Biography of David P. Davis
Bristol County, MA Biographies

Davis, David Perry, born in Somerset village, March 15, 1820, died April 14, 1897. He was the son of David Davis and Lavinia Keen of Dighton. His father was a carpenter, a sturdy, hard working man, who found little time for anything save labor in the support of his large family of thirteen children, of whom David Perry was the eldest. The common schools in those early days afforded the only opportunity for securing the rudiments of an education. After acquiring only a few of the advantages these schools afforded, Mr. Davis early went to sea, and after serving one year before the mast was raised to first mate and later to captain, in consequence of his superior attainments acquired so readily in the knowledge of navigation, and his trustworthiness. These were not the only strong characteristics developed in the young mariner; he early learned to save his hard earned money and to invest it in sea going vessels until his retirement from the sea in 1863, when he found himself in possession of a modest fortune. He had, in the mean time, become interested in the ship yard at Somerset, where an extensive business was carried on in that line, one feature being the purchasing and altering of the United States war steamers into sailing vessels for the merchant marine. In this work Mr. Davis was abundantly successful. His ship building operations were continued until 1876, when he retired from active business, investing largely of his means in cotton mill property in Fall River. He was also largely interested in Somerset real estate and shipping interests. Captain Davis was twice married: his first wife was Patience Borden of Fall River, who bore him four children, three of whom survive: D. Borden, Abbie E., wife of Horace E. Slade, and Albert P., a sea captain. His second wife was Ella F. Trewoegy of Surrey, Me., whom he married in 1875, and who with two children survives him, a son, Leon H., a cadet at the military academy at Cheshire, Conn., and Daisy, who conducts a private school in elocution and preparatory studies. Miss Davis is a talented young lady, a graduate of Boston College and the Boston School of Oratory, and has enjoyed a post graduate course in oratory. One thing worthy of note in this sketch and which may not be out of place is that from his birth and during the seventy seven years of his life Captain Davis claimed as his home the spot upon which he was born. His father's homestead gave place in time to the residence which he was ever pleased to call home and wherein he peacefully passed away after a most even and peaceful life. Captain Davis was thoroughly domestic and simple in his tastes, loved his home, was liberal at all times inpublic affairs, a member and supporter of the M. E. Church in Somerset, and died universally lamented by the whole community.

Our county and its people
A descriptive and biographical history of
Bristol County, Massachusetts
Prepaired and published under the auspices of
The Fall River News and The Taunton Gasette
With assistance of Hon. Alanson Borden
The Boston History Company, Publishers, 1899.

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