George Washington Davis (1817 - 1880)

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Birthplace: Bedford, TN, USA
Death: Died in DeWitt, TX, USA
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George Washington Davis was born in Bedford County, Tennessee August 1, 1817, twenty years after the presidency of George Washington expired. He was the fourth child of Daniel and Elizabeth Davis. With his parents he moved from Bedford to Hardeman County, Tennessee when at the age of 13 he came with his parents via Mississippi to Texas in 1831. Young George Washington was excited about joining his brother John Davis who arrived in Gonzales in May, 1830. Young George Washington was taught the trade of horse-breeding by his family and carried out the trade throughout his life. In 1850 when father Daniel Davis died, his will specified that George Washington was to receive one fine-blooded bay horse among other concessions. According to descendants, George Washington Davis assisted in the Battle of Gonzales in 1835. After the standoff, he joined the volunteers from Gonzales for the siege of Bexar. He returned home to Gonzales and in 1836 joined Sam Houston in Gonzales and fought with him in the Battle of San Jacinto. He returned to Gonzales and along with the other Davis' rebuilt homes and ranches and resumed their horse-breeding trade. On 27 May 1840 George Washington Davis married Mary Caroline Pease, a young widow who was the mother of four children. Early research stated that her maiden name was thought to be "Kelly" and that "she was the widow of the brother of Governor Elisha Pease"; however, her first husband and fourth child, both deceased, were stated to have been named Lyman Pease. Mary Caroline may have been the wife of Lorrain Thompson Pease Jr., but that information was unproven and was not researched.

George Washington and Mary Caroline lived in Gonzales, Texas until 1850. They had eight children in eight years, namely: George Washington Jr. (1842-circa 1860)-infant (1843 deceased); Daniel (1844-1878) married Amanda Harper and had Georgia, Bell, Robert Winfield, Daniel Jr. and two others; Zachariah (1845-1925) was a deaf mute and min (1847) married Susie Sparks and had William Gray, Aizora and Benjamin; Ann Elizabeth (1848-1881) married William McCullough and had Jennie, Willie, Ophelia, Dora, Della, Lilly, Joe and Fidelia; James Rhode Davis (1849-1914) married Mary Francis Vick. The Pease children were: Caroline (circa 1836) married William Harper and had Alice, Sue, Minnie, Dora, Marshden, Marlin and Samuel; Samuel Kelly (1837-1894) married first Mary Ann Downs and had George Washington, Ida, Sarah, Mildred, Lyman, James and Robert and married second Susan Laster and had Wright, Sue A., Naomi, John, Edward, Wiley, Henry, Leslie and Samuel Kelly Jr.; Mary Ann (1838-1919) married first William R. Light and had Daniel, Nancy, Caroline, William and five others and married second W.D.W. Peck and had Ellen.

In 1850, following the death of his parents and the sale of their land and property as specified in Daniel's will, George Washington received one-third of the estate. He purchased the ranch home and 1000 acres of land from the widow Rosanna of his brother, Zachariah Davis. George Washington and his family moved onto the Daniel Davis league on the Gonzales-DeWitt County line. The property was so near the Gonzales County line between Hochheim and Cheapside that mail service was routed from Gonzales. Mary Caroline died some time between the birth of her last child December 23, 1849 and September 12, 1854, the date of George Washington's marriage to his second wife Elizabeth Ann McCullough, a widow and mother of two sons: William McCullough who married Ann Elizabeth, the only daughter of George Washington and Mary Caroline, and David McCullough. No issue occurred during George's second marriage. In 1855 George Washington Davis deeded and recorded in DeWitt County one-half acre of land on his homestead for the Davis Cemetery, he died November 15, 1880 and was buried in the Davis Cemetery. A the foot of his grave was an olive branch granite marker; the inscription read, "Citizen Soldier who served Texas in its struggle for independence, 1835-1836." Davis, McCullough and Kuykendall descendants continued to be buried in the Davis Cemetery. The San Jacinto Monument has the name of George Washington Davis inscribed on its base and there is a large picture in the museum of an elderly George Washington Davis. Descendants of Daniel and George Washington Davis continued to live on parts of their land through several generations. They included George Washington's son James Rhode, his son James Robert, his daughter Loma Means and her daughter Mrs. Marvin (Ethel Lena) Yaws. They also maintained the Davis Cemetery through the years. Ruth Johnson Stuckey (In large part adapted from The History of Gonzales County, Texas by permission of the Gonzales County Historical Commission).

Source: http://www.tamu.edu/ccbn/dewitt/davisfam.htm#gwdavisdaniel

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1860 United States Federal Census

about George W Davis

Name: George W Davis

Age in 1860: 40

Birth Year: abt 1820

Birthplace: Tennessee

Home in 1860: DeWitt, Texas

Gender: Male

Value of real estate: View image

Household Members: Name Age

George W Davis 40

Elizabeth Davis 50

George W Davis 18

Daniel Davis 16

Zechariah Davis 15

Will Davis 14

Ben Davis 13

Eliza A Davis 12

James Davis 10

William Mccullough 25

David Mccullough 15

Richard Downs 60

Riley Downs 27

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1870 United States Federal Census 

about George W Davis

Name: George W Davis

Birth Year: abt 1815

Age in 1870: 55

Birthplace: Tennessee

Home in 1870: Precinct 2, DeWitt, Texas

Race: White

Gender: Male

Value of real estate: View image

Post Office: Clinton

Household Members: Name Age

George W Davis 55

Elizabeth Davis 59

Wm Mccullock 30

Eliza Ann Mccullock 20

Ophelia Mccullock 4

Lilly Mccullock 2

Jos M Mccullock 10/12

Ben Davis 24

James Davis 21

Francis Davis 20

Jack Davis 27

David Mccullock 24

Mary Mccullock 16

Caroline Davis 9/12

Daniel Davis 28

Amanda C Davis 22

Henry Clay Davis 3

Lulu B Davis 2


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George Davis's Timeline

1817
August 1, 1817
Bedford, TN, USA
1840
May 27, 1840
Age 22
TX, USA
1854
September 12, 1854
Age 37
TX, USA
1880
November 15, 1880
Age 63
DeWitt, TX, USA