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Re: Davidsons of Western Tennessee
Posted by: Virginia Green Date: October 26, 1997 at 17:58:52
In Reply to: Re: Davidsons of Western Tennessee by Carol of 7641

Re: Gen. William Lee Davidson
I. William Davison of Ireland
II. George Davison/Davidson married about 1743 in PA married Margaret Ware, widow of ( ) Summerville (they had two children: James and Rhoda) moved about 1748 to present day Iredell Co. NC near Centre Church. His will 29 May 1758 Rowan Co., NC.
III.-1. George Davidson (probably died before the Revolution.
-2. Gen. William Lee Davidson (1746-1781) married Mary Brevard (1748-1824)
-3. Samuel Davidson (b. abt 1748-)
-4. (----) Davidson married Robert Gibson
(Somewhere I have seen that there were about 8 children. Check for a will in Rowan Co, NC A:35)
IV-2: General William Lee Davidson
B. 1746 Lancaster, PA
m. 10 Dec. 1767 (Rowan Co., NC)
d. 1 Feb. 1782 Rev. War; Cowan's Ford
bur. Hopewell Church (northwest Mecklenburg Co., a few miles west of Davidson College and 2 miles east of the Catawba River)
wife: Mary Brevard
b. 1748
d. 1839
bur. Family Cem. Russellville, KY
Parents: John Brevard & Jean McWhorter
Other Husband: Robert Harris
Mary Brevard Davidson moved near Nashville c. 1787
Children:
1. Margaret Davidson b. 23 Jan. 1774; m. 15 Jan. 1793 Finis Ewing d. 12 Dec. 1868
2. William Lee Davidson, Jr.(1781-1862) Married Betsey Davidson; m. 2nd Sarah Davidson Kerr (Houston)
3. George Davidson (1770-1843) m. Catherine Mushat
4. Pamela Davidson (1772-1851) married 1789 George McLean (1767-1849)
5. John Alexander Davidson (c.1776-1822) married: Elizabeth Green
6. Jean Davidson (c. 1777-1825); married: Henry Green
7. Ephraim Brevard Davidson (1770-1821); married Charlotte Carolina Cook and Mary Baxter Ewing

This is a very famous North Carolina family. They are mentioned in all the history books of this period and place. Look in Rowan, Iredell, and Mecklenburg Counties in NC.

My information comes partly from "Davison/Davidson Family The Descendants of William and Elizabeth Davison of County Armagh, Ireland" by Robert Stephens Hand,1991. Mr. Hand is deceased and I do not know if any additional copies of his book remain.

Another important work is:
Dr. Chalmers Gaston Davidson, "Piedmont Partisan--The Life and Times of General William Lee Davidson (Davidson, NC: Davidson College Press.) Dr. Davidson was head of the Dept. of History at Davidson College. (I don't know if he is still there) This was his doctoral thesis at Harvard.

I am not researching this family. I am searching for someone who has not fit into any of the known Davidson/Davison families of this period.

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