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came to America about 1805, and landed in New York, where he married a Welsh lady. Shortly after his marriage he came to Cambria county, and settled in a wilderness about two miles southeast of Ebensburg, Pennsylvania. He lived there for a number of years, and then moved about two miles farther out to the Pittsburg and Philadelphia pike, where he built a house and carried on a mercantile business for the remainder of his life, dying about 1833. He was a baptist, and very probably an old-line Whig.
    The father of Thomas Davis was born in North Wales, in 1791, and died in June, 1863. He came to America about 1812, and located in Ebensburg, where he remained for a number of years, then he moved to Cambria township, and established what is now the old Davis homestead. In 1833 he moved near to Ebensburg, where he remained eight years, when he moved into Jackson township, where he cleared another farm, built a home and died. He followed farming all his life. He was an old-line whig, and one of the foremost citizens of the county. He held various township offices, and was an exemplary member of the Congregational church. His family consisted of ten children, four boys and six girls: Elizabeth, wife of David W. Jones, now deceased; William and Hannah, who both died young; Catherine, also dead, was the wife of Edward Davis; Timothy R., formerly a prosperous lumberman, now living a retired and comfortable life in East Conemaugh township; Thomas Davis, our subject; Jane, wife of Milton Jones, of Ebensburg; Martha, wife of Jackson Ross, of Reynoldsville, Jefferson county, Pennsylvania; Mary, widow of Luther Stiles, and lives in Ebenburg; David, a resident of Johnstown, formerly engaged in the mercantile and insurance business.
    Thomas Davis was born in Cambria township, about two miles southeast of Ebensburg, October 7, 1831. On December 20, 1864, he married Susan Burkhart, a daughter of Joseph Burkhart, and to this union were born four children: Frederick W., who died November 29, 1893; Schuyler C., whose wife was Minnie Stough, and who is a resident of Ebensburg, Izora, wife of Lester Larmer, also residents of Ebensburg; Thomas S., who is private secretary of Congressman J. D. Hicks, and has his residence in Ebensburg.
    The subject of this sketch was educated in the common schools of his township. He commenced life as a farmer, but while a young man engaged in the lumbering business in Cambria county, and followed it from 1854 until the breaking out of the Civil War. Then, in common with the other brave men, he was inspired to do something for the cause of freedom. The work for the Union he began by recruiting one hundred and twenty men for the Nineteenth regiment, United States regulars, which had its headquarters in Indianapolis. Afterwards he was made first sergeant of company C, filling this position until after the battle of Chickamauga, when he was commissioned second lieutenant of the regiment. In about four months he was promoted to the first lieutenancy, and remained in the service in this capacity until the close of the war, serving in all three years, seven months and seventeen days, and taking part in thirty-two engagements. He was at Pittsburg Landing, Stone River, Resaca, Chickamauga and Lookout Mountain. But although in so many great battles he was never taken prisoner. He was with Sherman, too, at Atlanta and saw the city burned. He resigned from the service on account of ill health. About one year after he came from the war he farmed; a


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