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|George W. Davis
December 23, 1843–July 27, 1920
|Death of George W. Davis
George W. Davis, one of the most prosperous and best known citizens of Greenfield Township, died last Friday, July 27, and his funeral was held Sunday afternoon in the Reformed Church at Lisbon. Mr. Davis was a veteran of the civil war. He was a man of positive traits of character, and had been prominent in many public and political enterprises in Jones county. He was well known throughout the county.
He was born in county Donegal, Ireland, of Scotch decent, December 23, 1843. He removed with his parents to the United States in 1854, on an old time sailing vessel, which required twelve weeks in making the voyage. Two years latter his father died, and in 1856 the widowed mother and her eight children removed to Iowa, and located in Jones county. George Davis worked as a farm hand for different farmers until the 1st of July, 1861, when he left the plow, and enlisted as a soldier in Company I, in the Second Iowa cavalry. He was an orderly under General Sheridan, and fought in many battles of the war. April, 1864, at the conclusion of his three year enlistment, he reenlisted. He was the youngest man in the company and was wounded at Corinth and discharged October, 1865.
He bought eighty acres of good land after the war and added to it until he had accumulated more than 400 acres.
He was married at Anamosa, September 18, 1868, to Miss Anice Jones. Mr. and Mrs. Davis became the parents of six children. He is survived by twenty-one grandchildren and one great grandchild. He was a member of John A. Buck Post, No. 140, GAR of Lisbon and had served on the staff of the National Commander Van Zant. He was a member of Lisbon Reformed church, of which he had been an elder for a great many years.
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