Archive for March, 2010

Laura Davis (Boykin, Marshall) Booker

Elijah and Becky Davis had a daughter named Laura Davis.  Laura is the sister of my great grandfather Charles (Charlie) Davis.

Laura had one child, Webster L. aka Buddy by Sam Boykin. I have not found a record to confirm if married.

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Laura had a second child, Morrell, born November 25, 1878. The father was a Mr. Marshall. To date, I have not been able to confirm if Laura and Mr. Marshall were married. Morrell Marshall married Reuben Benjamin Langston III on December 10, 1894 in Barbour County. They had seven children; John Henry, James, Jessie, Willie Mae, Benjamin Earl, Evalina aka Evelyn and Laura Bell. Morrell died October 28, 1948 in Chicago, IL.

Laura married William “Billy” Booker on February 3, 1887 in Barbour County. They had three children, Maude, Edmond and Otis Booker. Either Edmond or Otis as a nickname of “Tish”.

In 1910 Laura and Billy were still in Springhill (Barbour Co., AL) They soon moved to Meridian MS. where she remained until her death in August 1913.

In March 2008 I put a query for assistance on Afrigeneas and was introduced to a Linda Rudd who did lookups in Mississippi. She pulled Laura’s death certificate and sent it to me.

The Mississippi Death Certificate included the following information for Laura Booker:
born April 20, 1866-Alabama; married, died August 21, 1915 in Meridian (Lauderdale Co.); housewife; buried August 22, 1915 in Masonic Cemetery by Frank Berry; Father-Elijah Davis; Mother-Rebecca Fluellen; Informant was son Ed Booker whose residence was listed as 13th Ave Bel 18th and 19th St.

On October 21, I received a picture of the headstone from Katie Inge Clawson. The headstone has a different date of death than the death certificate. The headstone reads: Laura Booker age 58; Died August 28, 1915; In Loving Memory of Our Dear Mother; At Rest. I cannot explain the difference in the dates.

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