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Re: John Davis 1685-Wales 1758 Pa.
Posted by: Joseph Reed Williams (ID *****9029) Date: March 04, 2011 at 16:02:51
In Reply to: Re: John Davis 1685-Wales 1758 Pa. by Hazel Davis of 43428

Hazel:
Your Davis family may be the one I seek. In 1916 Prof. John Davis provided biographical information that was published in, "A Standard History of Oklanhoma". He commented that his grandfather was a cousin of Jefferson Davis (Pres. of CSA). His Davis grandfather was John Davis [1800-1880]. John was a son of Abel & Mary (HUffman) Davis. Abel [1764-1847] who was found in Monongalia Co., VA in 1795. Traced him to Loudoun Co., VA finding he was the son of Benjamin & Hanna Davis who in 1761 otained a lifetime FAIRFAX lease in Loudoun Co. The IGI indicated he was from Bucks Co. etc. Putting Benjamn with Jefferson was eash as BEnjamin was the first son b. to Evan & Mary DAvis of Philadelphia. Benj. was b. about between 1716 and 1720.
Evan d. testate before 1747. Mary was ran the estate until her death when the estate property was to be divided between the surviving children. William Davis remained in Philadelphia. He found most of his siblings Samuel, Hannah and Joseph but not Benjamin. One sib had d. leaving a wife and son. Since William could not find Benj. he assumed that Ben was also dead. Eventually the offer William made to purchase the Estate property was agreed on and the deed was done.
I am trying to determine if Benajamin who d. 1803 was one of the sibs. Ben. m. Hannah ____? Ben & Hannah had Ann, Elizabeth, Sarah, Rachel, Abel and Howell [1759-1837] whose legacy was the plantation. Abel learned the Cooper trade. Abel was b. in Maryland as John advised census folks in 1880. Abel's oldest dau., Mary was also b. in MD. in 1790 indicating possible family tie with a Davis family in MD.
About 1818 Abel & family except Mary Davis who m. Enoch Current, moved to Champaign Co., OH. Other children movedto White Co., IN and were joined by Abel & John in 1835.
The claim of relationship to Jefferson was not mentioned even though some children had similar given names to Ben's brother's children. Many descendants of Abel did not return from service in the Civil War.
The Jefferson Davis people consider Prof. John's claim (my grandfather)as BOGUS and it may will be as i am still looking for evidAnence.
A John Davis d. in Loudoun Co., VA in 1792 Will Book 217, 1791/92. The heirs include Evan Davis, nephew living in SC, Mary Toy, hosuekeeper;; Mararet & Mary sistersThomas & Jinkin, brothers. David Thomas, & William Osborn were executors and Witnesses: Hasoer Poulsen, Elizabeth Reed and Jonas Rqndle.
You may find Loudoun Co. GenForum message 39143 interesting as it discusses Thomas Davis S/o Davis Davis & Margaret Evans. Happy toi ask any questions you may have.

Joe


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