Biography of Francis Y. Davis
Allen County, OH Biographies

FRANCIS Y. DAVIS, farmer P. O. Lima, was born in Orange County, Vt., October 29. 1827, a son of Francis and Lydia (York) Davis, who moved from Coshocton County, Ohio, and settled in Perry Township, this county in 1845, where they cleared and improved a farm. Our subject's father was twice married, and by his first wife, nee Lydia York, he had eleven children, four of whom grew to manhood and womanhood: Roxana (deceased), Francis Y., George E. and Fanny (deceased); his second wife was Elizabeth Gilbert, of Logan County, Ohio. Francis Davis served in the war of 1812, was at Plattsburg, and after an honorable discharge, received 160 acres of land from Congress for his services as a soldier. He lived in Perry Township, this county, up to 1863, when he removed to Defiance County, Ohio, and there resided until his death; he died in March, 1875, at the age of eighty seven years and twenty four days. Our subject was reared in Coshocton County, Ohio, from six years of age. He was educated in the common schools, and early in life taught school during the winters. After he became of age he followed brick making as an occupation. two years. He then bought a farm on Section 3 in Perry Township, this county, which he cleared and improved, and where he resided up to 1864, when he removed to Section 16, on an eighty acre tract, part of which he also cleared and improved. In 1882 he located on the farm of 160 acres he now occupies ou Section 19. same (Perry) Township. Mr. Davis was married May 5, 1852 to Sarah, daughter of Rufus and Nancy (Dawson) Coats, who settled in Wayne Township (then Allen County), in 1836, and removed to Perry Township in 1842. By this union there were nine children: Lydia, wife of Jefferson Shade, Ira E., Albert E., William F., Clara B., Charles, L., Harmon C., Daniel E., and an infant daughter (deceased). Mrs. Davis' parents reared a family of nine children, of whom three besides herself are now living: Aurilla, wife of Henry Parker; Lucinda, wife of B. L. Underwood; and Albert - (two brothers were in the late war of the Rebellion; Albert, who was a colonel in the regular army several years, served his country two terms of five years each, a part of which was in the late war, and Rufus E., who died in Andersonville prison). The father of Mrs. Davis was twice married, his second wife being Mrs. Rosella Jacobs, by whom he had four children, of whom two are now living: Martha Jane, wife of William Perrill and Rosetta, wife of Fred Cribley. Two half brothers of Mrs. Davis, Daniel and Charles W. Coats, were in the late war. The former was a captain in the Union Army during the war, and later moved to Arkansas and became editor of the Madison Arkansas Free Press. He was a member of the convention to form a constitution for that State, and was the Republican nominee for Congress in the Republican district in which he resided at the time of his death in 1869 the latter died of disease contracted in the army. Our subject was also in the late war, having enlisted in September, 1861, in Company B, Fiftyfourth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, was in the batt]e of Shiloh, where he was paralyzed by the explosion of a shell, and was discharged on that account in July, 1862. He re-enlisted in September, 1864, in Company A, One Hundred and Eightieth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, was in the battle of Kingston, N. C., and several skirmishes, and was honorably discharged in July, 1865. Mr. Davis is a leading farmer of Perry Township. In politics he is a Republican.

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