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Edward Doran Davison

Edward Doran Davison[1]

Male 1819 - 1894  (74 years)

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  • Name Edward Doran Davison  [2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
    Born 10 Jun 1819  Mill Village, Queens Co., NS Find all individuals with events at this location  [8, 9, 10, 11
    Gender Male 
    Occupation 1831 
    Inherits farming, fishing & lumber operation from his mother. 
    Occupation 1837 
    Controls over 500 acres 
    Occupation 1845 
    Builds first steam powered mill in Nova Scotia 
    Elected 1854-1858  [12
    Liberal Representative of Queens Co in the Provincial Legislature 
    Established 1865  [13
    E.D. Davison & Sons - 1st Industry in the County 
    Occupation 1865 
    Holdings on the Medway River were 10,000 acres 
    Moved 1869  Bridgewater, New Dublin Twp., Lunenburg Co., Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [14
    Census 1881  Summerside, Lunenburg, NS Find all individuals with events at this location  [15
    61 Years old, Merchant, C. Methodist 
    Inherited A farming, lumbering and fishing operation from his mother  [16
    Lived in Bridgewater, New Dublin Twp., Lunenburg Co., Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [17
    Corner of Elm Street and Aberdeen Rd. 
    Military Service Captain, 5th company, 2nd battalion, Queen's county militia  [18
    Moved 1860's  Bridgewater, New Dublin Twp., Lunenburg Co., Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [19
    Died 21 Feb 1894  Bridgewater, New Dublin Twp., Lunenburg Co., Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [8, 9, 20
    Buried Mill Village Community Cemetery, Mill Village, NS Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Person ID I2547  Main
    Last Modified 27 Jul 2014 

    Father Samuel John Davison,   b. Jun 1791, Horton, Kings, NS Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1825, Mill Village, Queens Co., NS Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 33 years) 
    Mother Eleanor Doran,   b. 26 Jan 1791, Liverpool, NS Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jan 1831  (Age 39 years) 
    Married Aft 27 Jun 1818  [21, 22, 23
    Family ID F1048  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Desiah Mack,   b. 11 Nov 1821,   d. 8 Apr 1886  (Age 64 years) 
    Married 18 Sep 1839  Mill Village, Queens Co., NS Find all individuals with events at this location  [8, 11, 24, 25
    Notes 
    Married:
    • JSHJr notes: E. D. Davison and Desiah Mack are also 1/2 first cousins once removed.  Their common ancesotr is Desire Cahoon.  Desire Cahoon (m1. Samuel Mack in 1766)  is Desiah Mack's Great Grandmother.  Desire Cahoon is also E.D. Davison's Grandmother (m2. Patrick Doran in 1785).  So that means that ED and his wife had about 1/32 of their genes in common - the equivalent of a marriage between second cousins. (The medical risk to offspring of second cousins is not increased vs the general population)
    Children 
    +1. Charles Henry Davison,   b. 26 Jul 1840,   d. 26 Aug 1896, Bridgewater, New Dublin Twp., Lunenburg Co., Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 56 years)
    +2. Catherine Doran Davison,   b. 14 Nov 1841,   d. 21 Dec 1924  (Age 83 years)
    +3. Eliza Eleanor Davison,   b. 2 Aug 1843, Bridgewater, New Dublin Twp., Lunenburg Co., Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 May 1929  (Age 85 years)
    +4. Edward Doran "Ned" Davison, Jr.,   b. 15 Apr 1845, Mill Village, Queens Co., NS Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Jul 1902, Bridgewater, New Dublin Twp., Lunenburg Co., Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 57 years)
    +5. Mary Desiah Davison,   b. 23 Dec 1847, Mill Village, Queens Co., NS Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Jan 1937, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years)
    +6. Francis Doran Davison,   b. 24 Dec 1849, Mill Village, Queens Co., NS Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Nov 1913, Bridgewater, New Dublin Twp., Lunenburg Co., Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years)
     7. William Doran Davison,   b. 2 Mar 1850, Bridgewater, New Dublin Twp., Lunenburg Co., Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Oct 1868, Bridgewater, New Dublin Twp., Lunenburg Co., Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 18 years)
     8. Elizabeth DeWolf Davison,   b. 23 Oct 1853,   d. 12 Feb 1883  (Age 29 years)
     9. Annie Davison,   b. 16 Dec 1856,   d. 30 Apr 1875  (Age 18 years)
    +10. Amelia Freeman Davison, "Minnie",   b. 17 Jan 1862, Mill Village, Queens Co., NS Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Oct 1912, Nashua, NH Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 50 years)
    Last Modified 27 Jul 2014 
    Family ID F1047  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Martha Hopkins Campbell,   b. 19 Apr 1829, Liverpool, Queens, NS, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Jan 1902  (Age 72 years) 
    Married 5 Jan 1887  Halifax, NS Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Last Modified 31 Oct 2003 
    Family ID F1069  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 10 Jun 1819 - Mill Village, Queens Co., NS Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 18 Sep 1839 - Mill Village, Queens Co., NS Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 61 Years old, Merchant, C. Methodist - 1881 - Summerside, Lunenburg, NS Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 5 Jan 1887 - Halifax, NS Link to Google Earth
     = Link to Google Earth 

  • Photos
    E.D. Davison, Sr.
    E.D. Davison, Sr.
    From the Davison Lumber Manufaturers photo
    E.D. Davison & Sons, Ltd.
    E.D. Davison & Sons, Ltd.
    Lumber Manufacturers, Bridgewater, NS - Collage of photos of Davison men involved in the company. Source: DesBrisay Museum
    Edward D. Davison, Esq. M.P.P.
    Edward D. Davison, Esq. M.P.P.
    "for Queens County, Nova Scotia" Official portrait done cir 1855 after he was elected to the Nova Scotia legislature - Davison is about age 36.
    E. D. Davison, Sr - Home
    E. D. Davison, Sr - Home
    E. D. Davison moved to Bridgewater from Mill Village in the 1860's. The house was located at the corner of Elm Street and Aberdeen Road. It was taken down in 1915 by Fred Davison, a direct descendant of E. D. Davison who built a new home on the same site.

    Documents
    Davison Lumber Company history
    Davison Lumber Company history
    From the archives of the DesBrisay Museum, Bridgewater, NS - 2003
    Davison Lumber Mill at Hastings
    Davison Lumber Mill at Hastings
    As you read this article please remember that the Davison Lumber Mill at Hastings was of course built after the death of E.D. Davison, Sr., and after his sons sold the company their father founded to John M. Hastings. Hastings renamed the company Davison Lumber Company. Another point, interesting to us but unmentioned in the article, is that Helen Hastings, the daughter of John Hastings, married Harold Doran "Budd" Davison in 1914 - Budd is the son of E.D. Davison, Jr.
    E.D. Davison Lumber Co.
    E.D. Davison Lumber Co.
    Appearing in the 1896 McAlpines Nova Scotia Directory. This shows that two years after their father's death, the three sons (Charles, Edward and Frank) were running the company.
    Sale of E. D. Davison & Sons
    Sale of E. D. Davison & Sons
    June 23, 1903 Letter to the customers of E.D. Davison & Sons announcing the sale of the company to J.M. Hastings. (J.M. Hatings is Helen Hastings father)
    E.D.Davison, Sr. Obituary
    E.D.Davison, Sr. Obituary
    Halifax Herald, 23 Feb, 1894

    Headstones
    E. D. Davison
    E. D. Davison

    Histories
    E.D. Davison Biography
    E.D. Davison Biography
    Entry in The Canadian Biographical Dictionary and Portrait Gallery of Eminent and Self-Made Men - Quebec and the Maritime Provinces Volume. Pub. 1881
    E.D. Davison - Biography
    E.D. Davison - Biography
    Excellent article from the DICTIONARY OF CANADIAN BIOGRAPHY ONLINE, National Archives of Canada - Contributed by Catherine Pross, Librarian, Ecology Action Centre, Halifax, Nova Scotia.
    History of the Davison Lumber Co.
    History of the Davison Lumber Co.
    by Philip Spencer. For the period 1902-1921. (E.D. Davison & Sons was sold to J.M. Hastings in 1902, who renamed the company Davison Lumber Co.)
    The Springfield Railway
    The Springfield Railway
    by Colin J. Churcher. Discussion of the railways and equipment servicing the Davison lumber company. Refers to the period after E.D. Davison & Sons sold the firm to J. M. Hastings who operated under the name Davison Lumber Co. starting in 1902.

  • Notes 
    • Below from 'Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online'

      "In 1891 Davison, looking back on this enterprise, was able to note in his diary, "In my family I were blessed from beginning till now, never wishing for better days than I did enjoy. . . . And now at 72 I enjoy my time at my first love which is lumbering in all its branches from Stump to foreign Markets with other engagements thrown in for the fun of the thing." After his death in 1894, others in the community praised his many charitable acts.

      Below from 'Famous Nova Scotians p. 64-65:

      "One of Nova Scotia's most famous businessmen of the nineteenth century.  By the 1880's E.D. Davidson & Sons had become the largest lumber business in Nova Scotia with property totaling 200,000 acres.  He owned five mills and employed 350 men.  These mills combined produced 12 million board feet per year which sold for about $120,000. "

      "Davidson inherited 580 acres of farm and forest land, fishing rights, and a saw mill from his mother's side of the family.  As both of his parents were dead when he was 12 years of age, his aunt acted as his regent until he was 18.  By this age he had developed a great love for the woods and the whole lumbering operation."

      "He ordered a steam engine from Michael Mcdonnell and James Neilson from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia and had it in operation in 1845 at a location in Mill Village, Queens County.  It was the fist steam engine used to operate a sawmill in Nova Scotia.  In order to run the steam engine he had to have coal delivered from Cape Breton.  The Mill was nicknamed "Old Kettle" because of the clouds of steam that eminated from the mill.  Old Kettle Road and the name Mill Village, are references to the first steam mill operated in Nova Scotia."

      "Davison had another steam engine built for a shingle mill in 1864 by the Chebucto Foundry in Halifax.  It is interesting to note that the engine was purchased for $20 in and that he sold it in 1886, twenty-two years later for $30 making a profit of $10 after two decades of use -- a testimonial to Davison's frugality and mechanical ability."

      "After a stint in politics from 1855 to 1859 as MLA for Queens County, Davison increased his holdings on the Medway River and by 1865 he held 10,000 acres.  He also expanded his operations by opening a successful mill on the La Have River."

      "In the next 20 years Davison expanded his lumbering acreage dramatically until he became the largest lumber producer in Nova Scotia, owning 200,000 acres.  He had 350 men on his payroll and needed 50 teams of oxen to supply timber for 5 mills.  In one year he produced 122 million board feet.  His export markets included the United States, West Indies, and many countries in Europe." 

      "He certainly should be considered the Founding Father of Bridgewater because his lumbering operations put Bridgewater on the map."

      Below from the "History of the County of Lunenburg" p.219:

      Edward Doran Davison died at his residence, East Bridge- water, February 21st, 1894. The following is a condensed statement from accounts published in local papers: " He was born at Mill Village, in Queen's county, in the month of June, 1819. There he became the head of a flourishing lumbering, farming and fishing industry, and prosecuted his affairs with untiring zeal until about 1865, when, owing to destructive forest fires, he removed to Bridgewater. Here he founded the well-known firm of E. D. Davison & Sons.

      "At the time of his death he had fairly earned the proud distinction of having the largest lumber business in the Province, and one of the largest in the Dominion.

      "In 1854, he was elected to the Provincial Parliament, as member for Queen's county, and sat in the House during the palmy days of Johnston, Howe, and Young.

      "Socially, Mr. Davison was an exceedingly interesting person to meet. He always had a fund of anecdotes concerning old times, and the men who helped to build up Nova Scotia. He was a veritable encyclopaedia of reminiscences, and seemed a link between the old and the new. No one in need ever went away from him empty-handed, and the monuments of his benefactions are numerous."

      Mr. Davison was a fine-looking man, and even in his later years there seemed to be no lessening of his abundant energy. " He was fond of out-door life, and always superintended the management of his mills, having a thorough knowledge of, and great liking for, machinery. He has in the past twenty- five years given more than any other twenty men in the county towards the erection of churches. We have learned from outside sources of his charitable excursions, spending two or three days at a time, visiting needy families of former friends, employees and old family retainers, cheering them with his hearty laugh, and hope-inspiring presence, and leaving with them such substantial assistance as would fully meet their necessities."

      The writer can warmly unite in the praise of which the deceased has, by others, been deemed worthy.

      Instances of Mr. Davison's generous dealings have been told to him, but in accordance with what would have been the wish of the giver, they are not here specially named. They stamped him, however, as a noble-hearted man. He was very fond of reading and hearing about the discoveries from time to time of pre-historic relics, and he was also a great lover of scientific study, and followed with the greatest, interest the marvellous improvements of the nineteenth century.

      About a month before his death he referred, in conversation, to the great loss the community had sustained in the decease of Robert Dawson, Esq., little thinking that his own departure was so near at hand. " He was twice married. His first wife, to whom he was united at the early age of twenty, was Desiah Mack, daughter of Elisha Mack. She died some years ago. By her he had a family of ten children, seven of whom are living. His second wife, who survives him, was Martha, daughter of the late Hon. John Campbell, of Liverpool, N.S."

      Below from the "Bridgewater Bulletin", 10 Feb 1999

      "Edward Doran Davison, founder of the Davison lumber business, was born was born in Mill Village, Queens County, on this day. Mr. Davison was elected by the Liberals to the Provincial Parliament as a member for Queens County in 1854. During the last pre-Confederation decade, he was present in the house during the prominent days of Johnstone, Howe and Young. Though he was defeated for reelection by Sir Charles Tupper, Mr. Davison did not relinquish his involvement in politics. He continued, until his death, to be a strong supporter and influential Liberal in both Lunenburg and Queens counties. In 1865, Mr. Davison moved to Bridgewater in Lunenburg County, after destructive forest fires ravaged most of Queens County. He first bought out the Glenwood mill property, then principally owned by Captain Whyman. This became the beginning of an empire known as E. D. Davison and Sons. In 1868, Mr. Davison built his second mill, located on the LaHave River about one quarter mile below his first mill. After his second mill he continued to purchase property and old mill sites. Over the years he acquired, the Sumerside (Dayspring) property, the mills at Alpena, Cook's mills and Silver's Falls, widening his business into Mill Village and Port Medway. At the time of his death Mr. Davison had earned the proud distinction of having the largest lumber business in the province and one of the largest in Canada."

      From The Canadian biographical dictionary and portrait gallery of eminent and self made men:

      "Edward D. Davison, Bridgewater, N.S.

      Edward Doran Davison, the leading lumber manufacturer in the Province of Nova Scotia, is a great grandson of one of the original grantees of the township of Horton, county of King's (1762), and was born at Mill Village, Queens County, Nova Scotia, on the 10th of June, 1819, his father being Samuel Davison, a farmer, who was born in Horton, and died on the old Doran estate, at Mill Village, in 1825; his mother was Eleanor Doran, daughter of Patrick Doran, who was an Irishman of Saxon stock, and who came to Nova Scotia from Newfoundland, and was a man of much note, being a magistrate for many years, and captain of militia under Colonel Perkins, holding his commission (dated 1793), from Lieutenant-Govenor Sir John Wentworth, that commission being in the hands of our subject; his mother died in 1829, when he was placed in the care of an aunt, Catherine Doran, until he was old enough to take care of the property which was left him by his maternal grandfather.  He received an ordinary English education, and at seventeen years of age took charge of that property which he still owns.

      Mr. Davison has been in the lumber business since his early manhood.  In 1869, he removed to Bridgewater, county of Lunenburg, directly on the La Have, down which river his lumber is floated.

      His three sons, Charles Henry, Edward D. and Francis, are in the company with him, and they cut usually from 10,000,000 to 12,000,000 feet per anum, and in 1880, cut 13,000,000 believed to be the largest amount cut by any one firm in the province.

      Mr. Davison and his sons own something like 100,000 acres of timber land in King's, Annapolis and Lunenburg counties, and our subject has also thousands of acres in Queen's county, devoted partially to agricultural purposes, 600 of it being homestead.

      Mr. Davison has always had a careful oversight of his business, and has rarely accepted office: Once (1855), he was beguiled with contesting Queen's county for the Legislative Assembly, and was successful, being in parliament for four years, and having among his associates, Adams G. Archibald, Joseph Howe, Charles Tupper, William A. Henry, William Young and others who have since risen to distinction in the province or the Dominion.

      In his younger years, Mr. Davison was connected with the militia, and rose to the rank of captain, 5th company, 2nd battalion, Queen's county militia.

      In 1839 he married Desiah Mack, daughter of Elisha Mack, of Mill Village, whose grand-father, Samuel Mack came to Nova Scotia from Connecticut about 1764, and was a prominent man in his day.  Mrs. Davison is the mother of ten children, all living but two.  William grew up; became a seaman; was sick in England, and returned home and died.  Annie died while attending school at Sackville academy.  Besides the three sons already mentioned, are five daughters; Catherine, the widow of John Struthers, M.D. late of King's county, and son of Rev. George Struthers, formally a Presbyterian Minster at Cornwallis; Eleanor married to Bernard E. Rogers, of Yarmouth; Mary D. to Rev. Caleb Parker, a Methodist minister; Elizabeth De Wolf, who is in the State of New York, and Amelia Freeman, who is pursuing her studies at home.

      The eldest son, C. H. Davison, was elected to the local parliament in 1876, and served two sessions, filling the vacancy caused by the resignation of Hon. M.B. DesBrisay, on his elevation to the bench.  All the sons are smart enterprising men.

      Our subject, it should be added is a natural and ingenious mechanic, making all his mills, and never allowing a slip-shod piece of work ot pass out of his hands; his lumber commands the top figures in the European market, and no better deals than his, it is safe to say, cross the Atlantic."

      Below from the Bridgewater Bulletin, "In a Reminiscent Mood". by F. T. Freeman, March 18. 1964:

      "Edward Doran Davison was born in 1819 and established mills on the Medway River. In 1865 he took his sons into partnership and started lumbering on the LaHave  River in Lunenburg County.  He came into posession of the water rights and most of the timber lands on the upper reaches of the LaHave.  At one time the Davisons owned 200,000 acres of timber land and many mills."

      "The LaHave River sometimes looked like a forest of masts of ships loading and waiting to be loaded with their timber under the direction of Philip Rafuse, Sr., while year in and year out steady streams of teams plodded through King Street hauling lumber from mills to the wharf, most prominent among them being Daniel Sarty with his oxen as shown on a popular post card."

      "Edward Doran Davison died February 21, 1894 and at the time of his death he was said to have the largest lumber business in Nova Scotia and one of the largest in the Dominion."

      "Some of the men closely connected with the Davison firm in office, store, and mill work in Bridgewater were Mr. McDougald, father of our Town Clerk C.B. McDougald; R.M. McDormand, his successor as accountant; Charles M. Brent, Aubrey Phinney, Charles McDormand, Robert Reeves, Sr., Philip Rafuse Sr., Daniel Sarty, the Rameys, Manthornes, Pennys, Hubleys and Foleys."

      "In 1903 business assets of this family were sold to an American company incorporated under the name "The Davison Lumber Company". This company operated for many years in the manufacturing of products of the forest. Their ups and downs, their railroad, mills, etc, would make a larger story."

      Note added to above by unknown: "In the old mills, the name up and down saw refered to those with one saw; mills such as the Davison Lumber Company mill with many carriages and many saws to each carriage were called Gang Mills."

      Below from the Halifax Herald, 23 Feb, 1894

      "AN IRREPARABLE LOSS - Sustained by the Counties of Lunenburg and Queens in the Death of E. D. Davison (Special Despatch to the Halifax Herald) - Bridgewater, February 22. -- the death of the late E.D. Davison, who was known as the lumber king of Nova Scotia, which occurred on Wednesday evening, has cast a deep gloom over the town and county.  He contracted a severe cold which resulted in pneumonia and after a short illness died suddenly.  As he has always enjoyed exceptionally robust health which gave promise of a ripe old age, his sudden death at the age of 75, his illness not being known beyond his family and his friends, was a great shock to the county.  He was without doubt one of the most prominent figures in Nova Scotia.  He represented the county of Queens in the provincial parliament from 1854 to 1858.  He offered for re election from the same constituency in 1863, but was defeated.  From youth he carried on an extensive Lunenburg business at Mill Village until 1865, when he removed his operations to Bridgewater, and there founded the great Lunenburg firm of E. D. Davison & Sons, the most extensive in the province.  Mr. Davison was most liberal and open handed, giving far and wide to every body and every object that was deserving, and hundreds of the needy will miss his generosity.  He leaves three sons, four daughters and a widow, his second wife, to mourn his loss.  The counties of Lunenburg and Queens have met with an irreparable loss."

      J. Howell notes:  One of the most unusual gravestones I have seen.  In the shape of a sturdy tree trunk - how perfectly fitting. Photo on file.  His wife, Desiah Mack, is also his half first cousin, 1 time removed.  Their common ancestor is Desiah Cohoon. [2, 26, 27, 28, 29]

  • Sources 
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