Caleb Davis, my great-great-grandfather, was born in Ohio about 1820 and moved to Boone County, Indiana with his parents, James Davis and Rhoda (Coddington) when Caleb was a child. Caleb married Ann Maria Chrisman (b. Virginia 1822) in Boone County about 1842, and they had 11 children, one of whom was George Cass Davis, my great-grandfather (b. 1849 in Boone County). Caleb and Ann Maria migrated over the Oregon Trail to Linn County, Oregon in 1853. Ann Maria died in 1865. The 1880 census finds Caleb married to "Winnie" in Lane County, Oregon, and living with his youngest child, Leander J. (b. 1862 in Oregon) and 3 stepchildren with the surname of Cummings. Ergo, it is assumed that his second wife was a widow whose married name was Cummings and that she brought to this marriage at least three dependent children ranging in age from 9 to 17.
I am trying to find more about Caleb's father, James Davis. He was born in Delaware about 1794. Rhoda Coddington’s lineage is well-documented on the internet. She was born in New Jersey about 1797, and is a descendant of Stockdale Coddington, a very early member of the Massachusetts Colony. James and Rhoda were married in Wayne County, Indiana in 1818 -- but curiously, everything I have indicates that Caleb was born in Ohio in 1820; so perhaps they went to Ohio from Wayne County Indiana, and then back to Boone County, Indiana some time after Caleb's birth.
Any further information on this line of the Davis family in Boone County, Indiana will be gratefully received.
Howard E. (Gene) Davis, Bellevue, WA