Sunday, February 25, 2018

SUNDAY’S OBITUARY ~ William Davies, born in Scotland in 1825–died in Washington, D.C. in 1904

DAVIES_William_death notice_EveningStar_pg 5_20 Jun 1904_WashingtonDC
Transcription: Davies. On Saturday afternoon, June 18, 1904, at 5:30 o’clock, William Davies, aged seventy-nine years.  Born in Kilbarchan, Renfrewshire, Scotland.  Funeral from his late residence, 309 I street southeast, Monday, June 20, at 4 p.m.

William Davies is my sister-in-law’s 2nd great grandfather.  Born in Kilbarchan, Renfewshire, Scotland he married Jane Cameron on 7 Apr 1849 in his home town.

William first married Jane Cameron on 7 Apr 1849 in Kilbarchan, Renfew, Scotland and they had two known daughters, Frances, born about 1852 and Mary Jane (9 Mar 1863-21 Jun 1863).  Because of the large gap between the births of Frances & Mary Jane, there may well be other children that were born to this couple.

Here is there marriage record from Scotland.

CAMERON_Jane marriage to William Davies_1849_Scotland_annot

William and his wife Jane immigrated to the United States between 1849 and 1855.

Sadly, William’s wife, Jane died 5 Apr 1863, age 36 and his infant daughter, Mary Jane just a couple of months later.  You may visit Jane and Mary Jane’s memorial on FindAGrave here – Jane #69470171 and Mary Jane #147481252.  They are buried at Congressional Cemetery in Washington, D.C. Their names appear on the same headstone. I wonder if childbirth played a roll in Jane’s death?  It so often did back then.

Bye the time of the 1870 census, William had remarried.  His second wife was Elizabeth C. Kirkwood born 21 Jan 1839 and died 19 Apr 1890, age 51.  She is also buried at Congressional Cemetery in Washington, D.C. #69469749.

William remained in Washington, D.C. and can be found in the 1900 census in a household with 6 of his children.

1900_DAVIES_William & children_WashDC - Copy

A record of William’s death can be found on, however, the image is not available unless you are at the Family History Library or an FHC location.  I will be at the FHL later this month and will locate this film and get a copy of the image to add to my Legacy database.

District of Columbia Deaths, 1874-1961
Name:    William Davies
Event Type:    Death
Event Date:    18 Jun 1904
Event Place:    District of Columbia, United States
Address:    309 I St S E
Gender:    Male
Age:    79
Marital Status:    Widowed
Birth Year (Estimated):    1825
Birthplace:    Scotland
Burial Date:    20 Jun 1904
Cemetery:    Congressional Cemetery
Father's Birthplace:    Scotland
Mother's Birthplace:    Scotland
Frame Number:    720
Reference ID    155492
GS Film Number    2115159
Digital Folder Number    004024880
Image Number    720

If you are related to this family, I’d love to hear from you.  Should you have any additional information or correction, please contact me.

Happy hunting,
Michigan Girl
Copyright ©  2010-2018   Diane Gould Hall


  1. I am waiting to see if you were able to locate the copy of the original record while in Salt Lake??

    1. I’m sorry to say that I failed to look for this record Debby. It was on my list, but slipped through the cracks. I got sidetracked, darn it!


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