Muscatine County Iowa
Here is what the abbreviations in the bios stand for: far: farm; Co.: company or county; dir: dealer; IVA: Iowa Volunteer Artillery; IVC: Iowa Volunteer Cavalry; IVI: Iowa Volunteer Infantry; P.O.: Post Office; S. or Sec.: section; and st.: street.
Source: History of Muscatine County Iowa, Biographical Section, 1879, page 600
A. DAVIDSON, of the firm of A. Davidson & Co., wholesale and retail dealers in boots and shoes, Muscatine; was born in Adams Co., Ohio, Oct. 6, 1812; he was brought up there until 16 years of age, and commenced learning the trade of tanner and currier; in 1831, he went to Cincinnati, where he finished learning his trade; after living in Highland and Adams Counties, he settled in Portsmouth Ohio, and engaged in the tanning business; he continued in the business, doing an extensive trade, until 1862, when he came to Iowa and located in Muscatine, April 4, 1862, and engaged in dealing in boots and shoes and hides and leather; he has continued in the business since then, and has built up a large wholesale and retail trade, and employing two and three men on the road most of the time; it is the only wholesale boot and shoe house in Muscatine, and their trade extends through Iowa and in Missouri, Kansas and Illinois; his son Joseph T. is associated with him and has the financial management of the business; W. M. Roach, his son-in-law, is also interested in the business. Mr. Davidson is a local preacher in the M. E. Church, he was licensed to preach in Ohio in 1859, and was ordained in 1864, and has been connected officially with the Church since 1833. He has been married three times; his first wife was a daughter of Rev. John Meek, of Adams Co.; his second wife was a daughter of Jacob Cox, of Adams Co.; his present wife is a daughter of William Chennoweth, of the Scioto Valley, Ross Co., Ohio; he has six children--three sons, Leroy P., Jacob M., and Joseph T., and three daughters, Sallie M., Margaret A. and Ella R; his oldest son, Leroy P., was in the army four years, in the 33d Regiment O. I., and was in twenty-four battles and was color-bearer in fourteen battles; his son, Joseph T., who is associated with him in business, married Miss J. D. Ament, daughter of Hon. J. P. Ament, in 1873; they have one son Fred.
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