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    DAVID DAVIS, a prosperous farmer residing one mile north of West Milton, Ohio, has 148 acres in his home farm and also is the owner of a fifty-acre tract situated one-half mile west of that place, both lying in Union Township. He was born in that township January 27, 1831, and is a son of Benjamin and Margaret (Wareham) Davis.

    The paternal grandfather of the subject of this record was Abiather Davis, who was a native of Wales. Upon coming to the United States he first located in Georgia, and in 1802 made his way north to Miami County, Ohio, then to Elkton, Preble County, where he remained for two years. He later settled a section of land in Union Township, west of West Milton, Miami County, and there lived the remainder of his days, farming and following his trade as a carpenter.

    Benjamin Davis was about ten years old at the time his parents came to Union Township, and here he was reared to maturity, undergoing the hardships of pioneer life. He always followed farming and acquired 240 acres of land in Miami County, the most of which he cleared and improved. In 1856 he sold his farm and went to Iowa, where he purchased 300 acres. He was in Iowa at the time of his death, which occurred at the age of eighty-four years. He married Margaret (Wareham) Fetters, of Pennsylvania, and they became parents of eleven children. Her death occurred at the age of forty-nine years.

    David Davis, after completing his education in the schools of West Milton, took up the occupation of a farmer. He worked for his father until he became of age, and thereafter worked for himself with all the energy and thrift characteristic of the Welsh race. On his home farm he erected one of the largest residences in the vicinity, it being occupied by his son, who farms the place, and he also made most of the other improvements now on this farm. After many years of unceasing activity, he is now practically retired to enjoy the fruits of his toil. He is fond of travel and spends most of his winters in Florida to escape the severity of the northern climate.

    Mr. Davis was first married to Miss Anna Mote, whose death occurred in 1891, and they became parents of five children, as follows: J. O. Davis, of Troy, Ohio; Lambert, deceased; J. Warren, who lives on the home place; Laura, of Dayton, Ohio; and Mary, who lives at Springfield, Ohio. He formed a second union with Miss Mary Kelly. Mr. Davis is a Republican in politics and served as a member of the school board for a number of years.

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