Biography of Watkin Davis
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Davis, Watkin, is a descendant from Thomas and Eleanor Davis; they were born in Wales and came to America in 1800. They settled at Newport, Herkimer County, N. Y., with their family of three sons and two daughters. Thomas, the father of our subject, came to Benton, Yates County, N. Y., in 1814. He married Irene Perry, a widow, born in 1774, whose maiden name was Watkins and who was also a native of Wales. They settled on a farm about one mile west of Penn Yan where they were original settlers. Their children were Hannah, James T., Stephen N., Mary J., Watkin and Eleanor. Watkin Davis was born March 31, 1819 and was educated at the common schools of that time and was brought up on the farm and has been a successful farmer in the town of Jerusalem. He also owns a fine orange grove in Deleon Springs, Volusia County, Florida, where he spends the winter months! He has been a breeder of short horn Durham cattle. In politics he has always been an ardent supporter of the Republican party and has been supervisor of Jerusalem two terms and justice of the peace for about twelve years. He and his family are members of the Baptist Church of Penn Yan, N. Y. Mr. Davis married for his first wife, Emeline Beards, February 10, 1847, and they had three children, Ida, born December 27, 1857, married Clark C Dildine, of Hammondsport, N. Y.; James Watkin, born May 23, 1862; John Stephen, born March 14, 1864, married Lavina P., daughter of John Powell, of Rock Island County, Ills., and they have one son, Watkins Powell Davis; Emeline, died March 20, 1885. Mr. Davis married for the second time, Mary E., widow of Major Biers, of this town, April 6, 1887.

From:
History of Yates County, N. Y.
with illustrations and biographical sketches
of some of its prominent men and pioneers.
Edited by: Lewis Cass Aldrich
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1892


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