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|Issac DAVIS, Sr.
|NOTICE: Two males surnamed DAVIS, one descended from our subject's son, Isaac Jr., and the other from our subject's son, Benjamin, have been Y-DNA tested at FamilyTreeDNA. They are a high level match with each other proving they have a near common ancestor, which strongly supports the accuracy of their paper genealogy. The two of them are, in turn, matching a male DAVIS who is a patrilineal line descendant of Joseph DAVIS, son of James DAVIS & Hannah RAMSEY, supporting the longly asserted claim that Isaac is a son James & Hannah and, thus, brother to Joseph. The circumstantial evidence supporting the connection is now supported by strong genetic evidence. For a discussion of their testing, please see this page.|
|Husband: Isaac DAVIS, Sr.
Birth: 1765-68, VA
Death: 1834, Boone Co., MO
Office: 1804, Justice of the Peace, Christian Co., KY
Y-DNA Haplogroup: R-1b1b-2a1b = R-P312
Father: James DAVIS
Mother: Hannah RAMSEY
|Marriage said to be: 1786, Sullivan Co., NC [now TN]
Last Residence: two miles East of Hallsville, Boone Co., MO
|Wife: Sarah "Sally" CLARK
Birth: 1768, Tryon Co., NC [now Cherokee Co., SC]
Death: 1835, Boone Co., MO
Father: Henry CLARK, Sr.
Mother: Sarah "Sally" JONES
In the 1880 census, Isaac's daughter, Sarah Jones (DAVIS) DARBY, gives both her parents' birthplaces as VA. She is probably correct about her father, but her mother was almost certainly born in SC.
|Said to have had sons John and James, whose birthdates are unknown.
1. (Son A) DAVIS, b. 1784-90
It's difficult to reconcile Henry's birth date and place. In the 1850 Census, Henry is age 59, b. NC (I don't know the source of the 7 Feb 1792 birthdate, presumably his tombstone). Henry's father was in the 1790 Census of Pendleton Co., SC, so is Henry's birthdate wrong or is the birthplace wrong — or is the census wrong? One of them has to be.
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Another Timeline: The CLARK/DAVIS/JONES/etc. "Track" from SC/NC/TN > KY
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1. Family Group Sheet compiled by Georgie Tolleson and Betty Ann (Matthiesen) Cogliati.
2. Marriage Record: Isaac and Sarah are said to have married ca. 1786 in Sullivan Co., which is consistent with the location of Sarah's parents at the time. Unfortunately, the Sullivan County Court House burned during the Civil War, and all marriage records were lost.
3. Census Index: U.S. Selected Counties, 1790 (Broderbund CD-311):
4. Census Index: U.S. Selected Counties, 1800 (Broderbund CD-312): the 1800 KY census was lost, so tax lists are substituted on the CD.
5. 1810 Census Images (online at Ancestry.com; Image #56 of 66):
6. Census Index: U.S. Selected Counties, 1820 (Broderbund CD-314): not found, but there was no Federal Census in Missouri in 1820 because it was not yet a state.
7. Family Quest Archives: Missouri Federal Census 1830: Scott, New Madrid, Wayne, Callaway, Boone, Howard, Cooper, Saline, Lafayette, Clay, Jackson, Randolph, Madison, Ralls, and Ray Counties. Heritage Quest CD M19-73 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
8. Anon. [n.d.] "Death Notices: Mary A. Thompson Spickard." Grundy County Gazette, Grundy Co., MO. This obituary appears to be the source of the "legend" that Sarah (CLARK) DAVIS was buried in the family graveyard on a farm later owned by the Austins (henceforth called "Austin Cemetery") in Grundy Co., MO. But when the writer referred to Mary (THOMPSON) SPICKARD's grandmother, did he/she mean Mary's maternal grandmother or her paternal grandmother?
9a. Willard Rouse Jillson. 1925. The Kentucky Land Grants. Filson Club Publ., Louisville, KY (reprinted 1994 by Genealogical Publ. Co., Baltimore, MD; online at Ancestry.com).
9b. Willard Rouse Jillson. 1925. The Kentucky Land Grants. Filson Club Publ., Louisville, KY (online at Ancestry.com; Broderbund CD-650):
Christian County, Kentucky, Tax Rolls,
1797-1816. Heritage Quest, Microfilm No. V20-72 (extracted by
Diana Gale Matthiesen):
11a. Don Simmons. 1974. Christian County, Ky., Tax Records, 1797-1798-1799. Self-published:
11b. Don Simmons. 1978. Christian County, KY., Tax Records, 1800-01-02-03. Simmons Historical Publ., Melber, KY:
11a. A.B. Willhite. [n.d.] Christian Co., Kentucky, Tax List, 1804-1809. (self-published; available from author at 4396 Coopertown Rd., Russellville, KY 42276, or from the Christian County Genealogical Society, Hopkinsville, KY):
11b. A.B. Willhite. [n.d.] Christian Co., Kentucky, Tax List, 1810-1813. (Self-published; available from author at 4396 Coopertown Rd., Russellville, KY 42276, or from the Christian County Genealogical Society, Hopkinsville, KY).
11c. A.B. Willhite. [n.d.] Christian Co., Kentucky, Tax List, 1814-1818. (Self-published; out of print. I do not have a copy. If you have one to sell, please contact me.)
11d. A.B. Willhite. [n.d.] Christian Co., Kentucky, Tax List, 1819-1823. (Self-published; available from author at 4396 Coopertown Rd., Russellville, KY 42276, or from the Christian County Genealogical Society, Hopkinsville, KY). As expected, this Isaac DAVIS was not found (because he went to Missouri in 1818).
12. "Pendleton County Court Minutes." South Carolina Magazine of Ancestral Research, v. 6, p. 79 (online at Ancestry.com).
14. Lon Arneld Bostick, Sr. & James Taylor Killebrew. 1985. County Court Order Book "A" for Christian County, Kentucky for the Years 21 March 1797 - 29 August 1805... Christian County Genealogical Society (1101 Bethel St., Hopkinsville, KY 42240). Numbers in first column are page numbers in Bostick & Killebrew; numbers in second column are numbers in Court Order Book A.
15a. Lon Arneld Bostick, Sr. 1987. County Court Order Book "B" Part 1 for Christian County, Kentucky, for the years 14 Oct 1805 - 12 Sep 1809 for a County Court held at Town of Hopkinsville. Christian County Family and History Research Society (4465 Cadiz Rd., Hopkinsville, KY 42240). Number in first column is the page number in Bostick; number in the second column is the page number in Court Order Book B.
15b. James Taylor Killebrew. 1987. County Court Order Book "B" Part 2 for Christian County, Kentucky, for the years Nov. 1809 - 6 June 1814 for a County Court held at Town of Hopkinsville. Christian County Family and History Research Society (4465 Cadiz Rd., Hopkinsville, KY 42240). Number in first column is the page number in Killebrew; number in second column is page number in Court Order Book B.
16. Christian County Genealogical Society. 1997. Christian County, Kentucky, Deed Abstracts of Books G-H-I (1816-1819). Christian Co. Gen. Soc. (1101 Bethel St.), Hopkinsville, KY 42240. On p. 124:
17. William F. Switzler. 1882. History of Boone County, Missouri. Western Historical Co., St. Louis, MO:
18. Diagrammatic Representation of Boone County, Missouri, Plat 5: Land Patents in Township 50 North - Range 11 West (proximate source: a photocopy courtesy of Betty Ann (Matthiesen) Cogliati; ultimate source: presumably the book of Original Land Patents kept by the Boone County Recorder of Deeds, as mentioned in the next source).
19. Nadine Hodges, Mrs. John Vineyard, & Mrs. Howard W. Woodruff. 1968. Missouri Pioneers: County and Genealogical Records. 14 vols. Self-published, Kansas City, MO. In Vol. 2, on pp. 17-18:
20. U.S. Dept. of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management. The Official Land Patent Records Office.
21. Public Member Trees (online at Ancestry.com).
22. WorldConnect / Ancestry World Trees (online at RootsWeb.com/Ancestry.com).
|Sources that probably do not apply to our subject:
1) Goldene Fillers Burgner. 1958/81/90. North Carolina Land Grants in Tennessee, 1778-1791. Original publisher unknown; reprinted 1990 by Southern Historical Press, Greenville, SC.
2) Bridgett Smith. 1998. Greene Co., TN, Tax List: Muster rolls of Captain Edward Tate's Company, 1798:
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