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Cassopolis Vigilant September 30, 1909




Edson Davis was born in Orange County New York, May 28th, 1836 an died Sept. 25th, 1909 at the age of 78 years, 3 months, and 23 days.


When he was four years of age his parents Benjamin and Hannah Davis, moved to Ohio, and from there to Berrien County, Mich., and in 1860 settled on a farm in Newburg, where he spent the greater part of his life.


In 1861 he enlisted as a private in the 12th Mich. Infantry, Co. A, and was promoted to sargeant in 1863.  He was honorably discharged at the close of the war.


March 17th, 1864, while he was home on a furlough, he was married to Elsie Reed, daughter of William and Nancy Reed, of Cass Cunty, with whom he lived until Sept. 27th 1895, when she was called away by death. To this union six children were born, five of which survive, William of Wakelee, Edson Byron and Charles Henry of Newburg, Perry Oliver of Penn, and Mrs. Mary E. Underwood of Cassopolis.  One daughter, Allie May, passed beyond Nov. 10, 1886, at the age of 15 years.


Mr. Davis was married to Mrs. Celia M. Porter, of Paw Paw, Nov. 24th, 1903. Shortly after their marriage they moved to Penn, where they lived until his death.


Besides the wife and children deceased leaves to mourn his loss sixteen grandchildren, one brother, Charles, of Cassopolis, and two sisters, Mrs. Reason Davis, of Marcellus, and Mrs. Esther Finch, of Dennis, Kansas.


He was a kind and indulgent father, a loving and faithful companion, a good neighbor; and will be missed by a large circle of friends and relatives.


Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Steven Scott and Rev. Emma Garretson at the Friends Church, Penn; internment at Poe's Cemetery.