A. M. Davis, one of the prominent citizens of Monona, was born in Lewiston, Me., on Sept. 22, 1829, and was a son of Stephen and Catherine (Field) Davis, natives of the same State. They were the parents of twelve children, ten living, viz.: Otis F., of Lewiston, Me.; A. M., of Monona; Elizabeth A., wife of Rev. J. K. Greene, of Constantinople, Turkey; Angie S., wife of A. N. Hardie, of Boston, Mass.; Albert F., of Lewiston, Me.; Rodney, was a soldier in the late war, enlisting in the First Maine Cavalry; Emma, wife of M. S. Merrill, of Ft. Atkinson, Iowa; Melvin, of Clayton County; Cornelia W., wife of Frank Baker, of Castalia, Ia.; Frederick L., of Boston, Mass., George K., of Lewiston, Me., and Everett C. (deceased). Mrs. Davis died in 1856, and Mr. Davis is living in Maine at the advanced age of eighty-one years. The subject of this memoir was reared on a farm and received a common school education. In 1851 he left his home for the gold fields of California, where he was engaged in mining and other pursuits until 1864, when he returned to Maine, and the following spring came West and located in Monona Township, Clayton County, Iowa. In 1869 he embarked in the hardware business, which he still follows. In 1857 he married Miss Sarah L. Willard, who was born March 29, 1839. By this union there was a family of two children-- Sarah E. and Cornelia M.
source: History of Clayton
County, Iowa, 1882, p. 1039-1040
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