John Lugar Davis

John Lugar Davis

Greene County, Alabama, USA
Death 17 Jun 1896 (aged 67)
Rhea Mills, Collin County, Texas, USA
Burial Rhea Mills, Collin County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 88696617 · View Source
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18 June 1896 The Democrat (weekly), McKinney, Collin Co, Texas Vol. 13, No. 20, Ed. 1
J.L. Davis is ill. (died 17 June 1896)
J L Davis, of Rhea Mill, is very low again. His brother, W D Davis, and wife, of this city, are attending his bedside.

John Lugar Davis, Civil War Veteran: (Enlisted 13 Apr 1861 & served until severely wounded 15 Apr 1865) Unit: Co. A, Jeff Davis Legion, Mississippi Cavalry, A.N.V., C.S.A.

Spouse (1): Elizabeth "Lizzie" Gibson b. 19 Aug 1842 d. 6 Mar 1883. Married: 8 Jan 1867 Catahoula Parish, LA
1. John Gibson Davis b. 17 Dec 1867 Concordia Parish, LA d. 18 Feb 1958 Houston, Harris Co, TX. Burial: Glenwood Cemetery, Houston, Harris Co, TX
Spouse: Laura Amelia Fahm.
2. Joseph Henry Davis b. 6 Oct 1869 Wildsville, Concordia Parish, LA d. 1871 Wildsville, Concordia Parish, LA.
3. Elizabeth "Lizzie" Davis b. 25 Mar 1872 Concordia Parish, LA d. 20 Nov 1941 Oberlin, Allen Parish, LA. Burial: Oakley Cemetery, Gilbert, Franklin Parish, LA
Spouse: George Spencer Cotton.
4. Birdie Davis b. 19 Dec 1874 McKinney, Collin Co, TX d. 20 Jun 1959 Denton, Denton Co, TX. Burial: Roselawn Cemetery, McAllen, Hidalgo Co, TX
Spouse: Jet Grigsby.
5. Vernon Annie "Annie V." Davis b. 14 May 1878 Collin Co, TX d. 1960 McAlester, Pittsburg Co, OK. Burial: Oak Hill Memorial Park Cemetery, McAlester, Pittsburg Co, OK
Spouse: William Everett Beaty.

Spouse (2): Mrs. Clara Lunda (Cotton) Stone b. 15 Feb 1855 d. 3 Feb 1935. Married: 4 Apr 1888 Catahoula Parish, LA
1. Mary Lu Davis b. 3 May 1889 Collin Co, TX d. 2 May 1973 Foley, Baldwin Co, AL. Burial: Walnut Grove Cemetery, Rhea Mills, Collin Co, TX
Spouse: Frank P. Lang.
2. Anne Louise Davis b. 31 Mar 1891 Collin Co, TX d. 2 Mar 1977 San Benito, Cameron Co, TX. Burial: Mont Meta Memorial Park Cemetery, San Benito, Cameron Co, TX
Spouse: Joseph Quincy Handford.
3. Jessie Davis b. 8 Dec 1894 Collin Co, TX d. 4 Feb 1980 Argyle, Denton Co, TX. Burial: Prairie Mound Cemetery, Corral City, Denton Co, TX
Spouse: Ira O. Wyse Sr. (II).

1889 - John L. Davis is a native of Greene County (now Hale Co.), Alabama, was born May 19, 1829, and is the second of the ten children born to Joseph Henson Harrison Davis and Martha (Williams) Davis. Joseph H. was a native of South Carolina, was a farmer and justice of the peace, and was a soldier in the war of 1812 and the war against the Seminole Indians. Mrs. Martha Davis was a daughter of Revolutionary War veteran David Williams, of North Carolina.
John L. Davis lived on the home farm until twenty years of age, when he went to Louisiana and followed his vocation until 1861; he then enlisted in the Jeff Davis Legion, under General Martin, of Mississippi, served in all the great battles of the Virginia department, and was before Sherman in that general's famous march to the sea. April 15, 1865, he was badly wounded in a skirmish, and the same day received the news of Lee's surrender. The wound sustained by Mr. Davis was not only serious, but peculiar in its nature. A rifle ball struck him to the right of the spine, was lost in some part of his anatomy, and probing at the time failed to find it. For ten long years he carried this missile in his body, when it was at last located and cut out.
Of course Mr. Davis was partially paralyzed, and after lying in Hospital in Greensborough a long time, was able to work his way home, which he reached some time in July of the same year, but it was two or three years before he could do any active work. In 1867, however, he married and settled down to farming in his native state, at which he continued until 1874, when he came to Texas with a cash capital of fifty cents only, and that sum went for necessities and he was left bare.
For five years he lived on rented land, and then purchased four hundred acres of raw Prairie, partly on credit, but it is all now paid for, is under fence, and well improved with substantial and commodious buildings. One hundred and seventy-five acres are under cultivation. Mixed crops are raised, and cattle are corn fed and fattened for the Chicago markets.
Mr. Davis first married Miss Lizzie Gibson, daughter of Reuben M. Gibson, of Mississippi. Four children resulted to this union, and were named John G., Elizabeth, Birdie and Anna V.
The second marriage of Mr. Davis was to Mrs. Clara Stone, daughter of E.B. Cotton, of Georgia, now of Louisiana. This union has been blessed with one child, Mary L., still an infant. Mr. Davis is a Free Mason, and stands very high in the esteem of his neighbors.
Source: Pages 237 & 238 from the book (online): Biographical souvenir of the state of Texas, containing biographical sketches of the representative public, and many early settled families.
1889, the F.A. Battey Company of Chicago.
ISBN/ASIN: 0893081191 LC Control Number: 80106987
Biographical Souvenir of the State of Texas F. A. BATTEY & Co., Chicago, 1889
Reproduction Southern Historical Press, Easley, S.C. 1978.

John Lugar Davis
Family tradition holds that for 20 years Davis carried a bullet lodged in his spinal column. Finally he sent for a doctor. According to William Davis Cotton, his grandson, Davis "was sitting on the front porch when the doctor arrived. The doctor* then asked "What's wrong?" and he took off his shirt, straddled a chair and said, pointing to the wound on his back, "Cut that thing out!"
From the book: "The Cottons of Catahoula and Related Families" by William Davis Cotton 1987
ISBN-10: 0961846402
ISBN-13: 978-0961846404
*Dr. Vernon Tilford Chew M.D. (CSA Surgeon, Missouri), husband of John's 1st cousin, "Tempie" Williams Chew.

Jeff Davis Legion, Cavalry, Company A
Davis, John L. Enl age 30/5/1861 for the war. Ext dty as teamster 12/62; Pay 40 cents extra. Ext dty fishing at Port Royal, Va 4/64, Hosp. Petersburg, Va 7/64.
Extracted from the Book: "Horsemen of the Jeff Davis Legion" Donald A. Hopkins, 1999 Page 8

Confederate Pensions Texas
Applicant Name App # County Husband
Davis, Clara L. 42304 Dallas; Davis, John Lugar

"Texas Confederate Widow's Pension File 42304", granted to: Clara L. Davis in 1926.
Respectfully returned to Comptroller, State of Texas, Austin, Texas.: The records show that John L. Davis Co. A, Jeff Davis Legion, Miss. Cav., C.S.A., enlisted April 13,- (1861) at Jackson. Muster roll Sept. & Oct. 1864, (the latest on file) shows him present. Returned to duty from hospital Oct. 10, 1864, a private. Capture, parole or later record not found.
War Department
The Adjutant General's Office, Washington, August 4, 1926.

The McKinney Gazette. July 29, 1886, Vol. 1,
No. 12, Local News: Todd Warden's Circus.
A drunken tough was in town Saturday and came as near running things his own way as had been done for a long time. He had been boisterous all day, and Marshall Todd WARDEN proceeded to call time on the said tough about 7 o'clock that evening. He was too much for the marshall and thinking to quiet him a little, Todd hit him over the head with his revolver. He wouldn't beef at all, so Todd had to call in Rich RAMBO, Scott PHILLIPS, John DAVIS, and several others to help land him in the cooler. It was as much as these gentlemen could do to get him to the calaboose, and when they did get him there, they couldn't get away from him. He caught John DAVIS by the beard and was beginning to harvest the same, when Mr. DAVIS came the choking act on the tough. This done him. He let go and laid down limber as a dish rag.


MAY 19, 1829
JUNE 17, 1896


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