|Albert and Emma Davis|
Takoma Park, MD
I wish my grandmother Frances had told me more about her parents, Albert and Emma Davis.
She did leave a few precious insights to this set of great-grandparents shared here.
Emma Sickles Thornton was named in honor of the William W Sickles, Presbyterian minister of the Bedford church the year she was born in 1858. She was raised by her widowed mother from the age of six and despite this obvious social disadvantage she graduated from the newly formed public high school in 1877. Her brother reports that she had a “splendid voice,” and even attended the Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati. Emma remained active in her church and was undoubtedly influenced by her mother’s Quaker affiliation as early civil rights advocates for Black Americans.