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Below is a family biography included in The History of Benton County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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C. W. Davis, a prominent and much respected citizen of Benton County, was born within four miles of Lincoln, at a place known as Locust Grove, and is the son of Anderson and Susan Davis, and grandson of John T. Davis, the first sheriff of Cole County, Mo. Susan Davis was the daughter of Isaac England, one of the pioneer preachers of this county, formerly of Tennessee; was a Protestant Methodist, and was frequently with Peter Cartwright in Illinois and Missouri. Charles W. Davis is a blacksmith by trade, and is now occupied in that business in Lincoln, where he has resided for the past eleven years. He is also a dealer in farm implements, and has a fine residence in town. Mr. Davis was married in December, 1872, to Miss Mary Ham, daughter of Judge Ham, of Warsaw, and seven children were the result of this union: Lucy, Mamie, Mattie, Harrison, Annie, Margaret, Pearl and John A. Logan. Mr. Davis was in the Union service during the late war, and was the only man in his immediate neighborhood who voted for Abraham Lincoln, and was at that time a resident of the southern part of Benton County, near the Hickory County line.

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This family biography is one of 86 biographies included in The History of Benton County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Benton County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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