Reese Davis

Milton Reese Davis (1829 - 1906)

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Milton Reese (Reese) Davis
Born in Scottsburg, Scott County, Indianamap
Husband of — married 6 Jun 1854 in Scottsburg, Scott County, Indianamap
Husband of — married 29 Oct 1904 in Underwood, Clark County, Indianamap
Descendants descendants
Died in Underwood, Clark County, Indianamap
Profile last modified 30 May 2018 | Created 3 Aug 2017
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Biography

Milton Reese Davis was born on 23 Feb 1829 in Scottsburg, Scott County, Indiana, the fourth child of Elizabeth Smith and Henry Davis. His birth date was verified by the paper sewn into the family bible by his mother that provided the birth dates for the parents and all of the ten children. This paper was included in the civil war pension file of James H. Davis, brother of Milton Reese Davis. Most documents indicate that Milton was born a year later.

Milton was no longer living with his parents when the 1850 census occurred. On 6 Jun 1854 Milton married Mary (Polly) Penrod at Scottsburg, Scott County, Indiana. Polly was the daughter of Samuel Penrod. They had one daughter and six sons.

Milton was mustered into the Union army on 9 Aug 1862 and fought in the Civil War as a private in the 4th Cavalry, 77th Regiment, Company D, Indiana Volunteers. He was mustered out of the service on 29 Jun 1865. While he was not wounded during his service, he became partially disabled later in life due to the conditions he was a part of during the war.

It is possible that Milton and his family moved briefly to Missouri or visited there after the war. The 1870 census lists one son as being born in Missouri, however that entry is crossed off and replaced with Indiana in the census. It is possible that Milton's father may have moved to Missouri some time after 1860. In any case, by 1870 the family had returned to Clark County, Indiana.

Milton's wife Polly passed away in 1887. At some time after this Milton R. moved in with his son Milton E. and family, and his Civil War pension helped provide support for the family. After his son Milton E passed away in Sep 1904, Milton R. married his daughter-in-law so that she would continue to receive his pension after his death. There are many pages of correspondence in the pension file attesting to the proofs that Sophia Levina Richey had married two different men named Milton Davis.

Milton Reese Davis passed away on 27 Oct 1906 at Underwood, Clark County, Indiana and is buried in Bunker Hill Cemetery, Franklin Township, Washington, Indiana.

Milton Reese Davis. Given Name: Milton Reese. Surname: Davis. [1][2][3][4][5][6]

Born 23 Feb 1829. Scottsburg, Scott County, Indiana. [7][8]

Died 27 Oct 1906. Underwood, Clark County, Indiana. [9]

Buried 30 Oct 1906. Bunker Hill Cemetery, Franklin Township, Washington, Indiana. [10]

Event: Military Service. Civil War. Note: Davis, Milton R., bur. Bunker Hill Cemetery, Franklin Township, Washington. County, Indiana. m. Polly, b 16 Oct, 1833, d. 12 Jul, 1887. Service: Private, 4th Cavalry, 77th Regiment, Company D, Indiana Volunteers,. residence, Charlestown, mustered in 9 Aug, 1862, mustered out 29 Jun, 1865. 3 Regimental History. Seventy-seventh Indiana Regiment (4th Indiana Cavalry). — Cols., Isaac P. Gray, Lawrence S. Shuler, John A. Platter, John T. Deweese, Horace P. Lamson; Lieut. -Cols., Lawrence S. Shuler, John A. Platter, John T. Deweese, Joseph P. Lesslie, Horace P. Lamson, George H. Purdy; Majs., John A. Platter, Nathan Earlywine, Warren Horr, John T. Deweese, Joseph P. Lesslie, Horace P. Lamson, George H. Purdy, Christopher C. Mason, William T. Pepper, John Austin, Albert J. Morley, Albert C. Rosencranz. This regiment was organized at Indianapolis and was mustered in Aug. 22, 1862. It left the state at once, a battalion of four companies commanded by Major Platter, proceeding to Henderson, Ky., and another battalion going to Louisville and thence to the interior of Missouri. Platter's battalion was engaged in skirmishes at Madisonville and Mt. Washington. The third battalion under Col. Gray, was encamped at Madison, Ind., for a short time, moving thence to Vevay, and then to Frankfort, Ky., which place was reached on Oct. 24. It was stationed for a time at Gallatin, Tenn., watching Morgan's forces, and was engaged in a victorious fight near Munfordville in December. In Jan., 1863, it moved into Tennessee and was in slight skirmishing about Murfreesboro in March. The regiment was united at this time, with the exception of Co. C, which became Gen. A. J. Smith's escort. The regiment moved with Rosecrans' army for Tullahoma and Chattanooga, participating at Chickamauga. It was also in the fight at Fayetteville, Tenn., Nov. 1. It passed the winter in East Tennessee, holding an advanced position in all the cavalry movements, and was conspicuously engaged at Mossy creek, Talbott's station and Dandridge. In the severe fight at Fair Garden its division drove two divisions of the enemy 8 miles during the day. Capt. Rosencranz, with the second battalion of the 4th, joined other regiments as skirmishers. Maj. Purdy, with the first battalion, supported by Lilly's 18th Ind. battery, and the remaining companies of the 4th, made a saber charge on a battery and captured it, together with a battleflag, and more prisoners than the charging party had men. Lieut. -Col. Lesslie was killed. In March, 1864, the regiment joined Sherman's cavalry, and was engaged at Varnell's station, Burnt Church, at Newnan in the McCook raid, and in all the movements of that expedition. After the fall of Atlanta it marched into Tennessee and was engaged at Columbia in October. It was stationed near Louisville, with the 2nd brigade, 1st cavalry division, Military Division of the Mississippi, during November; was near Nashville in Jan., 1865, and in February near Waterloo, Ala. It was engaged in Wilson's raid through Alabama and participated at Plantersville and Selma in April. It then moved into Georgia, leaving for Nashville in May. Co. C, which had served as Gen. Smith's escort, engaged in all the operations of his command, including the siege of Vicksburg and the Red river expedition, then joined the regiment in 1864 and served with it to the time of its discharge. The regiment was mustered out at Nashville June 29, 1865. Its original strength was 1,223; gain by recruits, 301; total, 1,524. Loss by death, 204; desertion 84; unaccounted for, 54.

Marriage Husband Milton Reese Davis. PREF Y. Wife Mary (Polly) Penrod. PREF Y. Marriage 6 Jun 1854. Scottsburg, Scott County, Indiana. [11][12] Child: Milton Edward Davis. PREF Y.

Husband Milton Reese Davis. Wife Sophia Levina Richey. Marriage 29 Oct 1904. Underwood, Clark County, Indiana. [13]

Husband Henry Davis. PREF Y. Wife Elizabeth Smith. PREF Y. Marriage 24 Mar 1824. Clark County, Indiana. [14][15][16][17] Child: Milton Reese Davis. PREF Y.

Sources

  1. Source: #S7 1860 Indiana Certainty: 3 Indiana, Clark County, Charleston Township July 6, 1860. Milton Davis - 30, Mary Davis - 29. Sammuel PARROD - 50 (born in KY), Samuel H. Davis - 3, James A. Davis - 11/12.
  2. Source: #S7 1880 Indiana Certainty: 4 1880 Indiana, Clark County, Charleston Township. Milton Davis - age 50, Mary - age 46, James A. - age 20, John R. - age 18, Milton E. - age 16, Will R. - age 11, Isaac H. - age 9, Mary E. - age 6.
  3. Source: #S7 1900 Illinois Certainty: 3 1900 Census Illinois, Coles County, Humbolt Township. Milton Davis - (Feb 1830) age 70, Milton E. - (July 1866) age 33, Vina - (May 1873) - age 27, Rosa B. - (Jan 1891) age 9, Walter I. - (Feb 1893) - age 7, Henry W. - (Sep 1897) - age 2.
  4. Source: #S4 Interviewed by Vernon Peterson Certainty: 4 Interview with Henry William Amos Davis and brother Grant Stanley Davis - 1978 (occasion was celebration of 30th wedding anniversary of Henry Davis's son) They indicated their parents were Milton Davis and Vina Richey Grandparents were Reese and Polly Davis and Bill and Cynthia Richey
  5. Source: #S14
  6. Source: #S7 1870 Indiana Certainty: 3 Series: M593 Roll: 357 Page: 2 Previous PageNext Page Surname GivenName Age Sex Race Birthplace State County Location Year DAVIS MILTON 40 M W IN IN SCOTT FINLEY TWP 1870 Davis, Milton age 40 Farmer born-Indiana Polly age 37 Keeping House born-Indiana Samuel age 12 Working on farm born-Indiana James age 10 born-Indiana John age 8 born-Indiana Milton age 3 born-Missouri (Missouri is crossed out) Indiana William age 1 born Indiana
  7. Source: #S16
  8. Source: #S17 James H. Davis Certainty: 3 Henry Davis Born Oct 2" 1804 Elizabeth Smith Born March 11, 1804 Were Married March 24 1824. The above is the father and mother of the soldier and the record of the birth of the children are as follows: William Davis Born Dec. 18" 1824 Sarah Ann Davis " " " " twins John Davis " Feb. 27 1827 Milton Davis " Feb. 23" 1829 Henry Davis " May 14 1832 Thomas Davis " Nov. 14 1834 James Davis " May 20 1837 Silas Davis " Sept 1st" 1839 Eliza Jane Davis " March 3rd 1842 Elizabeth Ann Davis " March 27" 1845
  9. Source: #S17 Widows Pension Certainty: 4 Declaration of a widow for accrued pension State of Indiana County of Clark On this 13 day of Nov. A.D. one thousand nine hundred and six personally appeared before me, a Justice of Peace within and for the county and state aforesaid, Sofe Louise V. Davis, aged 34 years, a resident of near Underwood, County of Clark State of Indiana, who being duly sworn according to law, makes the following declaration inorder to optain the penrion which had accrued her husband, named below, at the time of his death. That she is the widow of Milton Davis who served as Priv in Co. D., 4 Ind. Cav. War '61 to '65 and who was a pensioner of the United States by certificate 492057, on the roll of the Pension Agency at Indianapolis, Ind; that the last payment of his pension was made to the 4th day of Aug, 1906; that he died on the 27th day of October, 1906. That she was married under the name of Sofe Louise V. Davis to said pensioner at Underwood, Ind on the 29 day of OCtober 1904 by Alex F. Neville J.P.; that there was no legal barrier to marriage; that she had been once previously married; that the soldier had once previously been married. Soldiers wife died July 12, 1887; Claimants Husband died Sept 6, 1904. That her post-office address is Underwood, COunty of Clark, State of Indiana. Attest: (1) Aaron N. Warsman (2) Henry N. Montgomery (applicant's signature) Sofa Louise V. Davis And personally appeared Aaron N. Warsman, residing at Underwood, Ind, and Henry N. Montgomery, residing at Underwood, Ind, persons who I certify to be respectable and entitled to credit, and who, being by me duly sworn, say they were present and saw her, the claimant, sign her name (or make her mark) to the foregoing declaration; and that they have every reason to believe, from the appearance of said claimant and their acquaintance with her of Twenty years and Two years respectively, that she is the identical person she represents herself to be; and that they have no interest in the prosecution of this claim. Aaron N. Warsman Henry N. Montgomery (signatures of witnesses) Sworn to and subscribed before me this 13th day of Nov. A.D. 1906 and I hereby certify that the contents of the above declaration, etc., were fully made known and explained to the applicant and witnesses before swearing, including the words __________, erased and the words _________, added; and that I have no interest, direct or indirect, in the prosecution of this claim. Alex F. Neville Justice of Peace
  10. Source: #S16 MIlton is buried in Gr#4, Row 21, Lot 1, S-PT. He was a farmer.
  11. Source: #S15 pg 27 Certainty: 4 Davis, Milton R married Penrod, Mary on 06 Jun 1854 Book 2B page 202
  12. Source: #S16
  13. Source: #S17 Marriage License Certainty: 4 Dated October 29, 1904, Clark County, Indiana Milton Davis and Sofe Louise V. Davis George W. Badger, Clerk Alex F. Neville, J.P. Part of Milton Davis military pension papers
  14. Source: #S10
  15. Source: #S11
  16. Source: #S12 Indiana Marriages database Last Name First Name Spouse: Last Name Spouse: First Name County: Date: DAVIS HENRY SMITH ELIZABETHClark 3-27-1824
  17. Source: #S17 James H. Davis Certainty: 3 Henry Davis Born Oct 2" 1804 Elizabeth Smith Born March 11, 1804 Were Married March 24 1824. The above is the father and mother of the soldier and the record of the birth of the children are as follows: William Davis Born Dec. 18" 1824 Sarah Ann Davis " " " " twins John Davis " Feb. 27 1827 Milton Davis " Feb. 23" 1829 Henry Davis " May 14 1832 Thomas Davis " Nov. 14 1834 James Davis " May 20 1837 Silas Davis " Sept 1st" 1839 Eliza Jane Davis " March 3rd 1842 Elizabeth Ann Davis " March 27" 1845
  • Source: S14 Media: Letter Janet Poyner Italicized: Y Paranthetical: Y
  • Source: S16 Media: Internet Gedcom Donna Gene Adams 4 Aug 2001 Italicized: Y Paranthetical: Y
  • Source: S17 Media: Military Military Pension Papers Italicized: Y Paranthetical: Y
  • Source: S4 Media: Interview Henry William Amos Davis Italicized: Y Paranthetical: Y
  • Source: S7 Media: Census/Tax Federal Census 4 Aug 2001 Italicized: Y Paranthetical: Y


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