Manuscripts Division William L. Clements Library University of Michigan
Finding aid for Kirtland D. and Jessie Davis Papers, 1885-1889
Finding aid created by Philip Heslip, October 2009
Title: Kirtland D. and Jessie Davis papers Creator: Davis, Jessie Eycleshymer, 1866-1936 Inclusive dates: 1885-1889 Extent: 15 items Abstract:
The Kirtland D. and Jessie Davis papers contain 15 letters from Kirt to his fiancé and later wife Jessie, while he is away building new railroad lines in southern Michigan for the Michigan Central Railroad Company.
Language: The material is in English Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave. The University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190 Phone: 734-764-2347 Web Site: www.clements.umich.edu
Access and Use
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Copyright status is unknown
Cataloging funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the "We the People" project.
Kirkland D. and Jessie Davis Papers, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan
This collection is organized chronologically.
Kirtland D. Davis was born in Sheridan Township, Michigan, in 1860 to William Davis and Savira Elliot and was one of eight children. In 1886, while living in Barry, Michigan, he married Jessie L. Eycleshymer, born in New York, on September 8, 1866; they had one son, Leon Ward Davis (1889-1960). During the late 1880s, Kirk Davis was an employee of the Michigan Central Railroad, where he worked on the construction of new lines in the southern region of the state. Kirt died in Albion, Michigan, on November 6, 1925; Jessie died there in 1936.
Collection Scope and Content Note
The Kirtland D. and Jessie Davis papers contain 15 letters from Kirt to his fiancé and later wife Jessie, while he was away building new railroad lines in southern Michigan for the Michigan Central Railroad Company. He described his work, his social life, the scenery, and the towns of southern Michigan during the late 1880s. The letters are endearing and often comical, providing occasional glimpses into the couple's personal lives.
Husband and wife--Michigan.
Michigan Central Railroad Company.
Michigan--Description and travel.
Davis, Kirtland D., 1860-1925.
Container / Location
Box 15, Small Collections
Kirtland D. and Jessie Davis papers [series]
January , 1885-July 9, 1889
July 10-August 9, 1889
Additional Descriptive Data
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