Note: I found the following two articles concerning the
Davis family from
on a genealogy blog owned by Lori Jo Humphrey-Basting, which is called the Western
Kentucky Tree Climber, and with her permission I post them below. Her blog has information from several counties; it can
be found at the following link: http://treeclimber1965.blogspot.com/2016/04/spring-graveyard-lurking.html Ohio County
Richard Davis, Jr. Family Skeletons and other stories your Grandmother did not tell
By: Lori Jo Humphreys Basting; originally posted March 13, 2013
One of the most elusive Davis ancestors has been Nicholas Phipps Davis who was killed in 1886 on the railroad tracks in Central City, Kentucky. I must caution the newspaper article is a gruesome account of what happened to Phipps and his young son James Davis. Our Grand Uncle Dan Davis called him Phipps Davis so I spent many hours deep in census records and published records prior to the evolvement of Ancestry.com and other websites searching for Phipps. In Official records he stated his name as N. Phipps Davis. The N was the problem!
Uncle Dan told me his name was Phipps Monroe Davis. That has proven to be incorrect. I also suspect he was unaware of his Uncle and Grandfathers fate since this tragic story was one he would have shared with me I have no doubt. I have still been unable to locate their place of burial and I suspect the family was poor and could not afford markers for them. So their graves have been lost to the ages and are somewhere in
. Perhaps yet to be found I will
keep looking. After reading in the article about Grandfather Phipps' tendency
to be a drunkard I would imagine his death was of no great occasion in the community.
Regardless of the man it was a victory for me to receive a copy of this article
by posting an appeal to locate information on him on the Ohio County, Kentucky
message board on Ancestry.com. A very nice lady looked him up in the newspaper
archives she had access to and sent this to me within 24 hours! For those of
you who know how long I have been researching this family you know what a find
this was! Ohio County, Kentucky
So tonight I introduce you to...
Nicholas Phipps Davis, born 1848 in Rosine,
to: Ohio County,
Garrett L. Davis (1805-1870) & Mary Ann Polly Elms (1804-1877)
Mary Ann Elms was the Granddaughter of the well documented:
Christopher Elms (1743-1807). Christopher was born in 1743 in Conococheague, then
County, Pennsylvania. His parents John and Catherine Elms were immigrants from
Ulster, Ireland and were Scotch-Irish who were fleeing the persecution of the
Scottish people who were forced by England to relocate in Ireland (Hence,
creating the Scotch-Irish people) the family immigrated sometime around 1730.
Christopher enlisted with Capt. McClughan's Company of Delaware May 6 1758 as a
Drummer Boy. He was described as having a Brown Complexion, Age 15, and 5' 3 ½”
in height. He is recorded in 1777 at the Courthouse, Cumberland
as having given his **Oath of Fidelity. Montgomery County, Maryland
This documented act by Christopher Elms qualifies all descendants to enter the Sons and Daughters of the American Revolution. If you are interested you are welcome to use my documentation to make your application with your local DAR or SAR Chapter.
**The Oath of Fidelity and Support was an oath swearing allegiance to the state of
Maryland and denying allegiance and obedience to
during the American Revolutionary War. As enacted by the Maryland General
Assembly in 1777, all persons holding any office of profit or trust, including
attorneys at law, and all voters were required to take the oath no later than March
1, 1778. It was signed by 3136 residents of Montgomery and Great Britain counties. Being a direct female
descendant of a signer of the oath is sufficient condition to join the
Daughters of the American Revolution. Washington
Returning to my original subject:
Phipps Davis was born in 1848 in Rosine. It was said by Uncle Davis the Faughts' and
were kin to the family of Bill Monroe, the father of Bluegrass
music. I have not discovered any ties but I have not looked for them either so
it is possible considering how tightly woven the farming families were in the
days during slavery and the years following the Civil War.
In genealogy we have what is called a collapse in the tree, meaning we have a portion of the tree where a set of parents will appear twice - to explain this for the Davis' of Ohio County I will attempt it here in hopes of as little confusion as possible.
Phipps married his niece who was the Granddaughter of his parents, daughter of his sister, my 4th Great-Grand Mother Rebecca K. Davis Minton.
Phipps married niece Mary Polly Minton (1855-1879). In those days an Uncle marrying his niece must have been approved by the community due to limited access to non-related neighbors. Unbelievable, none of us would be here if the law was such as it is today. Uncle Phipps, er... I mean Grandpa Phipps would be in the state pen!
Phipps was a husband, widower, father, farmer, laborer, and coal miner.
Phipps & Polly
had 4 children that
we can document: Davis
Thomas Jefferson Davis 1871 – 1917
Mary Caroline Davis Hill Miller 1874 – 1965
James Davis 1876 – 1886
Sarah A Davis Gattis 1878 – 1967
Polly died in 1879 and in 1880 at
Ohio County, , Phipps married Lucinda Robertson. Kentucky
We descend from Thomas Jefferson Davis who was murdered in 1917 in Baskett,
he was the father of Richard Anderson
Davis (1895-1966) who was also reported in the Gleaner as mortally wounded&
slashed with a knife in the neck by the attacker of his Father. Henderson County, Kentucky
Thank Goodness he recovered from his wounds or we would not be here. Once again fate steps in and allows him to live to an old age. Momma told me Mom (Marge) would throw a fit when he would come over drunk to eat family supper, she would make Grandpa take him back home before anyone could eat. Richard Anderson died in 1966 at the home of his daughter Rose Horn at 18 N Wabash in
. He was the father of Richard
Davis "Jr."(1924-2009). Evansville
THE LIFE AND TIMES OF NICHOLAS PHIPPS
By: Lori Jo Humphreys Basting; originally posted April 20, 2013
What we know for sure:
Nicholas Phipps Davis was born in 1848 in the community of Rosine (
to Garrett L. Davis (1805-1870) and Mary Ann "Polly" Elms (1804-Aft
1880). ohio County
Phipps married Mary Polly Ann Minton in 1871, who was his niece & the granddaughter of his parents and the daughter of his sister Rebecca K. Davis Minton (1839-1868) and Nehemiah Minton, Sr. (1818-1905)
Writers Note: By the time Phipps and Polly married her Mother Rebecca was dead and in those days this marriage was acceptable. In order to understand the family genealogy you must take a lesson in the social life of people in rural communities during the times of our ancestors.
In 1861, many of our Davis, Faught, and Minton ancestors enlisted in the Union Army at
serving with the 17th Kentucky Infantry Regiment Company D, F, & I. Hartford, Kentucky
Most of Phipps brothers, cousins and Uncles went off to war but 13 year old Phipps and the other boys too young, the lame, simple-minded, crippled, deformed or men too old were left to care for their families, farming there in
All three of Phipps brothers marched away from home to Ohio County, Kentucky . The three brothers were: Calhoun, Kentucky
**James Garrett Davis born 1834, died at
Dec 15th 1861. James died before the unit organized to March into Calhoun
Military Hospital .
Leaving two of his brothers to continue on to fight for the Clarksville, Tennessee Union.
**McHenry Hardin "Mack" Davis born 1837, served until he was listed in Hospital at
Dec 1863 with
Variobola, a mild form of Smallpox - it is noted he was vaccinated as a
child...by March and April of 1864 he is cured and continues on at the hospital
nursing other soldiers of the 17th Inf. In April 1864 he is released
to return to duty. Louisville
**John Wesley Davis born 1838 has a well documented service record as a Provost Guard in
Co. I and was detached to Stevenson, Alabama where he was
part of the Guard to oversee the occupation of confederate territory and to
ensure the soldiers did not plunder, rape, or participate in any misdeeds to
the community. His job was to maintain order and the respect of the people as
ordered by President Lincoln. John was mustered out of service in Louisville, Kentucky on
Jan. 23 1865 when he then returned home to . Ohio County
Writers Note: Imagine reporting for duty in 1861, three brothers together to take care of each other, which I am sure Mother Davis prayed. The eldest dies before they leave Calhoun. Many troops suffered from Typhoid Fever, Dysentery, Smallpox, and every imaginable disease due to the poor conditions. Penicillin was undiscovered during the war so at this time antibiotics were unknown, germs were unknown, simply washing their hands could have saved thousands. A sad note indeed.
John Wesley Davis returned home to his wife Mary Jane Shroader (Family also intermingled in our tree). The couple had a large family and John lived until the age of 66 in 1904. I would think he was one of the old soldiers who attended the reunions-I am looking for his photo and will post when one is located, if it exists I will find it! [See note below by Charles Leach]
McHenry Davis married twice. 1st 1860 to Lucinda Keller & they had 7 daughters and moved to
Bremen, and lived on Muhlenberg
County Main Street.
McHenry was a Laborer leaving the farm life when he left .
I have not found their graves. 2nd he married Francis N. in 1894 they had no
children and are last listed in 1910 in Ohio County . Bremen
Now take into account the newspaper article about Phipps and sons death. Phipps was a known drunkard and in a stupor passed out on the tracks and his young son probably was killed trying to move Phipps off the tracks. We will never know, only God and the Angels and the poor Railroad Engineer that witnessed the gruesome incident. Phipps left a wife and the children of his Niece 1st wife Mary. One of which was Thomas Jefferson Davis who also was killed tragically in 1917 at Baskett Station in
Added by Charles Leach: John Wesley Davis, mentioned above, is found in my personal tree. I think his name was Jonathan Wesley Davis and that he might have been born June 1840 in
County and died 7 June 1904 in .
He married Mary Jane Shroader (Aug 1847-1 Oct 1918) on March 15, 1865. They had eight children. One of his children,
daughter Amanda, married Jacob Herman Leach 2 May 1898, and they had two
children, Effie Ann and Amanda Pearl. It is thought that Amanda died at or near
the birth of her second child. After
Amanda’s death, Jacob Herman, being left with two young children, next married
Olivia Davis, the sister of his deceased wife, Amanda. Jacob Henry and Olivia
married 31 December 1902 in Ohio County , and they had
eight children. As for my connection,
Jacob Henry was a nephew of my grandfather, Samuel William Leach. Ohio
When John Wesley Davis died in 1904 he was buried in the Leach family graveyard located on the farm of my grandfather, Samuel William Leach. John Wesley had served in the Civil war with
I, 17th KY Inf. and he actually died in , according to the book, Torn
Asunder, page 208. Therefore he
qualified for a military headstone, pictured below: St. Louis