Thomas Marion Davis and his three sons

Thomas Marion Davis & Sons

April 5, 1835 - November 13, 1904

Thomas Marion Davis was born at Pungo, April 5, 1835, son of John Reaves Davis and Jerushea Windley Davis. On June 18, 1856, he married Eliza Jones Saunderson and they lived on the swamp road where he farmed. He also operated a general merchandise store at Engelhard and was the town's first postmaster in 1875. The Davis' had eight children. They were Olivia (married William Dixon Mann), Margaret Webster (died at an early age), Claudius Webster, Sally Jones (married J. L. Mann), Lidia Spencer Davis (died at an early age), William Calvin, George Erasmus, and John Reaves (died at an early age). Thomas died November 13, 1904 and was buried in the Saunderson Cemetery. All the Davis' were members of the Methodist Church.

Claudius Webster Davis

January 4, 1861 - January 27, 1934

Claudius Webster Davis married three times. His first wife was Isabella Simmons and they had one son, Claudius B. Davis (Aug. 19, 1998-Feb. 7, 1918). His second wife was Frances Isabella Carter, and his third wife was Sarah Satchwell. He was a farmer, teacher at Engelhard and Fairfield, and served two terms in the State Legislature (one in 1899 and again in 1907). He is buried at Amity Methodist Church Cemetery.

William Calvin Davis

April 2, 1868 - July 28, 1948

William Calvin Davis was a merchant, farmer, grain and produce dealer, and owned and operated several freight and passenger boats and a sawmill. He also owned the first Ford automobile agency in the county. He is buried in the Davis family cemetery.

George Erasmus Davis

October 24, 1870 - January 25, 1940

George Erasmus Davis attended the Beckwith School. He married Orpha Credle and they had two sons, George Thomas and Coleman Credle. Besides farming, he was sheriff of Hyde County from 1914-1918 and he served eleven terms in the Legislature between 1923-1937. He is buried at Soule Cemetery.

(Photos and information from Hyde County History published by the Hyde County Historical Society in 1976.)

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