John Riley Davis was born on 10 Dec 1861 in Charleston, Clark County, Indiana, the third child of Mary (Polly) Penrod and Milton Reese Davis.
On 23 Oct 1889, he married Josephine Americus Burgess, a daughter of Eliza Ann Richey and Thomas Hardy Burgess, at Pleasant Hill Church (which is located between Kansas, Illinois and Paris, Illinois). They had three daughters and three sons.
John lost his right hand in a farming accident. Even so, he built his own house in Humbolt, Illinois by himself with just one hand.
John passed away on 3 Jul 1933 in Humbolt, Coles County, Illinois and is buried at the I.O.O.F. cemetery in Humbolt County, Illinois
John Riley Davis.
Given Name: John Riley.
Surname: Davis. 
10 Dec 1861.
Charleston, Charleston Township, Clark County, Indiana. 
3 Jul 1933.
Humboldt, Coles County, Illinois. 
8 Jul 1933.
I.O.O.F., Humbolt Township, Coles County, Illinois. 
Note NI4Occupation Farmer. Lost Right hand in farming accident. ( Hand was caught in grinding mill ).
Journal Gazett Paper, 07101933 Mattoon IL.
Among those who attended the funeral of John Riley Davis at the Methodist Episcopel church wednesday afternoon were Mr. and Mrs. Traver Davis and children, Edward, Frederick and Bonnie, and Mrs Anna Medley of Mattoon. Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Davis and daughter Marion of Alma, Illinois. Mrs. Pearl. Rich of Champign IL. Mr. and Mrs. William Hosey, Mrs. Mary Hosey, Will Davis and son, ( Eddie of Dekalb IL.) Mr. and Mrs. Everett Davis of Taylorville IL. Turley Burgess and daughter Madge of Lerna IL. and Albert Stewart of Arcola.
Ralph Davis of Alma IL. and Traver Davis spent Sunday ( 07081933) with Mrs. John R. Davis at their home in Humbolt IL.
Married by Minister W.W. Jacobs M. G. Wittnesses Frank Korrte, Ezra Nay.
John Riley Davis Purchased land in Milton IL. 1019/1897 Block 7 Lots 4&5 for .00 ( Purchased from Waumplers second addition) Now known as Humbolt IL. Subject to tax 1899. (revenue stamp .50cents) John built his home in 1898 to 1900 with just one hand. The home at 713 Church Street Humbolt IL. still stands as of 2000. The home was sold in 1956 to The Mitchell's where Mrs. Mitchell is still living in the home as of 01/302000.
↑ Source: #S14 1880 Indiana Certainty: 4 1880 Indiana, Clark County, Charleston Township. Milton Davis - age 50, Mary - age 46, James A. - age 20, John R. - age 18, Milton E. - age 16, Will R. - age 11, Isaac H. - age 9, Mary E. - age 6.
↑ Source: #S14 1900 Illinois Certainty: 4 1900 Census Illinois, Coles County, Humbolt Township. John R. Davis - (Dec 1861) age 38, Josie A. - (Dec 1868) age 31, Sylvie R - (Oct 1890) age 9, Everrett L. - (Oct 1891) age 8, Ralph E. - (Mar 1893) age 7, Carmen E. - (Aug 1896) age 3, Hazle M. - Aug 1898) age 1.
↑ Source: #S14 1910 Illinois Certainty: 4 1910 Illinois, Coles County, Humboldt Township (ED #52). John Davis - 48, Josephine - 41, Everett - 18, Ralph - 17, Carman - 13, Hasle - 11, Traver - 9. The census indicates that John and Josephine had been married 20 years, and that they had 6 children living from 6 births.
↑ Source: #S14 1920 Illinois Certainty: 4 1920 Illinois, Coles County, Humboldt Township (ED #65). John R. Davis - 58, Josephine A. - 51, Wilis T. - 18.
↑ Source: #S14 1870 Indiana Certainty: 3 Series: M593 Roll: 357 Page: 2 Previous PageNext Page Surname GivenName Age Sex Race Birthplace State County Location Year DAVIS MILTON 40 M W IN IN SCOTT FINLEY TWP 1870 Davis, Milton age 40 Farmer born-Indiana Polly age 37 Keeping House born-Indiana Samuel age 12 Working on farm born-Indiana James age 10 born-Indiana John age 8 born-Indiana Milton age 3 born-Missouri (Missouri is crossed out) Indiana William age 1 born Indiana