Lorenzo Davis papers: 1822-1899
Lorenzo Davis papers
Davis, Lorenzo, 1812-
0.6 linear feet (in 2 boxes)
Washtenaw County, Michigan minister, local historian and public official; correspondence, sermons, and collected papers relating to the history of Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County, Michigan.
851220 Aa 2
The material is in English
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The collection was transferred from the Graduate Library of the University of Michigan (donor no. 1278).
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[item], folder, box, Lorenzo Davis papers, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan
Lorenzo Davis was born in Covington, N.Y., April 29, 1812, the son of Jonathan E. and Hannah (Curtis) Davis, natives of Massachusetts. His father was a farmer, teacher and itinerant Methodist Episcopal minister. In 1828, Lorenzo moved to Ypsilanti only to return to New York in 1829, then back again to Michigan in 1831. In 1834 Davis obtained a license to preach, and was received into the Ohio conference, which then included the Michigan Territory. He was pastor in various Michigan communities before finally settling in Ann Arbor in 1845 where he both preached and clerked in a drug store. In his life, Davis had many activities and interests: as a publisher, farmer, as register of deeds for two years, as town clerk and superintendent of the poor, as active member of the Washtenaw County Pioneer Society, and member and secretary of the Agricultural Society of Washtenaw County.
Collection Scope and Content Note
Except for a scattering of correspondence and sermon notes, the bulk of the Davis collection relates to the Washtenaw County Pioneer Society and to the history of Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County. Included is correspondence of Ezra and William S. Maynard, biographies of early pioneers, papers relating to the development of the temperance movement in Washtenaw County, the history of Northfield, Sylvan, and Ypsilanti Townships, Michigan; papers, 1881, concerning the First Congregational Church of Salem Township, Michigan; and papers, 1866, concerning the Ann Arbor Sunday School Convention.
This collection is indexed under the following headings in the finding aid database and catalog of The Bentley Historical Library/University of Michigan. Researchers desiring additional information about related topics should search the catalog using these headings.
- Farmers -- Michigan -- Washtenaw County.
- Frontier and pioneer life -- Michigan -- Washtenaw County.
- Northfield (Mich. : Township)
- Salem (Washtenaw County, Mich. : Township)
- Sylvan (Washtenaw County, Mich. : Township)
- Temperance -- Michigan -- Washtenaw County.
- United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.
- Washtenaw County (Mich.)
- Ypsilanti (Mich. : Township)
- Congregational churches -- Michigan -- Salem.
- Washtenaw County (Mich.). Board of the Superintendents of the Poor.
- Washtenaw County Historical Society.
- Maynard, William Sumner, 1802-1866.
- Maynard, Ezra.