Biography of Miles Davis



Berrien County

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Also see [Railway Officials in America 1906]

MILES DAVIS, the seventh child in a family of nine,-five Sons and four daughters,-was born Sept. 12, 1830, in Cambria Co., Pa. His parents were natives of Wales, and emigrated to America early in the present century. They were married in Pennsylvania, Feb. 8, 1816, and removed to Ohio in 1844. In 1848 they settled in Pipestone township, Berrien Co., Mich., where Mrs. Davis died the same year, and where Mr. Davis died, March 20, 1879. Miles Davis rcmained at home until after the death of his mother, when he took up his abode with his brother, and continued to live with him until March 22, 1856, when he was married to Miss Phoebe Fisher, daughter of Ambrose and Mary Fisher. Their children are L. L. Davis, born May 10, 1857, died March 25, 1858; Effie A. Davis, born March 16, 1859; William B. Davis, born Jan. 24, 1862. in 1854, Mr. Davis purchased eighty acres of land, included in his present home on section 34, and has since become the owner of one hundred and sixty acres on section 35. His school days were not of long constinuance. He attended district school about three months in the year, and assisted in his father's farm-work the balance of the time, until the death of his mother. He is an industrious and successful farmer, and can view with conscious pride the present happy home, the outcome of years of toil. Among his townsmen he is prominent and respected, and has been placed by them in numerous offices, treasurer, town clerk, etc. and is now serving his second term as supervisor. In politics he is Democratic. Both he and his wife have been members of the Christian or Disciples' Church since 1864.

The parents of Mrs. Davis were natives of Portage Co., Ohio, and were married Aug. 25, 1830. In 1845 they moved to Michigan. They were the parents of ten children, five sons and five daughters. Mrs. Davis, the oldest daughter, was born May 5, 1838. Her father, who was born Nov. 13, 1813, died Sept. 12, 1853; her mother was born May 11, 1812, and is now making her home among her children, of whom six are living.

History of Berrien and Van Buren Counties, Michigan
With Illistrations and Biographical Sketches
of Its Prominent Men and Pioneers.
D. W. Ensign & Co., Philadelphia 1880
Press of J. B. Lippincoff & Co., Philadelphia.

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