Letter, dated February 3, 1865, to Hattie from Nancy (Cook) Davis, wife of Reverend Increase Sumner Davis. The purpose of the letter was to thank Hattie for her expression of sympathy and to give her an account of Rev. Davis' last days; he had died in November of 1864.
The letter is one sheet, folded into four panes. [Click on an image to enlarge it.] A transcription appears at the end of this post.
From brief online research, hopefully correct: [corrections and additions welcome!]
Nancy (Cook) Davis was born September 25, 1795 at Newton, Massachusetts, the daughter of Jonathan and Temperance (Whitney) Cook. In 1818, I think on May 14, Nancy married Sumner Increase Davis, son of Ebenezer and Lucy (Aspinwall) Davis. Sumner was born on May 6, 1797 at Brookline, Massachusetts, though I found another record having him born on the same day in 1796. He was ordained a minister at Dorchester, New Hampshire, October 9, 1828.
Rev. Davis' occupation took him to several states, including, eventually, Iowa, where he died in November of 1864. I found different dates of death in November of 1864 for him, and even records with a different year of death. Unless Nancy misdated her letter, his death in November of 1864 seems plausible. Hopefully a reader in the know will weigh in on these discrepancies.
I found an interesting description of Rev. Davis from The History of Middlesex County, Massachusetts, with Biographical Sketches of Many of its Pioneers and Prominent Men, Volume III, compiled by D. Hamilton Hurd and published in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1890 by J. W. Lewis & Co.
Rev. Davis and Nancy (Cook) Davis had, I believe, four children, two daughters and two sons:
- Mary Wright Davis, baptized September 5, 1819 at Brookline, Massachusetts
- Elizabeth Anspinwall Davis, born June 28, 1822 at Newton, Massachusetts
- Ebenezer Davis, born April 26, 1826 at Newton, Massachusetts
- Thomas Aspinwall Davis, born June 8, 1829 in New Hampshire