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Davis - Abigail Hoel


Source: Crawfordsville Journal April 30, 1887

Mrs. Abigail Davis has removed from her farm in Brown Twp and will reside in the future in this city. She has lived for over ½ century on the farm she has just left. She is the mother of john L. Davis and the late Jacob Davis of this city and is probably the oldest woman in the county being almost 96.

Source: Crawfordsvile Weekly Journal. Friday, September 29, 1893

Abigal Davis, who died in this city on the 25th, was born in New Jersey, on the 5th day of Feb, 1795. She was married to Randolph Davis in 1816, in Butler county, Ohio. They came to Montgomery county, Ind., about the last of October 1826, and settled on Indiana creek. She immigrated from New Jersey to Ohio with her parents when she was a small girl. Her maiden name was Abigale Hoel. When they settled in this county it was mostly a wilderness, and their goods remained in the wagon in which they removed from Ohio, until a cabin was built, shich structure was completed the same day it was begun, the timber having been previously cut and hauled to the ground. She was a woman of great force of character, high intelligence, and had the envisible characteristic of wishing to live in independence on her own labor and management. She was kind and gentle, not only to her children, but to everybody else, and model of honesty and fair dealing. She was the mother nine children, seven of whom grew to manhood and womanhood. Her funeral will take place from the Christian church at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, next, funeral sermon by Rev. W.J. Howe, with the assistance of other ministers of the city. Mrs. Davis was not a member of any church organization, but had a decided particularly for the Baptist denomination.

[Note: It is noteworthy that Abigail's obit doesn't mention that she and Randolph Davis were divorced and that he remarried, unless that is what "wishing to live in independence on her own labor" means.... ;-)
BTW, I went into DAR through this line, so I'd be happy to help anyone who is looking for documentation. Her mother, Jane (Jennie) Badgley, married Barnabas Hoel, and his father, Anthony Badgley, perfomed patriotic service but did not serve in the Continental Army. It is already a documented line if that helps. Abigail Hoel Davis raised my ggf, Thomas Fry Patton, who was her nephew. His mother, Jane Hoel, wife of Isaac Reed Patton, died when Thomas was an infant. Regards, Marianne mmarcussen@earthlink.net]

[Note: These kids are the great grandchildren of Abigail Hoel Davis, son, Thompson, and his two daughters, Eliza and Jessie are the mother's that died and had all these kids that died, I have them posted on www.findagrave.com also. I looked up Thompson Davis death certificate the other day, he committed suicide, via RAT POISON. hancock@link2000.net]  

Note 2:" The exact same obituary is in the Crawfordsville Daily Journal 27 Sept 1893

Source: Crawfordsville Daily Journal Tuesday 26 Sept 1893

Mrs. Abigal Hoel Davis died this morning at 3 o’clock at her home in this city from a natural decline in life, at the age of 98 years. The funeral will probably be held on Sunday.
Mrs. Davis was born on February 8, 1795 at Newark, N. J., and at the time of her marriage in 1815 to Randolph Davis, resided in Butler County, Ohio. In 1826 they came to Montgomery County, where she has since resided, first settling on Indian Creek in Brown Township. Their first home was a typical log cabin in the midst of an unbroken forest, the one room answering the purpose of parlor, bed room, and kitchen.
Mr. and Mrs. Davis were industrious, and in time had a comfortable income. They had nine children, six sons and three daughters. The sons living are Isaac and John L. Davis. The daughters are Miss Eliza Davis, Mrs. Jemima McKinley and Mrs. Mary Burgess. Four sons are dead, Jacob and Thompson Davis and two sons died in infancy. Mr. Davis died in 1866 and Mrs. Davis has resided in this city for about seven years. The deceased was a member of the Primitive Baptist Church.

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