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Rev Lorenzo Davis

Rev Lorenzo Davis

Covington, Wyoming County, New York, USA
Death 21 Dec 1890 (aged 78)
Washtenaw County, Michigan, USA
Burial Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County, Michigan, USA
Plot Block 59 Lot 21
Memorial ID 61033328 · View Source
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Lorenzo Davis was born in Covington, N. Y., April 29, 1812, and is a son of Jonathan E. Davis and Hannah (Curtis) Davis, natives of Massachusetts. The former pursued farming and teaching until Lorenzo was 10 years old, when he engaged in the itineracy as a Methodist Episcopal minister. In 1828, at the death of his mother, Lorenzo left his paternal roof and lived with a Mr. Norris, a merchant of Covington.

Mr. Norris removed to Ypsilanti in, 1828, and Mr. Davis accompanied him. He returned to New York in 1829 and again came to Michigan in 1831. In 1834 he obtained a license to preach, and was received into the Ohio conference, which then embraced the Territory of Michigan. He was pastor at the following places: Plymouth Mission, Farmington circuit, Bean Creek Mission, Coldwater circuit, Saline circuit, Dexter circuit,Manchester circuit and Oakviile. Failing health then induced him to locate. His ministerial labors above mentioned covered a period of nine years.

He came to Ann Arbor in 1845 and clerked in a drug store for six years. In 1850 he was elected Register of Deeds, which office he held for two years. He then published the Ann Arbor Journal for five years, when he sold it and purchased the Local News, and changed the name to that of the Michigan State News. He also ran this paper about five years. Since that time he has been engaged in farming

He was married June 11, 1838, to Miss Minerva Derby, a native of Vermont. They have 5 children — James E., William W., Charles H., Lorenzo and Walter C. William W. and Curtis are farmers, James E. and Charles, printers, and Lorenzo, a graduate of the Michigan University, is in California, and with others of his class has established "The Scholastic Gymnasium" at Berkeley.

Rev. Mr. Davis yet lives, near Detroit, at the age of 93 years, and still retains a perfect intellect and good health.

The subject of this sketch is the eldest of 10 brothers, 7 of whom are living. He has held the offices of Town Clerk and Superintendent of the Poor. He has been a member of the Pioneer Society of Washtenaw county ever since its organization, and is its present Secretary. He has been connected with the Agricultural Society of Washtenaw county for 30 years, and was its Secretary for 10 years. He took the census of Ann Arbor tp. in 1880.

Before closing this sketch we wish to speak of the interest Mr. Davis took in procuring this history of Washtenaw county. No man devoted more time or worked with greater zeal and earnestness to have a full and authentic history compiled. Great credit is due him for his untiring labor in this respect, and we wish to take this opportunity of thanking him for the numerous favors conferred upon us from our entrance into the county until the close of our labor here. We give his portrait in this book.

Source: History of Washtenaw County, Michigan, Vol 2, 1881, p 979.

Age 79 at death in 1890.

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