|Birth: ||Jan. 11, 1836|
|Death: ||May 10, 1907|
South Dakota, USA
Excerpt from the Memorial and Biographical Record of Turner, Union, Lincoln and Clay Counties of SD
THEODORUS DAVIS, one of the well-to-do and enterprising farmers of the southern part of Union county, whose well improved farm is situated in section 5, of Civil Bend township, is a native of
Macoupin, Co., Ills., and was born January 11, 1836. He is a son of Beden and Mary (Hodges) Davis, the latter a daughter of Seth Hodges, who at one time owned the land on which the city of Carrollton, Ills., now stands. Shortly after their marriage they moved to Illinois, and in 1836 went to Iowa, settling in Van Buren county, where they resided for seventeen years. From Iowa they went to Texas, where they spent one year, and then located near Gallatin, Mo., in Daviess county. There Mrs. Davis passed away, and Mr. Davis subsequently came to live with his son, the subject of this sketch, in Dakota, where he also died in 1891. They were the parents of eleven children, six of whom are still living, viz.: Seth, Theodorus, Sarah Jane Griffith, Thomas, Beden and John.
Theodorus was raised a farmer, his father being engaged in that occupation, and remained with his parents until he attained his majority. In May, 1856, he was united in marriage to Miss Sarah Ann James, a native of Johnson county, Mo., where she was born April 3, 1837. She was a daughter of Jeremiah and Eliza (Turner) James, both natives of Tennessee, who settled in Johnson county, Mo., at a very early date, and one of a family of ten children, nine of whom are alive, viz.: Calvin, Rail, David, Miller, Alvis, Rachel Ray, Sarah Ann Davis, Berilla Barker, and Catherine Hale. After their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Davis continued to reside in Daviess county till the war, when Mr. Davis, and four of his brothers—Seth, Thomas, Beden, and William—enlisted, all of whom subsequently returned home when the war was over. Our subject became a member of company F, Col. Hale's regiment, Missouri militia, and was assigned to guard duty on the Hannibal & St. Joseph railroad. He served till the expiration of his term in 1864, when he returned to Daviess county, Mo., and in October of the same year came with his family to Union county, Dak. Ter., locating on a homestead of 160 acres, where he still resides. When he arrived in Union county settlers were very scarce, and no improvements of any kind had yet been made. During the first seven years of his residence he saw some pretty hard times, the grasshoppers ruining his crops and destroying the fruits of his labor; but he was equal to the emergency and kept steadily on. Mr. Davis is engaged exclusively in general farming and stock raising, and owns, or has an interest in 590 acres of fine land. He has taken an active interest in the development of the locality, and heartily supports any measure which tends to result to the public good. Much of his time also has been given to school matters, and he has been treasurer of the school district for ten years. Politically he is a Republican and cast his first vote for President Lincoln in Daviess county, Mo. He has never interested himself actively in politics, school positions and road overseer being the only public offices he ever held.
Mr. and Mrs. Davis have been blessed with a family of eleven children, eight of whom still survive, viz. : Eliza, the wife of S. Eslick, of Elk Point township; Thomas married Hattie Lilly and resides in Union county; George W. married Lizzie Eslick, and lives in Nebraska; Laura Belle, wife of Thomas Eslick, a resident of Union county; Jeremiah B. married Sarah Anne Cowell, and resides in Union county; Alpha O. , wife of John Yusten, of Civil Bend township; Martha Ann, wife of William Will, resides in North Dakota; and Dorisa Ann, wife of Robert E. LeGro, lives in Union county.
Beden Davis (1809 - 1891)
Mary Hodges Davis (____ - 1871)
Sarah Ann James Davis (1837 - 1904)*
Infant Davis (____ - 1877)*
Mary Louisa Davis Eslick (1857 - 1917)*
Laura Belle Davis Eslick (1868 - 1936)*
Jeremiah Beaden Davis (1870 - 1947)*
Alpha Omega Ann Davis Yusten (1871 - 1931)*
Elk Point Cemetery
South Dakota, USA
Plot: Lot 66, Block 2
Created by: Anonymous
Record added: Apr 24, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 51549648