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Notes for Levi Ryburn DAVEE


According to his children's birthplaces, he moved the family around a lot.

Residences & events:

1890 Norman, OK The city directory listed him as LR and brother Thomas as TH, both as brick moulders, both living on the south side of Comanchee railroad.

His biography said:

"Levi Ryburn Davee was a coal miner, he worked in the mines at Pitcher, OK. He was only about 5' 4" or 5" tall and was slight of build. He was a very good carpenter also. He made beautiful cabinets. When he worked on his work and Mildred (granddaughter) was at home, she was always with him. They loved one another very much. He never punished her for anything. He drank though and when he did, all the kids were afraid of him, and they would go to the neighbors home until he slept it off. He and Rosella fought over his drinking. But when he was not drinking, he was a very good man to everyone. He was a very handsome man, Mildred thought. Rosella was the boss though, she punished the kids and paid for their up keep."

1900 Spring Valley Twp, Cherokee Co, KS The census found him there as a dairyman. Interestingly it said both his parents were born in VA.

1910 Joplin, Jasper Co, MO. His profession was Teamster at census time. He and "Rose" had 5 children aged 5-16.

1920 Galena Twp, Joplin, Jasper Co, MO. The census said he was a carpenter and he and Rose had 4 children still at home and granddaughter, Mildred, 3, as an adopted daughter.

The cause of death was chronic pulmonary turerculosis.
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