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Name: DAVIS, John Sample

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Nee: son of Dr. Robert Davis

Birth Date: 6 May 1893 Epsom

Death Date: 11 Sep 1959 Nanyuki

First Date: 1919

Profession: Soldier settler

Area: Nanyuki

Married: In Angata Podi 6 Dec 1931 Janet Evelyne Mitchell b. 1899 (dau of Francis John Mitchell)

Children: John R. 'Robin' (1933 Kenya-29 June 2009 Kenya)

Book Reference: KAD, Red 25, Red 31, Hut, Red 22, EA & Rhodesia, Pioneers, Wed, Barnes

School: Harrow, Kingston Univ. Jamaica

General Information:

Red 22 - J.P. Davis, Nyeri
EA & Rhodesia - 29/10/59 - Captain John Davis has died in Kenya after a short illness, at the age of 66. He was educated at Ascham preparatory school, Eastbourne, Harrow, and Kingston University, Canada. During the first world war he was with the Mechanical Transport and won a Military Cross. He arrived in Kenya on the 'Garth Castle' in 1919, and went to Nanyuki to a soldier settler farm. In 1931 he married Miss Janet Mitchell, and later sold his farm and joined forces with his wife on her farm nearer Nanyuki. He was the first chairman of the Nanyuki branch of the Kenya National Farmers' Union.
Pioneers - Nanyuki - 1920 - Soldier Settlers - ….. The Kings with their 5 year-old son Noel, and Captain John Davis. The Kings and Captain Davis set out by wagon from the New Stanley Hotel, newly opened in Nairobi. They had not gone far when a figure on a bicycle came after them, pedalling furiously. It was Lennox Murray, bringing a sunshade for Mrs King, having suddenly realised that there was no hood on their wagon. They trekked past Nanyuki and on in the direction of Rumuruti to find the 'farm' they had selected. The next months were lonely ones for Rosalie King and her small son in a two-roomed grass banda, while her husband and John Davis were away all day building a house and bush clearing. She was afraid to venture out of doors, for wild animals were everywhere, she was fresh from London, and everything was strange and frightening. There was no feminine company and she was often in tears. They lived on meat they shot, and canned vegetables.
Wed - 6/12/31 - married at Angata Podi - John Sample Davis, 38, Farmer of Nanyuki, son of Dr. Robert Davis to Janet Evelyne Mitchell, 32, d. of Francis John Mitchell
Barnes - Nanyuki Cemetery - John Sample Davis - died 11-9-1959 aged 66
Red 31 has J.S. Davis, Nanyuki,
Hut the same AND J.P. Davis 1922 Nyeri
Gazette - 5/8/1925 - Voters Register - Kenya Province - John Sample Davis, Farmer PO Nanyuki
Gazette 22 Dec 1959 probate

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