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Portrait and biographical record of Stark County, Ohio : containing biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens, together with biographies and portraits of all the presidents of the United States.
[Ohio : Stark County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society, between 1990 and 1994]
Running title: Portrait and biographical record.
Cover title: Portrait and biographical record, Stark County, Ohio.
Reprint. Originally published: Chicago : Chapman Bros., 1892. Biographies and portraits of the Presidents of the U.S. omitted. Index added
Z. M. DAVIS,ofB. M. Davis & Co., millers, Canton; is a native of Chester Co., Penn., and was born Aug. 2, 1817. His father, Zaccheus Davis, was a miller, and Z. M. was brought up to the same business, living in his native county until 1852. From 1843 to 1852, he was on the Philadelphia & Columbia Railroad (now Pennsylvania Central) as fireman and engineer. In 1852, he came to Canton, Ohio, and run on the Ohio and Pennsylvania Railroad (now P., Ft. W. & C. Railroad) for five years. In 1857, he rented a mill seven miles north of Canton, and operated it for four years, after which he removed to Canton, and run a mill just south of the city of James A. Saxton two years, when, in company with David Lind, he built the Buckeye Mills of Canton. They continued in the business about three years, when Mr. D. sold out and built his present mill, known as the “Snow-flake Mills,” having five run of buhrs, and has continued in the business ever since, his son Zeb being his partner. Mr. Davis has served on the Canton School Board for six years. He was married in January, 1841, to Miss Sarah Essick, a native of Chester Co., Penn. They have five children, viz.: Ann E. (now Mrs. B. F. Raff, of Canton, Zebula (a miller), Annetta, Lillie G. (a teacher), and Cora, also a teacher. Mr. Davis is a Democrat in politics.
ZACCHEUS M. DAVIS. At his home in the City of Canton Zaccheus M. Davis was summoned to eternal rest in May, 1887, after having la a resident of Stark County for nearly forty years. In early life a school teacher in his native county, he afterwards was long and prominently identified with the flour-milling industry in Stark County, was a man of steadfast integrity, of distinctive business ability and of progressive ideas, so that he wielded much influence in connection with the civic and industrial advancement of the county and especially the City of Canton, his character and achievements having been such as to give him inviolable place in the confidence and esteem of all with whom he came in contact in the varied relations of life.
A scion of a sterling family that was early founded in the old Keystone State of the Union, Mr. Davis claimed that historic commonwealth as the place of his nativity. He was born in Chester County, Pennsylvania, on the 2d of August, 1817, and thus was nearly seventy years of age at the time of his death. His father, Zaccheus Davis, likewise was born and reared in Pennsylvania, where he was long and worthily identified with the manufacturing of flour, as an expert miller under the standards then obtaining. He continued to maintain his home in Chester County until his death and his wife also was a lifelong resident of the Keystone State.
Zaccheus M. Davis was reared to adult age in his native county, where he availed himself of the advantages of the common schools of the period and where he learned the trade of millwright under the effective direction of his father. In 1843 he became identified with railroad operations, and for nine years he was in the service, first as fireman and later as locomotive engineer, of the old Philadelphia & Columbia Railroad Company, the line of which is now a part of the Pennsylvania Central Railroad system.
In 1852 Mr. Davis came to Stark County, Ohio, and established his residence in Canton. For five years thereafter he was employed as a locomotive engineer in the service of the Ohio & Pennsylvania Railroad, the line of which is now the Pittsburgh, Fort Wayne & Chicago division of the Pennsylvania Railroad Company. In 1857 Mr. Davis severed his association with railroad work and engaged in the milling business in Stark County, where he rented a mill situated seven miles north of Canton. He made the enterprise successful, and in 1861 he expanded the scope of his operations by assuming charge of the operation of a mill that was owned by James A. Saxton and that was located a short distance south of Canton. He had charge of this mill until 1863, when he became
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associated with the late David Lind in the erection and equipping of the old Buckeye mills, in Canton, In 1866 he sold his interest in this property and business and individually built the Snowflake mills, which he successfully operated for many years and which he constantly maintained at the highest standard, his son Zebulon W. having for several years been associated with him in the control and operation of the mills.
Mr. Davis not only gained precedence as one of the representative business men of Stark County but also manifested loyal and abiding interest in all that concerned the general welfare of the community. He was a republican in his political allegiance and while he had no predilection for public office he gave most effective service during his six years' incumbency of the position of member of the Canton Board of Education.
In June, 1841, was solemnized the marriage of Mr. Davis to Miss Sarah Essick, who likewise was born and reared in Chester County, Pennsylvania, and who, surviving him by about six years, continued to reside at Canton until she too was summoned to eternal rest, in July, 1893. They became the parents of five children, namely : Anne E., Zebulon W., Annetta, Lillie G., and Cora P. The only son is a representative business man of Canton and Cleveland.