Search billions of records on

Davis Family Timeline


8 Aug 1840 - Jefferson Davis is born of Isham Dicken. No mother given. There is a woman who is a housekeeper in the Dicken home by the name of Davis and is about the right age.

1850 - Monroe County US Census shows Jefferson Davis as Jefferson Davis Dicken living in the Isham Dicken and Elizabeth Martin Dicken household.

1863 - Jefferson Davis has taken the last name of Davis by the time he enlisted in the Union Army at Glasgow, Ky.

14 Apr 1865 - Jefferson Davis marries Nancy Ann Arterberry in Tompkinsville, Monroe Co., Ky. Nancy Ann Arterberry is the daughter of Thompson Arterberry and Elizabeth Johns Arterberry of Monron Co., Ky.

6 Sep 1866 - Minasota B. 'Minnie' Davis is born in Monroe Co., Ky.

14 Oct 1867 - Laura N. Davis is born in Monroe Co., Ky.

29 Jan 1868 - Eugene Homer Davis is born in Monroe Co., Ky.

1869 - Isham Dicken declares Jefferson Davis as his natural born son and names him co-executor of Isham's estate. Isham dies 1 Sep 1869 in Monroe Co., Ky.

12 Dec 1871 - Roscoe Davis is born in Monroe Co., Ky.

1874- Jefferson moved from Kentucky with his wife, Nancy Ann Arterberry Davis and children (that were already born by this time) to near Hillsboro, Hill Co., Tx per Jefferson's Civil War Papers

10 Sep 1875 - Rose A. Davis born in Coleman Co., Tx. - possibly Johnson Co., Tx????

28 Jul 1877 - Mary Kate Davis born in Hill Co., Tx.

22 Feb 1878 - Vera Davis born in Hill Co., Tx.

1880 - Minnie Davis was 14 years old.

12 Jan 1880 - Alice M. Davis b. in Hill Co., Tx. D. 6/10/1880 in Hill Co., Tx.

1880 - Census Hill Co., Tx: Laura Davis, age 12 in the family, attending school.

10 Jul 1881 - John H. Davis b. in Hill Co., Tx. - d. 10/15/1885 - Hill Co., Tx.

9 Sep1887 - Jefferson Davis and family lived in Hillsboro, Hill Co., Texas.

October 1887 - Edgar H. Oliver met Jefferson Davis, Jefferson lived on his land per Jefferson's Civil War Papers

1887 - Laura Davis married Edgar H. Oliver per Betty Jean. I have 1879 per census.

Oct 1888 - Jefferson Davis and family moved to Coleman Co., Tx.

31 Mar 1889 - Eugene Homer Davis in Waldrip, McCulloch Co., Tx.

10 Oct 1891 - Minnie B. Davis Wren in Santa Anna, Coleman Co., Tx.

20 Jan 1892 - Roscoe Davis in Waldrip, McCulloch Co., Tx.

20 Mar 1892 - John L. Dicken signed Mary Kate's autograph book, unknown place. John L. Dicken is younger brother to Jefferson Davis.

Feb 1896 - Jefferson Davis and family moved to Greer Co., Okla. Jefferson becomes a rural mail carrier.

1898 - Edgar Oliver and wife, Laura Davis and family moved to Hillsoboro Co., Fla.

5 Mar 1899 - Mary Kate Davis married Eddie C. Hooper in Mangum, Okla.

1900 - Mary Kate Davis Hooper and Eddie C. Hooper lived in Amarillo, Tx.

1 May 1903 - Mary Kate Davis Hooper and Eddie C. Hooper moved to Ochiltree Co., Tx.

11 Sep 1903 - Vera Davis married Peter A. Lyons at Greer Co., Okla.

1903 - Fannie Lyons, dau of Vera Davis Lyons and Peter Lyons possibly born.

1907-1908 - Eugene Homer Davis went to Ochiltree, Tx. to help build house for Mary Kate Davis Hooper and Eddie C. Hooper.

13 Apr 1908 - Eugene Homer Davis married Mollie Ellin Anderson. Mollie is living with her grandparents, Nancy Malinda Nichols Nix and Ira C. Dallas Nix, formerly of Habersham County, Georgia. Mollie is the daughter of Mitchell Henry Anderson and Lovicia Aveline Ivester formerly of Habersham County, Georgia. Mollie was born in Habersham County, Georgia.

George and Minnie Davis Wren lived in Weslaco, Hildalgo Co., Tx.

1915 - George and Minnie Davis Wren were in 'the valley' by this time.

20 Mar 1922 - Jefferson declared incompetent. Paper shows Laura Oliver, Vera Lyons and Roscoe Davis living in Greer County, Oklahoma at this time.

This means:. Laura died between 20 Mar 1922 and 15 Mar 1940.

20 Mar 1922 Inventory for Jeff shows he had 2 lots at Sulphur Springs, Hopkins County, Texas.

15 Mar 1940 - Eugene Homer Davis dies...Obit says only living sibling of his is Vera Davis Lyons of Lancaster, Calif.

Minnie and Rose were dead by 15 Mar 1940

Rose & Jap Brannon or Brannan:

Rose Photos:

abt 1896 - Wedding photo - Coleman Co., Tx

4 Feb 1898 - Rose, Jap and daughter Eloise

1896-97 - Abt - Photo of Eloise Brannon, about 6-8 months old.(Photo made in San Angelo, Co., Green Co., Tx

17 Apr 1898 - Eloise dead. Sonora, Sutton Co., Tx

1908-1910 - Abt - Rose and Jap with two children: 1 @ abt 14 (girl) and 1 @

Abt 1 yr old. Photo Shows Ft. Worth and Weatherfordm Parker, Co. Tx.

Rose Brannon once had an address at PO Box at Robert Lee, Coke Co., Tx.

Rose should be buried in San Angelo, Tom Green County, Tx.

Misc. Notes:

Jefferson Davis family were in Paint Rock, Concho Co., Tx at one time.

Vera Davis was in White Fish, Tx at one time. (Can't find Whitefish, Tx)

Knox Co., Tx web page shows a Clayton Wren Sr. and Jr. died or buried there. Is Munday, Tx.

Photo of Arlen Wren - Back says: son of Geo & Minnie Wren, Weslaco, Tx - Formerly of Munday, Tx.

Knox Co., Tx web page has a Clayton Wren listed as on page 158 of the book, "My Home Town, A history of Munday, Texas. (wrote 4/30/99 she is going to look into this for me)

Edith B. Brannan, b. 8/11/1900 - d. 3/16/1907: City Greenwood Cemetery North of Weatherford, Parker Co., Tx (from their web site)

*House of Mary Kate Davis Hooper and Eddie C. Hooper is about 4-5 miles from Homer's home place and is still standing.

Misc. Unconnected Information I have found:

Don't know if this fits anywhere:

Thomas L. Wren, 2nd Sgt. Johnson county Home Guards - 6/3/1861 at Buchanan, Johnson Co. muster rolls in Texas. Was listed with Benjamin Barnes.

There is a Homer Davis who married an Eva Fort on 04/23/1902.

Is on Greer County web page:

Places members have been - Town, County, Location on map in Atlas:

Coleman: Coleman Co. EG2

Collin: Collin Co. EC7

Hillsborough: Hill Co. EF7

Munday: Knox Co. EC2 (SW of San Angelo)

Ochiltree: Ochiltree Co. WA12

Paint Rock, Concho Co. Tx EH1

Robert Lee: Coke Co. (N of San Angelo) WK13

San Angelo: Tom Green Co. WL13

San Saba: San Saba Co. EH3

Santa Anna: Coleman Co. EG2

Sonora: Sutton Co. WN13

Sulphur Springs, Hopkins County, Texas ED10

Waldrip: McCulloch Co. EH2

White Fish: no listing

Weslaco: Hildalgo Co. ES6 (near McAllen)

*Cleburne: Johnson Co. EF6 (WHY did I have this note?)

* There is a Santa Anna, Tx. in Starr county which is just west of Hildalgo, Co., Tx. ES5

* There is a Camp San Saba, Tx in McCulloch Co. which is near the old Waldrip, Tx. EH2

Research Plans and Actions:

  • Look for George and Minnie Davis Wren in 1900 and 1910 in Hildalgo County, Weslaco Town. - Not there from search of microfilm 6/13/1999
  • Look for Edgar H. Oliver in McCullough County, Texas- Mention of this county in Jeff Davis' paper.
  • Look for Edgar H. Oliver in Coleman County, Texas 1880 - Not there from search of microfilm 6/13/1999
  • Census 1880 - Found reference to: George Wren in Washington Co., Tx (E.D. 142-065)
  • Look for Edgar H. Oliver in the one before 420
  • Post to Hildalgo Co. and listserv abt George and Minnie Davis Wren.
  • Post on Knox Co. and listserv abt Clayton Wren.
  • Wrote Johnson Co. web page about their Venus cemetery ( abt Eliz Johns and Ben/Burnetta Barnes headstone. Reply was there is no listing. They were buried at Old Alvarado Cemetery....don't think I told her this... wrote her 7/6/99 giving her the Old Alvarado Cemetery location.

Unsuccessful Searches:

Searched for Davis in 1880 (?) C 632

Oliver Not in 0420

Wren not in W640

Wren not in #1614

Searched in Coleman Co. and San Saba Co. for 1900: found nothing

Children of Jefferson Davis and Nancy Ann Arterberry:

1. Minasota Minnie B. DAVIS

Birth: 6 Sep 1866, Monroe Co., Ky

Death: bef 15 Mar 1940

Name is listed as Minasota Davis in the 1870 US Census for Monroe County, Kentucky.

Spouse: George WREN

Children: Allene, Arlen, Clayton, Dana, Dara, Elmer, George, Ivy, Mabel

A picture of Arlen Wren; says on the back "son of Geo & Minnie Wren, Weslaco, Tex. Formerly of Munday, Tex". This is in my Betty Jean's mother's handwriting.

2. Laura N. DAVIS

Birth: 14 Oct 1867, Monroe Co., Ky

Death: bef 15 Mar 1940, Possibly Tampa, Florida

Occ: Nurse in 1919 City Directory for Tampa, Hillsboro County, Florida

Spouse: Edgar H. OLIVER

Birth: Oct 1850, Tennessee

Death: 2 Mar 1909, Gary, Hillsborough County, Florida, age: 58

Burial: Mar 1909, Woodlawn Cemetery

Marr: 1879, Coleman County, Texas

Children: Robert E (1879-), Hattie (1882-), Ray B (1883-), Fannnie M. (1890-)

Moved to Gary, Hillsboro County, Florida by 1898. City is no longer there but is now Tampa, Florida.As of 1908, listed in the City Directory for Tampa, Hillsboro County, Florida, Fannie M and Ray B lived with,Laura and Edgar.


Tampa City Directories:
Research done by Sue Wooten, Tampa, Florida (husband is a Remshart descendant) -
Oliver, Edgar H (Laura) peddler, h 2108 14th Ave
Oliver, Fannie M, cigarmaker, bds 2108 14th Ave
Oliver, Ray B, boxmaker, bds 2108 14th Ave
Oliver Laura, (wid Edgar), b. 2306 12th
Oliver Robert E, mtrmn, b 2306 12th
Checked the 1910 Census for the entire neighborhood and couldn't find any Oliver. Checked the Death Records but the records are very sketchy before 1916.
1916/1917 (Same Address)
Oliver Laura (wid Edgar), h 2907 Belfast Av
Oliver Mrs E H, nurse, h 114 S Delaware
(Not sure this is Laura)



3. Eugene Homer DAVIS

Birth: 29 Jan 1868, Monroe Co., Ky

Birth Memo: Betty Jeans notes says 1869

Death: 15 Mar 1940, Perryton, Ochiltree Co., Texas, age: 72


4. Roscoe DAVIS

Birth: 12 Dec 1871, Monroe Co., Ky

Death: 31 Mar 1922, Granite, Oklahoma, age: 50

Burial: Granite, Oklahoma


5. Rosa A. DAVIS

Birth: 10 Sep 1875, Coleman County, Tx (or Johnson County?)

Death: bef 15 Mar 1940

Spouse: Jap BRANNON

Children: M. Eloise (1895-1898)


6. Mary Kate DAVIS

Birth: 28 Jul 1877, Hill Co, Texas

Birth Memo: I had: 7 Jul 1877 ?? - 1900 Census shows year of birth as 1876.

Death: 24 Jan 1951, Sanford, Texas, age: 73

Spouse: Eddie Colquit HOOPER

Birth: 30 Oct 1869, Eufalda, Dale County, Alabama

Death: 11 Jan 1956, Crawford, Dawes County, Nebraska, age: 86

Burial: Perryton, Ochiltree County, Texas

Marr: 5 Mar 1899, Mangum, Oklahoma

Children: Alonzo Clyde (1900-), Lila Alberta (1903-), Retha Alene (1912-1997)


7. Vera DAVIS

Birth: 22 Feb 1878, Hill Co, Texas

Death: aft 15 Mar 1940, Lancaster, California

Burial: Lancaster, California

Spouse: Peter A. LYONS

Birth: Jul 1882, Texas

Father: Thompson LYONS (1839-)

Mother: Charlotte (1843-)

Marr: 11 Sep 1903, Greer County, Oklahoma

Children: Tom, Marvin, Fanny


8. Alice M. DAVIS

Birth: 12 Jan 1880, Hill Co, Texas

Death: 10 Jun 1880


9. John H. DAVIS

Birth: 10 Jun 1880, Hill Co, Texas

Death: 15 Oct 1885, age: 5


Go back to Genealogy Page

Go back to Ruth's Page