From: "Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and
Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", by Biographical Review Publishing
Company, Chicago, Illinois; pages 199-200, a reprinted by Stevens
Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold by the Schuyler County
Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
William J. Davis, of Lee township, was born in Adams county,
Illinois, in 1845. His father, Washington, was born in Virginia about
1822, and his father, Edward, was a Virginia farmer who emigrated to
Illinois in 1837, where he died at an advanced age, in Adams county.
They came by land the most of the way. The mother of William J. was
Nancy Chipman of North Carolina, a daughter of David Chipman, who came
to Illinois in 1835. She survived her husband.
William Davis had a good common school education, was reared to
farm life, and this has been his vocation except a little agency as a
salesman in fruit trees. He remained at home until twenty-six years of
age, when he married Maggie, daughter of George and Hannah (Ferguson)
Colgate. She was born in Pike county, of which her parents were early
settlers. Her mother died about 1877. Her father is living, at the age
Mr. and Mrs. Davis settled on a small farm near Clayton in 1874.
Three years later they sold there and moved to their present home in
Brown county, buying sixty acres for $2,250. He rents part, and farms
about 120 acres a year. They have been greatly blessed, and have not
lost any of their ten children. They are, Charles E., Adelbert, Walter,
Harriet, Jackson, Julia, George, Belle, Mary and Nellie. This family is
all comely, bright and dutiful; and are being carefully educated. Mr.
Davis is a Missionary Baptist, he is also a Democrat, but is not
strongly partizan. While he has been very busy raising stock and
engaged in general farming he has had time to become a successful
bee-keeper in the last six years. He is School Director and a very
active member in his church. His family is highly thought of in the
community as is he himself.