Thanks to Glenna Maria (Davis) Johnson we have learned a lot about the Davis family of Waupaca county.

Eva Davis and George Wendtland

The picture below and right, sent to us by Glenna Maria’s cousin, Diane Lorge, was taken for the marriage of Eva Davis to George Wendtland.

Back (L-R) Walter Davis, Dee Davis.
Front (L-R) George Wendtland, Eva (Davis) Wendtland

Dee Davis and Hazel Walker

Although the elders of the Babcock family knew that our neighbors, Dee Davis and Hazel Walker, across the street either side of us were related somehow, this picture helped with details. In the back are Dee Davis and Walter Davis. Dee is Eva’s sister and Walter is their second cousin. Hazel (Davis) Walker was the sister of Walter. So that made our close neighbors second cousins.

Dee Davis and Clare Babcock

Dee Davis and Clare Babcock were second cousins. Dee’s great uncles Jerome and Eugene Davis fought in the Civil War in the same unit with Clare’s great uncle Silas Babcock.

Hazel Walker and Vivian Babcock

Hazel Walker (and her brother Walter in the picture) and Vivan (Buttolph) Babcock (and her brother Lee Buttolph) were first cousins.

Hazel Walker and Clare Babcock

Vivian Buttolph (Hazel’s first cousin) married Bill Babcock (Clare’s first cousin) making them shirt-tail relatives but they were also related by blood as fourth cousins. Northport was a small world.

Lodema (McGregor) Benedict Babcock

Dee’s mother was Isabell (McGregor) Davis. Isabell’s sister was Lodema McGregor (the aunt that Dee [Dema] was named after). Lodema married Paul Benedict and had a couple children. Then she married Allen Babcock, the son of Silas. Lodema and Allen Babcock had a daughter but she died before she was 17. Lodema’s daughter (Dee’s first cousin) Marion Benedict married Stewart Smiley, brother of Fred Smiley.

Walter Davis

Walter and Fanny’s children were Ken, Don, Verna, Ward, Glenn and Lois. Don built a house in Northport just north of Hazel and Clarence Walker’s house. His son, Ron, lives there now. We are in touch with Ward’s son, Gary. Susan’s DNA match with Gary helps prove that David Rogers Davis and Lydia Cartwright are ancestors of the Babcocks of Northport. Glenna Maria is the daughter of Glenn. Diane is the daughter of Lois.

George and Eva Wendtland, married November 15, 1911

The remarkable small world story is that Maria Johnson and Tom Wilson who are third cousins live less than five miles from each other in Yuma, Arizona!

Visit Maria’s web site here.

Last update: May 11, 2022