William C. Davis & Almy Greene Davis Obits

These are the news articles pertaining to William C. Davis and Almy Greene Davis (nee Rathbun) you can order from the Geauga County Public Library. As you can see they are not truly obituaries as advertised prior to ordering.

Almy Greene Rathbun Davis and William C. Davis had at least three children: Eunice Amanda, Phoebe Sephina, and John H. Eunice Amanda married Samuel H Cutler and they adopted NP and Betsey (nee Welch) Townsend’s daughter Elizabeth E. Townsend born in 1848 in Cato, Cayuga County, NY. Betsey died from complications of childbirth. Eunice Amanda and Samuel renamed the baby Mary Alice Cutler. She married Benjamin Walker Ellison in 1862. Alice and Benjamin are my 3rd great-grandparents.

I am trying to figure out if I can determine where Eunice and Samuel were married, as Samuel remains a mystery. He shows up in 1850 in Elbridge, Onondaga County, NY and disappears after summer 1863 in Oakfield, Kent County, Michigan. If I can figure out where William and Almy were circa 1845, we could narrow down where Eunice may have met Samuel.

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Davis, Mrs. d. Jan 1880

The article reads: Claridon. The following, according to our record, is the number of deaths in the township for the year 1879. Feb 15, Mrs. Davis, 84 years. Geauga Republican, January 7, 1880, Page 1.

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Davis William d.1885

The article reads: Hambden. The remains of Mr. Davis were taken to Riverside Cemetery, Cleveland. His residence for the last eight years has been in the north part of Claridon.  Geauga Leader, March 6, 1885, Page 3.

Neither William or Almy left any probate estate records in Geauga County, Ohio.

 

 

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William Davis & Almy Greene Rathbun

William and Almy Davis were the parents of Eunice Amanda Davis. In 1850, William and Almy lived in Elbridge, Onondaga County, NY as did Samuel H Cutler and his wife Eunice Amanda (nee Davis).

They all moved to Cleveland, Ohio about 1853.

William and Almy sold to the railroad company Lot 35 in Elbridge on 4 JUN 1851.

Here is the deed:

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Funny thing is, they got a mortgage for the same lot, Lot 35, in the town of Elbridge in 1852 and again in 1853.

In 1852, they sell lot 36 (or a part of it) in Elbridge and again in 1853, same lot (or the other part of it).

I looked up the deed to see if it says the town that they came from, but it says Elbridge. I do not know where they came from in New York prior to this appearance in Elbridge. Samuel H Cutler also appears suddenly in 1850. He was 28 at the time.

William Hudson Naturalization Record

William Hudson was naturalized as a US citizen on February 28, 1857. He immigrated from Baildon, Yorkshire, England in September 1848 with his family. He was the second husband of Margaret Cooper Ellison, and the step-father to Benjamin Walker Ellison and his older sister Mary Maria Ellison (married three times: Dawson, Martin, Robinson). Margaret and William had at least three children together: Anna, Emma, and Elizabeth. I can find records only that Anna survived to adulthood. She married Enoch Robinson (as did her half-sister Mary).

The Naturalization Act of 1855 made for the situation that all of William’s children born outside of the USA (Mary Maria, Benjamin, and Anna were born in Baildon, Yorkshire, England) and his alien immigrant wife became US citizens upon his naturalization.

William was a good step-father as evidenced by the fact that Benjamin went by the last name of Hudson for quite some time as a young man, and he named his second son William. He did not name any of his sons after his birth father, Walker Ellison. Benjamin learned the trade of being a maltster from William: the grew the ingredients for beer and brewed the beer. William Hudson died in 1860, one year after Margaret, at the age of 45, leaving the children orphaned.

The original record (with little information on it):

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And the card:

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Darius Townsend in Blue Books (Series 1142, compiled in 1885)

I ordered what the Wisconsin Historical Society had on Darius Townsend in the Red and Blue Books. He is not in the Red Books.

Townsend Darius Private Enlisted June 10, 1861 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin by Captain Hibbard for 3 years. He was mustered in July 13, 1861 at Madison. Age 20, Single, Dark eyes, Light Hair and Complexion, 5′ 8″ Tall.

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Rest of the page tells us his hometown which is unreadable in its entirety and that he was discharged in summer of 1862. But we know he was in the federal hospitals all summer from the carded medical records.

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The final digital is an enlargement of the remarks:

May 5th to 9/62 Ab. sick to Williamsburg, Va May 8, 1862

May 10th 1862 Reported as “Deserter” since October 20/62 per GO #162 from HD Army Potomac.

Des. List 2/3/63 sent sick from Williamsburg May 5/62

MC Discharge summer 62 disability

Rept AG USA Charge of desertion not removed

The carded medical records from the National Archives tell us that Darius was at the USA Hospital (College) Williamsburg, VA in May 1862, probably got there May 22nd. It then lists him as a transfer to USA Hospital (Wheaton) in Yorktown, VA on May 30, 1862. He was then sent to Newport News USA General Hospital near Fort Monroe, VA and was remaining in the hospital on June 1, 1862. On October 30, 1862 he was admitted to Hampton USA General Hospital in Fort Monroe, VA for diarrhea and was Returned to Duty on Dec. 30, 1862.

Being persistent, while ill, and travelling all over Virginia to keep up with your company does not sound to me like someone wanting to desert.

He may have deserted on Dec. 30, 1862 but his family never saw him again.

 

Clara Barton’s Fourth Roll of Missing Soldiers

Terry Reimer, Director of Research at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine, was kind enough to not only let me know that Darius Townsend was on Clara Barton’s rolls of missing soldiers, but he sent me a digital copy of the roll. Thank you, Terry!

The date on the paper reads May 1, 1866. You will see Darius under the list of missing Wisconsin soldiers. This means someone wrote to Clara Barton, looking for him. Notice his last name is spelled “Tounsend.”

These letters to Clara Barton are at the Library of Congress and the National Archives. I am going to search through what remains of those, which is not the thousands that were sent to her.

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Carroll and Ferrigan Family Home in Leitrim, County Down, Northern Ireland

Bridget Carroll Butler and her older brother Patrick were born in this Ferrigan Family home in Leitrim, County Down, Northern Ireland to John and Mary (Ferrigan) Carroll.

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Back of the photo below reads (written to Bridget Carroll Butler): “The same crowd taken outside of your old house at the Sheephill.”

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Now here is the house when my grandmother visited in the 1970s:

 

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A barn with a red door was attached to the back of this home. In the 1970s the barn was over 300 years old.

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Patrick Carroll’s sheet in Grandma’s book. He was the son of John and Mary (Ferrigan) Carroll. Patrick met my great-grandmother Bridget when she landed in America at Castle Garden in New York on her own as a young woman.

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Here is Patrick F. Carroll, presumably with Catherine Kelley, his wife.

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Patrick’s obituary. Mrs. William Buttes should read Mrs. William Butler :

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Carroll Family in County, Down

My Carroll Family were in Leitrim then Clough then Sheeptown in County Down. Baptismal records show Rathfriland also. And John Carroll and Mary Ferrigan were married in Hilltown at the Roman Catholic church in 1860. I am not sure which church.

Can you help identify the people in the photos?

John Carroll Jr’s wife was named Bridget. They were buried in Newry.

From Grandma: “John came to Detroit many years ago but his family, outside of his son Pat (Packy), stayed in Ireland. John had gone home often and after staying 3 months would always return to Detroit. There were four children: Maryann O’Hanlon, Patrick, Katie.” Grandma did not list number four. John’s sister, Bridget Carroll Butler, lived in Detroit along with all of her children. They moved to Detroit in the 1920’s from Iowa.

 

Back of top picture: Kate Carroll, John Carroll, Mary Ann, Bridget, John and Wife, Mary Ann, Paddy Murphy

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Marjorie Butler Ralston’s Carroll Genealogy Book

I will be scanning in all the pages of the Carroll Family of Counties Down & Armagh, Northern Ireland genealogy pages my grandmother Marjorie Butler Ralston wrote and compiled.

Just keep in mind that Grandma spelled the names of places and people often incorrectly. And sometimes, she confused the County Armagh with County Down. Leitrim is a village near Castlewellan in County Down.

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Tobias Butler and Family in Lisbon Papers late 1890s

Over a year ago I was searching online newspapers and searched through Lisbon, Iowa for my Butler family. Tobias Butler and Bridget Burke were the parents of my great-grandfather William Edward Butler. Tobias was from County Tipperary, Ireland. William Edward Butler was the father of Marjorie Butler Ralston.

You will have to click on the links to open the PDFs.

In this first PDF of the newspaper from 1898, there is an obituary for Tobias’s only daughter, Elizabeth. She was the wife of Thomas Clark and was born in Dixon, Illinois on 22 OCT 1860. She married Thomas on 15 JAN 1882 in Lisbon, Iowa. They had 8 children, only 3 survived to adulthood. She was interred at the Catholic cemetery in Lisbon. You will see on the left column that Tobias of Cedar Rapids and R.A. (Tobias’s son) of Sioux City, Iowa came in for the funeral.

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In this next one in the Lisbon Sun, dated 23 DEC 1887, the bottom left column has a snippet on Tobias Butler. His house near the train depot burned down, the family escaped, but all property, money, and bushels of potatoes were lost. A new house was planned to be built in spring.

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3 AUG 1894 The Lisbon Sun reports that William Butler and family of Belle Plaine are visiting with Tobias Butler. Top of second column on left.

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22 APR 1898 The Lisbon Sun reports that Tobias, living with his daughter Elizabeth in Lisbon, went to Cedar Rapids to spend the summer with his son. This would be my William Edward Butler. My grandmother used to tell stories about Tobias going from one of his children’s houses to another, and that reportedly, he liked living at her house the best. That her mother, Bridget Carroll Butler, was the kindest to him. Keep in mind that my grandmother loved her parents very much; they were extraordinarily kind, loving, and good.

You will note that Elizabeth died at the end of this summer, having been ill for one year (see first link).

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From The Lisbon Herald, second column, middle:

“Tobias Butler died early this morning
at the home of his son John near
Stony Point. Tho funeral will be held
to-morrow at 10 o’clock in tho Catholic
church. Mr, Bntler was born in Ireland
and came to Lisbon a number of
years ago.”

He died on 5 MAY 1899.

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From The Lisbon Herald, middle column:

“OBITUARY.
Tobias Butler, ono of tho oldest set
tlers in this section of the country, died
at the home of his son, John, last Friday
morning, at the age of ninety.
Mr, Butler was born in County Tipperary,
Ireland, and came to America
in 1834, and settled in Illinois. He
came to Lisbon in 1866, and has been a
resident of this place ever since. In
1830 he married Miss Bridget Burk
who preceded him to the great unknown
a number of years ago. To them
was born six children, five sons and one
daughter. Of these, four sons remain
to mourn his departure. They wore all
present at the funeral to pay their last
respect to a loving father.
The funeral services were held in the
Catholic church, at 10 o’clock Saturday
forenoon, conducted by Rev. Father
Hartigan of Marion. Interment in
Catholic Cemetery.”

You will note in left column, RA and Will Butler both came in for the funeral.

I’m not sure how much of the information above in the obit is accurate. It does tell me he is buried somewhere in Lisbon, Iowa.

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From Jan 1898, left column:

“Tobias Butler, who has been in quite
feeble health for the past -few years,
fell Saturday and received quite a severe
bruise.”

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From Jan. 1898, second column to left:

“R. A. Butler, of Sioux City, spent a
few days in town this week visiting his
father, Tobias Butler, who has been ill
for the past few months. Mr Butler is
a conductor on the Sioux City and
Northern Railwav, from Sioux City to
Garretson, S. D. He has worked up to
a fine position and is taking good care
of it.”

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From The Lisbon Sun, May 1899:

“The Death of Tobias Butler.
At the advanced age of ninety
years, Tobias Butler died on Friday,
May 5th, 1899, at the home of his son
John Butler, south of Lisbon. Tobias
Butler was an old settler at Lisbon,
having come to this locality in the
year 1866. For many years he was an
employee of the C. & N. W. railway,
and his home adjoined the track.
He came to America in 1834, from
the place of his birth,—County Tipperary,
Ireland. He resided in the
State of Illinois about twenty-two
years, and there married Miss Briget
Burk. To this union were born five
sons and one daughter. The wife
passed away many-years ago, and recently
the daughter preceded the
father to the spirit world; death also
claimed one son. The four sons remaining
are Richard, a railway conductor at
Sioux-City; William, a car repairer
for the C. & N. W. railway,
at Cedar Rapids; Thomas and John,
farmers in the vicinity of Lisbon.
These sons were all present at the
funeral, which was held at the Lisbon
Catholic church, on Saturday,
May 6th .Rev.. Father Hartigan, of
Marion, officiated. Burial occurred
at the Catholic cemetery, Lisbon.”

This is a great obituary. We have the information that he was married in Illinois. Where he was employed for many years. Where his sons are employed in 1899. Etc.

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