James Philo Davis Family
photo was taken circa 1896 and shows some of the family of James Philo and Nancy Jane
Dyche Davis. The Davis family has long roots in Cass County. Shown in the picture is from
the left: James Philo Davis, standing behind in the back row from the left is daughter
Maggie Mae, daughter Minerva, son Harry, son Ed and daughter Grace. In the second row from
the left next to James Philo Davis is daughter Bertha Alice, daughter Bessie, and seated
is his wife, Nancy Jane Dyche Davis holding son Roy. The two boys in the front from the
left are sons Ledrue and Claude.
James Philo Davis,
born May 27, 1856 in Cass County and died August 13, 1909 at his farm 3 miles south of
Beardstown. His parents were James Allan Davis (born Oct. 24, 1824 and died June 15, 1894)
and Martha Schaeffer Davis (born Sept. 16, 1830 in Montgomery, Ohio and died July 21,
1884). James Allans parents were James Davis and Elizabeth Foster. Marthas
parents were Philip Schaeffer and Highly Hoover (or Carver).
Maggie Mae Davis Orne,
born May 24, 1881 in Cass County and died April 12, 1970. Married Samuel Orne from Sweden
and had 5 children: Hannah Mildred (married Roy Anderson), Minnie May (married Al
Bracewell), Carl Edward (married Frieda Edwards), Frieda Ruth Marie (married Rupert
Anderson) and Christine (married Floyd Thornton).
Minerva Jane Davis Fanning,
born August 28, 1879 in Cass County and died March 6, 1975. She married Richard Elmer
Fanning on June 26, 1898. They had 2 children: Raymond (married Velda Knippenberg) and
Louise (married Robert Lynn).
born October 12, 1883 in Cass County and died in 1967. He married Myrtle Long on
June 14, 1905. They had 4 children: Harold James (married Helen Schmidt), Clara Nadine
(married Clarence Sellers and Virgil Zobrist), Elmer Earl (married Marjorie Hutchersen),
and Dorothy Ruth (married Earl Davis).
Edward Reuben (Ed) Davis,
born Nov. 12, 1885 in Cass County and died in 1958. He married Elizabeth Jane Shelley.
They had 2 children: George Edward and Glen William.
Grace Ellen Davis,
the oldest child, born January 29, 1878 in Cass County and died Nov. 12, 1963. She married
Frederick A. Hillig in 1900. They had two children: Roland Eugene (married Elsie
Demmin) and Blair Gustav (married Lillian Hayes).
Bertha Alice Davis,
born Dec. 28, 1887 in Cass County and died May 23, 1913 in Winfield, Kansas. She married Frank
Cleveland Hiles. They had 3 children: Frances Mildred (married Sharon Thompson), Edgar
Eugene (married Elizabeth Opal Barnett) and Le Etta (died in 1909 at the age of 16 months,
Bessie Lee Davis,
born May 12, 1890 in Cass County and died in Feb., 1982. She married Edward Hiles
on July 8, 1908. They had 7 children and lived in Peoria, IL. for many years. The children
were Clarence Earl, Clara Marie, Charles Elmer, Velma Louise, Edward, Jr., Robert Eugene
and Byron Gerald.
Nancy Jane Dyche Davis,
mother, born May 15, 1857 and died May 2, 1936. Her parents were Joseph Dyche and Eliza
Jane Long. Joseph Dyche was born Jan 17, 1810 and died April 6, 1869. Eliza Jane Long was
born May 18, 1830 and died Oct. 4, 1900. Her parents are unknown. Joseph & Eliza had 6
children: Emma (married William Filey), Nancy Jane, William H. (married Sophia Reining),
Thomas J. (married Florence Davis), John (married Mary Lister) and Mary J. who died at the
age of 6 yrs.
being held by his mother, born August 22, 1896 and died Feb 24, 1968. He married Edna
Jean Fanning and Helen Tucker. Roy had 4 children with Edna: Marland Leroy,
Edna Alberta (married a man named Wilkins), Charles Vernon (died at the age of 6-1/2 yrs),
and Alfred Lee. Roy had 2 children with Helen: Ernest Franklin (died at 22 yrs in 1961)
and Gladys Pearl (married Ted Eichelberger).
Ledrue (Lee) Davis,
born Nov. 16, 1891 and died May 21, 1970. Married Augusta Reining on Dec.
25, 1913. They had 5 children: Marguerite Le Etta (married Marion Elliott), Donald Leroy
(married Helen Irene Watts), Robert Philo (married Betty Jane Wells), Carol Rose Enid
(married Joseph Matthews) and Gerald Cecil, who died the day of his birth.
Claude George Davis,
born October 11, 1893 and died October 17, 1973 in a truck collision. He married Anna
Goff on February 12, 1914. They had 3 children: Francis Leroy (married Evelyn Jennings
and lived in Los Angeles), Dorothy (married John Jack Harris) and Mary Anne
(married John Best and Charles Green).
James Philo Davis
by Kathy Best, granddaughter of Claude and Anna Davis.