The counties of Russell and Scott in Virginia are home to several groups of Davidsons, some of which are unrelated. Only two groups have particpated in the Davi(d)son-Davisson Surname Study. The records in these counties do not provide the necessary clues. I know because I have gone through them (court, tax, land and deed, and probate) page by page. I believe DNA testing is the only way to take these "blocked" lines back further. The FTDNA Davidson DNA Study has a substantial database of genetic profiles that increases the likelihood of finding a match with a line.
We have at least five or six groups in the area. Two of these groups have participated in the DNA study: descendants of James Davison I (d 1794) - Family #13); and descendants of Joseph Davidson and Jane Wilson (son of William Davidson and Sarah McCoy of VA & PA - Family #16).
DNA testing can literally save years and also money by pointing one in the right direction. I encourage those who carry the surname to consider testing. If one is interested, it is important to take at least the 37 marker test. Anything less is useless for lineage studies.
With regard to James Davison I (d 1793), I can categorically say that after 20 years of looking at this family, I had eliminated most major groups and was no closer to finding where this family might have originated. A very good DNA match now points us to a NJ line not previously investigated because there were absolutely no such clues. While I have not found the inbetween generations, I am very enthusiastic I can make real progress now and also with the hope of jumping across the pond to Scotland. New Jersey records are pretty good.
Below is a link to the study.
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