John and his brother, Robert M. Davis, migrated to Newton County from Washington County in 1851. John worked as a carpenter between 1851 and 1861. After the Civil War he became a farmer and rancher and remained so until his death. John entered the Civil War in 1861 on the side of the Confederacy as a member of Company B, 3d Regiment (Coffee’s Regiment), Missouri Cavalry. He was captured in Scott County, Arkansas on Oct 8, 1862. He was a POW for the next 27 months before being released sometime after Feb 17, 1865. He was interned in Ft. Smith and Little Rock, Arkansas; McDowee College, St. Louis, MO; Alton, Illinois; and finally Akins Landing, Virginia.
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