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Col. Hugh Davidson

Col. Hugh Davidson

Male 1745 - 1820  (75 years)

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  • Name Col. Hugh Davidson 
    Prefix Col. 
    Born 1745  ____, Lancaster Co., PA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Probate Aug 1769  ____, Cumberland Co., PA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Orphan's Court records shown in the section of Cumberland that in 1784 became Franklin County - Antrim township.
      Orphan's Court Docket 2, page 121 August Court 1769

      Came into Court John Davidson and Elias Davidson Administrators of all and singular the rights and chattels, Goods and credits which were of John Davidson, Sr deceased and produced an account of their Administration which was passed for distribution to heirs thus:

      Widow - not named
      John Eldest son
      Elias second son
      Mary daughter
      Robert third son
      Hugh Davidson, 4son
      James Davidson, 5th son
    1790 Census 1790  ____, Huntingdon Co., PA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • p. 113
      Hugh Davidson   3-3-5-1-1

      Male  > 16 : Hugh Davidson, b. 1745
      Female      : Catherine McDowell, b. 1753
      Male  > 16 : ?
      Male  > 16 : ?
      Male  < 16 : John Davidson, b. 1777
      Male  < 16 : Elias Davidson, b. 1780
      Male  < 16 : ?Hugh Davidson, b. 1791
      Female      : Nancy Davidso, b. 1775
      Female      : Catherine "Kitty" Davidson, b.?
      Female      : Margaret "Peggy" Davidson, p. 1781
      Female      : Mary Craig Davidson, b. 1785

      Not born:
      Elizabeth K. Davidson, b. 1790
      Annabella M Davidson, b. 1784
    1800 Census 1800  Dublin Twp., Huntingdon Co., PA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • p. 140
      Hugh Davison   02101 - 21201 - 10

      Male       > 45 : Hugh Davidson, b. 1745
      Female   > 45 : Catherine McDowell, b. 1753
      Male     16-26 : John Davidson, b. 1777
      Female 16-26 : ?Catherine "Kitty" Davidson, b.?
      Female 16-26 : Margaret "Peggy" Davidson, p. 1781
      Male     10-16 : ? Elias Davidson, b. 1780
      Female 10-16 : Mary Craig Davidson, b. 1785
      Male     10-16 : Hugh Davidson, b. 1791
      Female   < 10 : Elizabeth K. Davidson, b. 1790
      Female   < 10 : Annabella M Davidson, b. 1784

      Nancy Davidson, md. Robert King 1797
    Died 3 Jul 1820  Plum, Allegheny Co., PA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Aft 3 Jul 1820  Laird Cemetery, Plum, Allegheny Co., PA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Col. Hugh Davidson (1745-1820)
    Col. Hugh Davidson (1745-1820)
    Person ID I10028  Pennsylvania Davidsons
    Last Modified 15 Aug 2013 

    Father John Davidson,   b. Abt 1705, ____, Chester Co., PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef Nov 1766, Antrim Twp., Franklin Co., PA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 61 years) 
    Mother Margaret Henry,   b. Abt 1710, ____, Chester Co., PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1767  (Age ~ 58 years) 
    Married Abt 1731  ____, Chester Co., PA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F10009  Group Sheet

    Family Catharine McDowell,   b. Cal 1753, ____, Lancaster Co., PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Feb 1818, Plum, Allegheny Co., PA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 65 years) 
    Married 21 Nov 1774  Mercersburg, Franklin Co., PA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • They were married at the Upper West Conocheague Presbyterian Church.
      ________

      Hugh DAVIDSON (m)  m: 21 Nov 1774  Catherine MCDOWELL  Cumberland  
      Hugh DAVIDSON (m)  m: 21 Nov 1774  Catharine MC DOWELL  Presb Ch, Upper West Conocheague, Cumberland
    Children 
     1. Nancy "Agnes" Davidson,   b. 17 Nov 1775, Greencastle, Franklin Co., PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Mar 1831, Plum, Allegheny Co., PA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years)
     2. John Davidson,   b. Abt 1777,   d. Between 1839 and 1859  (Age ~ 62 years)
     3. Margaret "Peggy" Davidson,   b. 1781,   d. 1841  (Age 60 years)
     4. Catharine "Kitty" Davidson,   b. Between 1782 and 1786, Antrim Twp., Franklin Co., PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 1812 and 1818  (Age ~ 30 years)
     5. Mary Craig Davidson,   b. Aug 1784, ____, ____, PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Oct 1854, ____, Franklin Co., PA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 70 years)
     6. Elias Davidson,   b. 10 Feb 1788, Antrim Twp., Franklin Co., PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 May 1840, ____, Allegheny Co., PA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 52 years)
     7. Elizabeth K. Davidson,   b. Abt 1790, ____, Bedford Co., PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1859  (Age ~ 69 years)
     8. Hugh Davidson,   b. Abt 1791, Antrim Twp., Franklin Co., PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1859  (Age ~ 68 years)
     9. Annabella McDowell Davidson,   b. Abt 1794, ____, ____, PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Mar 1831, Plum, Allegheny Co., PA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 37 years)
    Last Modified 10 Aug 2013 
    Family ID F10006  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1745 - ____, Lancaster Co., PA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsProbate - Aug 1769 - ____, Cumberland Co., PA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 21 Nov 1774 - Mercersburg, Franklin Co., PA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google Maps1790 Census - 1790 - ____, Huntingdon Co., PA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google Maps1800 Census - 1800 - Dublin Twp., Huntingdon Co., PA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 3 Jul 1820 - Plum, Allegheny Co., PA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - Aft 3 Jul 1820 - Laird Cemetery, Plum, Allegheny Co., PA Link to Google Earth
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  • Headstones
    Col. Hugh Davidson (1745-1820)
    Col. Hugh Davidson

  • Notes 
    • From "Where Wild Plum Trees Grew", Bicentennial Edition of the Plum Borough History 1788-1988
      (1988, Allegheny Foothills Historical Society), p. 80

      The Davidson Family
      by Dorothy Davidson Mallisee.

      Very little is known about where the Davison family originated, but Rupp the historian lists them as land owners in what is now Antrim Township, Franklin County before 1735. John, the first we know of our family, had land surveyed there in 1749. She spelled his name Davison, but his descendants made it Davidson. He died about 1767, leaving a widow, Margaret, & 6 children.

      John's fourth child, Hugh, is one of the first landowners in Plum Township. He was born in 1745. He married Catherine McDowell, daughter of John McDowell of Fort McDowell, Mercersburg. On the map of original land grants of Plum Borough, Hugh Davidson is listed as a property owner, warrant dated January 11, 1773. He took up many parcels of land. According to records at the Allegheny County Court House, on Feb. 17, 1809 Colonel Hugh Davidson & his wife Catherine, divided their land in Allegheny Co. among their 6 children, giving to each one "300 or more acres for $1.00 & love & consideration". There are many tales told about Colonel Hugh. He loved to ride around the country with his hounds, hunting.

      Colonel Hugh Davidson served in the Revolutionary War. His home, built about 200 years ago, is still standing & is occupied by a great-great-grandson Kenneth Davidson. This beautiful old stone house is located off Rt. 380 opposite Abers Creek Rd. Colonel Hugh is buried in Laird Cemetery. A granite monument marks his resting place.

      see http:/freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~njm1/tombs.htm

      Hugh's son, Elias, married Martha Meanor... Westmoreland County history... taking up land in 1759... nine children.

      Their son, James, born Nov. 9, 1827 married Mary Crooks...

      James Davidson's youngest son, Paul Meanor, married Helen Boyd in 1915 and built a house along New Texas Road. He continued the family tradition of farming and his daughters Dorothy Davidson Mallisee & Virginia Davidson Miller, still own part of this original land-grant farm....
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      Settlers of the Jersey Settlement, Allegheny County, PA.
      1768-Donald Munro, Hugh Davidson, James Halleday, James Terry, Richard Parker, John Reed, Samuel Devore, Abraham Miller, William McClure, Philip Rodgers, Robert Smith, Cornelius Thompson, Adam McConnell, James Wils

      In 1781, what had been the Third Battalion in 1777, now became known as the Second Battalion of the Bedford County Militia. The township areas from which this newly named Second Battalion drew its recruits stayed the same as in the year 1777 when it became known as the Third Battalion with the one exception of the inclusion of Dublin Township in its northern Bedford ranks. Hugh Davidson took the place of Samuel Jack as the battalion's Lieutenant Colonel, and John Shaver advanced from Captain to Major. The new company Captains for this 1781 Second Battalion were as follows:

      Co. 1 John Spenser
      Co. 2 David Walker
      Co. 3 John Dean
      Co. 4 John Thorlton
      Co. 5 George Wilson
      Co. 6 Jacob Gonow
      Co. 7 Gavane Clugage
      Co. 8 Thomas Blair
      ___________________________

      Americn Revolutionary Soldiers of Franklin County, Pennsylvania, pp. 57-58

      HUGH DAVISON

      On Feb. 2, 1778, Sub-Lieut., of Bedford Co. Penna., wrote an interesting letter to the supreme Executive Council in reference to the prospect of Defense against the enemy "when one part of the Country is attacked, the Danger may be apprehended thro' the whole." He was later Lieut. Col. Davison. He was one of the Antrim Twp., family, early settlers, and on Nov. 21, 1774, married Catherine, dau. of John McDowell, of Fort McDowell, near Mercersburg. In 1776, he was admitted to the Presby. Church at Mercersburg, and appears in Bedford Co., Penna., in 1777. Hugh Davison, Esq., of Huntingdon Co., Penna., and wife Catherine, had an agreement in 1787, with Stephen Bayard of Pittsburg cor certain land on whichBayard was about erecting on Reardon's Run, a Saw Mill &c. The conveyances were in 1803-04-08-09. In 1814, Hugh and Catherine sell to Elias Davidson and Christian Latshaw, merchants of Pittsburgh, 338 ac., of land. The issue of Col. Hugh and Catherine Davison:

      I. John Davidson, wife not known.

      II. Nancy mar. Robert King, March 15, 1797, by Dr. John King.

      III. Margaret Davison mar. John King, Feb. 9, 1804, by Dr. John King, Mercersburg, Penna.

      IV. Catherine Davison mar Christian Latshaw, 1804, by Rev. A. A. McGinley, D.D., Fannett Twp.

      V. Mary Davison mar. March 12, 1807, Thos. McDowell, by Dr. John King of Peters Twp., Franklin Co., Penna.

      VI. Elias Davidson is said to have mar. Martha Meanor.

      VII. Elizabeth Davison mar. James Ramsey, Huntingdon Co., Penna.

      VIII. Annabella Davison mar. Wm. Armstrong, Plum Twp., Plum Twp., Allegheny Co., Penna.

      The John King line went to Columbiana Co., Ohio.

      Burials from the old Laird Cemetery, which is about 15 miles N.E. of Pittsburgh, near Plum Creek Church and a small village called New Texas and first named Ebenezer Church. The monument to Col. Hugh and Catherine Davidson is of brown granite or marble and is in perfect condition: Col. Hugh Davidson, died July 3, 1820, in the 75th year of his age. Catherine M. wife of Col. Hugh Davidson, died Feb. 10, 1818, in the 65th year of her age. Elias Davidson and Martha M., died Mar. 28, 1840 and May 1, 1840, aged 40 and 60 years.

      (Penna. Arch. 2nd Ser. Vol. 3, p. 147, 148. Penna Arch. 5th Ser. Vol. 5, p. 49-85.)