Monday, October 29, 2012

Azariah Davis, 1808-1857

Due to Hurricane Sandy, I'm able to operate from home today (and probably tomorrow). In this update, I return to the Davis family in Vermilion County, Illinois. Back in April I wrote about Emily Rachel Davis, my 3rd-great-grandmother from the Oyler-Allman side of my Dad's family. Her parents were Azariah Davis and Jane Connor, but this post is primarily on Azariah.

Azariah Davis was the son of Henry Davis and Rachel Pollock. He was born on 3 January 1808 in Ohio. Azariah is also the grandson of an earlier Azariah Davis (1756-1830), who served in the Revolutionary War from Pennsylvania. I'll have much more on this Azariah in a future post.

Wives and Children
Azariah and Jane were married on 12 January 1832 in Ohio. They had the following children:
1. John H. Davis - born 1832
2. Samuel Davis - born 1834
3. Eli P. Davis - born 1836
4. Levi Davis (Eli and Levi were twins) - born 1836
5. Mary Ruth Davis - born 10 July 1838, died 11 Dec 1908
6. Emily Rachel Davis - born 18 Apr 1840, died 2 Aug 1924
7. Joseph Davis - born 1842

Jane Connor Davis died on 15 April 1842 in Vermilion County. Azariah married Hettie Redman (or Redmond) on 3 January 1843, and they had the following children:

1. Elias Davis - born 1843, died 5 Mar 1865
2. Sarah Davis - born 1846
3. Theodore Davis - born 1848
4. Azariah Davis - born 1857

Census Records
Azariah appears in the 1840 US Census in Vermilion County.

Azariah and Hettie Davis appear in the 1850 US Census in Vermilion County, Illinois, living near several Davis families. 

After Azariah passed away on 7 March 1857, Hettie remarried. She married James W. Howard on 20 September 1859 in Vermilion County. James and Hettie moved to Iowa, but it appears that Hettie returned to Vermilion County, where she passed away on 7 October 1884.

Other Sources
Azariah and several of his Davis siblings appear in a bio for younger brother James Davis in the 1903 book, The Past and Present of Vermilion County, Illinois (see This is a great record because of the references to earlier members of the Davis family.
Land Patent Record
Azariah Davis was issued a land patent in Vermilion County, Illinois on 16 March 1837.
I think Azariah arrived in Vermilion County sometime between 1832-1836. I'll have much more on the Davis family in an upcoming post.

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