Several of Joshua's descendants said he was married twice and quote Sarah Barnhill as the other wife with Edgar Co, IL, as their residence but no records can be found to verify that. In fact, there are records indicating there were two Joshua Davis families, one of which did live in Edgar Co, the other is our line. Problems encountered with them being one and the same are:
1. Joshua would have married Sarah first but is listed in every following census with her as late as 1880, some 15 years after the marriage with Jennie.
2. There are age conflicts between the men and their families.
3. There are conflicts from census to census, both Joshuas and their families being listed in 1880 in their respective counties.
4. Joshua of Edgar Co is buried with Sarah and their daughter.
Residences & events in Joshua's life:
7/5/1860 Westfield Twp, Clark Co, IL. At age 21 he was still at home with his parents.
6/21/1861 He enlisted as a Pvt in Co H 21st IL Inf of the Union Army for the Civil War.
12/31/1862 Stones River, TN. He was listed as an army deserter and yet his record says he had Distinguished Service.
6/15/1870 Westfield Twp, Clark Co, IL. The census taker recorded his occupation as farmer but he had only personal property whitch totaled $500. He was 32, first wife Mary was 34 and they had 2 dhildren, Joseph, 2, and Laura, 3 mo. Next door were his parents.
Bef 1878 Chesterville, Douglas Co, IL, when son, Joseph drowned.
6/10/1880 Oak St, City of Arcola, Douglas Co, IL, was his address at census time when he was a 42 year old carpenter. Second wife Jemima was 32 and children living there were: Jennie's son William (Doing, now Davis), 16; Joshua's daughter Lavina, 10; and their children together, Cora, 5; and Francis W, 3. (Where was Albert? ) Next door was an Andrew Harris with wife, Lovina, born in OH, with an Albert, 2. Could this be our Albert?
1896 Chesterville, IL. Daughter, Ida, at 17, gave this address as her residence for her marriage records. J Davis gave consent for the marriage, could have been either Joshua or Jenny.