John Davault1

M, b. 18 August 1818
     John Davault was born on 18 August 1818 at Washington Co. (probably), TN.1 He was the son of Jacob Davault and Mary Hodges.1 John Davault married Mary Elizabeth Hutchison on 24 August 1843 at Crawford Co., MO.1

Citations

  1. [S1285] 1850 Federal Census, Crawford County, Missouri. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M432, Roll 397.

John Clark DaVault

M, b. 11 October 1866, d. 5 November 1871
     John Clark DaVault was born on 11 October 1866 at New Florence, Montgomery Co., MO. He was the son of Henry Davault and Caroline Euphemia Clark. John Clark DaVault died on 5 November 1871 at New Florence, Montgomery Co., MO, at age 5. Cause of death: Diptheria.

John D. DaVault

M, b. 2 October 1841, d. 24 October 1843
     John D. DaVault was born on 2 October 1841 at Montgomery Co., MO. He was the son of Henry DaVault and Mary Virginia Smith Maughs. John D. DaVault died on 24 October 1843 at Montgomery Co., MO, at age 2. He was buried on 30 October 1895 at Section 2, Block 56, New Florence Cemetery, New Florence, Montgomery Co., MO, moved to New Florence Cemetery from original burial in the Davault family burial plot across the road from the Peter Davault home/tavern.

Julia Fern Davault1

F, b. 20 December 1908, d. 7 July 1978
     Julia Fern Davault was born on 20 December 1908 at Pratt Co. (probably), KS.1 She was the daughter of Frederick Adolph Davault and Alma Sue Dyerly.1 Julia Fern Davault married Wilbert Huston Brehm, son of Andrew John Brehm and Emma Margaret Gimpel, on 9 July 1927 at Kiowa, Barber Co., KS. Julia Fern Davault died on 7 July 1978 at Bur, Pratt Co., KS, at age 69. She was buried in July 1978 at Greenlawn Cemetery, Pratt, Pratt Co., KS, Findagrave #76139882.

Child of Julia Fern Davault and Wilbert Huston Brehm

Citations

  1. [S2045] 1910 Federal Census, Pratt County, Kansas. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T624, Roll 453; FHL #1374466.
  2. [S2050] 1940 Federal Census, Pratt County, Kansas. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T627, Roll 1252.

Juliet Emma DaVault

F, b. circa 1871, d. 1957
     Juliet Emma DaVault was born circa 1871 at Jonesburg, Montgomery Co., MO, age 9 as of the 1880 census -- a few years seem to have been lost in later censuses. Headstone shows 1876.1 She was the daughter of Abraham DaVault and Medora E. Jones. Juliet Emma DaVault married Justus M. Pfaff, son of Henry Pfaff and Rebecca Miller, on 12 June 1895.
Note:

NEWSPAPER ARTICLE - Mapelwood, Mo. News - The St. Louis Republic, November 23, 1902, PART III, Page 7, Image 33; (Library of Congress, Chronicling America; Internet):

Mrs. Pfaff of Old Manchester road is entertaining her mother and sister, Mrs. Davault and Miss Davault of Jonesburg, Mo.

Juliet Emma DaVault died in 1957

Obituary -- Warrenton Banner, Warrenton, Missouri; Thursday, May 9, 1957; Page 6 (Newspapers.com)

Juliet Pfaff, daughter of Medora and Abraham Davault, was born in Jonesburg June 12, 1870, where she spent most of her early life and where she grew up to young womanhood.

On June 12, 1895, she was united in marriage to Justus M. Pfaff of St. Louis and moved to St. Louis to make their home. To this union one son, Justus, was born on July 4, 1909. Mrs. Pfaff joined the Cabanne Methodist Church, then later the West Presbyterian Church where she was a member at the time of her death.

Mrs. Pfaff passed away Sunday in St. Louis at 2 p.m. May 5, after a lingering illness. Her parents, her sister, Anna Theresa Davault, and her husband, Justus Pfaff, have preceded her in death. She is survived by her son, Justus, numbers of cousins, other kindred and friends. Her remains were brought to the Harding Funeral Home Sunday, and last rites were held in her honor Monday afternoon, May 6, with the Rev. Howard D. Hardeman, pastor of the Jonesburg Methodist Church officiating.

Her body was laid to rest beside other members of her family in the Jonesburg Cemetery. Mrs. Pfaff was a charter member of the Hardin Camp Chapter D.A.R. She was very musical and her home was always open to her relatives and friends. She was a devoted mother and was known to all for her unlimited generosity. Mrs. Pfaff was a niece of the late Mrs. Ward Ebert, Mrs. Blanche Purl, Miss Maude Jones and other sisters and brothers of the Jones family. --Contributed.

She was buried in 1957 at Jonesburg City Cemetery, Jonesburg, Montgomery Co., MO, Findagrave #173733994.

Child of Juliet Emma DaVault and Justus M. Pfaff

Citations

  1. [S2252] 1880 Federal Census, Audrain County, Missouri. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T9, Roll 672; FHL #1254672.

Katherine Davault

F, b. 3 December 1904, d. 14 January 1991
     Katherine Davault was born on 3 December 1904 at New Florence, Montgomery Co., MO. She was the daughter of Emmett Creigh Davault and Rebecca Sturgis. Katherine Davault was educated; Attended school at Tulsa, OK, and Santa Ana, CA. She married Roswell Ferris Reid on 5 June 1925, no children. Katherine Davault lived at Santa Ana, Orange Co., CA. She died on 14 January 1991 at Orange Co., CA, at age 86.

Katherine Clare DaVault

F, b. 19 October 1884, d. 4 February 1964
     Katherine Clare DaVault was born on 19 October 1884 at New Florence, Montgomery Co., MO. She was the daughter of Alfred DaVault and Elizabeth Gardner. Katherine Clare DaVault married Henry Howard Nunnelly, son of Henry Nunnelly and Nanny Scott, on 27 September 1911 at New Florence, Montgomery Co., MO,
From the New Florence Leader:

Nunnelly -- Davault.

A beautiful home wedding was solemnized Wednesday evening, September 27, 1911, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Alf Davault, when their daughter, Katharyn Clare, became the bride of Mr. Howard Nunnelly.
Promptly at 8:00 o'clock, the strains of Mendelssohn's Wedding March, played by Miss Edith Davault, sister of the bride, announced the approach of the bridal party. The bride and groom, preceded by the attendants, Miss Susie Pemberton and Mr. Herbert Davault, advanced to the bay window, which had been converted by means of flowers and ferns into a bower of beauty for the occasion where the Rev. Rigg in an impressive manner performed the wedding ceremony. The bridal party then led the way to the tastefully appointed dining room where an elegant supper was served.
The petite and winsome bride never looked more charming than in her wedding gown of soft white silk over white satin, with trimmings of white lace and pearl passamentra over which fell the bridal veil held in place over a wreath of orange blossoms. The bridesmaid was also attired in white silk with trimmings of hand embroidery and lace. The groom and groomsman both wore the conventional black.
They were the recipients of many handsome and useful presents which betokened the high esteem of a wide circle of friends.
The bride is a highly cultured young lady, and has been for a number of years one of the popular teachers of this and adjoining counties.
The groom is the oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Nunnelly of this place and is a model young man in every respect and well worthy of the bride he has chosen.
They will go to housekeeping at once in the Locke cottage in the east end of town, where the best wishes of their many friends for a long and prosperous journey through life attend them.

Katherine Clare DaVault died on 4 February 1964 at age 79. She was buried in February 1964 at New Florence Cemetery, New Florence, Montgomery Co., MO.

Child of Katherine Clare DaVault and Henry Howard Nunnelly

Kitty DaVault

F, b. 8 December 1873, d. 9 October 1881
     Kitty DaVault was born on 8 December 1873. She was the daughter of Alfred DaVault and Sarah Corrine McNeily. Kitty DaVault died on 9 October 1881 at age 7.

Lillian Mae DaVault

F, b. 10 June 1887, d. February 1975
     Lillian Mae DaVault was born on 10 June 1887. She was the daughter of Alfred DaVault and Elizabeth Gardner. Occupation: Assistant postmaster at New Florence. Lillian Mae DaVault lived at Mexico, Audrain Co., MO. She died in February 1975 at Mexico, Audrain Co., MO, at age 87.

Louisa DaVault

F, b. 12 April 1827, d. 26 December 1886
     Note: Louise Davault was the tenth child of Frederick and Margaret Davault. She was born in 1827 at the Tavern in Leesburg, Tennessee. In November of 1847, a few months after the death of her father, Louise married Robert Rankin. He later became a Colonel. Louisa DaVault was born on 12 April 1827 at DeVault Tavern, Leesburg, Washington Co., TN. She was the daughter of Frederick DaVault and Margaret Range. Louisa DaVault married Col. Robert L. S. Rankin, son of David Rankin and Jane Bell Dinwiddie, on 9 November 1847 at Washington Co., TN. Louisa DaVault married Charles Gray Rankin, son of John Rankin and Louisa A. Gray, on 17 December 1857 at Washington Co., TN. Louisa DaVault died on 26 December 1886 at Greene Co., TN, at age 59. She was buried in December 1886 at Mt. Bethel Presbyterian Church, near Limestone, Washington Co., Greene Co., TN.

Children of Louisa DaVault and Col. Robert L. S. Rankin

Children of Louisa DaVault and Charles Gray Rankin

Louisa E. Davault1

F, b. circa 1865
     Louisa E. Davault was born circa 1865 at Gasconade or Maries Co., MO.1 She was the daughter of Jacob Davault and Sarah Moore.1

Citations

  1. [S1283] 1870 Federal Census, Maries County, Missouri. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M593, Roll 791; FHL #552290.

Lucinda Davault

F, b. April 1843
     Note: per Tracy Devault:

Dorothy (DeVault) Bicknell has a note in her genealogy of Henry Dewald of Pennsylvania to the effect that Emma (Childress) DeVault was a granddaughter of Henry and Kitty DeVault. If Dorothy is talking about Henry and Kitty (Gross) Dawalt, I can find no evidence to substantiate this claim. Emma was the daughter of William and Lucinda (Davault) Childress. There is an article (Families and History of Sullivan County Tennessee, Volume I, 1779 - 1992, Article 759 - Elijah E. Davault) that states that the Lucinda Davault (later DeVault) that married William Childress is the grandaughter of Daniel Davault and Mary Ann Roller. This means that she is not a descendant of our Henry Dewald of Pennsylvania. William and Lucinda (DeVault) Childress are buried in the Paperville Cemetery next to Henry DeVault Childress and his wife. Henry and Emma were brother and sister.

Lucinda Davault was born in April 1843 at Tennessee.1,2 She married William Henry Childress circa 1865.2

Child of Lucinda Davault and William Henry Childress

Citations

  1. [S1256] 1880 Federal Census, Sullivan County, Tennessee. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T9, Roll 1281; FHL #1255281.
  2. [S1872] 1900 Federal Census, Sullivan County, Tennessee. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T623, Roll 1601; FHL #1241601.

Margretta Davault1

F, b. circa 1913
     Margretta Davault was born circa 1913 at Pratt Co., KS.1 She was the daughter of Frederick Adolph Davault and Alma Sue Dyerly.1

Citations

  1. [S2051] 1920 Federal Census, Pratt County, Kansas. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T625, Roll 545.

Martha Catherine Davault1

F, b. 24 August 1834, d. 6 August 1918
     Martha Catherine Davault was born on 24 August 1834 at Bluff City, Sullivan Co., TN.1 She was the daughter of Henry Davault and Matilda Weaver.1 Martha Catherine Davault married William Anderson Cross, son of Jesse Cross and Susannah Hicks, on 9 November 1854 at Sullivan Co., TN. Martha Catherine Davault died on 6 August 1918 at age 83. She was buried in August 1918 at Cross Cemetery, Piney Flats, Sullivan Co., TN.

Citations

  1. [S1277] 1850 Federal Census, Sullivan County, Tennessee. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M432, Roll 897.

Martha Ellen Davault

F, b. 30 October 1901, d. 27 February 1997
     Martha Ellen Davault was born on 30 October 1901. She was the daughter of William Frederick Davault and Catherine Beal Benson. Occupation: Public School Teacher between 1920 and 1930. Martha Ellen Davault was educated; Attended the University of Missouri. She married Hugh Robert Crabtree, son of Walter R. Crabtree and Mary Adele Wells, on 29 June 1931 at Tremonton, Cache Co., UT. Martha Ellen Davault died on 27 February 1997 at Aberdeen, Grays Harbor Co., WA, at age 95. She was buried on 4 March 1997 at Riverside Cemetery, Emmett, Gem Co., ID.
Note:


When Martha was about four years old she was hoeing with a toy hoe one evening and flipped a grass stem or small stick into her eye near the pupil. Her parents drove her 15 miles to the doctor in Montgomery City in a buggy. Not really wanting a drink, but frightened and used to stopping at Rock Well for picnics when traveling, she demanded a drink from Rock Well. Rather than cause her to cry, her father stopped in the dark to get her a drink from the spring. The Montgomery doctor arranged for the train to make an unscheduled stop at Montgomery City and he and Martha's mother took Martha to a specialist in St. Louis to remove the stick. This whole business took all night. In the morning Martha and her mother went to Cousin Bell Benson's house and the doctor to friends or relatives in the same general area of St. Louis to rest until catching the afternoon train back to Montgomery City where Martha's father met them with the buggy.

When Martha was about six years old she got a bean stuck up her nose and was again taken to the doctor. The bean came out before the trip was completed though Martha never told anyone because she wanted to see a friend.

The Benson family had been fond of good horses and Martha's mother, Katie (Benson) Davault, had
inherited at least one and possibly more horses from her parents or acquired them when she and her husband purchased the Benson homestead. Martha's horse, Beauty, was the half-Tennessee-Walker offspring of Topsy, one of the Benson's high-schooled horses. Her family used Topsy to pull the buggy because she was a bit rough riding. Martha claimed that the high stepping showy Tennessee Walkers of today's show ring have been developed in modern times. The Tennessee Walkers of her day had the smooth distance-eating gaits for the traveler, but held their heads low, the neck level with the back. While she admired show horses and loved to attend horse shows, she always said that to her Beauty was beautiful. She had many stories to tell involving Beauty. One day Martha was visited by a young man who came calling to impress her with his new horse. Martha was peeved at him for she knew he had called upon another girl on a farm in the vicinity and finding she was not at home made the Davault home his next stop. With showing off as his goal, he suggested they go riding. Beauty's gaits were faultless, nor could she be out-distanced. Martha was enjoying the comparison and by now she was gloating! Frustrated, the young man turned his horse toward a fence and sailed over. At this point, Martha became a little concerned for she had never taken Beauty over a high fence; however she decided that Beauty was smart enough to simply refuse to jump if the fence were too high. Besides, this was a good opportunity to put that fellow in his place! Pretending this was something she did every day and hiding her worry, Martha turned Beauty towards the high fence and sailed over with no hesitation and room to spare. A very cocky young man was thoroughly out-shown and Martha said she wasn't the least bit sorry he never came calling again.
After high school, Martha taught at one-room country schools, living at home and riding Beauty to school each day. At one school, not a great distance from her home, but in a direction she did not regularly travel and therefore did not know the locals, she was warned by the head of the school board of several older boys with the reputation of running off previous teachers with their loutish, bullying ways. This gentleman insisted on going to school with Martha the first day so he could introduce her and lecture the troublesome boys. Martha decided the best thing she could do was to start out as she intended to carry on. When the class was assembled and before the head of the school board could open his mouth, she sized up the potential troublemakers, chose the largest and most swaggering boy; easily a head taller than herself and one she had heard came from a family with livestock and said, "You look like you might know about animals." When the startled boy replied of course he did, he knew all about taking care of animals, Martha told him she was very particular about Beauty but perhaps if he felt he could handle the job he could take care of her horse each day. Not one day of trouble did she have out of the so-called troublemakers. Martha went to school in Fulton, Missouri as did her sister. Jackson Benson, Martha's uncle, was said to have hidden a large sum of money somewhere on the old Eden Benson homestead and died without revealing its whereabouts. It was thought by some that the slave, Cicero, may have known where the money was hidden and used the knowledge to better his own position, for he somehow came to have his own cabin after the Emancipation Proclamation. The theories abounded and there were times when family members would return home to find evidence of persons having searched the property. Interest in finding the money carried over to 1920 when Martha's father tore the old house down. The day he tore down the chimneys, a crowd of neighbors gathered to watch, curious as to whether the treasure would be found hidden behind the stones. Even Martha conducted searches when she was quite young. After her father diverted the runoff from the hillside, Martha would ride her horse along the original drainage ravine looking for eroded places along the banks that might expose a treasure box. One time she even pulled the plaster from the wall in her bedroom when she imagined the crack under the window might be widened to allow access to a hiding place. It was empty.
Stories provided by her daughter, Catherine Adele (Crabtree) Cook, 1974.

Mary Davault

F, b. 27 July 1846, d. 11 October 1860
     Mary Davault was born on 27 July 1846 at Washington Co., TN.1 She was the daughter of Samuel Davault and Salina Galloway. Mary Davault died on 11 October 1860 at Macoupin Co., IL, at age 14. She was buried in October 1860 at Range Cemetery, South Palmyra, Macoupin Co., IL.

Citations

  1. [S467] 1850 Federal Census, Washington County, Tennessee. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M432, Roll 898.

Mary Ann DaVault

F, b. 1 January 1818, d. 18 September 1868
     Note: Mary Ann Davault was the third child of Frederick and Margaret Davault. She was born January 1, 1818, on the joint homestead of Frederick and Valentine Davault. On May 28, 1838 she married James W. Duncan. James was the son of Joseph Duncan who lived five miles from the tavern. Joseph was an elder in the Presbyterian Church at Leesburg. James spent most of his life in the mercantile business in Greene County, Tennessee. For a while he was in partnership with his brother Joseph Duncan, Jr. Joseph, Jr. had married Mary's sister, Elizabeth.

Russell (Frederick Russell) DeVault had this to say in regard to the Duncans: "Uncle Jim (James W.) was dressy and smart. Generally wore fine shirts, stand up collars and a high silk hat. I never knew a Duncan that was not a Presbyterian -- Scotch people -- Blue Stocking type."

In the settlement of her father's estate in 1850 there appears this notation: "Paid to James W. Duncan and wife and son, $656.01." Apparently Mary and James had a son, but no other information is known. Mary was living in Charlotte, North Carolina at the time of her death.

Mary Ann DaVault was born on 1 January 1818 at DeVault's Ford, Washington Co., TN. She was the daughter of Frederick DaVault and Margaret Range. Mary Ann DaVault married James Whitfield Duncan, son of Joseph Duncan and Molly Allison, on 24 May 1838 at Washington Co., TN. Mary Ann DaVault died on 18 September 1868 at Charlotte, Mecklenberg Co., NC, at age 50.

Mary Ann Davault1

F, b. circa 1846, d. 21 May 1873
     Mary Ann Davault was born circa 1846 at Bourbois Twp., Gasconade Co., MO.1 She was the daughter of Samuel Harvey Davault and Alvina Foley.1 Mary Ann Davault married William F. Scantlin, son of John B. Scantlin and Mahala (?), circa 1867.2 Mary Ann Davault died on 21 May 1873 at St. James Twp., Phelps Co., MO.

Children of Mary Ann Davault and William F. Scantlin

Citations

  1. [S1280] 1850 Federal Census, Gasconade County, Missouri. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M432, Roll 399.
  2. [S1281] 1870 Federal Census, Phelps County, Missouri. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M593, Roll 797; FHL #552296.
  3. [S1284] 1880 Federal Census, Gasconade County, Missouri. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T9, Roll 686; FHL #1254686.

Mary Elvira Davault

F, b. 27 September 1876, d. 7 October 1881
     Mary Elvira Davault was born on 27 September 1876. She was the daughter of Samuel Harvey Davault and Ruth Alice Blain. Mary Elvira Davault died on 7 October 1881 at age 5. She was buried in October 1881 at Scantlin Cemetery, Phelps Co., MO, Findagrave #86301218.

Mary Emma Davault

F, b. 15 November 1882, d. 22 November 1884
     Mary Emma Davault was born on 15 November 1882 at New Florence, Montgomery Co., MO. She was the daughter of Frederick Davault and Margaret Ellen McCleary. Mary Emma Davault died on 22 November 1884 at New Florence, Montgomery Co., MO, at age 2. Cause of death: on 22 November 1884 Diptheria. She was buried in November 1884 at New Florence Cemetery, New Florence, Montgomery Co., MO.

Mary Magdalene Davault

F, b. 11 November 1841, d. 16 June 1843
     Mary Magdalene Davault was born on 11 November 1841 at Sullivan Co. (probably), TN. She was the daughter of Henry Davault and Matilda Weaver. Mary Magdalene Davault died on 16 June 1843 at age 1. She was buried in June 1843 at Cross Cemetery, Piney Flats, Sullivan Co., TN.

Mary Margaret DaVault

F, b. 21 November 1836, d. 26 April 1913
     Mary Margaret DaVault was born on 21 November 1836 at Danville, Montgomery Co., MO. She was the daughter of Henry DaVault and Mary Virginia Smith Maughs. Mary Margaret DaVault married Thomas Jefferson Powell, son of James Powell and Nancy Shealor, on 17 May 1853 at Montgomery Co., MO. Mary Margaret DaVault died on 26 April 1913 at Montgomery Co., MO, at age 76. She was buried in 1913 at New Florence Cemetery, New Florence, Montgomery Co., MO.

Children of Mary Margaret DaVault and Thomas Jefferson Powell

Mary Virginia DaVault

F, b. 11 December 1853, d. 7 March 1858
     Mary Virginia DaVault was born on 11 December 1853 at New Florence, Montgomery Co., MO. She was the daughter of Peter Davault and Mary Virginia Hoss. Mary Virginia DaVault died on 7 March 1858 at New Florence, Montgomery Co., MO, at age 4. She was buried in March 1858 at Section 1, Block 56, New Florence Cemetery, New Florence, Montgomery Co., MO.

Mattie F. Davault

F, b. circa April 1870
     Mattie F. Davault was born circa April 1870 at Maries Co., MO. She was the daughter of John Davault and Matilda Jane Bowen.

Maude Davault1

F, b. August 1889
     Maude Davault was born in August 1889 at Gasconade or Phelps Co., MO.1 She was the daughter of Thomas Davault and Lucinda Isabelle Blain.1

Citations

  1. [S1278] 1900 Federal Census, Phelps County, Missouri. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T623, Rolls 880 - 881; FHL #1240880 - 81.

Michael Weaver Davault1

M, b. 28 January 1832, d. 12 March 1912
     Michael Weaver Davault was born on 28 January 1832 at Indiana.1,2 He was the son of Henry Davault and Matilda Weaver.1 Michael Weaver Davault married Catherine Webb, daughter of David Webb and Sarah Jones, before 1855. Michael Weaver Davault began military service Civil War, Confederate Army. He died on 12 March 1912 at Piney Flats, Sullivan Co., TN, at age 80. He was buried in March 1912 at Holston Grove Lutheran Church Cemetery, Sullivan Co., TN.

Children of Michael Weaver Davault and Catherine Webb

Citations

  1. [S1277] 1850 Federal Census, Sullivan County, Tennessee. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M432, Roll 897.
  2. [S1711] 1860 Federal Census, Sullivan County, Tennessee. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M653, Roll 1275; FHL #805275.
  3. [S2773] 1870 Federal Census, Sullivan County, Tennessee. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M593, Roll 1565; FHL #553064.

Mildred Marie Davault

F, b. 30 August 1919, d. 4 December 2007
     Mildred Marie Davault was born on 30 August 1919 at Mexico, Audrain Co., MO. She was the daughter of Bruce Thomas Davault and Gertrude Dunkin. Mildred Marie Davault married John Rogers Hendel, son of Charles A. Hendel and Helen Brelsford Higgins, on 7 December 1938 at Yuma, Yuma Co., AZ. Mildred Marie Davault lived at Cerritos, Los Angeles Co., CA. She died on 4 December 2007 at King Co., WA, at age 88.

Opal Davault

F, b. circa 1907, d. 1995
     Opal Davault was born circa 1907 at Pratt Co. (probably), KS.1 She was the daughter of Frederick Adolph Davault and Alma Sue Dyerly.1 Opal Davault married Vernon L. Wilka. Opal Davault lived between 1953 and 1961 at 214 Soputh Gordon Avenue, Wichita, Sedgwick Co., KS. She died in 1995. She was buried in 1995 at Greenlawn Cemetery, Pratt, Pratt Co., KS, Findagrave #76144921.

Citations

  1. [S2045] 1910 Federal Census, Pratt County, Kansas. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T624, Roll 453; FHL #1374466.

Peter Davault

M, b. 28 March 1808, d. 16 April 1872
     Peter Davault was born on 28 March 1808 at DeVault's Ford, Washington Co., TN. He was the son of Frederick DaVault and Margaret Range.
Note: Migrated with brother Henry to Montgomery County, MO after 1827. Returned to Tennessee to marry Mary Hoss, then went back to Missouri and built the DaVault Tavern, a double log house with a broad hallway as "protection against the red man and his strange associates already there". In 1849 the log house was replaced with a 2 1/2 story brick house, known as the Peter DaVault Homestead and occupied by descendants.

Peter Davault was the second child of Frederick and Margaret Davault. He was born on the joint homestead of Frederick and Valentine DeVault located at DeVault's Ford on the Watauga River. Peter was ten years old when his parents moved to the new community of Leesburg, Tennessee. Frederick constructed the DeVault Tavern at Leesburg and Peter lived there until he married Mary Hoss on October 27, 1831.

Shortly after his marriage, Peter, his wife, Mary and Peter's brother, Henry, left for Missouri. They traveled in two wagons drawn by oxen. Peter and Mary homesteaded a tract of land on the Boone Lick Road. It was located about a mile from the future town on New Florence. Their first home was a log structure of two rooms separated by a covered entrance. The house was said to provide protection from "the red man and his strange associates, already there." Like his father, Peter, began to cater to travelers along the road, providing a place to rest and obtain refreshments. Like his father's place, this place soon became known as the "Davault Tavern." It is interesting to note that the trail laid out by Daniel Boone, the Boone Lick Road, passed in front of Frederick's tavern in Tennessee and also in front of Peter's tavern in Missouri.

In the census of 1850, Peter's land was valued at $9,000.00. By 1860 the valuation had increased to $39,000.00 -- the largest of any of the grandsons of Henry DeWald of York Co., Pennsylvania. For his time Peter was a very wealthy man.

When Peter died, he left no will. His son, Fred, administered the estate and signed an affidavit on October 8, 1907, 35 years after Peter's death. (On April 12, 1901, the original records were destroyed by fire.)

Peter and his wife were both buried in the Davault Family Plot across the road from their house. When Virginia Davault (Peter's brother Henry's widow) died on October 7, 1895, she was buried in the New Florence Cemetery. Twenty-three days later, Fred and Alf Davault removed the body of their uncle, Henry, and placed it beside that of his wife. They also transferred the bodies of Henry and Virginia's two sons, Elijah and John, the body of their Aunt Catherine, who died in 1850, and the bodies of Peter and Mary Davault.

The Peter Davault Homestead is located on the Old Boone Lick Road, one mile south of the present site of New Florence. It is also 4 1/2 miles east of Danville and is along the line of the state highway. The place passed into the possession of descendents of his daughter, Catherine, who married David Knox. By 1968 the old building had been destroyed to make room for a freeway.


Newspaper Articles published at the time a marker was placed at the site of the Davault Tavern

DAVAULT TAVERN

In the spring of 1828, following the path of Daniel Boon, as laid out in 1815, came Peter Davault with his wife, Mary Hoss and took permanent abode upon the tract of land where John U. Knox now resides -- the passing of Pioneers over the old Trail being traveled to-day, had been common for some years, but with that nomadic idea of something better farther on, so when Mr. and Mrs. Davault arrived, vast prairies laid to the north, deep woodlands to the south, with not a neighbor within ten miles.
Peter Davault, the pioneer, was a son of Frederick Davault, of Jonesboro, Tennessee. He a son of Henry Davault, born in France, coming to America in 1764, landing near Philadelphia, but soon taking up his abode in Hanover County, Pennsylvania, where he passed the period of the Revolutionary War. Henry Davault died at the age 85 years.
Leaving Jonesboro, Tenn. Peter Davault and wife, then but a short time married pressed their way by ox teams to this place. A double log house with a broad hallway between was soon erected and protection given against the red man and his strange associates already here. This at once became the Davault Tavern and the Pilgrimager plodding his way westward was given rest and refreshment. The Tavern became the stopping place of tradesmen, as many as 20 men with teams were cared for at a time. Prices were not as to-day a single meal was 15c, Supper, lodging and breakfast with team cared for, was only 50 cents. Great droves of cattle, hogs and turkeys rested here over night. Slaves cared for the dining room while "uncle Sam" whose body lies in the graveyard just to the northward, watched the turkeys until they found a roost in the trees or upon the fences.
In 1849 as caravan after caravan passed by, enroute to the gold fields of California, the double log house gave away to a large brick house 2 1/2 story high. The brick for this building were burned just across the road to the east. The present foundation as seen was a part of the brick building. The present frame building took the place of the brick in 1865.

(Note: According to Eugenia Davault, the bricks were defective and part or all of the structure was replaced; many of the old bricks being used inside the walls of the wooden structure.)

To Mr. and Mrs. Davault were born nine children, Henry, Abraham, Frederick, Alf, John, Kittie, Lou, Emma and Mary. Mr. Davault lived until 1872 and Mrs. Davault until 1882. Four children yet live, John, Fred, Alf and Lou, the latter two rejoiced in being present at the dedication.
As the Davault Tavern marker shall stand as a memorial to the Pioneer who braved dangers and hardships that civilization might penetrate westward, may it also stand as an incentive to progress, peace and happiness for the many millions yet to pass over the great National Old Trail.

MARKERS DEDICATED

In Spite Of Rain, Mud and Cold The D. A. R's Carry Out Program.

All honor in the pluck and grit of the D. A. R's. When Gov. Majors appointed Mrs. Mark S. Salisbury of Kansas City, Mrs. Geo. B. McFarlane of Columbia, State Regent and Mrs John VanBrunt of Kansas City to have charge of the markers on the Old Trail, he evidently knew his ladies. This was the week of dedication, starting in at St. Louis all went well until Foristell was reached. By fighting mud, bad roads and etc., Warrenton was reached. The Wabash was used to Jonesburg were Wednesday, just after lunch the Cross Keys tavern marker was dedicated, and the one at Lewiston as well, with the same ceremonies. The school children sang "America", presentation speeches were made by Mrs. Salisbury and Deputy State Highway Engineer Hawkins, acceptances by Mrs. Wardie Ebert Regent of the local chapter and Dr. J. L. Jones.
Undaunted, the ladies braved the heavy rains, and muddy roads, however abandoning the automoile and taking to hack, just as Pioneers did of old, they drove to the Davault Tavern, which was reached at 4 o'clock.
The marker for this point was in the car at noon yet when the ladies arrived it was duly in place. A program of special interest had been arranged but was canceled on account of the rain. Upon their arrival Mr. and Mrs. John Knox entertained for a few moments after which Mrs. Van Brunt representing the state D. A. R's in a flow of language, eloquent and full of inspiration presented the marker. This was approved by State Commissioner Hawkins. Mr. Alf Davault who was born and reared at the old place in a few words recieved the marker. Mrs. Chas. A. Bast of Mexico presented a sketch of the tavern. The ladies drove to Montgomery City and were entertained in the evening by Montgomery Chapter.
Thursday morning Danville and Mineola markers were formally dedicated and the trip continued on to Fulton.
At Mineola Mrs. Emma Graham made the acceptance for the D.A.R's and Mr. Ben Graham for the County.

Letter from Peter Davault to his brother John dated May 30, 1940:

Mr. John Davault
Leesburg, Washington Co
Tennessee May 30, 1840
Dear Brother:
I now take my pen in hand to inform you that we are all enjoying health at present. Henry and his family also the same blessing. I received your letter dated April 10 which gave me great satisfaction to hear from you and that all are well and doing well, particular Father and Mother, for I long to hear from them at times, we get letters seldom.
I believe with you, the way they have been slipping off from them is a caution, but I am afraid that the place has become so slippery, that there will be more slipping done yet before very long and leave the old folks by themselves. Tell David I have first honored father with his name. I have a boy a year old before yesterday, which I call Frederick and define any one to show a pertine boy than he is. He has been walking for some time and can begin to talk. Little Henry is going to school in Danville and can read quite well and commencing to
write and will soon write you a letter. Tell Mr Duncan he must not think hard of me for not writting him before. He wrote a very fine letter, but most too mysterious on politicks for me to comprecate; tell him he must not decline writting to me for I shall write him an answer yet soon some time when I have a leisure moment or too.
I have nothing of importance to write you at this time. The politicks of this state is card to a great extent; there was in St Louis the largest meeting that has ever been seen in the west, there was thought to have been 3.000 people, besides the city, pulling canoes and log cabins and buildings of dimentions made of logs and sticks; even went so far as having wagon beds full of clay and men on them digging graves; and coffins setting on them as they went along. I have to send a letter tonight, and it is getting late. I will stop for the present, I intend to have said more.
Your affectionate brother,
Peter Davault

Note: This letter was sent before the time of stamps. The envelope was a plain sheet of paper, folded and the back sealed with sealing wax. The letter had been placed and remained for almost 100 years in a wooden mail pouch where it hung in the DeVault Tavern, Leesburg, Tennessee. In 1946, the letter was given to Newland DeVault by John's son, Russell DeVault. Today (2004) the letter is in the possession of Newland's daughter, Jean (DeVault) Switzer. In 1999 I was told by Mary (DeVault) Butcher, present owner of the Davault Tavern (Tennessee), that the mail pouch had been stolen some years ago.

Note: Fourteen months after receiving this letter, John Davault, of Leesburg, made a trip to Missouri on horseback to see his brothers Peter and Henry and his sister Catherine (Davault) Crawford. When he arrived at Peter's home, neither Peter nor his wife Mary knew him and they would not believe it was he until John showed them his name in his hat band. John had been 12 years old when Peter left Tennessee, he was now 22. John stayed 58 days. He left Missouri on November 16, arriving back at Leesburg, Tennessee on December 11, 1841. He spent 19 days traveling to Missouri and 25 days on the return trip.

Peter Davault married Mary Virginia Hoss, daughter of Abraham Hoss and Frances Boren, on 27 October 1831 at Washington Co., TN. Peter Davault died on 16 April 1872 at New Florence, Montgomery Co., MO, at age 64.

Children of Peter Davault and Mary Virginia Hoss

Regina May Davault

F, b. 8 April 1903, d. 18 April 1991
     Regina May Davault was born on 8 April 1903 at Farber, Audrain Co., MO. She was the daughter of Emmett Creigh Davault and Rebecca Sturgis. Regina May Davault married Raymond Franklin Boothe, son of (?) Boothe and (?) Wilson, on 3 July 1932. Regina May Davault lived at a ranch near Fernley, Lyon Co., NV. She died on 18 April 1991 at age 88.