JOHN WILFRED McDAVITT

John Wilfred McDavitt gravestone
(Photo by Vernon B. Paddock)

B. August 10, 1905 in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, CA
D. October 29, 1954 in Waukegan, Lake County, IL
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  • Father: John McDavitt (unverified)
  • Mother: Jennie Ann (Powers) McDavitt born in 1867 in Hope, Northumberland County, Ontario, Canada, daughter of Charles Frederick Powers (1833-1927) and Sarah Ann (Marsh) Powers (1835-1903); married (1) Arthur Patrick Mcinnis on December 7, 1892 in Brandon, Manitoba Canada; Jennie died April 21, 1911 in Iowa; buried with her parents in Saint John’s Angelican Church Cemetery, Port Hope, Northumberland County, Ontario, Canada
  • Spouse 1: Martha Linea (Anderson) McDavitt born January 5, 1908 in Chicago, Cook county, IL, daughter of Axel Sigfrid Anderson (1880-1965) and Huldur Augusta Elizabeth (Wickholm) Anderson (1883-?); married John Wilfred McDavitt on June 16, 1928 in Melrose Park, Cook County, IL
  • Spouse 2: Pearl G. (Hubbard) McDavitt born October 12, 1906 in Illinois, daughter of Orris Leander Hubbard (1874-1952) and Edna Christina (Johnson) (Hubbard) Flagg (1881-1967); Pearl died July 1983 (See section pertaining to Pearl G. (Hubbard) McDavitt buried in the Fort Hill Cemetery)

 Additional Information:

According to the 1920 U.S. Census for Dubuque City, Julien Township, Dubuque County, IA living at 1405 Wartburg Avenue, the household members were: C.W. Powers, head, age 44 married, Year of Immigration to U.S.: 1902, Year of Naturalization: 1912, born in Canada, parents born in Canada, Occupation: Dentist – Office; Jean G Powers, wife, age 41, married, born in Pennsylvania, parents born in Pennsylvania; Jane A McDavitt, niece, age 16, single, born in Arizona, father born in Ireland, mother born in Canada; John W McDavitt, nephew, age 14, single, born in California, father born in Ireland, mother born in Canada. (NOTE: John’s uncle was Campbell Wilfred Powers who was born December 22, 1874 in Port Hope, Ontario, Canada; married Sarah Jane Glass (aka Jean S. Glass) (1877-1961) on April 26, 1905 in Philadelphia, PA; naturalized on December 4, 1917; Campbell died April 6, 1958 in Daytona Beach, Volusia County, FL; Campbell and Jean are buried in Daytona Memorial Park, Daytona Beach, Volusia County, FL; According to the Daytona Beach Morning Journal (Daytona Beach FL) Monday, April 7, 1958, page 3: “Dr. C. W. Powers
   Dr. Campbell W. Powers, 82, 311 Goodall Ave., died yesterday afternoon at Halifax Hospital.  He came here nine years ago from Philadelphia where he practiced dentistry.  Survivors include his wife Jean, and a niece, Mrs. Jane Seddon, Philadelphia.  Baggett-McIntosh is in charge.”)

According to the 1925 Iowa, State Census Collection, 1936-1925; for Dubuque Precinct 04, Dubuque, Iowa, living at W 6th St, the household members were:
C W Powers; head; age 50, married, naturalized, No. of Years in the U.S.: 40, No. of Years in Iowa: 20; High School Attended: College or University; College – State No. Years Attended: 8; Gene J Powers, wife, age 44, married, No of Years in Iowa: 20; High School Attended: College or University; College – State No. Years Attended: 2; Jane A McDavitt, niece, age 23, single, No. Years in Iowa: 16, High School Attended: College or University, College – State No. Years Attended: 4, How Many Months of School attended in Year 1924: 9; John W McDavitt, nephew, age 19, single; No. Years in Iowa: 16, High School Attended: College or University, College – State No. Years Attended: 1, How Many Months of School attended in Year 1924: 9. (NOTE: also listed in the Census Collection state John was born about 1906 in California, Father’s name: Gor Mcdavitt born in Ireland, Mother’s name: Jane Powers born in Canada)

According to the U.S., Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Swedish American Church  Records, 1800-1947; Marriage Place: Melrose Park, Cook County, IL; Church: Christ Lutheran Church:

“Records of Marriages
Date year 1928: 6-16-1928; Name: McDavitt, John W. and Anderson, Martha L; Age 23 and 20; Residence: Chicago, Illinois (both); Witnesses: Axel L. Anderson and Hildur Anderson”

According to the 1930 U.S. Federal Census for Chicago City, Cook county, IL living at 4815 Keystone Avenue, the household members were: John McDavitt, head, age 25, married at age 23, born in California, parents born in Ireland, occupation: Mechanic – automobile; Martha McDavitt, wife, age 22, married at age 20, born in Illinois, parents born in Sweden.

According to the 1940 U.S. Federal Census for Long Lakes Line, Grant Township, Lake County, IL living on Long Lake Road, the household members were: Robert Nielsen, head, age 42, married, highest grade completed: C2, born in Illinois, lived in same house in 1935, occupation: Electrical Engineer- Electric Contractor; Florence Nielsen, wife, age 41, married, highest grade completed: 8, born in Illinois, lived in same house in 1935, occupation: Proprietor – Tavern; Robert Nielsen Jr, Son, age 18, single, highest grade completed: H3, born in Illinois, lived in same house in 1935; John McVitt (sic) employee, age 35, single, highest grade completed: H4, born in California, lived in same place in 1935, occupation: Bartender – Tavern.

According to the U.S., World War II Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947:

“Name: John Wilfred McDavitt; Address: Long Lake, Ingleside, Lake County, IL; Telephone: Round Lake 2061; Age in Years: 35; Date of Birth: Aug 10, 1905; Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California; Country of Citizenship: U.S.; Name of Person who will Always know your Address: Dr. C. W. Powers; Address of That Person: 385 Burch St, Dubuque, Iowa; Employer’s Name: Robert Neilsen; Place of Employment: Long Lake, Ingleside, Lake County, IL; Race: White; Height: 5-9 1/2; Weight: 235; Eyes: Brown; Hair: Red; Complexion: Light; Signed: Oct 16, 1940”

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

“Surname: McDAVITT; Name: John W.; BirthDate/Place: 10 Aug 1905, Los Angeles; Death Date/Place: 29 Oct 1954, Waukegan; Cause of Death: Cerebral Hemmorrhage; M; Occupation: Bartender; Minister – Funeral Home: rev. LIDDICOAT, Chapel; Burial Place – Next of Kin: Fort Hill, John McDAVITT – Father, Jennie POWERS – Mother”

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