History: Grace Davis

About this time, the school district was also formed and a new school house was built at the “Forks.” It was a large, one room, frame building with a blackboard all along the north side of the room and three large windows on the south side. There was one door and two windows on the east and one door on the west. It was here that all the dances were held, dancing to the fiddle and the organ. Always during the evening there was time out for one or two numbers from the “step dancers” to show their skill. During the intermission, Grace and Verda May often sang a number or two of the songs which were so popular during these years and which were not the old-time songs.

The years of 1917-1918 were the time of the “Spanish Influenza” epidemic. Very few families escaped having it and the Rowley family was no exception. Hugh Thompson was the first one to get sick, then the two younger boys and Verda May became ill. Hugh Francis and David William were away on a hunting trip and when they came home, Grace wouldn’t let them come in but talked to them through the window. They stayed with a neighbor and took care of the night and morning chores, and also the other family needs. Hugh Thompson was very ill with the flu, while Emerson Adis, Walter Ilith and Verda May had it in lesser degrees. Grace took care of all of them until Hugh Thompson was better and could see that she too was ill. Hugh Thompson told the boys to phone the doctor and have him come and take his wife to the hospital. Hugh Thompson then managed with the rest of them. They lived on onion sandwiches and hot toddies. It was quite a menu, but they survived. It was during this epidemic that Grace lost her Grandmother (Hannah Terrell) in 1918. It was a wonder that Grace didn’t get it sooner as she was always going to the aid of others, regardless of how she felt. Verda May can still remember the little white masks, saturated with antiseptic, that everyone wore over their faces when around any illness.

One Saturday, Grace and Hugh Thompson were going to Idaho Falls to do some shopping. Verda May got permission to go horseback riding. Emerson Adis and Walter Ilith were going along with Verda May and her girlfriend. The boys were riding a work horse and Margaret and Verda May were riding a former racehorse which was almost a razorback. Contrary to instructions, they used a saddle. When they started for home, the boys went ahead of them as the girls had stopped to tighten up the cinch, which felt loose. In turning the corner, the cinch broke and they were thrown to the ground, Margaret landing on top of Verda May. The boys and a neighbor caught the horse, which had stopped running when he caught up with the other horse, and brought him back to the girls and they rode him home — minus the saddle. When Grace returned home, one look at Verda May’s swollen face and she knew her daughter had disobeyed. Verda May acknowledged what she had done and Grace felt she had been punished enough. Verda May soon recovered, but her mental anguish made her vow then and there that whatever she suffered in the future would not be for disobedience to her parents.

To be continued…

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History: Grace Davis

The father of Grace Davis, David Peter Davis, was born 29 May 1854 at Aberaman, near Aberdare, Glamorganshire, Wales; the son of David William Davis and Charlotte Nott Jeremy. His parents were converts to the LDS Church when David Peter was ten months old, they immigrated to the United States because of their religious beliefs and they hoped to find better working conditions than in the mines of Wales.

They lived in Pottsville, Pennsylvania, where a daughter, Mary Ann, was born on 30 August 1856. Another daughter was born at Alma Town, Illinois in 1860, who was named Ellen Jane. Apparently, they were on their way through Missouri in 1861 when Ellen Jane took ill and passed away on the boat going from St. Louis to Florence, Nebraska and was buried at Harmon on the banks of the river 25 January 1861.

Grace’s mother was Caroline Anne Coles, a daughter of Rueben Coles and Hannah Terrill. They were both from England, but had immigrated and were living in Cedar Fort, where Caroline met David Peter Davis when he came to Cedar Fort to work. He met Caroline at a dance during the time they were holding an LDS Conference in Cedar Fort. They were friends for two years. Caroline was only seventeen and David Peter was twenty-one when they were secretly married on 8 October 1875.

Grace was the first child of eight born to David Peter Davis and Caroline Anne Coles. She was born 21 August 1876 in Cedar Fort, Utah. Her mother was living in the home of Grace’s grandparents, Rueben and Hannah. Of the eight children born to David Peter and Caroline, only Grace, Parley, Hannah and Charlotte lived to adulthood.  David Rueben died at the age of twelve and the others (two sons, Evan and Polly Davis) died at birth.

Parley was born 17 July 1878 at Cedar Fort, Utah. He never married and died 20 September 1943.

Hannah was born 21 November 1880 at Samaria, Idaho.

David Reuben was born in Samaria on 2 February 1883. When David Reuben was twelve years old, he and Parley were driving some horses. Parley became aggravated because they wouldn’t go where he wanted them to go; he picked up a slivery stick and threw it. It missed the horse and hit Rueben in the face. Not having drugs and medication to treat such things like we do today, tetanus or lockjaw, as they called it then, soon developed and Reuben lay for a month–slowly dying from the infection and starvation. He could neither eat nor drink. David Peter and Caroline sat by his bedside and watched their son slowly slip away from them. For some time David Peter was bitter about this as he couldn’t see the justice in one so young having to suffer so much. David Rueben died 20 September 1895.

Charlotte, the third daughter, was born 1 February 1866 at Milo, Idaho, in a log cabin with loop-holes for defense against the Indians. She was a frail child with a rheumatic heart. Because of this condition she was never really in good health and sometimes in very poor health.

To be continued…

History: Grace Davis

History of Grace Davis

Bert Lund Murphy – Son-in-Law (Husband of Verda May)
Caroline Ann Coles (208) – Mother
Charlotte Davis (214) – Sister
Charlotte Nott Jeremy (421) – Paternal Grandmother
David Peter Davis (207) – Father
David Peter Davis II – Half Brother
David Reuben Davis; Reuben (212) – Brother
David William Davis (420) – Paternal Grandfather
David William Rowley (30) – Son
Effie Cornelia Fowler – Stepmother
Ellen Jane Davis (423) – Paternal Aunt
Emerson Adis Rowley (89) – Son
Erma Thornton – Daughter-in-Law (Wife of Hugh Francis)
Evan Davis (215) – Brother
Grace Davis (86) – Self
Hannah Davis (210) – Sister
Hannah Terrill (429) – Maternal Grandmother
Harriet ‘Annie’ Rowley (199) – Sister-in-Law (Sister of Husband, Hugh Thompson Rowley)
Hugh Francis Rowley (87) – Son
Hugh Galloway – Nephew (Son of husbands sister, Harriet Ann Rowley)
Hugh Thompson Rowley (85) – Husband
Jane Paul (198) – Mother-in-Law
Laura Greene – Stepsister
Lillian Alcorn (31) – Daughter-in-Law (Wife of David William)
Mary Ann Davis (422) – Paternal Aunt
Mary Leah McGary – Wife of Nephew Hugh Galloway
Naina DeEsta Davis – Half Sister
Parley Davis (209) – Brother
Parley J. Davis – Paternal Uncle (?)
Pearl Greene – Stepsister
Polly Davis (216) – Sister
Reuben Coles (428) – Maternal Grandfather
Ruby Greene – Stepsister
Sarah Marie Alderson – Daughter-in-Law (Wife of Emerson Adis)
Son Davis (211) – Brother
Son Davis (213) – Brother
Verda May Rowley (88) – Daughter
Walter Illith Rowley (90) – Son

To be continued…

How Are You Related To Me?

Maternal Great-Great-Great-Great-Grandfather: Reuben Coles – 428
Reuben 428 – Caroline Ann 208 – Grace 86 – David William 30 – Grace Harriet 10 – Lillian Lorraine 3 – Kellie Jeanette 1

Maternal Great-Great-Great-Great-Grandmother: Hannah Terrell – 429
Hannah 429 – Caroline Ann 208 – Grace 86 – David William 30 – Grace Harriet 10 – Lillian Lorraine 3 – Kellie Jeanette 1

Maternal Great-Great-Great-Grandmother: Caroline Ann Coles – 208
Caroline Ann 208 – Grace 86 – David William 30 – Grace Harriet 10 – Lillian Lorraine 3 – Kellie Jeanette 1

Maternal Great-Great-Great-Great-Uncle: Thomas Coles – 430
Thomas 430 + Reuben 428 – Caroline Ann 208 – Grace 86 – David William 30 – Grace Harriet 10 – Lillian Lorraine 3 – Kellie Jeanette 1

Maternal Great-Great-Great-Great-Aunt: Rachel Mary Cole – 431
Rachel Mary 431 + Reuben 428 – Caroline Ann 208 – Grace 86 – David William 30 – Grace Harriet 10 – Lillian Lorraine 3 – Kellie Jeanette 1

Maternal Great-Great-Great-Great- Aunt: Sarah Jane Coles – 432
Sarah Jane 432 + Reuben 428 – Caroline Ann 208 – Grace 86 – David William 30 – Grace Harriet 10 – Lillian Lorraine 3 – Kellie Jeanette 1

Maternal Great-Great-Great-Great-Uncle: Henry Reuben Coles – 433
Henry Reuben 433 + Reuben 428 – Caroline Ann 208 – Grace 86 – David William 30 – Grace Harriet 10 – Lillian Lorraine 3 – Kellie Jeanette 1

Maternal Great-Great-Great-Great-Uncle: Joseph Jeremiah Coles – 434
Joseph Jeremiah 434 + Reuben 428 – Caroline Ann 208 – Grace 86 – David William 30 – Grace Harriet 10 – Lillian Lorraine 3 – Kellie Jeanette 1

Maternal Great-Great-Great-Great-Uncle: James Arden Coles – 435
James Arden 435 + Reuben 428 – Caroline Ann 208 – Grace 86 – David William 30 – Grace Harriet 10 – Lillian Lorraine 3 – Kellie Jeanette 1

Maternal Great-Great-Great-Great-Uncle: Davis Oliver Coles – 436
Davis Oliver 436 + Reuben 428 – Caroline Ann 208 – Grace 86 – David William 30 – Grace Harriet 10 – Lillian Lorraine 3 – Kellie Jeanette 1

Maternal Great-Great-Great-Great- Aunt: Lizzie Sophronia Coles – 437
Lizzie Sophronia 437 + Reuben 428 – Caroline Ann 208 – Grace 86 – David William 30 – Grace Harriet 10 – Lillian Lorraine 3 – Kellie Jeanette 1

Maternal Great-Great-Great-Great-Uncle: Alvin Coles – 438
Alvin 438 + Reuben 428 – Caroline Ann 208 – Grace 86 – David William 30 – Grace Harriet 10 – Lillian Lorraine 3 – Kellie Jeanette 1

Maternal Great-Great-Great-Great-Uncle: Wilford Coles – 439
Wilford 439 + Reuben 428 – Caroline Ann 208 – Grace 86 – David William 30 – Grace Harriet 10 – Lillian Lorraine 3 – Kellie Jeanette 1

Maternal Great-Great-Great-Great- Aunt: Grace Coles – 440
Grace 440 + Reuben 428 – Caroline Ann 208 – Grace 86 – David William 30 – Grace Harriet 10 – Lillian Lorraine 3 – Kellie Jeanette 1

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