Category Archive: Davis Family

Jul 07

52 Ancestors: #22 Lewis Davis

Lewis and Nancy Glines were my 2nd great grandparents. The couple resided in the area of Franklin where they raised their family. They were buried near the head of Webster Lake in Sawyer Cemetery.

LEWIS DAVIS, born on 30 January 1796 in Sutton, Hillsborough County (now Merrimack), New Hampshire.[1]Lewis died probably in Franklin, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, on 27 October 1844 and was buried in the Sawyer Cemetery (near the head of Webster Lake), in Franklin.2

Lewis married NANCY GLINES in Sanbornton on 28 November 1822, Belknap County, New Hampshire.[2] Born on 21 July 1799 in Northfield, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, Nancy died in Franklin on 22 October 1887.[3]

Lewis and Nancy had ten children:

  1. SARAH JANE DAVIS, born about 1823. Sarah Jane married NATHAN M. GAGE.

ii.      ELIZABETH A. DAVIS, born about 1825 in New Hampshire. She married a man with the surnameBROWN.

iii.      CATHERINE DAVIS, born about 1829 in New Hampshire.[4] Catherine died in New Hampshire, on 28 August 1839; she was 10.[5]Buried in Sawyer Cemetery, Franklin. [6]

iv.      NANCY DAVIS, born on 15 July 1830 in Franklin, Merrimack County, New Hampshire.[7] Nancy died in Franklin on 24 February1908; she was 77.[8]

Nancy married JEREMIAH K. JUDKINS, son of Samuel Judkins & Hannah Kimball, in Franklin, on 11 March 1852.[9] Jeremiah was born on 18 February1829 in Franklin, Merrimack County, New Hampshire.[10] Jeremiah K. died in Franklin on 24 February1905; he was 76.[11]

v.      LEWIS M. DAVIS, born about 1832 in New Hampshire. Lewis M. died on 21 August 1863; he was 31 and was buried in Sawyer Cemetery, Franklin.[12]
Lewis M. Davis served from Franklin in Company E, New Hampshire 16th Infantry Regiment, enlisting on 23 October 1862. On the 10th of November 1862, Lewis wrote his last will and testament in which he bequeathed his land in Stearns County Minnesota to Cora Judkins, daughter of Horace and Elisabeth Judkins.[13]

vi.      ALBE C. DAVIS, born about 1834.

vii.      LAURA  DAVIS, born on 4 December 1835 in Franklin.[14] Laura died in Lawrence, Essex County, Massachusetts, on 13 April 1927; she was 91.[15] Buried in Franklin Cemetery, Franklin.11

Laura married DANIEL RUSSELL WOODWARD, 30 January 1854, in Lowell, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.[16]

viii.      OLIVE B. DAVIS, born about 1842 in New Hampshire.[17]  On 26 June 1862 when Olive B. was 20, she married CALVIN T. CALL in Franklin. The couple had one child.

ix.        GEORGE  DAVIS, born  about 1843 in New Hampshire.

x.         ALVA DAVIS, born about1843 in New Hampshire.

 

Future Research

Search for probate records of Lewis Davis, 1844 and upward, in Belmont County.

Search for deeds for Lewis Davis in Strafford County before 1841 and Belknap County 1841 and upward.[18]

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Notes:

[1]Delayed birth certificate of Lewis Davis, dated 4 January 1906, New Hampshire xx.

[2]Sanbornton (New Hampshire) Town Clerk, Sanbornton [New Hampshire] Town Records, Microfilm of transcript at the State Capitol Building in Concord, New Hampshire, FHL 15,310, 716-717.

[3]Tombstone of Nancy, wife of Lewis Davis, Sawyer Cemetery, Franklin, New Hampshire (on private property – access from an old road just off Hoyt Rd, near intersection of Hoyt and Lakeshore Drive near the head of Webster Lake).

[4]Tombstone of Catharine, daughter of Lewis & Nancy Davis, Sawyer Cemetery, Franklin, New Hampshire (on private property – access from an old road just off Hoyt Rd, near intersection of Hoyt and Lakeshore Drive near the head of Webster Lake), hereinafter cited as Tombstone of Catharine Davis.

[5]“Golden Wedding Anniversary,” The Journal Transcript, Franklin, New Hampshire, 14 March 1902, hereinafter cited as “Golden Wedding Anniversary.”

[6]Tombstone of Catharine Davis.

[7]“Golden Wedding Anniversary.”

[8]Elizabeth Littlefield Judkins, Job Judkins of Boston and his Descendants (Larchmont, New York: 1962) 61.

[9] “Golden Wedding Anniversary.”

[10]“Letter from Douglas Russell Woodward (7 Kennington Rd., Hampton Falls, NH 03844).”

[11]Elizabeth Littlefield Judkins, Job Judkins of Boston and his Descendants (Larchmont, New York:, 1962) 61,

[12]Tombstone of Lewis M Davis, son of Lewis & Nancy Davis, Sawyer Cemetery, Franklin, New Hampshire (on private property – access from an old road just off Hoyt Rd, near intersection of Hoyt and Lakeshore Drive near the head of Webster Lake).

[13] Last Will and Testament of Lewis M Davis, Probate Case #6128, Merrimack County Probate Clerk’s Office, Concord, New Hampshire,

[14]“Fiftieth Anniversary;” and “Tombstone of Daniel R Woodward and Laura Davis, his wife,” Franklin Cemetery, near intersection of Route 127 and Ward Hill Road, Franklin, New Hampshire, Viewed and photographed by Linda Woodward Geiger; hereinafter cited as Tombstone of Daniel R. Woodward et al.

[15]Tombstone of Daniel R, Woodward et al; and Union Pension File of Daniel R. Woodward, Record Type: Union Pension File, File Number: #WC-711-973, Records of the Veterans Administration, RG 15, National Archives, Washington, D.C. (hereinafter cited as Union Pension File of Daniel R. Woodward).

[16]Delayed Marriage Certificate of Daniel R. Woodward and Laura Davis, 19 October 1910, Lowell, Middlesex County, Massachusetts; and Union Pension File of Daniel R. Woodward.

[17]1850 U.S. Census, Free Population Schedule, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, page 242, dwelling 111, family 111; National Archives micropublication M432, reel 436.

[18] Sanbornton was originally part of the Province of Massachusetts when it was created in 1748 and became part of Strafford County, New Hampshire, when the county was created on 29 April 1769. Sanbornton became part of Belknap County in Janaury 1841 when Belknap County was formed from parts of Strafford County [Atlas of Historical County Boundaries, http://publications.newberry.org/ahcbp/].

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Jul 05

Military Service of Lewis M. Davis

Searching for possible military service of my great uncle, Lewis M. Davis was not straightforward. My first go to for Civil War service is the National Park Service database of Soldiers and Sailors [http://www.nps.gov/civilwar/soldiers-and-sailors-database.htm]. I’ve not used the site for quite a while and was greeted by a complete makeover since my last visit. I searched soldiers for “Lewis M. Davis” and “New Hampshire” with no result. Broadening the search I sought “Lewis Davis” and “New Hampshire with the following result:

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NPS “Soldiers & Sailors” database

Who is this Lewis F. Davis serving in the 16th NH (middle entry). Could this entry have been miss-read by someone who interpreted the letter “M” as “F”?

Since I’m not physically located near a repository with the microfilm of New Hampshire service records, I needed to try another Online search tool. I turned to Ancestry.com. Ah Ha! Lewis M. Davis was located in the database “U.S. Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles, 1861-1865. Like his brother-in-law, he had enlisted in Company E, New Hampshire 16th Infantry Regiment [Ancestry’s source: Register of Soldiers and Sailors of New Hampshire].

 

 

 

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Ancestry – “U.S. Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles

I found it interesting that this abstract indicates that Lewis M. was mustered out on the 20th of August 1863 at Concord, NH and died one day later.

 

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Jul 02

Davis Burials in Sawyer Cemetery, Merrimack County, NH

In September 1991, I was fortunate to have a road-trip with my uncle, Douglas Russell Woodward, while visiting in New Hampshire. Uncle Doug, 2nd child of Oscar H. Woodward and Sara Waddell, had spent much of his youth in West Franklin before his family removed to East Concord. We visited West Franklin where he pointed out the house his father rented on South Main Street while he was a young boy. He also showed me the house where he recalled his great grandmother Nancy (neé Glines) Davis resided and the cemetery, Sawyer Cemetery, where she was buried with her husband and at least two of her children. Alas, I had no GPS unit at the time, nor did I take careful note of the location of the two homes. What was I thinking?

A DeLorme map of New Hampshire, published in 1984, illustrates the location of Sawyer Cemetery.

1984 map showing location of Sawyer Cemetery.

Green Arrow Points to Sawyer Cemetery near the head of Webster Lake

Apparently, at one time the road on which the Davis family resided (in Andover just over the Franklin line) continued on past Sawyer Cemetery and on to the head of Webster Lake. That road had long since been impassable in 1991.

Davis Tombstones in Sawyer Cemetery

Davis Tombstones in Sawyer Cemetery

Lewis Davis

Lewis Davis

 

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Nancy Davis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lewis M. Davis

Lewis M. Davis

Catherine Davis

Catherine Davis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On that trip Uncle Doug also showed me the cemetery in Franklin where his paternal grandparents were buried the needle factory building were several of his uncles and great uncles worked. The needle factory will be discussed at a later date.

 

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Jul 01

From NH to Minnesota in a Conestoga Wagon?

 

Family Tradition…. Several family stories have been proven to be way off the mark and only apparent wishful thinking on the part of my grandfather and uncle. Consequently when my uncle told me that his great grandmother (Nancy Glines Davis) had gone to Minnesota in a Conestoga wagon, but had returned since they didn’t like living there, I was somewhat skeptical.

Many years later the memory and interest in the story was renewed when I found the will of Lewis M. Davis, written on10 November 1862 in Franklin, New Hampshire and probated in September 1963.[1] In his will, written while a soldier in service of the United States, “First One hundred and sixty acres of land situated in the town of Sauk Center Sterans County in the State of Minnesota….to Cora Judkins for her sole comfort and benefit she to come in possession at the age of eighteen the daughter of Horace and Esabeth Judkins…”

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Lewis M. Davis, son of Lewis and Nancy (Glines) Davis,[2]  died  21 August 1863, at the age of 31.

I need to determine where and how he died. I suspect while he was serving with the Union forces.

Lewis is not a direct ancestor. His sister, Laura Davis, wife of Daniel R. Woodward, was my great grandmother. Daniel R. Woodward served in the Company E, 16th New Hampshire Volunteer Regiment.

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[1] Will of Lewis M. Davis, Probate Case #6128, Merrimack County, New Hampshire; Probate Clerk’s Office, Concord, New Hampshire.

[2] Tombstone of Lewis M. Davis, Sawyer Cemetery, located just off Hoyt Rd. near the Franklin and Andover town lines at the head of Webster Lake, Merrimack County, New Hampshire; viewed and photographed by Linda Woodward Geiger in September 1991.

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