Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Tombstone Tuesday - April 12, 2016 - Hannah Elizabeth Spencer Davis

Hannah Elizabeth Spencer Davis

Hannah Elizabeth Spencer Davis was the third wife of Benjamin C. Davis.  They were married in Whitley County, Indiana in 1868 after the death of Benjamin's second wife Margaret Smith Davis. Hannah became the stepmother of Margaret and Benjamin's children when she was 26 years old. In the 1870 Federal Census, they are living in Nine Mile Indiana. They are raising Joseph(1856), Martha(1857), Mary(1860), Margaret Lucinda(1863) and Elnora(1866) all of whom are children of Benjamin and Margaret Smith and two daughters of her own from a previous marriage, Florence(1863) and Emma Snyder(1866).  By the 1880 Census, Benjamin and Hannah now have two of their own children, Ira(1871) and Elzina(1874) along with Margaret, Elnora, Emma and Florence Snyder.  And they are now living in Timber Hill, Bourbon County, Kansas.

Benjamin C. Davis died on July 28, 1886 at the age of 78 and is buried in the Morris Cemetery, which is located in Butler township, Bates County, Missouri.

Elzina is also buried there on March 26, 1890. She was 6 years old when she died.

I find little information about Hannah after Benjamin died in 1886.   She is a fairly young woman at that time at the age of 45 years old. I assume that she remarried and that is why I had so much trouble finding her.  I have looked for the children to see if she is living with them and so far have not found her in any of the census after 1880.  I will continue to try  to unravel the remaining 38 years for her life.  She died on April 12, 1924 and is buried next to Benjamin in the Morris Cemetery.

Rest in Peace to you all,

Jan Smith

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