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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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JOHN BOWEN DAVIS, farmer and stock-raiser, Sections 9 and 16, P. O. Keelville, was born in Llangadock, Carmarthenshire, South Wales, in 1832, and was educated to the carpenter’s trade, which he followed in his native country until 1867, when he came to America and settled here the same year, and carried on his trade in Baxter Springs for a few years, when he engaged at his present industry, which he has very successfully carried on since. He married Mrs. Mary Gray (nee Price) in his native country. They have a family of four sons and three daughters— John W. Gray, Mary A., Margretta, Jenett, Bowen, William and George. Mr. Davis has worked actively in the development of the social and industrial life of his locality since coming here. His farm contains 160 acres of improved land, well fenced and watered and stocked, with a handsome dwelling, barns and stables, and a nice orchard of 200 trees of different varieties of fruits, and 500 grape vines of well assorted varieties.

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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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