History of Jasper County, Missouri
James M. Davidson, farmer and stock-raiser, post office, Sarcoxie, was born in Macoupin County, Illinois December 8, 1834. His parents, Joshua and Elizabeth Davidson were natives of Virginia. Subject was the tenth of eighteen children. He was raised on a farm receiving limited education in the co...mmon school; also learned the trade of carpenter. Came to Jasper county in 1867, locating where he now lives October 27, of that year. Mr. Davidson was married in Macoupin county, Ill., March 18, 1858 to Miss Louisa M., daughter of James and Louisa Norvell, of that county. From this union there are twelve children: Lavina E., born May 22, 1859; Melissa E., born Nov. 10, 1860; Castilla A., born Sept. 6, 1862; an infant, [David] born Sept. 8, 1863, deceased; Ida M., born April 17, 1865, Elmer J., born April 30, 1867; James C., born April 21, 1869; Henry E., born Jan. 27, 1872; Luther A., born Feb. 14, 1874; L.E., [Leofwin]born May 28, 1876; Cyrus P., born Oct. 7, 1878; and Grace, born Dec. 8, 1881. Mr. and Mrs. Davidson are members of the M. E. Church. Subject is a member of the A.O.U.W.; also the P. of H. He has a splendid farm of 260 acres, well fenced, in fine cultivation, good residence, barn, and other out-buildings, yard set with shade and ornamental trees, etc. Mr. D is a man of good business qualifications, and takes great interest in matters educational, political, and otherwise.