Sunday, July 6, 2014

52 Ancestors: #27 Lucy Jordan Davis (1795-?)

Lucy Jordan, my fourth great grand aunt, was born on this date in 1795, in Durham, Androscoggin County, Maine, the oldest of five children born to Jedediah Jordan and Rachel Turner, and their first daughter.

She was a sixth generation descendant of the Reverend Robert Jordan and Sarah Winter, who settled on Richmond's Island, off what is now Cape Elizabeth, Maine, in the mid-1600's. Her father was born there in 1758, but moved to Durham around 1785, where he married Lucy's mother in 1790.

In the Spring of 1826, at the age of 30, Lucy married Daniel Davis of Lewiston. According to this record, they were married in Danville, in Androscoggin County.

Lucy and Daniel lived their whole married lives in Freeman, in Franklin County, Maine, and raised nine children:

Joseph, b. 1826
Dorcas, b. 1828
Lucy Jane, b. 1830
James, b. 1832
Benjamin, b.1834
Silva/Silvia, b. 1836
John , b. 1838
Collamore, b. 1842
Charles "Nelson", b. 1844

Their son Collamore fought in the Civil War with the 16th Maine Infantry, and was a prisoner of war, for which Lucy received a survivor's pension.

Lucy lost her husband, Daniel, in 1870, and he is buried in Starbird Corner Cemetery, in Freeman. Lucy is enumerated as being 79 years old in the 1880 census in Freeman, living with her sister Leah, aged 61. She does not appear in the Freeman census rolls 20 years later in 1900.

Undoubtedly, she passed away sometime after 1880, but there is no record of her death or burial. Five of her children, Joseph, Lucy Jane, Silvia, John, and Collamore are also buried in Starbird Corner. It will take some further digging to determine if she rests there as well.


1840 US Census; Census Place: Freeman, Franklin, Maine; Roll: 140; Page: 68; Image: 141, Daniel Davis.

1850 US Census; Census Place: Freeman, Franklin, Maine; Roll: M432_253; Page: 228A; Image: 441, Lucy Davis.

1860 US Census; Census Place: Freeman, Franklin, Maine; Roll: M653_435; Page: 852; Image: 267, Lucy Davis.   
1870 US Census; Census Place: Freeman, Franklin, Maine; Roll: M593_543; Page: 76A; Image: 155, Lucy Davis.

1880 US Census; Census Place: Freeman, Franklin, Maine; Roll: 479; Family History Film: 1254479; Page: 440C; Enumeration District: 072; Image: 0637, Lucy Davis. Maine, Marriage Records, 1713-1937 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2010, Daniel Davis and Lucy Jordan.

Jordan, Tristram Frost,. The Jordan memorial : family records of the Rev. Robert Jordan, and his descendants in America. unknown: unknown, 1882, p.363.

National Archives and Records Administration. U.S., Civil War Pension Index: General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2000, Collamore P. Davis.


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