JONATHAN S. DAVIS is one of the well known farmers and land owners of Macoupin county, who by his thorough knowledge of agriculture and stock raising and sound business Methodist has taken an advanced place among the men of the county. He was born in Shaws Point township March 7, 1868, being the eldest of two sons of James F. and Laura M. (Morrison) Davis. The father was a native of Loami, Illinois, and the mother of Tiffin, Ohio. James F. Davis was brought to Macoupin county in his infancy by his parents and spent his entire life in this county, becoming the owner of a fine farm of four hundred acres in Shaws Point township. He died June 8, 1896, at the age of sixty-two years, but Mrs. Davis is still living and makes her home with her youngest son James Henry, a physician of Carlinville, a record of whom appears elsewhere in this work. She has for many years been an earnest member of the Christian church, as was also her husband.
The paternal grandfather of our subject was Elijah Davis, who was born in Kentucky, June 23, 1787. He married Catherine Miller, also a native of Kentucky, born in October, 1790. Mr. Davis was opposed to slavery, and he and his wife were among the early settlers of Carlinville, Macoupin county, Illinois. In 1834 he entered land in Shaws Point township, which has ever since been in possession of the family. This land he cleared and improved, developing it into one of the productive farms of the township. He died December 14, 1843, being survived by his wife until July 10, 1859. They were worthy representatives of the fearless spirits that braved the hardships of the frontier, and here established homes in what is now one of the most prosperous sections of the state. After the death of its original owner the farm was purchased by Jonathan Davis, an uncle of our subject. In 1890 it was willed to Jonathan S. and James Henry Davis.
Mr. Davis of this review has from his earliest recollection been identified with agricultural pursuits. He received his preliminary education in the public schools and later attended the University of Illinois and the college at Eureka, Illinois. He and his brother have been in charge of the home place continuously for many years, except for five years, when the former was engaged in settling up estates, and they are now the owners of over one thousand acres in this county. Mr. Davis raises two hundred head of hogs yearly, keeps from fifteen to thirty head of horses and also is extensively engaged in the cattle business. He has shown special aptitude for the calling to which he has devoted his best thought and energy, and ranks as one of the leading farmers and stock raisers of this section of the state.
On January 15, 1901, Mr. Davis was married to Miss Ida Pease, of Waverly, Illinois, a daughter of Epaphras and Abbigo (Perrine) Pease, the former of whom was born in Ohio and the latter in New Jersey. Mr. and Mrs. Davis are the parents of four children, namely: Elizabeth Helen, who was born October 23, 1901; Jonathan E., born March 22, 1903; May C., born August 27, 1905; and Henry Franklin, born January 22, 1909.
Mr. Pease, the father of Mrs. Davis, was a son of Abram and Phoebe Pease. He came with his parents to Morgan county, Illinois, in the pioneer days. The father entered land, which he cleared and improved, spending the remainder of his life upon the farm. He died in 1878. Epaphras Pease purchased land at an early day when it was cheap and actively engaged in farming until 1901. He moved to Waverly, Illinois, however, in 1880, and still resides at that place, having arrived at the age of eighty-three years. The mother died July 12, 1880.
Politically Mr. Davis gives his allegiance to the republican party and in religious belief he and his family are affiliated with the Christian Church. He is a strong advocate of education, having been for many years a close observer of its many years been actively connected with the Masonic order. He is abreast of the times in the latest ideas relating to his calling, and brings to his work a careful and well trained mind. These qualifications have contributed in a marked degree to the gratifying success he has attained.