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Champaign County, Illinois

Biography of Wiley Davis

SOURCE: "Portrait and Biographical Album of Champaign County, Illinois," Chapman Brothers, Chicago, 1887


WILEY DAVIS was born in Newark, Ohio, in 1818, came to Mahomet early in the 'forties and entered land from the Government, later purchasing more and now owns a farm comprisong 460 acres, located just south of Mahomet. Here he lived until six years ago, when he bought one of the finest residences in the town, and where he now resides. He and his family have always been prominent in religious work, especially taking an active part in the affairs of the Methodist Church, and he was one of the first contributors to the first Church in Mahomet, which was erected by the Baptists. Mr. Davis has lived in Mahomet over half a century, and witnessed the development of its infancy with much interest. His father, Zachariah DAVIS, was born in Pennsylvania and was one of the earliest settlers to locate in Ohio, where he followed the trade of a wheelwright. His mother, whose maiden name was Elizabeth ROBERTS, was a native of Virginia.

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