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Joseph Davidson and Sarah Peavy
Posted by: Lanny Cauthen (ID *****9988) Date: July 22, 2010 at 11:32:28
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I have the following information on Joseph Davidson and Sarah Peavy. Can anyone add to it?

During the Revolutionary War, Joseph enlisted in North Carolina on May 5, 1776 and served to Oct. 1779 as a private in Captains Goodman and Roger Moore's companies, Colonel Thomas Polk's North Carolina 4th Regiment and was in the battles of Brandywine, Germantown, and Monmouth. He was discharged in White Plains, New York. Joseph was allowed a pension on his application executed April 19, 1824 at which time he was seventy years old and resided in Pike Co., Ga. where he had resided for about six years. In 1818 he lived in Jasper Co., Ga. and previously had resided in Montgomery Co., Ala. On Sept. 12, 1781, in Orange Co., N. C., he married Sarah Peavy. She also drew a pension based on his military service. (W4175). In 1838 she stated that they had thirteen children, and ten were still living.

Between Joseph's marriage in Orange Co., N. C. in 1781 and his move to Montgomery Co., Ala., Joseph lived in Wilkes Co., Ga., that part which became Warren Co., Ga. in 1793. There was another Joseph Davidson in this area at the same time, but Sarah's Joseph lived close to her Peavy relatives. Below are records of Joseph and Sarah:

Wilkes Co., Ga. deed - dated Sept. 25, 1789 from Joseph and Sarah Davidson to Joseph Peavy, 100 acres on Ogeechee River granted to Davidson in 1785. Witnesses were John Peavy and Christopher Williams. (Note: There was a Joseph Davidson who was granted 287 1/2 acres in Washington Co., Ga. in 1786, Bk. III, p. 516. In Bk. B, p. 138 John Peavy was granted 287 1/2 acres of land in Washington Co. on the Ogeechee River on May 17, 1784).

Warren Co., Ga. deed - Bk. C, pp. 44-45. Jan. 3, 1793. Joseph Davis (sic) and Sarah, his wife, of Wilkes Co., Ga. to Frederick Davis (Davidson ?) of the same place for the sum of 30 pounds for a tract of land containing 70 acres being in Wilkes Co., Ga. and on Rocky Comfort, being a part of a tract of 200 acres that lies on said creek. Grant dated 2nd Aug. 1786. Witnesses: John Williams and ___ Pruitt, J. P. Signed by Joseph Davidson and Sarah Davidson. Registered: Jan. 15, 1801.

Warren Co., Ga. deed - Bk. A, pp. 218-219. Feb. 15, 1793. Joseph Davies (sic) of Wilkes Co., Ga. to Jeremiah Mathews of same for 20 pounds, land on Rocky Comfort, Rutherford's land, 100 acres granted to James Cockrham (sic) in 1786. Signed: Joseph Davidson. Witnesses: John Myrick and Elisha Wright. Recorded: Dec. 7, 1796.

Warren Co., Ga. deed - Bk. A, pp. 486-487. October 24, 1793. William Cocks and Hannah, his wife, of Wilkes Co. to Dial Peavey of same, for 50 pounds, land on west side of Rocky Comfort adjoining James Parsons ... 154 acres (2 reserved for use of mill). Signed: William Cocks, Hannah Cocks. Witnesses: Daniel Cocks, Joseph Davidson. Recorded: Feb. 20, 1799.

It is difficult to separate the two Joseph Davidsons in the early tax digests, but these probably pertain to Sarah's Joseph:

Wilkes Co., Ga. 1791 Tax Digest for Capt. Pruet's dist. KK. #063 Joseph Davidson of Wilkes Co., 70 acres of 3rd quality land. (Note: Dist. KK included lands on the waters of Rocky Comfort Creek of Ogeechee River, Whetstone Branch thereof and Middle Creek and Hart's Creek of Little River. This entire district was placed in Warren Co. when it was created in Dec. 1793).

Warren Co., Ga. 1794 Tax Digest for Capt. Hubbert's Dist.
Joseph Davidson - no land. Next to him was
Joseph Peavy Jr. - 100 acres in Warren Co. on Long Creek adjoining Heath and King.
John Peavy - no land.
Joseph Peavy - 300 acres in Warren Co. on Long Creek adj. Heath and Dial Peavy. (Joseph Sr. was probably Sarah's father).
Michael Peavy - no land.
Peter Peavy - no land.
Dial Peavy, Jr. - no land.
Dial Peavy, Sr. - 300 acres in Warren Co. adj. Caldwell and Flournoy.
Abraham Peavy - no land.
John Peavy - no land.

Warren Co., Ga. deed - Bk. A, p. 380. March 4, 1795. John Peavy, planter of Warren Co., to Joseph Davidson, blacksmith, of Warren Co. for 50 pounds sterling 100 acres on South Fork Briar Creek granted to Isaac Simonson. Witnesses: William Pleasant, M. Hubert, J. P.

Joseph returned to Ga. about 1818 and lived in Jasper Co. where he participated in the 1820 Ga. Land Lottery from Blake's Dist. of Jasper Co. He won Land Lot 165 of the 4th Section of Irwin Co.

In the 1821 Ga. Land Lottery were father and son Joseph Davidsons both of Pollard's Dist. in Jasper Co. One won Land Lot 156 of Section 6, Monroe Co. The other won Land Lot 208 of Section 3 of Dooly Co. One Joseph had not lived in the state for three years. From "The Georgia Black Book" by Robert Scott Davis, Jr., p. 37: Joseph Davidson (of Jasper Co. - Pollard's Dist.) was not a resident of the state for 3 years immediately prior to 15 May 1821. Condemned Monroe Co. Superior Court, March term 1823. Informer was Abner Durham of Jasper Co. Date of Gov.'s order 3 Nov. 1822.

Joseph also won land in the 1827 Ga. Land Lottery from Long's Dist. of Pike Co., Ga. as a Revolutionary War soldier. He won Land Lot 183, Dist. 29, of Section 1.

In the 1820 Pike Co., Ga. census, Joseph was enumerated in Pike Co. on p. 109 as follows:

Males 1 (5-10), 1 (80-90); Females 2 (5-10), 1 (20-30), 1 (60-70). A daughter and her children must have been living with Joseph and Sarah.

After Joseph's death Sarah won land in the 1832 Gold Lottery of Ga. as a resident of Allison's Dist. of Pike Co., Ga. Her prize was Land Lot 1206 of Dist. 21, Section 1.

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