Letitia Ann Davis
LETITIA ANN DAVIS (1874-1919) was the eldest
daughter of Alma Charles Davis
(b. 1848 in Liverpool, England) and his wife
Margaret Ann Miller (b. 1856 in Salt Lake City).
Letty was half Scottish and half Welsh.
She married John Tanner Lant in 1897.
JOHN T. LANT AND LETITIA ANN DAVIS -- 1897
John and Letty made their first home in Payson, later moving to
Garland, Utah for ten years, and then back to Payson. (Letitia Ann
Davis' aunt Mary Elizabeth Miller Bowen, with her husband George Foster
Bowen and their family, also moved to Garland, Utah from 1903-1908,
working for the sugar company, and then returned to Spanish Fork. Also,
Letitia's younger brother Howard Lewis Davis worked in Garland's sugar
plant from 1914-1918, and several other friends and relatives from Payson
lived in Garland for a time).
A short sketch of Letitia Ann Davis Lant (taken partly from the book
JAMES MILLER FAMILY HISTORY:
"Mother was born in Spanish Fork, Utah County, Utah, Dec. 10,
1874, to Margaret Ann Miller (1856-1934) and Alma Charles Davis
(1848-1903). She was the oldest of 12 children. She graduated
from Teachers Normal School, Provo, Utah, and taught school in a
one-room, all-grades school in Leland, Utah County, for two years
before her marriage to John T. Lant in Payson, 1897 (at age 22).
They had seven children.
LUCILE LANT OBERHANSLEY,
DONNA LANT BARNEY,
DAVID LESTER LANT (who died at age one),
JOHN GLEN LANT,
ERMA LANT SHULER, and
one boy who died at birth.
"Mother was a witty, clever person and a skilled mathematician
(it is said that she could add up numbers in her head so fast
that when a train went by, with 5-digit numbers on each boxcar, she
could add up all the numbers as it passed, and give the correct
total). She loved to entertain and had many friends. Among her
activities; she served as MIA President in the old Payson Second
Ward, and was later a member of the Nebo Stake MIA Board, a charter
member of Payson "Cultus Club" (a women's cultural and literary
club which is still active), also a charter member of Garland
"Ladies Self-Culture Club." This group organized the first
kindergarten in Garland -- members of the club "boarded" the
kindergarten teacher free of charge. Mother was active in local drama,
directing and taking part in plays presented in the old Payson Opera
House -- with all local talent. Along with Dad she was always
interested and active in civic affairs."
"Mother (Letitia) died with influenza January 28, 1919 at age
44, during the terrible epidemic that also took three of her sisters
and brothers, as well as many other relatives and friends in
Payson." She is buried in the Payson city cemetery.
by Karen Bray Keeley
by Sandra S. Bray