Frances, Lemuel, Cora, Estella, wife Sarah and Clara Davis (1864)
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Lemuel Clark Davis gravestone
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B. October 1, 1822 in Canandaigua, Ontario County, NY
D. March 9, 1915 in Grayslake, Lake County, IL
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  • Father: Lemuel C. Davis born 1789 in Stafford, Tolland County, CT, son of Lemuel Davis (1755-1804) and Abigail (Fuller) Davis (1759-1856); Lemuel died March 11, 1856 in Avon Township, Lake County, IL (See section pertaining to Lemuel C. Davis buried in the Fort Hill Cemetery).
  • Mother: Clarissa “Clara” (Denney) Davis born 1795 in New York; Clarissa died March 27, 1856 in Avon Township, Lake County, IL (See section pertaining to Clarissa “Clara” (Denney) Davis buried in the Fort Hill Cemetery).
  • Wife 1: Sarah H. (Grant) Davis born July 28, 1825 Sodus, Wayne County, NY, daughter of Samuel Grant and Caroline (Conant) Grant; married Lemuel Clark Davis in 1845 in Orleans County, NY; Sarah died December 3, 1873 (See section pertaining to Sarah (Grant) Davis buried in the Fort Hill Cemetery).
  • Wife 2: married Hariette (unknown) born in 1826 in New York; possibly married between 1873 and 1880 in Lake County, IL
  • Children of Lemuel Clark Davis and Sarah H. (Grant) Davis:
    1. Frances Rosa “Rose” (Davis) Parker born October 20, 1848 in Ridgeway, Orleans County, NY; married William B. Parker (1848-1921) on September 21, 1876 in Cook County, IL; Frances died December 30, 1921 in Buchanan, Berrien County, MI; Rose and William are buried in Grayslake Cemetery, Grayslake, Lake County, IL

 According to the Libertyville Independent (Libertyville IL) Thursday, January 5, 1922, page 3:


   The remains of Mrs. Rose Parker were brought here for burial Monday afternoon.  Mrs. Parker was an old resident of this village.  Last fall she moved with her sister and husband, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Lawson, to her new home in Buchanan, Mich.”

2. Cora Louise (Davis) Lobdell born May 1, 1851 in Lake County, IL; married Frank Lobdell (1849-1910) on October 27, 1873 in Lake County, IL; Cora died November 16, 1936 in San Jose, Santa Clara County, CA; Cora and Frank are buried in Los Gatos Memorial Park, San Jose, Santa Clara County, CA.

According to the San Francisco Examiner (San Francisco CA) Wednesday, November 18, 1936, page 15:

“SANTA CLARA COUNTY – DEATHS – LOBDELL – In San Jose, Nov. 16, Clara L. Lobdell, age 85 years.”

3. Estelle “Stella” (Davis) (Shower) Sackett born June 5, 1858 in Iowa; married (1) Andrew Jackson Shower (1838-1886) on September 16, 1883 in Santa Clara County, CA. Andrew was a Civil War veteran, Co. D, 4th Michigan Volunteer Infantry; married (2) George Warren Sackett (1869-1908), son of George Warren Sackett Jr. (1846-1878) and Julia Angeline (Henry) Sackett (1847-1870); Estelle died February 27, 1951 in San Francisco, CA; buried at Cypress Lawn Memorial Park, Colma, San Mateo County, CA

According to the San Francisco Examiner (San Francisco CA) Saturday, March 3, 1951, page 13:

“SACKETT – In this city, Feb. 27, 1951, Estelle Sackett, loving mother of Mrs. Clara Wynkoop and Mrs. Bertha Humphrey, devoted grandmother of Mrs. J. R. Lepard, Mrs. Marjorie Roberts, Mrs. Edward Shaw, Andrew J. Humphrey, Mrs. William Watson, Mrs. R. J. Bakla, George W. and Claude M. Grokett and survived by 12 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren, aged 92 years; a native of Iowa.  Friends are invited to attend the funeral 2 p. m. Saturday, March 3, at Grav’s. Divisadero St. at Post.”

4. Clara E. (Davis) Lawson born October 25, 1870 in Hainesville, Lake County, IL; married Frank Lawson (1853-?) on August 13, 1889 in Chicago, Cook County, IL; Clara died November 15, 1937 in Niles, Berrien County, MI.; Clara is buried in Grayslake Cemetery, Grayslake, Lake County, IL

According to the Herald-Press (Saint Joseph MI) Monday, November 15, 1937, page 5:

“MRS. FRANK LAWSON OF BUCHANAN DIES – BUCHANAN, Nov. 15 (Special). – Mrs. Clara L. Lawson, 67, of 222 South Potage steet (sic), died at 7:30 o’clock this moning (sic) in Pawating hospital at Niles. Death was due to a complication of diseases.  She was the wife of Fank (sic) Lawson and wan bon (sic) Oct. 25, 1870 in Hainesville, Ill., and came to Buchanan 17 years ago from Gray’s Lake, Ill.  Besides her husband, she leaves one sister, Mrs. Stella Sackett of San Francisco, Calif.  Funeral services will be conducted in the T. D. Childs funeral home Tuesday night at 8 o’clock by the Rev. W. H. Brunelle, Presbyterian pastor.  The body will be taken to Gray’s Lake for services at 2:30 o’clock Wednesday afternoon and burial there.”

  • Siblings:
    • 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; buried in Wilson Grove Cemetery, Sumner, Bremer County, 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.”

According to the Michigan, U.S. Wills and Probate Records, 1784-1980:

“In the Matter of the Estate of Roxanna Briggs (formerly Roxanna DeLap), deceased.
   To the Hon. George Ingersalt, Judge of Probate for said County:
   The petitioner of Clara Smith respectfully represents to said Court that she is interested in said Estate as one of the heirs at law of said deceased:
   The said deceased departed this life at the village of Athens, in the State of Michigan, on or about the 29th day of October, A. D. 1895….
   …Your Petitioner further represents that the names and residence of the heirs-at-law of said deceased, so far as the same are known to your petitioner, are as follows, vix:
   Rollin S. DeLap (son), of the city of Chicago, county of Cook and State of Illinois,
   William DeLap (son) of the village of McGregor, county of Aitkins and State of Minnesota
   Clara Smith (daughter and your petitioner) of the village of Vicksburg, county of Kalamazoo and State of Michigan”

    • Alson Wesley Davis born 1828 in Steuben County, NY; married Hannah (Davis) (Davis) Baker (1828-1908) on November 28, 1850 in Lake County, IL, daughter of Samuel Davis and niece of Lemuel Davis; Hannah married (2) Charles Baker in December 8, 1867 in Crawford County, MO; Hannah and Charles are buried in Saint James Cemetery, Saint James, Phelps County, MO; Alson was a Civil War Veteran, rank of Sergeant, Company G, 22nd New York Cavalry (1863-1865); Alson died April 4, 1865 in Annapolis, Arundel County, MD as a paroled prisoner; buried in the Annapolis National Cemetery, Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, MD

According to the genealogytrails.com website for Phelps County, MO, “Biographies” in regards to George W. Davis, son of Alson W. Davis, grandson of Lemuel C. Davis:

George W. Davis
Prof. George W. Davis, principal of the St. James High-school, is among the popular and successful educators of Phelps County, Mo., and has bent all his energies to perfect himself in his chosen calling; and it may be truthfully said that his labors have met with flattering success.  He was born in Lake County, Ill., in 1853, and is a son of Alson W. and Hannah Davis, both of whom were born in Steuben County, N.Y., in 1828.  Alson W. Davis removed to Lake County, Ill., when Chicago was a mere trading post, and was reared and married in that county.  In 1859 he returned to Steuben County, N.Y., and while there enlisted in the First New York Artillery for three years, or during the war, and after about two years’ service with the Army of the Potomac was discharged on account of ill-health, but after six months’ rest improved so in health that he again joined the army, enlisting in Company G, Twenty-second New York Cavalry.  He was taken prisoner at Weldon Railroad, near Richmond, Va., in 1864, and was kept in captivity in Andersonville, Libby, Florence and Charleston prisons, and died a paroled prisoner at Annapolis, Md., April 4, 1865, and is buried in the National Cemetery.  He was a cabinet-maker by trade, and was a son of Lemuel C. Davis, who was of Welsh descent, and a farmer of Connecticut, and died in Lake County, Ill.  Judge Noah C. Davis, of the New York Supreme Court, who was appointed by President Grant, is his nephew.  Our subject’s mother was a daughter of Samuel Davis, a brother of Lemuel C.  The former was also a native of Connecticut, and was a soldier in the Revolutionary War.  He died in Steuben County, N.Y.  In 1867 Prof. George W. Davis and his mother came to Phelps County, Mo., and here the mother is still living, the wife of Charles Baker, whom she married in 1867.  Prof. Davis is an only child, and was reared on a farm, receiving a common-school education, until fourteen years of age.  After coming to Missouri he was sick for a long period, which left him a cripple for life.  From 1885 to 1888 he attended the Cape Girardeau Normal School, graduating from the “C” and “B” courses, and began his career as a pedagogue in 1874, and with the exception of one year, when he was in school, has taught up to the present time.  He is entering on his second year’s work at St. James, and bids fair to become among the foremost educators of the day.  He is a member of the I.O.O.F., Big Spring Lodge No. 237, and in his political views supports the principles of the Republican party, his first presidential vote being cast for Hayes.  His step-father, Mr. Baker, was born in Hampshire, England, in 1825, and as his parents were quite poor he was compelled to begin the battle of life for himself at a very early age, receiving but very little schooling.  When about ten years of age he hired out as a shepherd boy, which occupation he continued for some five years, receiving about 4 shillings a week for his services, and the following four years worked at gardening.  He was then employed in a dock-yard for about two years, at which time he had accumulated enough money to enable him to come to the United States (1850), and spent some years in various parts of the Western States and Territories trading with the Indians.  He was engage in carpentering in Illinois about ten years, and then came to Missouri in 1867, where he has since lived, actively engaged in agricultural pursuits.  [Source:  “History of Laclede, Camden, Dallas, Webster, Wright, Texas, Pulaski, Phelps and Dent Counties, Missouri”, Chicago: The Goodspeed Publishing Co. 1889; Transcribed by K. Mohler]

According to the New York, U.S., Registers of Officers and Enlisted Men Mustered into Federal Service 1861-1865:

“Name of deceased, Steuben County, Avoca, Alson W. Davis; Age at the time of death: 37; Civil condition: M; Citizen: “box checked”; Date of entering the service: Dec 30, 1863; Regiment first entered: Cav 22d N.Y.; Original Rank: Commillary; Regiment to which he belonged at the time of death: 22 N.Y. Cav.; Rank at time of death: Commillary; Volunteer: “box checked”; Date of death: April 4th 1865; Place of death: Annapolis MD; Died of sickness acquired in service: “box checked”; Widow: “box checked”; Parents no dependant: 2; Number of minor children: 1; Place of Burial: Ananpolis Md; Remarks: Typhus Fever – nearly starved at Andersonville”

According to the U.S., Registers of Deaths of Volunteers, 1861-1865:

“Surname: Davis; Christian Name: Alson W.; Rank: Sgt; Co.: G; Regiment: 22 N.Y. Cav; Date of Death: April 4; Place of Death: Div No 2 G H Annapolis Md; Cause of Death: Typhus Fever; Remarks: G. S. Palmer S. W. S. V.”

    • 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. in Los Angeles County, CA;  Maria and Orlando had the following children: Frank S. Wright (1852-1859) and Virginia M. Wright (1854-1860). (See section pertaining to Frank S. Wright buried in the Fort Hill Cemetery) (See section pertaining to Virginia M. Wright buried in the Fort Hill Cemetery)

According to the Iowa, U.S., Marriage Records, 1880-1951:

Return of Marriages in the County of Franklin For the Year Ending October 1st, A. D. 1890.
No. of License: 18; Date of License: Dec. 2, 89; Full Name of Groom: Henry D. Abrams; Place of Residence: Sheffield IA; Occupation: Real Estate & Ins. Agt.; Groom’s Age next Birthday: 57; Color: W; No. of Groom’s Marriage: 2nd; Groom’s Place of Birth: New York; Groom’s Father’s Name: Henry J. Abrams; Groom’s Mother’s Maiden Name: Rachal Ray; Full Name of Bride: Maria Abrams; Bride’s Maiden Name if a Widow: Maria Davis; Bride’s Place of Residence: Sheffield Ia; Bride’s Age next Birthday: 56; Color: W; No. of Bride’s Marriage: 2nd; Bride’s Place of Birth: New York; Bride’s Father’s full Name: Lemuel Davis; Bride’s Mother’s full Maiden Name: Clarrissa Denney; Where and When Married: Sheffield Ia, Dec. 12 -1889; By Whom Married, Name and Office: J. H. Haywood, M.E. Min.; Date of Return: 12 17 1889″

Additional Information:

According to the 1850 U.S. Census for the Town of Avon, Lake County, IL the household members were:

“Lemuel Davis, age 30, occupation: farmer, born in New York; Sarah Davis, age 26, born in New York; Frances Davis, age 3, born in New York.”

According to the 1860 U.S. Census in the Town of Avon, Lake County, IL with a Fox Lake post office, the household members were:

“L. C. Davis, age 38, born in New York, occupation: merchant; Sarah Davis, age 31, born in New York; Rosella Davis, age 12, born in New York; Cora Davis, age 10, born in New York; and Estelle Davis, age 2, born in Iowa.”

According to the U.S. IRS Tax Assessment Lists, 1862-1918 for Division No. Eight of Collection District No. Two of the State of Illinois in 1862:

“Sept 1st, Davis Lemuel C, residing in Hainesville, Class B-Licenses: retail dealer in liquor, Amount of Tax: 20.00”

According to the 1870 U.S. Census in the Town of Avon, Lake County, IL the household members were:

“Lewis C (Lemuel), age 47, occupation: farmer, born in New York; Sarah Davis, age 44, born in New York; Rosa Davis, age 22, born in New York; Cora Davis, age 19, born in Illinois; Stella Davis, age 12, born in Iowa; Clara Davis, age 9/12, born in September in Illinois; Samuel Grant, age 82, retired, born in New York.  In 1894, Lemuel Clark Davis was living in Kern County, CA.”

According to the California, Voter Registers, 1866-1898 for Santa Clara County, CA 1890:

“No.: 2612, Name: Davis Lemuel C, age 68, Country of Nativity: U S, Occupation: Farmer, Local Residence: Mountain View, Date of Registration: October 4, 1890”

According to the California, Voter Registers, 1866-1898 for Kern County, CA, 1894:

“No. 996, Name: Davis Lemuel Clark, Age: 71, Height: 5 ft. 4 ½ in., light complexion, blue eyes, gray hair, Occupation: Farmer, Nativity: New York, Residence: Greenhorn, Precinct: Greenhorn, Post Office: Glennville”

According to the California, Voter Registrations, 1900-1968 for Vineland Precinct, Santa Clara County, CA, 1900 three 1906:

“No. 48, Name: Davis Lemuel C, Age 79, Street Address: Los Gatos & Saratoga Rd”

According to the 1910 U.S. Census for Richmond City, Fifteenth Township, Contra Costa County, CA the household members were:

“Estella Sackett, head, age 50, divorced, born in Iowa, parents born in New York, occupation: none; Lemuel C. Davis, father, age 87, widowed, born in New York, father born in Connecticut, mother born in New York, occupation: none; Andrew Humphery, grandson, age 5, single, born in California, father born in Tennessee, mother born (illegible)”

According to the Waukegan Daily sun (Waukegan IL) Friday, March 12, 1915, page 8:

   “Lemuel Davis died at the home of his daughter in Grayslake Wednesday night.  Mr. Davis was about 90 years old.  Two daughter, Mrs. Lawson and Mrs. Parker reside in Grayslake.  Deceased was one of the pioneers in the community.  During war time he operated a store in Hainesville.  Recently when carpenters were making repairs on the old Times building the poll list of a Hainesville election was found between the walls, which were then 60 years old.  Among the names found on the list was the name of Mr. Davis.  As near as could be ascertained there was just one other man besides Mr. Davis living at that time.”

According to the Lake County Illinois Genealogical Society. “Strang Funeral Home – Grayslake, Illinois – 1908-1964”. Mundelein IL. 2015:

“Surname: DAVIS; Name: Mr Lemuel; Birth Date/Place: (blank); Death Date/Place: 9 Mar 1915; Cause of Death: Pneumonia; 23 yrs; Occupation: (blank); Minister – Funeral Home: (blank); Burial Place – Next of Kin: 11 Mar 1915, Fort Hill Cem”