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 Byrd Taliaferro <I>Conway</I> Davison

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Byrd Taliaferro Conway Davison

  • Birth 23 Dec 1903 Athens, Clarke County, Georgia, USA
  • Death 28 Nov 2005 Alexandria, Alexandria City, Virginia, USA
  • Burial Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend
  • Memorial ID 12653883

Ninth Generation American

Age 101

Died on November 28, 2005, at her home of over 50 years. Living with her for many years were her son, Robin LeRoy Reid, a U.S. Marines veteran and father of two sons and two daughters; his son, Timothy R. Reid, an MPA of George Mason University and a long-time employee on the staff of the FBI; her mother, who died in 1972; and her husband, who died in 1976.

Mrs. Davison was the widow of George Evans Davison, the son of Dr. George Jaynes Davison and his wife Virginia Pennell Davison of Richmond, VA. He was a gifted artisan and a life-long devout student of the Scriptures. In 1990 his granddaughter Virginia Mclnturff edited and published his collection of Biblical essays written for his children. This book, titled BIBLE QUEST, can be seen at the Library of Congress.

Mrs. Davison was born in Athens, GA in 1903 in the home of her paternal grandfather, Dr. William Buchanan Conway. She was the daughter of Alfred Taliaferro Conway and his wife Elizabeth LeRoy Hart Conway, the daughter of Dr. John Beauregard Hart of Baltimore, MD. Mrs. Davison was the 9th lineal descendant of the English immigrant Edwin Conway who came to Virginia in 1640 with a land grant from King Charles I. This land grant covered what are the present counties of Madison and Green in Virginia. Mrs. Davison's genealogy is recorded in G.N. McKenzie's COLONIAL FAMILIES IN THE U.S., Vol. 5, pages 135 -141, in Hayden's VIRGINIA GENEALOGIES, and many other genealogical books which can be found in the Library of Congress, the Lloyd House Genealogical Library in Alexandria, VA, and similar research sites.

During WWII, Mrs. Davison was employed as head of the Processing Section of the Civilian Personnel Unit at Camp Gordon in Augusta, Georgia. The end of the war found her serving in the Speakers Bureau of the American Red Cross Headquarters in Alexandria, VA. At this time her son enlisted in the U.S. Marines and her daughter, Anne Randolph Reid entered George Washington High School. Later Mrs. Davison was employed for 20 years on the Front Office staff of the Willard Hotel in Washington, DC until it closed and did not reopen for 10 years. She then retired to care for her ailing 89 year old mother.

While at the Willard in 1954 a history of that famous hotel was written by G.L. Eskew and a copy was given to each registered guest and to the members of the Front Office staff. THE WILLARDS OF WASHINGTON can be viewed at the Library of Congress.

Mrs. Davison was an avid bridge player and a member of three historical societies: The United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC), Daughters of the American Revolution, and Colonial Dames of the XVII Century. While active in the UDC Chapter, the Mary Custis Lee - 17th Virginia Regiment, in 1981 she compiled a pamphlet containing biographical sketches of the Confederate ancestors of the current members, with photos where available. For this achievement she was awarded the Jefferson Davis medal. This pamphlet, titled A BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE, can be seen at the Library of Congress, the Lloyd House Genealogical Library in Alexandria, the UDC Headquarters in Richmond, VA, and at the local UDC Chapter House.

In the last ten years of her retirement, Mrs. Davison activated a crochet skill which she learned in childhood. Crippled by arthritis, she still managed to crochet many hundreds of sofa pillowcovers, selling the finished pillows to the tourists in Washington with the assistance of her grandson Timothy. By this time she had a collection of over 150 different patterns in color and design which she had hoped a craft publisher would be interested in making into a book of color photos for other crocheters to copy, before her 100th birthday.

Mrs. Davison is survived by her son of the home address together with his two sons, two daughters, and two grandsons. Her daughter, being deceased, is survived by her son, Thomas Randolph Jones, an attorney of Alto, GA, and his two daughters.

This obituary was compiled by Mrs.Davison herself in her 97th year. It was her request if her grandson Timothy R. Reid used this obituary he would include her expression of gratitude to her skilled former physician, Dr. Kathryn Dietz, who, aided by our Heavenly Father, made possible her long life. She was three and a half weeks away from her 102nd birthday at the time of her death.
Funeral arrangements private.

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  • Created by: Douglas Westberry
  • Added: 11 Dec 2005
  • Find A Grave Memorial 12653883
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Byrd Taliaferro Conway Davison (23 Dec 1903–28 Nov 2005), Find A Grave Memorial no. 12653883, ; Maintained by Douglas Westberry (contributor 46611231) Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.