Census Sunday – Life and Times of Lucinda Blanche Davis

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Eldest 5 children of Wellington and Lucinda Wilson

On this Mother’s Day it seemed fitting to take a look at the life of Lucinda Blanche Davis, my great-great-grandmother.  A mother of six, she died at age 35 when her youngest child was ten months old. Lucinda was born March 16, 1859 in Allenville, Missouri, the oldest child of John H. and Celia (Murphy) Davis.  She appears in the 1860 census in West Union, Iowa:

June 25, 1860 West Union Twp., Fayette, Iowa
John Davis 19 M Farmer 50 Do [born in Ohio]
Celia Davis 19 F Missouri
Lucinda Davis 1 F Do [born in Missouri]

I haven’t located John and Celia’s family in the 1870 census; on August 31, 1879, Lucinda married Wellington David Wilson in Brush Creek, Iowa.  Lucinda was twenty years old, and Wellington just shy of that.  In 1880 the new family was enumerated in Eden Township, Iowa:

5th June 1880 Eden Twp., Fayette, Iowa 
Wilson Wm D.W M 21 x [married] Mail Carrier N. York N. York N. York
—Blanche L. W F 21 Wife x [married] Illinois Ohio Ill

Wellington and Lucinda’s first child, Maud Ethel, was born May 31, 1881; five more children followed over the next twelve years: Jerry Erving, Carl Ozro (my great-grandfather), Caroline Blanch, Pearl Ethel, and William David. Sometime between the births of Maud and Jerry the family moved to Nebraska; in the 1885 Nebraska status census, the family is enumerated in Niobrara, living next door to Wellington’s father Charles:

June 1 1885 Niobrara Precinct Knox Nebraska Page 2 Enum 467
13 13 Wilson Chas. W M 52 x [married] Farmer New York NY NY
—Lucy B W M 48 wife x Keeps house New York NY NY
—Eddie W M 19 Son x [single] Iowa NY NY
—Samuel W M 12 Son x x [school] Iowa NY NY
Barbara Anderson W F 20 x servant 3 Canada Can Can
14 14 Wilson David W M 26 x [married] servant New York NY NY
—Lucinda W F 26 wife x keeps house x [can’t read] Missouri O O
—Maud W F 5 Daughter x [single] x [school] Iowa NY Mis. [looks almost like Wis.]
—Jerry W M 1 Daughter [sic] x x x [can’t read/write] Nebraska NY O [?]
Davis Lizzie W F 19 x servant 6 Iowa NY NY

Nine years later, on September 29, 1894, Lucinda died in Bloomfield, Nebraska. Shortly thereafter Baby William David was adopted by Lucinda’s sister Anna and her husband Irwin Hubbard. Around 1895 Wellington David was remarried, to Betsey Olsen; at about this same time he moved from Nebraska to Sisseton, South Dakota.  He and Betsey had three children of their own: Beulah, Warner, and Gladys. Wellington died in Sisseton June 17, 1923.

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