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Henry C. Davis

Henry C. Davis

Male 1852 - 1935  (82 years)

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  • Name Henry C. Davis 
    Born 27 Dec 1852  Lincoln, Addison Co., VT Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 26 Oct 1935  Lincoln, Addison Co., VT Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Aft 26 Oct 1935  Middle section - 7th row - Maple Cemetery - Lincoln, Addison Co., VT Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Henry "Hen" Davis and his wife Nellie were well known in Lincoln, Vt. They made their living as maple sugar farmers. They had 200 acres of Sugar Maples on the high valley just below Mt. Abraham. They supplemented their income by taking in borders who were traveling over the mountain or hiking the Long Trail. They called their home on the Appalachian trail (known as the Long Trail in Vermont) the Green Mountain Inn. It is reported that they played hosts to guests from 46 states and twenty-six countries. Hen lived in Lincoln all his life except for one year spent in nearby Waitsfield. Nellie and Hen owned the land extending over the top of the Lincoln-Warren pass. Hen helped relocate the Lincoln-Warren road in 1917. Nellie must have been very busy at this time, it was said she had eighteen road construction workers as borders. For these men she would give them their breakfast, make up a dinner pail for each to eat at noon and serve them their evening meal. It was Hen's pair of colts that first traveled over the new road. When the Monroe Skyline section of the Long Trail was built from Camel's Hump the trail blazers boarded with the Davis', after that a sign went up directing weary travelers to Hen Davis' Place.

      Hen was also active in the community. Around 1897, Hen helped build the Ladies Aid Hall by working his team for four or five days. It is said that Hen used to lead the big 4th of July parades wearing a large white stovepipe hat and carrying a walking stick. Nellie, I believe was a important part of the Lincoln social scene as she was said to have been a great hostess for many gatherings.

      Hen was known for his generosity and humor. His dog Prince, his constant companion was said to have benefited from his generosity. Prince suppossedly ate two fried eggs for breakfast everyday and was given his own ice cream cone on trips to town. Some of the older locals that I have spoke to remember Hen as someone you never knew if he was telling the truth or not. He also seemed not afraid to bend the law a bit whether he was poaching or making moonshine. He was known to have made his own alcohol. As a man I met in Lincoln who knew Hen said, "he wasn't just distilling maple sugar in that shed!" (Hen was possibly making maple sap beer)

      In 1934, the Davis family reunion was held at the farm. Hen died the following year. As the only surviving offspring, the farm fell to Maude (Davis) Miller, better known to most of us today as Gramma Miller. Hen's obituary describes him as "so young in spirt and bodily vigor that he had about him and atmosphere of immortality... Only a month before when he and Mrs. Davis celebrated together their sixty-second wedding anniversary he said with a serious face but a twinkling eye that he'd be alive another fifty years".  He also was said to have remarked, "Sixty years is too long to live with any woman".
    Person ID I36700  Stedman/Steadman/Steedman Families of the New World
    Last Modified 2 Sep 2009 

    Father John Davis,   b. 14 Jun 1816, ____, ____, NH Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 May 1860, Lincoln, Addison Co., VT Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 43 years) 
    Mother Esther Goodrich,   b. 23 Nov 1819, Lincoln, Addison Co., VT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Mar 1903, Lincoln, Addison Co., VT Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Married Bef 1844 
    Family ID F13763  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Nellie L. Miner,   b. 6 Jan 1858, Duxbury, Washington Co., VT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Apr 1939, Lincoln, Addison Co., VT Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Married 14 Sep 1873  Ripton, Addison Co., VT Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Married by Rev. Kent.
    Children 
     1. Bertha M. Davis,   b. 28 Sep 1879, Lincoln, Addison Co., VT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Mar 1922  (Age 42 years)
     2. Fannie M. Davis,   b. 18 Oct 1877, Lincoln, Addison Co., VT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 18 Oct 1877, Lincoln, Addison Co., VT Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     3. Henrietta Davis,   b. 25 Feb 1880, Lincoln, Addison Co., VT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Sep 1883, Lincoln, Addison Co., VT Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 3 years)
     4. Ernest Davis,   b. 6 May 1887, Lincoln, Addison Co., VT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 May 1890, Lincoln, Addison Co., VT Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 3 years)
     5. Maude Evelyn Davis,   b. 13 Jul 1886, Lincoln, Addison Co., VT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Jan 1971, Tampa, Hillsborough Co., FL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)
    Last Modified 2 Sep 2009 
    Family ID F13753  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart