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Davis, Amos, Jr., 1811-1877



  • Existence: 1811 - 1877


(Amos Davis, Jr.; born May 29, 1811 in Bellefonte, Centre County, Pennsylvania; died December 8, 1878 in Joseph, Sevier County, Utah; Amos received a fairly good education; as a young man of twenty, he met and married Mary Jane Scott; she found she could never have children of her own, so they adopted three children: John Amos Davis (not related), Mary Jane Powell and Lillian who died in infancy; in Missouri Amos Davis Jr was converted to the LDS Church and, soon after his wife was converted; he helped to build up the city of Nauvoo and went west with the Saints; they settled at Long Valley; to have more children, Amos married Susannah Justet, from Italy; their first child was born September 10, 1871 and named Mary Jane after his first wife; two more children were born to this union: Lauretta, on August 10, 1873, and Nathan on May 8, 1875; later, the family moved to Joseph, Utah; there Amos helped build a schoolhouse, tithinghouse, and a home for his family; while living in Joseph, Amos was hitching a team of mules to a wagon to take his family to Richfield; one of the mules crunched him against the side of the barn which caused his death; when little Mary Jane was eight years old her mother, Susannah, married John Amos Davis, the adopted son; to this union five children were born, four girls and one boy (some of the short history of Amos Davis Jr. written by Eurilla Wilson as told by her mother-in-law, Mary Jane Lucas, oldest daughter of Amos Davis Jr.

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Found in 5 Collections and/or Records:

Arrest warrant

 Collection — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197233289872]
Identifier: Vault MSS 402
Scope and Contents

Handwritten and signed arrest warrant, dated 6 Dec. 1842, and written in Nauvoo, Illinois. As mayor, Smith signs a warrant ordering the marshall of Nauvoo to arrest Amos Davis who had been accused of assault by William C. Walker. On the reverse is a statement saying that Davis was brought before a city court.

Dates: 1842

Hancock County (Ill.) Circuit Court legal document

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230335843]
Identifier: MSS 1259
Scope and Contents

Photocopy of a handwritten and printed legal document specifying that Davis Amos, Lewis Robison, and Robert D. Foster are legally obligated to pay some money.

Dates: 1842

Hancock County (Ill.) Circuit Court legal documents

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1443
Scope and Contents

Collection contains about 750 documents relating to some 250 actions arising in justice of the peace or circuit courts in Hancock County, Illinois. Also includes a letter from David Martin concerning part of the collection and indexes to court cases involving Joseph Smith Jr. and the autographs of those who martyred Smith.

Dates: 1839-1860

Nauvoo (Ill.) legal proceedings

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230310994]
Identifier: MSS SC 1262
Scope and Contents

Two handwritten transcripts of court cases regarding the slandering of Joseph Smith (1805-1844), the Mormon prophet. The first item is dated Dec. 5, 1842 and involves the City of Nauvoo vs. Thomas J. Hunter. The second item is dated Feb. 17, 1843 and involves the City of Nauvoo vs. Amos Davis.

Dates: 1842-1843

A short history of Amos Davis Jr.

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230240498]
Identifier: MSS SC 382
Scope and Contents

Brief typewritten life sketch of an early convert to the Mormon Church. Also includes a TLS dated 1975 December 4 concerning an 1839 convert, Alfred Bell.

Dates: 1956

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