- (The following was copied in part from the newspaper clipping that appeared at the time of her death. I thought it would be of interest to the rest of the Davison family. E.A.D. Simpson)
There is a Family History book in possession of the family which traces “THE DAVISONS” back as far as 1580, in SCOTLAND. (I would like to have a copy of that part.) Later they went to ENGLAND, and in 1639, Nicholas Davison, was sent from London to Charleston, Mass., as agent for Matthew Cradock, a merchant of London, England, who was appointed as the first governor of Mass., but who never came across the water.
Davison ancestors have participated in all of the Wars of this Country and in many directions branched out with honor to the family name. John P. Davison, (the one who later spelled his name Davidson), who was the youngest child and son of Asa Davison, was in the Mexican War, donated the ground west of Minonk, Ill., which comprises the Davison Cemetery.
Mrs. Elsie Lois Davison-McChesney, spent her childhood days in an atmosphere that now seems of another world. In those days, hay was cut with a scythe, and grain was cut with a cradle, and harvest time meant a gathering of neighbors to do the work and to enjoy the wonderful feasts that the good women folk would prepare. They spun their own yarn and wove their own cloth, and in the McChesney home now are articles of cloth that were made by Mrs. McChesney’s mother and aunt. (Sally Parks-Davison, and Fanny Parks.) Then and now seem centuries apart, yet here was a woman, with keen intellect intact to the last, who witnessed this almost unbelievable transition to the day of Radio, Air-transportation and similar marvelous developments.
She was survived by four children, Horace McChesney, of Lone Rock, Iowa; Edward McChesney of Minonk, Ill.; Mrs. Mary Elsie (W.R.O. Cothran), of Mason City, Iowa; and Mrs. Sara Lois (H.W.) Raynor, of What Cheer, Iowa. Her brother, Prosper Harvey Davison preceeded her in death several years ago. her husband, Jacob McChesney died August 28, 1917. They were the parents of six children.