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From : Jack Pritchard    Date :  Sat, 3 Mar 2007 11:07:16 -0600

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 Subject : Francis A. Davis


Descendants of Francis A. Davis


Generation No. 1

 1. FRANCIS A. DAVIS (WILLIAM, WILLIAM, JOSEPH, JOSEPH) was born Abt. 1826 in Ohio, and died in Pos. Omaha, Nebraska. He married HARRIETT C. BARRETT 21 Oct 1856 in Whiteside Co., Illinois #526. She was born Abt. 1842 in Ohio, and died 15 Jan 1896 in 1008 N 16th. St. Omaha, Nebraska.




1850 Census for Calif. there is a Francis A. Davis, b. Ohio correct year also, & single. ????


Middle name on Ancestry World tree, Alexander, ( Sheri Lequia) and claim a first wife, Keziah Wilkens. No dates or locations, or sources given.


Francis and Harriett have a W-side marriage licence # 526. 21 Oct. 1856.



 1860 Census, as below will show Occ. as Ferry Man. That would be the ferry at Como, on the Rock River. I don't know how many years he ran it, but there is an old picture of the Ferry at Como, displayed in the halls of Sterling hospital. I wonder????/

 The same, or very similar picture is on page 278, WHITESIDE COUNTY, by Wayne Bastian, 1968. I know from trips to the court house in Morrison, that Francis owned at least two locations in Como. I need furthur research, but one might have been the Hotel near or at the Ferry Boat landing on State St. If so, the hotel training there will help for what your about to read, 1880. His brother Reuben also bought and sold in Como, and it could be Reuben that had the Hotel, and practiced his medical skills out of Como for a period of time.

1860 Census, Hopkins Twp., County of Whiteside, Post Office, Como;

Francis A. Davis, age 37, Occ. Farry man, Value of per. Estate $100, b. Ohio

Harriet Davis (S.?) age 18, b. Ohio (Later in life this ?S. becomes "C.") This census does not say wife, but she is!

Susan Davis, age 2, b. Illinois

NOTE: This dwelling #1457, is next to 1456 which has one fa. of 5, and 10 other people 24 - 38 Yrs., Old Hotel? Per conversation in the genealogy room of the Sterling Library, this old hotel was recently purchased and plans per chatter are to remodel it. (I hope so, as the only occupants a few years ago were the raccons.)

1870 Census, Tampico Twp. (Next door to brother James E.)

Davis, Francis 40, Farmer b. Ohio

Harriet 28, b. Ohio

Susan 12, b. IL. (was two in 1860 Como)

Jennie 10, b. IL.

Addie 8, b. IL.

Willie 5, b. IL. (Will become William H. 1880)

Tampico's web version 1870 (All most identical)

Davis, Francis, age 40, farmer, b. Ohio

Davis, Harriette, age 28, keeps house, b. OH

 Davis, Susan, age 12, at home, b. IL

Davis, Jennie, age 10, at home, b. IL

Davis, Addie, age 8, at home. b. IL 

Davis, Willie, age 5, at home, b. IL


 Apple, John, age 20, farm laborer, b. Sweden

 Walling, John, age 45, day laborer, b. Sweden

I have looked for this family for years, and found them March 2, 2007, per source below.

Source for information after 1870 Whiteside, starts from, GenForum, Davis fam. post #31259, by a Ronald Johnson, and post # 14161, by Karen Barrett.


Francis (Frank) has a daughter b. Nebraska that is age six in June 1880, so he left Tampico Township, say fall of 1874 or before.


1880 Census, Nebraska, Omaha, Douglas County, Dist. # 16 (12 June)


DAVIS, FRANK, age 58, Lives in Hotel, Occ. Hotel Keeper, b. Ohio - Maine - Maine (Francis gains a few years)


H. C. wife, age 40, Occ. Keeping house, b. Ohio - Par. Unknown (Harriett, now has a letter "C." looses a couple years)


Susan age 22 Dau., b. Illinois (Same Susan, age 2 1860 & age 12 1870 Como and Tampico)

Addie age 18, Dau., b. Illinois (Same Addie age 8, 1870 Tampico)

William age 15, Son, b. Illinois (Same Willie age 5 1870 Tampico)

 Mamie (spl?) Dau., age 6, b. Nebraska.

Note: According to Ronald Johnson, (above) this hotel was known as PACIFIC HOTEL, 208 N. 10th. St. in Omaha.


NOTE: Harriett C. Barrett was at or near age 16 years when married to Francis. Her age is 8 in the 1850 census, b. Ohio.

PARENTS: 1850 Hopkins Twp. census, 3rd District:

Barrett, Henry, 41 Shoemaker, b. ALL born Ohio

 Mary 34,

 Angeline, 17

Emeline, 13

John, 12


James, 7

 Charlotte, 4

 Note: There were children after this census. Brother James b. 21 Jan. 1844, d. 1 July 1913 and according to the obit he was survived by four brothers. So Harriet must have died before 1913. Obits for some of these children can be viewed (courtesy of Genealogy Trails/ Whiteside) at their web site. I used the Como cemetery listing and clicked on the obits offered with the Index. I have copied two of them below.

 Harriet C. (Barrett) Davis's Father:

 HENRY BARRETT , of Como, who has resided in that place since 1848, died last Sunday (24 Jul 1887), aged 78 years. He was born in Washington county, Ohio, July 15th 1809, and when he came west thirty-nine years ago he located in Como, where he has resided ever since. He was a highly respected gentleman and one who was ever ready to lend a helping hand to any movement by which the community would be benefited. His funeral took place at the church in Como, Monday, conducted by Rev. N.H.G. Fife of Sterling.

 Source: The Whiteside Sentinel, Morrison, Illinois, Thursday Morning, July 28, 1887, page 1].

 The funeral services of the late Henry Barrett were held Monday morning in the Como church. Rev N.H.G. Fife officiating. Mr. Barrett was born in Washington county, Ohio, July 15, 1809. He came west in 1848 and had lived in Como thirty-nine years.

 Contributed by Charlotte Schick - [Source: Sterling, Illinois, Gazette, Saturday, July 30, 1887, page 2].

 Courtesy Genealogy Trails dot com

  Harriet C. (Barrett) Davis's mother:

 MARY BARRETT - At her residence in Como, at two o'clock yesterday afternoon (27 Apr 1893), occurred the death of Mrs. Mary Barrett. Mrs. Barrett had passed the three score year and two mark, dying at the good old age of seventy-nine years and six months. The funeral will be held in the Como church at eleven o'clock tomorrow (Saturday) morning.

[Source: The Evening Gazette, Vol. 12, Number 50, Sterling, Illinois, page 3, Friday, April 28, 1893].

 Courtesy of GenealogyTrails dot com

Mrs. Mary Barrett died at her home in Como, last Thursday, aged seventy-nine years and six months. The funeral services were held on Saturday.

Contributed by Charlotte Schick - [Source: The Whiteside Sentinal, Morrison, Illinois, Thursday Morning, May 4, 1893, page 1]. Courtesy of GenealogyTrails dot com

Harriett's obit per above source, R. Johnson:


Sunday World Herald of 19 Jan. 1896 page 2, col. 2 under Local Brevities, to wit:


Mrs. H. C. Davis, wife of Frank A. Davis, quietly passed away Wednesday Jan 15, at her home 1008 N 16th Street, and was interred Friday at Prospect Hill. She leaves five children, Mrs. A. Hornsby and Mrs. J. Cokeroft of this city, Mrs. C. F. Fingling (?) of Lexington, Mo., and Mrs. R. G. Maus(?) and Mr. William Davis living in California. The family wish to thank all friends for their help and sympathy in their bereavement, and also the ladies of the Woman's Relief corps of the Grand Army of the Republic. (END)

 Harriet C. Davis was buried by permit # 6722 in Grave 10 of the S 1/2 of Lot 418, 1st. Addition to Prospect Hill. The application was signed by daughter Jennie Cokeroft. Prospect Hill is a historical pioneer cemetery in Omaha located about 32nd St. and Parker Ave. (1900 North) There is not a tomdstone on any of that lot even though I think all 12 graves were used. The south 1/2 was owned by Hornsby and the only names that meant anything to me was a Nellie Hornsby died 4/25/82 and an Iola Davis died 12/30/91.


i. SUSAN2 DAVIS, b. Abt. 1858, Illinois.

 Notes for SUSAN DAVIS:

She could be the wife of C.F. Fingling (spl) of Lexington, MO., or wife of R.G. Maus(?spl) ? California, per the obit of 19 Jan., 1896.

 ii. JENNIE DAVIS, b. Abt. 1860, Illinois; m. JOHN H. COKEROFT, 13 Apr 1883, Omaha, Nebraska; b. Abt. 1840, South Carolina.

 Notes for JENNIE DAVIS:

 Source for information after 1870 Whiteside, starts from, GenForum, Davis fam. post #31259, by a Ronald Johnson, and post # 14161, by Karen Barrett.

 Notes for JOHN H. COKEROFT:

 Source for information after 1870 Whiteside, starts from, GenForum, Davis fam. post #31259, by a Ronald Johnson, and post # 14161, by Karen Barrett.

 (Per above source) son of Abram and Mary (?Spl.) Hohuls

iii. ADALINE H. DAVIS, b. Abt. 1862, Illinois; m. ELISON H. HORNSBY; b. Abt. 1852, Ohio.


Source for information after 1870 Whiteside, starts from, GenForum, Davis fam. post #31259, by a Ronald Johnson, and post # 14161, by Karen Barrett.

? Spl. Elison.

(Above source) Son of Littleton and Sarah (Marshall) Hornsby.

iv. WILLIAM H. DAVIS, b. Abt. 1865, Illinois; m. LULU FRAZIER, 20 Feb 1892; b. Abt. 1868, Nebraska.


Source for information after 1870 Whiteside, starts from, GenForum, Davis fam. post #31259, by a Ronald Johnson, and post # 14161, by Karen Barrett.

v. MAMIE DAVIS, b. Abt. 1874, Nebraska.



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