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Saturday, November 23, 2013

Documenting My Davis Family: Nancy Ellen Davis

Courtesy of Michael Mann, Quincy, IL
Nancy Ellen Davis, was a daughter of Seth H. Davis and Margaret "Peggy " Jones and sister to my great-great-grandmother, Olive Caroline Davis.  She was born August 22, 1844. At age 19, she married Henry Page in Edmonson County. In 1870  Nancy and her husband lived in Hardinsburg, Breckinridge Kentucky with son George, age 2.

In 1880, they continued to live in Breckinridge County with son George, then age 11. Henry Page was working as a teamster.

In 1900, Nancy Ellen "Ellen" was living very near her brother, Larkin Davis, in Rocky Hill Station, Edmonson County. Her marital status was divorced and she reported that she was the mother of two children and only one was living.  Her son, George, and his wife, Clara Saunders, were living in Warren County, Illinois and working as servants

In 1910, Henry and Nancy Ellen were living together - their status was married. Again, it was reported that Nancy Ellen was the mother of two children, but only one was living. Her son, George, and his family were living in Galesburg, Knox County, Illinois. 
Courtesy of
Michael Mann, Quincy, IL

On February 24, 1912, Nancy Ellen and Henry moved to the Illinois Soldiers and Sailors home in Adams County. They remained in that home until their deaths; Henry in 1917 and Nancy Ellen in 1932. They are buried in Sunset Cemetery in Adams County, Illinois.

One very interesting item was found while looking for Nancy Ellen and her family. A death certificate for a Virgil L. Page, who died August 2, 1937,  names Henry Page and Ellen Davis as his parents. Virgil was born on November 11, 1875 and was not living with Henry and Nancy Ellen in 1880. He would have been four at the time of the census. Remember that Nancy Ellen was reported as to having 2 children with only one living in both 1910 and 1900. The living child would have been her son George W. Page. However, Virgil was also living. Was Virgil an adopted son? Could he be "Virgia," the son who was living with Olive Caroline on the 1880 census? 

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Sources Kentucky, Death Records, 1852-1953 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2007. Illinois, Deaths and Stillbirths Index, 1916-1947 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2011.
Original data: "Illinois Deaths and Stillbirths, 1916–1947." Index. FamilySearch, Salt Lake City, Utah, 2010. Index entries derived from digital copies of original records.

Edmonson County Marriages (n.d.). Edmonson County Marriages. Retrieved November 23, 2013, from

Find A Grave (n.d.). Retrieved November 21, 2013, from

Illinois State Archives. (n.d.).  Retrieved November 23, 2013, from

Year: 1870; Census Place: Hardinsburg, Breckinridge, Kentucky; Roll: M593_450; Page: 88B; Image: 180; Family History Library Film: 545949.

Year: 1880; Census Place: Cloverport, Breckinridge, Kentucky; Roll: 405; Family History Film: 1254405; Page: 47D; Enumeration District: 020; Image: 0200.

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

Year: 1900; Census Place: Coldbrook, Warren, Illinois; Roll: 350; Page: 2A; Enumeration District: 0083; FHL microfilm: 1240350.

Year: 1900; Census Place: Rocky Hill Station, Edmonson, Kentucky; Roll: 518; Page: 14A; Enumeration District: 0035; FHL microfilm: 1240518.

Year: 1910; Census Place: Galesburg, Knox, Illinois; Roll: T624_299; Page: 2A; Enumeration District: 0148; FHL microfilm: 1374312.

Year: 1910; Census Place: Parker, Edmonson, Kentucky; Roll: T624_469; Page: 7B; Enumeration District: 0044; FHL microfilm: 1374482.

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