Meredith Davis was born in Fayette County, Indiana, the son of Harry and Matilda (DeHaven) Davis. Harry Davis and his wife were both born in Fayette county. He was a farmer and owned about two hundred and fifty acres of land. Their children were: Meredith, now deceased, who is the subject of this sketch, and Quincy, now deceased.
Meredith Davis was educated in the common schools and was a farmer all his life. He was married on November 29, 1883, to Margaret Grant, who was born in Cass county and who was the daughter of Simon and Mary (Murray) Grant, who were farmers of Cass county. After the death of Simon Grant, his wife moved to Rush county and from there to Fayette County. They were the parents of the following children: Carrie, who is deceased and who married John Reed, of Fortville, Indiana, and who was the mother of one child, Dorothy, and Margaret, who married Meredith Davis. Simon Grant died in 1871, and his wife died about 1895. The father of Simon Grant was William Grant, a native of Ohio. He was the father of the following children: Moses, who was in the Civil War; Isaac, who was in the Civil War; Cyrus, who was killed in the Civil War; George, Lewis, Taylor and Jane. William Grant moved to Logansport, Indiana, and entered a tract of four hundred acres of land when that town was only a trading post. He was a member of the Baptist church and was a soldier in the Mexican War. He died at the age of ninety-two years.
Meredith Davis, after his marriage in Fayette county, came here in 1890. He owned a farm of one hundred acres and did general farming. He built his home in 1908 and died on May 30, 1911. He was the father of the following children: Walter, who married Nola Lummis, and who has two children, Meredith and Donald; Eva, Ethel, Huber, Carrie, Margaret, Harry, who died at the age of two years; Paul and Lucile. Mr. Davis was a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He was an active and progressive man of his day. Since his death, his widow has been living on the farm. Huber Davis lives at home and looks after the farm.
Transcribed from History of Hancock County, Indiana, Its People, Industries and Institutions by George J. Richman, B. L., Federal Publishing Co., Indianapolis, Indiana, 1916. Pages 930-931.
Submitted by Sylvia (Rose) Duda, Laingsburg, MI October 7, 2001.
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