Doddridge County Roots

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Mary Jane DAVIS

Female 1829 - 1903  (73 years)


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  • Name Mary Jane DAVIS 
    Born 20 Nov 1829  Doddridge Co, (W)VA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • "Davis - The Settlers of Salem WV," p. 107, states birth date as Jan 20 1829. But date on headstone is Nov 20 1829.
    Gender Female 
    Census 1870  West Union District, Doddridge Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census 1880  Elizabeth, Wirt Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 20 Oct 1903  [1, 2, 3
    Buried Blockhouse Hill Cemetery (old SDB section), West Union, Doddridge Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Person ID I49316  Doddridge County Roots
    Last Modified 11 Nov 2016 

    Father John S. DAVIS,   b. 10 Feb 1804,   d. 5 Jul 1855  (Age 51 years) 
    Mother Esther F. RANDOLPH,   b. 31 Oct 1810,   d. 7 Feb 1894  (Age 83 years) 
    Married 6 Apr 1827  Harrison Co, (W)VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F20307  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Josiah H. BEE,   b. 7 Apr 1825, Harrison Co, (W)VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 May 1876, Wirt Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 51 years)  [3
    Married 20 May 1845  Doddridge Co, (W)VA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 5
    Notes 
    • 1850 Census, Town of West Union, Doddridge County, Virginia (now West Virginia), enumerated on Jul 16 1850:
      Josiah H. Bee, 26, blacksmith; Mary A, 21; Berkley H, 4; Mary F, 2; Oscar J, one month.

      1860 Census, Doddridge Co, Virginia (now West Virginia), enumeration date not given:
      J. H. Bee, 35, blacksmith, value of real estate $3,000, value of personal estate $1,150; Mary J, 30; B. H. (male), 14; S. O. (male), 7; A. O. (female), 5; B. F. H. (male), 2; Arthur Ingle, 18; E. J. Dotson (female), 18. All born in Virginia.
      (NOTE: Arthur Ingle was presumbably an apprentice blacksmith, since that was his military specialty during the Civil War and his civilian occupation afterward. Emily Jane Dotson was a second cousin of Mary Jane (Davis) Bee. The female child identified as A. O. was daughter Alice O'Dell Bee. Although her birthplace is shown here as Virginia, subsequent census records of 1870, 1880, 1910, 1920 and 1930 all show that she was born in Missouri in 1855. Circumstances of this family being in or near Missouri at any time between the 1850 and 1860 censuses are not known.)

      The Josiah H. Bee family moved from Doddridge "to Wirt County and lived there between 1872 and 1883. They operated the Kanawha Hotel, located on the banks of the Little Kanawha River at Elizabeth. The hotel was a popular stop-over for boats hauling passengers and goods between Parkersburg and the interior regions of West Virginia. Josiah died there in 1876 following an injury inflicted by a horse. A few years after his death, Mary Jane sold the Kanawha Hotel and returned to Doddridge County where she died" in 1903.
      SOURCE: Goldenseal Magazine, Winter 1991, pp. 40-45. (NOTE: Article states that Mary Jane (Davis) Bee died in Doddridge County in 1905. But her headstone shows her death date as Oct 20 1903. No death record has been found for her. There was a Mary Bee who died in Doddridge County in 1905, but that was Mary Melissa (Welch) Bee, second wife of Ephraim Bee.) [3, 6]
    Children 
     1. Burtly Henry BEE,   b. 21 Feb 1846, Doddridge Co, (W)VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Apr 1932, Summit, Wood Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years)
     2. Mary F. BEE,   b. 29 Dec 1847,   d. 6 Jul 1855  (Age 7 years)
    +3. Stinnett O. BEE,   b. 7 Apr 1850,   d. 17 May 1873  (Age 23 years)
     4. Wirt T. BEE,   b. 8 May 1852,   d. 9 Jul 1855  (Age 3 years)
    +5. Alice O'Dell BEE,   b. 25 Feb 1855,   d. 13 Mar 1937, Wood Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)
    +6. Frederick H. BEE,   b. 27 Aug 1857, Doddridge Co, (W)VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Mar 1951, Roane Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 93 years)
    +7. Emma L. BEE,   b. 5 Nov 1860, Wirt Co, (W)VA Find all individuals with events at this location
     8. John Augustus BEE,   b. 17 Apr 1863, Doddridge Co, (W)VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Dec 1931, Parkersburg, Wood Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years)
     9. Ephraim A. BEE,   b. 30 Apr 1866
    +10. Frances Dora BEE,   b. 11 Jun 1868, Doddridge Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Apr 1950, Vienna, Wood Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
    +11. James Edward BEE,   b. 3 Feb 1871, Doddridge Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Jan 1933, Parkersburg, Wood Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years)
    Family ID F20316  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1880 - Elizabeth, Wirt Co, WV Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Blockhouse Hill Cemetery (old SDB section), West Union, Doddridge Co, WV Link to Google Earth
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  • Documents
    1870 Census, Doddridge Co WV, West Union Dist, 7Jun1870
    1870 Census, Doddridge Co WV, West Union Dist, 7Jun1870
    1850 Census, Doddridge Co Va (now W. Va.), 16Jul1850
    1850 Census, Doddridge Co Va (now W. Va.), 16Jul1850

  • Sources 
    1. [S83] Davis - The Settlers of Salem, West Virginia, by Susie Davis Nicholson, Susie Davis Nicholson, (Gordon Printing Co, Strasburg OH, 1979 (Revised & Enlarged) < www.wvgenweb.org/harrison/books.htm >), p. 107.

    2. [S5] Headstone.

    3. [S1883] Goldenseal Magazine, (West Virginia Cultural Center, www.wvlc.wvnet.edu/culture/goldensl.html), Winter 1991, pp. 40-45.

    4. [S934] Findagrave.com.

    5. [S1774] Doddridge County WV Marriages 1845-1937, (Wes Cochran, 156 Gihon Meadows, Apt 150, Parkersburg, WV 26101 (Jan 1993)).

    6. [S83] Davis - The Settlers of Salem, West Virginia, by Susie Davis Nicholson, Susie Davis Nicholson, (Gordon Printing Co, Strasburg OH, 1979 (Revised & Enlarged) < www.wvgenweb.org/harrison/books.htm >).