Managing Committee, 1881,82,85,86
239 North 20th St., Philadelphia, PA
Information on his descendants and of F. B. Davis Sons, Inc. Thomas Davis in the year 1853 opened a small office on Broad St. (This street was located between Second and Third St. crossing Arch and Race streets.) The purpose of this office was to transact a building business, which he carried on successfully until his retirement in 1903. His son, Franklin B. Davis, who had been associated with his father, carried on the business, moving his office and carpenter shop to 6 North 13th St. As business prospered, he again moved in 1906 to larger quarters at 35 South 17th St. The business continued to grow and the need for more room caused him to purchase a three-story property at 240 N. 16th St. The offices were located on the second floor and the third floor was used as a carpenter shop. During this period, his sons, Franklin and Gilbert were taken in as members of the firm which became known as F.B. Davis & Sons. As a result of the widening of Vine St., it became necessary to move again. The firm relocated at 1731 Spring Garden St. in 1951 where Franklin Davis, Jr. and Alfred MacMoran were taken in as members of the company, having served their apprenticeships as engineers and carpenters. Both of these men are now carrying on a successful business under the name of F.B. Davis Sons, Inc. We are proud of our affiliation with the Carpenters' Company. Our original founder, Thomas M. Davis, became a member in 1868; followed by his son, Franklin B. Davis, who became a member in 1918; followed by his son, Gilbert C. Davis, who became a member in 1924. At present, Mr. Gilbert Davis and Mr. Alfred MacMoran are active members. ---------------------- City Directory - 1850 - Thomas, carpenter, 40 Carpenter (C); house NW Schuylkill 7th & Sassafras. 1854 - Thomas, carpenter, 13th & Federal. Bus. Dir. (APS) 1860, pg. 1024, Thomas Davis, 613 Jayne St., carpenter-builder Bus. Dir. (APS) 1878, pg. 162, Thomas Davis, 613 Jayne, carpenter ---------------------- City Records D.C. Liens book #406; filed October 26, 1857; satisfaction not noted Thomas Davis vs. Mary Ann Fox. Claim for $1,425 for work and materials against 3-story brick building situate on the east side of 20th street 236 feet south of Vine street, in front 20 feet and in depth 92 feet. ---------------------- City Records D.C. Liens book #407; filed January 16, 1860; no note of satisfaction Thomas Davis vs. J. Alexander Simpson. Claim for $491.70 for work and materials against two 3-story brick plastered messuges with back buildings and lots of ground situate in West Philadelphia on the east side of 63rd street or Blockley Ave., the lots beginning about 200 feet north of Vine street , each lot being about 50 feet in front and in depth about 200 feet , each building being in front 16 feet and in depth 32 feet with back building about 16 feet square with frame kitchen in rear of each and well 15 feet deep, apportioned. --------------------- City Records D.C. Liens book #409; two claims filed April 23, 1867; satisfied May 1, 1867 & November 15, 1867 Thomas Davis vs. John L. Kates. Claim for $1,440.13 for work and materials against all that certain 3-story store and dwelling and lot of ground situate on the east side of 9th street about 18 feet south of Filbert, the building being about 18 feet front on 9th street and in depth about 68 feet. Same Plaintiff. Claim for $662.33 for work and materials against all that certain 4-story brick store and dwelling house and lot of ground belonging on the east side of9th street about 36 feet south of Filbert street, the building being about 18 feet in front on 9th street and extending eastward in depth about 64 feet. -------------------- City Records D.C. Liens book #411; filed October 21, 1869; satisfied July 3, 1870 Thomas Davis vs. George P. Pilling. Claim for $1694.55 for work and materials furnished against a brick messuage with lot of ground situate on the north side of Filbert street , 34 feet west from 13th street , 36 feet front and 74 feet deep.