Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday: Judith E. (Bell) Davis

Judith E. Bell was born 8 December 1849 in Newport Township, Washington County, Ohio, to Joseph and Deborah (Williamson) Bell. She was an older sister of my great grandfather William Williamson Bell. The family moved to Clay Township in Gallia County, Ohio, in the 1860s. There Judith married Quincy A. Davis on 15 July 1872. They were members of the Clay Chapel Methodist Episcopal Church. The Davis family moved into town in Gallipolis before 1900 then north to a farm in Medina County by 1910. Judith died on 21 April 1914 at age 64 at the home of her oldest daughter, Mabel Cottrell, at 2324 E. 87th Street in Cleveland, Ohio, where she had been for forty-seven days, probably cared for by Mabel and attended by a doctor for chronic nephritis and chronic endocarditis. She was buried in the historic East Cleveland Cemetery. Her husband lived on in Medina County. He died 5 January 1941 in Lafayette Township, Medina County, Ohio, at age 91. He was buried with his wife though the gravestone was never updated for him.

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