Below are some wonderful photos of Thomas
and Mahala's family. Many of them came from Judy and Midge in Missouri
or Aunt Mid. I can't thank them enough for sharing.
This was Thomas Woodford Davis during the Civil War.
Standing are Gus and Charlie. Thomas and Mahala
are sitting with Mag Docia between them. This was probably taken
Thomas Woodford Davis. We're not
sure when this
Mahala Jane (Cook) Davis.
This was probably taken in the 1920's or so.
Let me see if I can get this right: James Duckworth, Martha,
Alice, Charlie, Nancy, John, Sarah, Gus, Maggie, Robert (Maggie's
husband), the little boy is 'Toopy' and sitting in front is Mahala.
This is John
and the girls are Sarah, Maggie,
Nancy and Martha.
Sitting is Mahala. The children are John, Martha,
Gus, Nancy and Maggie.
seems to have been taken at a family get-together, possibly a birthday for
Mahala? We know who most of the children are, but I'll have to look the
info up again.
Midge Brayfield Baker submitted the following
article to the book HISTORY OF CHRISTIAN COUNTY (1998) page 86:
DAVIS-- "I don't know very much about my
great-grandparents Thomas Woodford and Mahala Davis, but I felt that they
should appear in the Christian County book on family history because they were
living in Christian County before 1860 and they have many descendants still
living in the county. My great grandfather died before I was born, but I
remember Mahala because she lived next door with my grandparents,
"Ma" and "Daddy Bob" Davis, when I was a child.
Woodford and Mahala were married in Taney
County on Dec 23, 1860. Woodford served in the Union Army during the Civil
War. He was in Co. C 48th Missouri Inf., enlisting on Aug 23, 1864 . The
family lived near Highlandville in Gallaway Township.
The children of Woodford and Mahala were: John
Henry Davis, born 1861; Nancy Jane Davis Talber born 1865; Sarah Davis Couts
born 1867; Martha Davis Duckworth born 1869; Charles Davis born 1872; Lenna
Davis born 1875; Wm. August Davis born 1876; and Mag Docia Davis Davis born 18
82. (This was my grandmother.)
Most of the children moved to the Springfield
area after they were grown. Nancy, Sarah, Martha and Gus visited my
grandmother often. I remember them well. John Henry stayed in Christian County
and many of his descendants still live here."
We seem to have quite a bit of info on Thomas, or Woodford, as I think Mahala
called him. On the other hand, there is so much more we would like to know
--- more about his parents, although I suspect we have quite a bit of
info and just haven't pieced it together yet!
And Mahala -- who were her parents and where did she come from?
1. THOMAS WOODFORD1 DAVIS (JAMES P.A)
was born May 1838 in Pulaski Co., Mo, and died 23 Jul 1903 in Christian Co., Mo1.
He married MAHALA JANE COOK 23 Dec 1860 in Taney County, Missouri, daughter of
AUGUSTINE COOK and NANCY WILSON.
Children of THOMAS DAVIS and MAHALA COOK are:
i. JOHN HENRY2 DAVIS, b. 28 Nov 1861,
Christian County, Missouri.; d. 06 Jan 1939, Christian Co., MO; m. MARY JANE
STEWART, Abt. 18876.
ii. NANCY JANE DAVIS, b. 12 May 1865, Christian Co.,
Mo.; d. 25 Apr 1954, Home of Mrs. Minnie Branson, Brookline, MO7;
m. WILLIAM O. TOLBERT, 1887.
iii. SARAH LUCILLE DAVIS, b. 23 Dec 1867,
Christian Co., Mo.8; d. 19 Dec 1949, Ozark Mo.; m. WADE
FRANKLIN COUTS, 29 Jun 1890, Ozark Mo.8.
iv. MARTHA ELIZABETH THORA ANN MEADE DAVIS10,
b. 30 Jul 1869, Christian Co. Mo.; d. 1946; m. (1) JACOB (JAKE) THOMAS HENRY11,
21 Jul 1889, Christian Co., MO12; m. (2) JAMES M. DUCKWORTH,
24 Nov 1915, Christian Co., MO13.
v. CHARLES M. DAVIS, b. 07 Jul 1872; d. 1937; m.
ALICE FORBES14. We Finally have info on Charles via Glenda.
Thanks Glenda :)
vi. LENNIE DAVIS, b. 16 Oct 1875, Christian
Cty. Mo.; d. 20 Aug 1900, Highlandville, Christian Co, Missouri; m. WILLIAM
DAVIS LEIGH, 07 Sep 1890, Christian Co., Mo15.
vii. WILLIAM AUGUSTINE DAVIS, b. 07 Mar 1880,
Marrionville, Missouri; d. 12 Mar 1943, Springfield, Mo. Greene Cty.; m. (1)
NETTIE RICHARDSON, 06 Apr 1900; m. (2) EMELINE ESSARY, Abt. 1922.
viii. MAG DOCIA DAVIS, b. 11 May 1882, Christian Cty.
Mo.; d. 13 May 1954, Springfield, Mo.20; m. JAMES ROBERT
1. Civil War Widow's Pension file for Mahala Davis.
2. Judy Young email: email@example.com
3. Marriage and children are listed along with service info.
Also attached is the widow's pension file for Mahala
4. Homestead Application of Thomas W. Davis # 13984.
5. Widow's pension file for Salina Davis Sims.
6. 1910 census states they had been married 23 years.
7. Obituary of Nancy J. Tolbert.
8. Gerald McCoy (email GRMcCOY@aol.com
9. She has an unmarked grave next to her husband.
10. Candy Crawford (email: firstname.lastname@example.org
). She gave us Martha's full name.
11. Candy Crawford (email: email@example.com
12. Christian Co., MO GenWeb Site: Marriages 1859-1940, Book 4
13. Christian Co., MO GenWeb Site: Marriages 1859-1940, Book 9
14. Glenda Potter Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
15. Marriage License, Book 4 page 326.
16. Illinois Regional Archives Depository.
17. Letter written to Goodman & Goodman, attys in
18. Letter from Clerk of Circuit Court, Bureau Co., IL.
19. Brenda (email email@example.com
20. Obituary of Maggie Davis.
Thomas has a military marker on his gravestone at the Hammond Cemetery in
Christian County, MO. He enrolled in the Civil War 23 Aug 1864 at Rollo MO and
was mustered out 29 June 1865 at Benton Barracks, St. Louis, MO. He is listed in
a special census of Christian Co., MO 1890 Linn and Galloway Twps as having
served in Company C, 48th Regiment, MO Volunteer Infantry.
48th REGIMENT MO INFANTRY: Organized at St. Louis, Jefferson City and
Rolla, Mo., August 3 - November 22, 1864. Attached to District of Rolla, Dept.
of Missouri, to December, 1864. Railroad Guard, Tennessee & Alabama
Railroad, Dept. of the Cumberland, to February, 1865. Camp Douglas, Chicago,
Ill., to June, 1865.
A HISTORY OF SERVICE: Duty at Rolla. Mo., till December 9,1864. Defence of
Rolla against Price. Moved to Nashville, Tenn., December 9-19. Assigned to
post duty at Columbia, Tenn., and garrison block houses on Tennessee &
Alabama Railroad from Franklin to Tailoka till February, 1 865. Moved to
Chicago, Ill., February 18-22. Guard duty at Camp Douglas and escort
Confederat e prisoners to City Point, Va., for exchange till June 16 Ordered
to Benton Barracks, Mo., June 16. Mustered out June 22, 1865. Regiment lost
during service by disease 120. [Source of Data: "A Compendium of the War
of the Rebellion, V.III" by Frederick H. Dyer, c1908, p.1338]
Also received with the pension file of Thomas W. was a file for another Thos.
Davis. He served in the same regiment as our Thomas and was mustered in and out
on the same days. It is dated 11 Mar 1898. He was a widower; wife died in 1880.
They were married 1847 by Eugene Davis in Taney Co. He was only married once.
Children: J. H. b 1849, H. J. b 1855, Joshua b 185 7, T. J. b 1861, J. F. b
1870, Henry (spelling?) b 1872. He was a farmer in Galena, MO. He claimed that
he contracted a sudden cold (10 Jun 1865 in Chicago) resulting in Neuralgia of
neck and shoulder.
Mahala Jane (Cook) DAVIS:
From the Springfield Leader, 24 Apr 1929:
"Funeral services for Mrs. Mahala Davis of 309 E. Madison street, who would have been 89 years old next Sunday, were held at 1 o'clock this afternoon at the residence, after which the body was taken to Highlandville Cemetery, 20 miles south of Springfield on U.S. Highway 65, for burial. Mrs. Davis died Tuesday after a long illness. She is survived by two sons Gus W. Davis of Springfield and John H. Davis of Chestnut Ridge, Mo. and by four daughters as follows: Mrs. Nance Tolbert, Mrs. Sarah Couts, Mrs. Martha Duckworth and Mrs. Maggie Davis, all of Springfield."