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The History of Edgar County, Illinois

Chicago: Wm. Le Baron, Jr. & Co., 186 Dearborn Street 1879




Young America Township, p.659

GEORGE W. DAVIS, farmer Sec. 25; P.O. Newman, Douglas Co.; owns 160 acres; was born in Elbridge Tp., this county, Oct. 28, 1836; was raised a farmer. Married twice; first to Julia Cummins (daughter of John Cummins, of Elbridge Tp.), Nov. 10, 1859; she died Jan. 1, 1870, leaving three children -- Willard, Sophronia and Leander; his second marriage was with Mrs. Lavina Tucker (widow of the late Dillard R. Tucker, and daughter of Joseph Leist); she was born in Pickaway Co., Ohio, Aug. 23, 1840; she had three children by her former husband -- Melissa F., Millard F. and Lorena; by this present marriage they have two children -- Charles H. and Otis Ervin. Mr. D's father, who is still living, was a soldier in the Black Hawk war; served three months; he lost his horse during the campaign, by a supposed Indian stampede. Mrs. D.'s first husband was a soldier during the late war, and lost his life while in the service of his country; he enlisted in Co. A, 7th I. V. C., in 1862; served two years, and died in the hospital at Memphis, Sept. 6, 1864; he was a native of Edgar Co., and was born Sept. 2, 1836. Mr. D. settled where he now resides, in 1874. Melissa is teaching school; has taught three terms; commenced when 17 years old.


Submitted by Minga (Buckle) Stivers.