William "Greenbrier Billy" Davis (1758 - 1845) MP

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Nicknames: ""Greenbrier Billy""
Birthplace: Shrewsbury, Monmouth Co., NJ, United States
Death: Died in Greenbrier Run, Doddridge Co., West Virginia, United States
Managed by: Steven Avery Kelley
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About William "Greenbrier Billy" Davis

DAVIS, WILLIAM JR DAR Ancestor #: A030723

  • Parents: William Davis, Tacy Crandall
  • Service:  NEW JERSEY    Rank: PRIVATE
  • Birth:  3-21-1758    FREEHOLD TWP MONMOUTH CO NEW JERSEY
  • Death:  1-6-1845     NEW SALEM HARRISON CO VIRGINIA
  • Pension Number: *S5329 Service Source: *S5329
  • Service Description: 1) CAPTS LONGSTREET, DENNIS, CARHART, BENNETT, 2) STILLWELL, WALTON, HAMPTON, SHEPPARD
  • Residence 1) City: FREEHOLD TWP - County: MONMOUTH CO - State: NEW JERSEY
  • Spouse Number Name  1) ELIZABETH JOHNSON  
  1. Event: Migration 1789 New Salem, Harrison Co., WV
  2. Military Service: Revolutionary War Patriot
  3. Event: Military Served on Staff of Gen George Washington

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From "The Settlers of Salem, West Virginia" (Nicholson 1992)

William's and Elizabeth's first four children were born in New Jersey as is recorded on the 1850 Census. George J. was recorded as born in Virginia and Rachel as born in Pennsylvania. the rest were born in Virginia, (now West Virginia). From this and other information, William and Elizabeth were in the 1789 migration.

William served in the New Jersey Militia during the Revolutionary War and received a pension for that service. He is registered as a Patriot with NSDAR by a descendant, several years ago.

After the threat of Indian attack had ceased, William moved his family to a farm on Greenbrier Run near Salem, thus acquiring the name Greenbrier Billy Davis.

The original sandstone marker still stands to mark their final resting place in the Salem Seventh Day Baptist Cemetery, however, a new government marker was placed and dedicated by Gladys Davis Norris on 30 May 1976. For the curious: Therer were no unusual circumstances that brought an end to their lives on the same date. He had been ill and she cared for him during that illness. Elizabeth was the daughter of Elisha Johnston and his second wife, Catharine Mitchell.

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William "Greenbrier Billy" Davis's Timeline

1758
March 21, 1758
Shrewsbury, Monmouth Co., NJ, United States
1777
1777
Age 18
Shrewsbury, Monmouth, New Jersey, United States
1782
March 3, 1782
Age 23
Shrewsbury, Monmouth, NJ, USA
1783
September 16, 1783
Age 25
Shrewsbury, Monmouth, New Jersey
1785
December 14, 1785
Age 27
Shrewsbury, Monmouth, New Jersey, United States
1787
September 13, 1787
Age 29
NJ, USA
1790
February 7, 1790
Age 31
Monongalia, West Virginia
1792
July 25, 1792
Age 34
Pennsylvania, United States
1795
May 27, 1795
Age 37
Virginia, United States
1795
Age 36
Ronceverte, Greenbrier, West Virginia, United States