MRS. ANN S. BOWERS, one of the excellent women of the village of Oneida Valley, Madison County, was born in the town of Turin, Lewis County, in 1831. Her ancestors were among the pioneers of that county, and were eminently respectable people. Her father, Jonathan R. Davis, was a native of New Jersey, a son of Samuel Davis, a New Jersey farmer, who removed to Collinsville, Lewis County, N.Y., about 1828. He was a cousin of Mayor Opdyke, of New York City, and also of the Strykers. His wife died in the prime of life, leaving five sons and two daughters that grew to mature years. Of these seven children Jonathan Reddinghouse Davis was the eldest but one; and their father, the grandfather of the subject, died in the town of Lenox, Madison County, when about eighty-five years old, leaving a fine property, and having settled his children well.
Jonathan R. Davis married Mary Allen, of Lewis County, New York, a daughter of Ebenezer Allen and a grand-niece of Ethan Allen, of Revolutionary fame. Jonathan R. Davis died at Oneida Valley in 1877, aged seventy-seven years. Mrs. Bowers has one brother, George Davis, a farmer, of the vicinity of her home. She has two daughters Mary Pamelia, wife of Bruce Sterling, a farmer near by; and Ella Eliza, wife of Frank Keller, a merchant and Postmaster of Oneida Valley. Mrs. Sterling has had five children, one of whom, a little son, was drowned. Those living are as follows: Leonard B., Edna, George D., and Bruce. Mr. and Mrs. Keller have two children: Hugo, four years old; and Ernest, two years. Mrs. Bowers has a farm of fifty-five acres, left her by her father, and one of thirty-three acres in Oneida County, near her Madison County farm. In religion Mrs. Bowers was reared a Presbyterian, and, though not a member of the church, yet does her full share in its support. She is one of those who believe in living a religion in preference to a mere profession thereof, and consistently strives to carry out in practice her views of right and duty.
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