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Friday, August 16, 2013

Friday's Photo: Bertha Davis

Bertha M. Davis 1879-1965

Bertha M. Davis was my great-grandmother. She was the mother of my grandfather, Claude Davis. 

Bertha, born on May 29, 1879, was the daughter of Olive Caroline Davis. Her father is unknown. Her mother's parents were Seth H. Davis and Margaret "Peggy" Jones of Edmonson County, Kentucky. It is assumed that Bertha was born in Edmonson County.  

According to the 1880 census of Edmonson County, Bertha had a brother, Virgia (possibly Virgil).  The family was living with a Sanders family where Olive worked as a housekeeper. Bertha's sister, Dora, who married a Tom Page, was born in 1882. 

Bertha married George Cooksey on January 22, 1902 in Barren County, Kentucky and in 1910 she was listed as a boarder living in the home of William and Rebecca Hawkins of Jefferson County, Kentucky. Her marital status was widow and she was working as a wrapper in a tobacco factory.  

On July 25, 1910, in Jefferson County,  Bertha married Frank Hawkins, brother to William Hawkins. Frank was a widower and had a three year old child, Carrie, at the time of their marriage.  Bertha and Frank resided in Elizabethtown in Hardin County, Kentucky for at least 45 years. 

Bertha was married to Frank until her death on December 28, 1965.   Frank died in 1977.  They are buried in the Elizabethtown City Cemetery

There are a lot of unknown facts about my Davis family. Bertha was 14 years old and unmarried when my grandfather was born in 1893. Both my grandfather's mother's father and his father are unknown. 

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Bertha Davis, death certificate no. 6529897 (1965), Registrar of Vital Statistics, Commonwealth of Kentucky – Frankfurt, Kentucky.

Bertha Davis and George Cooksey, marriage certificate, Book 34, Page 1980, Office of the Clerk of Barren County, Kentucky. 

Bertha M. Hawkins (1897 - 1965) - Find A Grave Memorial." Find A Grave - Millions of Cemetery Records. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Aug. 2013. <>

Kentucky, Marriages, 1785-1979, Index, FamilySearch ( : accessed 16 Aug 2013), Frank Hawkins and Bertha Cooksly, 25 Jul 1910.

Year: 1880; Census Place: Edmonson, Kentucky; Roll: 412; Family History Film: 1254412; Page: 569C; Enumeration District: 042

Year: 1910; Census Place: Louisville Ward 9, Jefferson, Kentucky; Roll: T624_486; Page: 1B; Enumeration District: 0153; FHL microfilm: 1374499.

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