Born: January 23, 1839, near Marcellus, New York.
Died: August 1, 1896, Chesterfield, Indiana.
Buried: Burr Oak Township Cemetery, Burr Oak, Michigan.
Pseudonym: C. L. Jackson.
Davis traveled extensively, living at different times in Marcellus, New York; Vicksburg, Mississippi; Baltimore, Maryland; Cincinnati, Ohio; and Burr Oak and Findley, Michigan.
He taught voice and instrumental classes, had charge of choirs in various places, and sang many solos. He never married.
His first published composition appeared in Waverly Magazine.