Elmer Davis

Male28 January 1891–28 January 1891

Brief Life History of Elmer

When Elmer Davis was born on 28 January 1891, in Hancock Township, Hancock, Illinois, United States, his father, John Sylvester Davis, was 33 and his mother, Ellen Elizabeth Murphy, was 24. He died on 28 January 1891, at the age of 0.

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Family Time Line

John Sylvester Davis
1857–1923
Ellen Elizabeth Murphy
1866–1930
Alice Melvina Davis
1883–1929
Lenard Izear Davis
1886–
William Edwin Davis
1887–1963
Baby Girl
1889–1889
Elmer Davis
1891–1891
Crissie Susan Davis
1892–1956
Arie Dale Davis
1895–
Herchel Davis
1898–
Henry Aithel Davis
1903–1947
Leona M. Davis
1909–1912

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    Name Meaning

    English and Welsh: patronymic meaning ‘Dafydd's (son)’, equivalent to Welsh ap Dafydd, the Welsh form of David . The spelling Davis is more typical in southwestern England northwards as far as Lancashire, where the frequency of the surname largely reflects Welsh migration, but may sometimes represent a native English surname based on Davy (compare Davies ). Davis (including in the sense 2 below) is the eighth most frequent surname in the US. It is also very common among African Americans.

    Irish and Scottish: adopted for Gaelic Mac Daibhéid ‘son of David’; see McDevitt . Compare Davies .

    History: John Davis or Davys (c. 1550–1605) was an English navigator who searched for the Northwest Passage. — By the 18th century there were numerous persons named Davis in America, including the jurist John Davis, born in 1761 in Plymouth, MA, and Henry Davis, a clergyman and college president, who was born in 1771 in East Hampton, NY. — Jefferson Davis, born in 1808 in KY, was president of the Confederate States of America from 1861 to 1865.

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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