Elnathan Davis (1735 - 1802)

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Birthplace: Cumberland County, NJ
Death: Died in Shiloh, Cumberland Co., NJ
Managed by: Steven Smith
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About Elnathan Davis

ELNATHAN DAVIS was born at Shiloh in the year 1735, and was the son of Rev. Jonathan Davis, one of the original constituents and first pastor of the Seventh-Day Baptist Church at that place, and was a grandson of Elnathan Davis, who settled at Trenton about the close of the seventeenth century. The family came from Wales to Massachusetts in 1662, in company with Bowen, Bacon, Barratt, and others, some of whose descendants settled in this county. The subject of this notice in May, 1757, married Susanna Bond, of a family originally Friends. He lived on a farm about half a mile southeast of. Shiloh, lately owned by his grandson, Dickerson D. Sheppard, and followed the business of a surveyor. He held the appointment of a deputy of the surveyor· general, was a man of remarkable sagacity, and, considering the imperfections of the instruments in use at the time, his surveys were made with great accuracy, and are easily followed by those who have succeeded him. He had the largest business of any contemporary surveyor. About the year 1795 he was employed to survey two large tracts of land, comprising a considerable part of the best portion of Fairfield township, settled by New Englanders nearly a hundred years before, and now occupied and claimed by the descendants, for which suit had been brought by the English proprietors. He died in 1802; had ten children, many of whose descendants are living in the county.

source: History of the counties of Gloucester, Salem, and Cumberland New Jersey with biographical sketches of their prominent citizens by Thomas Cushing and Charles E. Sheppard.

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Elnathan Davis's Timeline

1735
December 13, 1735
Cumberland County, NJ
1757
May 31, 1757
Age 21
Charlestown, Maryland
1758
August 10, 1758
Age 22
1759
December 25, 1759
Age 24
Cecil, MD, USA
1761
September 30, 1761
Age 25
1763
May 7, 1763
Age 27
Cecil, MD, USA
1765
April 30, 1765
Age 29
1767
August 15, 1767
Age 31
1770
January 1, 1770
Age 34
1771
June 6, 1771
Age 35