Thursday, April 19, 2012

Emily Rachel Davis

I meant to post this yesterday. My third-great-grandmother Emily Rachel Davis, wife of William Allman, was born in 172 years ago, on 18 April 1840 in Fairmount, Vermilion County, Illinois. Her parents were Azariah Davis and Jane Connor, and I'll have more information on the two of them in future posts.
Emily Rachel Davis Allman (photo from Rachelle Emens)
Emily's mother Jane died in 1842. Her father Azariah Davis married his second wife Hettie Redman on 3 January 1843. In the 1850 US Census, Emily appears in the household under her middle name Rachel, 10 years old.
Azariah died in 1857, and Emily moved into the home of her uncle Henry Van Meter Davis and his second wife Catherine. In the 1860 US Census, taken on 25 June 1860, she is in the household of Henry and Catherine as "Rachel E Davis", and she was 20 years old.
Emily married William Allman on 7 February 1861. He had been a farm laborer with a relative of the Davis family in Vance Township. I previously posted the 1870 US Census image showing Emily, William and family. After William died in February 1875, Emily managed the farm, with assistance from her children and brother Eli Davis.
By 1900, Emily had moved to Sugar Creek Township in Boone County, Indiana to be near her daughter Agnes Lydia Allman and son Ura James Allman. Emily was working as a house cleaner and living in the household of Thomas Bradshaw and his family.
By 1920, Emily had returned to Vermilion County, Illinois, and was living in the household of her daughter Dora Jane Allman Runyan, husband Eli Runyan and their children.
Emily Rachel Davis Allman died on 2 August 1924 in Boone County, Indiana.

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