|Birth: ||Dec. 26, 1848|
|Death: ||May 22, 1932|
Mary Cleves Davis was born just 2 months after her father died. She was the fourth surviving child of Deborah and James Davis.
She is said to have traveled (family oral history tells) with her sister, Clara Davis Mackie, and one year old niece, Katherine, to Shanghai in 1868. Clara's husband, John Hopewell Mackie, was a merchant in the orient. The Mackies lived in the American Concession in that city, returning in the early 1870s. Mary might have returned sooner by herself, as she is listed in the 1870 census back in Setauket. She was a school teacher and lived with her mother, Deborah, all her life.
She did marry late in life (after 1898) to the widower Dr. John Ferdinand Bates (1834-1916). He had children from his first marriage.
Mary lived out her last years in the little house next to the public library. She was very active in the historical society, Daughters of the Revolution. It is due to her wonderful sense of historic preservation that many of the facts of our Dickerson and Davis line have survived. She is quoted in Wesley L. Baker's "Dickerson & Dickinson descendants of Philemon Dickerson of Southold, Long Island, NY" page 76, 1978.
James Hervey Davis (1806 - 1848)
Deborah Cleves Dickerson Davis (1806 - 1887)
John Ferdinand Bates (1834 - 1916)*
Clara (Clarissa) Davis Mackie (1831 - 1904)*
Jonas Davis (1836 - 1872)*
Mary Cleves Davis Bates (1848 - 1932)
Setauket Presbyterian Church Cemetery
New York, USA
Created by: Chris Enright Snyder
Record added: May 26, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 19542386
You were beautiful. Rest well.|
Added: Nov. 29, 2008