Descendants of
Nathaniel W. Davis and Delila Bishop
Compiled and Submitted by: Adina Watkins Dyer






Generation No. 1

1. Nathaniel W.1 Davis was born Abt. 1810 in KY, and died Bef. 1865 in Tippecanoe Co., IN. He married Delila Bishop 28 August 1834 in Franklin Co., IN. She was born Abt. 1819 in KY, and died Aft. 1892.  Delilah married second to Daniel Cradlebaugh.

Notes for Nathaniel W. Davis:

Nathaniel Davis may have been married previous to his marriage to Delila Bishop.  A Nathaniel W. Davis was married to an Eliza Marklin on October 13, 1828, in Franklin Co., Indiana.
Census records for Nathaniel W. Davis:

1830 - Fayette County, IN, pg. 5
      Nathaniel W. Davis
      1m 15/20; 1m 20/30
      1f -5; 1f 15/20
not sure this Nathaniel W. Davis in Fayette county is the correct one, he might not have been head of household at this time.
 

1840 - Rush County, IN
      Nath. Davis
      1m -5; 1m 5/10; 1m 20/30
      1f 20/30
not sure this is the correct Nathaniel Davis, but the household seems to match up with the 1850 census.
 

1850 - Boone County, IN, District 7, pg.  ??, fam. #1359
       Nathaniel W. Davis, 40, m, w, farmer, KY
       Delila Davis, 32, f, w, KY
       Quartus? Davis, 15, m, w, IN
       Marion Davis, 14, m, w, IN
       Georganna Davis, 3, f, w, IN
       Alford Davis, 1, m, w, IN
 

1860 - Tippecanoe County, IN, Lauramie twp., Concord - Date census taken: June 14, 1860
139/143
       Nattan Davis, 51, m, farmer, KY
       Delila Davis, 37, f, KY
       Corton Davis, 21, m, schoolteacher, IN**
       Willshire Davis, 20, m, schoolteacher, IN
       Georgeana, 14, f, IN
       John Panie? Davis?, 50, m, day job, VA

**Corton was the middle name of Edgar C. Davis.  He can also be found listed in the 1860 Lauarmie township census,
living in the household of Samuel Campbell, a relative of his wife Lora.
Date census taken: June 20, 1860 - fam. #280
       Samuel Campbell, 40, m, farmer
       Jane Campbell, 38, f
       Rebecka Campbell, 15, f
       William Campbell, 8, m
       Isabell, 6, f
       James Smith, 23, m, day labor
       Eggor Davis, 23, m, schoolteacher
 

Children of Nathaniel Davis and Delila Bishop are:

+ 2 i. Edgar C.2 Davis, born 26 June 1835 in Fayette Co., IN; died 11 February 1909
          in Odell, Tippecanoe Co., IN.

3 ii. Wilshire M. Davis, born Abt. 1840.  d. aft. 1909 in Oklahoma?

Notes for Wilshire M. Davis:
Wilshire may also have been known by the name William and his middle name was possibly Marion.  He is listed in the 1850 census as Marion, but in 1860 as Wilshire.   In his brother, Edgar's obituary in 1909, his name was given as William and he was said to be living in Oklahoma City.
4 iii. Georganne Davis, born 1845 in Putnam Co., IN; died September 1910 in Battle Ground,
        Tippecanoe Co., IN. She married James Campbell Abt. 1865 in Tippecanoe Co., IN.
Obituary for Georgiana Davis Campbell
Lafayette, Indiana newspaper, edition unknown
Date of death: Sept. 1910

MRS. GEORGIANA CAMPBELL

        Mrs. Georgiana Campbell, one of the best known residents of Battle Ground, died yesterday morning at 8 o'clock at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Guy Fisher. She had been ill several years and death was caused by a complication of diseases.
        She was born in Putnam County sixty-five years ago and was married forty-five years ago to James Campbell, who died eight years ago. Nearly all her life was spent in the vicinity of Battle Ground and she was a member of the Methodist church there.
        She is survived by the following children: Mrs. Jerome Dunlap and Harry Campbell of this city; Mrs. Guy Fisher, of Battle Ground; Mrs. A.R. Abell, of Medaryville, and Mrs. Ettie Johnson, of Elgin, Ill. Mrs. Campbell was blessed with a large circle of friends and was a true Christian woman. The funeral was conducted from the Battle Ground M.E. church this afternoon at 2 o'clock. Rev. Wariner officiated and burial was made in the Battle Ground cemetery.

5 iv. Alford Davis, born 1849; died Bef. 1860.

Generation No. 2

2. Edgar C.2 Davis (Nathaniel W.1) was born 26 June 1835 in Fayette Co., IN, and died 11 February 1909 in Odell, Tippecanoe Co., IN.  He married Lora Ann Clark 19 April 1865 in Tippecanoe Co., IN, daughter of Edmund Clark and Margaret Campbell. She was born 3 May 1844 in near Stockwell, Tippecanoe Co., IN, and died 11 July 1923 in Tippecanoe Co., IN.

Obituary for Edgar C. Davis
Lafayette, Indiana newspaper, edition unknown
February 12, 1909

EDGAR C. DAVIS

         Edgar C. Davis, one of the most prominent citizens of Tippecanoe County, entered into rest at the family residence, one-fourth of a mile south of Odell at 1 o'clock yesterday afternoon. Mr. Davis was one of the most active and useful citizens of the community and will be sadly missed. He was always one of the first citizens of the vicinity to advance any good cause that was of public interest and usefulness. He was always ready to make a sacrifice for the benefit of his family and friends.
        Mr. Davis was born in Fayette County, Indiana, June 26, 1835. At an early age he removed to Tippecanoe County, locating near Stockwell, where he was married to Lory A. Clark, daughter of Edmund and Margaret Clark, who were prominent citizens of Lauramie Township, on April 19, 1865. Their union was blessed with six children, five of whom are living, one infant son passing into the sweet fields of heavenly rest in May, 1879. The devoted and bereaved widow and five surviving children are Elvah C. Davis, of Odell; Mrs. Louie Davis, of Wingate; Mrs. Minnie Baugh, of Farmer's Institute; Miss Keltah Davis and Clarence Davis, who reside at the family home. There remains one brother, William Davis, of Oklahoma City, and one sister, Mrs. Georgia Campbell, of Battle Ground, to mourn the loss of their departed brother.
       Mr. Davis united with the M.E. church at Odell July 19, 1874, while the Rev. J.H. Claypool was pastor and was received into full membership August 2, 1874. Mr. Davis was always a very liberal contributor to all of the interests of the church and gave with a very willing hand. His loss to the church as a friend and brother will be greatly felt. Friends can call and see the remains after 2 p.m. Saturday. The funeral services will be held at the family residence Sunday morning at 10:30 o'clock.

A Coroner's Inquest was performed due to the sudden death of Elvah Davis and the following physical description was given by the undertaker:
Color of hair: Sandy
Color of eyes: Dark
Height: 5 ft.
Weight: 160 lbs.
Age: 46 years

Children of Edgar Davis and Lora Clark are:
+ 6 i. Elvah C.3 Davis, born August 1867 in Tippecanoe Co., IN; died 9 September 1913 in Odell,
         Tippecanoe Co., IN.
7 ii. Lou Davis, born Abt. 1869; died January 1921. She married William Sayers 23 April 1893; born Abt.
      1837; died 3 October 1914.

8 iii. Minnie Davis, born Abt. 1875; died 9 August 1921. She married Leonard Baugh 21 March 1900 in
       Tippecanoe Co., IN; born 1881; died 1948.

9 iv. Keltah Davis, born 16 June 1878; died 26 August 1951. She married Harry L. Taber 6 January 1925
        in Tippecanoe Co., IN.

+ 10 v. Clarence Davis, born 27 September 1882; died 15 May 1972.

Notes for Lora Clark Davis:

WILL of LORA A. (CLARK) DAVIS
Made: 3 December 1914
Filed: 4 August 1923
Tippecanoe County, Indiana
 

Know all men by these presents that I Lora A. Davis of Odell, Tippecanoe County and State of Indiana in view of the uncertainty of life and the certainty of death, at such time as an all wise Providence shall ordain, do hereby declare and subscribe the following as my Will which I desire all men and my children to respect after my decease, to wit:

It is my will that all my debts shall be paid out of what money I may have, on hand, or crops on the farm that belong to me at my decease.

That Elva C. Davis now deceased, but represented by *his oldest child Blanche* [this section marked out and was replaced with the following] : his widow Julia Davis shall have one stand marked "J" and one linen table cloth marked "J".

That Lou M. Sayers, my daughter, shall have a light oak bedroom suit marked "L".

That MINNIE BAUGH, my daughter, shall have a mirror marked "M" and one linen table cloth marked "M".

That CLARENCE DAVIS, my son, shall have a secretary marked "C".

That KELTA GERTRUDE DAVIS, my daughter, shall have all the rest of my house hold goods, fixtures, furniture, stoves, carpets, kitchen furniture and fixtures, china ware, silvir ware, the chickens, the Studebaker Automobile, piano, money on hand, crops on the farm that belong to me after my legal debts are paid.

That all my children shall join in purchasing a suitable monument and placing it in the proper place, on the DAVIS lot, in Wheeler Grove Cemetery, to mark the resting place of Father and Mother, each child bearing their share of the expense, and I direct that my children proceed to execute this will at my decease the same as I could do were I alive.
 

Having thus provided for all my earthly affairs, I commit my soul to God, and ask the prayers of all the good for his Divine blessings.

In testimony whereof  I have hereunto set my hand and private seal this 3rd day of December 1914.

In presence of John A. Hatt;  George B. Hawthorne

Signed:  Lora A. Davis  {seal}

CODICIL
September 16, 1921

CODICIL to my former disposition of remembrances dated Dec. 3, 1914

One brass framed mirror marked "M" on the other paper for MINNIE BAUGH - I want the same changed from going to MINNIE on account of her death, to go to KELTA DAVIS.

1 table cloth also marked "M" on the other paper for MINNIE BAUGH  I want to go to MINERVA DAVIS.  It is my desire to have CLARENCE my son carry out my wishes on this distribution of remembrances.

Signed: L. A. Davis

Witnesses: George B. Hawthorne;  John P. Hatt;  Geo. E. Baker, M.D.
 

TRANSCRIPTION of FUNERAL HOME RECORD

Name: Lora A. Davis
Date of Death: July 11, 1923
Place of Death: Attica, Indiana
Time of Death: 12 Midnight
Age at Death: 79 years, 1 month
Sex: Female
Color: White
Date of Birth: May 3, 1844
Place of Birth: Indiana
Marital Status: Widowed
Name of Husband: Edgar Davis
Name of Father: Edwin Clark
Birthplace of Father: Conn.
Name of Mother: Margaret Campbell
Birthplace of Mother: Indiana
Informant: Mrs. Lou Sayers, Wingate, Indiana
Date of Burial: July 13, 1923
Place of Burial: Wheeler Cemetery
 

Obituary for Lora Ann Clark Davis
Lafayette, Indiana newspaper, issue unknown

RESPECTED WOMAN of ODELL EXPIRES AFTER LONG ILLNESS

Mrs. Edgar C. Davis, age 79 years, one of the most highly esteemed women of Tippecanoe county, died at her home at Odell Wednesday night at midnight.  She had been an invalid for several years.  The deceased was born near Stockwell, May 3, 1844.  She was educated at the old Stockwell academy and on April 19, 1865, was united in marriage to the late Edgar C. Davis.  To the union was born six children.  An infant daughter, Elva C. Davis and Mrs. Minnie Baugh, preceded them in death.  The surviving children are Mrs. Lou Sayer, of Wingate; Clarence Davis, of Odell; and Miss Keltah Davis, who resided with her aged mother.  One brother, Lester Clark, Battle Ground, survives.  Mrs. Davis was a refined and cultured woman and for almost fifty years had been a devoted member of the Odell Methodist church.  She was deeply interested in all things for the betterment of the community.  The funeral will be held from the family home Friday afternoon at 3 o'clock.


Generation No. 3

6. Elvah C.3 Davis (Edgar C.2, Nathaniel W.1) was born August 1867 in Tippecanoe Co., IN, and died 9 September 1913 in Odell, Tippecanoe Co., IN. He married Julia Knox Sayers 24 April 1892 in Fountain Co., IN, daughter of Alexander Sayers and Caroline Carter. She was born 2 July 1868 in Fountain Co., IN, and died 12 July 1934 in Odell, Tippecanoe Co., IN.
 
 

Elvah C. Davis 
(1867-1913)
son of Edgar C. Davis and
Lora Ann Clark.  Elvah was a farmer in Odell, Indiana.
Julia Knox Sayers Davis
(1868-1934) 
daughter of 
Alexander Thompson Sayers and Caroline Carter. 
Elvah Davis Obituary - Newspaper unknown
SUDDEN DEATH
        The Odell neighborhood and this community were shocked Wednesday evening when the word reached here about 8 o'clock that Elva C. Davis, living one mile west of Odell had died very suddenly. Mr. Davis had not been well for about a year or more with a complication of heart trouble and dropsy and two months ago his death was hourly expected. For some time he had been much better although confined to the home most of the time. The day of his death he felt much better and arose very early riding over to the corner with his son Vinton on his way here to school. After a time he returned home only remaining a short time then went to a house in the course of construction about 40 rods from his own home. Twice during the day he was at this place watching the workmen. He also rode out with his brother to look at a clover field.
        In the evening he was so much better his daughter Blanche decided to spend the night with Mr. Clarkson's two miles north of Odell, as they had been coaxing her to come.  She went in their auto and Mr. Davis again went to the corner with her returning home with his son as he was returning from school.  On his arrival home he walked out to a patch where his wife was digging potatoes for supper followed her back to the house joked over what he wanted for supper and talked awhile then went to the barn where his son was feeding and followed him around.  He had formed a habit of following the family about their work in this manner.
        Returning to the house he talked to his mother for some time over the telephone finally calling his wife to the phone. Mrs. Davis jokingly remarked "she did not know as there was anything left to say as they had talked it all up." After she was through talking she noticed Mr. Davis was lying down and went about her supper again. In a few minutes a young man, Mr. Swadley, came in to talk over a little business with Mr. Davis and she asked him to go into the sitting room to him as he was resting. The men talked awhile and after a time she called him to supper.  Calling the second and third time and getting no answer she became alarmed and remembered a peculiar noise she had heard a few minutes before. Going into the room Mr. Swadley remarked that Mr. Davis had fallen asleep he guessed. He was lying with an arm over his face but she saw at once something was wrong and raising him up began working with him. Failing in her attempt to rouse him she ran to the phone and called help and the doctor who happened to be near was soon on the scene. But Mr. Davis was beyond help. The news spread quickly and the house was soon full of sympathizing neighbors and friends ready to tender every assistance possible. The shock to his mother who is not well and his sister, Mrs. W. C. Sayers who is sick at her home in Wingate, was very great and the mother was in a serious condition all night.
       Mr. Davis was appointed trustee of Jackson township, Tippecanoe Co., on the resignation of the old trustee and his untimely death leaves this office vacant again.  Mr. Davis was 46 years old.  He was a son of the late Edgar C. Davis and his wife is a daughter of Alexander Sayers, two of the most prominent farmers of the Odell neighborhood and his death will be felt by the entire community. He is survived by the widow and four children.
        The funeral was held this morning at 10:30 conducted by Rev. G. W. Switzer of Lafayette, assisted by the regular pastor, Rev. Kevan.

Notes for Julia Sayers Davis:

Obituary for Julia Knox Sayers Davis
Lafayette Journal and Courier
July 12, 1934

MRS. JULIA DAVIS IS DEAD AT ODELL
     Mrs. Julia (Sayers) Davis, 66, widow of Elvah Davis, and a life-long resident of the Odell community, died Thursday night at 6:15 o'clock at her home there after an illness of several months. Mrs. Davis was married April 24, 1892, and her husband died in 1913. She was a member of the Jackson Heights M.E. church. Surviving are four children, Mrs. Blanche Taylor, Vinton, Elvah and Dean Davis, all of Odell; a sister, Mrs. Agnes Meharry, of Shawnee Mound; three brothers, William Sayers, of Wingate; Robert Sayers, of Lafayette; and Samuel Sayers, of Greencastle and nine grandchildren.
     Funeral services will be conducted Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the residence, with Rev. C.C. Pearce officiating. Burial in Salem Cemetery, west of Odell.

Children of Elvah Davis and Julia Sayers are:

+ 11 i. Blanche Sayers4 Davis, born 3 April 1893 in Tippecanoe Co., IN; died 8 May 1945 in Mayo Clinic-Rochester, MN.

+ 12 ii. Robert Vinton Davis, born 15 October 1896 in Tippecanoe Co., IN; died 14 April 1978.

+ 13 iii. Elvah Carter Davis, born 18 November 1900 in Odell, Tippecanoe Co., IN; died 29 September 1975 in Lafayette,
            Tippecanoe Co., IN.

+ 14 iv. Alexander Dean Davis, born 21 June 1904 in Tippecanoe Co., IN; died Unknown.
 

10. Clarence3 Davis (Edgar C.2, Nathaniel W.1) was born 27 September 1882, and died 15 May 1972. He married Minerva Foster.

Children of Clarence Davis and Minerva Foster are:

15 i. Mary4 Davis, born 9 January 1917 in Tippecanoe Co., IN.

16 ii. Clarence Davis, Jr., born 25 October 1915 in Tippecanoe Co., IN, and died 17 January 1977.


Generation No. 4

11. Blanche Sayers4 Davis (Elvah C.3, Edgar C.2, Nathaniel W.1) was born 3 April 1893 in Tippecanoe Co., IN, and died 8 May 1945 in Mayo Clinic-Rochester, MN. She married Lloyd L. Taylor 8 March 1921. He was born 10 April 1890, and died Unknown.

Children of Blanche Davis and Lloyd Taylor are:

17 i. Lloyd Leslie5 Taylor, born 14 July 1922; died Unknown. He married Marjorie Schultz 19 April 1941;
        born August 1921; died 15 November 1986.

18 ii. Dorothy Bell Taylor, born 25 February 1928; died Unknown. She married John Morgan 10 October 1947.


12. Robert Vinton4 Davis (Elvah C.3, Edgar C.2, Nathaniel W.1) was born 15 October 1896 in Tippecanoe Co., IN, and died 14 April 1978. He married Gladys May Mitchell 31 May 1916. She was born 9 July 1899, and died 28 July 1966.

Children of Robert Davis and Gladys Mitchell are:

19 i. Virginia Ellen5 Davis, born 12 June 1917; died 3 July 1953. She married S. Lawson Brown 9 January 1941.

20 ii. Robert Vinton Davis, Jr., born 23 November 1918; died 30 April 1966. He married Ida Elizabeth Swank
        12 September 1942.

21 iii. Lewis Eugene Davis, born 31 January 1922; died 18 February 1922.


13. Elvah Carter4 Davis (Elvah C.3, Edgar C.2, Nathaniel W.1) was born 18 November 1900 in Odell, Tippecanoe Co., IN, and died 29 September 1975 in Lafayette, Tippecanoe Co., IN. He married Thelma Evelyn Hawkins 
10 March 1920 in Tippecanoe Co., IN, daughter of Walter Hawkins and Goldie Gates   . She was born 1 June 1903 in Lafayette, Tippecanoe Co., IN, and died 4 April 1995 in West Lafayette, Tippecanoe Co., IN.

Children of Elvah Davis and Thelma Hawkins are:

+ 22 i. June Eileen5 Davis, born 20 March 1920 in Odell, IN; died 13 April 1979 in Chicago, IL.

+ 23 ii. Betty Lorene Davis, born 3 August 1922 in Odell, Tippecanoe Co., IN; died 28 March 1986 in
            Lafayette, Tippecanoe Co., IN.

+ 24 iii. Maxine Rosanna Davis, born 8 January 1925 in Odell, Tippecanoe Co., IN; died 19 December 1979
             in Lafayette, IN.

+ 25 iv. Shirley Ann Davis, born 10 January 1931 in Odell, Tippecanoe Co., IN; died 26 October 1993 in
             Lafayette, Tippecanoe Co., IN.


14. Alexander Dean4 Davis (Elvah C.3, Edgar C.2, Nathaniel W.1) was born 21 June 1904 in Tippecanoe Co., IN, and died Unknown. He married Beaulah Clevidence 21 June 1928 in Tippecanoe Co., IN. She was born 22 February 1905, and died 24 September 1955.

Child of Alexander Davis and Beaulah Clevidence is:

26 i. Robert Dean5 Davis, born 21 December 1930; died Unknown. He married Patricia Miller 11 April 1953.

Generation No. 5

22. June Eileen5 Davis (Elvah Carter4, Elvah C.3, Edgar C.2, Nathaniel W.1) was born 20 March 1920 in Odell, IN, and died 13 April 1979 in Chicago, IL. She married Arthur Firkens 23 April 1938 in Tippecanoe Co., IN. He was born 4 September 1916 in Romney, Tippecanoe Co., IN, and died 20 November 1975 in Chicago, IL.

Children of June Davis and Arthur Firkens are:

27 i. Donald Lee6 Firkens

28 ii. Linda Firkens, born 11 February 1940, died unk.

29 iii. Sandra Carol Firkens

30 iv. Max Firkens


23. Betty Lorene5 Davis  (Elvah Carter4, Elvah C.3, Edgar C.2, Nathaniel W.1) was born 3 August 1922 in Odell, Tippecanoe Co., IN, and died 28 March 1986 in Lafayette, Tippecanoe Co., IN. She married Joseph Lewis Watkins 23 June 1944 in Tippecanoe Co., IN, son of Lewis Watkins and Ethel Downs. He was born - private, living.

Children of Betty Davis and Joseph Watkins are:

31 i. Terry Joe6 Watkins - private, living. He married Joye Ann Taylor.

32 ii. Roger Alan Watkins - private, living. He married Mareva Jean Robinson.

33 iii. Adina Sue Watkins - private, living.  She married Grant Lee Baldwin Dyer


24. Maxine Rosanna5 Davis (Elvah Carter4, Elvah C.3, Edgar C.2, Nathaniel W.1) was born 8 January 1925 in Odell, Tippecanoe Co., IN, and died 19 December 1979 in Lafayette, IN. She married (1) Harold Grant Abt. 1943 in Howard Co., IN?. He was born Unknown in Kokomo, Howard Co., IN. She married (2) Paul Wayne Lanze 15 June 1965 in Tippecanoe Co., IN.

Children of Maxine Davis and Harold Grant are:

34 i. Ronald6 Grant, - private, living.

35 ii. Judith Ann Grant - private, living


25. Shirley Ann5 Davis (Elvah Carter4, Elvah C.3, Edgar C.2, Nathaniel W.1) was born 10 January 1931 in Odell, Tippecanoe Co., IN, and died 26 October 1993 in Lafayette, Tippecanoe Co., IN. She married Alvin Paul Dienhart
13 August 1949 in Tippecanoe Co., IN. He was born - private, livng.

Children of Shirley Davis and Alvin Dienhart are:

36 i. Rhonda Shirleen6 Dienhart - private, living.

37 ii. Jovanna Dienhart - private, living.


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