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  • ID: I02325
  • Name: Henry Phillip DAVIS
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 24 Nov 1861 in Davis Prairie, near Thornton, Limestone Co., TX
  • Death: 25 Oct 1930 in Austin, Travis Co., TX
  • Note:
    E-mail from descendant Sandra VanOrman on 24 Feb 2004 states:
    "I am descended from Franklin L. Davis and Nancy, they are my 2nd great
    grandparents. My great grandfather was Henry Phillip Davis who was
    married to Mary Jane Cook. He was born 24 Nov 1861 in Thornton Texas and
    died 25 Oct. 1930 in Austin.
    Mary Jane was born 16 Aug. 1869 at Mt. Pleasant Texas and died 9 Feb.
    1936 at Thornton. Most all of the Davis' are buried at the Cobb cemetery
    at Thornton.
    Best regards, Sandra VanOrman"
    Further note from Sandy Van Orman, based on a biography of H.P. Davis
    written by descentant and genealogist Doris Davis Steffen:
    "Henry Phillip married Mary Jane Cook 29 August 1885. They met in the
    boarding house where he stayed in Mt. Pleasant, Texas as a young working
    man. At one time he owned a small telephone co. Mary Jane was working
    at the boarding house to support her large family of brothers and
    sister. They moved to Thornton, Texas and started a family of nine, with
    six surviving children.
    H.P. Davis was well-known in the field of education; was at one time
    owner of the Thornton Institute, selling it in 1901 to a new school board.
    He was also connected to the Trinity University of Tehuacana, Texas. He
    received his B.S. in 1895 at the age of 34.
    The 1910 census shows him as a minister living in Wills Point, Texas. He
    was voted into the 1914-1917 two terms as a state representative from Van
    Zandt Co., Texas.
    H.P. Davis was a circuit pastor for the Baptist churches around the Wills
    Point area. He would walk miles to preach at outlying churches in the
    countryside. He was tall and strong in stature, with thick hair and
    bluish-gray eyes.
    He was also an author and poet, and wrote a book called 'A Hand Book of
    Some Thoughts On American Ideals', copyright 1924."

    H.P. Davis died of a stroke, and is buried at White Rose Cemetery, Wills
    Point, Texas. His TX death certificate # 50765 states he was living at
    103 East 14th Street, Austin, TX at the time of death. He was an
    employee of the State Highway Dept.

    Texas births
    8 Dec 1920 Van Zandt Henry P Davis
    13 Feb 1925 Williamson Henry P Davis

    From Van Zandt Co. TX Biographies site at RootsWeb,
    http://www.rootsweb.com/~txvanzan/vzchpdavis.htm
    ELDER HENRY PHILIP DAVIS
    Pastor of Baptist Church, Wills Point, Texas
    Information transcribed from The Southland Vol. XII. No 1
    Waco, Texas; Established March, 1892
    Is one of the wide-awake and active citizens of Van Zandt County, and
    believes in her development and a beautiful future for her. He is a
    grandson of Brinkley Davis, who was born in Kentucky and who later in
    life came to Limestone County, Texas. He landed with his family at the
    scene of the Fort Parker Massacre just ten days after the awful tragedy,
    which occurred in 1836. He was a farmer and was father of Franklin L.
    Davis, who was born in Indiana, but came with his father to Texas while a
    boy and was reared here. Miss Nancy Rasco was born in Kentucky, but
    reared in Limestone County, Texas. F. L. Davis and Miss Rasco were
    married November 11, 1858. They had two children, who were reared on the
    farm. One of these is our subject, H. P. Davis. He was born November 24,
    1861, near Thornton, Limestone County, Texas. His father died in 1863,
    and his mother in 1878. Henry grew up on the farm a strong, healthy boy,
    and was educated in the common schools, and later in Thornton Institute,
    where he graduated. However, he afterwards took a post graduate course in
    Trinity University. He then chose the profession of teaching, which he
    followed until 1898. It was that year that his fellow countrymen called
    him to the County Clerk of Van Zandt County, which office he held with
    great satisfaction to the people for four years. August 29, 1886 he
    married Miss Mary Jane Cook of Limestone County, They have three girls
    and two boys, and ten years ago came to Van Zandt County, where he has
    lived continuously until now. He says the county has made most wonderful
    progress during these ten years and in his judgment it has only begun in
    an extraordinary development. He has been apt in public speech-making for
    many years, on subjects of temperance and other questions of political
    moment, but at last yielded to the evidences of a call to the ministry
    and was ordained as a Baptist preacher the first Sunday in June, 1902, by
    the Canton church. His services were at once in demand and he became
    pastor at Wills Point and other places until his entire time is occupied
    usefully at this time. He is a Woodman of the World. Is known and
    respected throughout the County and the entire section by his
    acquaintances.

    1880 Census, Limestone Co., TX, ED 92, p. 22-A
    Joseph ADKINS (sic), white male, 22, head, married, farmer, b. TX, f.b.
    TX, m.b. KY
    Lott (sic) ADKINS, white female, 20, wife, married, b. TX, f.b. TX, m.b.
    KY
    Richmond ADKINS, white male, 2, son, b. TX, both parents b. TX
    Adline BANKS, white female, 6, boarder, b. TX, both parents b. TX
    Mary BANKS, white female, 4, boarder, b. TX, both parents b. TX
    Henry DAVIS, white male, 18, servant (sic), single, b. TX

    1900 Census, Van Zandt Co., TX, Canton, Pct. 1, ED 124, p. 15-B
    Henry P. Davis, head, b. Nov 1861, age 39, married 13 years, b. TX, f.b.
    IN, m.b. KY, county clerk, literate, renting home
    Mary J., wife, b. Aug 1869, age 30, married 13 years, has had 6 children,
    5 still living, b. TX, f.b. GA, m.b. GA, literacy not stated
    Hommer (sic), son, b. Aug 1887, age 12, b. TX, both parents b. TX, at
    school
    Wilmer B., dau, b. Feb 1889, age 11, b. TX, both parents b. TX, at school
    Grady W., son, b. Oct 1891, age 8, b. TX, both parents b. TX
    Minter E., daug, b. June 1894, age 6, b. TX, both parents b. TX
    Mary R., dau, b. March 1899, age 1, b. TX, both parents b. TX
    Lizzie Cook, sister-in-law, b. Nov 1874, age 25, single, b. TX, both
    parents b. GA, morgue register, literate

    1910 Census, Van Zandt Co., TX, Wills Point, Pct 3, ED 109, p. 87-A, on
    Third Street
    Henry P. Davis, head, age 48, married once for 24 years, b. TX, both
    parents b. KY, minister, literate, owns home with mortgage
    Mary J., wife, age 40, married once for 24 years, has had 8 children, 5
    still living, b. TX, both parents b. GA, literate
    Wemma (sic) A., dau, age 21, single, b. TX, both parents b. TX, literate
    Mary R., dau, age 11, b. TX, both parents b. TX, in school
    H.P. Jr., son, age 2/12, b. TX, both parents b. TX

    1920 Census, Texas, Travis County, City of Austin, ED 102, p. 16-A, 204
    West 14th
    Henry P. DAVIS, head, renting, 57, married, literate, b. TX, f.b. IN,
    m.b. TX, works as agent for _______(indecipherable)
    Mary J. DAVIS, wife, 49, married, literate, b. TX, m.b. GA, f.b. TX, no
    occupation
    Henry P. DAVIS Jr., son, 10, in school, literate, b. TX, f.b. TX, m.b.
    TX
    William L. DAVIS, son, 7, in school, literate, b. TX, f.b. TX, m.b. TX

    1930 Census, Texas, Travis County, City of Austin, ED 227-23, p. 25-A,
    103 East 14th Street
    Henry P. Davis, head, rents $35, has radio, 68, married at 24, literate,
    b. TX, f.b. KY, m.b. KY, clerk for state highway, not a veteran
    Mary J. Davis, wife, 59, married at 16, literate, b. TX, f.b. GA, m.b.
    GA, no occupation
    Henry P. Davis Jr., son, 20, single, in school, literate, b. TX, f.b. TX,
    m.b. TX, no occupation
    William L. Davis, son, 17, single, in school, literate, b. TX, f.b. TX,
    m.b. TX, no occupation
    sharing house
    Leslie J. Valentine, head, owns home, $5000, 41, married at 25, b. AR,
    both parents b. AR, traveling salesman of wholesale products
    Wilma A. Valentine (nee Davis), wife, 40, married at 25, b. TX, f.b. TX,
    m.b. TX
    Marjorie Valentine, daughter, 16, single, in school, b. TX, f.b. TX,
    m.b. TX
    James P. Valentine, son, 10, in school, b. TX, f.b. TX, m.b. TX
    also in house
    Mary R. Scott (nee Davis), daughter (of H.P. and Mary J., presumably),
    21, divorced, in school, b. TX, f.b. TX, m.b. TX, stenographer for state
    _______
    Frank T. Scott, grandson, 3, b. TX, f.b. TX, m.b. TX





    Father: Franklin L. (Middleton) DAVIS b: 25 Jun 1834 in Rockville, Parke Co., IN
    Mother: Nancy RASCO b: ABT 1840 in Christian Co., KY

    Marriage 1 Mary Jane COOK b: 16 Aug 1869 in Mt. Pleasant, TX
    • Married: 29 Aug 1885 in Mt. Pleasant, TX
    Children
    1. Has Children Homer Sidney DAVIS b: 25 Aug 1887 in Thornton, Limestone Co., TX
    2. Has Children Wilma Annie DAVIS b: 23 Feb 1889 in Thornton, Limestone Co., TX
    3. Has Children Grady Watterson DAVIS b: 23 Oct 1891 in Thornton, Limestone Co., TX
    4. Has No Children Minta Earl DAVIS b: 3 Jun 1894 in Wills Point, Van Zandt Co., TX
    5. Has No Children ? DAVIS b: 1898 in Wills Point, Van Zandt Co., TX
    6. Has Children Mary Ruth DAVIS b: 29 Mar 1899 in Wills Point, Van Zandt Co., TX
    7. Has No Children Henry Greer DAVIS b: 1906 in Wills Point, Van Zandt Co., TX
    8. Has Children Henry Phillip Jr. DAVIS b: 23 Nov 1909 in Wills Point, Van Zandt Co., TX
    9. Has Children William Leslie DAVIS b: 14 Jun 1912 in Wills Point, Van Zandt Co., TX
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