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Husband:  John DAVIS
Birth:  1748
Death:  Mar/Apr 1800, Greenbrier Co., VA [now WV]
Brother:  Joseph DAVIS
Father said to be:  Patrick DAVIS
Mother:  Jane __?__
Marriage said to be:  1776
Wife:  Jane / Jean CLENDENIN
Birth said to be:  Jan 1758, Augusta Co., VA
Death:  1824, Christian Co., KY
Father:  Archbald CLENDENIN, Jr.
Mother:  Ann McSWAIN
Children born in Greenbrier Co., VA [now WV]:
1.  Nancy DAVIS, b. ca. 1778; m. 7 Apr 1789, Greenbrier Co., VA [now WV], Donal / Donel FEAR
2.  Sarah "Sally" DAVIS, b. ca. 1780; d. 1850, Fayette, TX; m. 1805, David W. BREEDING
3.  Rebecca DAVIS, b. ca. 1782 
4.  Elizabeth "Betsy" DAVIS, b. May 1783; m. Mr. LONG
5.  Jane / Jean "Jeaney" DAVIS, b. ca. 1784; d. 1825, Christian Co., KY; m. 25 Dec 1804, Greenbrier Co., VA [now WV], Thomas ARBUCKLE
6.  Mary Gray "Polly" DAVIS, b. 1789/90
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1a.  Jordan R. Dodd, ed.  1993.  KY, NC, TN, VA, WV Marriages:  Early to 1850.  Liahona Research, Orem, UT (Broderbund CD-229):  not found, nor any of the children's marriages.

1b.  LDS.  Family Search: Internet Genealogy Service:  IGI - International Genealogical Index (online at FamilySearch.org).
Marriage: 7 Apr 1789, Greenbriar, West Virginia
Source: [patron submission]
Spouse: Thomas ARBUCKLE
Marriage: 25 Dec 1804, Lewisburg, Greenbrier, West Virginia
Source: [patron submission]
Marriage: 9 May 1814, Greenbriar, West Virginia
Source: [patron submission]
This is a late marriage for Elizabeth; is this really the correct Elizabeth?

2.  Census Index:  Colonial America, 1607-1789 (Broderbund CD-310):
1786 Tax List Davis, John VA Greenbrier Co.

3.  Census Index:  U.S. Selected Counties, 1790 (Broderbund CD-311):  John not found (the 1790 VA census was destroyed).

4.  Census Index:  U.S. Selected Counties, 1800 (Broderbund CD-312):  John not found, as expected, but neither was Jane (the 1800 VA census was destroyed).

5.  Census Index:  U.S. Selected Counties, 1810 (Broderbund CD-313):  Jane not found, but there are no extant Greenbrier Co., VA, schedules for 1810.

6.  Census Index:  U.S. Selected Counties, 1820 (Broderbund CD-314):  Jane not found; she must be living with one of her children. 

7.  Will of John DAVIS (transcription courtesy of Carole Arbuckle Marlow). 

8.  Will of Jane (CLENDENIN) DAVIS (transcription courtesy of Carole Arbuckle Marlow). 

9a.  Lyman Chalkley.  1912.  Chronicles of the Scots-Irish Settlement in Virginia: Extracted from the Original Court Records of Augusta County, 1745-1800.  3 vols.  Commonwealth Printing Co., Rosslyn, VA (reprinted 1965, Genealogical Publ. Co., Baltimore, MD; online in the USGenWeb Archives).  In Vol. II, on p. 161:
Davis vs. Rogers - O. S. 199; N. S. TO -- Bill, July, 1803.  Complainant is Elizabeth Davis (infant by Linah Mims, guardian). Joseph Davis in 1780 obtained a certificate from the Commissioners for Greenbrier County by right of settlement for 400 acres in Greenbrier, and assigned it to John Davis, father of oratrix, who then lived in Greenbrier.  Afterwards John contracted to sell to John Rodgers, who had son, James Rodgers.  Jane Davis deposes, 3d July, 1805, oratrix is 22 years old last May.  Jane is widow of John Davis, John Rodgers answers, John and Joseph Davis were brothers.  Will of John Davis, of Greenbrier:  Wife, Jane; daughter, Polly (infant); daughters, Sally and Rebekah; daughter, Betsey; daughter, Nancy, wife of Donel Fear; daughter, Jenny ('), Teanny (?).  Dated 17th March, 1800.  Proved in Greenbrier, April, 1800. William Comer deposes at Lewisburg.  For some time prior to 1781 he had lived with John Rodgers.  Surveys and plats.  Deed dated 29th January, 1799, by John Rodgers of Greenbrier to James Rodgers of same place, conveys 400 acres, patented, to John, 6th February, 1795, on Sewil's Creek.  Proved in Greenbrier, January, 1799.  Archibald Rodgers deposes, son of John Rodgers.
"Infant" meant "minor" in today's terminalogy.

9b.  Lyman Chalkley.  1912.  Chronicles of the Scots-Irish Settlement in Virginia: Extracted from the Original Court Records of Augusta County, 1745-1800.  3 vols.  Commonwealth Printing Co., Rosslyn, VA (online at Ancestry.com):
page 182
William Douglass vs. Davis--O. S. 232; N. S. 82--In 1759 patent issued to Archibald and John Clendennin, 340 acres in Bath County on Cow pasture.  Archibald and John were father and son.  Archibald had another son, Archibald, living at his father's death, and Archibald, Jr., claimed to be the patentee Archibald, but in 1761 he acknowledged he was not the Archibald.  Archibald, Jr., was soon after the said acknowledged grant (dated 17th February, 1761) killed by Indians.  He left one daughter, Jane, who married John Davis and is now a widow and lives in Greenbrier.  Jane had a brother; is believed to have been killed by Indians.  Jane now claims half the land.  James Byrnside, prisoner in debtor's prison in Union, Monroe County, Va., deposes 10th April, 1816: Has been acquainted with Archibald Clendennin from time James was 3 years old.  His children were, viz: Archibald, by his first wife; Margaret and John, by his latter wife, who was James's mother.  He was buried on the place on the Cow pasture (Bath County) where Wm. Douglass lives.  William Dougherty and James Mayse lived on adjoining places at Archibald's death.  John was then about 4 or 5 years old.  John sold the land, went to Tennessee and died. Ballard Smith, attorney-at-law, is son-in-law of Mrs. Davis, the defendant.

10.  WorldConnect / Ancestry World Trees (online at RootsWeb.com/Ancestry.com).

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