Farmer, section 32, Sherman Township, was a son of Joel and Mary A. (McConnell) Davis, the father a native of Pennsylvania, and mother of Ireland; they first settled in Ohio, but later in Indiana. Daniel was born in Tuscarawas Co., Ohio, March 28, 1845, and was the seventh son of a family of 14 children. He remained at home until 17 years of age. At that time he enlisted in the 51st Ohio Vol. Inf., and served 21 months, receiving an honorable discharge at the close of the war, at Indianapolis, Ind. Owing to severe exposure, he was take sick near Atlanta, Ga., and was confined to the hospital nearly five months. After receiving his discharge he returned to Ohio and lived at home a year, then went to De Kalb C., Ind., where he lived two years, and in the fall of 1868 came to Newaygo County and bought 40 acres of wild land in Ashland Township. He continued to improve this land for eight years, then sold it and purchased 60 acres in Sherman Township. He had about 25 acres under tillage.
Aug. 30, 1866, he was married in Tuscarawas Co., Ohio, to Mary E., daughter of Zedekiah and Isabelle (Connell) Lewis, natives of Virginia and Ohio respectively. Mrs. Davis was born in Tuscarawas Co., Ohio, April 14, 1845. Their four children were Isabelle, Charles A., Lewis C. and Ora J. Politically, Mr. Davis was a radical Republican.