7/13/1860 Ross Twp, PO Danville, Vermilion Co, IL. John Davidson was a 23 year old farmer with property worth $2010/1100 at census time. Maria was 24 and they had no children. They lived next door to James Davidson, 48 (John's father or brother?)
John served in the Civil War in Co F 4th Il Cav as a Bugler and was discharged 6/27/1862.
9/2/1870 Ross Twp, PO Myersville, Vermilion Co, IL. The couple probably had not moved since the last census but rather a new post office opened. Listed that year as Davison, John was 33 with an immense estate worth $13,390/2157. Mariah was 34 and they had 2 children, William, 4 and Charles, 2.
6/24/1880 Rossville, Vermilion Co, IL. John was recorded by the census taker at age 43, his wife was Nana, 44. (Was that Mariah?) The children were William, 14, Charles, 12, Franck, 10 and Stella, 1, who was his brother's child. Down the road lived the Milton Lee family, Mariah's sister and brother-in-law.
Where was this couple in 1900 if neither died until after that?
Some researchers say he died 3/13/1913 but Mariah filed for widow's pension on 3/14/1912.