New Jersey Obituaries - 1899 - George B. Davis

George B. Davis of Navesink died suddenly yesterday morning of heart disease, aged 65 years. He was cutting down trees on his place at the time of his death. He had worked until nearly noon, when one of the trees that he had cut lodged in another tree as it fell. Mr. Davis worked hard to get the tree loose and the exertion brought on an attack of heart disease. He walked a short distance from the tree and sat down on the grass. In a few minutes two Fowler boys, who were playing near by, saw him fall forward on his face. They notified the neighbors but Mr. Davis was dead when help arrived. He had remarked on the morning of his death that he felt better than he had in several years, although his health had been generally good.

Mr. Davis was the son of the late Joseph Davis and was born at Navesink. In 1861 he married Catharine Swan, daughter of the late Morgan Swan of Navesink. Eight children were the result of this union, six of whom are living. Those living are Frank J. Davis of Navesink, Webster S. Davis, who is a missionary in India and who has not been home in seven years; Rev. George M. Davis of Hamilton, New York; Mrs. Alice Falkenburg of Atlantic Highlands, and Kate and Lilian Davis, who live at home. One daughter, Lotta, died less than a year ago. She was the wife of Herbert O. Todd of Atlantic Highlands. Mr. Davis leaves four sisters and two brothers. They are Mrs. Susan Jenkins, Mrs. W. H. Posten and Theodore Davis of Navesink; Mrs. Norman L. Rowe of Jersey City, Mrs. Charlotte M. Browe of McGrawville, New York, and Joseph W. Davis of New York.

Mr. Davis was a carpenter by trade and he was engaged in the building business until about eight years ago. When the borough of Atlantic Highlands was started Mr. Davis owned a large tract of land adjoining the corporate limits of the town. This tract was plotted for building purposes and is now known as Hillside. A large part of it has been sold but Mr. Davis retained several lots and built on them. He leaves a considerable estate.

Mr. Davis was a member of the Central Baptist church of Atlantic Highlands and held the office of deacon. He served in the navy during the civil war and was a member of the Grand Army Post of Atlantic Highlands. In politics Mr. Davis was a stanch Republican, but he never aspired to public office.

The funeral will be held on Friday at the house and will be conducted by Rev. J. S. Russell.

Source: Red Bank Register, Wednesday, October 4, 1899