Lorenzo Davis papers: 1822-1899
Summary Information
Title: Lorenzo Davis papers
Creator: Davis, Lorenzo, 1812-
Inclusive dates: 1822-1899
Extent: 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.
Call number: 851220 Aa 2
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Bentley Historical Library
1150 Beal Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2113
Phone: 734-764-3482
Fax: 734-936-1333
e-mail: bentley.ref@umich.edu
Home Page: http://www.bentley.umich.edu/
Finding aid created by Michigan Historical Collections staff

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

The collection was transferred from the Graduate Library of the University of Michigan (donor no. 1278).

Access Restrictions:

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Preferred Citation:

[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.

Subject Terms

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)
  • Sermons.
  • 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.
Contents List
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Container / Location Title
Personal and collected material [series]
Box   1  
Correspondence 1822-1899

(include correspondence with William S. Maynard)

Box   1  
Newspaper clippings concerning the meetings of Washtenaw County Pioneer Society 1870s
Box   1  
Recollections by Davis of the early ministers of Washtenaw County
Box   1  
History of Ann Arbor by Lorrin Mills read to the Washtenaw County Pioneer Society 1877
Box   1  
History of Ann Arbor by Thomas Holmes; and other historical and biographical notes
Box   1  
Papers relating to the history of Washtenaw County
Box   1  
Papers concerning the board of the superintendents of the poor of Washtenaw County 1833
Box   1  
History of the temperance movement in Washtenaw County
Box   1  
Minutes of the Washtenaw County Pioneer Society 1878-1879
Box   1  
Receipts of Eagle Fire Company, No. 1 1864
Box   1  
Paper concerning the First Congregational Church of Salem Township, Washtenaw County 1881
Box   1  
Papers concerning the Ann Arbor Sunday School Convention 1866
Box   1  
Papers concerning the history of Ypsilanti, Sylvan, and Northfield townships
Box   1  
Map of the Navarre farm on the Raisin River 1838
Box   1  
Records of the bounty paid on the scalps of woodchucks 1885-1886
Box   1  
Sermons: Lorenzo Davis (2 folders)
Box   1  
Biographies of early residents of Washtenaw County
Box   1  
List of Washtenaw County residents willing to serve in home guard 1861
Box   1  
Personal notebook
Box   1  
Box   2  
Road assessments 1881-1885 (2 folders)
Box   2  
School censuses and reports 1881-1886