Please help me find family information for Eva (Stewart) Davis born in Pennsylvania in 1874 and died Beaver, PA in 1947?

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This distinguished surname, with no less than twenty Coats of Arms, and several notable entries in the "Dictionary of National Biography", is a patronymic form of the male given name David, itself coming from the Hebrew "Dodaveha" meaning "Beloved of Jehovah". This name was borne by the greatest of the early kings of Israel, which led to its popularity first among the Jews, and later among Christians throughout Europe in the Middle Ages. In Britain, the popularity of the personal name was increased due to the ame of St. David, 6th Century Bishop of Menevia, who became patron saint of Wales, and also as a result of its having been borne by two kings of Scotland: David 1, who reigned from 1124 to 1153, and David 11 (1329 - 1371). One David clericus, recorded in Documents relating to the Danelaw, Lincolnshire, dated 1150, is one of the earliest recorded bearers of the personal name in England. The patronymic first emerges in the early 14th Century (see below), and in 1402, a Richard Davys was entered in the Register of the Freemen of the City of York. Richard Barrett Davis (1782 - 1852) was animal painter to William 1V, and Sir John Francis Davis, chief superintendent of British trade in China, was made K.C.B. in 1854. The Coat of Arms most associated with the name is a silver shield with a chevron pean, in base a black lion rampant, a chief indented of the last, and a canton ermines. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of John Dauisse, which was dated 1327, in the "Subsidy Rolls of Cambridgeshire", during the reign of King Edward 111, known as "The Father of the Navy", 1327 - 1377. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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You may have meant that she was born in 1974 rather than 1947.

Eva E. Stewart

mentioned in the record of Edward J. Davis and Eva E. Stewart

Name Edward J. Davis
Event Type Marriage
Event Date 07 Jan 1896
Event Place , Mercer, Pennsylvania, United States
Event Place (Original) Mercer Pennsylvania, United States
Gender Male
Spouse's Name Eva E. Stewart
Spouse's Gender Female

Citing this Record

"Pennsylvania, County Marriages, 1885-1950", database with images, FamilySearch( : 4 November 2017), Edward J. Davis and Eva E. Stewart, 1896.


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Edward Davis

United States Census, 1900

Name Edward Davis
Event Type Census
Event Year 1900
Event Place Taylor Township (excl. Newcastle City), Lawrence, Pennsylvania, United States
Gender Male
Age 29
Marital Status Married
Race White
Race (Original) W
Relationship to Head of Household Head
Relationship to Head of Household (Original) Head
Years Married 5
Birth Date Apr 1871
Birthplace W. Virginia
Marriage Year (Estimated) 1895
Father's Birthplace Wales
Mother's Birthplace W. Virginia






Edward Davis Head M 29 W. Virginia
Eva E Davis Wife F 26 Pennsylvania
Elizabeth Davis Daughter F 4 Pennsylvania
Edward D Davis Son M 2 Pennsylvania

Citing this Record

"United States Census, 1900," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 15 March 2018), Edward Davis, Taylor Township (excl. Newcastle City), Lawrence, Pennsylvania, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 122, sheet 5A, family 96, NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1972.); FHL microfilm 1,241,427.

by Frank Gill G2G Astronaut (2.3m points)
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It may only ADD to the confusion, but there is a halfway-decent newspaper obituary for an Eva Elizabeth (Stewart) Davis (c. 1875 - 1947) in the New Castle News, New Castle, Pennsylvania, 13 February 1947, page 2, column 3.  The item is available from _NewspaperArchive_.  It shows her parents as (the late) John and Margaret (Baker) Stewart.

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by J Stewart G2G6 Mach 2 (20.4k points)

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