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L. M. Davis Biography

Perrin’s Kentucky – A History of the State, 1885

Ballard County Biographical Sketches

L. M. Davis, farmer, was born June 1, 1830, in Rutherford County, Tennessee, and is the third of eight children (three boys and five girls) born to Eaton and Deborah (Moore) Davis, natives of Grandville County, North Carolina, and Rutherford County, Tennessee, respectively. His grandparents were Abel and Mary (Andrews) Davis, of Irish descent, and George and Sarah (Wright) Moore, of English descent. L. M. Davis was principally reared on a farm. He taught school one term and was married January 23, 1854, to Miss Sarah E. Gannaway, of Bedford County, Tennessee, a daughter of John and Mary (Robertson) Gannaway, native of Virginia. He had born to him by this union nine children: Robert A., Lucy E., Emerson E., Archibald S., Herbert R., Levander C., Christopher P., Sarah D. and Thomas E. He takes an interest in giving his children a good education. His wife died September 6, 1879, a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Mr. Davis was next married on March 16, 1880, to Martha B. Magruder, of Ballard County, Kentucky, a daughter of Barrett D. and Emily (Burkhead) Magruder, of Scotch descent and a native of Kentucky. Mr. Davis, with his family, settled near Arlington in 1863; in 1878 he came to where he now resides on 140 acres of land in good condition and is now engaged in raising blooded stock. He is a Mason, was a Granger and cast his first presidential vote for General Scott. He is now a Republican.

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  1. Phyllis, I believe this is a branch of my Davis family. I know my Davises were natives of Grandville County, North Carolina, and Rutherford County, Tennessee. The families migrated together for generations. My direct Davises in this branch is William Elgin Davis.

    Two of the brothers fought in the Civil War. They tried to make it in TN. My Grandmother told me the conditions were so terrible after the war, they decided to migrate to Western KY. in 1865.

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