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Free Genealogy Biography of John Davison,
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James Davison

JAMES F. DAVISON, farmer, was born in Plum township, June 16, 1836, son of John and Eliza (Weekley) Davison, natives of Butler county, this state. In 1829 they came to Venango county and purchased two hundred acres of land in Plum township at a cost of three dollars per acre, a large portion of which was well timbered with fine oak. They became among the wealthiest farmers of the township, and were prominent members of the Presbyterian church at Sunville. Mrs. Davison died in 1853, leaving seven children: Isabella, Mrs. LaFayette Straight; Isaac W.; James F.; Elizabeth Jane, wife of David Mathers; Fannie, Mrs. Samuel Williams; Sarah Amanda, wife of Edward Schultz, and Martha A., wife of Robert Battin. Mr. Davison was again married, to Mrs. Elizabeth Foster, and by her had one child, Mrs. John Zeigler. He died in 1876, and his widow survives him, residing on the homestead.

Our subject received his education at the township schools and has followed farming.

In 1860 he married Miss Lucinda Mathers, daughter of Samuel Mathers, and has four living children: Lottie L.; Elma E., Mrs. Frederick Bumpas; Fred H., and Annie Belle.

In 1862 Mr. Davison enlisted in Company E, Sixteenth Pennsylvania Cavalry, in which he served until the close of the war. He was taken prisoner March 31, 1865, at Dinwiddie Court House, Virginia, and held until Lee’s surrender.

He is a stanch Republican, and has been school director, township auditor, and commissioner. He is a member of Union Veteran Union, No. 10, of Chapmanville, also of Andrew Jackson Post, No. 199, G.A.R., of Cooperstown, and is an elder of the Presbyterian church of Sunville.

Since July 1, 1889, he has conducted the United States mail route from Bradleytown to Franklin in connection with his farm duties.

Source: History of Venango County, Pennsylvania: its past and present, including its aboriginal history, the French and British occupation of the country, its early settlement and subsequent growth, a description of its historic and interesting localities, its rich oil deposits and their development, sketches of its cities, boroughs, townships, and villages, neighborhood and family history, portraits and biographies of pioneers and representative citizens, statistics, etc.; Chicago, Ill.: Brown, Runk & Co., 1890.

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