Wendell McDavid
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Wendell L. McDavid (1904 - 1919)

Wendell L. McDavid
Born in Houston, Texas, United Statesmap
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Died at age 14 in San Antonio, Bexar, Texas, United Statesmap
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First born to the Dr. F.L. McDavid family -- Wendell L. lived to be only 15. Among the Doctors presiding over him was his own father. Tragically, all desperate efforts to save the the young school boy's life were unsuccessful. In the end, Wendell succumbed to exhaustion and dysentery not kidney failure as was previously thought. Dysentery: Inflamation of the intestine, especially of the colon, that may be caused by chemical irritants, bacteria, protozoa or parasites. As one might understand, for the young McDavids, this was an unexpected disaster of the highest order. Presently, it isn't clear if the causes for dysentery were well known or understood in the United States at that time. This disease was common in underdeveloped countries where sanitation, clean food and safe water were not present. Finally, Percy's son Wendell McDavid was named after his uncle, Wendell L. McDavid.


  • Census Records:
    • "United States Census, 1910," database with images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M29W-6HS : accessed 27 December 2020), Wendell L Mc David in household of F L Mc David, Houston, Harris, Texas, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 81, sheet 6B, family 165, NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1982), roll 1559; FHL microfilm 1,375,572.
  • "Texas Deaths, 1890-1976," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K3F7-Q14 : 13 March 2018), Wendell L Mcdavid, 01 May 1919; citing certificate number 14939, State Registrar Office, Austin; FHL microfilm 2,073,563.
  • "Texas Death Index, 1903-2000," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VZND-LC2 : 24 May 2014), Wendell L Mcdavod, 01 May 1919; from "Texas, Death Index, 1903-2000," database, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : 2006); citing certificate number 14939, Bexar, Texas, Texas Department of Health, State Vital Statistics Unit, Austin.

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