Joseph DAY Joseph R DAY Mary L E DAY Nora DAY Mary Margaret DAY William Clarence DAY Cora Lee DAY James Robert DAY Noble Preston DAY Daniel Raborne DAY Daniel W Nelson DAY Myrtis Ellamae DAY Cora RICHEY Nancy Ann TAYLOR Mini tree diagram
Daniel Harrison DAY

Daniel Harrison DAY1,6,2,3,4,5

also known as Dink H Day

Mar 18611,2,3,4,5 - 16th Mar 19363

Life History

Mar 1861

Born in Texas.1,2,3,4,5

19th Nov 1884

Married Cora RICHEY in Cass County, Texas.6,3

Feb 1886

Birth of daughter Nora DAY in Texas.7,2

Jul 1887

Birth of daughter Mary Margaret DAY in Texas.2,8,5

19th Jul 1890

Birth of son William Clarence DAY in De Kalb, Bowie, Texas.2,1,9,9,10,11,12,8

Jun 1893

Birth of daughter Cora Lee DAY in Texas.2,8

6th May 1895

Birth of son James Robert DAY in DeKalb, Bowie, Texas.2,8,12,9,13,14

28th Jan 1899

Birth of son Noble Preston DAY in Texas.2,8,9,11,15

1st Sep 1902

Birth of son Daniel Raborne DAY in Avinger, Cass, Texas.1,8,16,17,13

23rd Oct 1904

Birth of son Daniel W Nelson DAY in Cass County, Texas.1,8,17,13

11th Mar 1907

Birth of daughter Myrtis Ellamae DAY in Marietta, Cass, Texas.8,1,3,10,17,12,18

20th Jun 1913

Death of daughter Nora DAY in Cass County, Texas

16th Mar 1936

Died in Takoma Park, Montgomery, Maryland.3


  • My initial information for Daniel H Day came from family informationcollected by Harold Christian in his research on the Jenkins,Christian and related families.

    I found some details in censuses, and first see him listed in the 1800census, in Cass County, Texas.  He is 18 years old and living at homewith his mother Nancy Taylor Day.  It appears Nancy is a widow, thoughthis census does not report marital status.  They are working a farm,but living next door to Nancy's brother Daniel Taylor and his family.Nancy and Daniel H are shown as Farming, as is Daniel, but it is notpossible to determine if they are working the same farm or adjoiningones.

    1880 Federal Census, Cass County, Texas, 17 June, Justice Precinct 3,District 12, page 17, Hse/Fam #238
    Day, Nancy  W F 54  Farming MS MS MS
    Day, Daniel H  W M 18 Son  Farming TX MS MS

    A family photo given to me in 2009 gives us Daniel and Cora's weddingdate.  Someone has written a name at the bottom on the backidentifying him as "Dink Day."  On the back of the photo, signing hisname D H Day, Daniel himself wrote:

    "I am sending you this snap shot of the wife and I.  The background isour flower garden.  D H Day  We have been married 49 years tomorrowNov 19.  Was married Nov 19 1884."
    --  D H Day, notes on a photo in the collection of Orville LeeJenkins, now in possession of Orville Boyd Jenkins

    1900 Federal Census, Cass County, Texas, 16 June, Justice Precinct 3,District 22, page 14A, Hse/Fam #237
    Day, Dink H  Head W M March 1861  39 Married 15 years TX GA MS  Farmer
    Day, Cora  Wife W F Nov 1866  33 Married 15 years  7 children, 6living  SC SC IL
    Day, Nora  Dau W F Feb 1886  14 TX TX SC At School
    Day, Maggie Dau W F July 1887  12 TX TX SC At School
    Day, William  Son W M July 1890  9 TX TX SC
    Day, Lee (Lea?)  Dau W F June 1893  6 TX TX SC
    Day, James  Son W M July 1896  4 TX TX SC
    Day, Preston  Son W M Jan 1899  1 TX TX SC

    Next door in a household and family by herself is Daniel's motherNancy Taylor Day.  However, she is still listed in terms of herrelationship to her son Daniel (D H).

    1900 Federal Census, Cass County, Texas, 16 June, Justice Precinct 3,District 22, page 14A, Hse/Fam #238
    Day, Nancy  Mother W F Jan 1824  76 Widow 8 children, 1 living  MS MSMS

    If this census entry for Nancy is correct, it means that she had borne8 children, but at age 76, only one is still living, and she is livingwith him.

    Nancy is not enumerated with Daniel in 1910, and I have not found herin the census at all in 1910.  It appears that she died some timeafter the 1900 census.

    1910 Federal Census, Cass County, Texas, 20 April, Cusseta, District30, page 2B (Ancestry p 16B), Hse #54, Fam #56
    Day, Daniel H  Head M W 49 Married 25 years TX GA MS  Farmer
    Day, Cora  Wife F W 41 Married 25 years  11 children, 9 living  SCUnknown VA
    Day, Maggie M  Dau F W 22 TX TX SC School Teacher
    Day, William C  Son M W 19 TX TX SC Farm Laborer
    Day, Cora L  Dau F W 17 TX TX SC
    Day, James R  Son M W 14 TX TX SC Farm Laborer
    Day, Noble P  Son M W 10 TX TX SC Farm Laborer
    Day, Rayborn D  Son M W 7 TX TX SC
    Day, Daniel W  Son M W 5 TX TX SC
    Day, Mirtice E  Dau M W 5 TX TX SC

    This census is helpful since the middle initial of all persons (exceptmother Cora) is included.  Note that in this census, it is reportedthat Cora has borne 11 children, and 9 are still living.  In 1900, itwas reported that only 6 of her 7 children were still living.  Thismeans that in 1910 they had lost one child, and lost another before1910, while three more children were born since 1900!

    In 1900 Lee (reported as Cora L in 1910) is reported as born in June1893 and 6 years.  The census was taken on 16 June.  This would meanthat her birthday was later in June, and she would have her 7thbirthday in June after the 1900 census.  Yet in 1910, the census istaken in April, and she is reported as 17 years old.  With a birthdayin June, she would not turn 17 until after the 1910 census.

    A similar discrepancy occurs with Noble/Preston.  In 1900 Preston isreported as 1 year old.  The corresponding child in 1910 is reportedas Noble P age 10.  If both of these are correct, this would mean hisbirthday is between April and June 1889.  Yet in the 1900 census hisbirthday is reported quite clearly as "Jan 1899,"  which would meanhis age should have been 11 at the 1910 census.  This census iscommonly off by a year or more.

    This is a common variation, which seems to indicate that people inthat era were not fixated on details and objective information asAmerican culture became during the 20th century.

    I don't have the name of the first child who died.  It appears thatPreston in 1900 is the Noble P of 1910.  Another child must have beenborn and died before 1900.  We similarly lack the name of the secondchild who died between 1900 and 1910.  Nora from 1900 is missing, butI have found from the Marriage register that she was married to JessieParsons on 22 July 1906.

    In 1910 Maggie has graduated from school and is now teaching.  Hermiddle initial is given in 1910.  Later she is listed as Mary M.  Thusher two names appear to have been Maggie (perhaps the full nameMargaret) and Mary.  This is confirmed in the 1930 census, where sheis the Head of household with her parents living in the home, andenumerated as Mary M Patterson.

    Note also the change in birthplace for Cora's parents.  Now she doesnot know where her father was born, and her mother is reported as bornin Virginia, rather than Illinois.  This type of variation is afascinating mystery of the census reports.

    In the 1920 census Daniel is again listed as Dink H Day, as in 1900.This indicates this must have been his common nickname.

    A genealogy has this nickname for him.  This genealogy is short ondocumentation sources, but also gives his death date, apparently fromfamily sources.  This also gives us his middle name and Cora's maidenname and dates of birth and death.

    Daniel 'Dink' Harrison Day
    Birth Mar 1861 in Texas
    Death 16 Mar 1936
    Marriage to Cora Richey 19 Nov 1884 Texas
    Birth Nov 1866 in South Carolina
    Death 8 May 1951
    --  Owen-Edwards,

    In 1920, Daniel and family are still in the same area of Cass County,Texas.

    1920 Federal Census, Cass County, Texas, 7 January, Justice Precinct3, District 31, page 2A, Bryan's Mill and Marietta Rd, Hse #27, Fam#28
    Day, Dink H  Head M W 58 TX GA MS  Farmer
    Day, Cora  Wife F W 51 SC SC IL
    Day, William C  Son M W 28 TX TX SC Farmer
    Day, Rayborne  Son M W 17 TX TX SC  Farmer
    Day, Daniel W N  Son M W 15 TX TX SC  Farmer
    Day, Myrtis E  Dau M W 13 TX TX SC
    Parsons, Ernest Grandson M W 12 TX TX TX
    Parsons, Inez Granddaughter F W 8 TX TX TX

    Two grandchildren are in the household.  From the last name, thesewould be the children of Nora, who married Jesse J Persons.  Here thename appears to be spelled Parsons.  (These are historical variationsof the same name/word in English.)  This probably indicates that bothNora and Jesse had died since the birth of these two children.  I havetheir marriage information but have not found their death information. They were married 22 July 1906.

    Texas Marriage Index, 1847-2002
    9 306 919
    7 22 1906
    Parsons, Jessie
    Day, Nora, Miss
    (Genealogical record name: Jesse J. Parsons -- James Jackson)

    Ernest was born in about 1907.  Inez was born in about 1911.  So theparents presumably died in the next 8-9 years.

    I see in this census, the birthplaces of Cora's parents have beenrectified back to the earlier report of Father born South Carolina andmother born Illinois.  So I will take this as the correct report.

    Maggie is away and presumably married by this time.  In 1930 we findher as widow, head of household, in Montgomery County, Maryland, (justnorth of Washington, DC) and her parents Daniel and Cora living withher.

    In the 10 years since the last census, William has gained 11 years,plus he is soon to have another birthday, since this census was inJanuary, and previous years had been in April or June.

    The 1920 enumerator spells the name Mirtice as Myrtis.  She has alsogained only 8 years since the last census.  From family sources, itappears the family spelled her name as Myrtis.

    1930 Federal Census, Montgomery County, Maryland, 7 May, Takoma Park,District 35, page 31A, 318 Garland Ave, Hse #686, Fam #832
    Patterson, Mary M Head Owns $8000 F W 40 Widow TX TX SC Bookkeeper
    Day, Daniel H Father M W 69 First married at age 26 TX TX MS
    Day, Cora Mother F W 60 First married at age 16 SC SC VA
    Hamilton, Nina Lodger F W 40 Single OH OH OH Graduate Nurse, Hospital
    Holland, Luna J Lodger F W 23 Single AL AL AL Mail Clerk, Sanitarium
    Carson [sic], Inez Lodger F W 18 Single TX TX TX Waitress, Mail Clerk,Sanitarium

    Note the last person here.  This matches Inez Parsons in the 1920census.  This appears to be Dink and Cora's granddaughter, but theenumerator misunderstood her surname (Pasrons), writing Carsoninstead.  Interesting also that she is listed as a Lodger, rather thanas a granddaughter.  This indicates the enumerator did not understandthe family relationship.


  • 1. 1920 Federal Census, Cass County, Texas
    • 7 January, Justice Precinct 3, District 31, page 2A, Bryan's Mill and
  • 2. 1900 Federal Census, Cass County, Texas
    • 16 June, Justice Precinct 3, District 22, page 14A, Hse/Fam #237
  • 3. Ancestry Trees
  • 4. 1880 Federal Census, Cass County, Texas
    • 17 June, Precinct 3, District 12, Page 19 (scan 129), Hse/Fam #169
  • 5. 1930 Federal Census, Montgomery County, Maryland
    • 7 May, Takoma Park, District 35, page 31A, 318 Garland Ave, Hse #686,
  • 6. D H Day, notes on a photo
  • 7. 1910 Federal Census, Cass County, Texas
    • 23 May, Precinct 1, District 27, page 22B, Hse/Fam #397
  • 8. 1910 Federal Census, Cass County, Texas
    • 20 April, Cusseta, District 30, page 2B (Ancestry p 16B), Hse #54, Fam
  • 9. U.S., World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942
  • 10. Find a Grave Memorial Registry
  • 11. Texas, Death Certificates, 1903–1982
  • 12. U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014
  • 13. 1930 Federal Census, Maricopa County, Arizona
    • 2 Aug, Phoenix, District 7-26, page 11A, 351 North 20th Place West,
  • 14. 1920 Federal Census, Maricopa County, Arizona
    • 4 February, Peoria, District 39, page 25A, Hse #484, Fam #507
  • 15. 1920 Federal Census, Cass County, Texas
    • 7 January, Justice Precinct 3, District 35, page 3B, Hse/Fam #43
  • 16. Massachusetts, Mason Membership Cards, 1733-1990
  • 17. California, Death Index, 1940-1997
  • 18. Virginia, Marriage Records, 1936-2014

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