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Friday, March 13, 2015

Friday's Photo: Myrtle Davis of Phillipsburg, New Jersey

In an album, Myrtle Davis was written below this photo.
There were no markings on the back of the photo. 

Myrtle Davis was also written under this photo.
This appears to be a younger photo of Myrtle.
She has a ribbon pinned to her dress
AND on the back of the photo what looks like
Northfield, Mass. Two letters that might
be "o" and "r" are covered. 

My grandmother, Edith Giddens Davis, had two photos of Myrtle Davis in her album.  Although my grandfather was a Davis, Myrtle isn't related. She was a friend of my grandmother and/or other Giddens family members in Phillipsburg, New Jersey. 

A Google search as well as searches at, Find a Grave, and GenealogyBank, indicate that Myrtle Davis is probably the daughter of William Davis and Annie Hendershot. 

William worked at the Warren Foundry in Phillipsburg, New Jersey. About 1921, his daughter, Myrtle, married Furman P. Bartholomew who also worked at the Warren Foundry. 

It appears that Myrtle and most of her family remained in Phillipsburg. Myrtle, Furman, and three of their children are buried in the Belvidere Cemetery in Warren County, New Jersey. 

Mr. and Mrs. Davis are standing across the street from a business
named T. D. Keyser. If the year is about 1917, then they are
probably standing in front of a garage owned by
T. D. Keyser in Worcester, Pennsylvania. A few years later,
Keyser opened a garage in Kulpsville, Pennsylvania. By the
1920s Keyser was selling Chevrolets in Lansdale, Pennsylvania. 

A third photo, found in the album and labeled Mr. and Mrs. Davis 1917, could be Myrtle's parents; however, the Giddens family knew at least one other Davis in the area. Ellsworth Davis was a friend of my grandmother's brother, Charles "Charlie" Giddens, and Mr. and Mrs. Davis could his parents.   Charlie and Ellsworth made national news, in 1909, when they tried stuffing a cannon with dynamite for a Fourth of July celebration. Click here to read about their brush with death.


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"Furman Bartholomew."  Web. 8 Mar. 2015. <>.

"Myrtle Bartholomew." The Morning Call. 14 July 1993. Web. 8 Mar. 2015. <>.

Quinn, Diana. "Monday's News: Dynamite." Moments in Time, A Genealogy Blog. 2 July 2012. Web. 8 Mar. 2015. <>.

"T.d. Keyser, 90, Early Dealer For Chevrolet." 15 Jan. 1987. Web. 8 Mar. 2015. <>.

"William Davis." Find A Grave - Millions of Cemetery Records and Online Memorials. Web. 8 Mar. 2015. <>

Year: 1920; Census Place: Phillipsburg Ward 6, Warren, New Jersey; Roll: T625_1073; Page: 8B; Enumeration District: 177; Image: 423

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