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William A. J. Davis, farmer, is the son of J. J. and Ann (Harry) Davis. The father was born in 1807 in Marion District, South Carolina; the mother in Marlborough District, South Carolina in 1809. They were married in 1825 and soon after moved to Mobile, Alabama. They had ten children, four boys and six girls, six of them now living. In 1831 they moved from Alabama to Hickman County, Kentucky, and in 1847 to Obion County, Tennessee Mr. Davis was a farmer, and with his wife he belonged to the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. He was a Democrat, taking an active interest in the success of his party. Mrs. Davis died in 1859, Mr. Davis in 1862.
Our subject, William A. J. Davis, is of English Scotch extraction, and was born in Hickman County, Kentucky, June 17, 1885; was raised on the farm, and there being no school near enough for him to attend, his education was limited. October 30, 1855, he married Miss Martha Pollock, who was born in Obion County April 16, 1837. They have no children. Mr. Davis was in the Confederate Army. In 1862 he volunteered in the Thirty-third Regiment, Tennessee Volunteers, served eight months, was at Shiloh and other battles, was wounded and discharged on account of ill health. He had been a resident of Lake County ever since it was divided, except for two years spent in Missouri. He is engaged in farming, and has an interest in a steam saw mill and a cotton gin. His brother, Joseph D., who was born in Hickman County, Kentucky, April 10, 1827, resides with him. Both Mr. Davis and his brother are democrats.
Mr. Davis owns 410 acres of fertile land and a pleasant home. With his wife he belongs to the Methodist Episcopal Church South.