I never knew William Isaac Davis (born 1868 in Alabama), but my grandfather, Marion Frank “Buck” Davis (born 1899 Comanche County), talked about his father quite a bit. He always seemed amazed at the way his dad remembered numbers and dates. He said that quite often, W.I. would get up in the morning, look at the calendar, and say, “Well, this is old (whomever’s) birthday.” Granddad said that his father might not have seen “old whomever” in fifty years, but that he just never forgot a date.
I don’t know why this impressed Granddad so much since he had the same gift for numbers….or course, for Granddad, the only numbers that really impressed him were those with $$$$$ in front of them!! He was a great old Granddad, however!
Today, this strange memory pops up every so often in one of the continued offspring of William Isaac Davis. In fact, in rare instances in our family, it is not just a fabulous memory but one that can only be referred to as a photographic memory that we attribute to William Isaac. Of course, where it was that William Isaac inherited such a memory, none of us have a clue.
(William Isaac Davis married Mary Swearingin, spelled several different ways. He died in 1940 and is buried in the Board Church Cemetery in Comanche County.)