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John Davis, Patriot Soldier PA > VA > NC > SC > TN > and points west
Posted by: Robert Lynn Davis (ID *****1933) Date: July 07, 2002 at 11:10:54
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I can trace my Davis line back to a John Davis, married to a Jane____________. This John Davis was a Patriot soldier from Pennsylvania. His pension application says that he served in the 4th Regiment, Pennsylvania Line. This John Davis settled in western NC, after the war. There are several articles about him in historical journals, but never any mention of his wife Jane's maiden last name. Their children lived at various times in Union County, SC, Spartanburg County, SC, Rutherford County, NC, Cleveland County, NC, Polk County, NC, Henderson County, NC, Buncombe County, NC, Madison County, NC, and in Tennessee, near the little town of Flag Pond (don't know the County, but it's located between Asheville, NC and Erwin, TN).

Back in the 1950s, my grandfather, Roland Davis, told me that our Davis family came to this country from Wales and settled in PA. After the Revolutionary War there were Davis brothers (don't trust my memory on the number of brothers, so I won't quote it here) that came down the "old wagon road" (that's what Grandpa called the road that they traveled in their migration, when he was talking to me. I later learned that the well traveled wagon path that ran along the east side of the Blue Ridge foot hills, by which most of the upcountry of NC, SC, and GA was settled, was called the "old wagon road.") Grandpa said that there were Davises in VA that were our kin. He also said that some of our migrating Davis family settled near Salisbury (Rowan County), NC, and some (our direct Davis line) came on down to the area along the state line of NC/SC.

John Davis, the Patriot soldier, that married to Jane, had 11 children of which 9 lived to adulthood. Only 2 of the surviving 9 were male. At this time, I will speak only of the male. John and Jane's oldest son, Chesley J. Davis was born about 1793. Chesley J. married twice. First to Lavonia Padgett, then to Anthorett "Anky" Case. Their second son was born in 1817. He was named John Davis. If he had another given name, we do not know it. For the purpose of this writing, we will call this son John Davis, Jr.

John Davis, Jr. is my direct line. He was married in Rutherford County, NC in 1836 to Sarah Westbrook. Sarah Westbrook Davis died in 1863. We believe that when she died, her husband and 3 oldest sons were serving the Confederacy. Sarah was buried at Camp's Creek Baptist Church Cemetery (Cleveland County, NC) in 1863.

In 1868, John Davis, Jr. married a second time to Elmira Byars. After this marriage, John Davis, Jr. and Elmira Byars Davis lived in the Grassy Pond, SC community, 2 miles inside the SC state line, in northern Spartanburg County. In a letter written by John Davis, Jr. in 1857, he explains that he lived in SC, but did most of his business in Shelby, NC as it was closer to his home.

John Davis, Jr.' and Sarah Westbrook Davis' first born in 1839 was Lawson Bedford Davis. I am descended through him.

I have much more information about the descendants of John and Jane Davis, and will share.

I am searching for the maiden name of the Jane that married our John Davis, in Rutherford County, NC, around 1787.

John Davis (Sr) died about 1833. His wife Jane Davis died on November 12, 1849. We think that they lived their entire married lives in Rutherford County, NC.

Any help appreciated.

R. Lynn Davis
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