davis and Sons. The partnership was dissolved after Isaac's death, and Daniel and his wife moved to Woodburn. He was born and raised a Quaker and held to that faith.


Laura Ann Wayman was born August 8, 1837, in Melmore Co., Ohio. With her family, Ann (Laura was called by her middle name) emigrated to Iowa from Ohio by the covered wagon route in 1854. This family, which included ten children, left behind a nice new house when coming from Ohio to Iowa. In Ohio, they had a spring which ran through their cave and kept things cool. They also had a peach orchard and all kinds of fruit and nut trees. Ann's mother was almost an invalid while having her children, making Ann the chief cook and housekeeper to the whole family. She had to stay home from school at least once a week to wash, iron, cook, and bake and so lost interest in school books. In spite of this, she did learn to read, write, spell and do some arithmetic. She was converted in the M.E. Church at Richland when about 18 years of age, but joined the Baptist church at her father's request and remained a faithful member until it was discontinued.

After Ann and John Wade were married they went to housekeeping in a small frame house that Moses Warner had built in his yard for a cheese house. Here their first child, Alice, was born.

Ann's father gave the 1/2 acre for the Star School. He gave her and her sister Jane each 20 acres of land. Ann bought Jane's share and so she and John had 40 acres (1/2 acre of which the Star School was on) and they built a small house. Then came the Civil War, that desolated many homes, and Johnny enlisted in the 40th Iowa on August 12, 1862. On April 10, 1864, he was wounded at Prairie Anne, Arkansas. He died five days later near Camden, Arkansas.

Ann sawed lumber, and pulled it to the yard with a rope around her waist where she built a lean-to summer kitchen. Their young son, Johnnie, was taken ill with dysentary and died. He is buried in the Halferty Cemetary, west 1/2 mile from Star School. Her oldest, Alice, was very ill also, and Ann cared for her day and night. After about 3 weeks of being ill, Alice begged for some cabbage that was cooking. Ann gave her a little juice, and from then on she improved fast and was soon well and strong. Once Ann had only $5.00 that was badly needed to feed the children. A preacher came and talked her out of the money, quoting about the widow's mite. Her son Lincoln never liked preachers after that.

After the war was over, Ann married Daniel Davis, and they continued to reside in the same home, later moving to Woodburn, IA, in 1901. In 1918 she joined with the M.E. church, which was the church of her choice, at Woodburn and remained a member until her death. Her life was filled with the love of service to others with little thought of self. Ann passed away on February 24, 1925, in Clarke Co., IA.

Children of DANIEL DAVIS and LAURA WAYMAN are:

i. CHARLES SYLVESTER6 DAVIS40,41, b. August 29, 1869, Keokuk Co., IA; d. April 23, 1927, Woodburn, Clarke Co., IA - burial Woodburn Cemetery; m. MAUDE MABEL EVANS42, January 23, 1905, Woodburn, IA; b. April 23, 1882, Lucas Co., IA; d. April 12, 1961, Osceola, Clarke Co., IA - burial Woodburn Cemetery.


At the early age of twelve years, his father having met with an accident which temporarily disabled him for farm work, Charlie put his hand to the plow, and soon became an able assistant on the farm. When he was about 18 years of age an uncle in Georgia offered him the position of overseer on his plantation. He spent one and a half years in this position. Returning to Richland, IA, he again took up his farm duties to which he added the buying of stock and the business management of the farm. He served in the Spanish-American War.

In 1901, he with his father and brothers Fred and Isaac, formed the firm of Dan Davis and Sons. They became the proprietors of the Pine Tree Stock Farm which occasioned their removal from Richland to Woodburn. Here they carried on a successful business until after the death of Isaac. In autumn of 1918 the firm was dissolved.

In 1905 he was married to Maude Mabel Evans and they had one child, Clare Marie. He owned a prime 400 acre farm near Fairfield, IA, and two tracts of land in Woodburn, IA. They were both in the east part of town, one being seven acres and the other a farm. The acreage contained a "miniature farm". A fine house was built by Charlie there about 1910, and was one of the most modern at that time. Also on this land was a large flower garden, chicken house, barn, hog house, and auto garage. This house still stands in Woodburn - it is located on the first gravel street to the east as you go down the hill into the town. (It is the third to the last house on the north side). The farm near Fairfield had to be sold for taxes when he died during the Depression.

He joined the order of Odd Fellows at an early age and kept up his affiliations with that lodge until the day of his death. In religious faith he held to that of the Friends and he was never to busy to perform an act of kindness, to sit up with the sick or comfort those in trouble. Always an accomodating neighbor, a kind father and husband he will be much missed in this community. He served on the Town Council of Woodburn from 1921-1925.

His grandson remembers being told that his grandpa died of a heart attack shortly after carrying a heavy box of tools from the house up the hill to the barn on the acreage at Woodburn.

ii. EUGENE "JEAN" DAVIS43, b. April 21, 1871, Keokuk Co., IA; d. March 01, 1937, Libertyville, Jefferson Co., IA - burial Brethren Cemetery, Ollie, IA; m. ANNA BELLE YULE44, December 12, 1891, Keokuk Co., IA; b. October 18, 1875, Richland Twp., Keokuk Co., IA; d. January 20, 1957, Richland Twp., Keokuk Co., IA.


Jean was born south of where the Star School house in Richland Twp., Keokuk County, IA, was located. He was a farmer, and the family lived near Woodburn, IA, for awhile then located back to the Richland area, where they lived four miles west of Libertyville until a year before his death. At this time, they moved into a house two blocks east of the square. He had been in poor health, but apparently no worse than usual until a few hours before his passing. Services were held in the Allen Funeral Parlors.


Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Richland Methodist church for Mrs. Anna Davis, 81, who died Sunday morning at the Hadley rest home. She had been in failing health for several years and critically ill the past 12 days. Burial will be in the Brethren cemetery northwest of Richland.

Mrs. Davis was born northwest of Richland Oct. 18, 1875, the daughter of Samuel and Sarah Wagner Yule. Her life was spent in the Richland community with the exception of 12 years. On Dec. 20, 1891, she was married to Jean Davis who died in 1937. She is survived by six children: Mrs. Vesta Waugh and Warren Davis, Libertyville; Sam Davis, Middletown; Mrs. Edith Greeson, Richland; Frank Davis, Keosauqua; and Mrs. Opal Armstrong, Hillsboro. Also surviving are 14 grandchildren, including a granddaughter, Mrs. Louise Dammerman of Grand Mound who was reared as a daughter when her mother died when she was born; 29 great-grandchildren and one brother, James B. Yule of Richland. She was preceded in death by a son, one daughter, seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Mrs. Davis was a member of the Brethren church and had attended the Methodist church the last several years.

obituary, Fairfield Daily Ledger, January 21, 1957 page 5

iii. MAY DAVIS, b. May 1873, Keokuk Co., IA; d. Aft. 1956; m. CHARLES BENJAMIN MARTIN I45, October 07, 1905, Woodburn, IA, at her parent's home46; b. April 22, 1879, Woodburn, Clarke Co., IA; d. April 26, 1953, Deaconess Hospital, Billings, Yellowstone Co., MT - burial Hillcrest Lawn Mausoleum, Great Falls, Cascade Co., MT.

Notes for MAY DAVIS:John Wayman Descendants

May was a schoolteacher before her marriage.

In 1914 at Smith, Petroleum Co. (then Fergus Co.), Montana. In 1918 at Bozeman, Gallatin Co., Montana. In 1922 at Laurel, Yellowstone Co., Montana and in 1927 at Livingston, Park Co., Montana. (I have checked and they are not buried in Park Co.) In 1947, they are both living and at Park City, Stillwater Co., Montana.

A lookup volunteer wrote this after talking to the local historian, Mary Fink, for Park City, Stillwater Co., Montana :

"Would you believe she lived just across the street from Charles and May! She's very bright/alert lady for her 70 some years. Said Charles and May lived next to the old high school gymnasium. The gym caught fire in the early 1950's she thought and taking with it, the Martin's home. They had a garage of sorts in the back of their yard that they converted into a home. They continued to live there about two years before Charles became too ill for them to stay on their own. She thought they had moved to Livingston to live with their son. She confirmed what we thought, Charles was a retired railroad man."


He was a railroad conductor at the time of their marriage, probably with the C.B.&Q. Railroad, since they ran through that part of Iowa. He died of heart disease and is listed as a retired railroad conductor with the Northern Pacific Railroad. He was cremated. 

The Billings Gazette - Tuesday Morning, April 28, 1953; Section Two, Page Eleven, Column 2

Retired Railroad Man Succumbs

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Wednesday in Settergren's Funeral Chapel for Charles B. Martin, 74, of Park City, retired Northern Pacific Railway Conductor, who died at 7:20 p.m. Sunday in a Billings hospital. Death was attributed to a heart ailment. Mr. Martin had been in the hospital since April 14.

He was born April 22, 1879, in Woodburn, Ia., son of Dr. and Mrs. M.C. Martin. He came west as a young man and entered railroad employment at Livingston in 1903. He married Miss May Davis at Woodburn Oct. 7, 1905, and the family made its home in Livingston. Later they resided at Billings, Laurel, Logan and Bozeman. After Mr. Martin's retirement in 1944 they moved to Park City.

He was a member of the Brotherhood of Railway Trainmen, the Order of Conductors and the Amorc.

Besides his wife, he is survived by a son, Charles B. Martin Jr. of Livingston; three grandsons and one step-grandchild. Following services Wednesday the body will be taken to Great Falls for cremation.

iv. ROY DAVIS47, b. March 30, 1875, Richland Twp., Keokuk Co., IA; d. April 12, 1944, Richland, Keokuk Co., IA - burial Brethren Cemetery, Keokuk Co.; m. LULU ESTELLE YULE48, March 15, 1896, Richland, Keokuk Co., IA, at her parent's home; b. January 06, 1878, Richland Twp., Keokuk Co., IA; d. October 06, 1956, Fairfield, Jefferson Co., IA - burial Brethren Cemetery, Keokuk Co., IA.

Notes for ROY DAVIS:

Roy Davis, 69, retired farmer, passed away at his home in Richland yesterday afternoon. He had suffered a stroke about a month ago, the day that he retired from farming and moved to Richland. He had formerly farmed near Libertyville.

He is survived by his wife and the following children: Kenneth, Hedrick; Alva, Libertyville; Ralph, Douds; Mrs. Velma Weaklend, Clarinda; and Lizzie Burney McCleary, Packwood. Also surviving are five granddaughters: Mrs. Doris Skow, Long Beach, Calif.; Elma Norene and Leota Jean Davis, Douds; Nancy Kay and Dora Lou Davis, Hedrick; and one brother and two sisters: Fred Davis, Woodburn, Ia.; Mrs. Alice Vastine, Richland; and Mrs. C.B. Martin, Billings, Mont. He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers.

He was born March 30, 1875 at Richland, the son of Daniel and Laura Ann Davis. He was married on March 15, 1896 to Miss Lulu Yule of Richland.

Funeral services will be held Friday, April 14 at 2:00 p.m. from the Gould Funeral Home in Richland. Burial will be in the Brethren Cemetery at Richland.

obituary, Fairfield Daily Ledger, April 13, 1944, page 8


Mrs. Roy Davis, long-time resident of the Richland community, passed away Saturday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Walter Weaklend, in Fairfield. She had been in failing health for several years and seriously ill for the past few weeks.

Last rites were held at the Gould Funeral Home Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Interment was made in the Brethren cemetery, west of Richland.

Mrs. Lulu Davis was born Jan. 6, 1878, near Richland, the daughter of the late Samuel and Sarah Wagner Yule. She was married on March 15, 1896, to Roy Davis who passed away April 12, 1944. She spent her entire life in the Richland and Fairfield communities. She is survived by the following children: Mrs. Walter Weaklend of Fairfield; Ralph Davis of Douds; Kenneth Davis of Yarmouth; Alva Davis of Buckeye, Ariz.; and Mrs. Henry McCleary of Packwood. She is also survived by one brother, James B. Yule of Richland and two sisters, Nettie Shelly and Mrs. Anna Davis of Richland; as well as seven grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

obituary, Richland Clarion, October 11, 1956, front page

v. FRED DAVIS, b. March 16, 1877, Keokuk Co., IA; d. April 15, 1956, Des Moines, Polk Co., IA - burial Laurel Hill Cemetery, Des Moines, IA; m. GEORGIA WILLA POWNELL, March 13, 1905, Osceola, IA, at her parent's home49; b. June 05, 1888, Romney, Hampshire Co., West Virginia; d. March 31, 1963, Des Moines, Polk Co., IA - burial Laurel Hill Cemetery, Des Moines, IA.

Notes for FRED DAVIS:

Fred grew up in Richland, Iowa, and moved with his family to Woodburn in 1903. He was a Methodist, but in the 1930's became active as Jehovah's Witness. They farmed in Woodburn until 1953, when they sold the farm and moved to Des Moines. They spent their remaining years there.

vi. ISAAC DAVIS50,51,52,53, b. August 25, 1879, Keokuk Co., IA; d. March 05, 1918, Lorraine, France.

Notes for ISAAC DAVIS:

Isaac was born August 24, 1879, in Keokuk Co., IA. He came with his parents to Woodburn in 1901, where he was engaged in a farming partnership with his father and brother. He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church at Woodburn since January 1902. Isaac received his first experience as a soldier during the Spanish-American War in Company F of the 50th Iowa Infantry. He enlisted in June, 1898, and was in training in Florida for five months after which he was honorably discharged in November, 1898.

From article in Clarion, Iowa newspaper: "Off to War" "Richland township has furnished two more soldiers who will fight for Cuba Libre and to avenge the Maine. James Ramsey and Isaac Davis departed last Thursday evening for Keokuk, Ia., where they passed the examination and were mustered in as recruits for Co. H. of the 50th Ia., stationed at Jacksonville, Fla., to which place they were taken immediately. James Ramsey is the eldest son of A.J. Ramsey, of this twp., who fought for Uncle Sam for more than three years of the Civil War. A.J. was a good soldier and no one doubts that Jim will prove as good a one. That he is not going to war for the $13 per month is proven by the circumstances which attend the case. Jim has out a large crop and he was compelled to hire a man to take care of it, paying him $18-$20 per month, thus you see he is actually paying, out of his own pocket, an amount equal to $5 or $7 per month for the privelege of fighting to free Cuba. Isaac Davis is the youngest son of Daniel Davis, of this city, who was also one of Uncle Sam's fighting men, at a time when men of iron nerve were needed. Isaac is but little more 18 years old and many prophesied that he would not pass an examination, but when one is anxious to go to war as was Isaac there is not likely to be trouble in securing a position to go. With such excellent men to represent this township it need not be afraid that its record in this war will not be a glorious one. All honor to Richland boys in blue and may God be with them in this fight for Humanity in which they have taken part."

He enlisted again in WWI on May 28, 1917, in Company B, Third Iowa Infantry (later the 168th U.S. Infantry of the Rainbow Division).

Isaac was killed on outpost duty at Lorraine, France, on March 5, 1918, by a high powered shell, the first casualty from Clarke County. He was buried at Baccarat, France. Memorial services were held at the Woodburn Methodist Church on Sunday morning, March 17, 1918. Addresses were given by Rev. Purdy of the Christian Church and Rev. Henderson of the Methodist Church. The choir composed of singers from both churches sang patriotic and sacred songs. On June 6, 1921, his body was brought back to Woodburn, and services were conducted by Chaplain Robb of the 168th Infantry.

Isaac was a splendid man with an honest, clean, Christian character. He was a faithful member of the church and enjoyed Christian service. At the time of his enlistment he was president of the Epworth League, and a member of the board of stewards.

The Davis-Pence Legion post of Osceola was partly named after Isaac. The Davenports of Woodburn and Des Moines collected $80.00 in 1919 or 1920 to help beautify the Evening Tribune's base hospital park at Fort Dodge. It is called the Isaac Davis Court. At this time, his father was 87 and his mother was 84.

Dora Chacey, one of Isaac's teachers at Richland, Iowa, remembers this about him in her Pioneer Life stories from a 1936 Richland newspaper:

" I can vision Isaac as a very small school boy, blue-eyed, wide awake little fellow, stepping around the school yard with such long manly strides, and making quaint remarks for one so young. At Literary Society he was usually called on for "select reading". He no doubt thought reciting a little poem too childish. Stepping up on the front platform with a book in his hand he proceeded to read a short prose selection he had memorized at home. Always an ideal pupil, and a fine fellow. Isaac, a veteran of the Spanish American War, and and early volunteer of the World War, member of the celebrated Rainbow division, was the first fatality that really struck home to the people of this vicinity. We realized for the first time the actual horror of the war, being wagered so far away."

8. DAYTON MONTGOMERY5 DAVIS (ISAAC4, JOHN3, JOHN DAVIES2, CHARLES1)54 was born June 01, 1836 in Moravia, Morgan Co., IN, and died March 18, 1909 in Richland, Keokuk Co., IA - burial Old Methodist Cemetery, Richland, IA. He married (1) LOUISA H. DRUMMOND August 13, 1857 in Keokuk Co., IA. She was born 1838 in Ohio, and died October 10, 1861 in Richland, Keokuk Co., IA - burial Methodist Cemetery, Richland, IA. He married (2) MARY A. OVERBAY55 1863 in IA. She was born February 25, 1837 in TN, and died January 21, 1918 in near Woodburn, Clarke Co., IA.


Dayton was named for the town of Dayton, county of Montgomery, in Ohio. His occupation was salesman in a meat shop.


i. HARVEY6 DAVIS, b. Abt. 1858, Keokuk Co., IA.

ii. CLARICE L. DAVIS, b. Abt. 1860, Keokuk Co., IA.


iii. AVERILLE J.6 DAVIS, b. January 1868.

9. MARY ANN5 DAVIS (ISAAC4, JOHN3, JOHN DAVIES2, CHARLES1)56,57 was born December 27, 1838 in Morgan Co., IN, and died June 23, 1907 in Manhattan, KS. She married JOHN MARQUIS BRUNT57 October 04, 1859 in Keokuk Co., IA, son of WILLIAM BRUNT and NANCY WILLIAMS. He was born December 02, 1837 in Madison Co., IN, and died April 10, 1924 in Kansas City, Jackson Co., MO - burial Manhattan, KS.


from Keokuk Co. IAGenWeb:

"1880 History of Keokuk County Iowa."

-Brunt, J. M. born in Madison county, Indiana in 1837; when ten years of age his parents removed to Keokuk county and settled in Lancaster township; he was raised a farmer; he enlisted in the Thirty-third Iowa Infantry, August 13, 1862, and served three yeas; he was in various engagements, and was wounded at Helena, Arkansas; he has served the county four years as clerk of the courts, and one term as treasurer; he married Miss Mary A. Davis in 1859; she was born in Morgan county Indiana; they have seven children: Viola M., Samuel, Lydia M., Isaac, Homer, John, and Ralph W.

Children of MARY DAVIS and JOHN BRUNT are:

i. MARY VIOLA6 BRUNT57, b. July 08, 1860, Lancaster, Keokuk Co., IA; d. August 06, 1936, Kansas City, Jackson Co., MO - burial St. Mary's Cemetery, Kansas City.

ii. SAMUEL HERVEY BRUNT57, b. May 25, 1862, Lancaster, Keokuk Co., IA; d. Kansas City, Jackson Co., MO.

iii. LYDIA MYRA BRUNT57, b. January 09, 1867, Lancaster, Keokuk Co., IA; d. April 30, 1912.

iv. ISAAC WILLIAM BRUNT57, b. July 19, 1868, Sigourney, Keokuk Co., IA; d. July 20, 1938.

v. HOMER SHERBONDY BRUNT57, b. November 02, 1870, Sigourney, Keokuk Co., IA; d. Ponca City, Kay Co., OK.

vi. JOHN MARQUIS BRUNT57, b. May 26, 1875, Keokuk Co., IA; d. Joplin, Jasper Co., MO.

vii. RALPH WALDO BRUNT57, b. April 10, 1877, Sigourney, Keokuk Co., IA; d. August 21, 1957.


1. Eleanor Davis, Davis: A Quaker Family, (Gateway Press, 1985).

2. "obituary from Janet Rae Roberts' files."

3. Janet Rae Roberts' files.

4. WFT #1, tree #2721, "CD-ROM."

5. Eleanor Davis, Davis: A Quaker Family, (Gateway Press, 1985).

6. Janet Rae Roberts' files.

7. Marjorie Carson's information.

8. obituary, Osceola Sentinel, May 11, 1911.

9. Marjorie Carson, Carson History.

10. Janet Rae Roberts' files.

11. Marjorie Carson, Carson History.

12. Janet Rae Roberts' files.

13. obituary, Fairfield Co. IA newspaper, Janet Roberts' files.

14. http://worldconnect.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/, RootsWeb World Connect.

15. obituary, Fairfield Co. IA newspaper June 8, 1905, Janet Roberts' files.

16. Eleanor Davis, Davis: A Quaker Family, (Gateway Press, 1985).

17. obituary, Richland Clarion, Richland, IA.

18. www.familysearch.org.

19. http://worldconnect.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/, RootsWeb World Connect.

20. www.familysearch.org.

21. Eleanor Davis, Davis: A Quaker Family, (Gateway Press, 1985).

22. http://worldconnect.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/, RootsWeb World Connect.

23. www.familysearch.org.John Wayman Descendants

24. http://worldconnect.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/, RootsWeb World Connect.

25. via lookup volunteer, 1880 Montgomery Co., KS census.

26. via lookup volunteer, Montgomery Co., KS marriage index 1870-1884.

27. via lookup volunteer, 1880 Montgomery Co., KS census.

28. www.familysearch.org.

29. via lookup volunteer, 1880 Montgomery Co., KS census.

30. via lookup volunteer, Montgomery Co., KS marriage index 1870-1884.

31. via lookup volunteer, 1880 Montgomery Co., KS census.

32. "obituary, Osceola Sentinel, February 9, 1922."

33. Clare Keeney, Keeney Historical Notes.

34. "Dora Chacey's Pioneer Life articles, Richland Iowa newspapers, 1936."

35. Historical Sketch, Ninth Regiment Iowa Volunteer Cavalry, 1643-1655.

36. "Civil War files."

37. "obituary, Osceola Sentinel, February 2, 1933."

38. Clare Keeney, Keeney Historical Notes.

39. Keokuk Co., IA marriage record.

40. Clare Keeney, Keeney Historical Notes.

41. "obituary, Osceola Sentinel, February 2, 1933."

42. Clare Keeney, Keeney Historical Notes.

43. "obituary from Richland IA newspaper cut files in Richland library."

44. obituary, Fairfield Ledger.

45. compiled by Steve & Lynnette Davis, Woodburn, Iowa: Life in a Railroad Town, (1998).

46. Clarke Co., IA marriage record.

47. obituary, Fairfield Ledger.

48. obituary, Richland Clarion, Richland, IA.

49. Clarke Co., IA marriage record.

50. obituary, Osceola Sentinel.

51. "Dora Chacey's Pioneer Life articles, Richland Iowa newspapers, 1936."

52. family information.

53. Spanish-American War and World War I records.

54. Eleanor Davis, Davis: A Quaker Family, (Gateway Press, 1985).

55. obituary, Richland Clarion, Richland, IA.

56. Eleanor Davis, Davis: A Quaker Family, (Gateway Press, 1985).

Source: Contributed by Lynnette Davis.