Thomas Davis, one of the pioneers of Noble township, first set foot on her [sic her] land later in 1858. He took up a claim on section 33, and built a cabin-home there.
Thomas Davis was born in Pennsylvania, March 24, 1836. He was reared upon a farm. In 1858 he came to Cass county, and purchased eighty acres of land in the northeast quarter of section 33, town 73, range 36. In June 1860, he married to Amanda J. West, a native of Indiana. In 1861, they started with an ox team for Colorado. Mrs. Davis drove the team while her husband drove some stock. They started May 4th, and arrived in Black Hawk City, late in June. He engaged in teaming there, one and a half years, then returned to Noble township, and purchased land in the southeast quarter of section 28, where he improved a fine farm and resided until his decease, September 6, 1883. Mrs. Davis still occupies the homestead. She has eight children...Truman W. Perry A., Emile N., Eddie T., Emma C., and Matilda L.
Transcribed by Gloria Goltiani from "History of Cass County, Iowa. Together With Sketches of its Towns, Villages and Townships, Educational, Civil, Military and Political History: Portraits of Prominent Persons, and Biographies of Old Settlers and Representative Citizens." Springfield, Ill.: Continental Historical Company, 1884, pp. 655-656.