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Jonathan Peck, who was born at Bristol, R. I.,
September I2, 1698, and his father, who also
bore the name of Jonathan, was born Novem-
ber 5, 1666. The latter was a son of Nicholas
Peck, who was born April 9, 1630.

The family of which Mrs. Smith is a mem-
ber numbered five children, four of whom
grew to adult age, namely; George, born
April 8, 1813, was one of the leading and suc-
cessful medical practitioners of the town of
Stanford; Richard, born May 5, 1815, was a
prominent attorney at law of Pine Plains for
forty years; Jane A., born November G, 18 19,
is the widow of our subject; and Alfred, born
January i, 1822, died in the West.

OKVILI^l-2 L. DAVIS, one of the most suc-
cessful agriculturists of the town of Clin-
ton, Dutchess county, is also among the best
known, his pleasant home near Clinton Hol-
low being a favorite resort for summer tourists
who wish to enjoy the charms of a genuine
coimtry life. He is a native of the town of
Washington, where he attended the district
school at Shady Dell, and early became familiar
with the details of farm work from the thor-
ough, but not always pleasant, teachings of

Seth I^awton, our subject's grandfather,
was born in Rhode Island, in 1782, and when
a lad of ten summers was brought to Dutchess
county, where he passed the rest of his life,
dying at an advanced age, in 1869. Henry D.
Davis, father of Orviile L., was born in Kinder-
hook, Columbia county, December 25, 1798,
and was married, November 27, 1826, to [ane
Ann Lawton, daughter of Seth Lawton, of the
town of Washington. After engaging in shoe-
making and farming in Columbia county he
came to Washington town for a time; but, in
1836, he moved to F"ort Madison, Iowa, where
he died, September 22, 1838, when our sub-
ject was eight years old. The widowed mother
then returned to her old home in the town of
Washington, with her family, whose names
with dates of birth are as follows: Esther,
August 25, 1828; Orviile L., November 5,
1830; Betsey, February 25, 1833, died August
5, 183S; William, February 10, 1835, died
March 6, 1868; and Seth, April 21, 1837, died
September 21, 1838. The mother, who was

born May i, 1809, survived her husband many
years, dying May 11, 1886.

Our subject, who has always been a farmer,
worked upon his grandfather's estate until after
he was of age, and later cultivated his inherit-
ance of 116 acres. He served in the army
some eighteen months during the Civil war, in
Company B, 128th N. Y. \. I. On March 24,
1 87 5, he was married, in the town of Wash-
ington, to Maria Eighmey, daughter of James
Eighmey, a lifelong resident of the town of
Unionvale. He and his wife, Mary Ann Jus-
tus, had three daughters: Jane ("now Mrs.
Jacob Cainbrani, of Stanford; Maria (Mrs.
Davis); and Anna Eliza (Mrs. James Cambran),
of Milan. After his marriage Mr. Davis moved
into a house which he had built upon his es-
tate, where he lived until the spring of 1887,
when he sold the property and purchased his
present fine farm in the town of Clinton. Here
a limited number of sumn>er visitors — about
twenty in nun)ber — are entertained each year,
the attractions of the place always bringing all
that can be accommodated.

Mr. Davis is a Democrat in political faith;
in religion he and his wife are prominent mem-
bers of the Christian Chtnch at Schultzville,
and are interested in all movements tending to
the welfare of the community. They have one
son, Henry Thorne Davis.

president of the First National Bank of
Red Hook, Dutchess county, is a worthy rep-
resentative of an ancestry which has long been
prominent in the history of this region. His
grandfather, Claudius Germain Massonneau, a
native of Angouleme, France, left that country
at the outbreak of the Revolution, with his
twin brother Pierre, both being then in early
manhood. They went to San Domingo, but
upon the insurrection of the negroes of that
island, abandoned their plantation and lied to
the United States. After a short stay in New
York City they settled, in 1790, in Red Hook,
engaging in mercajitile enterprise. He mar-
ried Catherine Gertrude Livingston de Rrissac,
daughter of Robert Gilbert Livingston, and
widow of M. de Brissac. They had three
children: Robert Claudius, Edward and

Robert C. Massonneau, the father of our
subject, was born May 3, 1797, in Red Hook,
and after enjoying such educational advan-



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