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Thomas DAVIS
Elizabeth DeCOURSEY
Please Note:  our subject is being confused with the Thomas V. DAVIS (1805-1859) who was born in and died in Hardin Co., KY, who married Elizabeth B. KENDELL (1818-1869), and together with whom he had an entirely different complement of children.
Husband:  Thomas DAVIS
Birth:  1804/5, Menifee Co., KY
Death apparently:  1850s, presumably in Kenton Co., KY
Occupation:  farmer
Marriage:  25 Dec 1834, Preble Co., OH
Wife:  Elizabeth DeCOURSEY
Birth:  20 Dec 1816, Campbell Co., KY
Death:  7 Feb 1851, presumably in Kenton Co., KY
Occupation:  homemaker
Father:  Leonard DeCOURSEY (1780-1828)
Mother:  Lydia EGGLESTON (1799-1856)
Children:
born in Preble Co., OH:
  1.  Harvey DAVIS, b. 1835
  2?  (Son A) DAVIS, b. ca. 1836; d. by 1850

born in Kenton Co., KY:
  3.  Charles DAVIS, b. 1837/8 who is probably this Charles DAVIS
  4.  James DAVIS, b. 1840
  5.  Francis DAVIS, b. 1841
  6.  John Samuel DAVIS, b. 13 Mar 1843; d. 14 Sep 1918, Bracken Co., KY
  7.  Mary DAVIS, b. 1844
  8.  Helen DAVIS, b. 1845
  9.  Sarah Louise DAVIS, b. Nov 1847; d. 10 Oct 1904, Covington, Kenton Co., KY
10.  Margaret DAVIS, b. 1849

Keywords for search engines:  genealogy; USA, US, United States, Kentucky, Ohio

Sources (n.b., Preble Co., OH, is three counties from Kenyon Co., KY, which is adjacent to Campbell Co.):

1.  Anon.  1966.  Marriage Index:  Ohio, 1789-1850.  Liahona Research, Orem, UT (Broderbund CD-400):
Davis, Thomas Decoursey, Elizabeth Dec 25, 1834 Preble Co.

2.  1840 U.S. Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #45 of 70); official enumeration began 1 Jun 1840; extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1840 KY Kenton Co. pp. 283B-284A Ln. 27 Thos Davis 400 010 - 000 010 0100000
These data indicate:
No. & Sex Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
4 males 4 or under 1835-1840 = James (b. 1839/40)
= Charles (b. 1837/8)
= Son A? (b. ca. 1836?)
= Harvey (b. 1835)
1 male 20-29 1810-1820 = Thomas (b. 1804/5)
1 female 20-29 1810-1820 = Elizabeth (b. 1816)
1 person employed in agriculture
It's pretty hard to birth four children in just five years.  Was there a twin?  Thomas is in the wrong age bracket.  Yet, we do know, with confidence, that this is our subject because he's listed one line below his widowed mother-in-law, Lydia (EGGLESTON) DeCOURSAY (000 110 - 001 010 100).

3.  1850 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #88 of 165):  Kenton Co., KY, p. 172A, enumerated 3 Sep 1850, 613/620, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1850 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
Thomas Davis 45 M   Farmer 300 Ky
Elizabeth " 33 F       Ky
Harvey    " 15 M       Ohio
Charles   " 12 M       Ky
James     " 10 M       Ky
Francis   "  9 M       Ky
John      "  7 M       Ky
Mary      "  6 F       Ky
Helen     "  5 F       Ky
Sarah     "  3 F       Ky
Margaret  "  1 F       Ky

4.  1860 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  We know Elizabeth has died, and it appears Thomas has, as well.  The death of the parents of such a large group of children has resulted in them "scattering."  It's likely many were adopted and have new surnames, which are unknown to us.  I'm having a great deal of difficulty finding any of them, except for the Charles DAVIS in adjacent Pendleton Co., KY, who most likely is though not quite proven to be their son.

5.  Public Member Trees (online at Ancestry.com).

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