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James W. DAVIS
Melinda J. RIGHTHOUSE
Husband:  James W. DAVIS
Birth:  14 Jul 1827, Scott Co., IN
Death:  25 Nov 1889
Disposition:  buried Kimberlin Creek Cemetery, Lexington Twp., Scott Co., IN
Occupation:  boatman, chair maker, painter
Father:  Gara DAVIS
Mother:  Esther PARKER
Marriage:  31 Jul 1855, Scott Co., IN
Wife:  Melinda / Malinda J. WRIGHTHOUSE / RIGHTHOUSE / RITEHOUSE / RITEHUSE
Birth:  5 Dec 1835, IN
Death:  22 Sep 1909
Disposition:  buried Kimberlin Creek Cemetery, Lexington Twp., Scott Co., IN
Occupation:  homemaker
Father:  Mr. RIGHTHOUSE / WRIGHTHOUSE
Mother:  Elizabeth __?__, b. 1804/5, MD
Children:
born in Jennings Twp., Scott Co., IN:
1.  William Jesse DAVIS, b. 1855/6
2.  Elizabeth DAVIS, b. Jun/Jul 1859; d. by 1870

born in Jennings Twp., Scott Co., IN, or in Saluda Twp., Jefferson Co., IN:
3.  Louella DAVIS, b. 1860/1
4.  Seymour DAVIS, b. 1861/2
5.  Clara A. DAVIS, b. 1864/5
6.  Alva / Alvin E. DAVIS, b. 1866
7.  David M. DAVIS, b. 1868/9

born in Saluda Twp., Jefferson Co., IN, or in Lexington Twp., Scott Co., IN:
8.  Louis F. DAVIS, b. 1870
9.  George DAVIS, b. 1874/5

Grandchild, apparently raised as their son:
.  Charles "Charley" DAVIS, b. Feb/Mar 1880, Scott Co., IN, probably in Lexington Twp.
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Sources:

1.  LDS.  Family Search: Internet Genealogy Service: IGI - International Genealogical Index (online at FamilySearch.org).
James W. DAVIS
Spouse: Malinda J. RIGHTOUSE
Marriage: 31 Jul 1855, Scott, Indiana
Source: none given

2.  1850 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  James W. DAVIS (æ 22, b. IN; boatman) is living in the Town of New Frankfort, Scott Co., IN, with his parents and siblings (q.v.).  Melinda RITEHUSE? (æ 14, b. IN) is living in Saluda Twp., Jefferson Co., IN (pp. 186B-187A), with her widowed mother, Elizabeth WRIGTHORN? [unreadable] (æ 45, b. MD), plus siblings.

3.  1860 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #8-9 of 65):  New Frankfort P.O., Jennings Twp., Scott Co., IN, Roll, pp. 1038-1039, PN 128-129, 937/908, enumerated 25 Jul 1860, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1860 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
James W Davis 31 M   Chair Maker 300 315 Ind
Malinda   " 22 F         do
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William J Davis  4 M         Ind
Elizabeth   " 10/12 F         do
Listed next to James's parents, Gara & Esther (PARKER) DAVIS.

4.  1870 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #9 of 43):  Hanover P.O., Saluda Twp., Jefferson Co., IN, Roll M593_328, p. 513A, PN 9, 64/63, enumerated 10 Aug 1870, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1870 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
Davis James 47 M W Painter 50   Indiana
_____ Melinda 33 F W Keeping House     "
_____ Jesse 13 M W At Home     "
_____ Luella 10 F W "     "
_____ Seymour?  8 M W "     "
_____ Clara  5 F W "     "
_____ Alva  4 M W "     "
_____ David  1 M W "     "
There are four WRIGHTHOUSE families enumerated on the same page, all of whom are about the right age to be Melinda's brothers.  There's another WRIGHTHOUSE family and a DAVIS family on the next page

5.  1880 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #45 of 51):  Lexington Twp., Scott Co., IN, Roll 309, p. 65A, PN 45, SD 2, ED 165, enumerated 24 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 7 8 9 10 13 14 21 23 24 25 26
429 438 Davis James W M 53       /         Indiana Ky N?C
    _____ Melinda J W F 40   Wife   / Keeping house       Indiana Ind Md
    _____ Louella W F 19   daut /   Servant 6     Indiana Ind Ind
    _____ Seymour W M 18   Son /   at home       Indiana Ind Ind
    _____ Clara A W F 16   daut /   at home       Indiana Ind Ind
    _____ Alvin E W M 14   Son /   at home   /   Indiana Ind Ind
    _____ David M W M 11   Son /   at home   / / Indiana Ind Ind
    _____ Louis F W M 10   Son /   at home   / / Indiana Ind Ind
    _____ George W M  5   Son /           Indiana Ind Ind
    _____ Infant W M 4/12 feb GSon /           Indiana   Ind
The infant is probably the illegitimate son of either Louella or Clara.  Were he the son of one of their boys, the birthplace of the father would be known.

6.  1890 U.S. Census:  the 1890 Census Population Schedules were destroyed.

7.  1900 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #8 of 17):  Lexington Twp., Scott Co., IN, Roll 402, p. 301B, SN 4B, SD 3, ED 122, enumerated 9 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 27 28
84 84 Davis Melinda J Head W F Dec 1862 69 Wd   8 6 IN IN MD     Y Y Y R F  
    _____ Alva E Son W M Mar 1866 34 M 0     IN IN IN Farmer 0 Y Y Y     71
    _____ Bertha B D-in-law W F Jun 1879 20 M 0 0 0 IN IN IN     Y Y Y      
    _____ Charley Son W M Mar 1880 20 S       IN IN IN Farm Laborer 4 Y Y Y      
    _____ David M Son W M Oct 1869 30 S       IN IN IN Farm Laborer 2 Y Y Y      
Melinda appears to be raising her illegitimate grandson as her son, which was often done.

8.  Lexington Township Cemetery Book, 1813-1988.  Scott County Historical Society (online at rdk1.com/Geocities/KimberlinCreekCemetery.htm):
DAVIS, James W. 7/14/1827-11/25/1889
  "  , Malinda 12/5/1835-9/22/1909

9.  WorldConnect / Ancestry World Trees (online at RootsWeb.com/Ancestry.com).

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