Ellis Davis, farmer, sec. 6 of Deerfield Tp., was born in Ireland Aug. 27, 1827. He is a son of William and Mary (Laverty) Davis, also born in the Emerald Isle, and came to American in 1851. They located in this county and continued to reside there until their death.
Our subject was an inhabitant of his native land until he attained his majority, when he came to the United States and settled in Mecosta Tp., this county, continuing to reside here nearly ten years, when he took up 240 acres of uncleared forest under the State law. He commenced operations after the most approved pioneer plan, built a log house went vigorously to work clearing away the timber to make room for the plow and other appurtenances of civilization. The 140 acres of cultivated land, which his labors have laid bare to the sun and other influences that quicken them to a marvelous life, show the character of their owner. The log house disappeared in the summer of 1882 and a neat frame structure succeeded it at an expenditure of $1,000. Mr. Davis is a Democrat in political views. He resides with his two sisters and with them belongs to the Presbyterian Church.