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Source: The History of the Welsh in Minnesota, Foreston and Lime Springs, Ia. Gathered by the Old Settlers". Editors: Rev. Thomas E. Hughes, Rev. David Edwards, Hugh G. Roberts, Thomas Hughes. Published in 1895. pg 164

for a photograph of Cushman Davis

Hon. Cushman Kellog Davis,Senator, born June 16th, 1838, at Henderson, N.Y., of Welsh ancestry, who had originally come from South Wales to Massachussets. His parents moved to Waukesha, Wis., about September, 1838. His father, Horatio N. Davis, was county treasurer of Waukesha county for several terms; was state senator from Rock county, Wis., two terms, and was a captain in a Wisconsin regiment during the civil war. He is now 84 and his estimable wife is 81 years of age. Both are still vigorous in mind and body and reside at St. Paul, Minn. Their distinguished son, Cushman K., was educated at Carroll college of that town and graduated from Michigan University in 1857. Read law with Governor Randall, and was admitted to practice in 1859 at Waukesha. Enlisted in the Twenty-Eighth Wisconsin Volunteers in 1862 and was made First Lieutenant of Company B and soon promoted Assistant Adjutant General on the staff of Gen. Willis A. Gorman, but after two years service was obliged to resign his commission on account of ill health caused by an attack of typhoid fever. In 1865 he settled in St. Paul and resumed the practice of his profession in partnership with Gen. Gorman. In 1866 he was elected to the Minnesota legislature and from 1867 until 1873 was United States district attorney for Minnesota, and in the fall of the latter year was chosen governor of the state. He served with great acceptance to the people, but declined a renomination. He again resumed the practice of his profession and soon won the deserved reputation of being one of the best lawyers in the state. In 1880 he married Miss Anna M. Agnew, of St. Paul, January 18, 1887, he was chosen United States senator and reelected in 1893. His vast erudition, especially in jurisprudence and modern foreign languages, make him an invaluable member of the prominent Senate committees, and his great ability as an orator, lawyer and statesman put him in the foremost rank of the present great men of our nation, and he is prominently mentioned for the presidency.

A short biography from 1895 reads;
"The scholar in the United States Senate has appeared to advantage in the person of Cushman K. Davis, one of the senators from Minnesota. Mr. Davis was born in Henderson, Jefferson County, N. Y., June 16, 1838. While he was but a child his parents removed to Waukesha, Wis., where he attended the public schools and became afterward a student in Carroll College. He then entered the University of Michigan and graduated from that great institution in 1857, when only nineteen years of age. He studied law and began its practice in Waukesha, but at the beginning of the Civil war became a lieutenant in the Twenty-eighth Wisconsin regiment. He served creditably and was rapidly promoted, becoming assistant adjutant-general on the staff of Gen. Gorman, but in 1864 became incapacitated by typhoid fever and was compelled to leave the service. In 1865, with recovered health, he removed to Minnesota and resumed the practice of his profession in St. Paul, which city is still his home. A deep student and brilliant orator, he soon became widely known, both on the political and lecture platforms. He was elected to the Minnesota Legislature in 1867, and in 1868 was appointed United States attorney for Minnesota, which position he held for five years. In 1874 he was elected governor of the state on the Republican ticket, and served one term, declining a renomination. In 1875, and again in 1881, he was a candidate for United States senator, but in the then condition of Minnesota politics was each time defeated. In 1887 he was elected, and in 1893 was again chosen for the position. He ranks high in the Senate, both as statesman and as a man of extraordinary cultivation and scholarship."


Source: Unknown

Horation Nelson Davis was a merchant and Treasurer of Waukesha Co. from 1850-1851. He was a Major in the Reg. of Wisconsin Volunteers. Removed to Beloit, Wis, and twice represented Rock Co in the Wisconsin Senate. Cushman K. Davis, son of Clarissa Fanette Cushman and Horatio Nelson Davis, was graduated from the University of Michigan in 1857; he was a Lieutenant and Assistant Adj-Gen. After the war he settled in St. Paul, Minn; he was a member of the Minnesota Legislature of 1867; United States District Attorney, 1868 to 73; Governor of Minnesota, 1874 to 75; United States Senator from 1888 until his death; one of the Commissioners to negotiate the treaty of peace between the United States and Spain.


Miriam was born on May 17, 1898 in Lancaster (WI). She grew up and lived her whole life in Lancaster. She and her husband, Berney had three boys, Robert, James and Charles, and two girls, Dorothy and Mary. Miriam says that she's had a very good life and was happy about not having to work for a living. She loved being a homemaker and has always enjoyed having fun.

Source: The Centenarian Spirit in Wisconin; State of Wisconsin, Department of Health and Human Services; Division of Supportive Living.


Source: The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Volume 103 page 225

Daughter of the American Revolution DAR ID # 102732 

Born in Waukesha, Wis. 

Wife of Bartlett Tripp. 

Descendant of Capt. Nathaniel Cushman, as follows: 
1. Horatio Nelson Davis (1812-1907) m. 1837 Clarissa Fannette Cushman (1815-1902). 

See No. 102729.


(Source: The History of the Welsh in Minnesota, Foreston and Lime Springs, Ia. Gathered by the Old Settlers". Editors: Rev. Thomas E. Hughes, Rev. David Edwards, Hugh G. Roberts, Thomas Hughes. Published in 1895.Page 159) [PHOTO included in book]

Mrs. Alice Blossom, Daughter of Griffith O. and Sarah C. Williams, and granddaughter of the well known REV. DANIEL T. DAVIS, of Waukesha and La Crosse, was born at La Crosse, Wis. Soon after her birth her parents removed to Mankato, Minn. At a very early age she showed remarkable talent in music, appearing in concerts when but two and a half years old. Removing to Minneapolis with her parents, while still a young girl, she there pursued her studies ardently and with success, only handicapped by her health and strength, not being equal to her ambition. She was married in 1884 to Geo. F. Blossom and is the mother of two beautiful children, a girl and a boy. Under the personal instruction of the celebrated William Courtney, of New York, a Welshman formerly from London, her phenomenal voice has been developed to a high degree of perfection, the full, deep, rich, contralto quality being especially admired. In church and concert work she has hardly a rival in the northwest, and as a teacher she is very successful, being at present teacher of the voice at the Northwestern Conservatory of Music, Minneapolis. She is an earnest, enthusiastic student and is never satisfied with present success, but continually striving after a higher ideal.


Source: The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Volume 63 page 270

Daughter of the American Revolution DAR ID # 62812 
Descendant of Lieut. Jabez Knapp and of Clark McCartey.

Jabez Knapp
	b: 1752 in Goshen, N. Y.
	d: 1801 in Goshen, N. Y.
	to: Hannah Holly
Jabez Knapp served as ensign, 1778, and as lieutenant, 1783.

Child of Jabez and Hanna (Holly) Knapp:
	Elizabeth Knapp
	to: John Lockwood

Child of John and Elizabeth (Knapp) Lockwood:
	Sarah Jane Lockwood
	to: Frederick Fitch Slawson

Child of Frederick Fitch and Sarah Jane (Lockwood) Slawson:
	Frederick M. Slawson
	to: Mary Grace McCartey

Child of Frederick M. and Mary Grace (McCartey) Slawson:
	Nellie Francis Slawson

Clark McCartey
	b: 1755 in Milwaukee, Wis.
	d: 1818 in Martinsburg, N. Y.
	to: Mabel Treadway
Clark McCarteyserved as private and wagonmaster in 
the Connecticut troops.

Child of : Clark and Mabel (Treadway) McCartey:
	Francis D. McCartey
	to: Laura Darwin

Child of Francis D. and Laura (Darwin) McCartey:
	Francis D. McCartey, Jr.
	to: Eliza Van Dresser

Child of Francis D. and Eliza (Van Dresser) McCartey, Jr.:
	Mary Grace McCartey

Jabez Knapp (1752-1801) served as ensign, 1778, and as lieutenant, 1783. He was 
born and died in Goshen, N. Y. 

Also No. 39808. 

Clark McCartey (1755-1818) served as private and wagonmaster in the 
Connecticut troops. He was born in Milwaukee, Wis.; died in Martinsburg, N. Y. 
Also No. 52394.


Source: The Philadelpha Evening Telegraph Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Feb. 4, 1897

Flouring Mill Burned
Waukesha, Wis., Feb. 4-The Phoenix Flouring Mill, a saw mill, a large barn, and a farm house, with their contents, were destroyed by fire last night. The property was owned by Charles G. Diesner, of Waukesha. The loss is estimated at $40,000. There is but little insurance.