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Charles H Davies, Jr
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Birth: Aug. 12, 1921
Allentown
Lehigh County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Aug. 13, 1921
Allentown
Lehigh County
Pennsylvania, USA

This boy was the first and only child born to my great aunt Amy Irene Romberger and her first husband Charles Davies.

He lived for 14 hours, according to family cemetery records, and his cause of death was dystocia. Medicine.net defines it thusly:

Fetal dystocia: Difficult labor and delivery caused by the size (too big), shape or position of the fetus. Dystocia comes from the Greek "dys" meaning "difficult, painful, disordered, abnormal" + "tokos" meaning "birth."

Our records indicate he was born August 12, 1921, died the next day, August 13, and was buried with no service August 15, 1921. In the section of the records indicating vault type, it says merely "2.3 x 16" costing six dollars. The undertaker was V. F. Wonderly & Son.

There is some confusion at the cemetery office over where young Charles is interred. On one visit, they insisted he was in our main family plot. This doesn't work for me because that plot is just about full and every one is marked, with the exceptions of spaces paid for and reserved for my mother and myself. One might think he is buried with him mother who outlived him by decades. I doubt this because she was remarried and buried with her second husband. He may have been buried with another family member who predeceased him, like his great grandma Mary Elizabeth Kepler who is front and center in our family grouping, the first family member to pass after the Rombergers had moved to Allentown from Harrisburg.

On another visit, I was told he was in the other, older half of the cemetery, in what was 675 and is now 2331. The office never seems to have anyone free to come out and assist in location, but I have gone exactly where they said - "Go down the chapel road to the end, he's in the right corner" and I cannot find him. He is supposed to be with a Mary E. Smith and a Charles H. David. These names are wrong or make no sense at this time. This latter name is close to his father's name which is correct for first name and middle initial, but his last name was Davies. I have no clue who Mary E. Smith was and wonder if the cemetery means Mary E. Kepler. I think the records are faulty, and young Charles H. Davies is buried with Mary E. Kepler his great grandma.

Baby Charles was of my dad's generation, would have been his cousin, and was born almost exactly two years before him to the day. He was the son of my great grandpa's daughter Amy and her first husband Charles. They divorced, and Charles Sr. went on to have a successful career in designing and manufacturing artificial limbs, as well as two other children who lived to adulthood and would have been this boy's siblings.

In the meantime, this little Davies of our family rests somewhere in the Greenwood Cemetery, alone or perhaps with family. The Morning Call obituary index shows no publication of a notice for this child. 
 
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 Parents:
  Charles Harris Davies (1890 - 1944)
  Amy Irene Romberger Strobel (1896 - 1965)
 
 Sibling:
  Charles H Davies (1921 - 1921)
  Charles Harris Davies (1932 - 1978)**
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Burial:
Greenwood Cemetery
Allentown
Lehigh County
Pennsylvania, USA
 
Created by: sr/ks
Record added: Oct 19, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 30684844
Charles H Davies, Jr
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