HENRY P. DAVIS OBITUARY
From the "Putnam County Herald", March 25, 1903.
Putnam County Loses One of Her Best Known Citizens
Henry P. Davis died at his home in this city last Sunday afternoon from a complication of diseases, his fatal illness being brought on from exposure and getting wet while attending the funeral of Capt. Walton Smith two weeks ago. While all knew he was very low, the news of his death was a great shock to our citizens. He was buried Monday evening with Masonic rites. Rev. W. H. Carr assisting, in the presence of an immense concourse of friends and neighbors, who came to pay their last tribute of respect to the honored dead.
Henry P. Davis was born in September, 1844, in what is now the First district of Putnam county, but was then a part of White county. When the Civil war broke out, although only a boy, he enlisted in Capt. Shaw's Co. 25th Tennessee Infantry, serving his full term of twelve months, and reenlisted in Dibrell's cavalry, with which command he served until the end of the war, participating in many battles and campaigns, and making a fine reputation as a soldier. He was mustered out at Washington, Ga., in May, 1865.
After the war he returned home and worked for some time at the oil wells on Spring Creek, earning money with which he paid his way through Cumberland Institute, a school then flourishing in White county.
In l870 he was elected county court clerk of Putnam county, serving efficiently for eight years. He was a member of the legislature in 1881-2, retiring with added honors. Early in life he professed religion and joined the Cumberland Presbyterian chruch, since which time he had been an active member, and one who enjoyed a happy christian experience. He was an elder in the church at the time of his death.
In the 70's he married Lydia Solomon, who survives him, as do also three daughters, Mesdames R. P. Morgan and Whitley Hyder, and Miss Maggie; and six sons, O. M., Lem: H., Roscoe, Edgar, Will and Newton. All were at his bedside but two, Lem and Edgar. He also leaves two sisters, Mesdames Wm. Huddleston and Leroy Carr of this county and three brothers Stephen D. and J. Ridley of Texas, and John, who resides near Cookeville, as well as many other relatives, the family being large and influential. Henry P. Davis was one of the most widely known and best loved citizens of this section, and his death causes a loss that can never be filled. He was a model citizen, loyal friend and neighbor, a loving husband and indulgent father. The HERALD unites with the entire community in extending heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved ones.
NOTE: Birth Date of September printed in obituary is in error
HENRY P. DAVIS BIBLE
Henry Polk Davis, son of Wm and Margaret Davis, was born on the l4th day of November 1844
Lydia Ann Davis, wife of Henry Polk Davis, and daughter of Chesley and Anne Solomon, was born on the 2nd day of September 1848.
BIRTHS of children of Henry Polk Davis and Lydia Ann Davis
Origen Morrow Davis, was born on the 15th day of February 1872.
Flora Viola Davis, was born on the 17th day of June 1873
Lemuel Herman Davis, was born on the 20th day of February 1875.
Festus Roscoe Davis, was born on the 3rd day of February 1877.
Edgar Kendricks Davis, was born on the 25th day of October 1878.
Beulah Armelia Davis, was born on the 2nd day of March 1880.
Margaret Anna Davis, was born on the 17th day of May 1882.
William Cleveland Davis, was born on the 19th day of September 1884.
Alfred Newton Davis,was born on the 15th day of December 1886.
John Ridley Davis, was born on the 17th day of March 1889.
Henry P. Davis, son of William and Margaret Davis, was married to Lydia Ann Solomon, daughter of Chesley and Anne Soloman, on the 4th day of May 1871 by the Rev. Stephen Davis, a Minister of the C.P. Church.
Flora Viola Davis, daughter of Henry P. and Lydia A. Davis, was married to Robert Perry Morgan, son of Austin H. Morgan and Amanda Morgan, on the 14th day of January 1892, by Rev. W.H. Carr, of the C. P. Church.
Origen Morrow Davis, son of Henry P. and Lydia A. Davis, was married to Rufus Bruce, daughter of Rufus and America Bruce, on the 30th day of September 1896, by C. J. Davis a Justice of the Peace.
Lydia Ann Solomon Davis
Lt Co-C 13 Reg Tenn Cav Confederate States Army
(I find no reference to him being commissioned he was always a private in any reference I've seen)HW
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