William Raymond "Ray" Davis

Brief Life History of William Raymond "Ray"

When William Raymond "Ray" Davis was born on 26 February 1892, in Samaria, Oneida, Idaho, United States, his father, William Gomer Davis, was 26 and his mother, Margaret Ann Hawkins, was 19. He died on 17 January 1915, in San Francisco, California, United States, at the age of 22, and was buried in Logan Cemetery, Logan, Cache, Utah, United States.

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Family Time Line

William Gomer Davis
Margaret Ann Hawkins
William Raymond "Ray" Davis
Eva Davis
Pearl Davis
Rulon Hawkins Davis
Lyman Hawkins Davis
Marguerite Davis
Robert Seldon Davis
Luana Rae Davis

Sources (9)

  • William R Davis in household of William G Davis, "United States Census, 1910"
  • William R Davis, "California Death Index, 1905-1939"
  • Willis Wynn in entry for Pearl Davis Wright Winder, "United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014"

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.

1896 · The Logan Temple Barn

The Logan Temple Barn was built on the edge of the Logan temple property to house the animals belonging to the builders of the temple. It was one of only two stone barns built in Cache Valley. These barns became obsolete during the rise of the automobile era. The building and the land it was on was sold in 1919 and became an automobile repair shop. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on December 19, 1985, and is still standing today.

1900 · Gold for Cash!

This Act set a price at which gold could be traded for paper money.

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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Hawkins Family Reunion - July 4, 1948 - Review of the Family

Margaret Hawkins and William Gomer Davis Flowers can do much to scatter happiness in the world, and surely no other couple has cultivated this thought and achieved more than did Margaret and Will. The …

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