David Davis was born in 1835 in Llandygwydd, Cardiganshire, Wales. His father’s name was Robert Davis.
In the 1851 Wales census, David is listed as a lodger living with a Jones family. He lists his occupation as a “hocker in a rice mill”. He is living in Llantarnam, Monmouthshire, Wales.
In 1860, David married Mary Ann Burdekin at Ashton Under Lynn, Lancaster, England.
They went on to have seven children together:
- Emma Davis (b. 1861, Wales)
- Benjamin Davis (b. 1862, Wales)
- Anna Davis (b. 1865, Wales)
- James Davis (b. 1867, Wales)
- David Henry Davis (b. 1871, Illinois)
- Oliver Davis (b. 1873, Illinois)
- John Davis (b. 1874, Illinois – d. 1952, Illinois)
In the 1861 census, the family is living in Merthyr Tydfil, Glamorgan, Wales. David lists his occupation as a rail straightener for the railroad.
On February 23, 1871, David arrived in New York. He traveled alone on the SS Cuba from Liverpool, England to Castle Garden, New York. He lists his occupation as a laborer. (The ship and voyage details are on page 1 and David’s listing is on page 2.)
His pregnant wife and four children followed him to Illinois less than six months later. They took the SS Cuba’s maiden voyage from Liverpool to Queenstown to New York. The ship left port on August 16, 1871 and arrived in New York on August 28, 1871. They must have gone straight to Illinois because their son David Henry was born in Illinois in 1871.
In 1880, the family is living at 3238 Jones Street, Chicago, Illinois. David lists his occupation as working on the rails.
On March 5, 1893, David passed away in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois. His death certificate lists his occupation as a watchman at the time of his death. He was buried at Rose Hill Cemetery in Chicago.