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JAMES B. DAVIS

JAMES B. DAVIS, farmer, Enon Grove, Heard County, Georgia, son of George B. and Mary (Davis) Davis, was born in Coweta County, Georgia, in 1830.

His father was born in Virginia about 1796, and was left an orphan at a very early age. He was adopted and reared by William Beetles, who gave him a fairly good common school education. While he was in young boyhood Mr. Beetles migrated to Georgia, making the trip in ox-carts and on foot. He studied and improved upon his primary education so far as to become a teacher. He served gallantly as a soldier in the War of 1812. Later in life he was ordained a minister in the Baptist church and officiated as such until his death, which occurred in 1878.

His mother, daughter of James and Judy (Grissum) Davis, was born in Wilkes County, Georgia, in 1798, received a good common school education, married in 1818, and lived to a good old age.

Mr. Davis was reared on the farm, received a good education for the locality and period and when twenty years of age moved with his parents to Heard County, where he has made his home since.

In 1862 he enlisted in Company F, which was part of a regiment commanded by Col. Wilcoxon, of the reserve or home guard service. He was soon afterward commissioned first lieutenant and continued as such until mustered out after the surrender.

After the war he resumed his farming, to which he has devoted his entire time and attention in an energetic effort to rebuild a fortune shattered as a result of the war. Being fully abreast of the times, and a thoroughly practical farmer, he believes in diversified and self-sustaining agriculture, and has successfully carried out his theories. He stands high with his neighbors as a farmer and citizen, and has been content with their esteem and the success which has attended his well-directed energies.

In 1856 he was elected a justice of the peace and held the office twenty-four years consecutively—-the only public office he ever held.

Mr. Davis was married in 1854 to Miss Corintha, daughter of Thomas B. and Lucy (Cosby) Wilkinson, who has borne him two children: Thomas B. and Mary L.



Source: Memoirs of Georgia, Containing historical accounts of the states civil, military, industrial and professional interests and personal sketches of many of it’s people, Volume I, The Southern Historical Association, Atlanta, Georgia, 1895







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