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Clinton Resident's Ancestor Honored

Portions of article from the Observer Dispatch, Utica, New York, Monday, April 4, 2005: By L. Murphy



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"Lucretia Coffin Mott", a history-changing leader in anti-slavery and women's movements, is the great great grandmother of Clinton resident K. Davis.


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K. Davis and his extended family members plan to gather in the month of October when Lucretia Coffin Mott and other abolitionists will be the class inducted into the National Abolition Hall of Fame. A nationwide group of abolitionist scholars selected Mott, Frederick Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison, Gerrit Smith and Harriet Tubman for the honor because of their prominence and significance in battling slavery.

The "hall and museum" will be located in the Madison County hamlet of Peterboro, in the building where abolitionist Gerrit Smith conducted one of the first meetings of Anti-Slavery Society in 1835. To be opened in the near future at the Palace Theater in Hamliton, New York.

Lucretia Coffin Mott was born to a sea captain father and a strong, business-minded mother on Nantucket island in 1793. Similiar to many others in Nantucket , the Coffins were Quakers. This caused her to be against slavery because Quakers were staunch abolitionists.

Lucretia and James Mott bore six children, one of whom was a daughter named Maria Mott. Maria married Edward Morris Davis - William Morris Davis became the father of Richard Mott who is the father of Mr. K. Davis, who resides in Clinton, New York.

The public sentiment against the couple grew as the reputations of abolitions increased. "Drunken Mobs" would set out to burn down their house, but they were too drunk to accomplish it. The Motts raised $40,000 to build a meeting place (Pennsylvania Hall) which was later burned to the ground because black women were invited to the anti-slavery convention.

Remnants of the Mott's values and Quaker faith have trickled down to the subsequent generations. A framed portrait of Lucretia Mott, letter written by Lucretia in 1822; a detailed family tree, stamps that bare Mott's image, biograhies, histories, and cards have stayed in the Davis family. She was a "mighty mouse" as K. Davis described Lucretia as barely 5 feet tall which was in reference to her prowess as a speaker in the crusade against slavery and the inequality of women. She travelled extensively as she was in great demand as a speaker.

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Lucretia Coffin Mott was the only female station keeper in the Underground Railroad, and her house in Philadelphia was a major stop.

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