A faithful Christian, a kind neighbor, a loving mother.


Wilson Daily Times, 2 August 1929.

Judith Davis was born in 1843 in Edgecombe County, North Carolina. Her death certificate lists her parents as Jack Edmundson and Synthana Edmundson. She appears as 27 year-old “Judia” Davis in the 1870 census of Wilson, Wilson County, in a household that includes Sarah Davis, 54, and Judy’s children Fredrick, 4, and Mary, 2. All are erroneously classified as white. Fred’s (and perhaps Mary’s) father, in fact, was white — Joseph Watson Davis, a 38 year-old agent for a commercial merchant, who lived nearby. [Joseph had sons Bayard Mershon (1859-1882) and William (1863-1943) and a daughter Addie (1876-1965). Rev. Fred Marshon Davis, longtime pastor of  Jackson Chapel First Baptist Church, named one of his sons William Bayard and a daughter Addie.] Judith had at least one other child, son Alfred Davis, who was 20 days old at the time the 1880 census was taken.

Judith Davis died 29 July 1929.


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