Christopher Davis


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OBITUARY 23 Sep 1928 -- Newspaper unknown

Christopher Davis was born in Franklin Co., Pa., October 21 1840. He was a son of Thomas and Elizabeth (Rinedollar) Davis of the same county. These parents arrived by boat at Savanna, Carroll County, Ill., in 1852, and from there came to Mt. Carroll, where the father opened a blacksmith shop. This he conducted until he was seventy-two years old, when he retired. Christopher being the eldest of ten children was educated in the schools of Mt. Carroll, with one term at the Seminary, (now Frances Shimer Academy.) When nine years old, he began working on a farm in the summer and attending school in winter, and continued until he was sixteen. After this he devoted his life to farming. In 1861, he enlisted in the War of the Rebellion in the First company formed in Mt. Carroll, but on account of his mother's health he was excused. On August 6, 1862, he enlisted in Company C., Ninety-second Illinois Volunteer Infantry and served with that regiment until mustered out at Concord, North Carolina, July 7, 1865. Although he saw much service, he was neither wounded or taken prisoner and was only absent from his command five days on account of sickness. He was in many Skirmishes and in Georgia with Gen. Sherman in his march to the sea. In 1865 he returned to Mt. Carroll, rented a farm, and began working for himself. On Dec. 22, 1865, he was united in marriage to Mary J. Zuck. After his marriage Mr. Davis continued the occupation of farming in Fairhaven, Woodland and Salem townships, finally settling on their present farm in Salem. Politically Mr. Davis was a republican and belonged to Nase Post, No. 80, G. A. R. of Mt. Carroll. Mr. Davis was a member of the Methodist church, having united in September, 1890, under the ministerial of the Rev. G. B. Miller. Five children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Davis -- Thomas, who died Sept. 20, 1909; Sarah E. at home; Nellie S., now Mrs. Newman Jones of Savanna, Ill.; Charles F., of Wysox, Carroll county, and Mrs. Mae Altensey, of Mt. Carroll. Christ Davis as he was familiarly known was one of the pioneers of Carroll County and saw the country grow from its virgin state to its present state of prosperity. He was a man of integrity, the soul of honor, a good neighbor and a lasting friend. He was a brave and gallant soldier, and nothing pleased him more than to recite incidents of the war with his old comrades at arms. He rarely failed to attend their many reunions. But he has been called to the Grand Reunion on the other side. It can be truly said, the world is better for his having lived.

Funeral services were conducted at the home by Rev. E. K. Hester, assisted by Rev. B. H. Rogers. Remains interred in Oak Hill cemetery.

Submitted by Nettie Mae Lucas.  This is my husband's great-great grandfather.