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Below is a family biography included in The History of Adams County, Illinois published by Murray, Williamson & Phelps in 1879.  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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DAVIS, LEVI, farmer, Sec. 21, P. O. Lima, whose portrait appears in this work, was born in Cumberland county Penn., Feb. 18, 1828. When he was quite young his parents moved to Franklin county, Penn. where he received his early education, and in 1851, moved west and settled in Adams county, Ill. In the spring of 1852 he went to California, on a gold-hunting expedition and returned in 1854, after being moderately rewarded. In the same year he was married to Miss Jane Bingaman, a native of Adams county, Penn., born in July, 1834.

They have six children, three sons and three daughters. He owns 280 acres of the most valuable land in Lima township, in a high state of cultivation. His improvements are of the first order. Politically he is Democratic. In 1867 he was elected Justice of the Peace, and served nine years. He is now Commissioner of Public Highways, and also School Treasurer, and one of the large and well-to-do farmers of the county.

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This family biography is one of 1444 biographies included in The History of Adams County, Illinois published by Murray, Williamson & Phelps in 1879.  View the complete description here: The History of Adams County, Illinois

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