History lists name as Josiah Davisson born in Rockingham county Va. 1742died in Monroe Twp. 1825
Josiah Davisson was born in Rockingham county, Virginia, in 1742, and died in Monroe township, in 1825. He came to this State in 1816, and settled section fourteen of Monroe township. He was married twice, but none of his children are now living. By his second wife, Nancy Williams, who was born in Virginia in 1772, and whom he married about 1800, he had six children, all now deceased. Josiah, one of these children of the second marriage, was born in Harrison county, Virginia, in 1808. His first wife, whom he married in 1841, was Jane Blackford, born in Preble county in 1822. She died in 1845. Three children were born of this marriage, none of whom are now living. His second wife was Hannah Foos, born in Warren county, Ohio, in 1819. They have five children, viz.: Francis M., Elizabeth A., Oscar E., Edward C., and Sarah A. Mr. Davisson was township trustee for twenty-one years, and a justice of the peace from 1857 to 1863. He also held several minor offices. His farm contained two hundred and three acres. In 1863 he died at the old homestead, where his widow and children now reside. Mr. Davisson was a prominent citizen, and was always identified with the interests and improvements of the township and county. Francis M. Davisson was born in 1847. He was elected county surveyor in 1878, and is still holding that office, and gives general satisfaction.