February 7, 1867, Walton County, Georgia.
Davis’ parents wanted him to be a Presbyterian minister, but his health failed during school, and he had to change career plans. He moved to Texas in 1888, followed by his parents in 1892, with whom he lived on a farm in Bosque County.
Davis had been interested in music from an early age, and he learned to read simple music under the instruction of J. L. White of Georgia.
After reading a book about harmony, he began studies under J. R. Cable and Rufus Cornelius. Though not a music teacher, he played, sang, led, and composed for his own enjoyment.