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Below is a family biography included in the Biographical Review Volume of Biographical Sketches of The Leading Citizens of Hampshire County, Massachusetts published by Biographical Review Publishing Company in 1896.  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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ANDREW J. DAVIS, who with his brother, Henry C. Davis, is engaged in the insurance and real estate business, is one of the eight surviving children of Benjamin and Cordelia (Buffington) Davis, his birth having occurred on February 6, 1860. Mr. Davis was reared on the home farm, remaining with his parents until he reached his majority. After graduating from the Ware High School, he took a special course at the Ann Arbor High School in Michigan. He left there in February, 1881, and soon after entered the employ of Tobias New, of New York City, a manufacturer of roofing materials and asphalt pavement. He remained with him until April, 1888, when he returned to Ware, and in the year following took charge of his father’s farm. In December, 1889, he entered into partnership with his brother, Henry C. Davis, in the real estate and insurance business, which has since been quite successful.

On May 4, 1887, the anniversary of his father’s and this brother’s wedding day, his own marriage to Miss Emma A. Glines was performed. She is the second daughter of David B. and Adeline O. (Draper) Glines, of Ware. Her father died in February, 1895, at the age of sixty-one years, leaving a goodly estate to his family. He was a native of Maine; but he came to Ware about forty years ago, and after a time established a successful business. In his last years he did little beyond looking after his property and investments. His elder daughter, Grace D., married Frank M. Sibley, of the firm of Hitchcock & Co. Mr. and Mrs. Davis’s home has been made happy by the advent of two daughters and one son, namely: Grace G., a little woman of six years; Esther Helen, who is four years old; and Benjamin, born in September, 1895.

The Republican party counts Mr. Davis among its faithful adherents, and he served as Postmaster at Ware during General Harrison’s administration. Among his other official trusts may be mentioned that of Deputy Sheriff and Notary Public. Fraternally, he is a Knight Templar, being a member of the Northampton Commandery, King Solomon’s Chapter of Warren, and Eden Lodge of Masons of Ware. He is also a member of the Ware Independent Order of Odd Fellows and Ancient Order of United Workmen. At present Mr. Davis and his family reside on Spring Street; but he is now building a new and larger home on Elm Street, adjoining the residence of his brother, Henry C.

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This family biography is one of the numerous biographies included in the Biographical Review Volume of Biographical Sketches of The Leading Citizens of Hampshire County, Massachusetts published in 1896. 

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