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Story of Charles Clarence Conley

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Location: Dixon, Illinoismap
Surname/tag: Conley Davis Revell
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This research paper was sent to me in PDF form with some other documents.

One document was the handwritten note of Alice Davis giving up custody of her son.

There were various photographs and also a booklet entitled

The Background of Bullen, Bullard 1838-1993 Written, Compiled & updated by Charlotte F. Brown and Jean T. Pottroff March, 1993

Unverified Research:

Charles Clarence Conley Born: November 23, 1872

Thomas Davis came from Maryland about the time of the Revolutionary War. He was a Revolutionary soldier. Thomas later went on to Covington, Mercer, Kentucky. He married Lucy Williams of Kentucky who was born in 1747 at the age of 17 years old. Thomas Davis was a cousin of Jefferson Davis. General Zachary Taylor was the administrator of the family.Zachary Taylor and William Davis were brother-in-laws., William being the son of Thomas and Lucy Davis. This section told of a family which indicates parents Thomas and Lucy being born around 1747. The next section claims they had a child at 72. It appears to be all incorrect because of that Also this paragraph does tons of name dropping. President Zachary Taylor was actually the father in law of President Jefferson Davis. Zachary Taylor and William Davis were not in-laws.

William Thomas Davis was born in 1819 at Covington, Kentucky. He had three brothers, namely, Jefferson, Ben and Will and one sister, Suzanne. The inclusion of Jefferson here is interesting as there is a Jefferson Davis that has DNA descendants which do match. He has been assigned different parents by his descendants. he was a surgeon in the Mexican War. William was first married to Marjorie Hamlin (Capell, Campell) who died two years after their marriage. He later married Martha Revell of Campbell County, Kentucky who was the daughter of William Revell. She was born in 1828 and married "Wid" as he was called at the age of seventeen. They moved from a plantation in Kentucky to Pike County, Il where three children were born and then moved to Placerville, CA, going across the Isthmus of Panama to Cuba, to New Orleans, then up the river to Kentucky This does not make any sense. The 1850 census from Illinois has the small family living in Il.

Three of the children were born in Illinois:

Sara Davis b 1747
Lydia davis b ca 1849
John Davis b1851 who married a Hellen M. Tuter on May 24, 1869 in Illinois This John Davis is not part of this family. Linked to his family.'Bold text'
Mary Alice Davis b 2/4/1854 in Indiana
Lewis Davis b 1861 in Boone Co, Missouri (Steamboat Rock)
Ellen Davis b 1864 Boone Co. Missouri (Steamboat Rock)
Charles Davis b. 1868 at Linn County, Iowa

The Davis family located at Cedar Rapids, Clinton Township, Linn County, IA. Martha Davis died on December 30, 1868, apparently in childbirth and this probably is the reason why Mary Alice was given the responsibility to care for this child. This sentence doesn't state what child it is talking about, but it is incorrect saying that Martha died in 1868 as she is in a photograph dated 9 Feb 1928. Burial for William T. and Martha Davis is in the Oak Hill Cemetery in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Mary Alice, the fourth child, has been located in Dixon, Illinois around 1870 to have learned and know a man by the name of Thomas Conley. She gave birth to a son for which she named, Charles Clarence Conley on November 23, 1872 and took up residency in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The whereabouts of Thomas Conley have been investigated and no research can be uncovered concerning him. Mary Alice was 18 years old when this son was born. There are several stories that have come down from our parents about this son: First, there was a couple who saw this curly haired little boy playin and fell in love with him and to the point of adopting him. Second, the mother felt it too difficult to raise this child economically so at the age of 23 she permitted this adoption which took place on June 8 1877.

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