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Charles E. Davis
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Birth: 1826
New Jersey, USA
Death: Jun. 17, 1864
Andersonville
Sumter County
Georgia, USA

Charles E. Davis was born in 1826 in New Jersey according to the 1860 census of Owsley County Kentucky, his Civil War Records and the marriage record of his son, Charles Edward Davis.

Family tradition is that his middle name was either Ezra or Ezard, although some believe it to be Edward, I have seen no historical document that shows anything but the letter E for his middle name.

His parents are unknown. It is family tradition that they died when he was young and that he was reared by an aunt and uncle. As a young man he immigrated first to Pennsylvania and then to Lexington, Kentucky.

Charles and a friend, Charles Burrows rode from Pennsylvania to Lexington, Kentucky and then on to what is now Lee County, Kentucky. There, the young men met a family by the name of Hieronymus. They courted and married sisters. Charles Davis married Nancy Hieronymus and Charles Burrows married Demaria Hieronymus.

Charles was a leather worker when he came to Kentucky.

Charles and Nancy (Hieronymus) Davis had seven children: James Samuel (1847-1904); Charles Edward (1849 -1943); Orlando Homer (1851-1939); George F.C. (1852-?); Alonzo Burse (1855 -1917); Thomas Hill (1858 -1953) and Nancy Florence (Tutt) (1860 -1901).

Charles E. Davis enrolled in the U.S. Army (Union) on 13 October 1861, at Camp Irvine, Estill County, Kentucky. He enrolled as a Corporal in Company D (Captain Munday's Company), 1st Battalion, Kentucky Cavalry which later became Company D, 6th Kentucky Cavalry. He mustered in on 20 December 1861, at Louisville, Kentucky for a period of three years or ‘during the war'. When he joined the Army he was 35 years old, 5 feet 6 inches tall, dark complexion, blue eyes, dark hair and a farmer by occupation.

His name appears as having been captured by the Confederates at the Battle of Richmond Kentucky (29 & 30 August 1862) and paroled by General E. Kirby Smith. The company Muster Roll of 31 August 1862 shows him as "absent, paroled prisoner." His next Muster Roll is dated, January – February, 1863.

He was again captured after the Battle of Chickamauga, Georgia, on 21 September 1863 and probably taken to Richmond, Virginia to a prison camp.

He was transferred to the Andersonville Prison Camp sometime soon after it opened in late February of 1864. Charles died there on 17 June 1864. One record shows that he died of scorbutus (scurvy) while another record states that he died of diabetes. He is buried at the National Cemetery at the Andersonville National Historic Site, Andersonville Georgia. He is located in Section K, Grave 2117.

His widow, Nancy Hieronymus Davis received $8.00 a month from his Civil War Pension. When she married Clayborne Duff on 20 January 1869, her pension was terminated. Clayborne died in a well accident 6 September 1888. After his death she applied for restoration of the former pension. When Nancy Hieronymus Davis Duff died on 8 May 1908, she was collecting $12 in monthly pension for the service of Charles E. Davis in the Civil War.


Marvin E Davis, Great, Great Grandson of Charles E. Davis

December 2012


Sources:
1860 Census, Owsley County, Kentucky
Civil War Records of Charles E. Davis
Pension Applications of Nancy Davis Duff
Genealogical research of Eugenia Whisman Davis
Genealogical research of Lillian Davis
Correspondence with Hazel Hieronymus

 
 
Family links: 
 Spouse:
  Nancy Hieronymus Davis Duff (1829 - 1908)
 
 Children:
  James Samuel Davis (1847 - 1904)*
  Charles Edward Davis (1849 - 1943)*
  Orlando Homer Davis (1851 - 1939)*
  Alonzo B Davis (1855 - 1917)*
  Thomas Hill Davis (1858 - 1953)*
  Nancy Florence Davis Tutt (1860 - 1901)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
2117 C.E. Davis, Corporal, Kentucky
 
Burial:
Andersonville National Cemetery
Andersonville National Historic Site
Macon County
Georgia, USA
Plot: , Row: 2117
 
Maintained by: Marvin Davis
Originally Created by: John C. Anderson
Record added: Apr 15, 2010
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- AJ & Ray Cassel
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Union Prisoner of War - Died at Andersonville Confederate Prison - Civil WarI visited your Cemetery in 1981 with my Officer Candidate School Company, but I didn't know you then, Cousin.
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