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James Davis

Birthdate: (41)
Birthplace: Augusta County, Province of Virginia
Death: March 29, 1797 (41)
Christian County, Kentucky, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Walter Davis and Martha Davis
Husband of Deborah Ferguson
Father of William Cunningham Davis; Elizabeth Clark; Sally Harrison; Martha Elliot and Abraham Miller Davis
Brother of John Davis; Martha Reeves; Euphemia Donly; Margaret Smith; Sallie Day Ewin (Davis) and 3 others

Managed by: John M. Wanamaker
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About James Davis

From Family Record, Written by Dr. Thomas Davis Parks of Elmwood, Missouri. Feb. 2nd, 1878

The fourth child of Walter and Martha Davis was a son, James. He was a great favorite with his sisters, and I believe with the whole family. He was a noble, generous, and enterprising man, successful in acquiring property, and free to spend it on deserving objects, – particularly generous towards his sisters and brothers. His father at one time gave him or sold him the Rock Spring Farm, at that time not much improved. Afterwards when he saw prospects of success in the west he returned it to his father without price, that he might have it for settlement of another of his family.

He married Deborah Miller, whose father at an early period had gone to Kentucky, acquired titles to considerable quantities of land, and died there, leaving his wife with two children, this daughter and son. These circumstances drew the attention of Uncle James to the then far west. I should have stated that he had served one campaign at least in the War of the Revolution, and had acquired a taste for adventure.

Soon after his marriage, he went to Kentucky accompanied by his brother-in-law Donly and their families, also his wife’s brother Abram Miller, then a boy. Whether Brewer Reeves went this time or later, I cannot say. However, James Davis and Charles Donly with their families emigrated at an early period to Lincoln County, Kentucky, in which the land located by Mr. Miller lay. Donly as I stated, settled by Mr. Miller, and as I have understood, turned the larger portion of them over to Abram Miller, and soon afterwards proceeded farther west to Christian County, where he settled. I believe he represented that county in Legislature, and at the time of his death, which occurred not many years subsequent, was surveyor of the county, at that time a very profitable office, but his premature death deprived him of the advantages to be expected from it.

He left a widow and five children, the oldest not much if any beyond 10:

  • 1. William Cunningham,
  • 2. Elizabeth,
  • 3. Sallie,
  • 4. Martha, and
  • 5. Abram.

Abram died when a youth of eighteen or twenty. Martha married a man named Elliot and died soon afterwards, – childless. The other three lived to have families.

William was a most estimable man, beloved and respected by all who knew him. He was nearly of the age with his cousin B. H. Reeves, but he had not the turn for public business or the attractive address which the latter possessed, but was a man of good business capacity, enterprising and deeply interested in the general welfare of the country. He was a man whose influence was felt in the community in which he lived. When about 25 years of age, he married Miss Anne North, a lady much younger than himself. They had six daughters, the youngest an infant at the time of his death, which occurred in the spring of 1826 from pneumonia. William Cunningham Davis was a warm-hearted, sincere, generous friend and an affectionate relative.

Elizabeth Davis married Isaac Clark, a respectable and worthy man. Their family consisted of a son (Isaac) and two daughters, Deborah, and Sallie all of whom married.

Sallie Davis married Robert Harrison, also a respectable and worthy man. They raised a large family, but I am not able to even give their names.

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James Davis's Timeline

April 17, 1755
Augusta County, Province of Virginia
Age 32
Virginia, United States
March 29, 1797
Age 41
Christian County, Kentucky, United States