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John Wiley Davis, Sr
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Birth: Mar. 27, 1860
Blanco County
Texas, USA
Death: Sep. 24, 1902
Valley County
Montana, USA

The Butte Inter Mountain (MT)
26 Sept 1902

Man From Texas Killed in Quarrel in Hinsdale
John Wiley Davis is Unable to Shoot as Quickly as William Norville and Goes Down to the Carpet

William Norville shot and killed John Wiley Davis at Hinsdale Wednesday. The men had been drinking and began to quarrel, and both pulled their guns. Norville shot twice, one shot severing Davis' jugular vein and causing death. Davis' gun was found cocked and undischarged, it evidently failed to go off.

Davis came from Texas 10 years ago. Soon after his arrival he and James McNab exchanged several shots in old Hinsdale, in the course of which one or both were slightly wounded. In the trials following both were acquitted and since that occurrence Davis had been a quiet and well-behaved citizen. He was married and leaves a widow and several children. Norville mounted a horse and rode off after the shooting, but subsequently returned to Hinsdale.
The Kalispell Bee (MT), 3 Oct 1902

Killed at Hinsdale. Another Old Timer Goes Over the Divide From the Usual Ailment

John Wylie Davis, who came from the southland years ago, because the quiet country fretted his warlike and adventuresome spirit, was killed in Hinsdale one week ago Wednesday. He had been engaged in a card game in Dick Pledge's saloon with Kid Norval, a cowboy, when an altercation arose over the game and the two went outside to settle the trouble with their six-shooters, as the custom of the country. Davis never got his six-shooter from his overalls, although he was fast with a gun. The Kid shot him through the chin and put a second shot into his bowels as he went down and out.

Davis has had a wild and romantic life, with enough incidents of a thrilling nature to do an eastern settlement for a lifetime. Since he has been in Valley county he has not had a great deal of trouble. A couple years ago he had a slight altercation with Jim McNabb, a horseman at Hinsdale, and in the rifle practice resulting therefrom, McNabb was shot through the shoulder and deserted the battlefield in a fog built up from the smoking guns. Davis was a good fellow and had many friends, but he was also dangerous when things were not going to suit him.

Norville, after the shooting, saddled his horse and rode out of town, heading south for the badlands of the Missouri river.

Davis leaves a wife and two children to mourn his unfortunate death.--Havre paper

Spouse: Hattie E. Epley
Children are: George Estes, Hazel D., and John Wiley Jr. 
Family links: 
  William Arthur Davis (1830 - 1916)
  Minerva Townsend Davis (1840 - 1910)
  Hattie E. Knapp Horn (1874 - 1922)
  Hazel D. Davis Epley (1893 - 1934)*
  Charles Calvin Davis (1857 - 1908)*
  John Wiley Davis (1860 - 1902)
  Robert Arthur Davis (1866 - 1940)*
  Jessie Bennett Davis (1873 - 1895)*
  Irene B. Davis Norville (1877 - 1950)*
*Calculated relationship
Hillview Cemetery
Valley County
Montana, USA
Created by: Burt
Record added: Aug 13, 2011
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