From the book "HISTORY AND BIOGRAPHY, COUNTIES OF WHITE AND PULASKI INDIANA. Historical and Biographical. Illustrated. Chicago; F. A. Battey & CO., Publishers. 1883." page 307, Jackson Township, White County, Indiana.
"THEODORE J. DAVIS was born in Hamilton County, Ohio, January 20, 1829, and is the third son of NOAH and MARGARET (MILLER) DAVIS, natives of New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The parents moved to Union County, this State (Indiana), about 1830, and thence to this county in 1842, locating on part of the farm now owned by THEODORE J. Here the father and mother died in 1875 and 1873, aged respectively eighty-three and seventy-three years. The father had been a soldier in the war of 1812, and of his family of nine, six sons were soldiers in the late war. THEODORE J. was reared to farming, receiving the education usual at the log houses of his early days, the forty-six days of his last term being filled by his skating, morning and evening, a distance of four miles. He then, at the age of seventeen, began life by farming, laboring on public works, and boating on the canal between LaFayette and Toledo. In 1851, he married MISS MARTHA JAY, of this county, who died in January, 1852. July 8, 1855, he married MISS SALLY, daughter of JACOB J. AND HESTER SMITH, and born in Sussex County, Delaware, in 1834. To this union were born six children - RUTH, MARGARET, JACOB, HESTER, IKE and RACHEL. Soon after his marriage, he purchased forty acres of his present farm, which through his industry and good management, he has increased to 545 acres. MR. DAVIS took part in the late war from January, 1865, to the close. He is a Democrat, and has served as County Commissioner one term. His wife is a Second- Day Adventist."