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Larry D. Brooks (View posts)
Posted: 886852800000
Classification: Query

I am looking for information on the family of Charles Henry CLINTSMAN and his wife, Sophia DAVIS CLINTSMAN. They came to Amor Twp in the late 1880s and had at least three children there; Leland, Earl and Bernice. They were still in Ottertail County in the 1920 Census.
y in the 1920 Census.


Jan Lubitz Sedore (View posts)
Posted: 900331200000
Classification: Query

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James Davis was a native of Ostego County, New York and was born on Nov. 25, 1825, one of thirteen children, born to Ezra and Sabra Somers Davis. James was a drummer boy in Co. K. Fourth Regiment, Volunteer Infantry through the Civil War.

In 1847 he married Evelyn Cronchite and to this union eight children were born. After the death of his first wife, in 1866, James Davis married Eliza Epler, a daughter of Joseph and Hannah Cressey Epler, all residents of Southern Minnesota, at Lyle, Minnesota.

In 1878, the Davis family, James and Eliza with children, Sophia, David, Ervin and John, also some neighbors, might be seen wending their way through the wilderness and plains of southern Minnesota in covered wagons drawn by oxen, and horses and driving the cattle. They were going further north from Lyle, Minnesota to Otter Tail County, to new territory, unplowed fields, and to the rigors of pioneer life.

They had no home to move into but the pioneers were hospitable and compassionate and the John Young family took the Davis family in until their crude log house on the bank of the Dead River could be thrown together. Later a frame house was built, which still stands, as tall and true as those sturdy pioneers who built it. This was their home until their deaths in 1916 and 1934. It is still owned by the family and is located in Section 2, Amor Township.

Six more children later blessed this home, two dying in infancy and May, at age of 19, of diphtheria. Clara, Nelson, and Cora completed the family. David farmed in Amor Township for some years, later bought the Basswood Store, which he ran for 17 years. After selling the store he bought and improved and later sold two farms in Dead Lake Township. David and his brother, Ervin, helped to lay the railroad through Perham, Minnesota. Ervin married Elizabeth Bullock, and also lived on a farm in Amor Township until his death.

Sophia married Charles Clintsman and although away for a time, spent many years on a farm in Amor. John married Helen Blissner and owned a restaurant at Mound, Minnesota. The same is true of Clara, who married Augustus Gaylord, a teacher, and later owner of the Basswood Store and Cora who married John Bixby, also a teacher for many years and later county assessor. They farmed across the line in Dead Lake Township.

Nelson married Ellen Gilbert, lived on the home farm all his life until he was 90 years old, and still returns for visits during the summer months. He now is 95 years old still quite active, and lives with his daughter at Detroit Lakes, Minnesota.

The pioneers lived a good life, although not an easy one. They engaged in free enterprise, raised their living, were active in community affairs, worked hard and were honest and God fearing. Schools and churches were raised up by prayer and sacrifice.

Now the reins of government are in the hands of their grandchildren, and great grandchildren. May the integrity and dignity, the compassion and honesty of the pioneers be the compelling force in their lives and may the liberties fought for by the pioneers continue as we hang on with a death grip to the ideals they struggled for and won.

Amor Township - Section 10 - Highway #14

Clintsman, Charles H (F) 1855 - Oct 25 1931
Clintsman, Sophie M. (M) Mar 2,1870 - Nov. 12,1946
Married December 27, 1888

Davis, Elizabeth Dec 8, 1880 - July 23, 1965
Davis, Ervin E. 1875 - July 5, 1929
Davis, James (F) 1825 - July 23, 1916
Davis, Eliza C. (M) Sept 21,1852 - July 24, 1934
Davis, John E. (S) Mar 9, 1878 - Oct 29, 1933
Davis, Nelson (F) Sept 25, 1880 - Aug 31, 1977
Davis, Lucinda Ellen (M) May 12, 1890 - Nov. 13, 1990 Married Mar 16, 1910
Davis, Jim E.(F) 1920 - 0000
Davis, Carol B.(M) July 28,1917 - Apr 4, 1991 Married May 16, 1942
Davis, Son 0000 - 1989
Davis, May Oct 17,1882 - Sept 8 1901
Davis, David Cresse (F) Jan 13, 1872 - Nov 15 1959
Davis, Lulu Lovina (M) Oct 11, 1878 - Mar 2, 1962 Married Dec. 15, 1898
Davis, Beatrice 0000 - 1991

1st Family of James Davis

Lynn Davis (View posts)
Posted: 921412800000
Classification: Query
My husband, Bruce H. DAVIS, is a direct descendant of the 1st marriage of James DAVIS, who eventually settled in OtterTail County, Minnesota. We had the honor of visiting with Nelson Davis and Madge Malcolm several years ago, and Madge and I wrote regularly for some time. It has been quite a while since I heard from her, her advanced years were catching up with her as we corresponded over time. Would love to hear from members of the family. We have been in touch with a Gaylord descendant who lives in Spokane, WA.

Feel free to contact at: or write to

Lynn Davis
P.O. Box 211
Bridgeport, WA 98813

phone 509-686-7122

Wickham/Davis Family

Mavis Schaffner (View posts)
Posted: 923918400000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Wickham, Davis, Clintsman, Cronchite, Epler
Please let me know any information you have on the Davis side of the family. My mother was Eva Davis, sister of Madge Malcolm. I married Robert Bruce Davis, grandson of Nelson Davis. My maiden name was Wickham. I would love to be in touch. Thank you for your help.

family burials

Lee Kramer (View posts)
Posted: 931867200000
Classification: Query
Surnames: cronkhite, cooper, little
I am Looking For the location of Evergreen Cemetery where Byron and Eliza Cronkhite are buried. I am also Looking for the name(s) of cemeteries where William David Cooper and Mary Myrtle Cronkhite-Cooper,probably in norther Michigan. I am also looking for the burial Location William N.Cooper and Margaret Berg-Cooper,possibly in Ohio Or northern Michigan. Last I am looking for the location of Harrel Little possible in Illinois. Any Help you can provide on these people would be much appreciated. Should you need more info Ido have a little more.


H.Lee Kramer

Re: Wickham/Davis Family

Posted: 999005383000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1041793680000
How are you related to EPLER. My Eplers came from Cape May NJ to Austin Mn, to Ottertail Co. Mn, some back to Austin and mine off to Montana-California.
Father and Mother were Joseph and Hannah (Cresse) Epler and two sons, Joshua and Jacob.
Thanks susan

Re: Wickham/Davis Family

Lynn Davis (View posts)
Posted: 999011476000
Classification: Query
We are related to James Davis' family by his 1st wife. Do have some info on descendents from 2nd marriage and have also had the honor of meeting some of that family. Would like to gather what info I can on 2nd family to have records as complete as possible so would love to hear more from you.

RE:Epler/Davis families

Posted: 999042491000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1041793680000
Thank you so much for writting back, so many don't.
I was so excited to see Joseph/Hannah's name. I have never seen or run into anyone working on the Epler line. What a treat. Is there someone on Eliza Epler side researching the Eplers?here is what I have

Jacob Epler M. Mary Clark? 22 April 1808 ?
Joseph Epler
B- 24 Aug. 1811
Cape May NJ
D-07 Feb. 1881
Lyle Mower Co. Mn.
Married Hannah Cresse
B-30 May 1843
Cape May NJ
Dau of Anthony and Judith (Hand) Cressse
They had two Sons, Joshua and Jacob. My line comes off Joshua, But have also been researching Jacob, They married sisters and have been working on their Chandler line for past 6 months, just on kids.( Were 11, )
Sons of Joseph & Hannah:.
Joshua C. Epler Jacob H. Epler
B-02-May 1840 B-13 Jan 1842
Cape May, NJ Cape May NJ
M-12 Dec. 1861 Austin Mn. M-02 Aug. 1867 Cedar city
Died 06 Sept. 1904 Died 25 Jan. 1911
Great Falls, Mt. Austin Mn
Wife: Hannah C. Chandler Wife: Anice Chandler
Had 2 children Had 9 children

What do you need? Both boys were in Civil war, Both moved to Ottertail Co. in about 1875. Joshua left in 1887 and moved to Great Falls Mt. Jacob moved in 1904 as had stroke (back to Austin Dieing in 1911). Both Hannah and Anice died in 1927 in California.
I would like ANYTHING ON Eliza-full name-children marriage etc Is My Joseph and Hannah same as you have for Eliza's parents? How many children did Joseph have? I have his Obt and Copy of Headstone.
Have a great evening----Do you know Jan Lubitz Sedore? She also has querys on James Davis/Eliza Epler.

Re: RE:Epler/Davis families

Lynn Davis (View posts)
Posted: 999050895000
Classification: Query

If you will send me your email address I will scan and send some info to you. You can contact me directly at or call me at 509-686-7122. Look forward to hearing from you - don't know how much help I can be but will certainly try. James Davis fathered 18 children and I do have some information on all 18 of them so I feel very fortunate. My greatest find was census record that showed James Davis with his 1st wife and their children and the Epler family just down the road. Eliza was younger than his older children and took on two very young children when they married. I don't have my info in front of me so not being very specific. Till later, Lynn

Re: Wickham/Davis Family

Mavis J. Schaffner (View posts)
Posted: 999052355000
Classification: Query
I was very excited to get your message. I am the great-granddaughter of James Davis & Eliza Epler. My mother was Eva Davis and her father was David Cresse Davis, the 12th child of James Davis. I have a great deal of information including pictures that I would be happy to share. I am sending you a report on some of the things I have on the Davis side of the family. I look forward to hearing what you have, as well.

Mavis Schaffner

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