HENRY DAVIS. Prominent among the successful agriculturists of Benton County, and a gentleman who has succeeded in life through his own energy and perseverance, is the above-named gentleman, at present residing on section 19, Fremont Township. He was born in Baden, Germany, Dec. 1, 1837, his parents being Jacob and Mary Ann Davis. The parental family left their native land in 1853 and emigrated to the United States. Soon after landing at an Eastern seaport they made their way to this State and settled in Marion, Linn County, where the father engaged in agricultural pursuits. The parents both died in that county, the father in 1882 and the mother in 1880. There were six children born of their union, all natives of Germany: Frederick is a merchant and resides in Nebraska; Louis is a practicing physician at Belleville, Ill.; Henry, our subject; Jacob is a lawyer and engaged in the practice of his profession at Marion, Linn Co., Iowa; Mary Ann married George Groll and is living in Linn County; Eva was united in marriage with John Port and departed this life over ten years ago.
Henry Davis was reared on a farm, and developed into manhood while laboring at that vocation. In l861 he was united in marriage with Louisa Baker, daughter of Matthew and Louisa Baker. She was born in Prussia, Germany, Feb. 27, 1838, and emigrated to the United States with her sister Angela in 1858. Angela became the wife of John Peacock and resides in Florence Township, this county. After marriage Mr. Davis continued in agricultural pursuits in Linn County until 1863. He then purchased 160 acres on section 19, Fremont Township, where he is at present residing. He located on this tract, was industrious and economical, and during the past twenty-three years has been enabled to add to his landed interests in this county until at present he is the proprietor of 600 acres of land, under a good state of cultivation, and with good and substantial improvements upon it. Mr. and Mrs. Davis are the parents of six children — Henry, Mary, Lena, Bertha, Louisa and Elizabeth. In politics our subject votes with the Democratic party. He has held the offices of Justice of the Peace and Township Trustee, and is a member and a believer in the tenets of the Roman Catholic Church.
Source Citation: "1887 Benton County, Iowa Biographies" [database online] Benton County IAGenWeb Project. <http://iagenweb.org/benton/>
Original data: "Portrait and Biographical Album of Benton County, Iowa." Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887, p. 217-218.
Transcribed by: Sue Soden. Submitted to the Benton County IAGenWeb Project on January 28th, 2009. Copyright © 2009 The IAGenWeb Project.