IRA W.DAVIS

, Point Pleasant Township, Warren County, Ill., (postoffice Swan'Creek)

Farmer and stockraiser, has been as truly the architect of his own fortune as any man in his part of the State, and his career is one which may be emulated with advantage by strivers for worthy worldly success. Born in Mahoning County, Ohio, June 13, 1831, he is a son of Reuben H. and Annie (Barclay) Davis. His lather, who was born in Westmoreland County, Penn., was a son of John Davis, of Maryland birth, and his mother, born in Mahoning County, Ohio, was a daughter of Francis Barclay, a native of Penn­ sylvania, whose wife was a Mrs. Wilson. Ira W. Davis was reared in Ohio and Pennsylvania. In the fall of 1855 he came to Koseville Town­ ship, Warren County, Ill., where, for eight years, he conducted a farm on rented land. He then bought forty acres of lana in Point Pleasant Township, and by subsequent purchases, came to own 365 acres.

His home farm is equipped with good buildings and with every facility for successful cultivation. He is a sup­porter of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church and an independent Democrat and wields a rec­ ognized influence in township affairs. He has filled the office of school director for several years, been Assessor three years and been elected Highway Commissioner three times.

Mr. Davis has been twice married. His first wife was Sarah J. Amon, who was born in 1830, the daughter of George and Sarah Amon, who were natives of, and lived out their days in Mercer County, Pennsylvania. By that marriage he had children as follows: George W., Mary Amelia, Reuben A., Addison E., Priscilla A., Ida J., Emma M., Charles B., Ella S. and Ira W., Jr., another son of the sains name as the one last mentioned died March 14, 1886: Priscilla A., died June 24, 1882, and Mary Amelia, October 14, 1882. Mrs. Davis died May 28, 1878. On December 7, 1884, Mr. Davis was married in Roseville Township, to Nellie Duncan, who was born in Wisconsin, December 25, 1849, a daughter of David and Catharine (Briggs) Duncan. Mr. Duncan, who was a tailor, moved from Rochester, New York, to Ohio, thence to Wisconsin and then to Missouri, where he and his wife both died.

 

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