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She has supplied us with many photos, stories and info.
Midge Brayfield Baker submitted the following article to the Christian
County History book, 1998, page 86:
DAVIS-- Mag Docia was born in Christian County on May 11, 1882.
She was the youngest child of Woodford and Mahala Davis. "Ma" was
a very pleasant person to be around and can't remember her ever being mad
at anyone. She loved to go visiting and I remember going to visit
uncle and aint (not aunt) so and so. It wasn't until I was grown
that I learned that these people weren't her relatives, most of them were
relatives of my other grandmother! They were only friends of "Ma"
but they were still aint and uncle.
If she couldn't find anyone to take her visiting, she would sit on
her front porch with her big quilting hoop and quilt. Everyone who
passed stopped to talk to her. She used to make most of her own dresses.
One day she brought some material over to show my mother. I had pretty
flowers on it and a blue ribbon running between the bunches of flowers.
My mom said, "Well, it's a pretty color, but why did you buy something
that has 'God Bless America' written all over it?" "Ma" just about
died--she hadn't noticed that the ribbon was spelling out a message!
I don't know what happened to that material, it probably ended up in a
Mag married James Robert Davis. She had three children.
Edie Davis Brayfield was born in 1901. Jesse Davis died in infancy.
Eugene Franklin Davis was born in 1915.
The family moved to Springfield sometime before Jesse was born.
Edie married Glenn Brayfield and Eugene "Toopy" Davis married Jewel White.
They have one daughter, Juliann Davis Slone. Edie and Glenn Brayfield
had six children.
"Ma" thought the world of her family. She kept close contact
with her brothers and sisters. I think she would have been pleased
to know that tow of her descendants have played a part in the recent history
of Christian County. Her granddaughter, Juliann Slone did her practice
teaching at Highlandville School and her great-grandson, Davis Baker lived
in Highlandville for several years and his wife Sandi Green Baker, who
was born in Christian County, taught art at the Highlandville and Spokane
1. MAG DOCIA3 DAVIS (THOMAS WOODFORD2, JAMES P1) was born
11 May 1882 in Highlandville, Christian Co., MO, and died 13 May 1954 in
Springfield, Greene Co., MO. She married JAMES ROBERT DAVIS, son of DAVID
DAVIS and SARAH KINSER. (The photo is of Eda, Mag, Robert and Eugene)
More About MAG DOCIA DAVIS:
Children of MAG DAVIS and Robert DAVIS are:
2. i. EDA EDIE4 DAVIS, b. 21 Feb 1901, Greene Co., MO; d. 06 Oct 1976,
Springfield, Greene Co., MO.
ii. EUGENE F4 DAVIS, b. 26 May 1915, Springfield, Greene Co.,
MO; d. 08 Dec 1992, Springfield, Greene Co., MO.
iii. JESSE DAVIS, b. 27 Feb 1917; d. 28 Aug 1917. Burial: Maple
Park Cem, Springfield, MO
Generation No. 2
2. EDA EDIE4 DAVIS (MAG DOCIA3, THOMAS WOODFORD2, JAMES P1) was
born 21 Feb 1901 in Greene Co., MO, and died 06 Oct 1976 in Springfield,
Greene Co., MO. She married GLENN ELWIN BRAYFIELD 1919 in Springfield,
Midge Brayfield Baker submitted this article to the Christian County
history book, 1998 pg 70:
BRAYFIELD-- "When I was a child I remember traveling from Springfield
to Highlandville with my family and grandparents. It seemed like
a long, long trip. I expect we might have had to stop to fix a flat
tire or two on the way. This usually happened whenever we took a
trip. We were there so they could tend the graves of my great-grandparents,
Woodford and Mahala Davis. I thought it was odd that the highway
ran through the middle of that cemetery! Just before you came to
the cemetery, there were two small mounds next to the fence on the left
side of the road. My mother told me that when she was small she thought
that these mounds were the graves of Adam and Eve! So, every time
we passed that way we'd look for the graves of Adam and Eve. To this
day, even though I am 73 years old and the mounds are long gone, I still
look to see if I can find where they had been.
My mother was Edie Davis Brayfield. She was raised near Highlandville
by her grandmother, Mahala Davis. When she was about 13, she moved
to Springfield with her mother and stepfather, Mag and Bob Davis.
Their next door neighbors were Elle and Jim Brayfield. Edie and Davis
and Glenn Brayfield were married in 1919. I always felt lucky that
both sets of grandparents were the best of friends.
Edie and Glenn's children were Helen Brayfield Haymes, 1920; Robert
James Brayfield 1921; Mildred "Midge" Brayfield Baker 1923; Joseph Allen
Brayfield 1926; Gerald Mack Brayfield 1933; and Donald Gene Brayfield 1940.
Mom loved music. She played the piano and had a good singing
voice. When our family got together, we did a lot of singing.
Having such a large family, Mom didn't get to do a lot away from the home,
but one of her favorite things was belonging to the "Mother Singers".
They entertained different organizations. They even had a few engagements
out of town. The family also entertained themselves on musical instruments.
Mom would play the piano, Dad played the fiddle, brother Bob played the
banjo, Joe played the guitar, Donnie play the guitar, and Jerry learned
to play the ukelele just so he wouldn't feel left out. They didn't
play well, but they had a lot of fun and it brought a lot of joy to the
people who listened.
Children of EDA DAVIS and GLENN BRAYFIELD are:
i. HELEN MARIE BRAYFIELD, m. DWIGHT WILLIAM HAYES. Burial: Haymes
Chappel, Webster Co., MO
ii. MILDRED IMOGENE BRAYFIELD, m. THOMAS PARKER.
iii. JOSEPH ALLEN BRAYFIELD, m. LOETTA MINNIE.
iv. GERALD MACK BRAYFIELD.
v. DONALD GENE BRAYFIELD, m. JANE ELIZABETH GOSS.
vi. ROBERT JAMES BRAYFIELD, b. May 1921, Springfield, Greene
Co., MO; d. 13 Dec 1968, Springfield, Greene Co., MO; m. RUTH NAOMI DALE.
Obituary of Maggie Davis from the Springfield
Leader-Press, Thurs 13
"Mrs. Maggie Davis, 72, of 743 South Robberson, life-long Springfield
resident, died at 5:35 am today at Burge Hospital after a two-week illness.
Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. G. E. [Brayfield] of Brighton and a
Maggie was buried at Maple Park Cemetery, Springfield, Greene Co., MO