Monday, December 3, 2012

Matrilineal Monday: Sadie Davis

I recently began digging in to the Delaware County (PA) digital archives and combing the old newspapers for mentions of my DelCo relatives. Of particular interest to me was my great grandmother, Sadie Davis. Sadie was born in 1894, in Upland, PA1. She died in 1964 (a good 20 years before my birth!)2, and her daughter, my grandmother, has also passed. Piecing together this side of my family has been challenging. I lack the personal information I have on my mother's family. It's hard to imagine these people and what their lives were like.

Fortunately, it seems news was slim in Chester back at the turn of the century (19th to 20th, that is). I found multiple mentions of Sadie in the Chester Times. Here are a few of them:

May 5, 1903: Hand Injury3

May 23, 1903: Ninth birthday Party4

May 4, 1937: '30 Years Ago'5

I also found Sadie in The Delaware County Daily Times.

April 16, 1962: Helping with local historic discovery6

There are several others. It was so interesting being able to read about her in the news. They're small tidbits, but together they give me a rough sketch. She seems interesting. She was an active member of her community. She was intelligent. What a wonderful discovery to make.
1Chester Birth Records 1889-1906, Archives, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, online , Davis data downloaded 20 November 2012.
2"Winnberg [obituary]," Delaware County Daily Times, 17 Feb 1964, p. 4.
3"Hand Lacerated," Chester Times, 5 May 1903, p. 2.
4"Young Girl's Birthday," Chester Times, 23 May 1903, p. 11.
5"Thirty Years Ago," Chester Times, 4 May 1937, p. 6.
6"Caleb Pusey House Day Observed," Delaware County Daily Times, 16 Apr 1962, p. 2.


  1. I am fascinated by all the data you are uncovering here. It's really Nancy Drew-like for me.

    It's so great there are these available media in your government. I can imagine the joy you feel each time you discover something. Makes me smile a lot. I'm happy for you.

  2. Am just popping over via GeneaBloggers to say "hello." It's been fun reading through your postings. LOVED the description of your visit to the little cemetery guarded by a napping coyote. :-)

    1. Thank you. :) I didn't love it so much at the time! I am petrified of those things!


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