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- Henry Van Wart Davids, son of Abraham and Nancy Davids, was born in New York City in 1803 and
died in Fishkill Landing, N.Y. Feb 21, 1842. During his life he lived in both Fishkill
and New York City. He was, like his father, the master of a Hudson River sloop, and also
ran a grocery and worked as an inkmaker. The last few years of his life he was a dentist
in Manhattan. Henry Van Wart Davids married on 27 May 1822, to Maria Brinckerhoff of
- Maria Brinckerhoff, born 21 Aug 1806, married on 27 May 1822 to
Henry Van Wart Davids of Fishkill. After her husband's death in 1842 she brought the
family down to Norfolk, Virginia, but before 1860, she returned to Fishkill where she
lived with her brother Daniel. She died in Norwalk, Connecticut
on 8 June 1885.
- Garret Brinckerhoff Davids, born 23 Mar 1823, died 7 Jan 1885
in Baltimore, Maryland. He was a noted draughtsman, inventor and civil engineer, built
ironclads for navy in Norfolk, Virginia until the civil war. He married, in 1850, to Mary
Frances Hughes (1829-1886).
The will of Garrett's brother Henry refers to a neice
Mary Oscar Davids, who would therefore be one of Garret's
children, since the only other brother (Oscar) was unmarried (according to James Downey).
Jim Downey claims Garret also had a son Albert Garret Davids, born 29 June 1851, died
22 March 1905 in Norfolk, Viginia, having no children. Mary Oscar was the younger of two kids,
apparently 30 years old and unmarried in 1887, so might still have later had children. Jim
Downey felt she may have married a man named Lemmingke.
- Henry Van Wart Davids and
Maria Brinckerhoff lived in Fishkill-on-the-Hudson in N.Y.,
these identifications from a bible kept in the Edgerton family.
Fishkill is 4 miles west the town named Brinkerhoff, both about 40 miles north of Manhattan.
Born about 1800. This family has been extensively studied
by James Downey.
- (mother) Emeline E. Davids, born 2 April 1825 in Fishkill, New York.
Listed as "Landlady" in 1860 Illinois census, with hotel property valued at $1500:
she owned the hotel ! In Sally's old photo album,
a claim is made by Wm. W. Landis (a grandson) that Emeline died "when I was a small
boy"; Wm. W. Landis was born in 1887, and attended
Emeline's funeral in 1903. Adele Landis (in 1964) stated
that Alice's mother came from the Davids family, and H. S. Davids
is featured prominently in an old Cox Family Album.
"H. S. Davids" turns out to be Emeline's brother Henry S. Davids,
a prominent engineer in the U.S. Navy. H. S. Davids is listed as an "engineer" 30 years
old in the 1870 Solano County (Vallejo, Calif) census (Pg 200), and is listed as born in
Virginia (as was Maria E below), though the Davids obituary seems to contradict this.
Emeline's obituary also mentions Emeline's sister
"Mrs. Dr. V. Vermilye" who died long before 1903.
- Phoebe Ann Davids, born 8 Aug 1827, in Fishkill, N.Y. She married
on 5 Nov 1845 to Dr. Valentin Mott Vermilyea
(1818-1906). Phoebe bore 8 children, two sons, Leray and Oscar,
4 daughters, and an additional 2 died in infancy. Phoebe died 28 Dec 1874 in Sandwich,
Illinois. Genealogist James Downey is a great-great-grandson of Phoebe
- Oscar, born 1831, died 9 Feb 1859 in Norfolk, Virginia. He was
unmarried Oscar is mentioned in an obituary of his brother, Henry
- Henry Stephen Davids was born 4 April 1839, son of Henry Van Wart
Davids and Maria Brinckerhoff. Married Adeline Coy Brown on 12 September 1872 in Mare
Island, California, according to daughter Charlotte's record in her
family bible. Downey research states the marriage occurred on 12 Dec 1872. His
obituary claims death in 1888
(family bible claims 8 Feb 1888). Photos are available.
- Henrietta Davids, born 7 May 1833, died 16 Jan 1886 while on a
visit to her brother Garret's family in Baltimore. She married first, in 1852, to
John F. Fay, and second, to Edward Andrews.
Information on the Davids and Brinckerhoff families come from [A] a
record in a bible, and research prior to 1985 by
James Downey communicated and saved by Kathryn Greene and Pat
Stephenson, and from Jim Downey via telephone in 2004.