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From: Gunson&Jones <>
Subject: Re: [ONT] DAVIS - Oro, Medonte, and area
Date: Fri, 31 Jan 2003 11:43:20 -0500
can I get the web site for "The Heart of Simcoe County"?
At 11:47 PM 1/30/03 -0700, software wrote:
>> I found your web site "The Heart of Simcoe County" ...
>> ... Charles Clark Davis ID 3230 is my dad's grandfather. I
>> am particularly interested in CC's mother Ann Sarah ID 3228
>> Under a Note you state that you suspect her surname may have
>> been CLARK. ...What info do you have that this is her surname?
>It is only a suspicion. One of the things I've noticed, based on the
>large number of transcriptions that I've done, is that uncommon middle
>names are almost always a means of perpetuating family surnames. Most
>often, they're used to perpetuate the maiden surname of the mother. I've
>no firm evidence of it being the case here, just a rather strong
>> Similarly my dad had a brother Preston. My dad and his sister
>> thought that Preston was another surname but the records show
>> that the surname is Prestney. Caroline Martha Prestney ID 3231
>> was my dad's paternal grandmother. My aunt is named after her.
>> Also, Lydia Prestney ID 3235. You state that she is a witness
>> at Martha Caroline and CC's wedding 25 July 1870. You say she
>> could have been Martha's sister or John's wife. If Lydia
>> witnessed a wedding in 1870, then she should have been using
>> one name then and then taking Prestney later if she married
>> John Prestney in 1871. What name did she use as she witnessed
>> the 1870 wedding?
>The witnesses at the wedding were John & Lydia Prestney.
>Checking the 1871 census of Medonte, right now, I found Anne Sarah DAVIS
>(a 56-yr-old widow) living together with Fanny, age 28, and Montague,
>age three. All three are English ancestry, and Anglican faith. Fanny's
>marital status isn't shown, and that usually (though occasionally not)
>means that the person is unmarried. So, I've no way of knowing whether
>Fanny is Anne Sarah's daughter or d-i-l; therefore can't tell you
>whether Montague is a legitimate or illegitimate grandchild (but I
>suspect the latter). They're in Ward 2, at page 28, line 04.
>Right beside them is the family of Alexander & Catherine HILL (ages 44
>and 30). I strongly suspect that Catherine is also a DAVIS daughter. The
>Hill household is all of English ancestry, and WesMeth faith. Alexander
>is a hotel-keeper (as is Charles Clarke Davis). Among the seven Hill
>children are included daughters Fanny Maria & Anne Sarah. I believe
>these children to have been named after Cath's sister & mother
>respectively. In fact, I'm sure enough of it, that I've decided to
>incorporate that relationship in the database (with a note to say it
>could be incorrect).
>A little further along (Ward 2, pg. 43, line 08), I found Charles Clark
>DAVIS + Caroline M., married July 1870. He's a hotel-keeper, of English
>ancestry. Both are WesMeth.
>And, a little further still (pg. 48, line 07): James DAVIS (23) + Hanna
>(21) and Hanna Elizabeth (1). All shown as Irish & WesMeth. I don't
>believe him to be related to Charles. This James married Catherine
>Gruet HATCH (my ggm's sister) in 1868. Strangely, she doesn't appear on
>the 1871 census. I've not been able to figure out whether "Hanna" is
>James second wife, or a nickname for Catherine (possibly her middle
>name, which I have no information about). I didn't find a second
>marriage for James, but need to check MS-248 films to see if I
>overlooked something. "Hanna" shows as Irish, and Cath was English.
>This family is a mystery to me.
>> And you also have John marrying Henrietta Davis 22 March 1871.
>Checking the transcriptions right now, I see I have John Prestney (b:
>1849) marrying Henrietta Davis in Medonte, 22 March 1871. I would guess
>this is probably the same John that witnessed Charles' and Caroline's
>wedding, but can't be sure of that. In this case, I'd say the weight of
>probability favours Lydia being his sister.
>Since you've got me wondering about these people, I decided to check the
>Monumental Transcriptions to see if they contained any additional clues.
>At Waverley Methodist Cemetery, Flos Twp.:
>SEARL, Edward B. 1870-1937 blvd husb of
>DAVIS, Evelyn 1875-1947
>At St John's Anglican, Craighurst, Oro:
>MARSHALL, Martha d 17 Aug 1872
>age 42 yrs 1 mo wife of
>DAVIS, Wm. H. also their inf son
>DAVIS, Wm. J. 1855-1916
>LOL Midland No 956
>____, Martha Ann d 27 Feb 1907
>age 46 yrs 10 mos 14 days wife of
>McDONNELL, Sarah d 27 May 1874
>age 70 yrs 4 mos wife of
>DAVIS, W. erected by some of the above
>DAVIS, R.A. & W.H.
>Elmvale Union, Flos:
>BELL, George 1910-1949 wife
>DAVIS, Isabella A. 1922-?
>BELL, Britton 31 Dec 1874 - 24 Aug 1931 his wife
>DAVIS, Margaret J. 6 Dec 1878 - 9 June 1930
>Allenwood Methodist, Flos:
>_____, Mary A. wife of
>DAVIS, Robert d 9 May 1907 age 22 yrs
>Hillsdale Methodist, Flos:
>_____, Sarah Ann wife of
>DAVIS, Robert d 15 Sep 1892 age 87 yrs
>(I note that the above is surrounded by PRESTONs)
>St. James-on-the-Line Anglican, Penetanguishene:
>DAVIS, Christopher M. 1882-1963
>his blvd wife
>_____, Lucinda J. 1893-
>DAVIS, Evelyn 1917-1963 wife of
>BINKLEY, Walter E. M.D.
>Ebenezer United Missionary, Sunnidale:
>JONES, Richard d 2 Jul 1906
>age 79 yrs & his wife
>DAVIS, Jemima d 1 Feb 1923 age 85 yrs
>JONES, George 1875-1926 & wife
>DEWSBURY, Mary 1872-1955
>DAVIS, Verna J. 1900-1963 wife of
>THOMPSON, Frank A. 1894-
>Stayner Union, Nottawasaga:
>GLEN, Sarah d 4 Jan 1885
>age 21 yrs 5 mos wife of
>BOWMAN, Thomas 1847-1924 wife
>DAVIS, Matilda d 10 Feb 1912 age 65 yrs
>DAVIS, William J. 1871-1953
>DAVIS, Florence A. 24 Jan 1906
>- 4 Jan 1967 blv wife of
>DICKINSON, John V. 20 Dec 1906
>DAVIS, Wm. Henry 1896-1930
>DAVIS, Wm. H. 1857-1936 & wife
>BAKER, Catherine 1865-1952
>DAVIS, Gordon H. 1891-1957 his blv wife
>SINCLAIR, Jas. E. 1898-1960 blv hus of
>DAVIS, Mary C. 1899-1964
>DAVIS, Ethel Edna 1893-1955 blv wife of
>MONTGOMERY, John R. 1896-
>St. James Anglican, Crown Hill, Vespra:
>DAVIS, Wilbert C. 1909-1954
>blvd husb of
>RIX, Goldie D.P. endowed
>DAVIS, Otto 1885-1953 blvd husb of
>PRIEST, Lottie J. 1881-1954
>DAVIS, Pte Clarence A. killed in action
>26 May 1949 (note - this has to be mistranscribed)
>interred at Cassino, Italy
>ON-20, ON-21, & 30:
>(These are duplicates of St John's Anglican, above)
>Jack Lake United Missionary (West):
>(Duplicate of Ebenezer United Missionary)
>The above, at first glance, seem to be of not much help.
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