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History of Oneida County by Samuel W. Durant Published 1878
Biographical Sketch
Alexander Davidson was born in the county of Tyrone, Ireland in 1770. He married Mary Golly about 1806, and had one daughter, by the name of Eliza Jane, who was born in Ireland, June 7, 1807. Mr. Davidson followed farming, and in the spring of 1810 emigrated to America and settled in Lee township, on the place now in the possession of the family. One son, Andrew, was born in Lee, in September, 1811. Another son, Alexander, was born in Lee, in June, 1815. One daughter, Lucy Ann, was born in September, 1819. Mr. Alexander Davidson owned some one hundred and twenty-five acres of land on which his family continued to live and improve. He died Ocotober 4, 1830, his wife died June 20, 1861. Andrew and Alexander Jr., always continued to live together, in company with their sister, Lucy Ann; the mother continued to live with them till her death.
Andrew and Alexander have made all the improvements on their fine farms, which lie side by side. These are, everything considered, the best farm improvements in the town or county. Two beautiful rows of maple shade trees face the entire front of their farms. No better farm buildings are to be found in the town. The fences are good, and the general appearance bespeaks at once that they justly rank among the most enterprising farmers in the county. But fine as these farms are, yet Andrew, who was a most excellent farmer, was called to part with his on the 1st. of June, 1878. In politics, he and his brother Alexander have always been Democrats. Andrew was supervisor of Lee during the years 1862, 1863, and 1864; he has been assessor; held some minor offices also. He was a man much esteemed and respected, and his loss is deeply felt not only by the members of his
family, but by the public generally. His sister, Lucy Ann, died June 30, 1878, and both she and her brother Andrew lie side by side in the Valley Cemetery, where their parents also are buried. The only member of this family who has been married is the sister, Eliza Jane. She married John Bamber, by whom three children were born, namely, Alexander, Mary Jane, and Lucy Ann. This biography is inserted by Alexander in memory of them.
Kathy Last



John Davis, farmer, Union township, post-office, Iowa City; was born in 1816, at Wells’ Park, England; came to America in 1823; landed in New York, and moved to Utica, New York; remained there 12 years, then came to Johnson County, and settled in Union township. He was married in 1852 to Miss Anna Griffith; has five children living: Peter D., Thomas D., David, Dewey, Ella May, and Elizabeth B., 7 years; William 5 years; Eliza H., 6 years, and John, age 9 years, are dead. In politics he is a republican.
Source: The History of Johnson County Iowa 1836-1882, p.806.
Mary Hitchcock


DANIEL S. DRAPER, farmer and stock-raiser, P. O. Plattsmouth, was born in town of Floyd, Oneida Co., N. Y., February 4, 1836. He resided on a farm with his parents, and assisted them in conducting the same until twenty-eight years of age, when he took a farm, and carried it on on his own account for some seven years. He came to Nebraska in 1871, and located on
present farm in Plattsmouth Precinct, and has been engaged in conducting same and raising stock since. He owns 280 acres of land. Mr. Draper was for many years Justice of the Peace, holding office until January 1, 1882, and was elected Assessor of the precinct for the years 1881 and 1882. He is a strong Democrat; he was married at Oneida County, N. Y., April 5,1865, to
Rosanna N. Carpenter, a native of that place. They have eight children--Jennie E., Minnie S., Daniel D., Florence J., Irene R., Jessie S., Horatio Tilden and Ada Estella.
Kansas Collection Books, Andreas' History of the State of Nebraska, Cass County, NE