Generation Three - Simeson and Margaret Davis - Part II
Simeson and Margaret's Children
Here is Simeson and Margaret's family tree again as I go over what I know about each of their children. As a reminder, our family line continues through John Henry Davis who will get his own page later.
Child #1 -- Theresa Ann Davis (my great grand aunt): born August 6, 1841 in Steubenville, Ohio. She was the only girl in a family of six boys. She married James Washington Wells on November 27, 1860 in Chariton, Schuyler County, Missouri when she was 18 years old. They married in Simeson's and Margaret's home officiated by Daniel D. Smith, Justice of the Peace.
James Washington Wells was born on December 10, 1836 in Macon, Missouri. He was the son of Colonel James Kerr Wells (1791-1857). Wells Township in Appanoose County, Iowa was named after the Colonel who staked a claim there in 1839 and built a sawmill. His mother was Mary Polly Weldon (1799-1858) who was born in Illinois.
James went to Austin,Texas in 1869 to buy some horses. A young mullato boy named Frank who's stepfather mistreated him, told James he's help drive the horses back north. He rode like a cowboy. It seems he went back home after that but told his mother that he like the Wells family so much he wanted to go back and she gave her permission. Frank eventually ended up staying with James and his family after Theresa's death and became such an important part of the family that the Wells' family adopted him and he took the last name Wells. Later James would say that he could not have kept his family together without Frank's help when around 1879 he dismissed all outside help and Frank picked up the slack.
In 1870 James and Theresa were living in Grant, Missouri where James was a Farmer. He owned his own farm worth $3,000 and stated a net worth of $6,000. Their first four children from 1861 to 1866 all died at a very young age. Xenia, their daughter is 2 years old. Theresa's parent live on a nearby farm.
Sadly, Theresa dies on November 22, 1875 at the young age of 34. Her last child, Charles, was born barely 9 months before her death. She is buried at Hilltown Cemetery where her other children are. It's said that James took her death very hard and he never remarried.
The 1880 Census still finds James farming in Grant, Missouri. James is still farming and two of Theresa's brother, William and Edwin, live with them and work on the farm. They have three children by this point. Xenia, Luzetta and Charles (Charley). Theresa's parents still live nearby.
In April of 1884 James' sister Ruth Elizabeth Wells Anderson died. He took in her two youngest daughters, Molly (17) and Janie (25) into his home. Janie later said that no one could have treated them more like daughters than James.
James died on May 23, 1890 at age 53. He suffered from Asthma so when the flu epidemic swept the nation in Jan-Feb1890 his weakened lungs succumbed to consumption. He is buried near Theresa at Hilltown Cemetery. They both have FindAGrave.com memorials. See Theresa here and James here.
Theresa and James' Children (my 1st cousins, 2x removed):
Sadly, Theresa and Jame's first four children all died in infancy. This must have been devastating for them.
Child #2 -- James Alexander Davis (my great grand uncle): born March 13, 1843 in Steubenville, Ohio. The following is not proven but taken from other family trees on Ancestry.com and the 1870 Federal Census. He married Julia A. Davis (1849-?) sometime around1868. The 1870 Census shows them in Wells, Jefferson County, Ohio. James died on March 13, 1875 at age 32. No location on his burial. Can't find death date on wife Julia.
Child #3 -- William Bates Davis (my great grand uncle): born February 23, 1844 in Steubenville, Ohio. I haven't found much information on William. From the 1880 Census we know he was living and working on the farm of his sister Theresa's husband, James Washington Wells in Grant, Missouri. His brother Edwin was also living and working there. The next time we hear about William is the 1895 Iowa Census where he is 50, still single and living in Caldwell Township in Iowa. He was a farmer. No other information is known.
Child #4 -- Sylvester Eratus Davis (my great grand uncle): born September 15, 1845 in Ohio. There is some confusion as to whom Sylvester married and his children. I have that he married Elizabeth Trenel sometime around 1863. Elizabeth was born December 11, 1844 in Benton, Ohio and died December 13, 1923 in Hocking. At this point I need to do more research on him before adding any incorrect information.
Child #5 -- Edwin Taylor Davis (my great grand uncle): born March 16, 1847 in Steubenville, Ohio. The first information I have on Edwin after he left his parent's home is the 1880 Census when he was 32 years old and living in Grant, Missouri. He is living with his widowed brother-in-law James Washington Wells, helping to work his farm. His brother William is also living and working there. On April 22, 1880 Edwin wrote to his brother Steward that his health was not too good but would be sending him the money he owed him. The letter was postmarked Moulton, Ohio. Edwin died July 24, 1885 in Iowa City, Iowa at the age of 38. Edwin never married.
Child #6 -- John Henry Davis (my great grandfather): John Henry, as our direct ancestor, will get his own section. Click here to go to that section.
Child #7 -- Steward Brown Davis (my great grand uncle): born December 23, 1855 in Jefferson County, Ohio. He married Christiana Margaret Dean on October 27, 1879 in Schuyler County, Missouri.
Christiana was born December 26, 1859 in Mount Pleasant, Iowa. She was the daughter of Henry Clay Dean (1822-1887) and Christiana Margaret Haigler (1827-1916). Henry Clay Dean was a famous orator, lawyer and die-hard Democrat. He was also, for a time, Chaplain for the United States Sentate. Her mother's father and grandfather were soldiers for the Revolutionary War and War of 1812. Her grandfather was also in the bodyguard for George Washington.
After they were married they were living in Nashville, Missouri according the the 1880 Census. Steward was a farmer and they had two boarders living with them. Between 1863 and 1888 they had five sons. Tragically on December 4, 1890 Steward was killed in a wagon accident in Guthrie, Oklahoma. He was found at the bottom of a gulch--the horses were tangled up in the harness and the edge of the wagon across his neck.
It appears Christiana "Tina" stayed in Oklahoma for a period of time and met and married Frank Standwood Ball on October 28, 1894 in Logan County, Oklahoma. From what I have found they had twins in 1895 that both died in infancy. By at least 1897 they were back in Grant, Missouri where Frank was a farmer and they had their son George James Ball.
From the 1900 Census Tina and Frank are still in Grant, Missouri where Frank is now 31 and farming, Tina is 40. Her sons Dean, Charles, Jefferson and Stewart all live and work on the farm. Still in Grant in 1910, Frank is still farming, Tina keeping house. Sons Dean (29) is a lawyer and son Morgan (27) is a medical doctor. Tina's mother Christiana Dean is 88 years old and lives with them. In 1920, still in Grant and still farming Frank is now 50 and Tina is 60. Their son George (22) is a Coal miner. He is married to Lola Juanita Blansett (1895-?) and their son Frank is 10 months old.
From the 1930 Census from Grant, Missouri Frank, now 60, is a coal mine operator which I believe is a Ball family enterprise. Both Frank and his son George died on November 9, 1934 in a coal mine cave-in. After her husband's death Tina moved in with her son Stewart Davis, Jr. in Rebel's Cove Missouri where he lived as a girl. On June 8, 1938 she broke her hip in a fall and died on August 24, 1938. She is buried in Dean Cemetery with Frank Ball.
Steward and Christiana's Children (1st cousins, 2x removed):
- Dean Davis: born October 2, 1880 in Lamar, Barton County, Missouri. He received his law degree from the University of Missouri in 1907. From the 1910 Census Dean is 29 years old and living with his mother and stepfather, Frank Ball, in Grant, Missouri. His brother Morgan Davis and grandmother Christiana Dean are also living there.
Dean married Emma Josephine Severs Helton on January 1, 1911 in Moulton, Appanoose County, Iowa. Emma was born on December 4, 1880 in Moulton, the daughter of John Franklin Severs (1848-1933) and Ida Myrtle Gale (1853-1936). Emma had married James Helton on January 18, 1899 and they had one daughter, Leta Lovelle in 1904. James died in 1910.
At some point Dean and Emma moved to Kansas City. He became the Prosecuting Attorney for Kansas City in 1917. On September 12, 1918 Dean, like every other man in his age group, registered the the World War I draft. He listed his occupatiion as a Lawyer for the Kansas City Railways which it appears he did until 1940. He was described as tall (6' 1-1/2"), slender build, blue eyes and dark hair. Dean died on September 5, 1950 in Kansas City at the age of 69. Emma died on July 19, 1966 in Kansas City. Dean and Emma had two children:
- Ilus Winfield Davis: was born April 22, 1917 in Kansas City. Known as "Ike" he was named after a friend of the family, Ilus Lee. He graduated from law school in 1939. He was called active duty in 1942 with the Army and served fro 13 months in Manila where he was in the strategic planning section of General Douglas McArthur's command. Upon returning home he married Beatrice B. Buecking on November 4, 1946. He was elected to the Kansas City Council in 1948 and served until 1955. In 1959 he was elected President of the Missouri Bar and in 1963 he was elected two-term mayor of Kansas City. It was said he proved to be a fair practical and visionary mayor and is commonly rated by local and national observers as one of Kansas City's most effective mayors. On April 7, 1964 he worked to pass the "Equal Treatment of All Residents In Public Places" law. He believed in equality for all. He said "It was not a popular ordinance...but I realized if we lost, it was going to be a slap in the face of every black or minority in this city."
Ilus suffered from Parkinson's disease for many years but was still very active until mid-July 1996. He passed away on September 4, 1996 in Kansas City at the age of 79. Not only does he have a city park named after him there is a statue of him as well. Wife Beatrice was born on September 5, 1924 in Kansas City and the daughter of George Henry Buecking, Jr. (1886-1963), a prominent city banker. Her mother was Beatrice Louella Dalton (1891-?) She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Smith College, majoring in math. She passed away on January 5, 2012.
- Charles Stewart Davis was born January 8, 1910 in Putnam County, Missouri. He married Vera Ethelyn Adamson on October 21, 1931 in Appanoose County, Iowa. They had four children: Charles Stewart Davis, Jr. (1932-?); Stella Katheryn Davis (1934-?); Richard William Davis ((1936-?); Charolyn Louise Davis (1940-?). Charles died April 21, 1984 in Unionville, Missouri. Vera died on July 13, 2001 in Unionville.
- Daisy Margaret Davis was born July 24, 1912 in Putnam County, Missouri. No record of marriage. She died on August 20, 2003 in Kansas City, Missouri.
- George James "Jim" Davis was born September 4, 1915 in Putnam County, Missouri. He married Harrieet Ruth Evans on November 14, 1936 in Iowa City, Iowa. He was a farmer his entire life. In his earlier years he worked as a coal miner in Missouri and a carpenter in Iowa city. George died on Jun 11, 2005 in Sherrard, Ilinois. Harriet died on May 21, 1998 in Sherrard. They had four children: Janet Sue Davis (1938-?), George James Davis, Jr. (1941-2000), Ruth Elaine Davis (1942-?), and Margaret Eileen Davis (1943-?).
- Joseph Edwin Davis was born August 6, 1920 in Putnam County, Missouri. He married Betty Jean Kirete on June 23, 1943. He died on April 27, 1988 in Moline, Illinois. Betty died on January 19, 1983 in Silvis, Illinois.
- Elaine Corporon Davis was born August 8, 1929 in Putnam County, Missouri. She married William Anderson Bengston on January 10, 1951 in San Francisco, California. They had three children: Karin Lynne Bengston (1952-?), Philip Glenn Bengston (1962-?), and James Robert Bengston (1963-?).
- John Jefferson Davis was born May 18, 1912 in Putnam County, Missouri. He married Wanda Beatrice Perrin on August 19, 1933 in Lawrence, Kansas. Wanda was born January 14, 1914 in Topeka, Kansas, the daughter of Uva W. Perrin (1892-?) and Beatrice Perrin (1894-1973). He was a Major in the US Army. He died September 2, 1989 at the age of 77. He is buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia. Wanda died November 12, 2002 in Winchester, Tennessee. She is buried with John at Arlington. They had one daughter, Barbara Marie Davis (1941-2006).
- Grace Hill Davis was born March 31, 1920 in Coatsville, Missouri. She married Daniel Joseph Nikkel on December 7, 1941 in Blue, Missouri. No record of any children. Grace died on August 14, 1997 in Denver, Colorado at age 77. Daniel died on June 6, 1997 in Denver, Colorado. He served in the US Military.
Click here to go on to Generation 4 - John Henry Davis, Sr., my great grandfather.