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Francis Doran Davison

Francis Doran Davison[1]

Male 1849 - 1913  (63 years)

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  • Name Francis Doran Davison  [2, 3, 4, 5
    Born 24 Dec 1849  Mill Village, Queens Co., NS Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 6, 7
    Gender Male 
    Elected 1899-1900  Bridgewater, New Dublin Twp., Lunenburg Co., Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6, 8
    Mayor 
    Sells 1903  [9
    E.D. Davidson & Son to The American Lumber Company (Pittsburgh, PA) headed by John Hatings and managed by Frank K. Brown 
    FamilySearch LZKY-338 
    Died 10 Nov 1913  Bridgewater, New Dublin Twp., Lunenburg Co., Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 6, 10
    Buried 13 Nov 1913  Brookside Cemetery, Bridgewater, New Dublin Twp., Lunenburg Co., Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [11, 12, 13
    Person ID I2562  Main
    Last Modified 16 Jul 2017 

    Father Edward Doran Davison,   b. 10 Jun 1819, Mill Village, Queens Co., NS Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Feb 1894, Bridgewater, New Dublin Twp., Lunenburg Co., Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years) 
    Mother Desiah Mack,   b. 11 Nov 1821,   d. 8 Apr 1886  (Age 64 years) 
    Married 18 Sep 1839  Mill Village, Queens Co., NS Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 14, 15, 16
    Notes 
    Married:
    • JSHJr notes: E. D. Davison and Desiah Mack are also 1/2 first cousins once removed.  Their common ancesotr is Desire Cahoon.  Desire Cahoon (m1. Samuel Mack in 1766)  is Desiah Mack's Great Grandmother.  Desire Cahoon is also E.D. Davison's Grandmother (m2. Patrick Doran in 1785).  So that means that ED and his wife had about 1/32 of their genes in common - the equivalent of a marriage between second cousins. (The medical risk to offspring of second cousins is not increased vs the general population)
    Family ID F1047  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Ella Margaret Fraser,   b. 3 Sep 1852, Lunenburg County, NS Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Apr 1915, Bridgewater, New Dublin Twp., Lunenburg Co., Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years) 
    Married 22 Oct 1879  [2
    Children 
     1. William Davison,   b. 19 Jul 1880, Bridgewater, New Dublin Twp., Lunenburg Co., Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Sep 1882, Bridgewater, New Dublin Twp., Lunenburg Co., Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 2 years)
     2. Louise Sutcliffe Davison, "Lou",   b. 21 Sep 1881, Bridgewater, New Dublin Twp., Lunenburg Co., Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 May 1961  (Age 79 years)
     3. Alma Minora Davison, "Allie",   b. 11 Aug 1884, Bridgewater, New Dublin Twp., Lunenburg Co., Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 May 1957, Bridgewater, New Dublin Twp., Lunenburg Co., Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)
     4. Aubrey Davison,   b. 17 May 1887,   d. 3 Jul 1887  (Age 0 years)
    +5. Reginald Francis Davison, "Rex",   b. 28 Feb 1891, Bridgewater, New Dublin Twp., Lunenburg Co., Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Jul 1960, Bridgewater, New Dublin Twp., Lunenburg Co., Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years)
    Last Modified 7 Jul 2003 
    Family ID F1062  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 24 Dec 1849 - Mill Village, Queens Co., NS Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Frank Davison
    Frank Davison

    Documents
    E.D. Davison Lumber Co.
    E.D. Davison Lumber Co.
    Appearing in the 1896 McAlpines Nova Scotia Directory. This shows that two years after their father's death, the three sons (Charles, Edward and Frank) were running the company.
    Sale of E. D. Davison & Sons
    Sale of E. D. Davison & Sons
    June 23, 1903 Letter to the customers of E.D. Davison & Sons announcing the sale of the company to J.M. Hastings. (J.M. Hatings is Helen Hastings father)
    1911 Census of Canada - Frank Davison household
    1911 Census of Canada - Frank Davison household
    Includes nephews, Ned and Bud Davison.
    Frank Davison Obituary
    Frank Davison Obituary
    Halifax Herald 11 Nov. 1913

    Headstones
    Frank Davison & Ella Margaret Fraser
    Frank Davison & Ella Margaret Fraser

  • Notes 
    • "Frank" -
      First Mayor of Bridgewater, NS

      From the Halifax Herald, 11 Nov, 1913

      A LUMBER KING OF NOVA SCOTIA - Death of Francis Davison Who Created a Lumber Industry That Became Greatest on South Shore. - 50 YEARS IN BRIDGEWATER  - A Public Spirited Citizen, Mr. Davison's Benefactions to Philanthropic and Educational Purposes Were Many.  BRIDGEWATER, November 10 - Francis Davison, the last of the old firm of E.D. Davison, lumbermen of this town, died this morning at five o'clock, from the effects of a stroke of paralysis which seized him on November 5th at six o'clock in the evening whilst writing in his office.  He had attended the ceremonies of laying the cornerstone of the high school building that afternoon and appeared in good health and spirits.  It was shortly afterward that he was stricken down.  He was removed to his house and Dr. Kelley summoned.  The next morning Dr. Fraser Harris of Dalhousie visited him in consultation with Dr. Kelley.  Since being stricken Mr. Davison had laid in a comatose condition.  On Sunday afternoon alarming symptoms set in and he past away aged about 65 years.

      Mr. Davison was the third son of the late E.D. Davison, the founder of the firm and a pioneer in the lumber business.  The family moved to Bridgewater from Mill Village in the early sixties and engaged in lumber manufacturing, which business grew to large proportions and became the largest on the south shore.  After the death of the other members of the firm the business was sold to an American firm under the name of the Davison Lumber Company, limited, and since that time Mr. Davison, in partnership with his nephew, Archibald, carried on pulp manufacturing and shipping.  He was also interested in land in western Canada.

      DEEPLY INTERESTED IN BRIDGEWATER'S WELL-BEING - Mr. Davison was a public spirited man and took a deep and active concern in everything affecting the welfare of Bridgewater.  He was the town's first mayor and has ever since been a member of the school board and it was thru (sic.) his efforts that the town secured one of the finest school sites in the province for its new building.  He was an estimable citizen, a man of generous and philanthropic actions, always ready to subscribe to worthy objects and always kind and helpful to the poor.  He will be greatly missed by the town and by the various associations with which he was connected.

      A LIBERAL BENEFACTOR TO GOOD OBJECTS - Mr. Davison was a member of the Canadian conservation commission and his knowledge of forest and stream was of much importance to that body.

      His benefactions were unostentatious but many.  Mount Allison university received a gift of $10,000 from him, and the Dalhousie fund was augmented by a thousand dollars from the same source.  The Methodist church loses a generous giver in Mr. Davison and his small hidden charities were many.  He was brusque in manner but generous-hearted and never appealed to in vain for any worthy object.  Mr. Davison was an uncompromising liberal in politics and refused a nomination to be a candidate to represent this county.

      He was of a very domestic nature and found much pleasure in his family.  Of late years he and his family spent the winters in Toronto in a pretty residence on Spadina road, but he always manifested a deep love for Bridgewater and seemed always glad to get back to his pretty home.  Mr. Davison was wealthy and leaves a family of a widow, one son and two daughters.

      The funeral will take place on Thursday afternoon at two o'clock." [17]

  • Sources 
    1. [SAuth] John Spencer Howell, Jr., John Spencer Howell, Jr., (http://www.jhowell.com/ jhowell@jhowell.com).

    2. [S768] Betty (Parker) Wolfe, Betty (Parker) Wolfe, (2632 63rd Avenue South West, Calgary, AB T3E 5J7), p2 (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S1009] Bob Hegerich, Robert L. Hegerich, (RootsWeb http://worldconnect.genealogy.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?db=hegerich), http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=hegerich&id=I44320 (Reliability: 0).

    4. [S1008] History of the Descendants of John Whitman of Weymouth, MA, Charles A. Farnam, (Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor; New Haven, 1889 Electronic copy via HeritageQuestOnline.com).

    5. [S1284] 1911 Canadian Census, "Lunenburg dist 49 Bridgewater East, page 6" (Reliability: 0).

    6. [S769] DesBrisay Museum Nicolas Davison Tree, Author unknown, (Two page tree, typed.), IMG_0037.jpg (Reliability: 3).

    7. [S1008] History of the Descendants of John Whitman of Weymouth, MA, Charles A. Farnam, (Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor; New Haven, 1889 Electronic copy via HeritageQuestOnline.com), p. 835 (Reliability: 0).

    8. [S1234] Halifax Herald, DesBrisay Museum Archives / L. Bedford (Reliability: 0).

    9. [S769] DesBrisay Museum Nicolas Davison Tree, Author unknown, (Two page tree, typed.), IMG_0025.jpg (Reliability: 3).

    10. [S1234] Halifax Herald, 10 Nov 1913 - DesBrisay Museum Archives / L. Bedford (Reliability: 0).

    11. [S774] Gravestone photo by JSH, John Spencer Howell, Jr., (digital image file), IMG_0071.jpg (Reliability: 3).

    12. [S1034] Brookside Cemetery Inscriptions, SSGS Cemetery Inscriptions, Volumes A & B, (Nova Scotia, Canada).

    13. [S1234] Halifax Herald, "Funeral will take place on Thursday" - DesBrisay Museum Archives / L. Bedford (Reliability: 0).

    14. [S1174] The Canadian Biographical Dictionary, (Chicago ; Toronto : American Biographical Pub. Co. ; [H.C. Cooper Jr. & Co.], 1881.), pp. 411, 412 "In 1839 he married Desiah Mack, daughter of Elisha Mack" (Reliability: 0).

    15. [S1210] Charles Donald Davison's Tree, Charles Donald Davison, (Copy of tree provided to John Howell by Stuart Davison upon our visit at his home on 23 Jul 2005.), "at Mill Village" (Reliability: 0).

    16. [S1008] History of the Descendants of John Whitman of Weymouth, MA, Charles A. Farnam, (Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor; New Haven, 1889 Electronic copy via HeritageQuestOnline.com), p. 834 (Reliability: 0).

    17. [S1234] Halifax Herald, 11 Nov 1913 - DesBrisay Museum Archives / L. Bedford (Reliability: 0).