H. W. Beckwith History of Montgomery County, Indiana (Chicago:
HH Hill, 1881) p 596
DAVIS, farmer, came with his parents to Brown township, this County,
in 1826, from Butler County, Ohio, where he was born October 17,
1821, his parents coming there from New Jersey, where his ancestry
settled at an early day. Mr. Davis remained upon the farm until
he was twenty-five years of age, when he returned to Ohio, farming
and dealing in real estate. He was married here to Jessie SMALL,
January 8, 1846, who died in October 1870. From Ohio he again came
to Indiana, and for twelve years lived in Franklin and Shelby counties,
when he returned to Montgomery County, settling near Crawfordsville,
where, in 1864, he, with a brother, Gen. M. D. Manson, and Col.
John Lee, he embarked in the grain trade, where they kept in operation
two warehouses, one of which is now Darler's mill. In April, 1861,
he joined Co. G, 10 reg. Ind. Inf., with which he remained until
his regiment was mustered out. He was sergeant of his company, and
the oldest man in it. In 1862 he was elected sheriff of Montgomery
County by the democrats, since when he has been a strong republican.
He now owns 1260 acres of land lying in Wayne, Union and Ripley
townships. January 4, 1872, Mr. Davis as remarried, having three
children by his second wife: Jessie, Julia and Carrie; born January
10, 1873, July 1, 1875, and June 18, 1879, respectively. He is a
member of the Presbyterian Church, and a strictly moral and temperate
man, enjoying the respect and esteem of all who know him.