Solomon Davis- deceased – Was one of the large numbers of persons to come to Ogle County from Washington County, Maryland and who became the most substantial citizens, making of the county of their adoption one of the best in the great state of Illinois. He was born in Boonesborough, Washington County, Maryland, on December 28, 1825 and in his native county grew to manhood and received a common school education. In his youth he learned the trade of tailor and followed that occupation for some years. He was the son of Edward and Mary (Smith) Davis, both of whom were natives of Pennsylvania.
On the 10th of August 2848, our subject was united in marriage with Miss Rebecca Fletcher, daughter of Louis and Dela (Shafer) Fletcher, who were natives of Maryland of which state she was also a native. In the fall of 1855, he came with his family to Ogle County, where he worked at his trade until 1861 when he opened a restaurant and grocery store in Mt. Morris, in which line he was fairly successful. He continued in that trade until his death, October 3, 1897. In politics he was a Democrat and while a strong union man he did not enter the service in the Civil war, but had one brother, John Davis, killed at the battle of Gettysburg. His father and
Mother came to Ogle County in the same year that he made settlement in 1855. The father served as postmaster on Mt. Morris for a time as did our subject.
To Solomon and Rebecca Davis twelve children were born. Laura J., born July 22, 1849, married Thomas Avey and they made their home in Mt. Morris. She died leaving two sons. Louis D. married Miss Ella White, when he met his death by accident. He left a wife and six children. Otho F. married Kittie McMullen of Lincoln. Illinois where they now reside and where he follows his trade of carpentering. Anna F., born February 22, 1855, married December 28, 1873 to James H. Depue and they live in Chicago where he is employed as car inspector. Mary D., born April 12, 1857, married Albert Lookabaugh, a blacksmith of Mt. Morris where they now reside. Charles V., born August 27, 1858 died of paralysis at the age of twenty-nine years. He was a printer by trade. Eva C., born October 30, 1860, married Fred Petrie and they live in Clinton, Iowa where he is employed on the police force. Ida E., born October 31, 1862 died at childhood. Hattie M., born May 9th, 1864, married James Miller and they now reside in Clinton, Iowa, where he has a position with a wholesale drug store. Benjamin S. born May 24, 1866, married Annie Sharp and they live in Washington, District of Columbia, where he has a position in the war department, a position that he has held since 1888. Seymour S., born May 29, 1868, married Elizabeth O’Leary and they reside in Chicago, where he is engaged in the milk business. Florence R. is living at home.
Mrs. Davis has been a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church since she was ten years old and has always taken an active interest in the work of the church, endeavoring to do her full duty in the Master’s service. She was born in Boonsborough, Washington County, Maryland, April 9, 1830. Of her seven brothers, two were killed in the war for the union, Robert being killed at the battle of Bull’s Run and Charles at the battle of Liberty Gap. Her parents also came to Mt. Morris 1855, her father following the calling of an auctioneer. He served in the war of 1812 and the sword that he carried in that war is yet in the possession of Mrs. Davis. When the Masons of Mt. Morris have a gathering or a funeral to attend they borrow that sword, Mr. Fletcher having been a prominent Mason. He was also a member of the Odd Fellows and the Sons of Temperance. In the latter organization he was quite prominent, being a stanch temperance advocate. He was a member of the M.E. church for many years in Maryland and served as Sunday school superintendent for about thirty years, also served as magistrate in Maryland for a number of years. Politically he was a Whig. He died in Mt. Morris in 1857.
Transcribed by Denise Border
Biographical Record of Ogle County
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