James Davis, farmer, on sec. 29, Austin Tp., was born in Wales, July 9, 1816. He is a son of Thomas and Ann (Howell) Davis, also born in Wales, where they lived and died.
At the age of 16 Mr. Davis went to work as a farm labourer, and in the fall of 1840 was married to Martha, daughter of William and Maryett (Rogers) Harries. Mr. Davis and his wife at once settled on a farm, where they lived and laboured until their removal to this country, in the fall of 1857, when they went to Quebec, Canada, thence to Newaygo Co., Mich., residing there two years.
In the fall of 1859 the settled on the 40 acres, now their homestead, which they purchased in the earliest days of the township, of which they were among the pioneers.
Mr. & Mrs. Davis have had seven children: Anna E., born Aug. 1, 1838; Edward R., July 7, 1842; William H., Jan. 28, 1844; David D., born Oct. 28, 1846, died in February, 1851; Thomas, born April 11, 1848, died in February, 1851; (these children died of scarlet fever) Margaret, born March 12, 1850, died in March 1854; M. Ellinor, born Aug. 24, 1854, died June 30, 1882.
The family attend the Congregational Church. Mr. Davis is liberal in his political views, and in his actions is independent of party issues.