Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Tombstone Tuesday: Josiah P. Davis

Tombstone Tuesday is a daily prompt at Geneabloggers which asks bloggers to create a post including an image of a gravestone of one or more ancestors; it may also include a brief description of the image or the ancestor.

from Findagrave
photo by Jan Hensley


Josiah P.
June 29, 1856
Aug 28, 1924

Elizabeth F.
Oct 25, 1861
May 8, 1944

Josiah P. Davis was my great granduncle, brother to my great-grandfather Walter Davis.  He married Elizabeth Frances Powell on November 30, 1879 in Rockingham County, Virginia. They had ten children, but two died in infancy. He farmed in the county most of his life.  In his later years, he and his wife lived with their daughter Annie Manspeaker in Martinsburg, West Virginia, where they both died.  They are buried in Elk Run Cemetery in Elkton, Virginia.

Searching for Josiah in census records is challenging.  Sometimes he is listed as Josiah and sometimes as Joseph.  His wife alternates between Lizzie and Fannie.  

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  1. WOW ten kids... I guess you have all those names listed some where. Lots of big Davis families!

  2. Ugh! Those changing names can be so hard for research! Josiah and Joseph, well they at least both start with J, but Lizzie and Fannie I don't get. I could see if it was Lizzie and Elizabeth or even Eliza. Challenging indeed!

    1. Yeah, the Lizzie/Fannie swap threw me. I almost didn't recognize the family.