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Anna Louise Jones Davis
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Birth: Feb. 5, 1863
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake County
Utah, USA
Death: May 22, 1943
Malad City
Oneida County
Idaho, USA

Biography of Anna Louise Jones

On Thursday, February 5th, 1863, Leah Parry Jones gave birth to a baby girl in Salt Lake City, in the Utah Territory. Leah and Amos named this first child of their's after Leah's mother, Anna, and Amos' mother, Louise (Louise being Amos' mother's middle name). Anna would go through her life at times as Ann, Anna, or Annie.

The year after this little girl was born, she became a big sister with the birth of a brother, Edward, followed by many brothers and sisters. The home was filled with song as both mother and father would sing, and the children would join in. The pioneer hymn "All is Well" was a household favorite.

While still quite young, Anna's father, Amos, went away to war. He served in the Utah Black Hawk War, fighting against the Indians. He saw much blood shed, which was hard for him. While away, the family did not have much money and they struggled. When Anna's father returned, he fell away from the Mormon (LDS) Church.

The family had some hard years financially and family wise with the death of one of Anna's brothers. Anna's two year old brother, Thomas, died August 26, 1870. Thomas was the first of many siblings that Anna watched as they were laid to rest in the cemetery overlooking Salt Lake.

Anna was baptized in Salt Lake City in 1873.

When Anna was 14, her family moved to Marsh Valley, Idaho. Life was not lonely here on the farm, as besides her many siblings, she had many cousins there. Anna also went to school here, when weather permitting.

Amos, her father, and many siblings joined the Reorganized LDS church, though Anna and her mother did not.



About 1883 Anna's mother's health was not well, and so the family moved back to Salt Lake City. In May that year, women everywhere were wanting to add the famous Breakwater Churn as their newest kitchen appliance. This new churn could make butter in 1 to 3 minutes.

Churning aside, when Ann's family moved back to Idaho she married Joseph R Vickery (Davis) in Cherry Creek, Oneida Co, on September 4 1887. At this time in her life she went by Annie. Their stay in Idaho was short, as they went back to Salt Lake City where they had their first two children; Leah and Eugene. After living in Salt Lake, for about five years, they moved to Malad, Idaho where they also had five more children; Amos, Arthur, Griff, Frank, and Pearl.

Just a year after Pearl was born, the first electric light was turned on in Malad. It was August 15th, 1906. The days when Anna and her family would read by the dim light of a candle or lantern were over! The excitement that the families of Malad felt would last for years!

Time went on, and Anna and Joseph's children grew. The only child that was LDS in their youth was Pearl, baptized on August 4th 1917; she was ten. From what I gather from family stories, and church records, it appears as though Anna believed in the LDS church, though was inactive.

About the time that Anna's daughter was baptized, the United States had entered what is now remembered as World War I. The war had been going on for some time in Europe, before it became evident that America could hold out no longer as her people were being killed, at sea, by the Germans. The war went on until November 1918. With having a son in the war, Anna must have felt overcome with emotion at it's end.

Ann's husband, Joseph, worked as a butcher in his own shop. After the stock market crash in 1929, which was the start of the Great Depression, times were hard on everyone. Joseph got a job as the janitor at the courthouse. Anna's brother, Edward, a bricklayer with no employment, moved in with them. Surely Pearl's wages as a teacher, though meager, was a blessing for Ann and Joseph.

Anna and Joseph lived next door to her brother, Barney, and his family. They also lived across the street from their son, Griff, and his wife and twelve children.

The grandchildren always liked stopping by her house on the way home from school. Oh though Grandma Davis is remembered as not being the warmest person to her grandchildren, every time the grandkids stopped by her house she would go into the kitchen, open the cupboard, and pull out some fruit-filled candy to give to them; then she would shoo them away. Usually only one grandchild at a time was allowed in the house.

Sunday dinners were always at Grandma Davis' house. She, with her white hair in a bun, wearing an apron, would always cook the meal.

In December 1941, after being attacked at Pearl Harbor, America entered into World War II. The war was still going on when Anna Louise Jones Davis passed away on Saturday, May 22, 1943.

A funeral was held for Ann at the LDS 3rd Ward Chapel in Malad. Most of her grandchildren were involved in her funeral, though Jack remembers not being able to go. He was told he had to go to school, and so he watched her funeral procession from the window. Anna Louise Jones Davis is buried in the Malad Cemetery next to her parents in block 7 lot 36. After her husband passed away, he was buried next to her.

Written by Meliah

Sources: Marriage information is from the Idaho Marriage Index stating that Annie L. Jones married Joseph Vickery (biological father was Vickery, usually went by the last name Davis). Home filled with song info comes from Anna's sister, Leah, in a letter that she had written to ? Other sources include her grandchildren; Jo Ann, Marlene, Pearl and Jack, census records, church records, electric light story comes from church records microfilm # 0179951, other church records, etc. 
 
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 Parents:
  Amos Jones (1837 - 1913)
  Leah Parry Jones (1844 - 1924)
 
 Spouse:
  Joseph Richard Davis (1864 - 1948)*
 
 Children:
  Arthur Joseph Davis (1896 - 1985)*
  Griff J Davis (1900 - 1980)*
 
 Sibling:
  Anna Louise Jones Davis (1863 - 1943)
  Sarah Emma Jones Fredrickson (1872 - 1946)**
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Burial:
Malad City Cemetery
Malad City
Oneida County
Idaho, USA
 
Created by: alwaysmeliah
Record added: Jan 16, 2011
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Anna Louise <i>Jones</i> Davis
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