Six-week-old Isabella Davis died this date, September 10th, in 1849 of “Catarrh” fever and was buried at Bethel Burying Ground. Eli Davis was the sixty-four-year-old father of the child, according to the 1850 United States Census. “Rebacker” is actually forty-four-year-old Rebecca Davis, the mother of Isabella. They had two other children, Benjamin, who was one-year-old at the time of Isabella’s death and ten-year-old Rebecca (Jr.).
Other records on the Davis family are flimsy. The Davis family appeared to have moved a good deal but basically lived around the South 7th Street area, specifically the Washington Square area, according to city directories. Mr. Davis was listed as a porter and, at another point, as a “dealer.” Usually, this means a used clothes dealer. Ms. Davis, at one time, was reported as being employed as a washerwoman. In August of 1857, a death certificate was issued for a “Rebecca Davis,” the spouse of Eli Davis. The cause of death was reported as “cancer.”
Eli and Rebecca Davis interred their daughter at Bethel Burying Ground on a clear September day where the temperature reached a high in the mid-60s with a light northerly wind.