Erie County (PA) Genealogy

Davis Family History

Contributed by Allice Burns Reynolds


The family history biographical sketch show below has been extracted from "A Twentieth Century History of Erie County Pennsylvania - A Narrative Account of its Historical Progress, its People, and its Principal Interests", Volume II, by John Miller, The Lewis Publishing Company Chicago, 1909. This information has been transcribed and submitted by Allice Burns Reynolds. This history concerns the Wilbur Davis family, his father George W. Davis and grandfather, Phineas Davis. Any inquiries about this family should be sent directly to Allice.


Wilbur Davis, a native born citizen of Erie county, was born in Amity township, May 13, 1846. He is the son of George W. and Marion (Findley) Davis, and a grandson of Phineas Davis. Phineas Davis, a native of New York state, married Miss Root, and removed to Erie county, in 1841; his wife died, leaving one son, George W., and after her death Mr. Davis returned to New York state. Here he married his first wife's sister, by whom he had children as follows: Mary, now Mrs. Heinbough; Lydia, Mrs. Graves; Phebe; Experience; Josiah; Charles; Adolphas; and Edward.

George W. Davis was born in Madison county, New York, in 1821, and removed to Erie county, Pennsylvania in 1841. He first purchased seventy-five acres of land and built a log cabin, in which the family lived for several years. By his industry and thrift he cleared his land for cultivation, and made many improvements in his estate. He sold his first farm and purchased one of twice the size. He was upright and honorable in his dealing with his fellow men, and an earnest member of the United Brethren church. He held the township offices of Tax collector, assessor and school director. He died July 29, 1908. His wife, Marion Findley, was the daughter of early settler in Erie county, who located first at Beaverdam, Concord township, where the land was in its virgin state. The Findley family led the hard life of pioneers; the nearest grist mill was at Meadville, and the trip took up two or three days, so the neighbors made an arrangement whereby each took his turn carrying grist to the mill for the entire neighborhood. The Findleys settled in Erie county soon after the Mills. George W. and Marion (Findley) Davis were married June 19, 1845, and to them were born the following children: Wilbur, Victor, Ira, Ralph, Mrs. Ella Graf, Frank (deceased), Mrs. Ida Jordan, Mrs. Flora Jones, Mrs. Dora Clough and Ella (deceased).

Wilbur Davis was reared and educated in his native town, and was trained for agricultural pursuits; he has been successful in his undertakings and has now retired from active labor. In 1864, hearing and heeding the call of his country, he enlisted in Company B, One Hundred Seventh Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, and served to the end of the war, at which time he was honorably discharged. He is a member of the Grand Army of the Republic of Union City, of which he is past commander; he has been honored with nearly every office in the post, and is now serving as junior vice commander (1909). He has also represented his post in the following encampments: Buffalo, New York; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Washington, D. C., in 1903; Gettysburg, in 1904; Denver, Colorado, 1905; Saratoga, New York, 1907; Toledo, Ohio, 1908. Mr. David (sic) is a respected and patriotic citizen, and enjoys the friendship and esteem of a large number of people.

Mr. Davis married, January 1, 1869, Ellen, daughter of Uriah and Emeline (Dunham) Carl, and to them was born one child, who died in infancy. Mrs. Davis was born in 1845, in Chautauqua county, New York. Mr. Davis is a Republican and he first voted for Lincoln in the ranks and voted the Republican ticket ever since. Both he and his wife are members of the United Brethren church.


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