Wayne Spiller, Compiler
McCulloch County History, Vol. I
Born in Indiana on 1 October 1835, he married about 1854, Sarah Millsap,
who was born in Missouri on 9 April 1838.
He came to Texas about 1853 with a herd of cattle belonging to Waggoner, who later operated large ranches in the north central portion of the state.
Joe Davis came to southeastern Mcculloch County in 1861. His arrival is easily dated by the ditty he always used in answer to the query, "I come in '61, the year 'the War' begun."
He settled on a spring not far distant from the San Saba River, on the north side, about a mile from the San Saba County line. The place where he lived then (now owned by Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Hanks) has since been called "Joe Davis Spring" and the draw as "Joe Davis Draw."
For a brief time around 1880, he lived in the San Angelo area, later returning to the Voca-Lost Creek country, and in his late years living at Alanreed, Texas.
Sarah died 5 August 1911; he on 18 August 1914. Both are buried at Voca. Their children were J. T., a male, born abut 1855; S. J., a female born about 1860 in Texas; Jo Ann, born in Texas about 1863 and married Ab Hays, son of W. L.' Sarah Elizabeth, b. in Texas (McCulloch) in 1868, who married Wade F. Spiller; and Mattie, who married a Lemons.
Joe Davis was a brother to Jack, Jeff, And Cal, all of whom were early residents of southeastern McCulloch County.