Davidson, Harold Lee 'Harry'

Male 1860 - 1917


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  • Born  13 Dec 1860  Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Residence  1880  Lewiston, Fulton, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence  1900  Lewiston, Fulton, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence  1910  Lewiston, Fulton, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    _UID  E12AF757CF32411190294F428B0F40FECE0A 
    Died  1917  Lewiston, Fulton, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried  1917  Lewiston, Fulton, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Oak Hill Cemetery, Section E
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    • Minerd.com National Minerd - Minard - Miner - Minor Genealogy and Reunion site http://www.minerd.com/bio-davidson,_haroldlee.htm has a biography of Harold.

      Harold Lee Davidson was born on Dec. 13, 1860 in Lewistown, Fulton County, IL, the son of William Taylor and Lucinda (Miner) Davidson.
      Harold grew up as an editor's son in a home environment where newspapering and current political events would have been discussed every day. He was sickly as a child, and although "an unusual bright and promising boy,... during his high school years was obliged to give up school in account of ill health," said his father's newspaper, the Fulton Democrat.
      Harold began working as a teenager in the newspaper office. Said the Democrat, "He was the county representative of the paper for many years, going weekly to the towns and cities keeping up the correspondence and looking after the large subscription list. He was most popular wherever he went and made many friends for himself and the paper."

      Harold apparently was married, but his wife's name is not known. They had one known son, William T. Davidson II.
      The Davidsons were members of the Presbyterian Church in Lewistown, and "while his health permitted was a most regular attendant and greatly enjoyed the services," said the Democrat. The church building, erected in 1856, is seen at right.
      As he entered middle age, his health became precarious. "Because of his frail health he was compelled to relinquish little by little the work to which he was devoted," the Democrat said. "What he was able to do he did accurately and most faithfully.
      At the age of 55, in 1915, William began suffering from pulmonary tuberculosis, and was admitted to the Peoria State Hospital "with the hope of recuperating." He stayed there for two years, but his health continued to decline.

      He died at the hospital at the age of 57 on or about Nov. 10, 1917. His sister Martha and half-brother Gilman accompanied the body back to Lewistown, where Harold's remains were laid to rest in the Davidson plot at Oak Hill Cemetery. Attending the funeral from out of town were Harold's son and daughter in law from Rock Island, IL, as well as his cousins Rev. J.M. Davidson and Mary Davidson, editors of the Carthage Republican newspaper.
      Son William T. Davidson II ( ? - ? ) married (?). They resided in Rock Island, IL in 1917, and had one son, William Davidson.
    Person ID  I2441  Keith and Kay's
    Last Modified  25 Jan 2013 

    Father  Davidson, William Taylor,   b. 8 Feb 1837, Petersburg, Menard, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Jun 1915, Lewiston, Fulton, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Miner, Lucinda M,   b. Abt 1843, Columbus, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Dec 1893, Lewiston, Fulton, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  24 Jan 1860  Fulton, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    _UID  BD6D501D6D4F44C7A517966F7C0FCFA51E0C 
    Family ID  F1147  Group Sheet

    Family  Keithley, Edith Sarah,   b. Jan 1864, Wisconsin, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1926, Lewiston, Fulton, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  12 Feb 1891  Fulton, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    _UID  3E8B75FF165643B98C119CCFAAC50799BC5F 
    Children 
     1. Davidson, William S,   b. Dec 1891, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID  F897  Group Sheet


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