Gus and Emeline Essary are the grandparents of Judy
(email: email@example.com ) and this
is where we started getting most of our information on them.
Brenda (email: firstname.lastname@example.org) and
Donna (email: email@example.com ) are
also related and have shared so much with us.
Notes for Fred Davis: (From Brenda - email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Mt. Hope Cemetery caretakers card lists the death date of Fred Davis as 08 Jan 1959 and Ruby, his
wife, as next of kin. He is buried in Block 2, lot 131, space 6. His headstone
only reads 1906-1959
Following is an articles about Fred's
death from the Joplin Globe, Friday 09 Jan 1959
HEART ATTACK AT BLAZE FATAL TO W.C. FIREMAN
"Webb City, MO--City fireman Fred Davis, 52 years old, died at 4 o'clock
Thursday afternoon in Jane Chinn Hospital after a heart attack while fighting
flames in a tool shed at the M.E. Shipley residence, 600 South Pennsylvania
Firemen Lee Hairl and Lonnie Smith who had answered the fire alarm at 3:10
o'clock with Davis, returned him to the fire station at 3:25 o'clock. A
Hedge-Lewis ambulance was summoned by Fire Chief C.E. (Bud) Shuey, and oxygen
was administered en route to the hospital where Davis died soon after he was
admitted. Fire Chief Shuey said that the attending physician stated death was
not due to smoke, but to a heart attack.
A veteran fireman, Davis has returned to Webb City fire department last
April. He had served the city previously under Fire Chief Bill Atkerson and the
late Fire Chief Elmer Covert, and had been a member of the Fort Crowder fire
department several years.
A resident of Webb City over 40 years, Fireman Davis came here with his
parents, Mr. & Mrs. Gus Davis from Springfield, MO where he was born
February 14, 1906. He was a member of the Fourth Ward Democrats Club.
Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Ruby Davis of the home, 3318 South Hall Street;
a son, Freddie Mark Davis of the home; a daughter, Mrs. Donna Rumley of Webb
City; his mother, Mrs. Nettie Forrest and his stepfather Elza Forrest, of Webb
City, and a sister Mrs. Mary Engle of Beatrice, Neb.
Funeral arrangements will be announced by Hedge-Lewis Funeral home.
The fire in the tool shed at the Shipley property apparently was caused by
the overturning of a small heating stove by two dogs which had been left in the
structure. According to firemen, loss was confined to an electric saw and tools
in the building."
1. William Augustine3
(Gus) Davis (Thomas
Woodford2, James P.1) was born 07 Mar 1880 in
Marrionville, MO and died 12 Mar 1943 in Springfield, Greene Co., MO. He
married (1) Nettie Richardson, daughter of James Richardson and Matilda
Taylor. He married (2) Emeline Essary Abt. 1922, daughter of Isham/Isom
Essary and Hester Bozarth. Emeline is buried at Greenlawn Cemetery.
About 1929, Gus lived at 920 S. Nettleton St.,
Springfield, Greene Co., MO
Children of William Davis and Nettie Richardson are:
+ 2 i. Fred4 Davis, born 14 Feb 1906; died 08 Jan 1959 in Webb
City, Jasper Co, Missouri.
3 ii. Mary Ellen Davis, born 1901. She married ? Engle.
4 iii. Eva Marie Davis, born 04 Jun 1910 in Springfield, Greene Co., MO;
died 18 Jun 1931 in Webb City, MO. Burial: Mt. Hope Cemetery
Children of William Davis and Emeline Essary are:
+ 5 i. Ralph
+ 6 ii. Bobby
+ 7 iii. Paul
8 iv. Pauline
9 v. Peggy
+ 10 vi. Joann
Generation No. 2
2. Fred4 Davis (William Augustine3,
Thomas Woodford2, James P.1) was born 14 Feb 1906, and
died 08 Jan 1959 in Webb City, Jasper Co, Missouri. He married Ruby Opal
Children of Fred Davis and Ruby Maness are:
11 i. Donna5 Davis.
Donna has recently contacted us and is looking for family members out
12 ii. Fred Davis.
5. Ralph Leroy4 Davis (William Augustine3,
Thomas Woodford2, James P.1) married Anna
Florence Mead 05 Jul 1941 in Springfield, Greene Co., MO3.
Child of Ralph Davis and Anna Mead is:
+ 13 i. Judith Ann5 Davis.
Judy was the first to contact us regarding the family of Thomas and
Mahala. Through her, we have made other contacts, gotten many great
photos, and added lots of information regarding this Davis family.
Notes for Nettie Richardson: From Brenda (email: email@example.com)
I have found, quite by accident, a 1922 newspaper article that is for Elza
Forest and a Miss Nettie Long getting married (the index card read
"Lnog") and taking their honeymoon in Springfield... It lists Elza
as a barber in W. C...... When we were at Mt. Hope cemetery, the caretakers
card for him had written on it "he was a very good barber".
I wonder if Nettie may have remarried between Gus &
Have you heard anything about this??
Nettie's obituary, published in the Joplin Globe Friday Dec. 25, 1959
MRS. NETTIE FORREST
"Webb City, Mo.,-- Mrs. Nettie Forrest, 76 years old, 317 S. Hall street, died
at 2 o'clock Thursday afternoon in Jane Chinn hospital where she had been a
patient for 19 days. She had resided in Webb City for 35 years, coming here from
Mrs. Forrest, until her illness, had operated with her husband, Elzie
Forrest, Blackie's cafe on south Main street. She was a member of the
Pentecostal church of God and the Fourth Ward Democrats Club. Born Febuary 23
1883 in Christian county Missouri, she was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James
Surviving, in addition to her husband, is a daughter, Mrs. Joe Engle of
Beatrice, Neb; three granddaughters, four grandsons, a daughter-in-law, and
Funeral arrangements will be announced by the Hedge-Lewis funeral home."