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Below is a family biography included in The History of Cherokee County, Kansas included within the History of Kansas by William G. Cutler, published by A. T. Andreas, 1883.  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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GEORGE W. DAVIS, M. D., was born at Mt. Pleasant, Can., May 22, 1837, and removed with his parents, in 1846, to Jackson City, Mich. Not content with his chances for education, he left home in 1848, and as soon as he could raise money, purchased some law books, also some medical works, and while other boys were spending their time in useless pursuits, he was quietly mastering their mysteries, and after three years’ study chose the practice of medicine as his future occupation. He came to Kansas in March, 1856, and located at the Quindaro Ferry, on Cow River, where he resided till June, 1857, when he removed to Bourbon County, Kan., where he resided till October, 1860, and where he commenced the practice of medicine and surgery in August, 1858. In politics, he was Free-State. In October, 1860, he returned to Coldwater, Mich. March 30, 1862, was married, at Union City, to Miss P. E. Roff, of Pennsylvania. In 1863, he removed with his wife to Grand Rapids, Mich., and returned to Kansas in 1868. Stopped with a brother near Olathe, Johnson County, until April, 1869, when he located in Wilson County, where he remained till 1877, when he removed to Empire City, Cherokee County, where he is still engaged in the practice of his profession, enjoying an enviable reputation as a physician and surgeon. The Doctor’s experience in Kansas has been varied. He has seen Kansas pass through all its struggles from youth to manhood, where it now stands as a power in this government. He was well acquainted with all the leading characters in Kansas’ early history, as Quantrill, Jim Lane, John Brown, James Montgomery, Jennison, etc. He is a member of the Eclectic Medical Association of the State of Kansas, and a member of the A., F. & A. M.; also of the I. O. O. F., both subordinate and encampment.

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This family biography is one of 289 biographies included in The History of Cherokee County, Kansas included within the History of Kansas by William G. Cutler, published by A. T. Andreas, 1883.  For the complete description, click here: Cherokee County, Kansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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