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Nathan Davis

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Westerly, Washington, Rhode Island
Death: Died in Salem, Harrison, West Virginia, United States
Place of Burial: Salem, Harrison County, West Virginia, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Rev. T. William Davis and Tacy Davis
Husband of Anna Davis
Father of William Gifford "Jarsey Billy" Davis; Joshua Gifford Davis; David Davis; Hannah Davis, twin; John Davis, infant twin and 8 others
Brother of John Davis; William Davis; Elisabeth Sutton; Mary S. Reed; Rev. John Davis and 4 others

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About Rev. Nathan Davis

DAVIS, THE SETTLERS OF SALEM, WEST VIRGINIA, by Susie Davis Nicholson, Salem, West Virginia, 1992. p. 11, 19


DAR Ancestor #: A030568

  • DAVIS, NATHAN Ancestor #: A030568
  • Birth:  5-9-1740    WESTERLY KINGS CO RHODE ISLAND
  • Death:  (ANTE) 10-17-1814     NEW SALEM HARRISON CO VIRGINIA
  • Parents: William Davis, Tacy Crandall
  • Spouse Number Name  1) ANNA GIFFORD  
  1. Event: Enlisted 9 MAY 1777 Continental Army, Sherburn's Regiment
  2. Event: Discharged 30 APR 1780 (Court martialed)

It is almost certain that Nathan and Ann are buried in the Salem Seventh Day Baptist Church Cemetery as they had always maintained close ties with that church, as attested to by the Church Records.

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

Nathan and Ann were active in the Seventh Day Baptist Church at Shrewsbury, NJ, and later at New Salem, Western Virginia. His dispute with an indentured servant, John Parker, concerning settlement at termination of indenture was settled by the Shrewsbury Church body and recorded in the minutes.

Nathan was enlisted in the Continental Army on May 9, 1777 for a period of three years, with Sherburns Regiment. He was at Rye on Dec. 6, 1777; at Fishkill, March 4, 1778; at White Plains, July 1779; absent with leave from Bristol, Nov 1778 to May , 1779; Morristown, March 2, 1780; Discharged, April 30, 1780. War Record, #3360, National Archives.

As best as we can determine, Nathan and Ann and most of their children made their way into the wewstern foothills of the Allegheny Mts. and settled at New Salem, Virginia by 1795. these names of their sons appear on the 1793 Militia List of Shrewsbury, N.J.: William, David, Joseph, and Nathan. Joshua's name is not on the list, so it is probable that he had migrated earlier to Virginia.

Ann was named in her father's Will, proved 27 Feb. 1793, in which she received 30 pounds.

Nathan purchased "In lot" #27 and "Out lot" #1 in the Village of New Salem by deed dated 13 Feb. 1796. "In lot" #27 was conveyed to the Church by Nathan and Ann, by Deed dated 14 March, 1811.

An inventory of the estate of Nathan Davis, deceased, is entered in Harrison Co. Will Book 2, p. 60, dated 17 Oct. 1814. with Joshua Davis as Administrator. Sale is listed in Book 2, p. 85, dated 11 Nov. 1814, and Administrative Settlement, Book 2, p. 110, dated 11 Nov. 1814.

This statement concerning Stephen Jesse Davis, p.. 248 TCD: "He is a farmer and for several years resided on a part of the old homestead of his great-grandfather, Nathan Davis. This tract of land has been in the family for more than 100 years. He has a number of old relics once belonging to Nathan, among them is the old Family Bible, a pair of natch planes, and a box they brought with them from New Jersey." By Stephen J. Davis, whose birth place is given as Cherry Camp, now Bristol, WB. (Note: As best I can determine this data was collected about 1920.)

Not too long after 28 Apr 1789, Nathan and Ann DAVIS moved to Harrison Co, VA (now WV), with the Seventh Day Baptists. Nathan had lost his Shrewsbury Tp land because of a bad debt.


An inventory of the estate of Nathan Davis, deceased, is entered in Harrison Co. Will Book 2, p. 60, dated 17 Oct. 1814. with Joshua Davis as Administrator. Sale is listed in Book 2, p. 85, dated 11 Nov. 1814, and Administrative Settlement, Book 2, p. 110, dated 11 Nov. 1814.

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Rev. Nathan Davis's Timeline

1740
May 9, 1740
Westerly, Washington, Rhode Island
1762
May 7, 1762
Age 21
Shrewsbury Township, Monmouth County, New Jersey, United States
1764
March 12, 1764
Age 23
Shrewsbury, Monmouth County, New Jersey
1766
July 26, 1766
Age 26
Shrewsbury, Monmouth County, New Jersey
1769
May 22, 1769
Age 29
Shrewsbury, Monmouth County, New Jersey
May 22, 1769
Age 29
Shrewsbury, Monmouth County, New Jersey, United States
1770
April 26, 1770
Age 29
Shrewsbury, Monmouth County, New Jersey
1772
June 21, 1772
Age 32
Shrewsbury, Monmouth County, New Jersey, United States
1774
September 1, 1774
Age 34