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160. Sarah Frances BROWN116,117 was born on 12 May 1850 in Missouri.24,64,69,117 She died on 19 December 1922 at the age of 72.24,69

This marriage was not recorded in the family Bible. There was a newspaper obituary placed in the Bible with Sarah Frances' marriage date and date of death.
McDonald Co Marriage Book B: BROWN,Sary F., DAVIDSON,John, Jan 2, 1868, Jonathan Owens, MG

Goodspeed's List of Taxpayers in 1861 includes Sarah Davidson Township 23, Range 30.

Murphy & Rebekah Brown gave land to each of their children at the time of their marriage. This was somewhat interrupted during the years of the Civil War.
Book I – Deed Record – McDonald Co., Missouri
Know all men by these presents that we John Davidson and Sarah Frances Davidson the wife of the said John Davidson of Barry County in the State of Missouri have this day for and in consideration of the sum of Two Hundred Dollars to the said John Davidson in hand paid by Rebeca Pondexter Brown of the county of McDonald in the State of Missouri granted bargained and sold and by these presents do grant bargain and sell unto the said Rebecca Pondexter Brown the following described or tract or parcel of land. Situate I the county of McDonald and State of Missouri that is to say being their interest in the undivided east half of the south west fractional quarter and the North West quarter of the South west fractional quarter of Section (8) eight in Township Twenty three of Range Twenty nine containing one hundred and seventeen and fifty three hundreths of an acre and the Southwest quarter of the Southwest fractional quarter and the Southwest quarter of the Northwest fractional quarter of Section Eight in Township Twenty three of Range twenty nine containing seventy eight acres and 28 hundreths of an acre and the West half of the Southeast fractional quarter and the southeast quarter of the Northwest fractional quarter of Section eight in Township Twenty three Range twenty nine containing one hundred and seventeen acres and forth seven hundreths of an acre to have and to hold the premises hereby conveyed with all the rights privileges and appurtenances thereto belonging or in any wise appertaining unto the said Rebecca Pondexter Brown her heirs and assigns forever the said John Davidson hereby covenanting to and with the said Rebecca Brown her heirs and assigns for herself her heirs executors and administrators to warrant and defend the title to the premises hereby conveyed against the claim of every person whatsoever in witness whereof we have hereto subscribed our names and affixed our seals this the 4th day of May 1872.
John Davidson (seal)
Sarah F. Davidson (seal)
State of Missouri
County of McDonald} Be it remembered that John Davidson and Sarah Frances Davidson his wife who are personally known to the undersigned a Justice of the Peace within and for said county to be the persons whose names are subscribed to the within deed as parties thereto this day appeared before me and acknowledged that they executed and delivered the same as their voluntary act and deed for the use and purposes therein contained and the said Sarah Francis Davidson being by me made acquainted with the contents of said deed acknowledged on an examination apart from her said husband that she executed the same freely and without compulsion or undue influence of her said husband. Given under my hand this the 4th day of May 1872. John H. Ware, JP
Filed for record Dec 5th 1879 at 8 o’clock am.
A M Dillin, Recorder by Wm Blanchard DR
Clerks note. In the foregoing deed in the 16th 17 or 18th lines the words “the east half and the northwest quarter of the north quarter of the north half of the north east qr of the southwest 1r and” nave been crossed out by having a line drawn through them and in the acknowledgement in the 14th or 15th lines the words “and relinquishes her dower in the real estate therein mentioned” is crossed out by having a violet colored line run through them. A. M. Dillin Recorder
The land in this deed was originally purchased by Murphy Brown on 1 Nov 1852 and 10 Mar 1856.

In 1900, Sarah told the census enumerator that she'd had 10 children, all living; 5 were still at home.

Wheaton Journal, Wheaton, MO, Friday, Dec 22, p.1
Again we a re called to announce the death of one of our town, Mrs. Sarah Francis Brown Davidson. The death angels came and claimed her spirit Tuesday, Dec. 19 after some two months of illness. She bore her sufferings with much patience and often said she was ready to go, her only regret being to leave her children. She was 72 years, 7 months, and 7 days old. She was married to John Davidson, January 2, 1868, who preceded her to the great beyond on March 26, 1921. She is survived by one brother, L. G. Brown and one sister, Mrs. Bell Carter and ten children, five boys and five girls whose names are Mrs. Fannie Sampson, Ozzie Davidson, Josie Hendon, Lonzo, Monrow, Rosco, Oscar Davidson, Myrtle Goostree, Mollie Daniels, and Lola Hill; all of whom are living and were with her during her illness. She leaves 29 grand children and two great grand children. She was converted to the faith that is in Christ Jesus 32 years ago, and lived a true Christian life....

Rocky Comfort
Mrs. Sarah Davidson died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. H. G. Goosetree, in Wheaton, Tuesday night, Dec. 19. She had been in poor health for several months. Deceased was 72 years, 7 months and 7 days old. She leaves ten children, five boys and five girls, and a large number of other relatives and friends to mourn her departure. The children are as follows: Roscoe Davidson, Mrs. J. T. Sampson [Fannie], Mrs. J. A. Hendon [Rebecca] and Mrs. O. O. Hill of Rocky Comford, and T.O., Oscar, Mon and Lon Davidson and Mrs. H. G. Goosetree [Myrtle] and Mrs. P. E. Daniels of Wheaton. Funeral services were held at the Baptist Church in Rocky Comfort Wednesday aftermoon, conducted by Rev. E. C. Tiebenor. Interment made in the Rocky Comfort Cemetery.

Sarah Frances BROWN and John DAVIDSON were married on 2 January 1868.69 John DAVIDSON, son of Levi DAVIDSON and Sarah LAMBERSON, was born on 23 February 1842 in Perry County, Tennessee.117,118,119 He died on 26 March 1912 at the age of 70 in McDonald County, Missouri.120

From Goodspeed: McDonald County "Biographical Appendix" p.107. John Davidson was born in Perry County Tenn. on Feb 23 1849 [this is an error- he was eight years old in 1850] and is a son of Levi Davidson, deceased. John Davidson came to McDonald County Mo. in 1853. During the late war he served in the Confederate army, as a member of Company D, Col. Smith's regiment, and participated in the battles of Prairie Grove, Pea Ridge, Helena, Prairie de Hand, Marks Mill, Poison Springs, and others. His wife was Sarah Brown, a daughter of Murphy Brown (deceased). They were married in December 1867, and are the parents of ten children, viz.: Fannie J., Ozro, Josephine, Alonzo, Monroe, Rosco, Oscar, Mollie and Myrtle (twins) and Lola. Mr. Davidson is a farmer and stock raiser, and is the owner of 173 acres of land, upon which he has a good home. He is a member of the Farmers' Alliance and Masonic Order.

1850 Perry Co TN Census. John was already 8 years old. He was probably born 1842.

John received his share of his father's estate:
Ozark Mo.
July the 27th 1867
Received of David A. Dryden Public Administrator of the Estate of Alvoree Davidson Deceased, the sun of sixty dollars and one cent it being the distributive shear of John Davidson minor heir of the Esstate of Levi Davidson Dec said amount being found by the court in the hands of said dec Alvoree Davidson and afterwards went into the hands of the said David. A. Dryden as Public Administrator of Christian County having in charge said estate this the day and year above written. John Davidson
By George A. Dabbs
His Atty apt

1876 State Census, McDonald Co:
p.99, #92 John Davidson, age 35, Sarah 27, Fannie 6, Thomas O. 4, Rebeckah 3, and Lonzo 1.

1880 Census. Richwood Twp, McDonald Co, MO, Hh243
John Davidson, 37, Farmer, b. TN
Sarah F., 29, wife, b. MO, parents, b. IL
Fanny J., 10, dau. Thomas O., 8, son. Rebecca J., 6, dau. Lonzo, 4, son. Monroe, 2, Son
Moses Robertson, 21, Boarder

1900 Census. Richwood Twp, McDonald Co, MO, Hh 140
John Davidson, b. Mar 1842, age 58, married 32 years, b. TN
Sarah, wife, b. May 1850, age 50, 10 children - all living
Roscoe, son, b. Oct 1881, 18
Oscar, son, b. b. May 1884, 16
Myrtle, dau, b. May 1886, 14
Mollie, dau, b. May 1886, 14
Lola, dau, b. May 1888, age 12

1910 McDonald Co MO Census; Richwood Twp, p.148a, Dwelling 121. John Davidson age 67, married 42 years. He was born in TN, father b. KY, mother b. TN. 13 Children; 10 living. Sarah F., wife, age 59; b. MO, father b. KY, mother b. IL. Mollie, daughter, age 25, working as a saleslady in the General Store.

Sarah Frances BROWN and John DAVIDSON had the following children:



Fannie J. DAVIDSON17,69,118 was born in 1870 in Missouri.121

20 FEb 1889 Mrs. Brown, the grandmother of R. Comstock, and Miss Fannie Davidson, his cousin, came home with that gentleman and remained a few days visiting their relatives.

Married J. T. Sampson.

1920 Census. James T. Sampson, age 50. He was born in PA; both his parents born in England. He was a dealer in wholesale farm produce. Fannie J. was age 49, b. MO. Her father b. in TN, her mother B. in MO. Daughters: Marjorie F. age 23, a teacher at the grade school and Marie H. age 18, a teacher in a rural school



Thomas Ozro "Ozzie" DAVIDSON69,118 was born in 1872 in Missouri.121

Wife was Nancy.



Rebecca Josephine DAVIDSON17,69,118 was born in 1874 in Missouri.121

Married Andrew J. Hendon.

1920 Census; McDonald Co MO, Richwood Twp. Household 37. Joel A. Hendon, age 56, B. MO; his father b. KY & his mother b. MO. Farmer. Josephine R. age 45, b. MO and both her parents listed as born in TN [incorrect, her mother was born in MO]. Willard M. age 19 and Orwin B. age 15.



Alonzo DAVIDSON118 was born on 2 January 1876 in McDonald County, Missouri.121 He died on 28 September 1935 at the age of 59 in Wheaton, Barry County, Missouri.

Married Irene Boswell; born 1877, died 1950.

Said to be oldest boy by Paul Barker.
1910 McDonald Co Census. Richwood Twp; p.150b; household 170: Lon Davidson age 34, married 12 years; b. MO, father b. TN, mother b. MO. Wife Rinna, age 32. 5 children; 4 living. Elsie age 11, Zelma age 6, Nellie age 3, Son age 1 yr 5 months. Name appears to be Vona.

1920 Census. Franklin, Newton Co, MO, Hh 156
Lon Davidson, [age too faded to read but indexer says 44]
Reno, wife, 42
Zelma, dau, 15. Nellie, dau 13. Vernie, dau 11. Leta, dau 9. Millerd, son 7. Iva, dau 3.



Monroe DAVIDSON118 was born in 1878 in Missouri.121

Paul Barker gave me a copy of an interview dated 5 Nov 1953 with Mon Davidson.



Rosco DAVIDSON17,118,122 was born in October 1881 in McDonald County, Missouri.117 Married a Cantrell.

1920 Census, McDonald Co. Roscoe was a Miller; flour mill. He was age 39, wife Ester was 38. Children listed were Sybil A. age 11, Ethel M. 8, Lucile N. 6, and Anita L. age 1 year, 11 months.



Oscar DAVIDSON69,118 was born on 12 January 1883 in McDonald County, Missouri.117 He died on 7 July 1957 at the age of 74 in Rocky Comfort, McDonald County, Missouri.

Married Virgie Kelly. Both Oscar and wife are buried Rocky Comfort Cemetery, Newton Co, MO
Anna Virginia Kelly
Birth: 1885
Death: 1978
and Memorial# 109953934
Oscar Elmer Davidson:
Birth: Jan. 12, 1883
Rocky Comfort, McDonald County
Missouri, USA
Death: Jul. 7, 1957
Rocky Comfort. McDonald County
Missouri, USA
Son of John Davidson and Sarah Frances Brown
Husband of Virgie Kelly Davidson



Mollie DAVIDSON118 was born in May 1886 in McDonald County, Missouri.117

Paul Barker notes that Mollie and Myrtle "Mertie" were twins. Mollie's married name was Daniels.



Myrtle DAVIDSON118,123 was born in May 1886 in McDonald County, Missouri.117

Married Horace Goosetree.



Lola DAVIDSON118,123 was born in May 1888 in McDonald County, Missouri.117

Lola's married name was Hill at the time of her mother's death.