Clara Nell Davalt

F, b. 29 April 1925, d. 19 December 1981
     Clara Nell Davalt was also known as "Peggy". She was born on 29 April 1925 at Edinburg, Hidalgo Co., TX. She was the daughter of Samuel Oral Davalt and Nancy Maude Johnson. Clara Nell Davalt married Kenneth A. Osburn on 3 May 1947. Clara Nell Davalt died on 19 December 1981 at Navasota, Grimes Co., TX, at age 56. She was buried on 22 December 1981 at Woodlawn Cemetery, Houston, Harris Co., TX, per death certificate.

Edna Pearl Davalt

F, b. 29 May 1911, d. 15 December 2009
     Edna Pearl Davalt was born on 29 May 1911 at Mayfield, Beckham Co., OK. She was the daughter of Samuel Oral Davalt and Nancy Maude Johnson. Edna Pearl Davalt married William Howell McDowell, son of James Lee McDowell and Nancy Marcella Fountain, on 4 April 1948. Edna Pearl Davalt died on 15 December 2009 at age 98 Obituary (

EDNA PEARL MCDOWELL "GRANNY", 98, passed away on Dec 15, 2009. She was preceded in death by her husband Chick. Survived by daughter, Nancy Rasberry & husband Jesse, grandchildren, Curtis and Tracy Carr, their father, Jerry Carr, sisters, Evelyn & Wilma. Visitation will be from 5:00-8:00 p.m., Thursday, December 17, 2009 at Earthman Resthaven. A funeral service will be held at 12:00 noon, Friday, December 18, 2009 in the Chapel of Earthman Resthaven with interment to follow in the Woodlawn Cemetery.
Published in Houston Chronicle on December 17, 2009.

She was buried in December 2009 at Woodlawn Cemetery, Houston, Harris Co., TX, Findagrave #45564543.

Elizabeth Davalt1

F, b. 1 July 1841, d. 5 December 1895
     Elizabeth Davalt was born on 1 July 1841 at Missouri 1850 census shows age 11, however the 1840 census (Crawford County) shows the family with only one son and one daughter, so Elizabeth was not yet born as of that date.1 She was the daughter of John Davalt and Julia Ann Blevins.1 Elizabeth Davalt married David Stump, son of David Stump and Susannah Ade, after 8 June 1860. Elizabeth Davalt died on 5 December 1895 at Missouri at age 54. She was buried in December 1895 at Fairmont Cemetery, Clark Co., MO, Findagrave #81799215.

Children of Elizabeth Davalt and David Stump


  1. [S1667] 1850 Federal Census, Clark County, Missouri. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M432, Roll 396.
  2. [S4293] 1870 Federal Census, Clark County, Missouri. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M593, Roll 769; FHL #552268.
  3. [S3123] 1880 Federal Census, Clark County, Missouri. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T9, Roll 681; FHL #1254681.

Emma Davalt

F, b. 4 May 1884, d. 22 June 1977
     Emma Davalt was born on 4 May 1884 at Missouri. She was the daughter of Jacob I. Davalt and Alice Odessa Samples. Emma Davalt married William Burton Farrar, son of Edward P. Farrar and Rebecca E. Taylor, on 16 December 1906 at Mayfield, Roger Mills Co., OK. Emma Davalt died on 22 June 1977 at Sandpoint, Bonner Co., ID, at age 93. She was buried in June 1977 at Lakeview Cemetery, Sandpoint, Bonner Co., ID, Findagrave #75227881.

Children of Emma Davalt and William Burton Farrar

Emma Florence Davalt

F, b. 25 July 1907, d. 18 May 2006
     Emma Florence Davalt was born on 25 July 1907 at Mayfield, Beckham Co., Oklahoma Territory. She was the daughter of Samuel Oral Davalt and Nancy Maude Johnson. Emma Florence Davalt married Theodore Frank Wackar on 13 July 1926. Emma Florence Davalt died on 18 May 2006 at age 98.

Child of Emma Florence Davalt and Theodore Frank Wackar

Francis Everett Davalt

M, b. 19 June 1909, d. 5 January 1980
     Francis Everett Davalt was born on 19 June 1909 at Mayfield, Beckham Co., OK. He was the son of Samuel Oral Davalt and Nancy Maude Johnson. Francis Everett Davalt married Juanita Ann Skaggs, daughter of Charles Edgar Skaggs and Laura Rose Pope, circa 4 July 1933 at Contra Costa Co., CA, Oakland Tribune, Oakland, California; Tuesday, July 4, 1933; Page B2 (

Vital Statistics ...

Contra Costa ...

DAVALT, Francis Everett - 24, U.S.S. Medusa, San Pedro
SKAGG, Juanita Anne - 24, Port Chicago

no children. Juanita ramarried to Charles B. Rhodes (1907-1985) before April, 1940. Francis Everett Davalt lived in 1934 at San Pedro, Los Angeles Co., CA. He and Juanita Ann Skaggs were divorced. Francis Everett Davalt began military service WW II service, U.S. Navy, enlisted, Chief Petty Officer. Per Tracy Devault (quoting Bob Allensworth): Evertt was at Pearl Harbor when the Japanese attacked on 7 DEC 1941. The commissioned officers were not on board the ship during the attack and all of the ammunition was locked up.? ? Everett broke a padlock to get to the ammunition and cut the ship loose from the dock to save it.?He later was offered a Commision, but he refused because he made more money as a Chief Petty Officer.

He married Hazel Newman circa September 1948, no children. Hazel was previously married to Chester S. Porter. Francis Everett Davalt and Hazel Newman were divorced before 1954. Francis Everett Davalt married Exa Williadean Cox, daughter of Arthur Nelson Cox and Exa L. Callan, on 16 January 1954, no biological children from this marriage. Everett adopted Michael and Pamela. Everett and Exa were third cousins, although they may not have been aware of that fact. Francis Everett Davalt died on 5 January 1980 at Owasso, Tulsa Co., OK, at age 70

Obituary -- Tulsa Daily World; Tulsa, Oklahoma; Tuesday, 8 JAN 1980 (

Entered Into Eternal Rest
Sunday, Jan. 6, 1980

DAVALT - Francis E., (Chief), 70, Owasso resident, died Sunday. Retired from TVA and U.S. Navy.

Survivors: wife, Willadean; son, Michael Everett; daughter, Pamela Jean Hagen; two grandchildren: David and Andrea; six sisters: Florence Wacker, Pearl McDowell, Evelyn Lew, Hazel Rosenauer, Peggy Osburn, Wilma Sorsby, all of Houston.

In lieu of flowers friends may donate to American Cancer Society.?

Services 2 p.m. Tuesday, Moore's Owasso Chapel, interment Memorial Park.? ? Moore's.

He was buried in January 1980 at Memorial Park Cemetery, Tulsa, Tulsa Co., OK, Findagrave #137681640.

Frank Nelson Davalt

M, b. 14 October 1918, d. 6 August 1971
     Frank Nelson Davalt was born on 14 October 1918 at Mission, Hidalgo Co., TX, or Houston per other genealogies. He was the son of Samuel Oral Davalt and Nancy Maude Johnson. Frank Nelson Davalt began military service on 17 November 1942 WW II service, U.S. Army, Sgt., discharged 26 OCT 1945. He married Betty Jo Henson, daughter of Walter Turner Henson and Margaret Ella Cook, on 25 February 1955. Frank Nelson Davalt died on 6 August 1971 at Houston, Harris Co., TX, at age 52. Cause of death: Cardiac arrest. He was buried in August 1971 at Woodlawn Cemetery, Houston, Harris Co., TX, Findagrave #106625660.

Child of Frank Nelson Davalt and Betty Jo Henson

Georgia Ellen Davalt

F, b. 14 January 1911, d. 17 August 2000
     Georgia Ellen Davalt was also known as "Georgie". She was born on 14 January 1911 at Doxey, Beckham Co., OK.1 She was the daughter of John Davalt and Bessie Chloe Farrar. Georgia Ellen Davalt married Edgar Augustine Fuchs, son of Augustus William Fuchs and Beatrice Anne Moler, on 19 January 1929 at Sayre, Beckham Co., OK. Georgia Ellen Davalt lived on 8 April 1940 at Sayre Twp., Beckham Co., OK.1 She died on 17 August 2000 at Elk City, Beckham Co., OK, at age 89. She was buried in August 2000 at Sayre-Doxey Cemetery, Sayre, Beckham Co., OK, Findagrave #99320369.


  1. [S4381] 1940 Federal Census, Beckham County, Oklahoma. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T627, Roll 3276.

Grace Lena Davalt

F, b. 25 December 1900, d. 28 October 1983
     Grace Lena Davalt was born on 25 December 1900 at Waukomis, Garfield Co., OK. She was the daughter of Jacob I. Davalt and Alice Odessa Samples. Grace Lena Davalt married Riley Ray Grisham, son of Thomas Jefferson Grisham and Sarah Ellen Willingham, on 5 July 1920 at Mangum, Greer Co., OK. Grace Lena Davalt died on 28 October 1983 at Sayre, Beckham Co., OK, at age 82.

Children of Grace Lena Davalt and Riley Ray Grisham

Harlan Hubert Davalt1

M, b. 8 December 1928, d. 10 May 2005
     Harlan Hubert Davalt was born on 8 December 1928 at Chicago, Cook Co., IL.1 He was the son of John Hubert Davalt and Gladys Cihlar.1 Harlan Hubert Davalt died on 10 May 2005 at New Orleans, Orleans Par., LA, at age 76 OBITUARY - The Sun Herald, Biloxi, Mississippi, May 12, 2005

Harlan DaValt, aka Plato Smith, his professional name, 76, of Pass Christian, died Tues. 5/10/05, in Pass Christian. His wishes were that there not be any services. Riemann F.H., Bay St. Louis, is in charge.

Child of Harlan Hubert Davalt


  1. [S1049] 1930 Federal Census, Cook County, Illinois. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T626, Rolls 413 - 508; FHL #2340148 - 2340243.

Harlan McNally Davalt

M, b. 5 August 1908, d. 1968
     Harlan McNally Davalt was born on 5 August 1908 at Chicago, Cook Co., IL. He was the son of John Richard Davalt and Ada Gregg McNally. Harlan McNally Davalt married Evelyn Buege, daughter of Charles Frederick Wilhelm Buege and Grace H. Schroeder, on 13 July 1930.1 Harlan McNally Davalt died in 1968 OBITUARY - Chicago Tribune, Chicago, IL

Harlan M. DaValt of Villa Park, beloved husband of Evelyn, nee Buege; dear father of John C; grandfather of Gregory Scott and Brian Harold; brother of Hubert. Funeral Saturday, 11 a.m. at Sieverie Funeral Home, 350 S. Ardmore avenue, Villa Park. Interment Mount Emblem. Visitation Friday after 2:30 p.m. 832-4161.

He was buried at Mount Emblem Cemetery, Elmhurst, DuPage Co., IL, Findagrave #177473036.


  1. [S1675] 1920 Federal Census, Cook County, Illinois. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T625, Rolls 306-363.

Harold Davalt

M, b. 29 July 1896, d. 24 March 1897
     Harold Davalt was born on 29 July 1896 at Kahoka, Clark Co., MO. He was the son of John Richard Davalt and Ada Gregg McNally. Harold Davalt died on 24 March 1897 at Kahoka, Clark Co., MO. He was buried in March 1897 at Kahoka Cemetery, Kahoka, Clark Co., MO.

Harriet Romania Davalt

F, b. 15 October 1872, d. 28 August 1966
     Harriet Romania Davalt was born on 15 October 1872 at Clark Co., MO. She was the daughter of Samuel Davalt and Marium Maria Coffeen. Harriet Romania Davalt married Henry J. Martin on 14 May 1912 at Clark Co., MO, Harriet was not married until she was at least 37 years old. This was Henry's second marriage. Henry and Harriet did not have any children of their own, however, two of Henry's children from his previous marriage lived with the family for many years.
There is some confusion regarding Henry's children. In the 1900 Census Henry is shown with his first wife and two children: Leona (age 5) and Gerald (age 3). In the 1910 Census Henry is a widower with two children: Leona (age 14) and Gerald (age 13). In the 1920 Census Henry is shown with second wife Harriet and two children: Gerald (age 22) and Mildred M. (age 19). I am assuming, for the time being, that Mildred was the daughter of one of Henry's relatives and that she may have been adopted.
Gerald was the informant on his father's death certificate. He died in 1976.

no chldren.

Note: Harriet organized her Chapter of the D A R at Princeton, Missouri in 1918.

Harriet Romania Davalt died on 28 August 1966 at age 93. She was buried in 1966 at University Park Cemetery, University Park, Mahaska Co., IA, Findagrave #104929210.

Hazel Katherine Davalt

F, b. 20 April 1922, d. 14 May 1999
     Hazel Katherine Davalt was born on 20 April 1922 at Mission, Hidalgo Co., TX. She was the daughter of Samuel Oral Davalt and Nancy Maude Johnson. Hazel Katherine Davalt married John William Rosenauer Jr., son of John William Rosenauer and Bertha Ella Grassoff, on 5 June 1941. Hazel Katherine Davalt died on 14 May 1999 at Montgomery Co., TX, at age 77. She was buried in May 1999 at Woodlawn Cemetery, Houston, Harris Co., TX, Findagrave #187867929.

Hazen Eugene Davalt

M, b. 20 April 1922, d. 9 April 1924
     Hazen Eugene Davalt was born on 20 April 1922 at Mission, Hidalgo Co., TX. He was the son of Samuel Oral Davalt and Nancy Maude Johnson. Hazen Eugene Davalt died on 9 April 1924 at Edinburg, Hidalgo Co., TX, at age 1. He was buried in April 1924 at Hillcrest Memorial Park, Edinburg, Hidalgo Co., TX, Findagrave #132007153.

Isaac Davalt1

M, b. circa 1841
     Isaac Davalt was born circa 1841 at Missouri.1 He was the son of John Davalt and Julia Ann Blevins.1


  1. [S1667] 1850 Federal Census, Clark County, Missouri. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M432, Roll 396.

Jacob Davalt

M, b. 9 October 1894, d. 22 October 1897
     Jacob Davalt was also known as "Jakey". He was born on 9 October 1894. He was the son of Jacob I. Davalt and Alice Odessa Samples. Jacob Davalt died on 22 October 1897 at age 3. He was buried in October 1897 at Blattner Cemetery, Wyaconda, Clark Co., MO, Findagrave #58302015.

Jacob Edward Davalt1

M, b. 12 April 1906, d. 16 October 1989
     Jacob Edward Davalt was also known as "Eddie". He was born on 12 April 1906 at Doxey, Roger Mills Co., Oklahoma Territory.1 He was the son of John Davalt and Bessie Chloe Farrar.1 Jacob Edward Davalt married Ruby Lillian Chambers, daughter of James Herbert Chambers and Virgie E. Dalton, on 2 September 1930 at Granite, Greer Co., OK. Jacob Edward Davalt married Nelda J. Lacey on 27 September 1979 at Wilbarger Co., TX. Jacob Edward Davalt died on 16 October 1989 at Elk City, Beckham Co., OK, at age 83 Obituary:

Funeral services for J. E. "Eddie" Davalt will be conducted at 10:30 A.M. Thursday, in the Martin Funeral Chapel with Dr. Ed Saucier officiating. Burial will follow in the Fairlawn Cemetery.

Eddie was born April 12, 1906 in Sayre and died Monday at the age of 83. He had lived in western Oklahoma most of his life. He taught school at the Bella Vista School for five years, Highway School for three years, and Pie Flat School for four years. He was married to Ruby Lillian Chambers on September 2, 1930 at Granite. They moved to California where they lived for a short time. Then they moved to Wichita, Kansas, where he worked as a machinist for Boeing Aircraft. His job was frozen because of National Defense during World War II. After the war they moved to Elk City where he owned and operated a blacksmith and machine shop. Mr. Davalt closed the shop in 1962 and continued working by sharpening saws until some 13 years ago. He was still active in farming at the time of his death.
His survivors include one son Jim Davalt of Wickett, Texas; two daughters, Mrs. Berylene Maddox of Norman and Mrs. Barbara Ferguson of Little Rock, Arkansas; one sister, Mrs. Georgia Fuchs of Elk City; Nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He was proceeded in death by his wife Ruby on September 29, 1976.

He was buried in October 1989 at Fairlawn Cemetery, Elk City, Beckham Co., OK, Findagrave #81961090.
Note: Eddie weighed 3 lbs at birth and grew to 5'11", dark brown hair, and brown eyes. In 1926 was in college at Weatherford. He taught school at Highway in 1927-1928. In 1929, he worked on Highway 66. He taught school at Pie Flat in 1931-1933. During WWII, from 1942 to the end of the war, Eddie worked at Stearman Aircraft, which later became a Boeing plant in Wichita, Kansas. He bought a blacksmith business in 1946 and worked 17 years as a machinist and blacksmith.


  1. [S4319] 1910 Federal Census, Beckham County, Oklahoma. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T624, Roll 1243; FHL #1375256.

Jacob I. Davalt

M, b. 3 January 1851, d. 1 September 1909
     Jacob I. Davalt was also known as "Jake". He was born on 3 January 1851 at Clark Co., MO.1 He was the son of John Davalt and Julia Ann Blevins.1 Jacob I. Davalt married Alice Odessa Samples on 21 December 1878 at Cantril, Van Buren Co., IA. Jacob I. Davalt died on 1 September 1909 at Mayfield, Beckham Co., OK, at age 58 Obituary (from Tracy DeVault):

Jacob DaVault, who lived in the vicinity of Mayfield, passed peacefully away at his home yesterday, Sept. 1, at 2 p.m. He was surrounded by his wife, two daughters Mrs. Frank Wilson and Miss Maymie DeVault and his son, Sam DeValt, when death came.
Mr. DeValt was a pioneer in the Mayfield vicinity, having homestead and made final proof upon a valuable farm. He was a kind husband, an indulgent father, a good citizen and neighbor and his death will be sincerely mourned by a host of men and women who were honored by being within his circle of friends.. He was a faithful Christian gentleman and was conspicuous among his acquaintances because of his unflinching integrity, possessed with an attractive personality. The hospitality of his cozy home was sought after and esteemed by innumerable guests.
The immediate cause of his death was appendicitis. The writer visited him at his home several months ago and transacted official business with him in a matter of his making final proof upon his homestead. At that time he was suffering from a recurrent attack of the disease that caused his death. His physicians then had given up hopes of his recovery, but his heroic determination to live prolonged his life, and since that time until his last illness he had frequently visited Erick, always displaying a cheerful countenance and expressing hopeful satisfaction that affairs were with him as well as they were.

He was buried in September 1909 at Buffalo Cemetery, Sayre, Beckham Co., OK, Findagrave #21589474.

Children of Jacob I. Davalt and Alice Odessa Samples


  1. [S4290] 1860 Federal Census, Clark County, Missouri. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M653, Roll 614; FHL #803614.

James Virgil Davalt

M, b. 29 February 1972, d. 18 August 2007
     James Virgil Davalt was also known as "Tiger". He was born on 29 February 1972 at Keflavic, Reykjanes, Iceland. He was the son of Robert Eugene Davalt. James Virgil Davalt died on 18 August 2007 at Grand Rapids, Kent Co., MI, at age 35 NEWSPAPER ARTICLE - The Grand Rapids Press, Grand Rapids, Michigan, August 19, 2007

James Virgil Davalt and Timothy Allen Kammerer: Single-car crash leaves two men dead. Off-duty officer finds vehicle on Indian Mounds Road.

OBITUARY - The Fresno Bee, Fresno, California, September 2, 2007

James Virgil Davalt, age 35, of Grand Rapids, Michigan passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, August 18, 2007.
He was born on February 29, 1972, in Keflavic, Iceland.
Family and friends knew him as Tiger.
He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, James Morris and Virgil Joseph.
James will be deeply missed by his two sons, Dylan James Devalt, and Cody Robert Davalt; fiancee, Jamie Bruder; parents, Robert and Lynda Davalt of Clovis, Ca; siblings, Robart and Dena Davalt of Lodi, NJ and Marilene and Allen Quintana of Fresno, Ca; grandmothers, Mary Morris of Chicl, Ca., and Ileen Joseph of Clovis, Ca; and numerous loving nieces, nephews, and cousins.
A service was held in Grand Rapids, Michigan on Thursday, August 22, 2007.

Jenny Lynn Davalt

F, b. 7 October 1955, d. 23 October 1996
     Jenny Lynn Davalt was born on 7 October 1955 at Houston, Harris Co., TX. She was the daughter of Frank Nelson Davalt and Betty Jo Henson. Jenny Lynn Davalt died on 23 October 1996 at Galveston Co., TX, at age 41 Obituary:

MISS JENNY LYNN DAVALT, of Galveston, was born on October 7, 1955 and passed away on October 23, 1996. She was a longtime employee for K-Mart, store #4302 in Galveston. Miss Davalt was preceded in death by her father, Frank N. Davalt. She is survived by her mother, Betty Jo Davalt; sister Ella Falkenberg; brother, Frankie N. Davalt; nieces, Opal Davis and Jennifer Falkenberg; nephew, Frank Davis; many other relatives and all the friends and fellow employees of K-Mart. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, October 26, 1996 at 1:30 p.m. in the Chapel of Heights Funeral Home, 1317 Heights Blvd. Interment will follow at Woodlawn Garden of Memories Cemetery. Heights Funeral Home, 1317 Heights Blvd., 862-8844.

She was buried in October 1996 at Woodlawn Cemetery, Houston, Harris Co., TX.
Note: Did not marry.

Jesse Davalt

M, b. 1870, d. 1871
     Jesse Davalt was born in 1870 at Clark Co., MO. He was the son of Samuel Davalt and Marium Maria Coffeen. Jesse Davalt died in 1871 at Clark Co., MO.

John Davalt

M, b. 2 November 1808, d. 14 November 1890
     John Davalt was born on 2 November 1808 at Sullivan Co., TN.1 He was the son of Gabriel DeWalt and Magdalena Kitzmiller.
Note: Notes for JOHN DAVALT, per Tracy DeVault:

John Davalt always spelled his surname "Davalt" as do all his descendants. As far as I know, John and his descendants are the only descendants of Henry Dewald of Pennsylvania that use this spelling.
John Davalt and Julia Ann Blevins were married in Tennessee. Shortly after the birth of their first child, Samuel, in 1836, John, his young family, and John's brother, Jacob, and Jacob's family moved to Crawford County, Missouri. John's second child, Prudence, was born in Crawford County. By 1841, when their third child, Elizabeth, was born, they had moved to Clark County near the town of St. Francisville. There they lived and died, raising a family of eleven children.
Much of the information about the descendants of John Davalt came to Newland DeVault from Nona May (Summers) Carlton-Darnall. (Newland and several other sources spelled her given name as "Nora.") Additional information came from Marjorie Evelyn (Hill) Hamner, Minta (Walker) Whiston and Hughie Maitland Stump. I received much information on the descendants of Jacob I. "Jake" Davalt from Lynette (Fuchs) Franklin. I got additional family information from Linda Kay (Morris) Davalt, half-sisters, Peggy Lynn (Cassady) Harris and Linda Marie (Pillow) Bilek and Janet Marie (Overlin) Gatrost-Wilcox.

Note (Tracy DeVault): I have seen several references to John Davalt and family living near Jake's Prairie. There are several places called "Jake's Prairie" in Missouri. I think the references I've seen are to the Jake's Prairie in Crawford County. The name does not appear much these days. Here is a little history prepared by Joe L. Miller:

"The legend of Jake Prairie (aka "Jakes's Prairie")
In 1825, at St. Louis, Missouri, the Osage Indians signed a treaty to surrender all land north of the Arkansas border. From this time on they were gradually pushed out west to Indian Territory (Oklahoma). At about 1835, nearly all had been forced out by the settlement of the White Man, except a few remnants who settled from place to place adopting to the White Man's way of life. Legend has it, there was one such Osage Indian Tribe consisting of over 300 cabins, that settled just over the Franklin County line, till they decided to move further north. Among them was an Indian named Jake, who got in an argument, packed up his lone teepee, moved to an area in the northwest part of Crawford County, and stayed there for years. Others who would visit him would say, "Let's go down to Jake's Prairie", to visit Jake. This is how it got its name. "

John Davalt married Julia Ann Blevins on 21 March 1833 at Tennessee. John Davalt lived on 10 October 1850 at Clark Co., MO, Farming.1 He lived in June 1860 at Madison Twp., Clark Co., MO, Farming.2 He began military service on 1 February 1862 Mustered into service at Canton, Lewis Co., MO, Co. "G", 21st Missouri Volunteer Infantry, discharged 21 JUN 1862. He died on 14 November 1890 at Clark Co., MO, at age 82. He was buried in November 1890 at Sand Cemetery, St. Francisville, Clark Co., MO, Findagrave #104293536.

Children of John Davalt and Julia Ann Blevins


  1. [S1667] 1850 Federal Census, Clark County, Missouri. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M432, Roll 396.
  2. [S4290] 1860 Federal Census, Clark County, Missouri. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M653, Roll 614; FHL #803614.

John Davalt

M, b. 20 March 1880, d. 6 March 1948
     John Davalt was born on 20 March 1880 at Cantril, Van Buren Co., IA. He was the son of Jacob I. Davalt and Alice Odessa Samples. John Davalt married Bessie Chloe Farrar, daughter of Edward E. Farrar and Rebecca Elizabeth Taylor, on 1 January 1905 at Doxey, Roger Mills Co., Oklahoma Territory. John Davalt lived on 15 April 1910 at Merritt Twp., Beckham Co., OK, Farming.1 Occupation: Farmer and horse trainer. He died on 6 March 1948 at Elk City, Beckham Co., OK, at age 67 Obituaries:

John Davalt
Rites AT Elk
Tuesday, March 9
Services for John Davalt, route 4, Sayre, who died of a heart attack in Elk City Saturday noon, were held Tuesday, March 9, at the First Baptist church in Elk City at 2:30 p.m. with Reverend H. L. Janes and Rev Garland Wilson, Sayre officiating.
He filed on a farm in 1900 where he was residing at the time of his death. Mr. Davalt was born March 20, 1880 at Cantrell, Iowa. He was married January 1, 1905 at Sayre to Bessie Farrar.
Two children preceded him in death.
Mr. Davalt is survived by his wife and four children. Eddie of Elk City; Lee of Dighton, Kansas; Mrs. Georgia Fuchs, Elk City; Mrs. Lucille Hindman of Sayre; three sisters, Mrs. Em Farrar of Sandpoint, Idaho; Mrs Mamie Ross of Mission, Texas, Mrs Grace Grisham, Sayre; one brother, Sam of Houston, Texas, eleven grandchildren.
Burial was in the Sayre-Doxey Cemetery.

ELK CITY -- Services for John Davalt, Sayre, route 4, who died while visiting in Elk City Saturday, were in the local First Baptist church.
He was born March 20, 1880, in Cantrell, Iowa and came to Beckham county in 1900.
Survivors are his wife; two sons, Eddie of Elk City and Lee of Dighton, Kan; two daughters, Mrs Georgia Fuchs of Elk City and Mrs. Lucille Hinkman of Sayre; three sisters, Mrs. Emma Farrar of Sandpoint, Idaho; Mrs Mamie Ross of Mission, Texas, and Mrs. Grace Grishom of Sayre; a brother, Sam Davalt of Houston, and 11 grandchildren.

John DeVault
Drops Dead In
Local Cafe
John DeVault of the DeVault Machine Shop, 211 West Sixth, dropped dead while eating dinner at a local cafe at 12:15 on Saturday.
It was reported that he had taken only one bite when he fell into the arms of his son, Eddie DeVault, who was with his father at the time that the heart attack struck him.
DeVault was 68 years of age. He is said to have had an attack on Friday night, but it was thought that it was not serious.
He is survived by his widow and four children.
Funeral arrangements, which are pending, are being made by Martin-Hullum Funeral home.

He was buried in March 1948 at Sayre-Doxey Cemetery, Sayre, Beckham Co., OK, Findagrave #21553590.

About the year of 1895, Jacob Davalt, with sons Sam and John, walked to Pueblo, Colorado from Keokuk, Iowa, a distance of about 100 miles. Jacob worked as a blacksmith and the boys worked down in the gold mines. They did not like that work so they walked back to Keokuk.

In 1898, John and Jesse McCoy, cousins, walked 550 miles from Keokuk to Oklahoma. They saw the beautiful grass and walked back to Iowa. They persuaded Jacob and others to form a wagon train to come to Oklahoma.

The members of the wagon train were Jacob and Alice Odessa Davalt, daughters Em, Ada and Maymie and sons Sam and John; Jess McCoy, who was the son of Rachel Davalt McCoy, sister to Jacob Davalt; Frank Stump, son of Elizabeth Davalt Stump, sister to Jacob Davalt; Frank Redburn and his first wife; Burt Redburn and wife and daughter; Maggie Wolf and her family (Maggie Wolf married Frank Redburn after his first wife died and reared his only daughter. Frank and Maggie owned and operated a jewelry store in Elk City for many years); Frink Hite and his family and his brother, first name unknown.

The wagon train left Wyaconda, Missouri in the spring of 1899. The train arrived in Enid, Oklahoma in December 1900. They spent December, January and February in Enid. The train left for Roger Mills County, Oklahoma Territory in March 1900.

Grace Davalt was born on Christmas day, 1900 so Alice Odessa stayed in Enid with her three daughters, Ada, Maymie and baby Grace. Later, they rode the train to Granite where Jacob met them.

The wagon box was 4 feet wide and 8 feet long and usually pulled by two houses. John Davalt brought one cow and one dog from Missouri.

When the wagon train was camped near what is now Hammon, Oklahoma, the Indians came and wanted the dog; but John persuaded them to take his offering of tobacco instead. The Indians agreed, leaving the dog with John.

After John built his small house and his sister Em lived with him, he would sometimes hitch the horses to the wagon to go to Buffalo to visit his parents. The cow would not stay home -- she had followed that wagon from Missouri and thought she should follow every time the horses were hitched.

John Davalt was issued Homestead Certificate no. 1465, under Application 18225 for lots one and two of section five, in township ten north of range twenty-two west of the Indian Meridian, containing seventy-nine and eighty-hundredths acres on January 16, 1908, and of the Independence of the United States the one hundred and thirty-second; signed by M. W. Young, Secretary, for Theodore Roosevelt, President. The certificate is recorded in the Beckham County, Oklahoma records in Volume 713, page 40. Jim Davalt has possession of the original copy and has given me a xerox copy.

John Davalt was entitled to 80 acres because he was a single man, but he had to prove his claim -- build a house and occupy that house a certain number of days per month. While he helped build the Rock Island Railroad from Weatherford to Sayre in 1901, he continued his claim. The railroad went on to Tucumcari, New Mexico which was the end of the line from Memphis, Tennessee, but John did not go on west.

While building the railroad from Weatherford to Quannah in 1902 to 1903, John worked with the horses and fresno (a scoop with wheels). He would walk home for the weekend to maintain homestead rights. During the week, Em lived at Buffalo with her parents, but when John was coming home for the weekend, she would ride her horse the 15 miles to John's house near Doxey. When he left to go back toward Quannah to work, she would ride the 15 miles back to Buffalo.

Beatrice and Estella Moler were friends to Em and Maymie and spent many nights giggling as young girls often do. Later, John Davalt dated Beatrice Moler. Beatrice married August Fuchs on October 22, 1902. Their first son was named Edgar Augustus Fuchs. John married Bessie Chloe Farrar on January 1, 1905. Their first daughter was Georgie Ellen Davalt. Bessie had dated George Wingo before her marriage to John and when 12 pound "Georgie" was born, John did not approve of her name, but "Georgie" she is. Edgar Fuchs and Georgie Davalt were married January 14, 1929.

Dr. Windle delivered Georgie, Luciel and Lee, all at home. Eddie was delivered by Dr. McDonald, who is a Modern Woodmen. Both doctors are buried at Sayre-Doxey Cemetery. Dr. McDonald's marker is in the south part of the cemetery and looks like a tree trunk.

Jacob and Sam Davalt brought a load of hogs to Sayre. Jacob took sick and they started home. They reached Amanda Rider Moler Jarvis' house where they stayed three days. Alice and Grace came down to Amanda Jarvis' home. The doctor said Jacob would not live and to take him on home. Sam and others filled a wagon with straw and took him on to Buffalo (about 8 miles). Jacob lived three days after reaching Buffalo, dying September 1, 1909 and buried in Buffalo Cemetery.

Two years later, Robert Moler, son of Amanda Rider Moler, Jarvis, was cutting Alice Davalt's hay. Robert had a cold and chest congestion. He went to his home at Mayfield and died two days later.

Mabel Hagood was a midwife for Beatrice Moler Fuchs and is still living (1991) in Sayre, approximately 99 years old. Alice Davalt acted as midwife for Daniel and Agatha Fuchs.

This is a small introduction into the communication between the Davalt and Fuchs families.

John Davalt had many skills. He owned blacksmith equipment and would work for his neighbors to help support his family. He also was a good carpenter and he and Will Farrar, his wife's brother, worked as carpenters.

In October 1932, John, Eddie, his oldest son, and others re-built the house where Alice and Grace lived in Sayre after the original house burned. Ernestine Rodenberger was staying with them for a few days as she had another case of midwifery scheduled. Her clothes burned in the house, but she went on to stay with Georgie in November 1932 when Lynette was born.

Another source of income for John's family was stud fees. He bred and raised Percheron horses. Roland was one stallion that won many blue ribbons at the Elk City Fair. Roland weighted 2250 pounds and was born in Illinois. His full name was Roland Damascus 206408, and cost $1000 about 1920. Bessie did not think that they would be able to pay the note and feed the four children, but stud fees paid for Roland in one year. He was gentle and could be given a bath in the local swimming hole which was down on the Lewis farm on Coffee Bean Creek. Roland would prance down the road for his bath and after he was washed, he enjoyed being curried and to have his tail braided.

John also kept a jack standing at stud, but they were mean. One time, Jack, a registered jack, took a bite out of John's upper back while he was cleaning Jack's front feet. Jack clamped on for two hours because the only way to make Jack turn loose was to poke him in the eye and John could not reach his eye. The scar was buried with John.

The house that John built and where the family lived had one room. Eddie and I talked about how did mamma and Papa and us four kids sleep in that one room house. Eddie remembered that he slept on a pallet under the table which was planks and with benches for seating. Georgie and Luciel slept on a pallet under the bed where their parents slept and baby Lee slept in the bed with his parents. The mattresses were made of wheat straw as rye or oat straw would rot. On top of the wheat straw mattress would be a feather bed for comfort. John made shelves for the dishes and flatware and cast iron skillets. Sand was used to polish the flatware, granite pans and cast iron skillets.

I usually was the one to churn the butter in the dasher churn. We had a screen window for keeping the milk cool.

Bessie loved to piece quilts. Georgie does not like quilts to this day because she would only have one dress. Georgie would beg for a new dress when Bessie would buy new material, but Bessie would cut it into small pieces and make a quilt. Bessie carded the cotton grown on the farm for quilt batting. Cotton was picked and taken to the gin for removal of the seeds.

Georgie liked to sew. She would stay at home while the family went to town and make doll dresses from small scraps of material. She was so small that she would have to stand to treadle the Montgomery Ward sewing machine.

Their fuel was cow chips. John would take the wagon to the Chisholm Trail about 3 days after a herd had gone by and whey would load the wagon with dry cow chips. The #3 tub was used as a "wood box." On Saturday night, the wood box was emptied, filled with water and all the family members had their weekly bath. After bathing, the water was emptied from the "wood box" and refilled with "fuel."

During the winter, the train crew would kick coal off the car and John would take the kids in the wagon over to the tracks and would gather coal and this would last all winter for coal.

Georgie was a tart. Her brother and sister born between Eddie and her both died at birth. John wanted a boy to hunt and fish with him. When Georgie was born, he told everyone he would make a "boy" of her and so she was allowed to tag after him and be a tomboy. When Luciel was born, Georgie was sent to stay with Grandma Farrar. When she came home, she found out she had a baby sister. She did not want a baby sister and told everyone as much. Grandma Davalt wanted to punish Georgie and tried to put her in the cellar. Georgie kicked her shins so hard that Alice died with the scars from the kicking, but Georgie was not put in the cellar.

Eddie and Georgie teased Luciel. She would cry and run to Grandma Davalt (Alice Odessa). Grandma would try to shame them by saying that they treated her like a dog, so they nicknamed Luciel "Shep." She answered to that nickname until she was an adult.

Just south of the Davalt homestead, Mr. Morrison dug a mine with a shovel and pick, and a bucket for removing the dirt. The mine was dug on a slant and about 50 feet deep. He was looking for gold. All he found was fool's gold (iron pyrite). After the shaft was abandoned, Georgie liked to go play in the mine. She received may spankings for going up there to play.

Eddie found a rabbit in the mine and was bringing it home for dinner, but the rabbit kicked him so hard, it got away. Eddie said it felt like a mule kicking him.

John and Bessie grew varied crops, including watermelon, vegetables including parsnips, potatoes, onions which were stored in the root cellar for the winter. The root cellar was a hole dug in the ground, lined with straw, vegetables were then covered with the straw and dirt. When the vegetables were needed, a small amount of dirt was removed and then the vegetables from below the layer of straw. They also grew sugar cane for their sorghum. The press was about one mile west where the boiling pots were. The standing cane had the leaves removed by whacking with a stick. Then the stalks were cut and laid evenly on the wagon so that they could be fed into the press. After boiling, the sorghum was stored in buckets with lids which were used over again.

John Davalt chewed Brown Mule tobacco. Brown Mule was a compressed square of tobacco with a little red metal mule on the side. He would take his knife and cut off a small piece and put it in his cheek. He was deadly accurate with his spittle -- enjoying aiming at out bare feet and hitting between the big toe and second toe.

Eddie dipped snuff for 51 years and quit when he was 78 years old.

1n 1929, Eddie and Jack Floyd, cousin to Pretty Boy Floyd, got drunk on wine in John Davalt's cellar. They went to Sayre and were thrown in jail. They vomited from too much wine and had to clean up the mess before they could get out. Ugh!

The picture in front of the Davalt homestead was made on Thanksgiving Day 1917. A photographer traveling in a covered wagon came by and asked to make the picture. She had the picture made and thought John might fuss, but he didn't. He had gone that day to Buffalo to move Grandma Alice and Grace from Buffalo to Sayre. The negative is a glass negative and Chloe Hindman Andrews has possession of the negative. The picture is made from this glass negative and we since have had a film negative made so that copies are available for anyone. The information on the cover for the glass negative reads as follows:

Mrs. Jno Davalt
P.O. Doxey RFD 1
Directions 9-1/2 miles SW, 7-1/2 miles West and
2 miles south of Elk City
Color Convex 14 x 20 $5.98
House light buff
Trimmings dark buff
Put foliage on trees
Representative Reed & Green from
Fidelity Art Adv. Co.
312 2nd Street
Kansas City, Missouri (on corner "63")

Georgie has the 14 x 20 convex color picture.

John Davalt served on the Spring Creek District #9 Sayre Township School Board. This information is noted on Georgie's April 24, 1920 farewell card from her teacher Flora I. Walker.

Georgia Davalt was promoted to the ninth grade on June 1, 1926 at Merritt School. Georgia Davalt was a pupil of District 2-C, Beckham County, and was neither absent nor tardy for a period of three years, being a mark of diligence and exemplary deportment; she was given a Diploma of Honor on May 22, 1928.

The panties we wore were made from flour sacks which were a heavy white cotton material. They had a band and button. Men always wore long handles and John always wore overalls.

Eddie started to school when he was eight years of age. Georgie started at age 6.

About 1923, Georgie and Carl Poff were looking out the classroom window. A big women, about 6 feet tall and weighing between 250-300 pounds, it took one width of fabric for the front and one for the back and was nicknamed Big 6 Morris. Georgie and Carl saw her kick her mule over the tongue of the wagon because he would not move over. They laughed and were sent to see J. R. King, the principal, for a whipping. When they told him why they laughed, he told them not to look out the window anymore.

Children of John Davalt and Bessie Chloe Farrar


  1. [S4319] 1910 Federal Census, Beckham County, Oklahoma. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T624, Roll 1243; FHL #1375256.

John Hubert Davalt

M, b. 6 September 1901, d. 5 July 1974
     John Hubert Davalt was born on 6 September 1901 at Kahoka, Clark Co., MO. He was the son of John Richard Davalt and Ada Gregg McNally. John Hubert Davalt married Gladys Cihlar, daughter of Edward Thomas Cihlar and Anna D. Orloff, on 15 June 1925. John Hubert Davalt and Gladys Cihlar were divorced in August 1938 at Broward Co., FL. John Hubert Davalt died on 5 July 1974 at Broward Co., FL, at age 72.

Child of John Hubert Davalt and Gladys Cihlar


  1. [S1049] 1930 Federal Census, Cook County, Illinois. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T626, Rolls 413 - 508; FHL #2340148 - 2340243.

John Richard Davalt

M, b. 23 September 1865, d. 9 September 1948
     John Richard Davalt was born on 23 September 1865 at St. Francisville, Clark Co., MO. He was the son of Samuel Davalt and Marium Maria Coffeen. John Richard Davalt married Ada Gregg McNally, daughter of David H. McNally and Margaret Harshaw. John Richard Davalt died on 9 September 1948 at Wyaconda, Clark Co., MO, at age 82.

Children of John Richard Davalt and Ada Gregg McNally

Julia Ann Davalt1

F, b. 15 February 1856, d. 21 December 1937
     Julia Ann Davalt was born on 15 February 1856 at Clark Co., MO.1 She was the daughter of John Davalt and Julia Ann Blevins.1 Julia Ann Davalt married John Wesley Summers, son of Charles William Summers and Malinda Kimberlin, on 16 November 1879 at Clark Co., MO. Julia Ann Davalt died on 21 December 1937 at Kern Co., CA, at age 81 OBITUARY - Bakersfield, Californian

Mrs. Julie Summers, widow of the late John W Summers and a pioneer resident of Kern County died this morning. Born in Clark Co. Missouri 15 Feb 1856. Mrs. Summers came to California in 1880 and to Kern Co. in 1888, first settling in Calleta Hills, later moved with her husband to the Old River district where she lived until her death. Survived by four children; Mrs. Bertha Hargett and Miss Daisy Summers, Ventura: Mrs. Nora Darnell and Mrs. Mattie Brians, Riverview; as well as a nephew J. E. McCoy, Oilsdale; and a sister Mrs. John Walker of Keokuk, Iowa.

She was buried in December 1937 at Cypress Lawn Memorial Park, Colma, San Mateo Co., CA, Findagrave #87628909.

Children of Julia Ann Davalt and John Wesley Summers


  1. [S4290] 1860 Federal Census, Clark County, Missouri. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M653, Roll 614; FHL #803614.

Margaret M. Davalt

F, b. 30 March 1881, d. 30 September 1974
     Margaret M. Davalt was born on 30 March 1881 at Clark Co., MO. She was the daughter of Samuel Davalt and Marium Maria Coffeen. Margaret M. Davalt died on 30 September 1974 at age 93. She was buried in October 1974 at University Park Cemetery, University Park, Mahaska Co., IA, Findagrave #104926754.
Note: Did not marry.

Martha Ellen Davalt1

F, b. 21 December 1853, d. 12 November 1932
     Martha Ellen Davalt was born on 21 December 1853 at Clark Co., MO.1 She was the daughter of John Davalt and Julia Ann Blevins.1 Martha Ellen Davalt married Silas Bennett McCoy, son of Alexander McCoy and Ann Stump, on 26 February 1885 at Clark Co., MO. Martha Ellen Davalt lived on 4 June 1900 at Wyaconda, Clark Co., MO.2 She died on 12 November 1932 at Keokuk, Lee Co., IA, at age 78. She was buried in November 1932 at Oakland Cemetery, Keokuk, Lee Co., IA, Findagrave #115195235.

Children of Martha Ellen Davalt and Silas Bennett McCoy


  1. [S4290] 1860 Federal Census, Clark County, Missouri. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M653, Roll 614; FHL #803614.
  2. [S4291] 1900 Federal Census, Clark County, Missouri. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T623, Roll 848; FHL #1240848.

Mary Elizabeth Davalt

F, b. 20 October 1886, d. 13 December 1972
     Mary Elizabeth Davalt was also known as "Maymie". She was born on 20 October 1886 at Missouri. She was the daughter of Jacob I. Davalt and Alice Odessa Samples. Mary Elizabeth Davalt married Taylor E. Ross, son of John Alexer Ross and Mary Madline Clark, on 24 December 1910 at Prentiss, Beckham Co., OK. Mary Elizabeth Davalt died on 13 December 1972 at McAllen, Hidalgo Co., TX, at age 86.
Note: In 1918, Taylor and Mary Ross loaded their family and belongings into a Model T automobile and left Oklahoma for Hidalgo County, Texas. Taylor later served as Sheriff of Hidalgo County. They lived in Mission.

Children of Mary Elizabeth Davalt and Taylor E. Ross