About John Davis
Davis, John. A full-blood Creek, born in the "Old Nation." In the War of 1812, when a boy, he was taken prisoner, and was reared by a white man. He emigrated from Alabama in 1829, and was educated at the Union Mission after reaching Indian Territory. He had good talents, and in early manhood became a valuable helper to the missionaries as interpreter and speaker in public meetings. He was an active worker in 1830, and died about 10 years later. Two daughters survive him, who were educated in the Presbyterian boarding school, one of whom, Susan, wife of John McIntosh, rendered important service to Mrs. A. E. W. Robertson in her Creek translations. Davis was joint author with J. Lykens in translating the Gospel of John into Creek, published at the Shawanoe Baptist Mission, Ind. Ter., in 1835, and was also a collaborator with K. M. Loughridge, D. Winslett, and W. S. Robertson in the translation into Creek of two volumes of hymns. Pilling, Bibliog. Muskhogean Lang., Bull. B. A. E., 1889.