Cottonwood County MN Biographies-James Davies
"History of Cottonwood and Watonwan Counties of Minnesota, 1916"



James T. Davies, a well-known and well-to-do farmer of Amo township, Cottonwood county, proprietor of a fine farm of three hundred and fifteen acres south of Storden, chairman of the board of supervisors of Amo township and for years actively interested in the general affairs of that part of the county, is a native son of Minnesota, born on a pioneer farm in Antrim township, in the neighboring county of Watonwan, August 10, 1871, son of William and Gertrude (Thomas) Davies and grandson of William and Mary (Williams) Davies, who were the first settlers in Antrim township.

The elder William Davies and his wife, natives of Wales, came to the United States about the year 1850 and settled in Wisconsin, where they remained until they came to this state, about 1864, and settled in Antrim township, Watonwan county, being the earliest arrivals in that township and becoming useful and influential pioneer citizens. They homesteaded a tract of land there and on. that homestead farm spent the remainder of their days. The younger William Davies was a well-grown lad when he came to the United States with his parents from his native Wales about 1850 and settled in Wisconsin, where they remained until they came to this state, about 1864, and settled in Antrim township, Watonwan county, being the earliest arrivals in that township and becoming useful and influential pioneer citizens. They homesteaded a tract of land there and on that homestead farm spent the remainder of their days. The younger William Davies was a well-grown lad when he came to the United States with his parents from his native Wales about 1850 and he grew to manhood on a pioneer farm in Wisconsin. There he married Gertrude Thomas, who was born in England, daughter of James and Sophia (Dibbs) Thomas, natives of England, who came to the United States with their family about 1850 and settled in Wisconsin, where Mrs. Thomas spent her last days. Later James Thomas joined his daughter, Mrs. Davies, in Watonwan county, and his last days were spent in her home.

It was about a year after his parents came to Minnesota that the younger William Davies and his wife came out here. They also settled in Antrim township, Watonwan county, arriving there in 1865, and were thus among the early pioneers of this part of the state. They spent the rest of their lives on their homestead farm there, useful and influential citizens, and left good memories behind them. William Davies was active and diligent in his own affairs and also took an active part in the public affairs of his home township in the early days, having served in several offices of trust and responsibility. He and his wife were the parents of seven children, of whom the subject of this sketch was the fourth in order of birth, the others being Joseph, Mary (deceased), Morgan (deceased), Fred, Bertha and Mark (deceased). William Davies and his wife were earnest members of the Christian church and their children were reared in that faith.

James T. Davies was reared on the homestead farm in Antrim township, where he was born, and received his education in the schools in the neighborhood of his home. He grew up a farmer and has been actively engaged in that vocation all his life. He was married in the summer of 1901 and three or four years later, in the spring of 1905, moved to the farm on which he has since then made his home, in Amo township, Cottonwood county. Mr. Davies has an excellent farm of three hundred and fifteen acres, well improved and highly cultivated and has done very well in his farming operations. He also has found time to give a good citizen's attention to the public service and is now chairman of the township board and treasurer of his local school district. He and his wife are members of the Christian church and take a proper part in the good works of their home and community.

It was on June 5, 1901, that James T. Davies was united in marriage to Katie Raddiff, of Amo township, daughter of C. N. Radcliff, a former prominent farmer of that township, now living retired at Los Gatos, California, and to this union four children have been born, Ruth (deceased), Harry, Archie (deceased) and Catherine.

C. N. Radcliff is a native of Illinois. His wife was born in Wisconsin. Both came to Minnesota and were married here. He came to Minnesota in 1864, and settled in Blue Earth county; later came to Cottonwood county in 1885; settled in Amo township, where he lived until 1912, when he moved to California, where he and his wife are still living. They were the parents of ten children, namely: Katie, George, Myrtle, William. Lila, and five who are deceased. C. N. Radcliff served as a member of the board of supervisors of Amo township. He is a Republican.



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