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John and Nancy E. Davis, sons Elmond and Ernest, son Emit Alpine and Della A. Davis, daughter Pearl (Davis) and Albert G. Scrivner, daughter Josie (Davis) and Fred A. Myers,  Happyville

One tree said Nancy was born Dec 5, 1849 at Lincoln, Tennessee, to James Logan Reeves and Lucinda J. Caruthers, marrying William Andrew Dollins Feb 10, 1870, and then John L. Davis in 1875.

In 1880 Smith County, Kansas, John L. Davis is 29, Nancy E. 30, with Musedorah S. 5 and Elmond K. 1, and stepson William A. Dollin 9 born in Missouri. 

(that might be the W.A. Dollins, 39, in 1910 Gage County, Nebraska married to Jennie July 15, 1900 in Red Cloud Nebraska,

In 1920 Webster County, Nebraska, William 49, and Jennie 37 have William 9, Lucinda 8, Helen 6, and Bertha 3.  They're in Riverside County, California in 1930 and 1940. Jennie Myrtle Dollins born April 5, 1883 in Iowa, died Nov 17, 1941 in Riverside County, father Runcle.  Jennie Runcle was in Smith County Kansas in 1900, niece of Albert C. and Almyra Slaby.  William A. Dollins born Dec 27, 1870 in Missouri, died Sep 23, 1947 in Riverside County, mother name Reeves.)

In 1900 Webster County Kansas, Emit born April 1881 is with J.L 48 and Nancy 50.  Elmond K. is 21, Martie 16,  Sarah 14, Josie O. 12, John L. September 1889 Kansas, and Earnest T. 5.

In 1910 Yuma County, John L. Davis, 68 born in Illinois married 35 years to Nancy E. 60 Tennessee (second marriage for Nancy).  She's had ten children, eight living.  John L. 20 Kansas, and Earnest L. 15 Missouri are with them.

July 1912 Yuma "J.L. Davis and family, who left here last April for Nebraska, are returning this week to Yuma, John Davis having arrived yesterday with their car."

John , a retail dealer in merchandise, and Nancy are living on Weed Avenue in Yuma in 1920.

John 1851-1924  # 52879560 and Nancy E. 1849-1932  # 52879562 are both buried in Eckley.



Albert G. Scrivner 22 and Seapearl 18 are in Smith County Kansas in 1895, with Vernon ten months.

Albert 38 and Pearl 33 Scrivner are in Yuma County in 1910, with Verne 16, Vincil 14, Oren 12, Albert 9, Edna 7, Mattie 5, Clifford 2, and Hazel six months.

Albert proved up two quarters in 8 and 9, 1S 46W in 1916.

In 1926 Boulder, Albert is a teamster, with Pearl F. at 1719 12th.  Clifford, Edna -a  hairdresser, Hazel - a student,  and Vernon (Lucile V) an auto mechanic at Withers Garage, also live there.  Vincil E. (Alta M.) is a salesman at Withers Garage, and they live at 1528 Grove. 


Emmitt Davis, 29, is next to Albert and Pearl in the 1910 census.


December 1911      

Emit proved up   two quarters in 5 and 8, 1S 46W in 1916.

In 1920 Yuma County, Emit is 37, Della A. 26, both born in Kansas, with Clare B. 7, Nancy E. 6, and Lulu M. 4, all three born in Colorado.

Emit 1881-1956 is buried in Eckley # 52879557.  Dell Albina 1892-1957 is also there # 52879554.

Clare B. Davis 1912-1977 is also buried in Eckley # 52879553.

Lulu May (Davis) Fonte 1915-1987 # 52879579 and Harry Major Fonte 1907-1992 are both buried in Eckley



Josie Olive (Davis) Myers was born Aug 23, 1887 near Red Cloud, Nebraska and passed away Jan 8, 1969 in the Yuma Hospital, Yuma, Colo. after a long illness

Fred Myers, son of Rohana Ann and Henry Austin Myers was born on his father's homestead in White Rock Township, Smith County, Kansas, November 14, 1885 and passed away February 15, 1973 at the Yuma Nursing Home, Yuma, Colo.

He was married to Josie Davis on March 17, 1909, in Lebanon, Kansas. The couple then went to Greeley County, Kansas in a covered wagon to homestead. After proving up on the homestead they came back to Smith County and lived on a farm near his parents until 1914 when they moved to Colorado and lived on a ranch south of Yuma. In 1948 they sold the ranch and moved into Yuma.

Mr. Myers was an active member of the Bethany Country church. After moving to Yuma they transferred membership to the Presbyterian Church.

Mr. Myers was active in civic affairs for more than 50 years, helping build and guide the growth of the community. He served as president of the Yuma High School Board for almost 20 years, and was a life member of Odd Fellows Lodge

Fred was a devoted husband and father. He believed and practiced the principles of honesty, fairness and hard work. The influence of this husband and father is reflected in the lives of many.

He is survived by six children and their families; son Lyle and wife Ruby of Yuma; son Verlin of Boise, Idaho and daughters Peggy and Verlynn; daughter Coleen and husband Ernest Anderson of Yuma and children Beverly and Robert; son Billy and wife Mabeth of Landale, Alabama and sons Thomas and Frank; son Robert and wife Ann of Boise, Idaho and children Saundra, Robert and David, son Howard and wife Joyce of Fort Collins and children Michael, Steven, Tamela and Patricia, six great grandchildren and three sisters, Cricket Holmes of Dighton, Kansas; Ola Jeffries of Dodge City, Kansas; and Margaret Calloway of Ft. Smith, Arkansas, many nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

Mr. Myers was preceded in death by his wife, Josie, on January 8, 1969.  Fred # 74059728 is buried in Yuma.

Josie in 1910 Smith County is 22, married to Fred A. Myres 24.

1913 "Mr. and Mrs. F.A. Myers and Mrs. J.L. Davis made an auto trip south of Yuma yesterday to visit relatives in that section of the county."

Josie and Fred Myers are in Yuma County in 1920, with Lyle 7, born in Kansas, Verlan 4 and Colene five months both born in Colorado.

The Myers in 1930 have Lyle 17, Velin 15, Coleen 10, Billie D. 7, Bobbie 6, and the widowed mother Nancy E. Davis 80 is with them.

Fred and Josie are still farming south of Yuma in 1940, with Coleen -  a school teacher, Billie Dean  17, Robert 15, and Howard L. 3.


In 1910 Smith County, "Edman" K. Davis is 31, Hattie 21, with Ruth nine months.

Elmond K. Davis, registered in Yuma County, born Jan  12 1879, married to Harriett E. .

Elmond and Harriet are back in Smith County in 1920, with Ruth A. 9, Ralph K. 8, Mildred E. 6, and Maxie E. 5.  Ralph K. Davis 1911-1971 is buried in Fort Logan # 3343338.  Mildred Evelyn Morrison, born Nov 28, 1912 in Colorado, died Aug 22, 1983 in Los Angeles County, mother name Hooper, father Davis.

E.K. Davis died June 11, 1920,  buried in Mount Hope, Smith County.  # 117194858

Harriet Hooper Davis 1888-1931 is also buried in Mount Hope # 117190559.


Ernest Lincoln Davis registered in Yuma County, single, an auto mechanic in Yuma, born March 8, 1895 in Avey, Missouri.

Hazell Johnson, born about 1899 in Colorado, is in Louisville with parents Oscar and Charlotte.

Ernest is an auto mechanic in 1930 Yuma, 35, with Hazel . 32, Jean B. 8, Jane M. 7, Leon R. 5, Bonnie M. 4, and Larry Lee 2.

Ernest Lincoln Davis is an auto mechanic in 1940 Fort Morgan, married to Hazel, with Jean 17, Jane 16, Richard 14, Bonnie Mae 13, Larry Lee 11, and Dean Darrel 9. 

Ernest L. Davis 1895-1966 is buried in Brush # 79126738.

One tree said Larry born 1927 in Yuma, died April 21, 1990 in Arvada, Colorado.


John registered for WWI in Yuma County, a marine engineer, unemployed.  He had spent four years as an oiler in the Navy.

In 1940 Placerville, California, John L. is 50, born in Kansas, a laborer, with a lodger Albert Simpson.

John registered for WWII in Camino, California born Sept 6,1889 at Lebanon, Kansas, Mrs. Grace Davis his reference.


John Lewis Davis, born Sept 6, 1889 in Kansas, died August 31, 1981 in Sacramento County, California, mother' s name Reave.


Lucinda August 12, 1885, married John P. Delaney May 18, 1908 - he died Jan 14, 1920. 

Children Earl Leo born May 21, 1909, John Lewis March 21, 1912, Thomas M. Sept 7, 1913, and Kathleen Angela Feb 15, 1916.

In 1910 Butler County, Nebraska, John 34 born in Iowa and Lucy 24 born in Missouri,  have been married four years, and have Leo eleven months.  John's brother Leo, 30 is with them.
In 1920 Butler County, John is a grain buyer, and they have Leo 10, John L. 7, Thomas M. 6, and Kathleen A. 3.

Butler County Press (David City, Nebr.), January 15, 1920, p. 1, col. 2


He Died Wednesday, Jan. 14, at His Home in Bellwood.

John P. Delaney passed away at his home in Bellwood the morning of January 14, at 4 o'clock, after a short illness from tubercular trouble. A severe attack of influenza a year ago, he never very robust, left him susceptible to the disease, which caused his death. He had carried on his business affairs until a month before his passing, but was ill for several weeks while still continuing his work. Mr. Delaney was in his 45th year.

Coming with his parents from Des Moines, Iowa, when but three years of age, the remainder of Mr. Delaney's life was spent in Nebraska. Date of his birth was October 3, 1875. He was a son of M. C. and Kathryn Delaney. The parents have both passed on - the mother two years ago, the father eight years previous.

Mr. Delaney's early life was spent on a farm near Brainard. He taught school in Bellwood several years. Later he was manager of grain companies in Havelock and Red Cloud and when the Farmers' Grain Company was organized in Bellwood in 1910 he was elected manager. This position he held continuously for the past 10 years.

Mrs. Delaney and four children survive - Leo, the oldest, 10 years of age, and John, Thomas and Kathleen. Mr. Delaney was the first of a family of seven to pass on. The remaining brothers and sisters are W. F. M. L. and C. E. Delaney, Mrs. Daniel Hollad, Mrs. Lew Welte and Miss Mae Delaney, of David City.

The marriage of Mr. Delaney and Miss Lucy Davis, of Red Cloud, took place in May, 1908. Mr. Delaney was then manager in Red Cloud.

Arrangements have been made for the funeral services to be held tomorrow (Friday) morning at 9:30 o'clock in St. Peter's Catholic church in Bellwood. Interment will be in St. Mary's Catholic cemetery, David City. Relatives of Mrs. Delaney are expected from Colorado to be in attendance at the funeral. 

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In 1930 Butler County, "Mrs. John" is 42, widowed, with Leo 20, John 18, Tom 16, Kathleen 14.  Niece Ruth Davis 20 and nephew Ralph 19 are with her.

In 1940 Riverside County, California, Lucy is widowed, 54, with Leo E. 30, Kathleen A. 23, Margaret 32 (must be Leo's wife) , Dorothy L. 5 and Magrett Ann 3.

Thomas Morris Delaney, born Sep 7, 1913 in Butler County, died March 26, 1944 at sea "Chief Gunner's Mate, died on the USS Tullibee (SS-284), which was sunk by a circular run of its own torpedo on March 26, 1944. He is not buried in the Manila American Cemetery, but is listed on the "Tablets of the Missing".  #100820737

Leo E. Delaney born May 21, 1909 in Nebraska, died April 3, 1976 in Los Angeles County.

John L. Delaney born 1912 in Nebraska, is in the Philadelphia Navy Yard in 1940.  He was in San Diego in 1935.

John Louis Delaney, born March 21, 1912 in Butler County Nebraska, was in Philadelphia in 1950 having re-enlisted in the Navy.  He died Oct 20, 1994, last residence Philadelphia.

" October 26 1994  Philadelphia

Services were to be held this morning for John L. Delaney, a retired Navy chief and civilian federal employee, who died Thursday. He was 82 and lived in Northeast Philadelphia.

Delaney began his Navy career in 1933 when he served aboard the old four- stack destroyers and cruisers. During the invasion of North Africa, Delaney was serving aboard the attack transport USS John Penn at Casablanca.

In 1943, he was aboard the same ship in the Pacific when it was sunk by a Japanese torpedo. Delaney went over the side in a life jacket and was picked up a half-hour later by another U.S. ship.

After World War II, he served with the 6th Fleet in the Mediterranean aboard the heavy cruiser USS Newport News. He retired in 1959 as a chief gunner's mate.

From 1960 to 1974, Delaney worked at the Marine Corps Supply Activity Center at Broad Street and Washington Avenue. In recognition of 40 years of federal service, he received a certificate and ruby lapel pin from the Secretary of the Navy.

Survivors include his wife, the former Emily A. Kozlowski, and a stepson, Edward L. Odom.

Mass of Christian Burial was to be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. today at St. George Church, 2700 E. Venango St. Burial will be in St. Peter Cemetery, Almond and Tioga streets."


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