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Birthplace: Westerly, Washington, Rhode Island
Death: Died in Monongalia, West Virginia, United States
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About Thomas William Davis, Sr.

DAVIS, WILLIAM SR DAR Ancestor #: A030724

  • Parents: John Davis, Elizabeth Maxson
  • Service:  NEW JERSEY    Rank: CAPTAIN
  • Birth:  5-15-1719    WESTERLY PROVIDENCE PLANTATIONS CO RHODE ISLAND
  • Death:  7-15-1791     WHITEDAY CREEK MONONGALIA CO VIRGINIA
  • Event: Military Service BET 1777 AND 1781 Revolutionary War
  • Service Source: NJ, REV WAR: COMP OF REV WAR SLIPS & DOCUMENTED MATERIALS FROM OTHER SOURCES, FHL ROLL #568708
  • Service Description: 1) MAJ AUKE WIKOFF'S BATT, 3RD REGT 2) ALSO COL HOLMES, 1ST REGT, MONMOUTH CO MILITIA
  • Residence 1) City: SHREWSBURY TWP - County: MONMOUTH CO - State: NEW JERSEY
  • Spouse Number Name  1) TACY CRANDALL  
  • ORDN: 1745 SDB Minister

Burial: 1791 White Day Creek Cemetery, Monongalia Co., WV Note: Migrated to WV in 1789

According to other family research, in the year 1778, when Thomas Davis was 59 years old, he took his two sons, Elisha and Isaac, and went into the Revolutionary War. Thomas was an infantryman in Captain Helm's Army. Elisha was a Captain, and Isaac was a Wagoner (drove the teams) with New Jersey's 2nd Regiment. When the war was over they all returned home unharmed. President Thomas Jefferson, who spoke Welsh, awarded the Davis family six square miles of land in Ohio for their service in the Revolutionary War.

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Escaping the devastation and horrors that came with the Revolutionary War, in 1789, the extended DAVIS family (which included the MAXSON, BABCOCK, and THORPE families)  left New Jersey as part of the congregation of Shrewsbury Seventh Day Baptist Church. (more)

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His name is William on the birth record and Thomas William on the marriage record.

"Some accounts list Thomas William Davis as an ordained minister, however, I have not found where he served any church in that capacity, or record of his ordination.

The following military record is accredited to T. William Davis by some writers: "Captain, Major Auke Wikoff's Batillion, Third Regiment, Monmouth County Militia 1776. Attached to Colonel Asher Holmes, First Regiment, Monmouth, Co. Militia, June 1, 1777 and served every alternate month of that year. Served six monthly tours in 1780, and seven alternate tours in 1781." (Note: My copy of the same record from the New Jersey State Library, bears the following note typed at the bottom of the page. "A Captain William Davis is buried in the Old Tennant Cemetery, Monmouth County, New Jersey.")

William Davis, Sr. is listed in the Shrewsbury Seventh Day Baptist Church Book as of September 6, 1789, with nine others, as starting out on a Journey to settle in the State of Virginia. It seems probable that he was the leader of the group, inasmuch as they were all eithers sons, sons-in-law, or other close relatives. The next listing in the Church Record, which was carried to Virginia by the group, was the death of William Davis, Sr. at White Day Creek, Monongalia County Virginia, 15 july 1791."

from "The Settlers of Salem, West Virginia" (Nicholson)

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"Some accounts list Thomas William Davis as an ordained minister, however, I have not found where he served any church in that capacity, or record of his ordination.

The following military record is accredited to T. William Davis by some writers: "Captain, Major Auke Wikoff's Batillion, Third Regiment, Monmouth County Militia 1776. Attached to Colonel Asher Holmes, First Regiment, Monmouth, Co. Militia, June 1, 1777 and served every alternate month of that year. Served six monthly tours in 1780, and seven alternate tours in 1781." (Note: My copy of the same record from the New Jersey State Library, bears the following note typed at the bottom of the page. "A Captain William Davis is buried in the Old Tennant Cemetery, Monmouth County, New Jersey.")

William Davis, Sr. is listed in the Shrewsbury Seventh Day Baptist Church Book as of September 6, 1789, with nine others, as starting out on a Journey to settle in the State of Virginia. It seems probable that he was the leader of the group, inasmuch as they were all eithers sons, sons-in-law, or other close relatives. The next listing in the Church Record, which was carried to Virginia by the group, was the death of William Davis, Sr. at White Day Creek, Monongalia County Virginia, 15 july 1791."

from "The Settlers of Salem, West Virginia" (Nicholson) _____

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.

Residence: Somerset Twp., Monmouth Co., NJ Event: Migrated 1789 NJ to WV

Father: JOHN DAVIS , I, Reverend b: 5 MAY 1692 in Chester Co., PA Mother: ELIZABETH MAXSON b: 7 NOV 1695 in Westerly, Washington Co., RI

Marriage 1Tacy Crandall b: 1721 in Westerly, Washington Co., RI Married: 28 DEC 1737 in Westerly, Washington Co., RI Married: 8 DEC 1737 in Westerly, W., RI Children

  1. John Davis b: 1738
  2. Nathan Davis , Sr., Rev. b: 9 MAY 1740 in Westerly, Washington Co., RI
  3. Elizabeth Davis b: 1746 in Shrewsbury, Monmouth Co., NJ
  4. Mary S. Davis b: 1750 in Westerly, Washington Co, RI
  5. John Davis , II, Reverend (Pvt) b: 1 MAY 1755 in Monmouth Co., NJ
  6. William "Greenbrier Billy" Davis b: 21 MAR 1758 in Shrewsbury, Monmouth Co., NJ
  7. Martha Davis b: 15 AUG 1760 in Shrewsbury, Monmouth Co., NJ
  8. Henry Davis b: ABT 1762 in Westerly, Washington Co., RI

Sources: Title: Davis, The Settlers of Salem, West Virginia. Author: Susie Davis Nicholson Publication: Salem Seventh Day Baptist Church, 1992. Page: 7, 11.

Title: The Maxson Family. Descendants of John Maxson and wife Mary Mosher of Westerly, Rhode Island. Author: Walter LeRoy Brown Publication: Eddy Printing Co., Albion, N. Y, 1954. Page: 6, 14.

Title: Elder John Crandall of Rhode Island and His Descendants. Author: John Cortland Crandall Publication: Higginson Book Co., Salem MA, 1949. Page: 24.

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Thomas William Davis, Sr.'s Timeline

1719
May 15, 1719
Westerly, Washington, Rhode Island
1735
1735
Age 15
Westerly, Washington, Rhode Island, United States
1740
May 9, 1740
Age 20
Westerly, Washington, Rhode Island, United States
1746
1746
Age 26
Shrewsbury, Monmouth Co., NJ
1750
1750
Age 30
Shrewsbury, Monmouth, New Jersey, United States
1754
May 1, 1754
Age 34
Shrewsbury, Monmouth, New Jersey, United States
1758
March 21, 1758
Age 38
Shrewsbury, Monmouth Co., NJ, United States
1760
August 15, 1760
Age 41
Shrewsbury, Monmouth, NJ
1762
1762
Age 42
New Jersey, United States
1764
1764
Age 44
Shrewsbury, Monmouth, New Jersey, United States