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DAVIES, Edward 1816 - 1898


Posted By: Richard K. Thompson (email)
Date: 11/15/2010 at 22:02:34

History of Jefferson County
Published 1879
Page 596

DAVIES, E. (sic. Edward DAVIES), farmer and stockraiser, Sec. 23; P.O. Baker; he was born in 1816, in Flintshire, England (sic. Wales), on the River Dee, fifteen miles from Liverpool; when 14 years of age, he commenced learning the machinist's trade in a steam-engine manufactory at Hawarden; at the expiration of his apprenticeship, he engaged in the hardware business; in 1849, he came to this country and engaged in blacksmithing in Fairfield; in 1850, he went to Burlington, and did the forging for the first steam-engine made in Iowa; between 1850 and 1854, he was engaged in the manufacture of reapers and mowers in Denmark, Iowa; in 1854, he settled on his present farm. Married Miss Ellen WRIGHT, a native of Flintshire, England (sic. Wales); they were married in St. Michael's Church, Liverpool, England, Feb. 26, 1838; they have two children - John and Thomas; John enlisted in Co. H, 30th I.V.I., in August, 1862; served until the close of the war; was in a number of engagements, as will be seen in the record of the regiment, in another part of this work. He married Miss Mary WIGGINS; they have five children -- Nellie (sic. Mary Ellen), Eddie, Effie, Hattie and Eliza. Thomas married Jessie ROSS; they have two children - Kate and Hattie A. Mr. D. is a Republican; was always opposed to slavery as contrary to Christian principle, and demoralizing to society. Members of the Congregational Church; he has been instrumental in the organization and building up of the Congregational Church in this township (sic. Blackhawk), and has acted in almost every official capacity since its organization. He has held various township offices; was member of the County Board two year. He owns a fine farm of 530 acres, well stocked with thorough-bred cattle, and Poland-China hogs; his residence and out-buildings are among the finest in the county.


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