Biography of Samuel L. Davis
Tompkins County, NY Biographies





Davis, Samuel L., a life resident of Lansing, was born in Lansing, November 19, 1839. He is the son of Llewelyn Davis, also a native of Lansing, born in November, 1816. The grandparents were Samuel and Margaret Davis, formerly of Pennsylvania, of Welch and Dutch ancestry. They were among the pioneer settlers of Tompkins county. They raised eight children, William, John, Joshua, Joseph, Isaac, Samuel, Llewelyn and Sally. Llewelyn, the father of our subject, married Mary Osmun, who was born November 24, 1815, daughter of Jacob L. Osmun, of Lansing, and they had four children: Jacob L., Samuel, Isaac and Ariminta, who died in infancy. The father died in 1861 and the mother in February, 1844. Our subject attended the common schools of his neighborhood and the Ithaca Academy one term. He remained on his father's farm until 1863, when he, with his brother Isaac, purchased the farm cf 110 acres, where he has ever since resided. They now own 280 acres. He married in April, 1863, Emma S., daughter of John Bloom, of Genoa, and they had one son, Llewelyn B., who died in infancy. His wife died in August, 1864. Mr. Davis married in 1872, Abigail L., daughter of Erastus D. and Mary (Cummings) Shaw, of Groton. Her grandparents were Benjamin and Sarah Shaw, natives of Vermont. They came to Tompkins county in 1816. Mrs. Davis's grandparents Cummings, were Gurdon and Abigail (Pettis) Cummings, from Connecticut, and came to Tompkins county in 1812. Mrs. Davis is one of seven children: Daniel J., of Wesica, Minn.; Abigail L., Mary E., wife of C. H. Cummings, of Groton; Ella A., Emma, died at seven years; Ida, wife of H. S. Bradt, of Groton; Rhoda, died at four years of age. Mr. and Mrs. Davis have one child, Ruby A., born December 16, 1877. Mr. Davis is a member of the Lansingville Grange and is a Republican. Isaac Davis, a brother and partner in business of our subject, was born in July, 1842. They live together and have farmed it ever since they left the old homestead farm. Llewelyn, father of our subject, married second Mary Ward, of Lansing, April 30, 1846, and they have had one child, Arminta, born January 2, 1847, wife of Theodore Swayze, of Lansing. The mother died December 4, 1849. His third wife was Lydia B. Shaw, whom he married in February, 1851, and they had two sons, Frank L., born July 1, 1853, and Edwin F., born April 28, 1856. She died in October, 1891.

From:
Landmarks of Tompkins County, New York
Including a History of Cornell University
Edited by: John H. Selkreg
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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