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Census Timelines of Some Selected DAVIS Families including
Kin of Jefferson DAVIS, President CSA
in the 1790-1940 Censuses of the United States
Lines known or believed to be related are highlighted with the same color.
Descendants of John DAVIS of Gloucestershire, 1623
b. ca. 1590s in Gloucestershire, England; immigrant to Virginia in 1623 on the ship, John & Francis
Descendants of James DAVIS (1744-1822) & Hannah RAMSEY
of Wythe Co., VA > Christian Co., KY [now Montgomery Co., TN] > Randolph Co., MO
Descendants of Samuel Emory DAVIS (1756-1824) & Jane COOK
GA > KY > MS; father of Jefferson DAVIS, President CSA

As no certain patrilineal line descendant of Evan DAVIS, great-grandfather of Jefferson DAVIS, has yet been Y-DNA tested, it's unknown whether his descendants are related to "our" DAVISes, but George Washington THOMPSON (1835-1927), a grandson of Isaac DAVIS (see below), was absolutely adament he was cousin to Jefferson DAVIS.  Given his grandfather's geographic proximity to Samuel Emory DAVIS in Christian/Todd Co., KY it's no surprise how this family legend arose, but the difference in all other locations on their migration paths makes it very unlikely the legend is true, not to mention that no paper connection has been found.

The original lack of or subsequent loss of some early censuses are a considerable problem for researchers of these DAVIS families because the missing censuses include:  the 1790, 1800, and 1810 censuses of Georgia and Mississippi; the 1790 and 1800 censuses of Virginia and Kentucky; and the 1790 through 1820 censuses of Missouri.  Where available, tax lists are substituted.
In the 1800-1850 censuses of Christian/Todd Co., KY, I've extracted all the DAVISes, but beyond there, I only track the two James DAVIS families and the Samuel Emory DAVIS family and their descendants.  It's possible one or more of these other DAVIS families is related to one of our principle DAVIS families, but it will almost certainly require Y-DNA testing to prove it and if you are a male DAVIS, for heaven's sake, get Y-DNA tested
DAVIS Timelines 1790 1800 1810 1820 1830 1840 1850 1860 1870 1880 1890 1900 1910 1920 1930 DAVIS Timeline
 
States Counties
Indiana Hamilton, Madison, Scott
Kentucky Christian/Todd
Mississippi Warren, Wilkinson
Missouri
Tennessee Montgomery
 

KY:  Christian County now Todd Co., KY, or Montgomery Co., TN
Christian Co. was formed in 1797 from Logan Co., which was formed in 1792 from Lincoln Co., which was formed in 1780 from Kentucky Co., VA, which originally comprised all of what is now the State of Kentucky.
Todd Co. was formed in 1820 from eastern Christian Co. and western Logan Co.
When the KY-TN state line was redrawn in 1826, the southernmost 12 miles of Christian and Todd Cos. became part of Montgomery Co., TN.
For greater detail on Samuel Emory DAVIS and James DAVIS, please see this page.
Watershed County Today   1800 Tax List 1810 1820 1830 1840 1850 1860 1870 1880 1890 1900 1910 1920 1930 1940  
West Fork
of the
Red River
Todd Co., KY b. 1756 GA, s/o Evan Jr >
m. 1783 GA >
Samuel Emory DAVIS
& Jane COOK
> to Wilkinson Co MS
in 1809
                         
Montgomery
Co., TN
b. 1744 VA, s/o ? >
m. 1764 in Wythe Co VA >
James DAVIS &
Hannah RAMSEY
James DAVIS &
Hannah RAMSEY
> to Randolph Co MO                          
s/o James >
m. 1786 Sullivan Co TN >
Isaac DAVIS &
Sarah CLARK
Isaac DAVIS &
Sarah CLARK
> to Boone Co MO                          
m. 1800 Christian Co KY >
d/o James >
James D. HICKS
& Sarah DAVIS
> to Boone Co MO                          
s/o James >
m. 1801 Christian Co KY >
Edward DAVIS,
unmarried
Edward DAVIS
& Mary ADAMS
> to Howard Co MO                          
  m. 1803 Christian Co KY >
d/o James >
James ADAMS
& Phoebe DAVIS
> to Hopkins Co KY                          
  s/o James >
m. 1809 Christian Co KY >
Joseph DAVIS &
W1: Mary WILLIAMS
> to MO                          
  m. 1809 Christian Co KY >
d/o James >
Thomas ADAMS
& Mary DAVIS
> to MO                          
Spring Creek
tributary of WFRR
possibly now
Montgomery Co., TN
s/o ?, of Sullivan Co TN >
m. 1803 Christian Co KY >
Azariah DAVIS,
unmarried or Wife-1
Azariah B. DAVIS
& Sarah GRAY
Azariah B. DAVIS
& Sarah GRAY
                         
Fairview, birthplace of Jefferson DAVIS in 1807/8, straddles the Christian-Todd county line, but is officially in Christian County; the DAVIS memorial and homestead is on the Todd County side of the line.
James DAVIS lived in the part of Christian/Todd County that later became part of Montgomery Co., TN, so he actually lived substantially South of Samuel Emory DAVIS.  It's presumed his children lived near him.
Spring Creek is today partly in southernmost Todd County and, mostly, Montgomery County.

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MS:  Wilkinson County
(formed in 1802; Mississippi achieved statehood in 1817; first Federal census in 1820)
  1810 1820 1830 1840 1850 1860 1870 1880 1890 1900 1910 1920 1930 1940  
s/o Evan Jr >
fr Christian/Todd Co KY >
no census taken
but presumably here
Samuel Emory DAVIS
& Jane COOK
Widow Jane
(COOK) DAVIS
Widow Jane
(COOK) DAVIS
Jane dec'd                    
  m. 1820 Wilkinson Co MS >
d/o Samuel Emory >
William STAMPS III
& Lucinda Farrar DAVIS
William STAMPS III
& Lucinda Farrar DAVIS
William STAMPS III
& Lucinda Farrar DAVIS
William STAMPS III
& Lucinda Farrar DAVIS
William STAMPS III
& Lucinda Farrar DAVIS
can't find, but buried
in Wilkinson Co
William d. 1878
Lucinda d. 1873 
             

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MS: Warren County
(formed in 1809; Mississippi achieved statehood in 1817; first Federal census in 1820)
1810 1820 1830 1840 1850 1860 1870 1880 1890 1900 1910 1920 1930 1940  
  s/o Samuel Emory >
m. 1827 Adams Co MS >
Joseph Emory DAVIS &
Eliza VAN BENTHUYSEN
Joseph Emory DAVIS &
Eliza VAN BENTHUYSEN
Joseph Emory DAVIS &
Eliza VAN BENTHUYSEN
Joseph Emory DAVIS &
Eliza VAN BENTHUYSEN
Joseph d. 1870
Eliza d. 1863
               
      d/o Joseph Emory >
m. 1842 >
Mrs. Caroline
(DAVIS) ROBINS
                   

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MO: County
(formed in
Location   1790 1800 1810 1820 1830 1840 1850 1860 1870 1880 1890 1900 1910 1920 1930 1940  
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IN: Hamilton County
(formed in 1823 from the "Delaware New Purchase")
Twp   1830 1840 1850 1860 1870 1880 1890 1900 1910 1920 1930 1940  
White River       Silas DAVIS &
Ruth DEMOSS
                   

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IN: Madison County
(formed in 1823 from Marion County and the Delaware New Purchase)
Location   1830 1840 1850 1860 1870 1880 1890 1900 1910 1920 1930 1940  
Monroe Twp
including Orestes
                s/o John Elihu >
m. 1908 Madison Co >
Charles Raymond DAVIS
& Fannie Myrtle WHITE
Charles Raymond DAVIS
& Fannie Myrtle WHITE
Charles Raymond DAVIS
& Fannie Myrtle WHITE
Charles Raymond DAVIS
& Fannie Myrtle WHITE
Charles d. 1946
Fannie d. 1973

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IN:  Scott County
(formed in 1820 from Clark, Jackson, Jefferson, Jackson, and Washington Cos.)
Location   1820 1830 1840 1850 1860 1870 1880 1890 1900 1910 1920 1930 1940  
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