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Corp Christopher C Davis
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Birth: Dec. 28, 1838
Highland County
Ohio, USA
Death: Jul. 3, 1913
Nebraska, USA

Corporal CHRISTOPHER C. DAVIS, Co. F, 86th Illinois

Christopher C. Davis was born on December 28, 1838 in ____________, Ohio in Highland County. He is believed to be the son of Branson Davis and Martha Maria (Zimmerman) Davis.
Carol Dorward found the family in 1850 in Madison Twp., Highland Co., OH--without a father.

Martha Davis, 36, Ohio
Wm. W. Davis, 17, Ohio, farmer
Michael A. Davis, 15, Ohio
Elijah G. Davis, 13, Ohio
Christopher C. Davis, 11, Ohio
George W. Davis, 7, Ohio
Franklin Davis, 5, Ohio
Mary Davis, 2, Ohio

Carol also found one family record that has the mother of Christopher and Franklin as Martha Maria Zimmerman (b. May 14, 1813 in Ross Co., OH - d. December 29, 1902 in Nebraska. She was the daughter of Andrew Zimmerman and Ruth Ann Taylor.) On the same page in the 1850 census were Zimmermans so I suspect this is correct.) That family record had children as
Allen Michael Davis (1832-1922)
William W. Davis (1833-1876)
Elijah Garret Davis (1836-1915)
Christopher C. Davis (1838-1913)
George W. Davis (1843- )
Franklin Davis (1845-1908)
Mary Davis (1847-1862)

If that family record is correct, the father of Christopher C. and Franklin was a Branson Davis (1804-1840). There is a Branson Davis, in 1840 census, in Madison Twp., Highland Co., OH with wife and four children. He is "employed in agriculture" -- probably a farmer.
Branson is also believed to have been born in Ohio.

From the 1870 census records, it appears the family is clearly in Nebraska by that time.

Since the family can not be found in the 1860 census, it is not known when the family came to Knox County, but both Christopher and Franklin Davis reside in or near Maquon, Illinois in Knox County by 1862.
On August 4, 1862, Christopher volunteered to serve in a company which was being raised in Maquon, Illinois by a local Carpenter, Contractor and Businessman by the name of James L. Burhalter. Following is the information that was given at the time as well as a little information about his service record;

Rank PVT Company F Unit 86 IL US INF

Personal Characteristics
Residence MAQUON, KNOX CO, IL Age 23 Height 5' 6 Hair BLACK
Eyes BLACK Complexion DARK Marital Status SINGLE Occupation FARMER

Service Record
Joined When AUG 4, 1862 Joined Where MAQUON, IL
Joined By Whom J L BURKHALTER Period 3 YRS
Muster In AUG 27, 1862 Muster In Where PEORIA, IL
Muster In By Whom N/A Muster Out JUN 6, 1865
Muster Out Where WASHINGTON, DC Muster Out By Whom LT SCROGGS

When Burkhalter had about 100 volunteers, he led the Maquon company into Peoria, where they went into camp at Camp Lyon, near present day Glen Oak Park. There on August 27, 1862, he was elected by the men of the Maquon company to be their Captain and Captain Burkhalter and 93 of his volunteers were mustered in as Co. F of the 86th Regiment of Illinois Volunteer Infantry.
On September 7, 1862, the men of the 86th Illinois marched of the gates of Camp Lyon, Capt. James L. Burkhalter leading Co. F, through the streets of Peoria, with much fanfare, and boarded a train bound for Camp Joe Holt, Jeffersonville, Indiana. Three weeks later, the men of the 86th were in the field in Kentucky as part of Col. Daniel McCook's Brigade, in pursuit of Confederate troops. On Oct. 8, 1862, the men of McCook's Brigade were engaged with those troops in the Battle of Perryville, Kentucky, the 86th Illinois suffering their first casualties. There would be many more in the coming years. After the Union victory at Perryville, the Confederate Army withdrew from Kentucky and McCook's Brigade marched on to Nashville, Tennessee, where they went into winter camp.
On November 25, 1862, Private Christopher C. Davis was promoted to Corporal following the _______________ of Corporal __________. During these next two and a half years, the men of the 86th served in Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina and North Carolina. During this time, Christopher was witness to and a participant in numerous battles and skirmishes, some of the bloodiest fighting in the Western Theatre of the war, including the Battles of Chicakamauga, Georgia; Resaca, Georgia; Rome, Georgia, Kennesaw Mountain, Georgia; Peach Tree Creek, Georgia; Jonesboro, Georgia, Averasboro, North Carolina and Bentonville, North Carolina just to name a few and also marched with Sherman to the Sea.
After the war came to a close, the surviving members of McCook's Brigade marched on to Washington City (now D.C), where they marched down Pennsylvania on the 2nd day of the Grand Review in May of 1865. On June 6, 1865, Corporal Christopher C. Davis was discharged from the service along with the rest of the surviving members of the 86th and they were soon on their way home.
Christopher was married to Jennie ____________ on __________ __, 187__ at ___________,___________. Jennie was born on __________ __, 185__ (c. 1854) at ___________, Illinois. Christopher and Jennie are known to have at least four children. They are;
1. George Davis, born May 28, 1874 in __________, Nebraska' died on July 18, 1949; buried in the David City Cemetery, David City, Nebraska.
2. Kate Davis, born c. 1876 in __________, Nebraska.
3. Mable Davis, born c. 1878 in __________, Nebraska.
4. Jennie Davis, born February 16, 1880 in __________, Nebraska; died on October 24, 1910; buried in the David City Cemetery.

Christopher C. and Jennie Davis are found in the 1880 census residing in Center Township, Butler County, Nebraska, where he is farming for a living. The four children listed above are found in the household.

by Baxter B. Fite III and Carol Dorward, of Washington, Illinois.

(Baxter would enjoy hearing from anyone, especially descendants of the Davis family, who might be able to add to the biographical material that we have on Christopher C. Davis and the Davis family. Baxter would also love to see copies of any photographs of Christopher C. Davis, which may have survived the years, added to his Find A Grave site for all to see.)

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  Jennie Davis (1854 - 1919)
  George Davis (1874 - 1949)*
  Jennie Davis (1880 - 1910)*
*Calculated relationship
David City Cemetery
David City
Butler County
Nebraska, USA
Plot: 24 11 SE 1/4
Maintained by: Baxter B. Fite III
Originally Created by: Duane
Record added: Jan 08, 2009
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Corp Christopher C Davis
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- Tommie
 Added: Jul. 28, 2010

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