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Fayette County, Alabama

~ Descendants of Thomas Davis ~

From the research journal of Linda A. Harris

Generation No. 1

1. THOMAS1 DAVIS was born 1811 in South Carolina, and died 1857 in Fayette County, Alabama.  He married IRENE H. -----.

Thomas Davis Estate records:

Irene H. Davis, widow, relinquished rights of administration.  William T. Davis appointed administrator.  Heirs: Irene H.; Sarah E. Davis, wife of M.C. Davis; Martha G. Gibson, wife of Joel Gibson; Maranda S.; John S.; Matilda F.; Mary E.; James M.; and Willis M. Davis, minors.  February 1857. (Src: Probate Book 1A, page 373.  Fayette County, Alabama)

Petition for letters of administration by James M. Davis of Sanford County, Alabama, son of Thomas Davis, who died in Fayette County, Alabama.  Heirs: Irena H. Davis, widow; James M. Davis; Matilda Gibson, wife of Green Gipson; Mary E. Davis; Willis M. Davis; children of Martha Gipson, deceased, daughter of Thomas, to wit: Elizabeth J., John T., Samuel, Delia Josephine and James Gipson of Sanford County, Alabama; Maranda Angle, wife of Thomas Angle, of Lee County, Mississippi; Johnsy E. Davis, daughter of deceased son John Minor; children of William Davis, deceased – Thomas J., Sarah H., Rufus H., Josephine and Manda H. Davis.  September 1871.  (Src: Will Book 1A, page 74. Fayette County, Alabama)

Petition by Joel Gipson for guardianship of his children: Elizabeth Jane, John Thomas, Sammanbel, Cordelia Josephine and James T. Gipson, grandchildren of Thomas Davis deceased. August 1873.  (Src: Will Book 1A, page 136. Fayette County, Alabama)

Children of Thomas Davis and Irene H. ----- are:
2. i.   WILLIAM T. DAVIS, b. 1831, Alabama; d. bef. September 1871.

ii.   SARAH E. DAVIS, b. 1832, Alabama; m. M.C. DAVIS.
3. iii.   MARTHA J. DAVIS, b. November 09, 1834, Alabama; d. July 29, 1869, Lamar County, Alabama.
4. iv.   MARANDA SAPHIRA DAVIS, b. June 26, 1838, Fayette Courthouse, Fayette County, Alabama; d. March 02, 1906, Tupelo, Lee County, MS.
5. v.   JOHN MINOR DAVIS, b. 1839, Fayette County, Alabama; d. bef. September 1871.

vi.   MATILDA F. DAVIS, b. 1842, Fayette County, Alabama; m. GREEN R. GIBSON.

vii.   MARY E. DAVIS, b. 1846, Fayette County, Alabama.

viii.   JAMES M. DAVIS, b. 1848, Fayette County, Alabama; m. MARY J. -----.

ix.   WILLIS M. DAVIS, b. 1850, Fayette County, Alabama.

Generation No. 2

2. WILLIAM T.2 DAVIS (THOMAS1) was born 1831 in Alabama, and died bef. September 1871.  He married EMILY -----.

Children of William Davis and Emily ----- are:
i.   THOMAS J. DAVIS, b. 1854, Fayette County, Alabama.                                   .
ii.   SARAH HASATINE DAVIS, b. 1855, Fayette County, Alabama.
 iii.   RUFUS H. DAVIS, b. 1857, Fayette County, Alabama.
iv.   JOSEPHINE DAVIS, b. 1860, Fayette County, Alabama.
v.   MANDA H. DAVIS, b. Fayette County, Alabama.


3. MARTHA J.2 DAVIS (THOMAS1) was born November 09, 1834, in Alabama, and died July 29, 1869, in Lamar County, Alabama.  She married JOEL ELENDER GIBSON, bef. 1856, son of TILMON GIBSON and SARAH CROWLEY.

Children of Martha Davis and Joel Gibson are:
i.   ELIZABETH JANE GIBSON, b. 1856, Fayette County, Alabama.                        .
ii.   JOHN THOMAS GIBSON, b. 1858.
 iii.   SAMUEL GIBSON, b. 1860, Fayette County, Alabama.
iv.   SARAH CORDELIA GIBSON, b. 1862, Fayette County, Alabama.
v.   MATILDA JOSEPHINE GIBSON, b. 1864, Fayette County, Alabama.
vi.   JAMES T. GIBSON, b. 1869, Fayette County, Alabama.


4. MARANDA SAPHIRA2 DAVIS (THOMAS1) was born June 26, 1838, in Fayette Courthouse, Fayette County, Alabama, and died March 02, 1906, in Tupelo, Lee County, MS.  She married THOMAS H. ANGLE, September 16, 1858, in Fayette County, Alabama.


Article dated March 09, 1906:

Death of Mrs. M.S. Angle

Friday afternoon, the sad announcement was made that Mrs. M.A. Angle had died unexpectedly at her home on Church Street after an illness of only a few days.  Her illness had not been of a serious nature, until Thursday afternoon, when pneumonia developed and proved fatal in a very short time.  During the week preceding her death, but there was no symptoms of the fatal malady, until its appearance Thursday afternoon.  From this time she grew rapidly worse until death came.  Members of the family were Hasty summoned and her Daughter Mrs. Wilks arrived in time to see her mother before the end came.

The death of Mrs. Angle removes one of the oldest citizens of Lee County.  Coming here about thirty-five years ago she, with her husband and family settled near Bryce's Cross Roads, afterwards moving to Baldwyn and then to Tupelo.  Mrs. Angle was born in Fayette Court House, Alabama and was married to Thomas Angle on September 16th, 1858, she was the mother of eight children, only two survive, Mrs. Wilks and Joseph Angle of Tupelo.  In her early childhood she joined the Baptist Church, remaining a faithful and consistent member to the time of her death.  In a relations of life, she was true and had the highest conceptions of her duty, as a Christian wife, mother, and friend.  Kind, Affectionate, generious, and considerate of others, she exerted an influence for good that will live as a monument to her memory in coming years.  To her family she was devoted and no sacrifice was too great when their comfort or interest was at stake.  In her death the community has sustained a loss that will be hard to fill; she was known by everybody and was loved and honored for her Christian virtues.  She was buried from the Baptist Church Saturday afternoon, the services being conducted by her pastor, Rev. R.A. Kimbrough.  A large concourse of friends were present to pay the last tribute of respect.  Her remains were laid to rest in the cemetery at this place.  To the bereaved family we extend deepest sympathy in their great sorrow.  (Src: Tupelo Journal (Weekly) Newspaper, November 03, 1905 – May 10, 1907.  Microfilm number 1138.  MS Department of Archives and History, Jackson, MS)

Notes for THOMAS H. ANGLE:

Land Patent, Serial # AL2950.  State Alabama, Acres 39.74, Land Office Tuscaloosa, Document # 37773.  Issue Date August 2, 1860.  Legal Description: NENE, Sec. Block 10, Township 17-S, Range 12-W, Meridian Huntsville, State Alabama, County Fayette.

Article dated Friday, December 25, 1914:

Thomas Angle
Died, at his home on Church Street, at an early hour Thursday morning, Thomas Angle aged 77 years.

For more than a year Mr. Angle was the victim of an insidious disease that failed to yield to skillful treatment and as it progressed his sufferings grew more and more intense and the end brought sweet relief.  His days of affliction were brightened by the devotion and constant attention of his wife and the attention and sympathy of his friends.

Mr. Angle was a native of Alabama and there grew to manhood.  At the first call for volunteers in the Civil War, he enlisted in an Alabama regiment and served the four years of that terrible conflict.  At the close of the war he came to Mississippi and settled at Baldwyn, where he held a position with the Mobile & Ohio Railroad Company.  From Baldwyn he moved to Tupelo more than 30 years ago and has made his home here ever since.  In business matters, Mr. Angle displayed sound judgement and was recognized as one of the city's most substantial and reliable citizens.  He was a quiet, unostentatious man and his life was marked by charity and sympathy for his fellow-man.

Deceased leaves a wife and one daughter, Mrs. J.T. Wilkes, of Jackson, Tennessee, one son and a number of grandchildren to mourn his loss.

The funeral; services were conducted Tuesday Morning from the residence on Church Street, where a number of friends gathered to pay their last tribute of respect.  Rev. Geo. P. Scott, paster of the Presbyterian Church, conducted the services.

The bereaved family have the sympathy of all in their sorrow.  (Src: Tupelo Journal (Weekly) Newspaper, November 07, 1913 – February 18, 1916.  Mircofilm roll number 1143.  123-9.  Missing issues.  MS Department of Archives and History, Jackson, MS)

Children of Maranda Davis and Thomas Angle are:
i.   JOHN ANDREW ANGLE, b. June 27, 1859, Fayette County, Alabama; d. March 21, 1899, Durant, Holmes County, MS; m. BELLE JULIETTE JACKSON, December 02, 1886, Tupelo, Lee County, MS.


Belle Juliette Jackson (Angle), born 29 March 1869, in Mobile, Alabama, died 22 August 1937 in Durant, Mississippi.  She married John Andrew Angle, a railroad engineer, 02 December 1886.  She had five children: Onie Louise Angle (Betty), Norma Meranda Angle (Alsbury), John Thomas Angle (Sr.), Bessie Juliette Angle (Easterbrook) and Horace Jackson Angle.  Belle Juliette was nicknamed "Barba."  Widowed 21 March 1899, at the age of 30, Belle Juliette gave to her family first and put herself last.  She owned "Angle Boarding House," a store building on Madison Street, and a large 1,500-acre farm in Attala County, Mississippi.  Belle Juliette was a member of The Order of the Eastern Star.  At Belle Juliette's death, she had been a resident of Durant, Mississippi, for 48 years.  An interesting fact: General Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson was the uncle of Belle Juliette's great grandfather.  (Src: John Thomas Angle, Jr.)

Article dated August 26, 1937:

Long Time Resident is Buried Tuesday

Funeral Services for Mrs. Juliette Angle, 69, who died at her home in Durant at six o'clock Sunday afternoon of a sudden heart attack, were held at the residence on Tuesday morning at ten o'clock.

Mrs. Angle had been ill since Thursday noon but her condition was not thought to be grave up until Sunday.  Her passing was a great shock to the members of her family.

She was the wife of the late J.A. Angle and came to Durant in her early marital life 48 years ago.  She was a member of the Episcopal Church until coming to Durant where she affiliated with the Presbyterian Church.

The services were conducted by the Rev. G.M. Smiley, pastor of the Presbyterian Church, who was assisted by the Rev. E.S. Lewis and the Rev. W.R. Haynie.  Interment was at Mizpah with Harold of Lexington in charge.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. J.D. Alsbury, Durant, and Mrs. E.C. Easterbrook, Seybrook, Illinois; One daughter-in-law, Mrs. Ina Angle; Two sisters, Mrs A.R. Teague, Mobile, Alabama, and Mrs. Jim Williams, Selma, Alabama.  Six grand-children also survive.

The deceased was born in Mobile, Alabama, and had been a member of The Order of the Eastern Star up until the last few years.  (Src: Durant News, Durant, Holmes County, MS.  November 19, 1936 - May 15, 1941.  Microfilm number M0000092.  MS Department of Archives and History, Jackson, MS)

ii.   MARY FRANCES ANGLE, b. July 05, 1861, Alabama; d. May 12, 1943, Dahlgen, Hamilton County, Illinois; m. (1) J.E. LUSBY, May 29, 1882, Lee County, MS; m. (2) JAMES T. WILKES, November 30, 1890, Lee County, MS.
iii.   AMANDA JANE ANGLE, b. April 17, 1864, Alabama; d. February 02, 1900, Tupelo, Lee County, MS; m. LOUIS L. EAVES, December 12, 1894, Lee County, MS.
iv.   MARTHA ELIZABETH ANGLE, b. May 28, 1866; d. January 23, 1873.
v.   IRENEA HASELTINE ANGLE, b. February 15, 1868; d. January 21, 1873.
vi.   WILLIAM THOMAS ANGLE, b. September 18, 1871; d. February 03, 1873.
vii.   JAMES FRANKLIN ANGLE, b. June 08, 1873; d. October 31, 1896, Tupelo, Lee County, MS.
viii.   JOSEPH LAMAR ANGLE, b. July 01, 1875, Baldwyn, Lee County, MS; d. March 02, 1955, Tupelo, Lee County, MS; m. WILLIS PORTIS, September 07, 1897, Tupelo, Lee County, MS.


5. JOHN MINOR2 DAVIS (THOMAS1)  was born 1839 in Fayette County, Alabama, and died bef. September 1871.

Child of John Minor Davis is:
    i.   JOHNSY E. DAVIS.                                                                                                          .


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