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Below is a family biography included in The History of Lawrence County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1888.  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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Reuben Davis, who is also engaged in tilling the soil, is the son or George and Eleander (Alexander) Davis, and was born in Union County, Ind., January 27, 1829. At the age of twelve years he came to Missouri with his parents, who settled in Lawrence County in 1840. Here the father died in 1876, and the mother many years previous to this, in 1842. Their son, Reuben, attained his growth in Lawrence County, and followed agricultural pursuits upon his present farm. He had spent from 1850 to 1854 engaged in mining in California, and after returning from that State he purchased his present property. He married Miss Mary Davidson, daughter of John and Sarah (Allen) Davidson, and to them were born four sons and three daughters: John W. (a substantial farmer of Peirce Township), Sarah E., Ruth Althea (wife of Harvey Cornell), George W., Reuben Charter, Desdemona and James S. Mr. Davis enlisted in the Federal army, in Company A, Seventy-sixth Regiment East Missouri Militia, and rendered active service for one year. He has a good farm of 200 acres, and is one of the county’s best citizens.

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This family biography is one of 272 biographies included in The History of Lawrence County, Missouri published in 1888.  For the complete description, click here: Lawrence County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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