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Sunday, June 23, 2013

Sunday’s Obituary~J. Henry Davis

J. Henry Davis
b. Apr. 18, 1897
d. Nov. 4, 1917

J. Henry Davis Obit

J. Henry Davis, a young farmer, son of Mr. and Mrs. John C. Davis, of Cheraw, died in a hospital in Florence last Sunday. The body was laid to rest on Monday at Zoar Methodist Church. The funeral service conducted by the Rev. J. L. Tyler. Mr. Davis had been ill for several days, and from the first of his illness little hope was entertained for his recovery. Beside his parents, and a young bride of a few months, he is survived by one sister, Mrs. Herbert Thomas; and I . J. Davis, Lucius Davis and three younger brothers.1

J. Henry Davis Tombstone
Photo courtesy of Julious Burr

There several conflicts in the birth and death of Henry Davis. Both his obituary and SC Death Certificate #20273 shows that he died on November 4, 1917 while his tombstone shows November 3, 1917. 2

The 1900 Census has his birth as Mar 1896 and the tombstone has his birth as April 18, 1897. 3
J. Henry Davis, leaves his parents, Mr. & Mrs. John C. Davis, a young bride of a few months. I haven’t identified his young bride yet.

J. Henry Davis is my second cousin twice removed.

[1] James C. Pigg, Obituaries from the Chesterfield Advertiser 1892-1926; Chesterfield County Genealogical Services, 2001, page 27. Tombstone of J. Henry Davis; 18 April 1897–4 November 1917, Zoar United Methodist Church Cemetery, Chesterfield County, South Carolina.
[2] Henry Davis, death certificate 020273 (4 November 1917), Vital Records, Department of Health and Environmental Control, Columbia, Richland County, South Carolina.
[3] 1900 U. S. Census, Anson County, North Carolina, population schedule, Wadesboro, Anson County, North Carolina, enumeration district (ED) 9, Page 12A/174A; Line 49, Dwelling 180, Family 182, Household of J. C. DAVIS; digital image, ( : viewed 29 August 2012); citing National Archives Microfilm T623, Roll 1181.


  1. Sounds like, in both cases, the tombstone is wrong.

  2. I agree. I need to write up a good case summary.