Charles H. Davis, who is the subject of this sketch, is the son of William Kindrick and Ruth Turner (Orme) Davis. The father was born in Lewis County, Ky., May 25, 1816; died in Marion County, Ind., July 6, 1871. He was the son of Walter and Catherine (Putman) Davis, both natives of Virginia, and early settlers of Kentucky. The parent’s children were: Mason T., John, Benjamin, William K., Elizabeth, Nancy and Sarah. William K. was reared in Lewis County, Ky., and in 1836, came to Marion County, Ind., and in 1847 became a citizen of Johnson County, in which county he lived till 1868, when he removed to Indianapolis, and lived, till his death occurred. He was married January 29, 1846, wedding Ruth T. Orme, the daughter of Moses and Mary T. (Elson) Orme, both natives of Virginia, where Ruth T. was born February 1, 1818. Her parents came to Marion County, Ind., in 1827. The marriage of William K. and Ruth T. Davis resulted in the birth of the following children: Mary and George, deceased, and Charles H., born in Johnson County. Charles H. was reared in Johnson County up to the age of twelve years, when his parents removed to Indianapolis. His education was received in the Indianapolis schools. He learned the painter’s trade, which he followed for several years in Indianapolis. October 15, 1879, he married Belle Yeager, daughter of John and Mary J. (Cunningham) Yeager. The father was born in Maryland, of German origin, and the mother in Ohio. Mrs. Davis was born in Yankton, Ohio, September 14, 1856. Her marriage has been blessed by the birth of these children: William E., who died in infancy; Pearlie May, deceased; Gracie H. and Freddie C. In 1886, Mr. Davis removed to his father’s old homestead in White River Township, and since has been engaged in farming. He is the only living offspring of his parents. His mother still lives and makes her home with her son. She and husband have been life-long members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Our subject and wife are members of the same church.

Transcribed by Cheryl Zufall Parker

Banta, D. D. History of Johnson County, Indiana. Chicago, IL: Brant & Fuller, 1888, page 887.