Clemiel Davis (1818-1861) and Martha Priestly (1821-1885)

Clemiel Davis and Martha Priestly are my 4X great grandparents, parents of my 3x great grandmother Sarah Elizabeth Davis.

Clemiel Davis was born in about 1818 in Rowan County, North Carolina. He was the son of mother Sarah (maiden name unknown) Davis Stockstill and stepfather Austin Stockstill. Clemiel was found on the 1830 US Census living with his parents and siblings in Union, Illinois.

Martha Priestly was born July 20, 1821 in Rockbridge County, Virginia. She was the daughter of Samuel Priestley and Isabelle Hazelett. See Samuel’s Find A Grave memorial here.

Long Ago Tales of Our Family by David Carver Caldwell and Peggy Anderson Caldwell includes information on Clemiel and Martha, much of which I’ve used here.

Clemiel and Martha were married in 1835 in Benton County, Missouri. Clemiel was 17, and Martha was 14.

On the 1840 US Census, Clemiel was recorded as Clarence, head of a household in Prairie, Washington County, Arkansas. There were 3 in the household: 1 male under age 5 (Samuel was a newborn); 1 male aged 20-29 (Clemiel was about 22); 1 female aged 15-19 (Martha was 19).

On the 1850 US Census, Clemiel was 33 and Martha was 30. They were farming in Swan, Taney County, Missouri. There were 5 children in the home: Samuel, age 10; Sarah, age 8; John, age 6; MJ (unknown), age 4; J (unknown), age 1.

On the 1860 US Census, Clemiel was 40 and Martha was 39. They were in Galena, Stone County, Missouri. Clemiel was a merchant. There were 4 children at home: Sarah, age 16; John W., age 14; Martha, age 3; Clarissa, age 4 months.

Clemiel fought in the Civil War as a Captain with Company E of the Stone County Home Guard. He died September 10, 1861. He was 43. He had been taken prisoner and was killed. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

On the 1870 US Census, Martha was widowed and 48. She was in Washington, Stone County, Missouri with two children at home: Martha, age 14; Clarissa, age 11.

On the 1880 US Census, Martha was 56 and living in Washington, Stone County, Missouri. She lived with daughter Clarrissa  “Belle” and her husband Rufus Gideon.

Martha died July 23, 1885 in Galena, Stone County, Missouri. She was 65. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

The children of Clemiel Davis and Martha Priestly:

Samuel Marion Davis – Samuel was born in 1840 in Prairie, Washington County, Arkansas. He married Nancy Lavina Manning on July 14, 1859 in Forsyth, Missouri. They had 9 children. He served the Union in the Civil War with Company E, Stone County Regiment, Missouri Home Guard. He was a merchant clerk (1860 in Missouri), a farmer in Kansas (1880), and a watchman at a roundhouse (1900 in Colorado). He was widowed in January of 1917, and was admitted to the U.S. Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers in Sawtelle, Los Angeles County, California, later in 1917 and again in 1918. In 1920 he was living in Kern County, California with a son. He died November 24, 1923 in Kern County, California. He was 82 or 83. See his Find A Grave memorial here.

Sarah Elizabeth Davis – My 3X great grandmother Sarah was born in February of 1844 in Taney County, Missouri. She married William Baker on June 21, 1860 in Stone County, Missouri. They had 8 children. Sarah died April 22, 1921 in Reeds Spring, Stone County, Missouri. She was 71. Her Find A Grave memorial is here. Read about her here.

John Wesley Davis – John was born July 28, 1845 in Galena, Stone County, Missouri. He served in the Civil War in Company E Stone County Regiment, Missouri Home Guard. He married Alicy Catherine Melton in 1867. They had 14 children. He was a preacher, farmer and wheelwright. He died March 15, 1895 in Pueblo County, Colorado. He was 49. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

MJ – MJ was born about 1846 in Missouri. The only record of her is on the 1850 US Census.

J – J was born about 1849 in Missouri. The only record of him is on the 1850 US Census.

Martha Eveline Davis – Martha was born on September 12, 1856 in Stone County, Missouri. She married Thomas Butler on November 12, 1874 in Stone County, Missouri. They had 4 children. They farmed in Stone County, Missouri. She died May 1, 1938 in Stone County, Missouri. She was 81. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Clarissa “Belle” Isabell Davis – Belle was born about 1860. She married Rufus Gideon on January 1, 1880 in Stone County, Missouri. They farmed in Stone County, Missouri (1880) and Rufus was a car inspector on the railroad in Pueblo, Colorado (1900, 1910, 1920). They had 3 children. They moved to Los Angeles, California with son Elmer after the 1920 US Census, Belle died June 28, 1928 in Los Angeles, California. She was 67 or 68. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

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