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January 28-30, 1864

January, THURSDAY, 28, 1864.

attend to him faithfully i went to see mrs newhall and to send somethings out to Frank Elizah has call in Doct […] Morris but i […] it is to late for any earthly Power to help him


i staid down home last night […] is sinking fast to day i was to go over to see Frank but i cant go Elwood if still suffering but i think Death will be a good end his suffering


Tomy came to me this morning Elwood is diing I hurried home and staid untill he breathed his last he died at 11 o clock this evening his spirit has gon to his father that quiet

Annotation 1

Ellwood Davis, Emilie’s nephew, was just four years old when he died of “conjestion of the brain.”

Elwood’s death certificate confirms the four-year old boy’s death on January 30, 1864, of “congestion of the brain.” Little Elwood’s death must have hit the family particularly hard. “Pennsylvania, Philadelphia City Death Certificates, 1803-1915,” index and images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 08 May 2013), Elwood O. Davis, 1864.


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