Clarissa “Clara” (Denney) Davis gravestone
(Photo by Vernon B. Paddock)

B. 1795 in New York
D. March 27, 1856
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  • Father: Clark Denney, born in New York; Clark died 1809 in Onondaga County, NY
  • Mother: Phebe (Mosher) Denney
  • Husband: Lemuel Davis born 1789 in Stafford, Tolland County, CT; Lemuel died March 11 1856 in Avon Township, Lake County, IL son of Lemuel Davis (1755-1804) and Abigail (nee Fuller) Davis (1759- ) (See section pertaining to Lemuel Davis buried in the Fort Hill Cemetery)
  • Children:
    1. Phoebe (Davis) Farrand born April 28, 1820 in Ontario County, NY; married William Farrand (1820-1885) in New York; Phoebe died January 31, 1901 in Sumner, Bremer County, IA; Phoebe and William are buried in Wilson Grove Cemetery, Sumner, IA; According to the Sumner Gazette (Sumner IA) Thursday, February 17, 1901: “Mrs. William Farrand, – Miss Phoebe Davis was born in New York State 81 years ago the 29th day of last April; was married about 65 years ago to Wm. Farrand, came to Illinois in 1853, to this county in 1873, and to Sumner in 1883, where she resided till she departed this life Thursday night, January 31st, 1901. Her husband died in 1885.  She was the mother of five children, two of whom preceded her to the other shore.  Her surviving children are O. L. and E. W. Farrand, of this city, and Mrs. Fred Wood, of South Dakota.  The funeral took place at the M. E. church in this place last Sunday morning.  The pastor being sick, services were conducted by Rev. L. O. Sutherland, pastor of Presbyterian church, who delivered a most excellent and appropriate sermon for the occasion.  Burial was made by the side of the remains of her husband in Wilson’s Grove Cemetery.”
    2. Lemuel Clark Davis born October 1, 1822 in Canandaigua, Ontario County, NY; married (1) about 1845 Sarah H. Grant (1825-1873) about 1845; married (2) Hariette; Lemuel died March 11, 1915 in Avon Township, Lake Co, IL (See section pertaining to Sarah (Grant) Davis buried in the Fort Hill Cemetery) (See section pertaining to Lemuel Clark Davis buried in the Fort Hill Cemetery)
    3. Roxanna (Davis) Delap Briggs born about 1826 in New York; married (1) William H. Delap about 1852; William H. DeLap of Athens, MI received a Michigan Patent for a “Bathing Apparatus”; married (2) Albert Briggs on November 19, 1887 in Athens, Calhoun County, MI son of Austin Briggs (1786-1862) (See section pertaining to Austin Briggs buried in the Fort Hill Cemetery) and Annis (Town) Briggs (1788-1862) (See section pertaining to Annis (Town) Briggs buried in the Fort Hill Cemetery); Roxanna and William had the following children: Rollin Sanford (1854-?), William (1856-?) and Clara (1861-?) all born in Avon Township, Lake County, IL; Roxanna died October 29, 1895 in Athens, Calhoun County, MI
    4. Wesley Davis born about 1827 in Ontario County, NY
    5. Maria (Davis) Wright Abrams born about 1834 in Ontario County, NY; married (1) Orlando Saltmarsh Wright (1829-1917) a Justice of the Peace and Doctor on July 25, 1851 in Lake County, IL; Maria and Orlando live in Avon Township, Fox Lake post office, IL in 1860; Orlando was the son of Amos Webster Wright and Minerva Griswold, early pioneer of Warren Township, Lake County, IL; Orlando’s sister, Melinda Griswold Wright, married Elijah Middlebrook Haines, founder of Hainesville, Lake County, IL; Orlando remarried Elvira Hampton and possibly another woman; Maria, at the age of 56, married (2) Henry D. Abrams on December 12, 1889 in Franklin County, IA; Maria died October 10, 1923; Maria and Orlando had the following children: Frank (1852- ) and Virginia M. (1854-1860).  (See section pertaining to Virginia M. Wright buried in the Fort Hill Cemetery)

Additional Information:

According to the 1850 U. S. Federal Census in the Town of Avon, Lake County, IL the household members were: Lemuel Davis, age 60, occupation: farm, born in Connecticut; Clarissa Davis, age 55, born in New York; Wesley Davis, age 23, born in New York; Maria Davis, age 16, born in New York.