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Zera Davidson
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Birth: Apr. 1, 1817
Allegany County
Maryland, USA
Death: Jun. 13, 1901
Harrison County
Ohio, USA


After a lingering illness of six months, grand-father Davidson died at his home in Washington township, Harrison County, Ohio, Thursday, June 13, 1901, 8 o'clock p.m. He was conscious up to within a short time of his death, and was fully reconciled that his soul should be freed from its abode of pain, and confident that he would find rest in his Father's house.
He was born April 1st, 1817 in Allegheny county, Md. and was therefore 84 years, 2 months, and 12 days.
His parents removed to the farm on which he died, in 1820, and were among the first settlers of the neighborhood. His father died two years later, leaving a widow with five children to support of which he was the eldest.
From the time that he was 15 years of age, he, aided by his brother, took charge of the farm.
He was married to Miss Nancy Johnson in 1841, and they began housekeeping on the home place. Ten children were born to them of whom, seven are yet living-Mrs. Sarah Robey; Mrs. Miranda Baker; Pharis, of near Calwallader, William, of Illinois; Lemerick, of Kansas and Joseph at home. He is also survived by 29 grand-children and 15 great-grand-children.
The deceased was a man of strict integrity and sterling worth. Early in life he was converted to a firm belief in the Christian religion. And his strong faith gave color to his after life. He first united with the M. E. Church at Mays. The church has long since been broken up and all that remains to mark its site is the cemetery near by.
He was one of the chief founders of the Mt. Carmel U. B. church, thirty-seven years ago, and since that time has been its constant patron and main support. His benevolence extended beyond his church. No man ever went hungry from his door. The deserving poor never applied to him without receiving help. The widow and orphan found in him a friend. Industrious and frugal, he and his wife, by their united efforts accumulated a generous competence.
Small of statue, he was yet gifted with large strength and great endurance. He was one of the best rail-splitters of his day, and he and his brother in one day made 500 rails. He was as good with the mattlock as with the ax and maul, and cleared much of the land he owned.
He was a great wheat raiser and while wheat was yet cut with the cradle, he raised from two to five hundred bushes per year.
He and his wife would, in the early days, clean up a load of wheat from the chaff at night for him to load and market the next day. In this way they paid out and added to the home farm, while rearing their large family. The evening of life was passed together in comfort. The parting will not be for long.
Funeral services were held at Mt. Carmel last Sunday, by Rev. Grubbs.
The large concourse of friends and neighbors present to pay the last tribute of respect to the dead attested the high esteem in which he was held.
(Freeport Press June 18, 1901)

Family links: 
  John Davidson (1779 - 1829)
  Sarah Ann Jacobs Davidson (1790 - 1860)
  Nancy Johnson Davidson (1821 - 1911)*
  Sarah Ann Davidson Roby (1842 - 1909)*
  Harriet Davidson (1844 - 1844)*
  Matilda Davidson (1845 - 1845)*
  William Jasper Davidson (1848 - 1923)*
  Maranda Davidson Baker (1852 - 1938)*
  Lemerick Rollen Davidson (1857 - 1925)*
  Delila Davidson Sproul (1859 - 1884)*
  Joseph Davidson (1862 - 1947)*
  Eleanora Davidson Horn (1812 - 1864)*
  Lucinda Davidson Horn (1814 - 1887)*
  Pharis Davidson (1817 - 1844)*
  Zera Davidson (1817 - 1901)
  Richard Davidson (1818 - 1846)*
  Permela Ann Davidson Markee (1825 - 1873)*
  Miranda Davidson Chandler (1825 - 1911)*
*Calculated relationship
Mount Carmel
Tuscarawas County
Ohio, USA
Created by: charlene towsley
Record added: Oct 01, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 98129595
Zera Davidson
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- Gloria
 Added: Oct. 23, 2014
Otho Davidson #111850243 was the son of Phares and Nancy Baker Davidson. Phares the son of Zera and Nancy.
- charlene towsley
 Added: Dec. 16, 2013
Zera and his twin brother Pharis were named after the Biblical Zarah and Farris who were twins. Which was older? I don't know but the Biblical Farris was a mite older than Zarah.
- charlene towsley
 Added: Sep. 29, 2013
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