Scythia Davis

Brief Life History of Scythia

When Scythia Davis was born on 30 July 1874, in Buchanan, Virginia, United States, her father, Jeremiah Davis, was 29 and her mother, Sarah Jane Coleman, was 30. She married Esau Rife on 20 February 1890, in Buchanan, Virginia, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 4 daughters. She lived in United States in 1949 and Grundy, Buchanan, Virginia, United States in 1950. She died on 7 November 1951, at the age of 77.

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Family Time Line

Esau Rife
1865–1944
Scythia Davis
1874–1951
Marriage: 20 February 1890
Rebecca Charlotte Rife
1890–1968
Louisa F. Rife
1893–1893
Rife
1896–1896
William Boyd Rife
1909–1998
Elizabeth Lawrence Rife
1912–1996
Rife
1913–1913
Lits Rife
1916–1916
Albert Rife
1917–1918

Sources (44)

  • Cythia Rife, "United States 1950 Census"
  • Cytha Davis, "Virginia, Library of Virginia State Archive, Births, Marriages, and Deaths 1853-1900"
  • Setha Davis in entry for Esau Rife, "Virginia, Library of Virginia State Archive, Births, Marriages, and Deaths 1853-1900"

World Events (8)

1875 · A Treaty with Hawaii

In the Mid 1870s, The United States sought out the Kingdom of Hawaii to make a free trade agreement. The Treaty gave the Hawaiians access to the United States agricultural markets and it gave the United States a part of land which later became Pearl Harbor.

1894 · Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Monument

On May 30, 18944 the Confederate Soldiers and Sailors’ Monument was unveiled. It is 73 feet high and over looks Libby Hill Park. the statue represents the 13 Confederate States.

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.

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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