Elijah Davis, b 1818, d 1883.

Elijah Davis is my ggg-grandfather born in Jessamine County, Kentucky in 1818. He was the son of James B Davis and Elizabeth Hawkins. He married Elizabeth Shoopman on 23 Aug 1837 in Cass County, Illinois. I am guessing that Elijah was 18 or 19 years old then and required a note of permission from his dad, James B Davis to get married before his 21st birthday. Elizabeth Shoopman was *18. Elijah Davis died in 1883 and is buried in Wills Cemetary-Peculiar Missouri. Link to Photo of their Grave Stones below. Elizabeth Shoopman was born 1822* in Tenn. and died 1905, buried Cass Co, MO.
Reference number *10. 1860 Census, Cass Co, IL, Page 48 showing Elijah Davis & family. Also shows remainder of family on 1880 Census for Cass Co., MO; same page
They had eleven children:
  1. Edward Davis, born 1838,
  2. William Davis, born 1840, d. 1920
  3. Hanna Davis, born 1841, d. 1922
  4. James Pope Davis, born 1844, d. 1906
  5. John Barton Davis, born 1847, d. 1920
  6. Sarah Elizabeth Davis, born 1850, d. 1937
  7. Cyrus Wright Davis, born 1851, d. 1925
  8. Charles Mason Davis, born 1860, d. 1886
  9. Susan Davis, born 1855,
  10. Francis Marion Davis, born 1859, d. 1922
  11. David Morris Davis, born 1865. his photo.

Elijah Davis' dad moved his family from Kentucky to Cass County, Illinois close to Beardstown and Virginia, Illinois in 1835. They lived near Keene, Kentucky prior to 1835. Elijah having been born in 1818 would have been about seventeen years old at the time they moved. He married Elizabeth Shoopman on 23 Aug 1837 in Cass County, Illinois. The dates on her grave stone indicate she was born 1822. Their marriage records indicate she was 18 years old on 23 Aug 1837 which does not seem to match the grave stone exactly. His father, James B Davis and Elizabeth (Hawkins)Davis, were buried at Clark Cemetary in Cass County, Ill. Randy Davis visited Clark Cem. and took photo of memorial headstone their son Edward Davis erected in 1883. Dates of birth and death were not on the stone unortunately.
Click on one of the following links to go to that page.
James B. Davis Father of Elijah Davis.
John Barton Davis Son of Elijah Davis. Includes photo of John Barton Davis
Charles Edward Davis Son of John Barton Davis. Includes Photo of Charles Edward Davis and Sarah Annie (Davis)Roberts
Lottie Ellen Davis Daughter of John Barton Davis.
Alvah Newton Davis Son of Charles Edward Davis. Includes photo of Alvah Newton Davis and Miriam Lavonia (Davis)Jennings
Mason Oliver Davis. Son of Charles Edward Davis. Photo of Mason.
Cyrus Allen Davis. Son of Charles Edward Davis. Photo of Cye.
Gravestone of Elijah Davis.
Gravestone of Elizabeth (Shoopman)Davis.
Gravestone of W W Shoopman, Elizabeth Shoopman's father.
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Citations or Source memo. Also available at references page. Reference Handwritten note from Cass County Illinois, County Clerk, for James B Davis, Cass Co, IL, 1837 for Elijah Davis his son, permission for marriage. Publication, Pg 340, 1968 article, "bio sketches", MONROE PRECINCT, RICHARD L DAVIS. Article names his father as James B Davis and mother as Elizabeth (Hawkins)Davis, natives of Virginia. Article states Richard was a Native of Kentucky born Apr 14 1826. Newspaper article, Jul 16 1909, DEATH OF EDWARD DAVIS, MONROE PRECINCT. Edward Davis was born near Lexington, Ky and came to Cass Co, IL in 1835 with parents. His father was James Davis. They lived on the farm later owned by Willis Davis.
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