John F. Davis

John F. Davis, merchant and farmer, Murfreesboro, Ark. In the business of    
merchandising Mr. Davis is second to no other merchant in this portion of    
the county. There ar but few residents who have carried on merchandising     
and farming and have made a success of both as has our subject. He is a      
native-born resident of this county, his birth occurring where he now lives  
in 1850, and is the fifth of seven children, the result of the union of      
Abijah and Lucinda (Dickson, nee Brewer) Davis, natives of Illinois and      
Missouri, respectively. Abijah Davis moved with his parents to Arkansas in   
1822 and in growing up in that day and time received no advantages, so that  
in starting out for himself at the age of nineteen, he was absolutely        
penniless. He engaged in farming, and was married in 1839. About this time   
he bought a small farm of 160 acres, three-fourths of a mile west of         
Murfreesboro, which he improved and added to, until at the time of his       
death, which occurred in 1873, he was the owner of 680 acres, with 150 acres 
under cultivation, all the result of his honest, earnest labor. He took an   
active interest in all enterprises for the good of the county and was        
willing to lend a helping hand. John F. Davis worked industriously on his    
father's farm and attended the public schools of the county until            
twenty-one years of age, when he began farming in Muddy Creek Township. He   
was married in 1874 to Miss Emily S. Haynes, a native of Georgia, and after  
his father's death, returned to the old homestead. He bought considerable    
land, inherited some, and now has 500 acres, 150 under cultivation, all of   
which he has cleared himself. His land is very productive, and much of it    
will make over a bale of cotton to the acre. He has an excellent orchard and 
a good place in all respects. In 1881 he bought the mill and gin in town and 
after two years sold it. In December 1889, he engaged in merchandising in    
Murfreesboro in partnership with Owens & Stevens, but soon bought his        
partner out. In February 1890, Mr. Stevens purchased an interest again. They 
carry a complete stock of general merchandise valued at $3,000, and are      
doing a good business. To the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Davis have been born  
eight children, all of whom are living: Martha and Mary (twins, born in      
1872), Abijah (born in 1874), Eletha, Cora Lee, Beulah May, Ida and Joe      
Florence. Mr. Davis is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and his   
wife is a member of the Baptist. He is active in his support of churches and 
schools, and is director in his school district. He is a member of the       
Masonic fraternity, Pike Lodge No. 91, and is senior warden in the same.     
Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Southern Arkansas, 1890, Pike County, 
pages 324-325.                                                               
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