The Davidsons

(From Margaret Gardner Cannefax’s: Cannefax-Gardner and Related Lines pp 95-97 pub. 1972)

The first Scot-Irish settlement in America was on the Eastern shore of Maryland between 1649 and 1669. In 1681 and 1682 five Presbyterian meeting houses were organized by Francis McKamie in Somerset and Calvert Counties. Only twelve Presbyterian churches were known to have existed thruout(sic) the thirteen colonies prior to 1700

By 1695 the Scots were quite numerous in Dorchester and Somerset counties. The movement of people from the region was of enormous significance in the settlement of Northwestern Carolina. George Scot. Laird of Pitlochie wrote in 1685 that a friend divine in Maryland had sent such an encouraging account of the country that many of his acquaintances were preparing to to make the voyage to Baltimore’s Colony. Thruout(sic) the first half of the 18th century thousands of Scots from Northern Ireland engaged in wholesale migration to America, settling before 1730 chiefly in Cecil County, Maryland, New Castle County, Delaware and Chester County, Pa.

The fundamental cause of this movement was economic. Repressive trade laws – rack-renting landlords- famine and the decline of the linen industry were main factors in the overseas movement of these Ulster Scots.

Gradually the Pennsylvania-Maryland frontier was pushed westward toward the foothills of the Alleghenies. By 1729 a sufficient number of pioneers had settled in the Susquehanna Valley to warrant the creation of Lancaster County. Scot-Irish settlers began moving west of the Susquehanna as early as 1721, but were ordered to leave because Indian title to the land had not been extinguished. By 1724 there were quite a few settlers, as James Silver was operating a grist mill in 1724.

Why did the Scot-Irish leave Pennsylvania? One reason was that the price of land was so high. Another was that Pennsylvania was established by English Quakers in 1681. In 1715 the Friends controlled the political and economic life of the colony. The Quakers government was determined to maintain control so they encouraged the Scot-Irish to move to the frontier in order to provide a buffer against possible French and Indian hostilities.

The settlers of the Northwest Carolina frontier were by no means a group of destitute encroachers, many of the Scot-Irish settlers had prospered during twenty years sojourn in Pennsylvania and Maryland. Land Grants occupied such a large proportion of the desirable land by 1762 that there were very few squatters. Roads kept in good repair by the settlers, connecting the settlements and northward thru(sic) Shenandoah Valley to Pennsylvania. Also public ferries were operated across streams. Operation of the ferries and maintenance of the roads were by court appointed prominent men living at widely scattered points to serve as commissioners for the roads.

The principle crops in the Valley were indigo, wheat, rye, hops, barley and hemp. Tradesmen were paid for work in grain. Hops and hemp were what they looked to for profit. Meats were plentiful from the forest. Homesites were located not on the rivers, but along the upper reaches of the numerous creeks. Each homeplace had a fresh water spring to provide water for the family and animals.

In 1734-35 there were more than two-hundred-fifty persons who obtained license to move in to the Cumberland Valley. Among these were John and William Davidson, George , William and John Cathey, Archibald McAlister, James, John, Thomas, and William Patton, John Wilson and Rev. John Thompson. By 1751 the Cumberland Valley population was predominately Scot-Irish, but by 1820 only one-third of the taxables were Scot –Irish. Between 1730 and 1740 they had begun moving southward from the Cumberland Valley and upper Potomac valley in to the Shenandoah region. The fertile valleys of Western Virginia and the Carolinas extended generally from northeast to southwest. Land costs were less here than in Virginia and Pennsylvania. The Valley of Virginia lay between the Allegheny mountains on the west and the Blue Ridge on the east. Up this valley flowed the Shenandoah River to the Potomac at Harpers Ferry.

William Berley, a wealthy planter-merchant of Essex Co. Va. Saw an opportunity to profit from the new settlers. He acquired 118,000 acres of land on the "River Shenando" called the "Manor of Berley." He sold the "Manor" to new settlers in small tracts. In 1737 Benjamin Borden acquired nearly 100,000 acres in the Valley. The Berley-Borden patents acted as a spur to the Southwest migration of Scot-Irish. The Valley of Virginia filled rapidly after 1736, leading in turn to the migration to the Carolinas.

The Davidsons, Bakers and Thompsons were some of the families who moved on to the Carolinas. The Davidsons settled on the upper reaches of Davidson Creek and established the Centre Presbyterian Church between 1752 and 1755. On November 26 1748 a grant of 650 acres was surveyed for John Davidson "beginning at a black oak on the north side of a creek called Davidson Creek that runneth into the Catawba River on the north side thence 400 poles to a stake thn west 260 poles to a stake thence north 400 poles to a hickory then east 260 poles to the station." In 1724 a John Davidson settled on Chickaslunga Creek in Susquehanna Valley. Accompanied by William Davidson, he crossed the Susquehanna before 1734 and settled in the vicinity of Letort’s Spring. At the same time Robert was living in the Middle Octoraro Creek settlement (southeastern Lancaster Co. Pa) John Davidson was in West Caln Twp. Chester Co. Pa. And George and Samuel in East Nottingham twp. Chester Co. This was before they migrated to the Valley of Virginia and then on to the Carolinas.

William Davidson and wife Elizabeth, came from Armagh, Legacory Co. Ireland in 1741 and settled at Elkton, Cecil Co Maryland. On the Shenandoah River. According to his will dated Aug 30, 1723 their children were:

1. George

2. Robert m. Isabella Ramsey-their son Major John m. Violet Wilson , Their children were:

  1. Isabella m. 5-20-1775 Gen’l Joseph Graham
  2. Sarah m. Rev Alexander Caldwell (Presbyterian)
  3. Elizabeth m. a cousin Wm Lee Davidson
  4. George m Polly Brevard-sister of Sally’
  5. Rebekah m Capt. Alexander Brevard
  6. Mary m. Dr William McLean
  7. Violet m. William Bain Alexander
  8. Margaret m. Major James Harris
  9. Robert m. Margaret Osborne
  10. John (Jackey) m Sally Brevard-dau John Brevard

Isabella married second Henry Henry and by him had a daughter Mary who married James Pierce and had children: Rachael-Thomas-William and John Davidson Pierce.

3. John d. 1826 Maury Co. Tenn m. 4-8-1729 Widow Mary Morrison

4. William lived in Prince Edward Co. Va.

John Davidson and his family migrated on to Maury County, Ky. Where he died in 1826. His second daughter Elizabeth was born in 1743 and died 1820. She married in 1761 to Ephraim McLean-See McLean chart.

Children of John and Mary Morrison were:

  1. George m. Catherine Reese
  2. Major William M. b 10-10-1737 Lancaster Pa. D. 5-16-1814 Buncomb Co. N.C. m (1) Margaret McConnell (2) Mary Brevard
  3. Samuel (twin of Wm.)m________Smith. Killed by Indians 1784
  4. Thomas died at Cowans Ford in the American Rev.
  5. John d. 2-28-1825 called "one-eyed John" blind in one eye wore a patch m. (1) Nancy Brevard - Maury Co. Tenn. (2) Ruth Clements (3) Frances Bateneau
  6. Rachael d. Nashville, Tenn. m. 1754 John Alexander
  7. Elizabeth (1743-1820) m. 1761 Ephraim MacLean
  8. Margaret (Peggy) m. James Smith
  9. James m. Hannah_________
  10. Benjamin
  11. Rebekah m Alexander Brevard

The following area will be used to post additions, corrections or possible alternative information, to my initial research. All information is used with permission.

(Excerpts from an E-mail by Michelle Davidson Bartee bartee@uswest.net dated 01 July 1999)

According to William Davison's will(A record in the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland entitled T 748 page 90), the LDS, The Compendium of American Genealogies(Vol 4 pg 320), and Robert S. Hands book William had a brother John, 2 sons - George(the eldest) and John and 5 daughters - Anne who was married at the time of his death to John McCollum, Elizabeth, Helen, Judith and Margaret who were both under 21. All children were born in Legacorry, County Armagh, Ireland. George and John were married with children when they came to America in the early part of the 1700's after their fathers death. Prood of importation records show John imported from Ireland to Philadelphia with wife Jane, sons George, Thomas, William and Samuel(twins born 1736 - there is more information on them in a book called "Rivers of America, The French Broad" by Wilma Dykeman pgs 47 - 49)
They also after settling in NC added the second d later, from Davison to Davidson. It had probably originally been Davidson, but sometime in the 1500's after being force from Scotland to Ireland was probably changed to Davison.

Now John's wife was Jane(who was later married to a William Morrison after John's death) He died around 1750 in Iredell County, North Carolina. Their children were

George b 1728 d 22 Sept 1814 married Catherine Reece or Reese had 9 children, Rachel b abt 1730 d ? married John Alexander 1754, had 2 sons,
Thomas abt 1733 d ?
Samuel and William 10 Oct 1736
Samuel d 1784 in Stone Mountain, Ashville, North Carolina(killed by Indians)
he was married first to Ann Dunlop abt 1755 and had a son John b 20 Oct 1757, Second marriage was to Mary Smith abt 1760 and they had 3 daughters Cynthia Eliza, Ruth and Mary Ruth.
William married Margaret McConnell and had 10 children, Now his cousin(George's son) William Lee was the one married to Mary Brevard and they had 7 children
Elizabeth (Betty) b 19 April 1741 in Virginia, died 1830 married Ephraim McLean and had 12 children
Margaret b 5 Dec 1742 was married first to David Alexander and second to James Smith
I don't have any record of any children by either marriage.
and John(called One-Eyed later) b 1744 d 1825 married first to Ruth Clement and had 6 children. Second to Francis Bateman.

Now Robert Davidson is a whole different story, he is not related to this line above. In the book "Major John Davidson of 'Rural Hill' Mecklenburg County, N.C. Pioneer, Industrialist, Planter" By Chalmers Gaston Davidson, Ph.D. Associate Professor of History and Director of the Library Davidson College(printed 1943) This is how it begins

Little is known with certainty of the Davidson Family in Scotland from which the Mecklenburg, North Carolina, branch descended. It is agreed by all family chroniclers in this country that the first to arrive was named Robert and that he lived in Pennsylvania. Notes taken by members of the family several generations ago would indicate that Robert came of a connection with some claims to educational proficiency as he was said to have left a brother in Scotland who was a physician(letter from Mrs. C.R. Coolidge(widow of John C. Davidson) to Chalmers G. Davidson, March 6, 1928. John C. Davidson's note gave as his authority "Uncle Robert said Major John said this.") and to have had another relative (kinship not clear but certainly not a son as is implied) who was a Presbyterian minister and educated at St. Andrews or Glasgow University.(Brevard Davidson Sinclair, The MacLeans of Duart Castle (Columbus, Ohio, 1879), 35. Sinclair syas that this branch of the Davidson family was "Highland Scotch" and not Scotch-Irish, and gives as authority for the statement, John Davidson, son of Major John.). Mrs. T. J. "Stonewall" Jackson, a descendant of this branch of Davidsons, wrote in her memoir book that "Robert Davidson and his wife Isabella Ramsay, came, I am told, from the neighborhood of Dundee, Scotland. He was a man of wealth, and made the voyage across the Atlantic accompanied by two servants. But his charming wife loved to spend rather than to save money and in the process of time his fair estate was squandered and he died a bankrupt. He left two children." The story of the two servants seems to have come down independently through several lines and is probably true. That the first Robert died penniless is almost certainly true.
In what year Robert, Isabella, his wife, and the two servants arrived in Pennsylvania from Scotland, no records tell. The young couple settled in a Presbyterian community in Lancaster County, known as Chestnut Level. Here their son John was born on December 15, 1735. They had also a daughter, Mary. The tradition is that Robert died while still young and that his widow and orphans moved with friends to Rowan County, N.C. This migration could not have taken place before 1745-50 and was possibly a good deal later. The Davidson family of Center Church neighborhood in the present Iredell County(formerly Rowan) apparently came to North Carolina from near Chestnut Level at about this time, and it is believed that the widow Isabella came with them, though there is no documentary evidence on this point. From this Iredell Davidson family came General William Lee Davidson of the American Revolution. The relationship between the two families has not been definitely established. Colonel William Lee Davidson(1825-1899) of the Mecklenburg line wrote: "There is no question that Robert Davidson who married Isabella Ramsay was either a brother or first cousin of General Davidson's father(George). This is tradition."

(Excerpts from three emails by Tina Brownusbrowns@earthlink.net dated:May 2003)

Dear Mr Pickard

 

You can use any of the info I sent you on your site and use me as a source. You might want to check out John Hill Wheeler's Historical Sketches of NC Vol. 1 & 2. Part of both are posted online. Just do a search on Wheeler. Also, you might want to check out C.L. Hunter's Sketches of Western NC. Both Wheeler and Hunter have a lot of information on General Davidson. All these books are out of print but are available at most history & genealogical libraries in NC and some other parts of the South. Both are available on the Family Tree Maker's Family Archives CD Genealogical Records: Early NC Settlers, 1700s-1900s. I think I paid $19.95 for the CD and it is well worth it.

 

You might want to check your research on General William Lee Davidson. He did die in the Battle of Cowan's Ford. But Cowan's Ford is not in Charleston, SC. It's on the line of Mecklenburg County and Lincoln County on the Catawba River in North Carolina. The McQuire Nuclear Station is at Cowan's Ford now.

General Davidson was shot by a Loyalist named Hager and was left on the shore of the Catawba River because of the advancing British. By the time Richard Barry, David Wilson and one other of General Davidson's men (we have never been quite sure which one but several families in the area claim this one soldier) came back to retrieve the body he had been stripped and left naked in the waters of the river. They brought him to Hopewell Presbyterian Church on Beatties Ford Road in Mecklenburg County where he was buried by torchlight. For years no marker marked the burial site because the family was afraid that Tories would further desecrate the General's body. By the end of the 18th century a table marker had been erected but that was replaced in the 20th century. His family were members of Centre Presbyterian Church in but the family and his soldiers were afraid that the British would catch them and take the body if they went North through the area that the British had took. Cornwallis had stopped at Torrance's Tavern in Mt. Mourne near Centre Chruch. This is why General Davidson was buried at Hopewell.

We have a Cowan's Ford Memorial each year near the February 1st date to celebrate the brave General's life and the battle that many think helped turn the War. A group of us led by the minister of Hopewell Presbyterian Church was able to return General Davidson's wallet to NC for a year. It was on display at the Guilford County Battleground Museum until July 4th last year.

I use the info I sent you in tours at Hopewell Church and Rural Hill Farm. I am Historic Site Coordinator Co-chair at the historic home of Major John Davidson. In this capacity, I found your web site. We are working toward opening the site for tours on a daily basic by the Fall. Right now we are an event site. Since the original log home and the brick mansion home both burned, we are trying to make a museum area in the 1834 era kitchen house that the family added on to after the mansion house burned. It is now a eight room two story farm house. We have been working on displays for the "Davidson" parlor. I have been trying to go back one more generation on John Davidson's line. We know that he is the son of Robert and Isabella Ramsey Davidson and that Robert died young and Isabella moved John and Mary to NC. We also know from quotes by William Lee Davidson, Jr. that John and William Lee, Sr. were at least second cousins. John Davidson's children called William Lee, Jr. "Uncle." So many genealogy researcher now take for granted that Robert and William Lee's Father, George, were brothers. A lady whom I asked for documentation of Robert being the son of William, George's Father, sent me an abstract of his will. I didn't see any mention of Robert and I'm not sure how what she sent me proves that George and Robert were brothers. If you have seen William's will and it does mention Robert as a son, please let me know. Also if you have other ideas on the parentage of Robert, I ask you to share those.

The web site for the church is www.hopewellpresbyterian.com & Historic Rural Hill Farm's site (right now) is www.lochnorman.org. We are updating and may be changing our address to include the site name instead of an event name. The next address is for the Special Collections at Atkins Library at UNCC, http://libweb.uncc.edu/archives. They have loaded a lot of great stuff on their site and much of the Davidson archives is stored there along with Hopewell's documents.

This site is for the Charlotte Mecklenburg Historic Preservation Foundation, http://www.cmhpf.org/. They have a great driving tour of the county and they have individual pages on historic sites in Mecklenburg like Rural Hill Farm and Beaver Dam (the home of William Lee Davidson, Jr.) Davidson College's archive site is this address, www.davidson.edu/library/archives.asp. They store the Chalmers Davidson papers. Chalmers was the archivist and librarian of Davidson College for quite a few years. He wrote several books, The Plantation World around Davidson & Major John Davidson of Rural Hill were two of them. His notes and research for his books are stored at Davidson. All of these are located in Northern Mecklenburg and are relatively close.

To move a field The UNC Chapel Hill site has a site that actually has several local history books online. This includes William Henry Foote's Biographical Sketches of NC. Here is that address, http://docsouth.unc.edu. UNC Chapel Hill Library also stores quite a few of the Davidson papers

Tina Brown

 

Baker's Graveyard, Iredell Co., NC;
Rural Hill Graveyard & St. Marks Episcopal Church Cemetery, Mecklenburg Co., NC

Partial listing, 107 names including:
Blythe (5), Brevard (6), Brooks, Caldwell (4), Carter, Conner (2), Daisy, Davidson (24), Faires (2), Fortner, Givens (2), Gluyas (4), Gresham, Griffin (4), Hannah (2), Henderson, Henry, Houston, Johnson, Kirksey, Lawson (3), Mason (2), McConnell (2), McCoy (6), McDowell, McNell, Neil, Price (5), Reames (2), Springs, Stephens (4), Sylvester, Thomson, White (3), Whitley (3), Wilson (5)
 

infant} Davidson m
 

 

 
January 01 1905
 

 

 
Jo G. & A. M. Davidson
 
Rural Hill Graveyard
A. Brevard Davidson
 

 
March 13 1808 July 04 1896
 

 

 

 

 

 
Rural Hill Graveyard
Adam Brevard Davidson
 

 
March 20 1852 October 11 1869
 

 

 

 

 

 
Rural Hill Graveyard
Blandina R. Davidson f
 
October 15 1853 April 26 1937
 

 

 
A. B. & Mary Springs Davidson
 
Rural Hill Graveyard
E. Constantine Davidson
 

 
February 17 1820 May 15 1892
 

 

 

 

 

 
Rural Hill Graveyard
Fannie Baxter Davidson
 

 
June 03 1861 July 24 1863
 

 

 

 

 

 
Rural Hill Graveyard
John Davidson m Major December 15 1735 January 10 1832 97 Violet Davidson
 

 
20 May 1775, signer of Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence Rural Hill Graveyard
John Davidson
 

 
November 12 1779 April 20 1870
 

 

 

 

 

 
Rural Hill Graveyard
John Springs Davidson
 

 

 
1838
 
1899
 

 

 

 

 

 
Rural Hill Graveyard
John Springs, Jr. Davidson
 

 

 
1878
 
1878
 

 

 

 

 

 
Rural Hill Graveyard
Leroy Davidson
 

 
August 19 1855 September 15 1915
 

 

 

 

 

 
Rural Hill Graveyard
Margaret M. Davidson f
 
April 07 1776 January 09 1864
 
Robert Davidson Col. Adlai & Margaret Osborn
 
Rural Hill Graveyard
Mary Winslow Davidson f
 
September 19 1803 December 31 1832
 
Geo. W. Doby
 

 
md 9 Feb 1831 by Rev. J. Williamson; buried in unmarked grave ? Rural Hill Graveyard
Minnie Caldwell Davidson
 

 

 
1840
 
1898
 

 

 

 

 

 
Rural Hill Graveyard
Richard Austin Davidson
 

 
December 10 1843 April 01 1892
 

 

 

 

 

 
Rural Hill Graveyard
Robert Davidson
 

 
April 07 1769 June 14 1853
 

 

 

 

 

 
Rural Hill Graveyard
Robert Augustus Davidson
 

 
March 13 1842 March 31 1865
 

 

 

 

 

 
Rural Hill Graveyard
Sadie Brevard Davidson
 

 
September 28 1872 September 08 1916
 

 

 

 

 

 
Rural Hill Graveyard
Sallie H. Davidson
 

 
August 16 1845 March 26 1935
 

 

 
A. B. & Mary Springs Davidson
 
Rural Hill Graveyard
Sarah R. Davidson
 

 
May 06 1822 February 14 1841
 

 

 

 

 

 
Rural Hill Graveyard
Thomas Brevard Davidson
 

 
January 06 1866 July 08 1936
 

 

 

 

 

 
Rural Hill Graveyard
Violet Davidson f
 

 

 
December 03 1818 77 John Davidson
 

 

 
Rural Hill Graveyard
William Lee Davidson
 

 
July 20 1840 July 27 1857
 

 

 

 

 

 
Rural Hill Graveyard
William Sinclair Davidson m Dr. October 21 1860 March 23 1936
 

 

 

 

 

 
Rural Hill Graveyard

 

Alexander F. Brevard m
 
December 22 1826 June 04 1831
 

 

 
John F. & Peggy J. Brevard
 
Baker's Graveyard, Iredell Co., NC
James Conner Brevard m
 
April 10 1825 July 25 1826
 

 

 
John F. & Peggy J. Brevard
 
Baker's Graveyard, Iredell Co., NC
John Franklin Brevard m
 
December 05 1788 February 13 1827
 

 

 

 

 
1821, Trustee of Western College Baker's Graveyard, Iredell Co., NC
Margaret Wilson Conner Brevard f
 
November 29 1779 October 25 18{??  broken stone} 67 (?) yrs, 10 mos, 26 days J. F. Brevard James & Lilly Wilson Conner Margaret J. Brevard Baker's Graveyard, Iredell Co., NC
Nearia Lilly Brevard f
 
June 21 1821 January 12 1821 (?)
 

 

 
John F. & Peggy J. Brevard oldest daughter Baker's Graveyard, Iredell Co., NC
Sallie Harper Brevard f
 
October 26 1780 January 1864
 
John Davidson
 

 

 
Rural Hill Graveyard

 

The Story of the Battle of Cowan's Ford...

During the last weeks of January 1781 Lord Cornwallis, the British commander in the South, was in hot pursuit of patriot forces under General Daniel Morgan following their victory over the British Lt. Col. Banastre Tarleton at the Battle of Cowpens on January 17th. General Morgan sent orders to General William Lee Davidson of the Salisbury Militia District to muster his forces and defend the Catawba River crossings, giving General Morgan’s forces time to link up with General Nathanael Greene’s troops.

General Davidson summoned the men of Mecklenburg and Rowan counties, gathering 800 men at Rural Retreat (the modern Rural Hill Farm), the home of Major John Davidson, William Lee Davidson’s cousin. From Rural Retreat, the militiamen marched to Beattie’s Ford on the Catawba River where, on January 31st, they confronted the British advance. The presence of so many armed men gave Cornwallis pause. His hesitation was reinforced when he noticed that the American Southern Commander, General Nathanael Greene, was present on the opposite bank of the river.

Because of the uncertainty of the situation, Cornwallis did not try to cross the Catawba that day. During the night the British army divided, with half of the troops remaining on the western bank at Beattie’s Ford while the other half marched down the Catawba River to Cowan’s Ford. The plan was to have the troops at Beattie’s Ford feign an assault; the troops sent to Cowan’s Ford would cross the river and deliver the knockout punch from an unexpected direction.

General Davidson, however, knew about Cornwallis’ preferred battle tactics and moved to counter the British plan. He assembled a total of 300 men at Cowan’s Ford. When the 1,200 British troops began to advance at dawn there was no surprise, except possibly for the British! Patriot musket fire greeted the British as they crossed the river, slowing down their progress.. The Patriot forces were too small to do more than delay the British crossing. Slowly, the Patriots made an orderly retreat to a ridge about 120 yards from the river's edge. Then, as General Davidson was organizing a new battle line a single shot killed him.

The sight of their fallen leader took all the fight out of the Patriot forces. They had fought courageously against a much larger force for about 45 minutes, but now without a General to lead them they turned and fled, scattering in all directions while the British turned their attention to securing the field of battle. Cowan’s Ford was a Patriot defeat, but it did give Daniel Morgan's men time to get across the Yadkin River and unite with Nathaniel Greene's forces. Cornwallis' effort to catch Morgan had failed.

The Patriots may have lost the battle, but their main objective was accomplished. But who shot General Davidson? The fatal rifle bullet was a small one, not a regulation size round from a Brown Bess musket. Suspicion immediately fell upon Frederick Hager, a local loyalist who had guided the redcoats to Cowan’s Ford, as it was known that he owned a rifle which could have fired the shot. Hager did nothing to change people’s minds, fleeing to Tennessee and remaining there even when other Loyalists returned to North Carolina around the war. He then moved on to the Arkansas River country with eight or ten others, all said to be “fugitives from justice” when members of the Davidson family moved into Tennessee some years later.

Cowan’s Ford was located on the Catawba River just north of Highway #73 where the Cowan’s Ford Dam hydroelectric plant is now located. A monument to General William Lee Davidson is located near by as well as one at Hopewell Presbyterian Church where he is buried.

DESCENDANTS OF
HUGH DAVIDSON and SUSAN HOWARD MCLEAN


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Descendants of Hugh DAVIDSON

First Generation

1. Hugh DAVIDSON was born 29 Jan 1795 in Buncombe County, North Carolina.
He died 6 Aug 1864 in Newark, Independance or Izard County, Arkansas.
Hugh was the son of John Davidson and Martha Davidson.
Hugh married Susan Howard MCLEAN, daughter of Charles MCLEAN and Sarah "Sallie"
VANCE, on 7 Feb 1822 in Coffee County, Tennessee. Susan was born 27 Jan 1806 in Kentucky.
She died 21 Jul 1876 in Benton County, Arkansas.
They had the following children:
2 F i. Sarah Jane DAVIDSON was born 18 Feb 1823 in Bedford County, Tennessee.
She died 25 Feb 1858 in Manchester, Coffee County, Tennessee.
Sarah married William A. HICKERSON on 13 Nov 1840.
3 F ii. Margaret Elvira DAVIDSON was born 30 Dec 1824.
Margaret married Alanson TRIGG on 3 Jul 1845.
4 F iii. Priscilla Emeline DAVIDSON was born 28 Nov 1826.
Priscilla married GULI ELMUS BOWDEN on 18 Sep 1845.
5 F iv. Quincy Adams "Adaline" DAVIDSON was born 28 Nov 1828 in Tennessee.
She died 20 May 1894.
Quincy married William G. KNIGHT on 10 Jul 1851.
6 M v. Charles McLean DAVIDSON was born 26 Sep 1830.
He died 5 Nov 1869 in lived, Independence County, Arkansas.
Charles married Martha BROWN on 29 Jan 1868 in Independence County, Arkansas.
7 F vi. Cynthia Ann DAVIDSON was born 15 Jan 1833.
Cynthia married Lewis E. KNIGHT on 27 Nov 1849.
8 F vii. Martha Caroline DAVIDSON was born 8 May 1835.
She died 14 May 1933 in Arkansas and was buried in Bluespring Cemetery, Arkansas.
Martha married (1) Joseph W. NORTON on 30 Oct 1857.
Martha also married (2) William F. ADAMS on 19 Dec 1875.
9 F viii. Clementine DAVIDSON was born 30 May 1837. She died 12 Dec 1927.
Clementine married Thomas W. KIMBRO on 31 May 1855.
+ 10 M ix. William Alney DAVIDSON was born 23 Sep 1840 and died 19 Feb 1904.
+ 11 F x. Mary Niles DAVIDSON was born 10 Jan 1844.
12 F xi. Sofia Elizabeth DAVIDSON was born 28 Jul 1851 in Tennessee.
Sofia married Laban M. SPEED on 5 Mar 1871 in Independence County, Arkansas.

Second Generation

10. William Alney DAVIDSON (Hugh) was born 23 Sep 1840 in Tennessee. He died 19 Feb 1904
in Arkansas.
William married Josephine (Marian Josephine) SPEED, daughter of James J. SPEED and Marion
MCNICHOLS, on 26 Jan 1871 in Independence County, Arkansas. Josephine was born 1847 in Tennessee.
She died 23 Jan 1896 in Arkansas.
They had the following children:
13 F i. Ida H. DAVIDSON was born 19 Nov 1871 in Oil Trough, Independence County,
Arkansas. She died 1891.
14 M ii. Robert Monte DAVIDSON was born 9 Jun 1873 in Oil Trough, Independence County,
Arkansas. He died 27 Dec 1953 in Arkansas and was buried in Maple Springs Cemetery.
Robert married Murilla O.MURILLA O FIFE on 2 May 1897.
15 F iii. Tula Clement DAVIDSON was born 11 May 1875 in Oil Trough, Independence County,
Arkansas. She died 30 Apr 1902 in Arkansas and was buried in Bluesprings Cemetery.
Tula married Eli W. MAGNESS on 8 Jan 1892.
16 F iv. Mattie Bell DAVIDSON was born 23 May 1877. She died 1900.
17 M v. James Alney DAVIDSON was born 27 Apr 1879 in Oil Trough, Independence County,
Arkansas. He died 7 Jan 1922 in Springdale, Arkansas and was buried in Blue Springs Cemetery.
18 M vi. William Laborn DAVIDSON was born 29 Aug 1881 in Oil Trough, Independence County,
Arkansas. He died 27 Oct 1961 in Independence Co, Arkansas and was buried in Maple Springs Cemetery,
Oil Trough, Independence County, Arkansas.
William married Maude EthelMAUDE ETHEL KENT on 1906.
19 M vii. Edward Lee DAVIDSON twin was born 28 Apr 1884 in Oil Trough, Independence County,
Arkansas. He died 11 Apr 1963 in Pulaski County, Arkansas and was buried in Oaklawn Cemetery, Little
Rock, Pulaski County, Arkansas.
20 M viii. Liondas DAVIDSON was born 28 Apr 1884 in Oil Trough, Independence County, Arkansas.
He died 1896.
21 M ix. George Clinton DAVIDSON was born 30 Sep 1887 in Oil Trough, Independence County,
Arkansas. He died 1953 in Independence County, Arkansas and was buried in Maple Spring Cemetery,
Oil Trough, Independence County, Arkansas.
George married Luda Pearl KENT.
22 F x. Grace DAVIDSON was born 1890 in Oil Trough, Independence County, Arkansas.
11. Mary Niles DAVIDSON (Hugh) was born 10 Jan 1844 in Tennessee.
Mary married John Bell MEDLEY, son of John H. MEDLEY and Elizabeth FARMER, on 23 Jul 1865.
John was born 1840 in Arkansas. He died 1894.
They had the following children:
23 M i. Rufus E. MEDLEY.

Appendix A - Notes


1. Hugh DAVIDSON
"Genealogy of the Davidson Family of the Duck River Valley"
Nashville Tn, McQuiddy Printing Co. 1907
p10. Hugh Davidson, the oldest child of John Davidson (The Third), at one time
lived upon his farm on Duck River, several miles above the farm of his uncle,
Hugh Davidson. He married Susan McLean. They had several children.
He removed, with his family, to Arkansas many years ago,....

1830 Bedford County, Tennessee
071 DAVIDSON, HUGH
2000010000000 - 2200100000000
males: 2-under 5; 1-30 to 40
females: 2-under 5; 2-5 to 10; 1-20 to 30


1850 Coffee County, Tennessee
Hugh Davidson 55 NC
Susan Davidson 44 KY
Ouincy Davidson 21
Charles Davidson 19
Martha Davidson 16
Clementine Davidson 13
William Davidson 10
Mary Davidson 05
Coffee Co-594-86

1860 Coffee County page 85-42
Davidson Hugh 65 m
Davidson Susan 54 f
Davidson Charles 30 m
Davidson Martha 25 f
Davidson Mary N 14 f
Davidson William A.19 m
Davidson Sofia 08 f

4. Priscilla Emeline DAVIDSON
1850 Coffee County, Tennessee p004a/177-713 5th Dist
Bowdon G. E. 30 M W Farmer 3,000 Tennessee
Bowdon P. 20 F W Tennessee
Bowdon Margaret 3 F W Tennessee
Bowdon Nancy 2 F W Tennessee
Bowdon William 1 M W Tenessee
Bowdon Nancy 74 F W North Carolina
Davidson William 25 M W Tennessee