|Death: ||Jun. 24, 1852|
Cape Girardeau County
Dr David Hamilton Davis was married 3 Nov 1835 in Cape Girardeau Co, MO to Matilda Whitelaw (died 23 Mar 1847), d/o Nicholas Whitelaw & Elizabeth Beazley.
David & Matilda were the parents of:
1) Frederick Augustine William Davis (1836–1909), h/o Elizabeth Ketcham and President of the Indianapolis Water Company.
2) Sarah Elizabeth Davis (1839–1924 Floyd Co, IN), w/o James Harvey Conner
3) Greer W Davis II (1842–1917 Floyd Co,IN) never married
4) Henry Clay Davis (1843–1898), Death Certificate said he was married
5) Dr John Gayle Davis (1845–1900) Major in the Civil War, h/o Mattie Lany McCreary Bronston
6) Matilda Davis (1847–1948 Sullivan Co, IN) w/o Samuel Finley Mason.
David was married 6 Apr 1848 in Girardeau Co, MO to Mrs Susan Nancy (McGuire) Brevard, widow of Adlai Osborne Brevard.
David and Susan were the parents of:
1) Albert Brevard Davis (1849-1852)
2) Frank Allen Davis (1852–1916), h/o Mary Katherine Randol
The Davis Family Tragedy
"On the night of June 24, 1852, Dr. David H. Davis returned home exhausted from caring for his patients who had cholera...The doctor knew that he had contracted the cholera but he had been exposed to it before and had lived, so he was optimistic. The doctor was overly optimistic - before the next day, he would be dead.
His wife, his children and his cook had all been feeling unwell...they seemed to be sleeping, (but) feverish. Had the doctor not been so exhausted, he would have examined them more closely...
Mrs. Davis would be dead within the next two days. The Davis's oldest child together, Albert Brevard Davis, ..(and) Mrs. Davis's daughter by her first husband, Emily Jane Brevard...would die on July 7, 1852...Chloe, the cook, ...would die within a few hours (of the doctor).
Sometime the next morning someone came to the door of the house to ask the doctor to visit a sick person and found the doctor dead, the cook dead and Mrs. Davis and the two children unconscious...there was one living person - three month old Frank Allen Davis...in bed with his (dying) mother ...The neighbors took Frank Allen to Mrs. Davis's brother, Bernard McGuire, where he could be cared for.
There continued to be deaths in Jackson from the cholera until frost killed the spread of the bacteria."
[Abstract of a story told by Dr. Samuel Severy Davis to his daughter-in-law Barbara E.(Barker) Davis. Dr. Samuel Severy Davis was the son of Frank Allen Davis and grandson of Dr David H Davis Source: freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~dbcompton/beazley/i0003004.htm]
Matilda Whitelaw Davis (1820 - 1847)
Susan Nancy McGuire Davis (1815 - 1852)
John Gayle Davis (____ - 1900)*
Greer W Davis (1842 - 1917)*
Matilda Davis Mason (1847 - 1948)*
Cape Girardeau County
Created by: sbhutson
Record added: Jun 15, 2012
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