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Kentucky Genealogy and Biography, Volume 8B – Battle – Perrin – Kniffin, 1886.
JAMES DUDLEY DAVIS, a practicing physician of Bethel, Bath County, Ky., was born in Scott County, Ky., January 3, 1850. His father, Jonathan Davis, was born in Clark County, Ky., has followed farming all his life, and now resides in Scott County; he is a son of Elijah Davis, a native Virginian, who came to Kentucky at an early date and settled in Clark County, subsequently moving to Scott County, where he lived and died. Jonathan Davis married Miss Jane Laughlin, a daughter of John W. Laughlin, an early settler in Kentucky from Virginia. To Jonathan and Jane Davis were born seven children, three daughters and four sons, viz: Elijah L., Sarah, M. Ellen, John W., James D., Garrett F. and Carrie B. Elijah L. and M. Ellen are deceased. The parents are still living in Scott County. James Dudley Davis was brought up on the farm and received his education at the graded schools in his native county. In 1878 he commenced the study of medicine and graduated with high honors from the Kentucky School of Medicine at Louisville in 1880. He then practiced his profession at Leesburg, Scott County, until 1882, at which time he moved to Bethel, Bath County, Ky., where he has since been actively engaged in the practice of medicine. He is a member of the F. & A. M. fraternity, is a Democrat in politics, and is a member of the Christian Church.