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Benjamin DAVIS
Martha Elizabeth CRAIG
Husband:  Benjamin DAVIS
Birth:  2 Feb 1800, Christian Co., KY
Death:  21 Aug 1878, Holliday, Monroe Co., MO
Occupation:  farmer
Father:  Isaac DAVIS
Mother:  Sarah "Sally" CLARK
Marriage:  10 Mar 1834, Boone Co., MO
Wife:  Martha Elizabeth "Eliza" CRAIG
Birth:  16 Jun 1819, Gallatin Co., KY
Death:  20 Jan 1907, Kansas City, Jackson Co., MO
Occupation:  homemaker
Father:  Levi CRAIG
Mother:  Catherine "Kitty" CRAIG
Children:
born in Boone Co., MO:
  1.  John Toliver DAVIS, b. 10 Dec 1834, Boone Co., MO; d. 8 Nov 1873, CA

born in Marion Twp., Monroe Co., MO:
  2.  Joseph C. DAVIS, b. 29 Jan 1837 
  3.  James DAVIS, b. 18 Dec 1838; d. 1922; m. 4 Nov 1861, Martha MASON
  4.  Isaac Clark DAVIS, b. 20 Dec 1840 
  5.  Frances Catherine DAVIS, b. 27 Nov 1842; d. 23 Nov 1867; m. 4 Mar 1861, Perry L. MASON
  6.  Permelia Eliza DAVIS, b. 4 Nov 1844; d. 19 Feb 1900; m. ca. 1895, Ward NORMAN
  7.  Benjamin Thomas DAVIS, b. 21 Oct 1846; d. 4 Sep 1870
  8.  Sarah Delilah DAVIS, b. 5 Oct 1848
  9.  William Levi DAVIS, b. 2 Feb 1852
10.  Mary Ann DAVIS, b. 22 Oct 1853; d. 13 Sep 1854
11.  Felix Grundy DAVIS, b. 26 Mar 1855
12.  Alice Belle DAVIS, b. 14 Mar 1857
13.  Josephine Hortense / Hartense DAVIS, b. 1 Feb 1859; d. 20 Sep 1937
14.  Martha Phoebe DAVIS, b. 31 Mar 1861; d. 2 Sep 1937; m. Milton Millard LOWE
15.  Amanda Susan DAVIS, b. 8 Aug 1864; d. 4 Oct 1866

Thirty years is an extraordinary span of fecundity for one woman, even one who married at the tender age of 15 the usual maximum is 23 years.

Keywords for search engines:  genealogy; USA, US, United States, California, Kentucky, Missouri

Sources:

1a.  Family Group Sheet compiled by Georgie Tolleson and Betty Ann (Matthiesen) Cogliati.

1b.  Family Group Sheet compiled by Myra (Davis) Dipple.

2a.  Jordan R. Dodd, ed.  1993.  Missouri Marriages:  Early to 1850.  Liahona Research, Orem, UT (Broderbund CD-227):  not found.

2b.  LDS.  Family Search: Internet Genealogy Service:  IGI - International Genealogical Index (online at FamilySearch.org):  not found, and Boone Co., MO, marriages, from 1821-1919, are in the IGI.

3.  1840 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  can't find our subject, and I did page-by-page searches of the Town of Paris and Marion Twp., in Monroe Co., MO.  The Benjamin DAVIS enumerated in Paris is a man with no sons and two young daughters; he appears there again in 1850.

4.  1850 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #151 of 203):  District No. 59, Monroe Co., MO, Roll M432_407, p. 141A, 937/937, enumerated 11 Nov 1850, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1850 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
Benjamin Davis 49 M   Farmer 1500 Kentucky
Martha Davis 32 F       Kentucky
John Davis 15 M   Farmer   Missouri
Joseph Davis 13 M       Missouri
James Davis 11 M       Missouri
Isaac Davis  9 M       Missouri
Frances C Davis  7 F       Missouri
Permelia Davis  5 F       Missouri
Thomas Davis  3 M       Missouri
Delila Davis  1 F       Missouri

5.  1860 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #26 of 42):  Madison P.O., Marion Twp., Monroe Co., MO, Roll M653_635 (Book 1), p. 55, PN 55, 349/349, enumerated 23 Jun 1860, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1860 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
Benjamin Davis 60 M   Farmer 3720 560 Ky
Martha E Davis 41 F         do
Joseph Davis 23 M   School teacher     Mo
James Davis 21 M   Farmer     do
Isaac Davis 19 M   do     do
Permelia Davis 15 F         do
Frances C Davis 17 F         do
Thomas Davis 13 M         do
Delilah Davis 11 F         do
Wm Davis  8 M         do
Grundy Davis  5 M         do
Ellis Davis  3 M         do
Josaphene Davis  1 F         do

6.  1870 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com; Image #272 of 460):  Madison P.O., Marion Twp., Monroe Co., MO, p. 653B, PN 40, 275/270, enumerated 18 Jul 1870, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1870 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
Davis Benj 70 M W Farmer 2500 1350 Kentucky
      Martha 57 F W Keeping house     Kentucky
      Jos 32 M W School Teacher     Missouri
      Eliza 25 F W       Missouri
      Thos J I 23 M W Farm Laborer     Missouri
      Delila 21 F W At School     Missouri
      Wm 18 M W Farm Laborer     Missouri
      Grundy 15 M W Farm Laborer     Missouri
      Alice 13 F W At home     Missouri
      Josephine 11 F W At home     Missouri
      Martha  9 F W At home     Missouri

7a.  1880 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #7 of 37):  Marion Twp., Monroe Co., MO, Roll T9_704, p. 675B, PN 14, SD 5, ED 57, enumerated 8 Jun 1880, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1880 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1880:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see
What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
1 2 3 4 5 6 8 9 10 11 12 13 24 25 26
128 131 Davis Martha W F 61 Head     /   Farming KY KY KY
    _____ Grundy W M 34 Son   /   / Farm Laborer MO KY KY
    _____ Mary W F 22 D-in-law   /   / Keeping House MO KY KY
    _____ Josephine W F 21 Dau /       at Home MO KY KY
    _____ Martha W F 19 Dau /       at Home MO KY KY
Listed two households from Martha's married son, William L. DAVIS.

7.  LDS.  Family Search: Census Records: 1880 United States (online at FamilySearch.org):
Census Place: Kansas City, Jackson, Missouri
Source: FHL Film #1254693; NARA Film #T9-0693; Pg 384C
  Relation Sex Marr Race Age Birthplace Occupation Fa Mo
Joseph C. DAVIS Self M M W 42 MO School Teacher VA KY
Sallie M. DAVIS Wife F M W 33 MO School Teacher KY MO
Paul R. DAVIS Son M S W  8 MO At School MO MO
Eliza DAVIS Sister F S W 35 MO Housekeeper KY KY
Thomas HANEY Other M S W 30 IRE Laborer IRE IRE
James RAFTER Other M S W 23 ENG Coal Miner IRE IRE
James PHILLIPS Other M S W 28 IRE Coal Miner IRE IRE

8.  1890 Census:  the 1890 Census Population Schedules were destroyed.

9.  1900 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #16 of 25):  Madison + Holliday, Marion Twp., Monroe Co., MO, Roll T623_876, p. 124A, SN 9, SD 2, ED 118, enumerated 12 Jun 1900, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1900 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1900:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 19 20 22 23 24 25 26 27 28
81 81 Davis Grunda Head W M Mar 1855 45 M 20     MO SC KY Farmer 0 Y Y Y O F F 52
    _____ Mollie Wife " F Feb 1860 40 M 20 6 6 " KY VA     " " "        
    [Grundy & Mollie's children]
    Davis Martha Mother " F Jun 1819 80 Wd   15 6 KY KY KY     " " "        

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