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John DAVIS
Priscilla DUVALL
Husband:  John DAVIS
Birth:  ca. 1780, Somerset Co., PA
Death:  1865, Scott Co., IN
Marriage:  26 Mar 1804, Nelson Co., KY
Wife:  Priscilla DUVALL
Birth:  1783/4, Prince George Co. MD
Death:  1850-60, Jennings Twp., Scott Co., IN
Stepfather:  Daniel JAMES
Children born in Nelson Co., KY:
1.  John Lewis DAVIS, b. 1805; m. 1826 
2.  Nancy DAVIS, b. 14 Apr 1809
3.  Jonathan R. DAVIS, b. 1810; d. Apr 1846; m. 14 Jan 1829, Scott Co., IN, Heney ROBERTSON
4.  William T. DAVIS, b. 17 Jul 1816; d. 17 May 1883, Clay Center, Butler Co., KS; m. 12 May 1847, Scott Co., IN, Jane HARWOOD (1818-)
5.  Robert J. DAVIS, b. 31 Aug 1818; d. 5 Nov 1883, Scott Co., IN; m. 4 Jan 1841, Scott Co., IN, Sarah MERANDA 
6.  (Son A) DAVIS, b. 1820-25
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Sources (n.b., Indiana Territory was formed in 1800 from the Northwest Territory, it did not achieve statehood until 1816; there were no territorial censuses prior to statehood; Scott Co. was formed in 1820 from Clark, Jackson, Jefferson, Jennings, and Washington Cos.):

1a.  Jordan R. Dodd, ed.  1993.  Kentucky Marriages:  Early to 1850.  Liahona Research, Orem, UT (Broderbund CD-229):
Davis, John Davis, Priscilla 26 Mar 1804 Nelson Co.
Is this transcriber error, or did Priscilla have a prior husband?

1b.  Jordan R. Dodd, ed.  1993.  Indiana Marriages:  Early to 1850.  Liahona Research, Orem, UT (Broderbund CD-228):
Davis, Jonathan Robertson, Heney 14 Jan 1829 Scott Co.
Davis, Robert Meranda, Sarah 4 Jan 1841 Scott Co.
Davis, William Harwood, Jane 12 May 1847 Scott Co.
Secondary sources give Jonathan's wife as Marthann [Martha Ann] ROBINSON.

2.  1810 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #12 of 38 list was roughly alphabetized; extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1810 KY Nelson Co. Roll 8 p. 334 Ln. 19 Davis Jno 10010-40010-00
These data indicate:
No. & Sex Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
1 male 9 or under 1800-1810 = John Lewis (b. 1805)
1 male 26-44 1765-1784 = John (b. ca. 1780)
4 females 9 or under 1800-1810 = Nancy (b. 1809)
= Daughter C
= Daughter B
= Daughter A
1 female 26-44 1765-1784 = Priscilla (b. 1783/4)
There are four John DAVIS'es in Nelson Co., KY, but only the above had any sons.  Without some additional corroboration, we cannot be at all certain this is our subject, expecially as five children birthed in six years would be extraordinary, unless Priscilla had at least one set of twins or one of them had a prior spouse.  There was no 1810 census in the Indiana Territory.

3.  1820 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  There are 44 John DAVIS'es in Kentucky, three of them in Nelson Co., KY.  Of the three in Nelson County, none agrees with our subject numerically.  There are 17 John DAVIS'es in Indiana, only one of which is in a county that became Scott County, namely, one in Jackson County, but he is too young to be our subject.

4.  1830 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #1 of 40; extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1830 IN Scott Co. Roll M19-30 p. 273 Ln. 24 John Davis 012 000 100 - 000 100 101 no slaves
These data indicate:
No. & Sex Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
1 male 5-9 1820-1825 = Son A?
2 males 10-14 1815-1820 = Robert (b. 1818)
= William (b. 1816)
1 male 40-49 1780-1790 = John (b. ca. 1780
1 female 15-19 1810-1815 = Nancy (b. 1809)
1 female 40-49 1780-1790 = Priscilla (b. 1783/4)
1 female 60-69 1760-1770 = mother? mother-in-law?
He's the only John DAVIS in the county.  Listed 19 lines below Gara DAVIS (æ 40-50; b. 1780-90), who is the only other DAVIS in the county. 

5.  1840 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #17 of 48; extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1840 IN Scott Co. Roll 93 pp. 243A-243B Ln. 8 John Davis 000 110 001 - 000 101 010
These data indicate:
No. & Sex Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
1 male 15-19 1820-1825 = Son A?
1 male 20-29 1810-1820 = Robert (b. 1818)
1 male 60-69 1770-1780 = John (b. ca. 1780) 
1 female 15-19 1820-1825 = ?
1 female 30-39 1800-1810 = Nancy (b. 1809)
1 female 50-59 1780-1790 = Priscilla (b. 1783/4)
There is no daughter born 1820-25 in the 1830 census, or is the 1830 cenus in error?  This enumerator did not take data on slaves or occupations.  Listed seven lines above John L. DAVIS (æ 30-40; b. 1800-1810), who is one line above Wm. T. DAVIS (æ 20-30; b. 1810-20), who is three lines above Jonathan R. DAVIS (æ 30-40; b. 1800-1810).

6.  1850 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #18 of 39):  Jennings Twp., Scott Co., IN, Roll M432_171, p. 199B, 127/127, enumerated 2 Oct 1850, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1850 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
John Davis 70 M   Farmer   Pennsylvania
Priscilla " 66 F       Maryland
Nancy     " 42 F       Kentucky

7.  1860 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #29 of 65):  Austin P.O., Jennings Twp., Scott Co., IN, Roll M653_294, p. 1059, PN 149, 1096/1061, enumerated 3 Aug 1860, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1860 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
John Davis 79 M   None   200 Penn
Nancy  " 50 F         Ky
Listed next to Robert J. DAVIS (æ 42, b. KY), his wife, Sarah (æ 40, b. KY), and their children, who are listed three households from Joseph R. DAVIS (æ 30, b. IN), his wife Rachel (æ 39, b. IN), and their children.

8.  Pedigree at SMGF (Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation).

9.  Public Member Trees (online at Ancestry.com).  There' are a number of good, detailed files on this family here.  None gives him a second wife, Nancy.

10.  WorldConnect / Ancestry World Trees (online at RootsWeb.com/Ancestry.com).  There are four files here containing our subject; two of them showhis daughter, Nancy, as his second wife.

11.  Email from Willa Mae (24 Jun 2010):
I do not believe Lewis Duvall was the father of Priscilla.  I have a copy of the marriage bond for John and Priscilla and her stepfather, Daniel James, signed it.  Can't read the name of the mother because it is written over and really that part is illegible.  Lewis Duval died in 1811 and unless he was divorced from his wife, he died well after Priscilla was married in 1804.  Daniel James moved to Scott Co., IN about the same time John Davis moved. 

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