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Zoro Melvin L. Davis

Male 1872 - 1935  (63 years)


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  • Name Zoro Melvin L. Davis  [1
    Gender Male 
    Born 19 May 1872  Benton Twp., Elkhart Co., Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4
    Occupation Fireman At A Cement Plant (1910), Stoker At Gas Plant (1915-1935)  [4
    Cemetery Mock Cemetery, Sect. 4, Row 4  [3
    Death Notice The Elkhart Truth, Saturday, August 10, 1935, p. 2
    MELVIN L. DAVIS
    Melvin L. Davis, 63, who had been employed as a stoker at the local gas plant ever since coming to Elkhart 20 years ago, died in the Elkhart General hospital at 4 o’clock Friday. A week ago he underwent an operation for a kidney affection, and last Monday was returned to his home, 915 Madison street; but suffered a relapse and was taken back to the hospital on Wednesday.
    Mr. Davis was born in Benton township, May 19, 1872, the son of Austin and Susanna Davis. His early life was spent on a farm near North Webster and he lived at Syracuse 15 years before coming to Elkhart. His second marriage was to Flora C. Bell of Elkhart, Nov. 5, 1921. She survives, with the following children of his first marriage: Earl and Charles Davis of Kalamazoo, Claude Davis of Bourbon and Mrs. Viola McHenry of Syracuse. There are nine grandchildren, and the following sisters: Mrs. Chloe Stoner and Mrs. Iza Umphsbaugh of Elkhart, and Mrs. Emma Menzie and Mrs. Frances Hile of Pierceton.
    Ther funeral will be held Monday, with a service at 1 p.m. at the Charles Walley chapel, 126 South Second street, and another at 2:30 o’clock at Mock’s church, North Webster, and burial in the church cemetery.  [4
    Residence(s) 1880: Benton, Elkhart Co., Indiana
    1900: Tippecanoe twp., Kosciusko Co., Indiana
    1910: Boston St., Syracuse, Turkey Creek twp., Kosciusko Co., Indiana
    1930: 915 Madison, Concord twpl, Elkhart, Indiana  [2, 5
    Died 9 August 1935  Elkhart, Elkhart Co., Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Buried North Webster, Kosciusko Co., Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Headstones Submit Headstone Photo Submit Headstone Photo 
    Person ID I9054  Angus Saline's Genealogy
    Last Modified 10 September 2012 

    Father Austin Davis,   b. 2 August 1838,   d. 7 August 1899  (Age 61 years) 
    Mother Susannah E. Juday,   b. 19 May 1848, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 March 1932  (Age 83 years) 
    Married 26 December 1867  Elkhart Co., Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Wedding Details Married by E. G. Chamberlain 
    Family ID F6578  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse 1 Hattie Popenfoose,   b. May 1879, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 15 February 1896  Kosciusko Co., Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Divorced 10 November 1916  Kosciusko Co., Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    • Box 421, Case 13537
    Wedding Details Married by J. Stillman, minister 
    Children 
     1. Charles Davis,   b. 18 October 1896, Syracuse, Kosciusko co., Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 July 1974, Otsego, Allegan Co., Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
    +2. Earl L. Davis,   b. 10 September 1898, Koscuisko Co., Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 February 1944, Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo Co., Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 45 years)
     3. Claud Davis,   b. 30 April 1901, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. December 1973, Marshall Co., Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)
     4. Edna Viola Davis,   b. about 1905, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID F6302  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse 2 Flora Catherine Hough,   b. 14 April 1874, Kansas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 December 1953, Elkhart Co., Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Married 5 November 1921  [4
    Family ID F6579  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Elkhart Truth, November 20, 1917, p. 2
      Files Suit to Regain Custody of Children
      James V. Beghtel Takes Action Against Wife, Alleged to be Living With Another Man.
      James V. Bechtel has filed proceedings in the superior court against Jeptha Beghtel and Melvin Davis asking for a writ of habeas corpus to compel them to give him the custody of his two children, Emery Earl Beghtel, age 9, and Marion Beghtel, aged 4.
      The complaint, which was prepared by Attorneys Proctor & Cawley, sets out that the plaintiff is the father of the childrern but that the defendants, who are living at 200 1/2 South Main street have unlawfully secured and retain the custody of the children. It is alleged the defendants “seized the children and restrain them” at the Main street address. Mrs. Beghtel, it is averred, is the mother of the children but is now living with Davis, and is an unfit person to have the custody of the children.
      Mrs. Beghtel recently filed suit in the superior court asking for a divorce from James V. Beghtel. Beghtel was arrested Saturday, charged with failing to support his children, on complaint of Mrs. Beghte. He was released on bond.

      Elkhart Truth, November 27, 1917, p 2
      Zephah Beghtel was divorced from James V. Beghtel on the ground of cruelty, given the custody of minor children and an allowance of $5 a week for their support beginning with December 1,. The habeas corpus proceedings filed by Beghtel against his wife and Melvin Davis for the custody of the children was dismissed at the cost of the plaintiff.

      Elkhart Truth, November 21, 1918, p 4
      Superior Court
      Charging cruelty, Zepha L. Davis has filed suit in the superior court for divorce from Melvin Davis. The complaint, which was prepared by Attorneys Proctor & Cawley, shows the parties were married on December 26, 1917, and separated November 9, 1918. It avers that the defendant abused the plaintiff and her children by a former marriage.

      Elkhart Daily Review, November 21, 1918, p. 5
      Cruelty is alleged--Alleging cruelty, Jepha Davis filed suit in the superior court this morning for divorce from Melvin Davis. Tthe parties were married December 26, 1917, and separated November 9, 1918. It is said in the complaint that the defendant refused to care for the two children of the plaintiff by another marriage. Accompanying the suit is a petition for allowance. The plaintiff asks $10 a week and sufficient money to prosecute her case. The plaintiff is represented by Proctor & Cawley.

  • Sources 
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    2. [S2425] .

    3. [S1404] Find A Grave.

    4. [S2429] .

    5. [S2341] .

    6. [S2510] Indiana, Marriages, 1811-1959.

    7. [S2346] Kosciusko County Marriages.

    8. [S2351] Kosciusko County Divorces.



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