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John Edward Davis was born in 1871 near Pilot Grove, Missouri which is in Cooper County but family tradition states he was born on the Moniteau County side of the common county line. 1880 Census records show his father was Clem Davis and mother Susan Davis but Clem is 27 years Susan's senior leading to speculation that he is actually the grandfather. Census records show John as the youngest of three children.
He married Kareen Gupton 26 Dec 1892 at Macon County, Missouri where they had their four sons. Kareen passed away 13 Apr 1905. 18 Apr 1906 John married Mary Fast. In 1907, the family moved to Seward County, Kansas by covered wagon and homesteaded ten miles north of Liberal.
In 1910 or 1911 the family moved to Liberal, Kansas where John operated a grocery store.