Biography of David Mays
Adams County, NE Biographies





David Mays has resided upon his farm in West Blue township for many years and has gained recognition as an efficient and energetic agriculturist. He was born in Wood county, Ohio, on the 26th of November, 1852, but when he was four years old was taken by his parents to Mercer county, Illinois, the journey being made by wagon. The father rented a farm there and devoted his time and attention to its operation for eight years. Subsequent to his demise his widow removed with her children to Kosciusko county, Indiana.

David Mays received but a limited education as it was necessary for him to go to work when he was quite young. He was employed as a farm hand until he was twenty three years of age, when he began renting land, so continuing until 1887. In the spring of 1888 he came to Adams county, Nebraska, and settled upon his present farm in West Blue township, which he had purchased from the railroad several years previously. Two years later, in the spring of 1890, his mother, sister and two brothers also came to this county and made their home with him for a time. The mother passed away in 1899 and the other members of the family married and established homes of their own. Mr. Mays has brought his farm to a high state of development and the excellent condition in which everything is kept testifies to his energy and good management. He concentrates his energies upon the cultivation of his land and derives a substantial income from his labors.

Mr. Mays supports the democratic party at the polls but has never taken a very active part in public affairs. His religious faith is that of the Christian church. He has worked hard since boyhood and has not only gained a competence for himself but also provided for his brothers and sister until they were able to take care of themselves. His many sterling qualities have commended him to the warm regard and the respect of those who have come into contact with him and he is one of the valued residents of his township.

From:
Past and Present of
Adams County, Nebraska
Supervisong Editor: Judge William R. Burton
Assistant Editor: David J. Lewis
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago, 1916


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