Albert Daniel Davis was one of John Howard Bond's 1st cousins. That makes him my 1st cousin 3 times removed.
Albert was born in Mahaska County Iowa 19 Mar 1851, the son of Nelson and Elizabeth (Bond) Davis. He was just 2 years old when the family traveled the Oregon Trail to go to the Oregon Territory. His older brother William and his two sisters, Rebecca and Susan also were on this journey. His father was elected as the captain of the train. After arriving in Oregon in the early part of October his parents settled a Donation Land Claim 20 Oct 1853 in Lane County in what became a part of the city of Springfield.
When the 1860 census was taken there were 13 people in the household: Albert and his parents, 6 brothers and sisters, his grandmother and 2 aunts and an uncle. Albert was listed as 9 years old and had attended school. By 1870 the household was down to 12 people, Albert, his parents and 9 younger brothers and sisters. Albert was now 19, worked on the farm, but still had attended school within the previous year. His aunt Rebecca (Bond) Davis and 5 of her children were living next door.
It was nearly 2 years later, 25 Jun 1872, when Albert's mother died. It wasn't long before their family moved to Washington Territory. Albert married Melvina Efferiah “Effie” Long on 24 May 1874 in Pomeroy in Garfield County Washington Territory. Albert and Effie had one child before Effie died 16 Jan 1878. About a year and a half later Albert married Naomi Elizabeth Baldwin on 1 Jun 1879 in Pomeroy. On the 1880 census they were living in Columbia County, Washington Territory. Albert's daughter from his first marriage was living with them. His occupation was blacksmith.
Albert and Naomi had 8 children. Sadly Albert was killed in a logging accident 13 Oct 1900 before their last child, Edna, was born 31 Dec 1900. He was buried in Pomeroy City Cemetery.
The headline for Albert's obituary in the Pomeroy Gazette newspaper read: Broke His Neck.