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John Davis Story

Source:  Louise Barton Sanders, <lsanders @>, 2007
Transcribed by JoAnn Myers, Nov. 2007

John Davis was born April 2, 1815 in Morgantown, Monongalla County, West Virginia, and died September 17, 1900 in Lometa, Lampasas County, Texas.  He married Clarissa Louisa Farnsworth June 20, 1847 in Buckhannon, West Virginia, daughter of Thomas Farnsworth and Catherine Simons.  She was born February 10, 1825 in Buckhannon, Upshur County, West Virginia, and died June 4, 1906 in Burnet County, Texas.  [photo of John and Clarissa Davis]

Notes for John Davis:
John Davis was born in Morgantown, Virginia, later to become Morgantown, Monongalla County, West Virginia in 1815.  His father is believed to be named Joseph.  They settled in Buckhannan, Lewis County, Virginia, later to become Upshur County, West Virginia, where Joseph was one of the first settlers.  Their nationality is German and John spoke German until his death in 1900.

John grew up and married in Buchannan, WV.  He married Clarissa Farnsworth in 1847.  Three children, Catherine, Philip, and George, were born to them before they left West Virginia for Missouri.  The twins, Clara Louise and John G. Davis, were born in Moniteau County, Missouri in 1858.  Catherine is not listed in the 1860 census and it is believed she passed away either before leaving for Missouri or on the way to Missouri.  By 1860 they are in Grundy County, Missouri.

He and his family are listed in the 1860 Grundy County, Missouri census along with his wife's parents, Thomas  and Catharine Farnsworth.  This census indicates he was a brickmaker.  In the 1860s in Grundy County, Missouri, there was a brick factory and pottery factory.  The red clay found near Marion Township was excellent for bricks and pottery.  To make the bricks, you would need a blacksmith to fire the kilns.

Besides Marion Township being a German community, it is believed John and his family went to Grundy County to find work at the brick factory.  John and his family were probably on their way west, getting cought up in the Civil War.

Family records also indicate John Davis had Southern convictions and was in some sort of a scrimmage with the Union Soldiers around this time.

John Davis was a Mason, Robert E. Lee Lodge, Shady Grove, [Burnet County] Texas.  He was a Blacksmith at Shady Grove for many years.  Family records say he arrived in the Spring of 1866, first in precinct #3 at Oatmeal, and later in 1880 he was in precinct #2 at Shady Grove.  Land deeds indicate he came to Burnet County around 1866 or 1867.

Another child was born to John and Clarissa in Burnet County.  Allie B. Davis was born June 6, 1870.  She married G. F. Wilson and they had a baby daughter who was born and died on August 2, 1907.  Allie died in December of the same year.  It is not known if they had other children.

John Davis was living with his son, Philip, in Lometa, Lampasas County, Texas, when he passed away on September 17, 1900.  His body was taken to Briggs-Gamel funeral home in Lampasas and moved on to Burnet County by train.  He was buried at Shady Grove, Texas.

[Transcriber's note:  The Davis Family listed in Shady Grove Cemetery, from Burnet County Cemetery Records, 1852-1982:
G. L. Davis (wife of John).....b. 2-10-1825.....d. 6-4-1906
George Clarence Davis........b. 5-10-1885.....d. 10-31-1888
John Davis............................b. 4-2-1815.......d. 9-17-1900
William Thomas Davis..........b. 3-22-1879.....d. 11-28-1883]



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