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daughter of Richard Bond, April 21, 1853. She died October 6, 1861. They had no children.

Third Wife

Samuel D. Davis September 23, 1862 married Elizabeth F. Randolph as his third wife. She was a daughter of Jesse F. and Elizabeth Gillis Randolph and was born February 16, 1827, at Salem. They became the parents of four sons, Boothe Colwell, born July 12, 1863; Morton Wardner, April 12, 1865; and Samuel Hoffman and Simeon Gillis, twins, October 27, 1867. Simeon died at the age of seven years.

Boothe Colwell Davis retired last July 31 from the presidency of Alfred university, Alfred, N. Y., a Seventh Day Baptist institution, after serving as such thirty-eight consecutive years, having reached the cumpulsory retirement age of 70 years, and is now residing at Latonia Beach, Fla. He was graduated from Alfred University in 1894. While serving his first pastorate as head of the Shiloh, N. J., church of the denomination he met and married Estelle Hoffman, of that city, in 1894.

Dr. and Mrs. Boothe Colwell Davis have three children. Stanton Hoffman Davis, medical doctor at Plainfield, N. J. is a son. Elizabeth R., a daughter, is the wife of Frank Lobough, a professor of the state school of ceramics at Alfred, N. Y. Colwell, Jr., a son, lives at Plainfield, N. J., and is secretary for the Kiwanis Club in New York city. He is a World war veteran and married Beatrice Street. Stanton has three children, Elizabeth two and Colwell, Jr., two, his children being named Colwell III, and Parmelia Ann.

College Treasurer

M. Wardner Davis, brother of Dr. Boothe Colwell Davis, was formerly engaged in the mercantile business at Salem, but the last several years he had given full time to the duties of the office of treasurer of Salem college and is now thus engaged. He has lived all his married life in Salem and is one of the best known citizens of that city. Wardner Davis attended Alfred university. 

August 13, 1891, Wardner Davis married Ivie Van Horn, a daughter of William B. and Elsie Kennedy Van Horn, of Lost Creek, where she was born February 11, 1870. Their children were born as follows:

Nina Lorena Davis, July 1, 1893; Courtland Van Horn Davis, September 3, 1895; and Alberta Irene, March 21, 1899. Nina Lorena, died July 1, 1894, aged one year. 

Courtland Davis lives in Plainfield, N. J., where he is at the head of one of that city's schools. He married Frankie, an adopted daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lucian D. Lowther, of Salem. They have two sons and a daughter. Courtland V., Samuel Kenneth, and Frances Jean. 

Alberta Davis, a daughter of Wardner and Elsie Davis, is the wife of Eldred Batson, who is also at the head of one of the city schools of Plainfield, N. J. Their only child, Nellie Jo, died at birth. 

Samuel Hoffman Davis, youngest son of Samuel Davis Davis, was granted a license at the Salem church February 17, 1893, "to preach the gospel, wherever a door of usefulness is opened to him," and was later ordained. He matriculated in 1887-8 at Alfred university, and while he gives some attention to the pulpit, he is a prominent lawyer at Westerly, R. I., where he has lived a number of 

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years. He married Nina Hinman in Pennsylvania. They have a daughter, Miss Virginia, at home. 

Distinguished Family

"The family of which Samuel Hoffman Davis, prominently identified with the law and public of Rhode Island," says a history of that state, "is one of the old and distinguished in that state since the Colonial period, numbering among its sons three generations of Revolutionary patriots and a long line of clergymen, mostly of the Seventh Day Baptist faith, descending from the Rev. William Davis, of Wales, who was born in 1663, was educated at Oxford, and joined the William Penn colony at Philadelphia in 1684. In 1706 he came to Newport, and in 1713 he located in the town of Westerly, R. I., as a minister of the Seventh Day Baptist church, and was again located in Newport, R. I., where his son, James Davis, was born in 1720. 

"At the age of 57 years, James Davis, serving as a private in the Revolutionary army, under Capt. James Mosts, in the Second regiment of New Jersey infantry, was killed in the battle of Somerset Court House, September 11, 1777. His younger brother, William D. Davis, born in 1830, served in the Reolutionary army as captain in both the First and Third regiments, Monmouth county, New Jersey militia. 

"Capt. William's daughter, Mary, was married to her cousin, Jacob, the son of James Davis who was the great-great-great-grandfather of this sketch. The loyal Mary not only sent her husband forth as chaplain in the Revolutionary army, but allowed her young son, Jacob II, to enlist at Raleigh, N. C., in the quartermaster's department while yet in his teens, the records showing that he received for services certificates Nos. 41, 104, and 221 for the sum of $406 from Daniel Marsh of the quartermaster department. 

"Thus we find among the ancestor of Samuel H. Davis, (brother of S. Orlando, subjects of this sketch), two great-great-grandfathers, Private James Davis and Capt. William Davis; his great-grandfather, Chaplain Jacob Davis, and his grandfather, Jacob Davis II, all in their country's service during the American Revolution." 

Three Generations

Thus it is seen that three generations of this Davis family served in the War of Independence. 

S. Orlando Davis, son of Samuel Davis Davis and wife, Elizabeth Ford Davis, married Lucinda Van Horn, of Lost Creek, June 9, 1869. His grandfather, the Rev. Jacob Davis, performed the ceremony. She was a daughter of John H. and Mary Van Horn and was born February 22, 1849, at what is now known as Sheets Mills near Lost Creek. She died January 29, 1923, and was buried in the family lot in the Brick Church cemetery at Lost Creek. Her father was born August 9, 1818, and died July 14, 1856. Her mother was born November 10, 1820, and died August 18, 1899. They were burined in the Van Horn cemetery, improperly known as the Sheets cemetery, as the land for the cemetery was deeded by John J. Van Horn, Orlando Davis explains. 

Septemius Orlando Davis and Lucinda Van Horn Davis' sons and daughters were born as follows on the Harrison county side

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of the boundary line between Harrison and Lewis counties at the County Line stop of the Clarksburg-Weston interurban traction line: 

Maleta H. Davis, December 15, 1870, single, and housekeeper for her father. 
Jasper Lewis Davis, June 10, 1872.
James Ahva Davis, October 27, 1873, and died July 16, 1874. 
Mary Elizabeth Velma Davis, December 21, 1875, and died March 27, 1887.
Samuel Erlow Davis, October 21, 1879. Urso Boothe Davis, December 5, 1888. 
Jasper Lewis Davis was a Lost Creek contractor-carpenter. He married Miss Nannie E. Morrison, a daughter of Ashton M. and Sarah Nixon Morrison, of Lambert's run, June 28, 1893. 

Crowbar Pierced Body

While hauling logs for the foundation of an oil well, Jasper Lewis Davis met with an accident which resulted in his death Jun 27, 1915. 

After he had thrown a sharp crowbar off his wagon, he jumped to the ground, coming in contact with the crowbar and the sharp point pierced his body, causing blood poison, of which he died in a Clarksburg hospital within a few days. His widow continues to reside at Lost Creek. Their only child, a daughter, Georgia A. Davis, was born May 5, 1894. She is the widow of Peter C. Barnes. They became the parents of several children. 

Urso Booth Davis, son of Orlando and Lucinda, married Miss Jessie Saunders, a daughter of Everett B. and Ephemia Black Saunders, of Alfred, N. Y., where she was born February 28, 1884. Their marriage took place August 13, 1913, at Hornell, N. Y. Their children are: 

Everett Orlando Davis, born July 5, 1914; Jane Elizabeth Davis, born May 4, 1916; Lewis Edward Davis, born January 25, 1918; and Hugh Calvin, born May 17, 1927. 

Urso Boothe Davis is a dairy farmer, who owns 115 acres of the former Daniel Bassel farm near Lost Creek. His herd includes eighteen or twenty registered Jersey and Guernsey cows. 

Registered Herd

Samuel Erlow Davis, elder living son of Orlando and Lucinda Davis, original Jacob Davis farm, located on the Lewis county side of the boundary line, and operates a dairy farm, also. His herd includes twenty registered Jersey and Guernsey cows. He lives in a modern country house and the farm is outfitted with large barns and silos. 

This member of the Davis family married Anthea L. Bond, July 2, 1906. She is a sister of Dr. Zenia Bond, woman physician at Salem and Miss Elsie Bond, who has been a member of the faculty of Salem college from the time it was established. They have a daughter, Miss Velma, born June 3, 1907. 

Besides the late wife of Orlando Davis, there were two children in her parents' family, namely, Saphronia, born July 28, 1851, and died March 28, 1895, single; and Jasper Newton Van Horn, born January 10, 1853, and died January 1, 1934. Both were buried in the Seventh Day Baptist cemetery at Lost Creek. 

Jasper Newton Van Horn February 27, 1897, married Zeura P.
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F. Randolph, a daughter of Fenton F. and Emily P. F. Randolph. She survives him. Their sons and daughters are: 

Harvey O., of Lost Creek; Opha G., at home; Ottis, of Jane Lew, and W. Burton Van Horn, of Beverly. 

A well known farmer, Jasper Newton Van Horn, resided near Lost Creek and was active in the Seventh Day Baptist church there. 

Prudence Davis, a daughter of the Rev. Jacob and Mary Davis Davis, was married to Job Van Horn, September 20, 1839. Her husband was born June 4, 1807, in Harrison county, and died Cecember 25, 1869, near Lost Creek. She died January 14, 1867. They were the parents of eleven sons and daughters, born as follows:

Eli, April 26, 1829, who died July 18, 1829; Uria, August 9, 1830, who died November 30, 1830. Amanda Maria, August 9, 1830, twin of Uria, and died November 30, 1886; Almorine, October 5, 1832; Obadiah, February 13, 1835, who died November 27, 1895; James R., April 28, 1837; Lucy Jane, August 13, 1857, who died March 24, 1857; Mary, October 21, 1841, who died March 11, 1853; Lois, October 13, 1844, who died May 31, 1845; Joshua, april 28, 1846, who died March 7, 1853, and Samuel, February 5, 1850, who died August 9, 1850. 

These dates show most of the children of Mr. and Mrs. Van Horn died when young. 

Abram Van Horn, Sr., first of the family in America, came from Holland, where he was born, and settled on Brushy fork, Harrison county, in 1781, after having lived near Woodbridgeton, Pa. His oldest son, Job, and the latter's family embraced the Seventh Day Baptist faith over the objections of the head of the family in Harrison county, but later Abram became reconciled and followed their example. The Van Horns remain prminent in the church and among leading citizens. 

Samuel Davis Davis, father of Orlando and others, was baptized in March, 1837, by the Rev. Peter Davis, of Salem, and soon thereafter received into the Lost Creek chruch by the Rev. Stillman Coon. His father died when Samuel was only three and a half years old, and at that early age, it fell upon him to help support his widowed mother and four orphan sisters. As a result, poverty, toil and hardship filled his boyhood and early manhood. 

Formally Ordained

Licensed in 1841, when he was 17 years old he preached in the Lost Creek church several years, certificats being issued to him from year to year, two of which in 1848 and 1849 were signed by his father as church clerk. He was formally ordained May 11, 1850, in the Lost Creek church by the Revs. Azor Estree and Peter Davis, and immediately called to the pastorate of the Lost Creek church, a relation his sustained until he resigned in 1875. 

The Rev. Samuel D. Davis devoted much time to evangelistic and missionary work during his pastorate. In 1867, the Lost Creek and Salem churches sent him and his brother on a visit to Shelbyville, Tenn., and two years later he again visited Tennessee under auspices of the American Sabbath Tract Society. 

The Civil War was felt in the Lost Creek church, as there were
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