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Daniel Jackson Tennison

submitted by Dave Davidson

To supplement what you have on the Tennison genealogy, here is my line starting with Daniel Jackson Tennison (son of George Washington Tennison) since you have a lot on George and his descendents through another line. Everyone listed in my line is deceased except for myself and my brother Don. Feel free to leave in my information and email address in as I'm always looking for help.

Dave Davidson
246 Turnwood Drive
Glen Burnie, MD 21061
240-271-0120

Generation 1

1. Daniel Jackson Tennison-1. He was born on 07 Jun 1830 in Warrick County, Indiana. He died on 24 Dec 1910 in Hill County, Texas.

Sarah Caroline Phillips is the daughter of John Phillips and Elizabeth Skelton. She was born on 16 Nov 1834.

Notes for Sarah Caroline Phillips: General Notes:

Info on Sarah Phillips and her family comes from Ancestry.com submitted by Robert Finnigan,

Daniel Jackson Tennison and Sarah Caroline Phillips. They were married on 17 Nov 1851 in Warrick County, Indiana. They had 8 children.

3. i. Squire Jackson Tennison. He was born on 09 Dec 1858 in Tennison, Warick County, Indiania. He married Sarah (Sallie) Anna Nash. They were married on 09 Jul 1885 in Clifton, Texas. He died on 13 Nov 1940 in Bosque County, Texas. Burial in Clifton Cemetary, Clifton, Texas.

ii. Infant Daughter Tennison.

iii. Emilia Elizabeth Tennison. She was born on 24 Feb 1854 in Warrick County, Indiana. She died on 15 Apr 1935.

iv. James William Tennison. He was born on 28 Feb 1856 in Warrick County, Indiana.

v. Daniel Scott Tennison. He was born on 15 Jan 1861 in Warrick County, Indiana. He died on 13 Nov 1927.

vi. George Rossgrove Tennison. He was born on 02 Feb 1863 in Warrick County, Indiana.

4. vii. Elijah Sherman Tennison. He was born on 17 Sep 1865 in Warrick County, Indiana. He married Minnie F. Bradley. They were married on 29 Aug 1890 in Warrick County, Indiana. He died on 27 Nov 1927.

viii. Nancy Louise Tennison. She was born on 09 Jun 1867 in Warrick County, Indiana.

Charlotte Brann. She was born Sep 1844 in MO, OK, GA, TN ???. She died 1922 in Texas.

Daniel Jackson Tennison and Charlotte Brann. They were married Apr 1869 in Taney County, Missouri. They had 11 children.

i. John Sheroff Tennison. He was born on 23 Apr 1868 in Warrick County, Indiana.

ii. Mary Anne Tennison. She was born on 22 Oct 1869 in Missouri.

iii. Sylvester Tennison. He was born on 10 Jan 1871 in Booneville, Cooper County, Missouri.

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iv. Wesley L. Tennison. He was born on 22 Mar 1872 in Clifton, Bosque County, Texas.

v. Daniel Vanburen Tennison. He died Abt. 1873. He was born on 30 Aug 1873.

vi. Andrew Tennison. He was born on 05 Aug 1875 in Texas.

vii. Frances Marion Tennison. She died 1876. She was born on 24 Dec 1876.

viii. Galen Monroe Tennison. He was born on 05 Jan 1879 in Texas.

ix. Frank Tennison. He was born on 11 Oct 1880. He died 1966.

x. Belle Tennison. She was born on 10 Nov 1882 in Texas.

2. xi. Charles Tennison. He was born on 10 Sep 1884. He married Annie Mae Ripley. They were married on 04 Sep 1904 in Mc Lennan County, Texas. He died on 21 Jun 1940 in Mc Lennan County, Texas.

Generation 2

2. Charles Tennison-2 (Daniel Jackson Tennison-1). He was born on 10 Sep 1884. He died on 21 Jun 1940 in Mc Lennan County, Texas.

Annie Mae Ripley. She died on 07 Apr 1931 in Harris County, Texas.

Charles Tennison and Annie Mae Ripley. They were married on 04 Sep 1904 in Mc Lennan County, Texas. They had 2 children.

i. Infant Daughter Tennison. She was born Abt. 1904.

ii. Cullen F. Tennison. He was born on 02 Sep 1907 in Mc Lennan County, Texas. He married Bertha Beatrice Ercanbrack. They were married on 18 Sep 1929 in TexasCity, Brazoria County, Texas. He died Dec 1981 in Galveston County, Texas.

Rosetta Barnes. She was born on 10 Mar 1895. She died on 28 Dec 1934.

Charles Tennison and Rosetta Barnes. They were married Bef. 10 Feb 1909. They had no children.

Mary Frances Shoemaker.

Charles Tennison and Mary Frances Shoemaker. They were married on 29 Nov 1909 in Mc Lennan County, Texas. They had 9 children.

i. John Thomas Tennison. He was born on 28 Oct 1910 in Mc Lennan County, Texas.

ii. Pat Neff Tennison. He was born on 22 Jan 1913 in Mc Lennan County, Texas.

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iii. Lovie Mae Tennison. She was born on 18 Sep 1915 in Mc Lennan County, Texas.

iv. Bernard Tennison. He was born on 04 May 1917 in Mc Lennan County, Texas.

v. Mary Ella Tennison. She was born on 28 May 1921 in Mc Lennan County, Texas.

vi. Ada Ruth Tennison. She was born on 07 Dec 1924 in Mc Lennan County, Texas.

vii. Billy Joe Tennison. He was born on 05 May 1927 in Mc Lennan County, Texas.

viii. Ross Sterling Tennison. He was born on 10 Sep 1930 in Mc Lennan County, Texas.

ix. Jimmy Floyd Tennison. He was born on 15 May 1934 in Mc Lennan County, Texas.

3. Squire Jackson Tennison-2 (Daniel Jackson Tennison-1). He was born on 09 Dec 1858 in Tennison, Warick County, Indiania. He died on 13 Nov 1940 in Bosque County, Texas. Burial in Clifton Cemetary, Clifton, Texas.

Notes for Squire Jackson Tennison:

General Notes:

1880 Census - 21 yrs old, living in his father Daniel's house in Bosque Co., Texas. The family moved from Indiana to Missouri to Texas.

1900 Census - living in Clifton, Bosque Co., Texas with wife Sallie, and mother-in-law Sarah (Morgan) Nash. ED 11, Precinct 8, Sht 6 B

1910 Census - living in Clifton, Bosque Co., Texas with wife Sallie, and mother-in-law Sarah (Morgan) Nash. ED 16, Sht 9 B He is working at the Livery Stable.

1920 Census - living in Clifton, Bosque Co., Texas with wife Sallie.

Clifton Newspaper - 1921:? Clifton men kill 11 large rattlesnakes in S.J. Tennison pasture. 1930 Census - living in Clifton, Bosque Co., Texas with wife Sallie.

Sarah (Sallie) Anna Nash is the daughter of John Dillard Nash and Sarah Elizabeth Morgan. She was born on 08 May 1864 in Navasota, Texas. She died on 10 Apr 1956 in Clifton, Texas.

Notes for Sarah (Sallie) Anna Nash: General Notes:

Obituary from The Clifton Record

HEADLINE: Mrs. S. J. Tennison Dies Here April 10

A long useful life came to its conclusion here in Clifton on Tuesday, April 10, when Mrs. S. J. Tennison, aged 91 years, 11 months, and 2 days, of 414 North Avenue I, died at the local hospital at approximately 4:20 o'clock that morning.

Mrs. Tennison had been in failing health for the past five years and particularly since she was

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injured as the result of a fall two years ago and had to be hospitalized. Again a patient in the hospital in early Januray of this year, Mrs Tennison, however, was able to return to her home a short while later. It was last Friday thta the doctor was called and found her to be suffering with the croup; at approximately 7:00 Sunday night she lapsed into a coma and was taken to the hospital, where she rallied only once prior to her demise, for a short while Monday night long enough to recognize members of her family at her bedside.

Funeral services for Mrs. Tennison were held at 4:00 o'clock on Wednesday afternoon, April 11, at the First Presbyterian Church in this city and were conducted by the Reverend James F. Hardie, associate pastor of the University Presbyterian Church in Austin. It was during Reverend Hardie's tenure many years ago as pastor of the local church that Mrs. Tennison was baptized into that congregation.
Pallbearers were Dr. V. D. Goodall, J. G. Fincher, August Kettler, E. H. Ledlow, Dan Orbeck, and Oliver Christenson.
Internment followed in the Clifton Cemetary.

Obiturary Given

One of the four daughters and one sone of the late John Nash and Mrs. Sarah Elizabeth Morgan Nash, Mrs. Sarah Anna (Sallie) Nash Tennison was born on May 8, 1864, in Navasota, where she later attended school and continued to reside until she reached the age of 17 years.

In 1881, Mrs. Tennison's father having preceded her in death when she was approximately 7 years of age, she moved to Clifton with her mother, sisters, and brother.
Mrs. Nash, who had to support her family, operated the Santa Fe Railway section house at Clear Branch, near the present Hugh H. Trotter farm northeast of Clifton.
It was on July 9, 1885, in Clifton that she was married to the late Squire Jackson Tennison, who was born at Tennison, Warrick County, Indiana, and was a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Daniel J. Tennison. To their marriage were born four children - three sons, Luther Elmore, Roy Lee, and Squire Clayton, and one daughter, Odessa (Mrs. Emmette E. Raley).
Following their marriage, the Tennisons built the home now owned by Miss Lottie Bettis at 707 West 11th Street in this city. Later they constructed another home where the Texaco Bulk Station now is located in the downtown section of Clifton. In 1907 the present two-story Tennison home was begun at 414 North Avenue I, and on January 8, 1908, the family moved into that residence, which was to remain Mrs. Tennison's home for the remainder of her lifetime.
At the time of their marriage Mr. Tennison was farming part of the land on which the City of Clifton is now located, two sections of which were owned by George W. Sealey, who was president of the Santa Fe Railway. A short while later Mr. Tennison was employed as a clerk at the Santa Fe Depot here, a position which he held for many years. Then he went into the livery stable business which later became a garage, and also acted as a contractor. He land the late Lee McSpadden contracted and built what was then a Santa Fe spur, and now is on the main line of the Santa Fe, from Cleburne to Dallas. Also he contracted hauling, one of these contracts being to haul cotton for the Santa Fe. Mr. Tennison's death occurred on November 13, 1940. Affectionately called "Aunt Sallie" by her many friends, Mrs. Tennison was a fine neighbor and friend. During her active years, she served as a practical nurse, and the hours and days she spent at the bedsides of many Clifton residents meant life or death to them. She also was an excellent ook and was very fond of flowers.

Mrs. Tennison's mind was keen and active until her last days, and she never found it necessary to wear glasses in order to read or to do handwork. Until three weeks ago she continured to spend some time each day either crocheting or embroidering, both of which she enjoyed very much. However, approximately a year ago, Mrs. Tennison did remark to her son-in-law that she did not believe her eyes were quite as good as they used to be.
Left to survive Mrs. Tennison are her three sons, L. E. Tennison, of Clifton, Roy Tennison Sr., of Mineral Wells, and Clayton Tennison, of Wichita Falls; her daughter, Mrs. Emmette E. Raley, of Clifton; one brother, J. M. Nash, of Shreveport, Louisiana; 14 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
Also preceding Mrs. Tennison in death were three sisters, Mrs. J. L. Atkins (Mary), of El Centro,

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California, Mrs. Bob Logan (Janie), of Merkel, and Mrs. J. L. Patterson (Fannie), of Clifton. Members of Mrs. Tennison's family have the sympathy of their many friends at theis time, all of whom, however, rejoice with them in her long span of years well spent.

 

Squire Jackson Tennison and Sarah (Sallie) Anna Nash. They were married on 09 Jul 1885 in Clifton, Texas. They had 4 children.

5. i. Luther Elmore Tennison [1]. He was born on 09 Apr 1886 in Clifton, Texas[1]. He married Lizzie Mae Ford. They were married on 05 Jun 1909 in Bosque County, Texas. He died on 22 Feb 1971 in Clifton, Texas[1]. Burial on 24 Feb 1971 in Clifton Cemetary. Social Security Number was 451-09-8355[1]. SSN Issued in Texas[1].

ii. Roy Lee Tennison. He was born on 14 Oct 1888 in Clifton, Texas. He married Rita Davis. They were married on 20 Apr 1910 in Bosque County, Texas. He died Aug 1971.

iii. Minnie Odessa TENNISON[2]. She was born on 10 Nov 1900 in Clifton, TX[2, 3]. She died Dec 1986 in Clifton, Bosque, Texas, United States of America [3]. Social Security Number was 464-01-2649[3]. SSN Issued in Texas[3].

iv. Squire Clayton Tennison. He was born on 09 Jun 1894 in Clifton, Texas. He died Jan 1968 in Pampa, Texas.

4. Elijah Sherman Tennison-2 (Daniel Jackson Tennison-1). He was born on 17 Sep 1865 in Warrick County, Indiana. He died on 27 Nov 1927.

Notes for Elijah Sherman Tennison: General Notes:

A website on the Bradley family has his death as November 27, 1942 in Evansville, Vanderburgh County, Indiana.

Minnie F. Bradley. She was born on 23 Nov 1873 in Warrick County, Indiana. She died on 01 May 1908 in Warrick County, Indiana.

Elijah Sherman Tennison and Minnie F. Bradley. They were married on 29 Aug 1890 in Warrick County, Indiana. They had 7 children.

i. Orvil Guy Tennison. He was born on 22 Mar 1892.

ii. Bertha J. Tennison. She was born on 19 Apr 1895.

iii. Anna Ethel Tennison. She was born on 16 Nov 1896.

iv. Ira Tennison. He was born on 06 Nov 1899.

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v. Louis Irvin Tennison. He was born on 01 Mar 1902.
vi. Opal Lillian Tennison. She was born on 03 Apr 1905.
vii. Minnie B. Tennison. She was born on 29 Apr 1908.

Generation 3
5. Luther Elmore Tennison-3 (Squire Jackson Tennison-2, Daniel Jackson Tennison-1)[1]. He was
born on 09 Apr 1886 in Clifton, Texas[1]. He died on 22 Feb 1971 in Clifton, Texas[1]. Burial on 24
Feb 1971 in Clifton Cemetary. Social Security Number was 451-09-8355[1]. SSN Issued in Texas
[1].
Lizzie Mae Ford is the daughter of Thomas Jefferson Ford and Nancy Josehpine Yerby [4, 5]. She
was born on 09 Nov 1889 [5]. She died on 16 Apr 1982 in Dallas, Texas[4, 5]. Social Security
Number was 467-78-9575[5]. SSN Issued in Texas[5]. Burial in Clifton Cemetary, Clifton, Texas.
Luther Elmore Tennison and Lizzie Mae Ford. They were married on 05 Jun 1909 in Bosque
County, Texas. They had 3 children.

i. Josehpine Tennison. She was born on 03 Nov 1911. She died on 16 Nov 1911.

6. ii. Maidette Tennison [6, 7, 8]. She was born on 06 Sep 1918 in Clifton, Texas[6, 7, 8]. Residence 1920 in Clifton, Bosque, Texas[6]. She married Levi Pierce Davidson. They were married on 08 Apr 1945. She died on 26 Dec 1992 in Dallas, Texas[7]. Social Security Number was 466-18-4380[7]. SSN Issued in Texas[7]. Cremation in Ashes buried Restland Cemetary, Dallas, Texas.

iii. Luther Elmore Tennison Jr. He was born on 02 Jul 1913 in Clifton, Texas. He died on 20 Mar 1938 in San Angelo, Texas.

Notes for Luther Elmore Tennison Jr: General Notes:

Obituary - The Clifton Record - March 25, 1938

L. E. Tennison, Jr., Fatally Injured In An Auto Accident

"Leaves have their times to fall,

And flowers to wither at the north wind's breath, And stars to set - but all,
Thou hast all seasons for thine own, O Death!"

Death is at all times sad but never more so than when a young life is snuffed out as in teh twinkling of an eye. So when the news came to Clifton Sunday morning that Elmore Tennison, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. L. E. Tennison of Clifton, suffered fatal injuries in an automobile wreck near San Angelo, as did his companion and fellow worker, W. H. Owens of Olney. Everyone was stunned and could hardly realize that such could happen to one of our own young men. With one accord friends and relatives hastened to express sympathy and offer aid to the heartbroken family.

L. E. Tennison, Jr., was born July 2, 1913, in Clifton, and died March 20, 1938, lacking just a few months of being twenty-five years old. For some months before

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his death, Mr. Tennison had been living at McCamey, Texas, where he held a responsible position with the West Texas Utility Company.

As soon as the news of the accident reached them, Mr. and Mrs. Tennison left for San Angelo to be with their son, who had been taken to the San Angelo Clinic in an effort to save his life. They returned home late Sunday night with the remains, accompanied by friends from West Texas.

Funeral services were held at teh Baptist Church, Clifton, Texas, Tuesday morning, March 22, at ten o'clock, conducted by Rev. Clarence Allen Morton of Ballenger, Texas, a former pastor of the Baptist Church here, and Rev. J. P. Gilliam of Clifton. Music was rendered by the choir of the church, assisted by a chorus of teachers and pupils from Clifton College, and a special duet by Mrs. H. C. Carpenter and Mrs. Bruce Parks.

The main auditorium of the church ws beautiful with the arrangement of the frofusion of floral offerings which banked all available space. These made a fitting setting for the last tribute fo respect to the noble young life that has gone from us. Not even standing room was found for the immense crowd of friends and relatives. Interment was in Clifton Cemetary with Mr. Clayton White, of Brownwood, a former Clifton citizen, in charge.

Active pallbearers were: Curtis Ptderson, Jake Twonley, D. M. Buck, Jr., O. G. Collins, L. H. Ledlow, O. L. Flint, Jr. Honorary pallbearers: Rev. T. E. Funderburk, M. E. Pittman, W. D. Nuckols, Frank W. Lynn, W. E. Edwards, A. M. Page, J. M. Poe, J. L. Cramer, O. E. Schow, R. L. Baldridge, J. T. Hill, David Grimland, L. V. Schunder, S. M. Martin, W. L. Forson, Tommy Bronstad, Donald Prather, W. W. Logan, Ashley Jordan, O. L. Stuart.

Besides his father and mother, Mr. Tennison is survived by a sister, Miss Maidette Tennison, a student at Baylor University; his paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. S. J. Tennison; his maternal grandmother, Mrs. T. J. Ford; several aunts and uncles, and a host of other relatives.

L. E. Tennison, Jr. was a graduate of Clifton High School of the class of 1931. He also graduated from Clifton College. At all times he had the confidence and respect of his teachers and associates because of his high ideals and studious habits, and his loyalty to the schools. In high school he was a member of the Old Mill Band and Glee Club, and took part in the other activities of the school. He went from high school to College with the same studious habits and industry that made him succeed in his chosen work.

This young man was reared in a christian home and was a regular attendant at church and Sunday school. At the age of fourteen years he was converted and united with the Baptist Church, and in this communion he remained loyal and faithful to the time of his passing. This young man never found it necessary to sow wild oats, and the many letters and telegrams from employers and associates telling of his active Christian work attest to the great influence of his life in the community where he lived. He will be greatly missed.

Truly a kind, gentle, courteous friend, a devoted unselfish son, a loving indulgent brother has passed from earth to the great beyond.

 

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6. Maidette Tennison-4 (Luther Elmore Tennison-3, Squire Jackson Tennison-2, Daniel Jackson Tennison-1)[6, 7, 8]. She was born on 06 Sep 1918 in Clifton, Texas[6, 7, 8]. Residence 1920 in Clifton, Bosque, Texas[6]. She died on 26 Dec 1992 in Dallas, Texas[7]. Social Security Number was 466-18-4380[7]. SSN Issued in Texas[7]. Cremation in Ashes buried Restland Cemetary, Dallas, Texas.

Levi Pierce Davidson is the son of Edward Morris Davidson and Medora Maggie Coleman [9]. He was born on 10 Aug 1908 in Jacksboro, Texas[9]. He died on 26 Sep 1998 in Dallas, Texas[9]. Social Security Number was 457-10-7568[9]. SSN Issued in Texas[9]. Cremation in Ashes buried Restland Cemetary, Dallas, Texas.

Notes for Levi Pierce Davidson: General Notes:

Eulogy given by Rev. Dennis Hamilton at the memorial service for Pierce, at Restland Funeral Home, October 1, 1998.

Friends and family, it is never easy to let go of one we love. Even when they have lived a full and reich and satisfying life, as Pierce Davidson did, it is hard to accept that it is time to end this sojourn here, and to go on to greater and more permanent and spiritual things.

But we must say goodby, and it is fitting that we gather to pay homage to a life well lived, and to remember a fine man who lived a long and happy life and has left a treasure behind, these grandchildren, this love embodied. Children, when you look at the pictures of your grandfather, remember him well, for I knew him and I will tell you he was a great and kind man. You may be proud of him. So let us remember him.

Pierce Davidson ws born on August 10, 1908 in the little town of Jacksboro, Texas, out where the West really starts. He was the fifth of seven children, and grew up in a family that was never well off but always had enough to eat and was always provided for. His father worked in a bank, and his mother taught music. Neither job brought in a lot of money, but together the family survived.

Pierce stayed in Jacksboro for a while after graduating from high school, working at the bank, but soon he left and went on to the city to find his fortune.

I don't know what it was that really took him out of Jacksboro. You can ask Mabel, his sister. But it may have been the music as much as the desire to make something more of himself. See, the music was Pierce's real love. He worked hard all his life at an honest job, but when he finished work, he did what he loved more than anything. He played music.

As I said, his mother was a music teacher. She also played piano and clarinet and directed the musical events for Jacksboro, the annual operettas and musicals. Music was in the family. Pierce took to brass instruments, and in no small way. He played in high school band, but in his life he played with some of the best brass bands around. He played euphonium and baritone and trombone. He played with the Shrine Band and the Town North Band, the Hardin Simmons Cowboy Band, and others. And for several years he played with the Everett Johnson Rodeo Band. This was a band that toured with the rodeo, so Pierce would spend part of the year on the road. There are some wonderful pictures he has of the band in all their western gear. It must have been a great joy in those times to be doing what he loved to do.

Later, after he met Maidette, the love of his life, and they had two sons, David and Donel, he formed a small band consisting of David on baritone, Donel on cornet, and Pierce on trombone. Correct me if I have that wrong. Knowing how much he loved his family, I think this

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was probably as great a thrill to Pierce as touring with the rodeo.

And I can tell you he was an accomplished musician. The last time I heard him play was in our church. He was eighty at the time, but played a very difficult classical piece, a duet with piano. It was a marvel. In the last few years he played Christmas music for the residents at Three Fountains. And right up until the end, he took great pleasure in listening to music. He and I shared a love for opera. So you can see his taste was wide ranging, from big band to polka to classical, everything but rock and roll.

One of the best memories his sons have is the musical events he took them to in Dallas every year when he got season tickets to the Dallas Summer Musicals.

I think this love for music was part of Pierce's sense of fun, his joi de vivre, his joy for life. His family can tell you how he loved to play board games with them, and I can tell you hwo he loved to talk about his family. His family was the most important thing to him, his whole family, sisters and brothers, sons and their families, and especially Maidette.

He met Maidette on a hay ride when they were working at the same company. There is a funny story David tells about the first time Pierce met Maidette's family. It seems he was on his way over to meet them when he was caught in a torrential downpour. Well, his suit was soaked and he was drenched, so he called Maidette and told her his condition and that he would be a little late. Then he found a dry cleaners and got them to quick dry and press the suit. Before long, he was good as new and hurried over to meet the family. He still doesn't know what Maidette said to the family about why he was late. The only thing he knows is that when he walked into the room, Maidette's mother said, "Well, he doesn't look THAT bad." That was to be a standing joke for the rest of their lives.

Fortunately, humor was one of Pierce's virtues. He enjoyed a good joke and always had a willing laugh.

He and Maidette were married in 1945 and celebrated 47 happy years together. But when Maidette died in 1992, Pierce was lost. He always thought he would die first, but that didn't happen. We didn't think he was going to make it those first few months after Maidette died. But he did want to see his grandchildren, and I think that pulled him through.

He also talked to Maidette every day. Even in death, she was his constant companion. I know he longed for the day when he could join her beyond the grave. And however we may conceive of that place, I know in my own heart that they are united again and are looking down on us all and blessing us.

I know Pierce had his own views of religion. He didn't like hypocrisy in any form. It was part of his sense of honesty that was so much a part of his character. And so he liked it even less when it posed as righteous. As a tribute to his character and virtue, I want to relate a side of Pierce that I admire tremendously. I seems that when he first came to Dallas, he attended First Baptist Church. But when he heard Dr. Criswell defend segregation, he had enough.

See, Pierce was one of those people who actually made his values congruent with Jesus' teachings, even when he disagreed with some of the teachings of the various Christian churches. He was honest, kind, compassionate, and always spoke the truth as he saw it. And he saw segregation as an evil thing. Donel tells of the times he rode in the back of the bus with the Negroes as a protest of segregation. His religion was embodied rather than something he just believed.

Pierce was a good man, and an honest man. Another story is about his honesty. Pierce had always worked with money, beginning with his first job at the bank in Jacksboro, and through

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his life as a Certified Public Accountant. Central to that work is a scrupulous sense of loyalty and honesty.

During his life, Pierce worked with several companies. One of them was an oil drilling company out of Louisiana. Well it seems that one of the things he was asked to do as their accountant was to "cook the books" or to cover up misapropriation of funds. This was simply against Pierce's nature, and although it cost him his job, he refused to cooperate. Later, he was called to testify against the owners of the company.

Another of his virtues was determination. Pierce didn't have a lot of advantages coming from a small town, so he studied on his own, took correspondence courses, went to college when he could and eventually became a CPA. He was a hard worker and what his sons describe as a self made man. That really does describe Pierce, and I think he would like that description, modest though he was.

When a life is done, we seek some measure to assess its quality. From your stories and memories and the evidence of your love and respect, it is plain that Pierce Davidson lived a good life.

Levi Pierce Davidson and Maidette Tennison. They were married on 08 Apr 1945. They had 3 children.

i. Priscilla Davidson. She was born on 14 May 1947 in Dallas, Texas. She died on 15 May 1947 in Dallas, Texas. Burial on 17 May 1947 in Clifton Cemetary.

Notes for Priscilla Davidson: General Notes:

Obituary - The Clifton Record - May 23, 1947

PRICILLA DAVIDSON, INFANT, BURIED IN CLIFTON SATURDAY

Funeral services were held Saturday, May 17, at 2 p.m. in the home of Mr. and Mrs. L. E. Tennison for Priscilla Davidson, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L. Pierce Davidson of Dallas. The services were conducted by Rev. P. De Young; interment was made in the Clifton Cemetery.

Mrs. Davidson is the former Maidette Tennison.

The infant was born prematurely Wednesday, May 14, at the home of the Davidsons; the ambulance driver making delivery before the arrival of the doctor. The tiny infant was placed in an oxygen tent and rushed to a baby hospital; hospital space was scarce at the time and the mother was taken to another hospital. The baby lived but one day, passing away on May 15.

Attending the infant's funeral in Clifton were teh father, Mr. Davidson, the grandparents, Mrs. E. M. Davidson and Mr. and Mrs. L. E. Tennison, two great-grandmothers, Mrs. S. J. Tennison and Mrs. T. J. Ford, an aunt, Miss Dorothy Davidson, and a number of friends of the family.

The sympathy of their many friends in Clifton go out to the young couple and their relatives in this time of real grief.

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Sources

1 Ancestry.com, Social Security Death Index (Provo, UT, USA, Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010), www.ancestry.com, Database online. Number: 451-09-8355; Issue State: Texas; Issue Date: Before 1951. Record for Luther Tennison.
2 Ancestry.com, Public Member Trees (Provo, UT, USA, Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2006), www.ancestry.com, Database online. Record for Minnie Odessa TENNISON.

3 Ancestry.com, Social Security Death Index (Provo, UT, USA, Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010), www.ancestry.com, Database online. Number: 464-01-2649; Issue State: Texas; Issue Date: Before 1951. Record for Odessa Raley.

4 Ancestry.com, Texas Death Index, 1903-2000 (Provo, UT, USA, Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006), www.ancestry.com, Database online. Record for Lizzie Tennison.

5 Ancestry.com, Social Security Death Index (Provo, UT, USA, Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010), www.ancestry.com, Database online. Number: 467-78-9575; Issue State: Texas; Issue Date: 1963. Record for Lizzie Tennison.

6 Ancestry.com, 1920 United States Federal Census (Provo, UT, USA, Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010), www.ancestry.com, Database online. Year: 1920; Census Place: Clifton, Bosque, Texas; Roll: T625_1781; Page: 13A; Enumeration District: 51; Image:. Record for Maidette Tennison.

7 Ancestry.com, Social Security Death Index (Provo, UT, USA, Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010), www.ancestry.com, Database online. Number: 466-18-4380; Issue State: Texas; Issue Date: Before 1951. Record for Maidette T. Davidson.

8 Ancestry.com, 1930 United States Federal Census (Provo, UT, USA, Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2002), www.ancestry.com, Database online. Year: 1930; Census Place: Clifton, Bosque, Texas; Roll: 2289; Page: 5A; Enumeration District: 17; Image: 1097.0. Record for Maidette Tennison.

9 Ancestry.com, Social Security Death Index (Provo, UT, USA, Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010), www.ancestry.com, Database online. Number: 457-10-7568; Issue State: Texas; Issue Date: Before 1951. Record for L. P. Davidson.

 

 

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