William Harmon Davis M.D.1,2

M, #1120, b. 18 October 1844, d. 15 May 1903
Last Edited=4 Oct 2015
     William Harmon Davis M.D., was born on 18 October 1844.3

William Harmon Davis M.D. married Virginia C. Thomas, daughter of John Thomas and Martha Merrill, on 17 March 1866.1

Mississippi Biography V 3 author, Z.D. Clegg
Davis, William H., M. D. of Bond, Harrison county, was engaged in the active practice of his profession in Miss. for forty years, having taken up this humane vocation soon after the close of the Civil war, in which it had been his to do equally faithful service as a soldier of the Confederacy. His labors as a physician and surgeon were exacting and insistent, were attended with success and brought him into prominence as a leading member of his profession in his native commonwealth. Dr. Davis was born in Jasper county, Miss., Oct. 18, 1844, and is a son of Daniel W. and Emeline (Wilcox) Davis, native respectively of Clarke county, Ala. and Hinds county, Miss. Dr. Davis was reared on the homestead plantation and was afforded the advantages of the common schools of the locality, while he early determined to prepare himself for the profession in which he has labored so long and acceptably. When the South sought to protect its inherent rights and the Confederacy was formed, resulting in the outbreak of the Civil war, Dr. Davis left the routine duties which had theretofore engaged his attention and tendered his services as a soldier of the Confederacy, enlisting as a private in Company F, Eighth Mississippi infantry, which was assigned to the Army of the Tennessee and with which he continued in active service until victory crowned the Union arms, having participated in many important battles, together with innumerable skirmishes and other minor engagements, the history of his regiment constituting essentially the record of his faithful and valiant career as one of the brave soldiers of the gray uniform. He had previously initiated the study of medicine and after the close of the war he entered the medical department of Mobile college, in which he was graduated as a member of the class of 1866 , receiving his degree of Doctor of Medicine and coming forth admirably equipped locating in his native county of Jasper, where he remained five years, at the expiration of which he removed to Laurel, Jones county, being the first physician to take up a residence in the town, and he there built up a good practice, which engrossed his attention until 1880 , when he removed to Purvis, which is now in Lamar county, organized since that time, and five years later he established himself in practice in Bond, where he made his home until his death and where his practice was of represent character and where his record was one of distinctive success. The doctor was a staunch adherent of the Democratic party and was a member of the Baptist church: his wife, who survives him, also being a member of that church. On May 17, 1866 was recorded the marriage of Dr. Davis to Miss V. C. Thomas, of Jasper county, Miss., and the children of this union are eight in number, namely: William H., George D., Sue, Julia, Della, Dora, Daisy, and Bessie.


Article found in Book of Biographies of Mississippi Residents located at Clayton Library, Houston, Texas.4

On 7 July 1870, William Harmon Davis M.D. appeared on the United States Census, at Claiborne, Jasper County, Mississippi, His sister Ellen is also in the household. William was teaching.5

On 2 June 1880, William Harmon Davis M.D. appeared on the United States Census, at Jasper County, Mississippi, He was a physician.6

William Harmon Davis M.D. died on 15 May 1903 at Mississippi at age 58.3

Children of William Harmon Davis M.D. and Virginia C. Thomas

Citations

  1. [S10] Unknown author, "Family Group Sheets, Heidleberg Library Archives" (unknown compiler address). Unknown comments. Hereinafter cited as "Heidleberg Family Group Sheets."
  2. [S451] Headstone and Cemetery Collection, Created by: BJZATX, Record added: Nov 10, 2006, Find A Grave Memorial# 16591973. Middle name from this source., Findagrave.com.
  3. [S451] Headstone and Cemetery Collection, Created by: BJZATX, Record added: Nov 10, 2006, Find A Grave Memorial# 16591973., Findagrave.com.
  4. [S451] Headstone and Cemetery Collection, Created by: BJZATX, Record added: Nov 10, 2006, Find A Grave Memorial# 16591973. This article is quoted on this memorial and references a book that requires more research to locate., Findagrave.com.
  5. [S34] 1870 United States Census, population schedule, Claiborne, Jasper County, Mississippi, Page 44, line 14.; digital image by subscription, The Generations Network (http://www.ancestry.com); from the National Archives microfilm. A printed copy is in the personal records of this researcher.
  6. [S35] 1880 United States Census, population schedule, Jasper County, Mississippi, Supervisor's District 5, Enumeration District 158, stamped page 105, line 41.; digital image by subscription, The Generations Network (http://www.ancestry.com); from the National Archives microfilm. A printed copy is in the personal records of this researcher.
  7. [S35] 1880 United States Census, population schedule; digital image by subscription, The Generations Network (http://www.ancestry.com); from the National Archives microfilm. A printed copy is in the personal records of this researcher.