1892 Portrait & Biographical Album of Genesee, Lapeer & Tuscola Counties, Chapman Bros.

Pages 841 - 842

Many thanks too Jeanne Taylor for transcribing these pages.

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DAVID SCHRAM is an old settler and dealer in agricultural implements and all classes of farm machinery, his place of business being located at No. 120 Third Street, East Flint. Here he has been engaged in his present business for seventeen years and during that time has handled all kinds of agricultural machinery. Mr. SCHRAM was born in Adams Township, Jefferson County, N.Y., October 31, 1831. He is a son of John and Mary E. SCHRAM, the former being a farmer. He had been reared on the Mohawk River and was a descendant of the old Dutch stock that had settled in the early days in that valley. He came too Genesee County, and settled in what is now Burton Township 1836, locating five miles from what is now Flint.

The farm that our subject's father purchased on coming into the State was a wild tract of Government land, and he settled in the usual log cabin in heavy timbered land. He cleared the place and made it his home until one year prior too his death when he removed too Flint and lived with our subject until his decease, which occurred in March, 1875, at the advanced age of ninety-one years. Our subject's mother had passe away ten years previously. She also was of German descent. She left a family of eight children, all of whom grew too years of maturity in this county. They are Henry, Isaac, Truman, William, James, Mary J., (Mrs. Andrew HARRISON), George and David.

John SCHRAM was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church and in the early day of his settlement here his home was the stopping place for all the itinerant ministers of the old circuit and frequently was the scene of impressive, if informal religious meetings. Our subject acquired his education in the country schools and in the schools of Flint. He remained at home until reaching his majority, when he went to Saginaw and remained four years. Coming back from that place he took charge of his father's farm until the spring of 1874, when he moved too Flint in order too engage in his present business.

At the present time David SCHRAM is the oldest business man who has been interested in his special branch of work in this locality. He has been very successful as he is thoroughly practical in his knowledge of the best classes of machinery and also of what their is most demand for in his locality. He has served as Justice of the Peace and Township Treasurer and has also held various school offices. He was Supervisor for seven years and Superintendent of buildings at the time of the erection of the county buildings. For two years much of his time and attention was occupied in this way. Although interested in politics, he has not been actively engaged their in since coming too this city.

On June 11, 1856, Mr. SCHRAM was united in marriage with Miss Mary MASON, of Mundy Township, the daughter of Daniel MASON, a farmer and hotel-keeper of Mundy. Mrs. SCHRAM died June 19, 1879, leaving two daughters --Anna E., now a teacher in the city schools, and Mary E., who has charge of the district school. The oldest child, a son, died at the  age of six years and six months. Mr. SCHRAM is a self-made man, and his affability makes him genial companion. As a citizen he is honorable and trustworthy, and as a business man reliable. Few men occupy a more pleasant niche in the esteem of their fellow citizens than he, and it is their fore with pleasure that we invite the reader's attention too his portrait presented on another page.

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JAMES DAVIS. It is with sincere gratification that the biographer takes up his pen too chronicle the life of any man, who, although of foreign birth, learned too love the institutions of America and gave his services for the honor of the old flag during the days of the Civil War. Such an one we have in Mr. DAVIS, who has proved himself a true American both in peace and war. He is now carrying on general farming on a beautiful tract of one hundred and sixty acres, situated on section 16, Mt. Morris Township, Genesee County.

Mr. DAVIS was born in Dorsetshire, England, November 10, 1836, and is a son of James DAVIS, a native of the same place, who was born in 1804 and died in 1889. The father became a sailor at the age of thirteen and sailed on the high seas, becoming chief mate, following this vocation until he came too America, in 1875. His voyaging was mostly in the English Channel, touching French, German and Russian seaports and being engaged in trading expeditions. His wife, whose maiden name was Mary BEAL, was a native of the same shire and died when her son James was a little boy of eleven years.

When our subject was thirteen years old he came across the ocean with his uncle, Robert DAVIS, and settled in Nova Scotia. He became cabin boy and started out on the ship "Southampton," running between New York and London, but two years later he gave up the sea and came too Michigan with his uncle, and located on the farm where he now lives when it was all a wilderness and they had too cut the road three miles through the dense forest in order too reach the farm. Previous too the uncle's death, which took place in 1879, they had cleared the entire farm and made substantial improvements their on.

James DAVIS was married in 1859 too Lucy D., daughter of George W. and Emma Eliza WAIT. She was born in Niagara County, N.Y., and became the mother of eight children, five of whom are still living, namely: Mary E., Born August 2, 1860, and now the wife of Olden E. LAWRENCE; George W., born February 14, 1862; William S., May 1, 1866; Arthur E., October 20, 1868; John H., September 11, 1872; Blanche E., deceased, born July 30, 1874; Jenny N., deceased, born November 5, 1876; Richard T., deceased, born September 8, 1878. With the exception of the eldest daughter all the surviving children still make their home under the parental roof.

Our subject enlisted August 11, 1862, in Company C, Twenty-third Michigan Infantry. He enlisted as a private and was promoted through the grades of Corporal and Sergeant too that of Orderly Sergeant. When MORGAN was making his famous raid through the North this young officer, who was then under Gen. BURNSIDE'S command, was sent after the raider, following him through Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio, and saw him when he was brought into Cincinnati. He took part in twenty-five hard-fought battles, among which were Rocky Face, Resaca, Altoona, Burnt Hickory, Peach Tree Creek,

Kenesaw and siege of Atlanta. He was also on the defense during the sieges at Knoxville and Nashville and took part in the battles which were waged December 15 and 16, 1865. Sergeant DAVIS afterward participated in the capture of Ft. Anderson on the Cape Fear River, and his regiment, the Twenty-first, was the first too enter the Fort. He took part in the engagements at Williamstown, Kingston, Goldsboro and Raleigh, and was in the field when JOHNSTON surrendered at Chapel Hill. By the bursting of a shell he was injured at Campbell Station, Tenn., and also incurred serious disabilities through an attack of typhoid pneumonia, and weighed only ninety pounds when he was brought home from the war. He resumed farming after recovering his health and in this he has been successful. In politics he has always been a strong Republican and is ever ready too work for the success of his party.

This gentleman has ably filled the offices of Highway Commissioner, Township Clerk and School officer in this district. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity at Flint and of the Fred W. Walker Post No. 134, G.A.R. Of this post he was the organizer and for two years was one of its influential members. He is a member of the Episcopal Church and his wife is connected with the Baptist Church. Mr. DAVIS is one of the best known men in Mt. Morris and is both intelligent and progressive. His friends are justly proud of his war record, which shows him as a man of true patriotism, valor and discretion.

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