Saturday, May 7, 2016

The End of TF Davis

Thomas Franklin Davis was the son of Benjamin Franklin Davis. Benjamin Franklin Davis was the oldest son of Henry Davis and Henry Davis was the oldest son of the namesake of this blog, Job Davis.

T. F. Davis was a middle child, born fifth in line in the march of children. He first appears in the 1870 census, when the family was still living in Tyson Township, Stanly County, North Carolina.

Name:B F Davis
Age in 1870:40
Birth Year:abt 1830
Birthplace:North Carolina
Home in 1870:Tyson, Stanly, North Carolina
Post Office:Albemarle
Value of real estate:View image
Household Members:
B F Davis40
Julia Davis31
Holm Davis12
Matthew Davis11
Lorena Davis7
Thomas Davis5
Eliza Davis3
Hartviill Davis1

The neighbors surrounding the family at this time included Lee's, Crumps, Mortons, Easley's, Shankles, Carpenters and Aldridge's; names reminiscent of the Tyson and Cottonville area.

Thomas was likely born within a year after his father's return from the Civil War. The area was devastated and his Grandfather, Henry Davis, had passed away just before his birth.

Name:Thomas F. Davis
Birth Year:abt 1865
Birthplace:North Carolina
Home in 1880:Steeles, Richmond, North Carolina
Relation to Head of House:Son
Marital Status:Single
Father's name:Benjimine F. Davis
Father's Birthplace:North Carolina
Mother's name:Julia A. Davis
Mother's Birthplace:North Carolina
Neighbors:View others on page
Cannot read/write:


Deaf and dumb:

Otherwise disabled:

Idiotic or insane:
Household Members:
Benjimine F. Davis51
Julia A. Davis42
Louvena Davis17
Thomas F. Davis15
Eliza M. Davis13
Hartwell Davis11
John S. Davis9
Mary Davis6
Catharine Davis5
Sallie Davis2
Susan Davis3m

It was in Richmond County that Thomas Frank Davis would meet Susan Peele. Susan Peele was also the member of a large Victorian era family, daughter of Fletcher Peele of Marlboro County, South Carolina and Anna "Nannie" Livingston Peele of Richmond County, North Carolina.
Name:Susan Peelle
Birth Year:abt 1866
Birthplace:North Carolina
Home in 1880:Williamson, Richmond, North Carolina
Relation to Head of House:Daughter
Marital Status:Single
Father's name:Fletcher Peelle
Father's Birthplace:North Carolina
Mother's name:Anna Peelle
Mother's Birthplace:North Carolina
Neighbors:View others on page
Cannot read/write:


Deaf and dumb:

Otherwise disabled:

Idiotic or insane:
Household Members:
Fletcher Peelle48
Anna Peelle38
Matilda Peelle20
John F. Peelle18
Lou Peelle16
Susan Peelle14
Anna Peelle12
Sarah Peelle7
Mary Peelle5
Hugh Peelle3
Henry Peelle10m

Thomas and Susan would marry in 1886 and were living together in 1900 in the Mark's Creek area of Richmond County. After the death of his father, Benjamin Franklin Davis, his mother, sisters and single brother Hartwell Alexander Davis, had moved back to Stanly County. Hartwell died in 1902 and brothers, Holm, Math and John S. Davis had remained in Richmond County and raised their families there, along with Thomas F. Davis.

Thomas F. Davis and wife Susan Peele Davis would have 6 children, 5 daughters and one son.

Name:Thomas Davis
Birth Date:Jul 1865
Birthplace:North Carolina
Home in 1900:Marks Creek, Richmond, North Carolina
Relation to Head of House:Head
Marital Status:Married
Spouse's Name:Susan Davis
Marriage Year:1886
Years Married:14
Father's Birthplace:North Carolina
Mother's Birthplace:North Carolina
Occupation:View on Image
Neighbors:View others on page
Household Members:
Thomas Davis34
Susan Davis33
Anna C Davis12
Cora E Davis9
Flsie M Davis7
Katie M Davis5
Pearl Davis3
Frank Davis7/12

It appears that Tom had the sad inheritance of his grandfather Henry Davis's curse of alchoholism. The 1900 census is the only one that he and his wife and children would appear in. Below is the Stanly County account of what happened.

Source Citation

By 1880, older brothers Holm and Matt had struck out on their own and the family had moved to Richmond County. It is unknown what countered the move. The size of the family had increased and two sisters, Nannie and Lilly Mae had yet to make an appearance.

The Enterprise
(Albemarle, North Carolina)
25 Jan 1906, Thu • Page 2

This is the Richmond County account of what occured.

The Randolph Bulletin
(Asheboro, North Carolina)
25 Jan 1906, Thu • Page 1

Henry Robert Peele was the youngest son of Fletcher and Nannie Peele. In 1910, four years after the shooting and death of Thomas F. Davis, he was single and living at home with his parents. He would later marry Mattie Smith and have his own family, passing away in 1941 of throat cancer at the age of 61. So, what was the final verdict in the case of the death of T. F. Davis?

During his WWI draft registration,in 1917-1918 he is described as being of medium height and build and having blue eyes and gray hair at the age of 39. He aged very rapidly.

But it appears H. R. Peele was never charged or tried for a crime in the death of T. F. Davis. It seemed a matter of self-defense and defense of his mother Nannie. Sadly, T. F. Davis had brought his ending upon himself and it was not a good one.

Henry R. Peele continued to live a good life, it appears, even serving in the local government in small offices and

Rockingham Post-Dispatch
(Rockingham, North Carolina)
7 Apr 1921, Thu • Page 1

Mark's Creek Presbyterian Church Congregation 1911 near Hamlet, NC

Susan Peele Davis never remarried.

Name:Susan Davis
Age in 1910:42
Birth Year:abt 1868
Birthplace:North Carolina
Home in 1910:Blue Springs, Robeson, North Carolina
Relation to Head of House:Head
Marital Status:Widowed
Father's Birthplace:North Carolina
Mother's Birthplace:North Carolina
Native Tongue:English
Employer, Employee or Other:Employer
Home Owned or Rented:Own
Home Free or Mortgaged:Free
Farm or House:Farm
Able to Read:Yes
Able to Write:Yes
Number of Children Born:7
Number of Children Living:6
Out of Work:N
Number of weeks out of work:0
Neighbors:View others on page
Household Members:
Susan Davis42
Annie Davis22
Corah Davis20
Flossie Davis18
Katie Davis16
Pearl Davis14
Frank Davis12

After the death of her husband, Susan moved the family from Mark's  Creek, Richmond County to Blue Springs in Robeson County, which later became part of the new county of Hoke, in 1911.

She is shown in Blue Springs in the 1910, 1920, 1930 and 1940 census records.

Blue Springs is south of the town and Raeford, North Carolina where Native Americans outnumber Caucasians, making up 25% of the population, while African Americans are the majority at 40%
Races in Blue Springs township:
  • White Non-Hispanic: 22.3%
  • Black: 40.7%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native: 25.8%
  • Asian: 0.5%
  • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander: 0.1%
  • Hispanic or Latino: 8.9%
  • Two or more races: 1.4%
  • Some other race: 0.4%

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Susan Peele Davis passed away on January 15, 1946 and is buried at Tabernacle Cemetery in Scotland County, North Carolina.

Susan <i>Peele</i> Davis

The Children of Tom and Susan Davis were:

1) Anna Lee Davis - born November 1, 1887. Married Charlie H. Campbell.
     Died January 27, 1973 in Hamlet, Richmond County, North Carolina.

2) Cora Ethel Davis - born Oct. 17,  1890. Married 1st) Malcolm B. Fletcher. Married 2nd ) Clifford Thomas Hill. Two daughters: Ethel Blanche Fletcher Overton (1921-2006) and Lula Mae Fletcher Cain Lewellyn (1924- ). Cora Ethel Davis Fletcher Hill died January 5, 1886 in Asheboro, Randolph County, North Carolina.

3) Flossie Mae Davis - born Oct. 27, 1892. Married Belton John Livingston, Sr. Seven children: Eunice Davis Livingston Odum (1916 - 2008), Dorothy Mae Livingston Robinson (1919 - 2011),
John Thomas Livingston (1921-1944), Belton John Livingston, Jr. b 1924, Twins: Cora Livingston Lukehart (1925-1978) and Dora Livingston Adcox (b 1925), Walter Rea Livingston (1929-2006).
Flossie Mae Davis Livingston died on December 3, 1969 in Laurenburg, Scotland County, North Carolina.

4) Kate McLean Davis - born June 2, 1895. Married Albert Rowland Currie. Seven children:
    Irvin Raymond Currie (1921-2004), Daniel Frank Currie (1923-1997), Twins: Jean McLean Currie
    Odum (1926-2005), Rowland Eugene Currie (1926-1997), Sarah Frances Currie Harvey Blue (1929-2001), Thomas Davis Currie (1932- ), Robert Neil Currie (1937-1953). Kate McLean Davis Currie died on December 29, 1986 in Lumberton, Robeson County, North Carolina.

5) Pearl Davis - born September 11, 1897. Married 1st) Archie R. Livingston. Three children;
    Mary Elizabeth Livingston (1927-1937), Archie Clyde Livingston (1930-1997) and Edna Pearl Livingston Davis (1932 - 2015).  With Mary Elizabeth passing away as a child and Archie Clyde having never married, all of Pearls grandchilden came from Edna. With Flossie Mae having also married a Livingston, and with Edna having married a Davis, I had to look into those two families to see if they were connected.

And they certainly were. Archibald R. Livingston and Belton John Livingston were brothers, sons of John and Mary Smith Livingston.

Name:Belton John Livingston
Birth Date:Jun 1886
Birthplace:North Carolina
Home in 1900:Laurel HillScotlandNorth Carolina
Relation to Head of House:Son
Marital Status:Single
Father's name:John Livingston
Father's Birthplace:North Carolina
Mother's name:Martha Livingston
Mother's Birthplace:North Carolina
Occupation:View on Image
Neighbors:View others on page
Household Members:
John Livingston56
Martha Livingston46
Archibald Livingston26
Hector Livingston16
Belton John Livingston13
Hattie Livingston11
Eva Livingston7
Mary Livingston81

As for the Davis that Edna married, he was a cousin.

Willie Nelson Davis was born May 13, 1926 in Scotland County, North Carolina. He and Edna Livingston Davis would have 5 children between 1951 and 1960.

Below is the family tree between Willie Nelson Davis and Edna Pearl Livingston Davis.

Benjamin Franklin Davis  and wife Julia Ann Sibley Davis:


John S. Davis                  -brothers -                                Thomas Franklin Davis

   wife                                                                                          wife

Carrie Frances Peele          -cousins-                                     Susan A. Peele

daughter of                                                                             daughter of              

Robert J Peele               - brothers -                                       Fletcher Peele

                 Sons of  Robert Peele and Mary Adams Peele

         &                                                                                             &    

Martha Livingston             -sisters -                                   Annie "Nannie" Livingston

             Daughters of  Hugh Alexander Livington and Mary Gibson

son                                                                                               daughter                  

Rochester Davis         multi-layered cousins                         Pearl Davis

     wife                                                                                    husband                        
Ada Norton                                                                     Archibald R. Livingston
                                                                                (Grandson of Hugh A. Livingston
                                                                                   and Mary Gibson)  

       Son                                                                                Daughter            

Willie Nelson Davis            -married-                          Edna Pearl Livingston

The Livingston, Davis and Peele families were so intertwined, it's difficult to decipher the relationships.

And to the last, youngest and only son of Thomas Franklin Davis and wife, Susanna Peele.

Thomas F. Davis Jr. born  Oct 7, 1899 - died April 17,  1991. Married Fannie "Frankie" Currie (1897-1977).  Five children: Paul Lynwood Davis (1923-1999), Thomas Franklin Davis III (1925-2007),
Bennie Lee Davis (1928-1973), Kenneth Currie Davis (1932-2013), Eloise Davis Thomas Wade (1924-1987).

Thomas Franklin Davis, Sr. lived a short and wreckless life, but was survived by 6 children and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was Great Grandson of Job Davis and a branch of the Davis family tree.