Biography of Charles A. Davis
Springfield, Clark County, OH Biographies





CHARLES A. DAVIS, decorative painter and dealer in artists' supplies, Springfield. He is a son of Frederick and Elizabeth (Thomas) Davis, and was born in Cheltenham, England, near the old city of Gloucester, Jan. 1, 1826. At the age of 15, he began the trade of house and decorative painting with his father, at which he worked until 1850, when he embarked for America; on his arrival on this continent, he pushed Westward, arriving in Cincinnati, Ohio, the same year, where he immediately began to ply his trade, carrying on quite extensively; in 1867, he removed to Springfield, this county, and located at his present place of business, No. 142 West Main street, where he still continues trade, and, in connection, keeps a full line of artists' supplies. He was married, Sept. 7, 1850 (just before taking passage for the New World), to Mary A. Taylor, daughter of William and Elizabeth (Jones) Taylor; of their six children, but four are now living - three boys and one girl; Thomas A is at present a student in the Cincinnati Art School. Mrs. Davis was born May 16, 1823, in Clifford, Herefordshire, England, near Clifford Castle. Mr. Davis, at the age of 18, was initiated into the Manchester Unity of Odd Fellows; the law in England was that the son of an Odd Fellew could join the lodge at the age of 18; after locating in Cincinnati, he was instructed in the mysteries of the Independent Order, and is a Past Grand of Springfield Lodge, No. 33, L O. O. F.; he is also a Master Mason of Clark Lodge, No. 101. He is one of the Vestrymen of Christ's Church, Episcopal, of this city, having held said position for the past ten years; he was one of the Building Committee of said church.

From:
History of Clark County, Ohio
W. H. Beers & Co.
Chicago 1881


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