Vashti Maud Davis

Brief Life History of Vashti Maud

When Vashti Maud Davis was born on 14 November 1892, in Ray Township, Macomb, Michigan, United States, her father, Frederick Gass Davis, was 32 and her mother, Agnes Violet Wellington, was 29. She married Harold Hartung Gray on 8 December 1921, in Washington Township, Macomb, Michigan, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 2 daughters. She lived in Bruce Township, Macomb, Michigan, United States in 1930 and Romeo, Bruce Township, Macomb, Michigan, United States in 1940. She died on 25 June 1987, in Troy Township, Oakland, Michigan, United States, at the age of 94.

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Family Time Line

Harold Hartung Gray
1895–1969
Vashti Maud Davis
1892–1987
Marriage: 8 December 1921
Lois C Gray
1924–
Mary Ellen Gray
1927–2001
James Gray
1929–2014

Sources (15)

  • Vashti D Gray in household of Harold H Gray, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Vista Davis, "Michigan, County Births, 1867-1917"
  • Vashti M. Davis, "Michigan, Marriages, 1868-1925"

World Events (8)

1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

A landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities if the segregated facilities were equal in quality. It's widely regarded as one of the worst decisions in U.S. Supreme Court history.

1903 · Ford Motor Company

"Henry Ford built his first gasoline-powered vehicle, named the Quadricycle, in 1896, at his home in Detroit. Ford sold the Quadricycle for $200 and used the money to build a second car. In 1901, Ford raced his car ""Sweepstakes"" against Alexander Winton and won. The victory resulted in publicity for Ford which allowed him to gain investors for his new company, Ford Motor Company. The first Model A was sold on July 23, 1903, and the company was incorporated on November 13, 1903."

1917

U.S. intervenes in World War I, rejects membership of League of Nations.

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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