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Ann Davis (Morton)

Birthdate: (43)
Birthplace: Calcon Hook, Chester, Pa
Death: 1806 (39-47)
Immediate Family:

Daughter of John Morton, signer of the "Declaration of Independence" and Anne Morton
Wife of Gen. John Davis
Mother of Dr Isaac Davis; John Morton Davis; Sarah Davis; Joseph Davis; William Davis and 5 others
Sister of Aaron Morton; Dr. John Morton; Maj. Sketchley Morton; Jacob Morton; Mary Justis and 3 others

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About Ann Davis


The surviving children of John Morton were as follows:

"Ann, the youngest, married, in 1784, Captain John Davis of Chester County, who had fought through the Revolutionary War as an officer of the Pennsylvania line."


From "Chester (And Its Vicinity,) Delaware County, In Pennsylvania". 2017. Google Books. Accessed March 29 2017. page 147

Ann Morton, (7th child of the signer), married in 1784, Capt. John Davis, of Tredyffrin Township, Chester County, Pa., son of Isaac and Elizabeth (Bartholomew , born in the year 1752. He entered the Continental service Nov. 15, 1776, as captain in the 9th Regt. of the Pennsylvania Line, and served until the close of the Revolution. "Saffelfs Records of the Revolutionary War" pp. 396, 417. He was present at the surrender of Cornwallis, when Gen. Lafayette took him by the hand and said: Captain Davis! this is a happy day for America.

After the war Captain Davis returned to the family estate near Paoli, where two generations of his ancestors had previously resided, and became an Associate Judge of the courts of Chester County, which position he occupied until his death. All his life he took great interest in military affairs, and became a General of Militia, which fact is recorded, I am informed, upon his tombstone. He was entitled under the different acts of Congress to half pay, commutation and bounty land, but neither he nor his heirs have been able to obtain either. He was a member of the Society of Cincinnati, and left three diaries of the events of the Revolutionary war, connected with his service, which are in possession of John W. Davis, of Oil City, Pa. An old sketch ofthelifeof Captain Davis, says, among other things: "He was a man of note in his day and was one of the first to join General Wayne in raising a regiment immediately on the breaking out of the war. He served continuously till its close, bearing a full share of the hardships and dangers of eight campaigns under his intrepid leader. He first saw fire at Three Rivers, and fought at Brandywine, Paoli, Germantown, Monmouth, Stony Point, Green Spring, Yorktown and in Georgia, and he traversed in the service every State in the Union, from the St. Lawrence to the Mobile. Though a brave officer, and in many battles and innumerable skirmishes, he passed through the war without a wound. He was for many years one of the Judges of our county Courts, and possessed a handsome landed estate in the Great Chester Valley. There are many that still recollect his erect, large and manly form, seated in his chair at the right of Judge Darlington, and always looking the full soldier, and wearing his high military air, even in his place of judgment. He died July 10, 1827, just half of a century after John Morton; having lived to see the death-bed prediction of his father-inlaw completely verified.

The father of Judge Davis was one of His Majesty's Justices of the Peace and of the Courts, a position similar to that held in the present day by our Justices of the Peace and associate Judges of the county Courts combined. 'Squire Davis' used to relate that in his day couples would come as far as ten and twenty miles to him to be married, the mode of travel being on horseback, the groom on his saddle with his bride on a pillion behind him. The pillion being so called from its form, being something like a pillow."

Captain John Davis, married his first wife Ann Morton, in 1784, he being then 30 years of age. They had the following children,

  • Isaac,
  • John Morton,
  • Mary, (b. 1796, d. 1868, unmarried,)
  • Charles Justis, Ann, Benjamin, and
  • Albert, and
  • three others who died young.

Captain Davis' remains were interred in the grave yard of the Great Valley Presbyterian Church, in Chester County. His second wife was the widow of Major McLean, a brother officer of the Captain during the Revolution.


March 2017 has Ann (Morton) Davis' death as Aug. 31, 1833, no tombstone, which is inconsistent with the History of Chester above. Perhaps it's a reference to Gen Davis' widow, previously the widow of Maj. McLean.

  • Reference: MyHeritage Family Trees - SmartCopy: Mar 28 2017, 21:57:44 UTC
  • "Chester (And Its Vicinity,) Delaware County, In Pennsylvania". 2017. Google Books. Accessed March 28 2017. page 145 "From page 145: John Morton, the signer, married Ann Justis, of Chester County, and they had issue, as appears by his will duly registered at West Chester, Aug.26, 1778, three sons and five daughters; Aaron, Sketchley, John, Mary, Sarah, LYDIA, Ann, and Elizabeth."
  • Reference: Find A Grave Memorial - SmartCopy: Mar 29 2017, 1:50:44 UTC
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