We don’t know exactly when or where John P Davis (also known as Davies) was born — from his burial record, we calculate that he was born on October 7, 1822 in Wales and learn that his father’s name was Paul.
An article about his son, David Paul Davis, written in 1889 when John would have been 67 states that his parents were “two of the oldest settlers of that locality.” but our first record of John P Davis is the 1860 census where he is listed with a birth in Wales with his wife Martha P Jones also born in Wales, and five children all born in Ohio. In 1860 John had an occupation of day laborer, owned $2000 of real estate, and had a personal estate of $70. By 1870, John had an occupation of cistern and valet builder, had real estate valued at $5,000, and personal property of $150. He appears in the 1878 city directory on 15 Chestnut Street as a cistern builder but by 1880 he was working for the water department where he became a district officer for the city water works. He possibly retired at the age of 68 and remained in his home until his death on October 30, 1892.
John’s wife Martha had predeceased him – he left a will leaving his property on 15 Chestnut street to his son David Paul Davis, with income going to his son John P Davis and personal property split between his children David Paul Davis, John P Davis, Gowen Paul Davis, daughter Margaret P Edwards, and daughter Martha P Diggins.
The Last Will and Testment of
John P Davis Deceased
Pleas at the Court House in Cincinnati, in the County of Hamilton
and State of Ohio, of the Hamilton Probate Court at a session thereof
held at the place aforesaid on the eighteenth day of November in
the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and ninety two,
before the Honorable Howard Ferris sole Judge of said Court
The State of Ohio
Hamilton County ss:
Hamilton Probate Court
Be it remembered that on the eighteenth day of November in the
year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and ninety two, the
last will and testament of John P Davis late of this county,
deceased, was presented to this Court for probate record,
clothed in the words and figures following, to wit.
Will The last will and testament of John P Davis
I, John P. Davis being of sound mind and memory, do make this my
last will and testament, as follows;
First: It is my will, that my just debts, the expenses of my last sick
ness, and my funeral expenses be paid by my executor hereinafter
Second, I given and devise to my son David Paul Davis and to his
heirs and assigns forever, the House and lot in the City of Cincin
nati, State of Ohio, located on the South side of Chestnut street
between Central Avenue and Joher street, and known as “No 15 Chest
nut street, subject nevertheless to a life estate in the one half (1/2)
of the net income of said house and lot, in favor of my son John
P. Davis, Jr. I will that the sole and exclusive management and
absolute control of said house and lot shall be and remain in
my said son David Paul Davis, who after the payment of all
necessary repairs, insurance premiums, taxes & other necessary
expenses, shall, during the lifetime of said John P. Davis, Jr., pay to
the said John one half of the net income of said house & lot in quarterly
installments. The other one half of said net income belongs to my son
David Paul Davis. After the death of my son John P. Davis, Jr., said house
and lot shall belong to my son David Paul Davis, his heirs and
assigns forever in fee simple.
Third. After the payment of my debts, I give and bequeath my house
hold furniture, and all my remaining personal property of whatsoever
nature & kind as follows; one half to my son David Paul Davis; the
other half to be divided equally by my Executor hereinbelow named,
into four parts between my son John P Davis, Jr, my son Gowen Paul Davis, my daughter Mrs Margaret P Edwards and my daughter Mrs
Martha P Diggins; this is to be done as soon afte rmy death as the law
of the State of Ohio permits. My personal property at present consists
of three mortgate notes of $700.00/100 each, due me from David Paul Davis
and other money, at present $1900.00/100, making in all at present Four
Thousand Dollars ($4000.00/100)
Fourth. My lot in Spring Grove Cemetery is to be used by David Paul
Davis & his heirs, and for the internment of John P Davis, Jr.
Fifth. I hereby nominate and appoint David Paul Davis, executor of
this my last will and testament, and request that no bond be required
of him as such Executor.
In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and seal, this 24
day of October A. D. 1892
John P Davis Seal
The above instrument, was at the date thereof signed, published
and declared by the said John P Davis as and for his last will & tes
tament, in presence of us, who at his request & in his presence &
in the presence of each other, have subscribed our names as witnesses
Cincinnati O. October 24th 1892
Matthew M Gorston
Thereupon on the eighteen day of November one thousand eight hun
dred and ninety two, Matthew M Goroton and William Strunk the sub
scribing witness of the last will and testament of John P Davis, late
of this county, deceased, appeared in open Court, and were duly sworn and
examined according to law, touching the due execution of said will, and
their testimony therein was reduced to writing and filed in manner and form following, to wit:….
Margaret Davis (1846-1919) – married Edward R Edwards, moved to Norwood, Ohio [my ancestor]
John Davis (1850-????) – only record of him is the 1860 census
Gomer P Davis (1855-1938) – married Sarah Williams, worked as. U.S. mail agent
Thomas Davis (1857-????) – only record is the 1860 census
David Paul Davis (1859-1929) – married Jennie Elizabeth Jones, mail agent, railroad, featured in The Cambrian, Jan 1889,
Calvin P Davis (1861-1868) – died of dyptheria
Martha W Davis (1863-1943) – married Harry Mortimer Diggins
John Paul Davis (1868-1907) – married Catherine E Whitman
We’d love to find a birth record, marriage record, land records, naturalization records (there are many, many John P Davis’ listed….) and/or obituary for John or any newspaper articles that mention him!
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1860 United States Federal Census, Hamilton County, Ohio, population schedule, Cincinnati, Page No 305, dwelling 1290, family 2614, John P Davis; digital images, Ancestry.com(http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 5 August 2017).
1870 United States Federal Census, Hamilton County, Ohio, population schedule, Cincinnati, Ward 8, Page 161 (penned), 183 (stamped), dwelling 712, family 1885, John P Davis; digital images, FamilySearch(http://www.familysearch.org : accessed 28 March 2014).
1880 United States Federal Census, Hamilton County, Ohio, population schedule, Cincinnati, enumeration district (ED) 163, Page No 8, dwelling 57, family 81, J P Davis; digital images, Ancestry.com(http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 10 May 2018).
Find A Grave, Find A Grave, digital images (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 28 March 2014), John P Davis, Find A Grave Memorial# 57650193.
John P Davis; “Ohio, Probate Records, 1789-1996, Hamilton, Wills, 1892-1893 vol 57-58,” digital images, FamilySearch, http://familysearch.org(: accessed 28 March 2014); page 430-1, image 597.
“MR. DAVID PAUL DAVIS,” The Cambrian, January 1889, OhioCambrian(http://ohiocambrian.llgc.org.uk : accessed 12 January 2018); digital images.
“Ohio, County Death Records, 1840-2001,” images, FamilySearch(http://www.familysearch.org : accessed 29 October 2017), Jno P Davis.
(Spring Grove Cemetery), Spring Grove Cemeteries, digital images (http://www.springgrove.org/ : accessed 16 August 2017), John P Davis.
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