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Researching the DAVIS Family and the Davis Allied Families of BABCOCK, BURDICK, CARTWRIGHT, CLARKE, COON, CRANDALL, CRUMB, DICKINSON, ECKSTRÖM, FLETCHER, GREENE, HENRY, HOXIE, KENT, LANPHERE, MAXSON, MONEY, MOON, PETTIT, ROGERS, STILLMAN, STRAIGHT, WEX, and ZEMPLE.
assembled some DAVIS Family
genealogical data that I have acquired through several different sources.
Much of the information beyond 1850 is difficult to prove, as vital records were
not required. With this in mind there is a greater likelihood for error.
I needed a place to post this data so that other researchers of this historic
American colonial family could view and challenge the data uncovered to this
point in time.
immigrant DAVIS ancestor was the Seventh Day Baptist, Reverend William DAVIS
(1663-1745). William was born in the Shire of Radnor in South
Wales. William matriculated at Oxford University on June 30, 1682 at
the age of 18 to study theology. Documentation from the Bodleian Library
at Oxford University Archives where William spent two years, suggests that his
father was William DAVIES of Llanstephen. While studying the ministry for
two years, he became interested in the doctrines of the Quaker Society. He
left not finishing school, and immigrated to Philadelphia in 1684 living amongst
William Penn and others of the Society. In
1685 he met and married Elizabeth BRINLEY (Brisley) in Philadelphia.
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Photographs or digital image packages of churches and cemeteries in Wales. Click on the icon to visit Rosemary Griffith's webpage.
Following the birth of his son,
the Reverend John DAVIS, I (1692-1750), William
removed to Westerly, Washington Co., Rhode Island. He was not readily
accepted there because of his radical religious thinking. In 1710 he
attempted to return to England but was coerced by many friends into staying.
His woes continued with the church and he moved on to Stonington, CT where he
remained without incident until 1745. He then removed to Shrewsbury,
Monmouth Co., NJ, with son John and wife Elizabeth MAXSON and several of
his children, and helped establish the church there. He died peacefully
later that year.
John's son, the Reverend
John DAVIS, II (1723-1792), my 6th great-grandfather, married Bethiah
ROGERS and settled in New London, Connecticut. Another son,
Thomas William from William's second marriage to Elizabeth PAVIOR,
literally moved the entire Shrewsbury congregation to Salem, Harrison Co. West
Virginia. In an era when families remained in the same county for
generations I find it astonishing that this family spread so far and so wide
braving this largely uncharted and uncivilized wilderness by covered wagon.
The New England to New York
odyssey included my 5th ggrandfather, the Reverend
David Rogers DAVIS
(born abt.1744, died aft.1827). I had only
found six of David's children until the acquisition of his will. He
mentions three additional daughters that I'd not previously had knowledge of.
Judging from the birthplaces of David's 9th and 10th child, I can assume
that he migrated to NY about 1781 making him one of the earliest Anglo-American
inhabitants of that area. David married (1) Lydia CARTWRIGHT and
(2) Mrs. Anna LANPHERE SATTERLEE.
After my 4th ggrandfather, Joshua
DAVIS (1775-1840), most available documentation of this family appeared
to cease. Joshua apparently was not a member of the clergy like the four
generations that preceded him, and may have become disassociated from the
church. His name only appears once in the membership records edited by Don
Sanford and his daughter Ilou. Joshua married Amy STRAIGHT
(1779-1837) in 1795 and they raised a family of 6 boys and 2 girls according to
the Chenango County Historical records in Lincklaen, NY,
Through the acquisition of two
Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) records, I have found the
documentation I needed to confirm that Joshua's son was my 2nd ggrandfather Job
Green DAVIS, born 1799. Job married Susan MONEY
(1805-1873) in 1824 and they parented 8 children. In later years, these
DAVIS offspring spread from Florida to California and Washington.
Job and Susan had Ahira "Jerome"
DAVIS in 1843, the fifth of eight children. After the family
was complete, they migrated to Caledonia, Waupaca County, Wisconsin by covered
wagon in 1855. Susan's parents, Asahel and Lydia MONEY, and several
of the Davis extended family members made the trip also. Most of the
DAVIS family remains in Waupaca Co. to this day.
On a trip to Wisconsin two summers
ago, with the help of my mother, brother, and nephew, we literally dug up Job
and Susan's headstones in a farmer's flourishing cornfield. The stones
were buried intact, a few inches under the top soil, located under a overgrown
tree grouping surrounded by old rusted farm machinery. They both had died
of black smallpox, and epidemic that traversed Waupaca Co. in the early 1870's.
For fear of contamination, they were not buried in the local cemetery and their
house was burned to the ground. The foundation of that home is still
visible on that inhabited property. Click for Job's marker and for
After the start of the Civil War, Jerome age 18, brother Eugene 16, and brother-in-law, Silas BABCOCK 21, signed on with the all-volunteer Wisconsin 17th Infantry, Company I. While home on a furlough, Jerome married Eunice DICKINSON. After traveling all over the south by rail and on foot, fighting hand- to-hand combat, Jerome, then a sergeant, Eugene, and Silas returned to Wisconsin. My great-grandfather Orson Jerome DAVIS was born in 1867, the third of three children. Jerome later married Charlotte Roena BUTLER, a widow, and they had four children together.
Jerome and Charlotte Davis with sons Frank and Roy, circa 1907, New London, Wisconsin
The house in 1907
The house in 2000
Orson married Stella A.
KENT from a Palmyra, Wayne Co., New York family. Stella and Orson
engendered 6 children including my grandfather Walter
DAVIS born in 1891. Walter married Frances
"Fannie" HENRY, the daughter of Philip HENRY
and Lydia PETTIT of Jefferson County, NY and they also had six
children. Lydia, at the age of 48, died 10 days after giving birth to
my grandmother Fannie, her 11th child.
The DAVIS family,
in addition to the families MONEY, DICKINSON, KENT, HENRY, PETTIT,
and BUTLER all migrated from upstate New York. Inexpensive,
fertile farmland was being offered in the state of Wisconsin in a plea to settle
and develop this wooded wilderness. This pre-railroad era found many people
migrating from New York to the upper Midwest via steamships through the Great
Lakes. The Davis family arriving by covered wagon settled and pioneered the New
London area and has inhabited this Wisconsin community for the past 150 years.
New London, Wisconsin had been so named by the many early settlers whose
families had established New London, Connecticut.
This Welsh clan was re-generated
on American soil firstly in Pennsylvania. The
pilgrimage continued to Rhode Island, New Jersey, New York, West Virginia, Ohio,
Wisconsin, and Minnesota where my brother Dale Walter DAVIS,
son of Glenn George DAVIS and Nancy Mae ECKSTROM, was born.
Since William's birth in 1663 and immigration in 1684, the DAVIS family has come
full circle by returning to New England with the birth of my nephew, Matthew
Rooney DAVIS in Barre, Vermont.
Our American Colonial ancestors of
the past 360 years, now into the 13th generation, have accomplished many things
to make our lives as comfortable as they are today. There is so much more to
learn about their journeys and tribulations. My desire is to peer into the
lives of these courageous people that sacrificed all and gave me life.
Click here for the Last Will and Testament of
David Rogers Davis, DeRuyter, Madison Co., NY
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