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DAVIS, John (Bethel)
|Cambria Freeman, 24 Nov 1911, Contributed by Patty Millich|
|John Davis Dead|
John Davis (Bethel), formerly a poor director of Cambria County and for the last seven years one of Ebensburg’s most respected citizens, died in Philadelphia Tuesday morning. Mr. Davis had been ill for a number of years, having been afflicted while still a member of the county poor board with what is known as creeping paralysis.
John Davis was born in Blacklick Township Jan. 25, 1846, near Bethel and to distinguish him from other John Davises living in this section, he was known as “John Davis (Bethel)”. He spent practically all of his life in Blacklick Township, filling various township offices and as stated, being at one time a poor director. He moved to Ebensburg about seven years ago. Mr. and Mrs. Davis went to Philadelphia some time ago where their sons, Lawrence and Clarence, are at college. In Philadelphia they resided at 3437 Lancaster Avenue. While Mr. Davis had been ill for some time, his condition grew gradually worse during the last couple of months. Mr. Davis was a member of the Baptist Church here. During his residence in Blacklick Township he was a member and a deacon of the Bethel Baptist Congregation.
The deceased is survived by his widow and these sons: Merton A. Davis of Norfolk, Va.; Montell Davis of Pittsburg; Everett C. Davis of Nant-y-Glo; Lawrence and Clarence Davis, of this place. The following brothers and sisters also survive: Daniel J. Davis; Joseph Davis and David Davis, all of Ebensburg; Mrs. Joseph Thomas and Mrs. Elias Lewis of Cambria Township and Mrs. Mary Davis of Sayre, Bradford County. A brother, Evan J. Davis, was a United States soldier who went with his command to the Texas-Mexican border right after the Civil War to keep an eye on the French who were occupying Mexico. He died in Texas in 1865.
The remains of John Davis were brought to Ebensburg Wednesday evening and taken to the residence from which the funeral was held Thursday afternoon, interment being in Lloyd Cemetery. The services were in charge of the Rev. Mr. Whitely, pastor of the Baptist Church.