Biography of Zebina B. Davis
Bristol County, MA Biographies

Davis, Zebina Baker, builder, is the son of Samuel M. and Lucy F. (Baker) Davis, and a grandson of Nymphas and Susan (Swift) Davis, and was born in South Dartmouth, Mass., May 26, 1855. His mother, Lucy F., who died in October, 1897, aged sixty seven, was the daughter of Michael Baker, a master mariner of South Dartmouth, where he died in 1861. Nymphas Davis was a farmer and carpenter in Falmouth, Mass., and died there, having served as a volunteer in the war of 1812. Samuel M. Davis was born in Falmouth in 1827, and some time prior to 1850 removed to South Dartmouth, where he still resides, and where he has served as selectman, justice of the peace, overseer of the poor, road commissioner, etc. He successfully carried on a large carpenter and building business there without interruption for fifty four years, retiring from active life in 1898. He is often called the "father" of Nonquit from the fact that he erected fully three fourths of all the buildings in that place. His operations extended also to Falmouth and other towns. Zebina Baker Davis was educated in the South Dartmouth public schools and at the Wesleyan Academy in Wilbraham, and afterward learned the carpenter's trade with his father. In 1885 he established himself in business as a builder in New Bedford. Mr. Davis has always been a resident of South Dartmouth. He is a prominent Mason, holding membership in Sutton Commandery, K. T., and is also a member of the Odd Fellows and the Dartmouth Club. In December, 1878, he married Car.rie E., daughter of Timothy and Elizabeth A. (Warren) Howland of South Dartmouth, and they have one daughter, Helen H. Mr. Davis has erected a number of important buildings, including the Sylvia Ann Howland school house, the Union Street Railway car house, numerous fine residences, etc.

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A descriptive and biographical history of
Bristol County, Massachusetts
Prepaired and published under the auspices of
The Fall River News and The Taunton Gasette
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The Boston History Company, Publishers, 1899.

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