Excerpted from the George Davies Biography in Roberts et al,  History of Lehigh County Pennsylvania, 1914


Daniel Davies, also a native of Wales, and a molder by trade, left his native land in June, 1846 accompanied by his family, and arrived in New York in July of the same year. He found employment as a foundryman in the Novelty Works, New York City, afterward being employed in Jersey City, New Jersey, and Phoenixville, Pennsylvania; later he went to Tamaqua, where he entered the employ of the late Hopkin Thomas, father of the junior partner of Davies and Thomas. In the early part of 1849, Mr. Davies left Tamaqua and went to Weatherly, and in July of 1850, came to Catasauqua, entering the foundry of the Crane Iron Company, under the late David Williams, manufacturing castings on contract. Severing his connection with the Crane Iron Company in 1865, he entered into partnership with William Thomas in the foundry business, purchasing the old planing mill in East Catasauqua; three months later his son, George, was admitted to partnership.


After two years, the firm of Davies and Thomas was dissolved, Mr. Thomas withdrawing his interest after which the title became Davies and Son, and the business was thus conducted until the death of Daniel Davies, in April, 1876, at sixty-three years of age. He was a man of staunch integrity and honorable, upright principles, and for many years held membership in the Presbyterian Church. His wife, Mary (Phillips) Davies, was born in Wales, and died there in the year 1839. Their children were: John, who died in 1862; George, mentioned hereinafter; and Mary A., who became the wife of James Thomas.


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