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William Baldwin Davis
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Birth: Jun. 1, 1841, Canada
Death: 1927

Civil War Veteran

Source: History of Audubon, Iowa Audubon Centennial 1878-1978, pages 33B-34B, written by Myrtle Davis Bush, granddaughter of William B. Davis

"William B. Davis was born June 1, 1841, in Hamilton, Canada. He died in Audubon, Iowa, July 6, 1927 and was buried in Maple Grove Cemetery. His ancestors came from Wales, settling in Baltimore, Maryland, and later moving to Orange County, North Carolina. His great grandfather, William Davis, decided to move to Canada. They settled on 800 acres of land, east of Hamilton, just north of Niagara Falls. In 1852, William B. Davis' father moved his family to the United States. They settled in Sabula, Iowa, in Jackson County, on the Mississippi River. William B. Davis was eleven years old at that time."

"William B. Davis served in the Civil War in the Union Army. He was discharged July 17, 1865 at Savannah, Georgia. He was a First Lieutenant in Co. A--24th Regiment of the Iowa Infantry. He was in the Battle of Champion Hill, the siege of Vicksburg, and at Battle Creek and Winchester. He was wounded by a cannon ball, and was taken prisoner. He escaped with the help of some colored people when the war was almost over. He was clothed partly in Confederate uniform, and with the help of a colored man, he crawled for three miles to meet the northern army, who were stationed there. He proved to the officers that he was a Union soldier. They sent him to a hospital, where he was cared for until his discharge. He had a back injury from which he never really recovered."

"Mr. Davis married Mary Jane Green (born January 4, 1840) in Sterling, Iowa, Jackson County, on October 18, 1866, at her parents' home. They were Judge and Mrs. George F. Green, and were of English and French descent. The Davis' lived on a farm near Sterling, Iowa, and their five children were born there. The children were: George Foster, John Ormley (John was killed in an accident at the age of 22 years when a tire came off a new high-wheeled bicycle. It threw him off and his head hit a cinder walk. He lived two days. This accident happened just north of the Public School in Audubon). Mary, Lucy, and Elizabeth Davis. All of this family are deceased now and buried in Maple Grove Cemetery."

"The Davis family decided to move to Audubon County. They built a house in the block south of the Catholic Church. .. Later, the Davis' bought a farm in the south part of what is now the town of Audubon. They built a Circle Drive. Mr. Nash later moved that house away when he built the big house...The Davis Farm included the area where Circle Drive is, the Trailer Court, the Legion Park, and the high school; also the area where the Armory, the new houses, and the businesses there are. It was later called the Nash place and the Ebert place. Elmer Carlson has also owned it. One business in that area is owned by Vern W. Jensen, who is married to William B. Davis' great-great granddaughter, Marie Bush. When William Davis owned the land, his three daughters, Mary, Lucy, and Elizabeth, looked forward every spring to the time when the wild strawberries would be ripe. They loved to hunt for them on the hill where the high school now stands."

"Mr. Davis also owned a farm ten miles north of Audubon, east of Gray, which was located one-half mile east of a school known as the Swaney School. William's son, George F. Davis, had married Clara Marie Earhart on February 27, 1895 at the farm home of cyrus H. Earhart, and they lived on this farm. To this union were born ten children. They were: Fred, Edith, Myrtle, John, William, Mildred, Curtis, Phillip, and Margaret, a baby girl who died in infancy..."

"In the spring of 1910, Mr. William Davis went to Sioux City, North Dakota, where soldiers could file on 160 acres of land for a small amount per acre. He built a small house, and in the fall, Mrs. Davis went out there to live for one year. The next spring, the George Davis family filed on a 160 acre farm in North Dakota. (They sold the farm near Hamlin, known as the Jellerson place). The George Davis family lived in North Dakota for twelve years, eleven of which were dry years."

"When Wm. B. Davis retired, he kept ten acres of his farm on the south edge of Audubon. He built a home in the northeast corner of what is now known as Legion Park. He put his land in strawberries, and he hired young people to help pick the berries. He set up a tent...would sell his fruit."

"Mrs. Wm. Davis died in November 1918. She suffered a stroke two months before her death. She is buried in the Maple Grove Cemetery."

"Mr. Davis kept busy. In the fall of the year, he would walk eleven miles to the farm north of town, where his son lived. He would help with the corn harvesting. After the day's work, he would walk home. A few years later, he sold that farm. His son, George, the moved to the farm of his father-in-law, Cyrus Earhart."

"The last twenty years that Mr. Davis lived, he made it a habit of calling on his neighbors on New Year's morning to wish them a Happy New Year. He would walk two blocks north to Dr. Brook's home, then cross the street to the August Oelke house, then back south to his home. The neighbors looked forward to this visit from the elderly man with a cane."

"William Baldwin Davis lived a long and busy life. He was greatly missed when he died in 1927."

Family links: 
  Mary Jane Green Davis (1840 - 1918)*
  George Foster Davis (1867 - 1935)*
  John Ormley Davis (1868 - 1892)*
  Mary Davis (1872 - 1927)*
*Calculated relationship
Maple Grove Cemetery
Audubon County
Iowa, USA
Maintained by: Loraine Ertelt
Originally Created by: Julie Grabill Rasmussen
Record added: Nov 07, 2012
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William Baldwin Davis
Added by: Julie Grabill Rasmussen
William Baldwin Davis
Added by: Julie Grabill Rasmussen
William Baldwin Davis
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CIVIL WAR VETERAN ~~ Davis, William B --Union, IA 24th, INF ---Audubon, IA
 Added: Jun. 2, 2013
Thank you for your service.
- Julie Grabill Rasmussen
 Added: Nov. 7, 2012

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