biography from Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
JOHN D. DAVIS, one of the leading farmers of Adams Township, is the son of Notley Davis and was born in Harrison County, W. Va., April 8, 1814. He removed with his parents to Ohio in 1829, and there remained until 1869, when he came to Iowa and settled in Mahaska County. On the 23d of December, 1841, Mr. Davis was united in marriage with Miss Jane Barnes, a native of West Virginia, born in 1817. They became the parents of seven children, of whom record is made as follows: Milton was born Oct. 4, 1842, and became a soldier in the 27th Ohio infantry, serving four years, from July, 1861, to July, 1865; Leander, born Jan. 11, 1845, was in the 100-days' service in the late war, and now resides in Illinois; Charles L, born Oct 18, 1848, is a resident of Adams Township; Sheldon is deceased; Nettie was born Dec. 30, 1856; Matilda, June 17, 1860, and one child died in infancy. Mr. and Mrs. Davis are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and our subject is identified with the Republican party. The home farm consists of 159 acres of excellent land, in good cultivation and splendidly improved. Mr. Davis has been fairly successful in his present occupation, and has shown rare judgment and good management in his business and farming operations. In the various relations of life he sustains the character of an estimable citizen, neighbor and friend, and enjoys the full confidence and regard of those who know film.
Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
Mahaska County, Iowa Genealogy