Zopher Allen Davis

Male25 February 1876–28 September 1900

Brief Life History of Zopher Allen

When Zopher Allen Davis was born on 25 February 1876, in Plainfield Township, Kent, Michigan, United States, his father, King S. Davis, was 32 and his mother, Ellen E. Vandesen, was 34. He married Cora Lucy Wier on 24 February 1898, in Grand Rapids, Kent, Michigan, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son. He died on 28 September 1900, in Grand Rapids, Kent, Michigan, United States, at the age of 24, and was buried in Plainfield Cemetery, Plainfield Township, Kent, Michigan, United States.

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Zopher Allen Davis
Cora Lucy Wier
Marriage: 24 February 1898
Silas Allen Davis

Sources (11)

  • Zophera. Davis, "Michigan Births, 1867-1902"
  • Z Davis in entry for Silas A. Davis, "Michigan, Census of World War I Veterans with Card Index, 1917-1919"
  • Zopher A Davis, "Michigan Marriages, 1868-1925"

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  • Marriage
    24 February 1898Grand Rapids, Kent, Michigan, United States
  • Children (1)

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    Siblings (3)

    World Events (8)

    1879 · New State Capitol Building Dedicated

    Age 3

    After the second state capitol had been destroyed, Michigan Governor Henry P. Baldwin initiated the passing of a bill that would cover the costs for a new building. The bill was adopted and raised over $1 million by a six year state income tax. Architect Elijah E. Myers' design named Tuebor, or I will defend, was selected and he was commissioned to design the new capitol building. The renaissance revival brick and sandstone building soared 267 feet from the ground and was dedicated on January 1, 1879.

    1881 · The Assassination of James Garfield

    Age 5

    Garfield was shot twice by Charles J. Guitea at Railroad Station in Washington, D.C. on July 2, 1881. After eleven weeks of intensive and other care Garfield died in Elberon, New Jersey, the second of four presidents to be assassinated, following Abraham Lincoln.


    Age 10

    Statue of Liberty is dedicated.

    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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