JEFFERSON COUNTY IL 
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William P. Davis
William P. Davis, farmer, P.O. Tilford, is a native of Surry County, N.C., 
and was born May 11, 1827.  His father, Reece Davis, deceased, was also a native of 
Surry County, and brought his family to this county in 1849, where he died in 1854.  

Our subject attended a subscription school in a log cabin with a dirt floor, and sat 
upon a split-pole bench.  His mother's maiden name was Patsy Harris.  She still resides 
in this township, and is eighty-five years old.
  
Mr. Davis was married, February 14, 1864, to Margaret Dagg, daughter of James Dagg, deceased, 
a native of Ireland.  They had seven children, give living - Mary F., Martha J., Theodosia, 
Lucinda and William R.  Mr. Davis owns 157 acres of land, and is engaged in farming and 
stock-raising.  The family are Baptists.

Source: The History of Jefferson County, Illinois
By William Henry Perrin
Published by Globe Publishing Co in 1883
Biographies from Webber Township
Page 74
Submitted by Sandy Bauer Note from Sandy: William Perry Davis was affectionately known as "Pinchin' Billy"

 
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