Biography of I. Willis Davis
Madison County, NY Biographies





Davis, I. Willis, p. o. Cazenovia, was born February 25, 1839, on the farm where he resided until his death, March 3, 1899, a son of Joel and Phoebe (Lounsberry) Davis. They had three children: I. Willis, Annie D., wife of Samuel Cody, and Alta, all born on the farm where I. Willis resided. Joel was a son of Isaac and Eunice Davis, who came from Connecticut and settled on the farm where Mr. Davis lived about 1779. They had four children: Joel, Calvin, Mary and Candica. Isaac and Moses Davis, two brothers, came from Connecticut and took up about 200 acres of land, which is the farm on where Mr. Davis resided. Isaac was in the war of 1812 and contracted a disease from which he died in 1821. I. Willis Davis was educated in the schools of Fenner and Cazenovia Seminary. His early life was spent on the farm with his father, who died in 1881 and Willis took charge of the estate. December 21, 1864, he married Helen L., daughter of Ross and Betsey (Gates) Wilber and had six children; Herbert C., J. Ross, Mary E., Henry W., Byron B., and Robert W., who were all born on the homestead. Mr. Davis was a public spirited man and always took an active part in town and county affairs; he was also active in school and educational work; was a member of the Baptist church of Fenner and its oldest deacon, which position he held for twenty years; he was also its trustee many years and a teacher in the Sunday school.

FROM:
Our County and it's people
A Descriptive and Biographical Record of
Madison County, New York
Edited by: John E. Smith
The Boston History Co., Publishers 1890


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