Monday, July 14, 2014

52 Ancestors: #22 John B. Davis, Beekeeper of Allison Prairie

John B. Davis was born January 22, 1846 in Knox County, Indiana.  He was the oldest of nine children. His parents were Edmund Davis and Lucinda Gilmore.  Edmund Davis was a minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

John married Emily "Millie" Shreck on May 20, 1866.  They had three children: Elizabeth, William, and Charles.  Sadly, sometime after 1870,  Emily and two of the children caught a fever and died.

John and his only surviving son William moved to Allison Prairie in Lawrence County, Illinois.   There he met his second wife (my 3rd great-grandmother), Margaret Jane Price.  They were married on the last day of January, 1875.  The couple had six children: Mary Jane, Leonidas (my 2nd great-grandfather), Samuel Hendricks, John M., Dora M., and Viola Mae.  According to his obituary, John and Margaret had three other children that did not survive past infancy.

John Davis' former residence in Lawrence Co., IL

His middle initial "B" may have been a nickname because he raised bees. His gravestone says: John 'Bee-John' Davis.

"He was born and reared in a Christian home.  When he grew to manhood, he made the choice of the Church of the Brethren.  He was a kind and devoted husband and father, and was always interested in the welfare of his children physically and spiritually.  He expressed himself as ready and willing to cross over." (From John B. Davis' obituary.)

John B. Davis died on Oct 8, 1922 from heart failure.

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