Joseph Davis

The Cartersville News
Cartersville, Georgia
April 1, 1909, Page 1
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A Former Bartowite Dies In Dallas, Texas
T. J. Davis, a Veteran of Two Wars and Former Resident of Cassville, Passes Away.

A recent issue of one of the daily papers of Dallas, Texas, contains the following:

A veteran of two great wars – the Mexican and the Civil –died this morning when Joseph Davis passed away at the residence of his son, T. J. Davis, 408 Young Street.  The remains were taken in charge by Undertaker Ed. C. Smith & Bro., and prepared for burial but the funeral arrangements have not been completed nor will they be until after relatives in Atlanta, Ga., have been heard from.  The deceased only arrived in Dallas a week ago from Atlanta.  Shortly after reaching the city he was stricken with a congestive chill and because of his advanced age he could not withstand the attack and quietly passed away this morning.

Mr. Davis was born in Cass county, Georgia, on September 4, 1824, and was consequently eighty-five years of age when the “taps” for him was sounded this morning.  He was the father of eighteen children, twelve of whom survive him.  Besides these twelve children, he is also survived by fifty grandchildren and the same number of great grandchildren.  When the summons came this morning a number of the children were present.  They were Mrs. Fannie Smallwood and W G. and J. H. Davis of Ringgold, Texas; Mrs. Josie Malone and T. J. Davis of Dallas and Alonzo Davis of Ringgold, Texas.

Although a widower Mr. Davis had been married twice.  His first wife was Mrs. Sarah Haulinax, whom he married on September 5, 1850.  Seven children were born as a result of this union, six of whom are still living.  His first wife died on July 22, 1868, and on October 11, of the same year, he was married to Gervina A. Davis, who died April 3, 1908, in Atlanta.  Of this union eleven children were born, six of whom are now living.

At the outbreak of the war with Mexico in 1846, Mr. Davis enlisted in the company organized by Chas. N. Nelson in Cass county, Georgia, and served throughout the three years struggle that followed.  The company in which he enlisted was intended for infantry service, but was mustered in as a cavalry company at Columbus, Ga., on September 15, 1847.  This company made up the battalion of cavalry which was commanded by Col. J. S. Calhoun.  The company sailed for Vera Cruz from Mobile early in the year 1847 and reported to Gen. Winfield Scott at Vera Cruz.

The cavalry command to which Mr. Davis belonged and the Second Ohio regiment of Infantry was the guard for the pack train which carried the supplies for the American army from Vera Cruz to the City of Mexico.  On the way to the Mexican capitol the command touched at several points and engaged in a number of fights with the Mexican soldiers.  Among the places passed through were Cerre Gordo, Alapa, Puebla, Pexito and then the City of Mexico.  His command captured the city of Cuernavaca early in the year 1848 which was about the last city captured during that war.  He was a member of the army all during the war and remained in Mexico until peace was declared and he was honorably discharged from the service.

When the war between the states was fanned into flames Mr. Davis was again back in Georgia following peaceful pursuits.  He heard the call of his native state and enlisted in a Georgia battalion of artillery as a private.  His battery was commanded by Captain C. B. Ferrell and was a part of the regiment commanded by Col. J. E. Montgomery. The command was attached to Gen. Bragg’s army and Mr. Davis participated in the many battles that this fearless leader engaged in.  Following this his command was under Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest during the remainder of the campaign and he took part in all the battles that this gallant soldier fought.  Following the civil war Mr. Davis remained in Georgia but his relatives and descendants reside in many parts of the country.


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