|Birth: ||Feb. 24, 1825|
New Haven County
|Death: ||Dec. 5, 1903|
6th of 10 children of ANSON R. DAVIS & SALLY PRUDDEN
Married: Mar 31, 1850, MARY ALMIRA CHATFIELD, Seymour, New Haven, CT
1. Charles Howard DAVIS
1851 – 1933
2. Martha Ella DAVIS
1852 – 1934
3. Harriet Chatfield "Hattie" DAVIS
1857 – 1948
4. William C. DAVIS
1859 – 1859
5. Marietta DAVIS
1859 – died young
6. Arthur Lucius DAVIS
1868 – 1921
HARPIN DAVIS is one of the pioneers of Jefferson County, as he settled here about thirty-five years ago. During all these years he has been occupied in agricultural labors and has lived on one farm, the homestead situated about eight miles east of Golden. He is a member of Clear Creek Valley Grange and aims to keep fully posted on modern and improved methods of farming. He stands well with the Odd Fellows' society, having held every office in the lodge with the exception of grand master. He was the secretary of Morning Star Lodge No. 47, A.F. & A.M., and was tendered the position of master, but declined. On political questions he is independent, preferring to be pledged to no party.
Mr. Davis is a native of New Haven County, Conn., and was born February 24, 1825. His Father, Anson Davis, was born in 1784, in Oxford, Conn., and most of his life was spent on a farm. He was a very well-educated man for that early period in this country, and taught school successfully for several years when he was a young man. He filled numerous local positions of honor and trust and possessed the admiration and respect of his associates in a marked degree. He lived to a good old age, his death occurring in 1868. To himself and wife, whose maiden name had been Sally Pruden, there were born ten children. Four of the number survive. Marcus is still carrying on the old homestead; Homer is engaged in running a machine and wagon shop at Winnemucca, Nev.; Martha E. is the wife of Edwin Pruden, of West Haven, Conn.
Up to the time he was fifteen years old Mr. Davis lived under the parental roof. At that period he was very ambitious and desirous of seeing the world and so he bade adieu to the scenes of his youth and set out to make his own livelihood. He started for Philadelphia, but left the boat at Burlington, twenty miles from that city, and secured work on the canal, driving horses. This employment was not to his liking and he hired out to a farmer for a year. At the expiration of that time he shipped aboard a coasting schooner, later becoming one of the crew of a full-rigged vessel which was engaged in trade with the West Indies. When he finally left the sea, he had risen to the mate of the ship and during his service he had made a study of navigation and was in line for promotion, though but twenty-two years old. He did not wish to make this his main business in life, however, and returning to his old home became a brick and stone work contractor. He also taught a few terms of school, making a success of the undertaking, as his Father had before him.
In 1854 Mr. Davis went to California, with the intention of making his permanent home there, but his family disliking to move so far west he returned the same year. Soon afterwards he located in Davenport, Scott, Iowa, and found plenty to do in the line of his trade, masonry, and also in the sale of lumber, for he established a lumber yard. In the fall of 1856 he went to Nebraska, and settling in Florence, now a part of Omaha, taught school for one term. Later he embarked in the sawmill and lumber business. In 1863 he came to Colorado, and after passing one year in Central City he came to the vicinity of his present home. This place he purchased about a year subsequently and at once began making substantial improvements, which have materially increased its value and beauty.
March 31, 1850, Mr. Davis married Miss Mary A. Chatfield, daughter of Enos Chatfield, of Oxford, Conn. She is a descendant of one of the colonial families of the Nutmeg state, her ancestor, George Chatfield, of England, having cast in his fortunes with the inhabitants of New England in 1639. He was accompanied by his two brothers, Thomas and Francis, and they were of the little party which was headed by Rev. Henry Whitfield and made a settlement at Guilford, New Haven, Conn. George Chatfield later lived in Killingsworth, Conn., until he was claimed by death. Some of his relatives were soldiers of the Revolution. Four children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Davis. Charles H. is managing part of the home farm. Ella M. is the wife of Mason Seavey, a capitalist of Denver. Hattie C. married W.M. Newton. Arthur L. is a graduate of the Gross Medical College, of Denver, and for two and a-half years was head physician in St. Anthony's Hospital. Recently he settled in Central City, succeeding Dr. Moore. He is a very promising young practitioner, having made a splendid record thus far and giving assurance of ultimate prominence in his profession.
From on-line records of George Cole: PORTRAIT AND BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD
Anson Davis (1785 - 1868)
Sally Prudden Davis (1792 - 1865)
Mary Almira Chatfield Davis (1829 - 1915)*
Charles Howard Davis (1851 - 1933)*
Martha Ella Davis Seavey (1852 - 1934)*
Harriet Chatfield Davis Walker (1857 - 1948)*
Arthur Lucius Davis (1868 - 1921)*
Mount Olivet Cemetery
Plot: Section 9, Block 1
Maintained by: Catherine Clemens...
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Record added: Oct 22, 2004
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