William Henry Davis


Pub: McLeansboro Times, October, 1917

William Henry Davis was born April 19, 1840, and passed away October 9, 1917, aged 77 years, 5 months and 20 days.  He was married in 1866 to Sophronia Roberts, who died January 1, 1892.  He was married again August 27, 1893 to Sophronia Roberts, a cousin of his first wife, to this union five children were born, the oldest a son died at birth, John J. died at the age of thirteen months, and Julia, Albert and Linda Frances who survive him.  Besides his own children he was a father to five step-children and one girl Loretta Deen (now Hays) whom he and his wife took as a little baby and raised and cared for as their own child.  Though his last days were full of suffering he rejoiced in a Saviour's love and was happy in his afflictions, often being heard shouting and rejoicing when alone.  Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Arthur Vinson, then the Masonic ceremonies were given, after which the remains were laid to rest in the Old Hickory Hill cemetery.

From: Felty's Legacy of Kin, Vol. I, p. 14
Sophronia Roberts Griswold Davis; Pub. Times, Aug 12, 1915; b. 06 Feb 1861; d. 06 Aug 1915; dau. of William H. & Malinda Roberts.  Married John Griswold, about 35 yrs ago.; 6 ch., 5 survived: Gilbert, Herman, Nora, Laura, Sallie Griswold.  Married W. H. Davis; 4 ch., 3 survives: Julia Albert & Linda Davis.  Leaves also: 1 bro: Obe Roberts; 1 half-bro.: Dave Roberts; 2 sis.: Mrs. W. R. Irvin & Mrs. J. A. Irvin.  2 ch., dead; William Griswold and John Davis.  Interred Old Hickory Hill cem.

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