J. G. W. Davies


J. G. W. DAVIES, of Wellsburg, a well-known contractor and builder, was born in Cardiganshire, South Wales, May 17, 1861, son of Evan and Hannah (Davies) Davies. His father, a weaver by occupation, is living in Wales, and was fifty-seven years old June 17, 1890, but the mother died September 14, 1889, aged fifty-eight years. Both were members of the established church of England. Of the eight children born to them the following survive: Mary, who is with her father; J. G. W., Evan T., Hannah J., David and Daniel. Mr. Davies received his education in his native country and there learned the carpenter's trade, working two years at Liverpool, being employed upon some of the best houses then in construction there. On May 17, 1883, he embarked for America on the steamer "City of Berlin", and arrived at New York June 4. From there he came on to Wellsburg, and for the next four months worked as a journeyman carpenter. He then worked as an independent contractor, and his first house was that of John Holly, after which he erected dwellings for William McElroy, Anthony Brady, three houses for the Misses Hervey, and several others early in his business career. In 1885 he designed and built the Episcopal church. He enlarged his business in 1886 by the purchase of the lumber yards of George Crawford, Sr., and has since dealt in lumber and building materials. Among his more recent buildings are a fine house for Zadoc Fowler, of Collier's Station, his own comfortable residence, the elegant brick house for Thomas Boyd, and the handsome Methodist church at Brilliant. Mr. Davies keeps constantly employed a large force of workmen. He is a member of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, and in politics is a republican. He was married January 26, 1886, to Emma E., daughter of David and Catherine Thomas, of Pentre Bach farm, St. Asaph, North Wales, at the home of her parents, wither he traveled for that purpose and whence he returned to Wellsburg, April 14, 1886. Mr. and Mrs. Davies have one child, David Evan. He and wife are members of the Episcopal church of Wellsburg.

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