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Re: Craig, Bishop, Davis
Posted by: Erick Montgomery Date: August 05, 2000 at 10:02:12
In Reply to: Re: Craig, Bishop, Davis by Michael Neill of 507

About all I know about the Basil Davis that married Hannah Craig, daughter of John Craig, Sr. of Smith County, Tennessee, is where I have found him. In 1820 there is a Basdell Davis listed in Wilson County, Tennessee. There is a good chance that he is the one who married Hannah Craig, because Wilson County is adjacent to Smith County, and very close to where John Craig, Sr. lived when he died in 1836. In 1830 he may have been the Basil Davis listed in Madison County, Tennessee (census page 84), and possibly is the Basil Davis who received a land grant for 30 acres in Madison County that same year. Both Willie (Wiley?) Davis (who married Rachel Craig) and Joseph Craig, (the youngest son of John Craig, Sr.) were listed in Madison County in the same year. Willie Harris got a couple of grants in Madison County as early as 1825. Joseph Craig got one there in 1832. So my current theory is that the Craigs and their relations first moved to West Tennessee, before some of them shifted up to Illinois. By 1840 only Willie Harris is still listed in Madison County, Tennessee, so Basil Davis had either died or moved elsewhere. He is probably the one that was listed in Clay County, Illinois in 1840 (p. 111), near John Craig, Jr. (p. 125) who had gone there earlier. I don't find the elder Basil Davis in 1850, but there is a Bassel Davis listed as age 37 (so b. ca. 1813), born in Tennessee, in Clay County, Illinois. That must be the elder Basil's son. I am just learning on these folks, so would be very interested in exchanging information.


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