Monday, April 30, 2012

A to Z April Challenge: Z is for the Davis Kids

This is day 26 of the A to Z April Challenge.  The End of the challenge.   

is for the 18 people in my database whose name begins with Z.
  • 3 Zachariah’s
  • 4 Zada’s
  • 1 Zebedee
  • 1 Zedekiah
  • 1 Zelda
  • 1 Zella
  • 2 Zenith’s
  • 2 Zephaniah’s
  • 1 Zibiah
  • 1 Zoe
  • 1 Zola
One family alone has 3 Z’s:  my maternal grandfather’s paternal grandfather’s family.  Mitchell and Martha Ann Wilson Davis married in 1846 and raised 15 children in the Beldor community of Rockingham County, Virginia.  They must have loved that letter “Z” because in addition to the 3 whose names began with “Z,” two more had a “z” in their name:  Amaziah and Lorenza. 

But let’s look at the main Z children.

Zedekiah Davis was the first born to Mitchell and Martha.  But he lived only a short while, from 1847 to 1863.  In fact, sadly enough, he was the second child of three to die between June and July of that year.  I can only surmise that they were victims of an epidemic.

Zephaniah Leonard Davis was born in 1851 and died in 1929. He married twice: first to Anne E. Bellomy and second to Mary Frances Crawford.  He and Anne had at least 6 children, but only 5 appeared in the census records:  Mattie, Ida, Zephaniah Jr., Marshall, and Annie.  Zephaniah and Mary Frances had 2 children, Elsie and Herman. 

Zibiah Saloma Davis was born in 1864 and died in 1936.  She married John Lewis Marshall about 1891, a farmer.  They had 6 children:  Nora Bertha, Alvin Russell, Lewis Dewey, Minnie Pearl, Myrtle Lee, and Howard Emory.

Andrew Chapel Methodist Church Cemetery
Vienna, Virginia
Photo by Audrey

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  1. That's a lot of Zs! I don't think we have any in our family, which is kind of sad because I've always thought that Z is a great letter. :)

  2. When a couple has fifteen children, I'm sure it's a challenge to name them all something original. They had to search the alphabet. Z served them well.

    Congratulations on a strong finish to the A to Z challenge.


  3. You were lucky on the Z's that is for sure!!

    What will you do next?

    1. Good question! I know I'll be doing a Reflections post, as requested by the organizers of the A to Z Challenge. And supposedly there will be a post challenge challenge, but I have no clue what that's about. I can always do the Geneabloggers daily themes.

  4. The Z was Zapped! You do have a bunch of Z's, Wendy. I don't think that we have even one in our family. Congrats on being all through with the challenge. You did your job with zeal.

    It was fun getting to know you better and I really do appreciate all the visits that you made to my site.



  5. Here we are at the Zenith of the A to Z challenge!!! Yay, We Did It, We Did It!!! Can you tell I get alot of Dora The's a daily treat of singing that song...2 year old GrandBoy. Anyway, sure have a bunch of Z's in your Family Tree..and really different, too!

    Good Question indeed...what's next? I'm takin' a Bloggy Break! I,too, will probably do the Reflections. Thank you so much Wendy for all your thoughtful comments through this April Challenge. I enjoyed your blog and Family Posts so much. I look forward to keeping up with you and very interesting family....Sue

  6. Wendy, Congratulations on completing the challenge! And thanks for visiting my blog. :) Best Regards, Jana

  7. Zowie! You finished the alphabet on a high note, with lots of Zzzzs. It has been interesting.

  8. Hi Wendy. Because I like your blog so much, it's featured in Blogging Destinations, Episode 1.