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Samuel Davis was born on his parent's farm in Knox County, Indiana on 29 April 1825, based upon the federal census of 1870.Sam had six brothers and four sisters.he was the son Nicholas Davis and Jane Reaves.
Sarah J. Devorse was born on her parent's farm in Sullivan County, Indiana in 1828.She was the daughter of Danial and Elizabeth Devorse.
Sam and sarah were married on 15 march 1849 at Carlyle, Indianaby John S. Davis, County Judge of Sullivan County.They lived in Sullivan County, where their first child, Hannah was born on 2 march 1850.Shortly after, they moved to Knox County, Indiana, where on 2 September 1850, the federal census of 1850 for Knox County, Indiana showed their household as follows:
Samuel Davis, 22, Farmer, Indiana (1828)
Sarah J. Davis, 18, Indiana, (1832)
Hannah Davis, 1, Indiana (1850)
In the Spring of 1850, they left Knox county with a covered wagon, three oxen, one cow, and little Hannah who was two years old.All through Illinois the land was wet and muddy.When Sarah and hannah were tired of riding, they got out of the wagon and walked in the mud and water.
In 1884, History of Vernon County, Samuel Davis, white, male, English, farmer came into Wisconsin with the settlers of 1852."He entered land on Section 4, Town 11 North of Range 5 West, in territory know known as the Town of Sterling, where he still resides."
Sam and Sarah first built a log cabin on flat land which had running water.The log cabin had a stone fireplace and, like all log cabins of the time, a dirt floor.Several of the their seven children were born in the one-room cabin.However when some of the children became larger, they built a frame house up on the prairie, between fargo and West Prairie which stands today, and is now (1975) owned by the Ray Moser Family.
On 27 August 1864, at the age of 39, and with Sarah and five Children at home, Sam enlisted at Viroqua, Wisconsin in company I of the 42nd Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry to serve in the Civil War.he was honorably discharged at Cairo, Illinois on 11 June 1865, receiving a bounty (pay) of $133 for his services.He returned to farming in West Prairie.
On 20 June 1870 the federal census taker arrived at the Sam davis household and recorded the following data:
Davis Samuel, 45, M, W, Farmer, Indiana, (1825)
Davis Sarah, 41, F, W, Housewife, Indiana, (1828)
Davis, Hannah, 21, F, W, Domestic, Indiana, (1849)
Davis Elizabeth, 17, F, W, Domestic, Wisconsin, (1853)
Davis, Margaret, 15, F, W, At Home, Wisconsin, (1855)
Davis, Andrew, 13, M, W, At Home, Wisconsin, (1858)
Davis, Daniel, 8, M, W, At Home, Wisconsin, (1862)
Davis, Lavina, 3, F, W, At Home, Wisconsin, (1867)
"There are no deaf, dumb, blind, insane or idiotic memebers of the family"
Sam's youngest child, Peter is not shown on the census therefore it is assumed that peter was not yet born.
In 1883, Samuel davis was listed as the Justice of the Peace for Sterling Township, Vernon County, Wisconsin.
On 27 June 1890 the federal government passed a war pension act, and Sam applied on 19 August 1890.The doctor's examination described sam as having blue eyes, light hair, light complexion, and 6 feet 1/2 inches in height.the pension records of the Interior department Bureau of Pensions verified that Sam had served in "the late War of Rebellion" and entitled to a pension by reason of: "hernia on the right side, disabled shoulder, and lameness of the left ankle."Sam was 65 at the time.The amount of pension is not shown, but his brother William, was awarded $12 per month under the same act.
These disabilities were common among old settlers.In the 1930's many of the old men stil survived limping on canes from broken legs improperly set.They suffered goring from bulls, severed limbs from axes and saws, and broken hips and legs from horse kicks and falls.
Sam died on 1 may 1903 at the age of 78, after eight days of apoplexy at Fargo, Wisconsin.He was given a soldiers burial in the Methodist Church Cemetery in fargo, about two miles from home.(In later years the church burned and was rebuilt in Liberty Pole, about five miles away, leaving the cemetery on what is now, the Olga Call Farm.)
On 8 July 1905, two years after Sam's death, sarah applied for and received a widow's pension under the act of 27 june 1890, giving here post office address as Ferryville, Wisconsin and her residence as genoa Township.The pension was dropped on 2 October, 1919 by reason of her death on 31 July 1919 at west Prairie, Wisconsin, RFD #1.
Sarah died 16 years afterSam at the age of 91, and was buried beside Sam in the "Old Fargo Cemetery."