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William DAVIS
Mary __?__
Please Note:  I'm creating this page for the sole purpose of alerting those who have attached this man to their pedigree without adequate evidence.  In 1910, a descendant wrote The Bureau of Pensions, Dept. of the Interior, Washington, DC, asking for a summary of the information known about the William DAVIS who applied for a Revolutionary War pension in Bedford Co., PA.  Below is the response to that request.  If the data on your "Pennsylvania William DAVIS" ancestor does not jibe with the information below and/or you cannot prove a connection to him, you need to stop claiming him as an ancestor.
Husband:  William DAVIS
Birth:  16 Oct 1756
Death:  ca. 1840s
Military Service:  Revolutionary War:  Pvt., Capt. John STULL's Co., Col. John GUNBY's 7th MD Rgmt., Maryland Continental Line
Military Pension Application S-38731:  5 Aug 1819, Bedford Co., PA (allowed)
Migration:  1830, moved back to MD
Father:  Thomas DAVIS
Mother:  Mary __?__
Marriage:
Wife:  Mary "Polly" __?__
Birth (æ 59 in 1820):  1760/1
Children:
1.  John DAVIS
2.  James DAVIS
3.  William DAVIS, b. ca. 1783; m. Maria PUTT (c1788- )
4.  Isaiah DAVIS
Keywords for search engines:  genealogy; USA, US, United States, Maryland, Pennsylvania

Sources:  

1.  U.S. Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files, 1800-1900 (online at Ancestry.com):  there are many pages in this file, but little genealogical information.  This summary, well, sums it up...

2.  WorldConnect / Ancestry World Trees (online at RootsWeb.com/Ancestry.com):  there's a well documented file containing our subject (uploaded by Michael S. Caldwall), including a transcription of his entire pension folder.

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