“We need to get together more often and not at a funeral.” How many times have you and a cousin said that? Funerals are much like a family reunion. You can learn a lot about a family just by looking at who showed up. Using my grandparents’ guest books and sympathy cards, I’ll be exploring “Who came to the funeral?”
Alvin attended the funeral for my maternal grandfather Orvin Owen Davis (1899-1963) held in Shenandoah, Virginia in October 1963. Alvin and Orvin were first cousins. Alvin’s mother Zibiah Saloma Davis Marshall was an older sister of Orvin’s father Walter Davis.
Alvin was born September 30, 1895 in Rockingham County, Virginia, the second of six children of John Lewis and Saloma Marshall. According to the 1910 census, the family lived along Simmons Gap Road, just across the ridge from Beldor, home of many in the Davis line. Alvin was a farm laborer, likely on his parents’ farm
In 1917 Alvin registered for the draft. How interesting to learn he was tall and had grey eyes. It appears his father was the registrar. I have found no records to suggest that he ever had to serve.
|1310 Q St NW Washington D.C.|
Boarding house where Alvin and Edith met
Still single in 1920, Alvin earned a living driving a fire truck in Washington D.C. He was one of nineteen boarders at 1310 Q Street NW. Most of the residents were clerks and stenographers for the Treasury Department and War Department. One of the boarders caught his eye: Edyth Terwilliger of Pennsylvania.
Based on the 1930 census for Washington DC, Alvin and Edyth married in 1923. They had twin boys, Alvin and Lewis. Alvin Sr. was a fireman earning a respectable salary allowing the Marshalls to own their home at 806 Decatur Street.
In 1940, Alvin made room in this house for his widowed father, John Lewis Marshall. Edyth had returned to work as a typist for the Veterans Department. Alvin remained a fireman until retirement.
Alvin died in August 1979.
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