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Individual Record -- Davis, George Franklin


Age: 0, credited to Cavendish, VT
Unit(s): State
Service: Quartermaster General, State of Vermont

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Birth: 12/20/1815, Unknown
Death: 02/27/1901

Burial: Cavendish Village Cemetery, Cavendish, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Joie Finley Morris +
Findagrave Memorial #: 84946220


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Not eligible
Portrait?: Gibson Collection, Welch Collection
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
(If there are state digraphs above, this soldier spent some time in a state or national soldiers' home in that state after the war)

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Quartermaster General George F. Davis

Elected Quartermaster-General State of Vermont, in 1857, with rank of Brigadier-General, filling the office for seven years, during which time the War of the Rebellion broke out. General Davis equipped and sent into the field the the First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh, Twelfth, Thirteenth, Fourteenth, Fifteenth, Sixteenth and Seventeenth Regiments, Vermont Volunteer Infantry.
It is a matter of record that the troops from no other State were sent into the field better armed and equipped or in better condition in every way than those from the Green Mountain State. During his administration General Davis frequently went to the front to look after and care for the sick and wounded, and to do anything in his power for their comfort. The Marine hospital at Burlington was turned over to the State and general government in May, 1862; the arrangement of which was in charge of General Davis, as were also the hospital buildings at Brattleboro. In 1864 he erected the hospital and other buildings at Montpelier. From the commencement to the end of his administration, Quartermaster-General Davis was a most patriotic and zealous officer, whose heart was thoroughly in accord with the government in putting down the rebellion. General Davis was relieved from his duties as Quartermaster-General by Col. Perley P. Pitkin, Quartermaster Unites States Volunteers, then in charge of the Depot of Supplies for the Army of the Potomac, at City Point, Va. colonel Pitkin was elected Quartermaster-General of the State of Vermont, with rank of Brigadier-General., in November, 1864, soon after the Saint Albans raid. In his office he performed all the duties with fidelity and zeal, and his executive abilities found ample scope. He was busily engaged in the winter of 1864 in the equipment of a Division of twelve regiments of infantry, a battalion of cavalry, and three light batteries of Vermont militia, authorized by the General Assembly of Vermont, for service on the frontier, in case of emergency. In the fall of 1869, he was succeeded by Q.M.-GEN William W. Lynde, (Captain 8th Vermont), of Marlboro, who in turn was succeeded in 1872 by Q.M.-GEN Levi G. Kingsley, (Major 12th Vermont), who held the position for ten years, and was one of the most efficient officers that State has ever had; his interest in the welfare of the National Guard of Vermont will long be remembered. General Kingsley was succeeded by Quartermaster-General Horace K. Ide (Brevet. Major 1st Vermont Cavalry), of St. Johnsbury, who in 1884, was succeeded by Quartermaster-General William H. Gilmore, (Quartermaster-Sergeant 8th Vermont), of Fairlee, under whose efficient management the duties of this office are at present in charge.
Source: Revised Roster, p. 745.

Personal Biography

George Franklin Davis (7), {John (6), Joshua (5), Joshua (4), Joseph (3), Joseph (2), George (1)}, was born in Springfield, Vt. 20 Dec., 1815. He m. 1st. 1845, Roxanna Adaline "Ida" Cobb (b. Windham, Vt., 23 Feb., 1824, daughter of Daniel & Lucy Cobb). Ida died of typhoid pneumonia at Cavendish, 26 Aug., 1864. He m. 2nd, Bertia Clarinda Carpenter (b. New York City, 8 March, 1831, dau. of Justin & Clarinda Irene (Howard) Carpenter of Townshend, Vt. ).
George Davis attended Cavendish Academy, (Cavendish, Windsor County, Vt) being one of the first students of that short-lived institution begun by the Duttons, Proctors and Fletchers. In 1838 at the age of 23 years, he located in business in Cavendish and managed the "Hotel Elliot," which he operated for 15 years. He purchased a stately brick house in Cavendish (then called Duttonsville) which was built in 1824 by Christopher Webber. George served as president of the Board of Trustees of the Vermont Academy in Saxtons River. He was also a cashier and later a director in the National Black River Bank in Proctorsville, one of the first banks in Windsor County. He served as senator from Windsor County from 1856-7 and represented the town from 1849-60 in the Vermont Legislature. Mr. Davis was elected Quartermaster General for the State of Vermont in 1857, with the rank of Brigadier General, filling this office for seven years.
When the Civil War broke out, as quartermaster, General Davis was primarily responsible for sending to the field the First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eight, Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh, Twelfth, Thirteenth, Fourteenth, Fifteenth, Sixteenth and Seventeenth Regiments of Vermont Infantry Volunteers. It is a matter of record that the troops from no other state were sent into the field better armed, equipped or in better military condition that those of the Green Mountain state. General Davis took this responsibility very seriously and made it a top priority. During his administration, General George F. Davis frequently traveled to the fronts to look after and care for the sick and wounded. He was instrumental in having the marine hospital located at Burlington, Vt. turned over to the state of Vermont in May of 1862. He was also instrumental in the creation of the much needed hospital in Brattleboro. In 1864 he oversaw the construction of a military hospital in Montpelier. From: Governors and General Officers, by William L. Greenleaf and Theodore S. Peck: "From the commencement to the end of his administration, Quartermaster-General Davis was a most patriotic and zealous officer, whose heart was thoroughly in accord with the government in putting down the rebellion. General Davis was relieved from his duties as Quartermaster-General by Colonel Perley P. Pitkin, Quartermaster U. S. Volunteers, then in charge of the Depot of Supplies for the Army of the Potomac, at City Point, Va. "
At the time of the 1850 census of Cavendish, Mr. Davis was occupied as a "trader", with $4,100 in valued property. At the time of the 1870 census, he had Nancy Eldridge (age 20) living with his family as a domestic servant and Elmore Heald was living on the farm working as a farm laborer. General Davis' real estate was valued at $10,000 in 1870 and he had additional personal property valued at $10,000. He was one of the more affluent members of the community.
NEWS (from the old Vermont Tribune newspaper): -- Cavendish, 4 Sept., 1891: Gen. George F. Davis and Dr. Lewis Harlow went to Proctor, Friday to attend the reception given President Harrison, by the citizens of the town, as he is traveling with his Secretary of War, Redfield Proctor. " -- 11 Dec., 1891: "George F. Davis and wife and daughter, Miss Addie, attended the wedding of Miss Anna Stearns to Mr. C. N. Tolles at Perkinsville last Wednesday. " --2 Oct., 1896: " Branbridge Howard of Boston died at the home of his niece, Mrs. George F. Davis, Monday morning of heart disease. He came there on a visit three weeks ago. The remains were taken to Boston Tuesday morning accompanied by his daughter. " --11 Dec., 1896: "Magnis Dahl, who has worked for George F. Davis for the past two and a half years, started for a four months' visit to his home in Sweden on Friday. " --23 April, 1897: "Magnis Dahl has returned to work for George F. Davis. He has made a four months' visit to his home in Sweden. He reports a rough voyage, there being three days that they had to stay below deck. "
General Davis died after two weeks of sickness of "paralysis of the brain" at his home in Cavendish, 27 Feb., 1901.
--22 Dec., 1905: "Mr. and Mrs. Will Irwin from Fort Worth, Texas, arrived on 14 Dec. and are the guests at the General Davis residence. Mr. Irwin was once a resident and schoolteacher in Cavendish. "
Bertia died suddenly of heart failure at her home in Cavendish, Wednesday afternoon, 11 Dec., 1907.
From her obituary: "She had been in poor health for the past year but the end came suddenly after an illness of about a week. The funeral was held for her residence on Friday with the Rev. George Pomfrey, now of Brandon, officiating. Among those present from out-of-town were: Mr. & Mrs. George Davis, Mr. and Mrs. Angelo Freeborn of Proctor, Frank Harris, Windham; and Misses Abbie Baldwin, Mary Brown of Ludlow, Mrs. C. G. Could of Washington, DC could not be present because of the illness of her daughter Margaret. Internment was beside her husband in the Cavendish cemetery. "
Children of General Davis:
1. Infant son, b. 16 Oct., 1852 -- d. 16 Oct., 1852
2. Anna Cornelia, b. 14 April, 1854 -- d. accidentally, 5 Dec., 1862
3. Addie Cobb, b. 10 Feb., 1857. -- Cavendish, 3 Feb., 1909: "Miss Addie C. Davis left for Washington DC on January 27th, where she will remain several months, her house in Cavendish being occupied during her absence by Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Randall. " --27 Oct., 1910: "The annual Cavendish Halloween party will be held at the home of Miss Addie Davis Saturday evening, Oct. 29 at 8 o'clock. Everyone is very cordially invited to come and have a good time; admission is 10 cents. " Addie m. -- Charles D. Gay (b. 17 Dec., 1855, son of --). Addie died 31 March, 1930 (age 73). Mr. Gay d. 7 May, 1947 (age 92).
4. Frances Lucy "Fanny" b. 27 Jan., 1860. -- Plymouth, 10 Sept., 1880: "Miss Fanny Davis of Cavendish commenced her duties as teacher here on Monday, with thirty scholars. " --Perkinsville, 23 Aug., 1889: "Miss Fannie L. Davis, daughter of General George F. Davis of Cavendish, for several years past a teacher in the High school at Woodstock, and recently elected as a teacher in the Vermont Academy, taught her first term of school in Perkinsville, the fall term of 1880. " --Cavendish, 1 July, 1892: "Miss Fannie L. Davis returned home from Vermont Academy last Saturday evening, and started Tuesday, for New York. From thence she will sail for Europe on Wednesday on the steamer, "City of Chester" of the Inman Line. She will visit the principle places of interest in Great Britain and France, and return some time in August. " Fannie m. Cavendish, 12 Sept., 1893, Major Charles G. Gould of Washington, DC (b. Windham, Vt., 5 May, 1844, son of James & Judith W. (Tenney) Gould). -- Cavendish, 17 July, 1903: "Mrs. Fannie Gould and daughter Margaret of Washington, DC are visiting her mother and sister, Mrs. Bertia Davis and Miss Addie Davis. " Major Gould d. Dec., 1916. Fanny died 3 Aug., 1928. [the Gould family will be covered in a future edition of Families of Cavendish]
5. George Haskell Davis, b. 12 April, 1864. He was a great friend of Governor Redfield Proctor throughout Proctor's life. Proctor appointed Mr. Davis superintendent of the Vermont Marble Company at Proctor in 1901. Mr. Davis served the company faithfully and loyally. He lived at Proctor with his family. --30 Dec., 1904: "Mr. & Mrs. George H. Davis of Proctor visited his mother and sister, Mrs. Berta and Addie Davis, Tuesday, Dec. 20th. "

General Davis

Roxanna Cobb Davis

Anna Cornelia Davis

[Notation: This biography is provided by Linda M. F. Welch, who is compiling the history of the Families of the Black River Valley in southern Windsor County, Vermont. The Civil War letters have been transcribed from the originals at the University of Vermont special collections, with added information by Mrs. Welch to aid in identifying persons who were mentioned in the letters.

The photograph and photocopies of the Civil War letters were provided Mrs. Welch by Michael Collins of Ellicott City, MD, and The Civil War Antiques Preservation Society; 8775-M Centre Park Drive, Suite 530, Columbia, Maryland 21045. (Phone): (410) 750-3502

Anyone who has any additional information about General George F. Davis, would please contact Mrs. Welch who is working on compiling more of the family letters and materials for a future volume in the Families of Cavendish project. Her email address is: Linda. Welch@Dartmouth. edu. ]