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Samuel Davidson

Samuel Davidson

Male Abt 1705 - Abt 1787  (~ 82 years)

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  • Name Samuel Davidson  [1
    Born Abt 1705  ____, ____, Ireland, UK Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Samuel Davison is the most elusive of the three likely brothers. He seems to be the youngest brother based on the fact that his oldest child George was born no earlier than the late 1730s. This would place his marriage at, likely, no sooner than 1735. That would suggest a birth between 1700 and 1710.

      There is a purported genealogy of Samuel in the Jennings-Davidson Genealogy that has serious errors in the earliest generatiions.

      Samuel did have sons old enough in 1757 to fight with him in the French and Indian War. Brothers George, John, and James are mentioned in various records and father Samuel collected some pay packets for the sons which suggests they were under age.

      It also tells us that Samuel was still in Virginia long after John had left for North Carolina.
    Gender Male 
    Residence Aft 1739  Beverly Manor, Augusta Co., VA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Davidson Plots Beverley Manor
    Davidson Plots - Beverley Manor
    Residence Aft 1760  ____, Tryon Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Sometime after the French and Indian War, Samuel seems to have gone South to what was then called Rowen county but later became Tryon County, North Carolina. And later still was moved into York or Union County, South Carolina.
    Died Abt 1787  ____, York Co., SC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I10496  DNA Family 1 Genealogies
    Last Modified 23 Feb 2012 

    Father George Davison,   d. Unknown 
    Mother Miss [--?--],   d. Unknown 
    Family ID F250  Group Sheet

    Family Margaret [--?--],   d. Unknown 
    Married Bef 1736 
    Children 
     1. Lieut. George Davidson, Sr.,   b. 27 Aug 1738, ____, ____, PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 23 May 1825 and 10 Jul 1826, Stanford, Lincoln Co., KY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years)
     2. James Davidson,   b. Bef 23 Aug 1741, ____, Augusta Co., VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 2 Mar 1816 and 7 May 1816, ____, Rutherford Co., TN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 74 years)
     3. Benjamin Davidson,   b. Bef 8 May 1742, ____, Augusta Co., VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1825, Davidson River, Transylvania Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 82 years)
     4. Capt. John Davidson,   b. Bef 25 Nov 1744, Beverly Manor, Augusta Co., VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Aug 1780, Battle of Hanging Rock, ____, SC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 35 years)
     5. Jesse Davidson,   b. 1745, ____, Augusta Co., VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Unknown
     6. Col. William Davidson,   b. 1747, ____, Augusta Co., VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Unknown
     7. Mary Davidson,   b. 1749, ____, Augusta Co., VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Unknown
     8. Rebecca Davidson,   b. Abt 1750,   d. Bef 1820  (Age ~ 70 years)
    Last Modified 4 May 2006 
    Family ID F280  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - Abt 1705 - ____, ____, Ireland, UK Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Abt 1787 - ____, York Co., SC Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Davidson Plots Beverley Manor
    Davidson Plots Beverley Manor

  • Notes 
    • I have no proof that Samuel is a brother of George and John; however, he lived near John in Beverly Manor, and they bought their land at the same time. There is suggested evidence that Samuel might have made the land purchase for John who was not yet in the colonies. Further,  two of his children were close with John's children in Burke and Buncombe counties. DNA evidence shows that he was at least closely related.
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      SAMUEL  and JOHN DAVISON, both acquired land in Beverley Manor, Orange (Augusta in 1745) County, VA on the same date in 1739. Both had children baptized at Tinkling Spring Presbyterian Church in the 1740's.

      ORANGE CO., VA DEED BK. #3  1738-1744    4-5 June 1739. Pgs. 242-247.
      Wm. Beverley, Gent. of Essex Co. to Samuel Davison of Orange Co., lease and release (consideration blank) 353A in Beverley Manner on the south fork of Shenandore river, corner to Capt. James Pattin. (Refer to map of Beverley Manor).  Signed by Wm. Beverley, witnessed and proven by same three persons who witnessed deed to John Davison--(See below).
      28 June 1739.

      5 June 1739   Pgs. 237-242.
      Wm Beverley of Essex Co., Gent. to John Davison  of Augusta Co. lease and release for 23 pd. 11 sh. current money, 785A,  part of Manner of Beverley, at Christie's white oak. (Actually, John Christian's).

      GEORGE and SAMUEL went in the 1760's as some records show, to Tryon Co., NC which became part of Mecklenburg and Lincoln Cos., NC and Camden Dist., SC. There was an ongoing border dispute between NC and SC and when it was settled, SAMUEL fell into York Co., Camden Dist., SC. Deeds to his land were recorded in Mecklenburg Co., NC and in York Co., SC. (Some abstracts listed below). SAMUEL'S home was only a few miles from King's Mtn. where an important victory over the British was fought. Sons, WILLIAM, JAMES, and BENJAMIN participated and were given Revolutionary grants in Western NC where they settled. SAMUEL remained in York Co. where he died in 1787.

      Some Land Records of SAMUEL DAVIDSON, Crown Grants, Wm. Tryon, Royal Governor, #871,  Bk. 18, Pg. 30l.

      26 Sept 1766. SAMUEL DAVIDSON, 300A in Mecklenburg on both sides of Turkey Creek including mill seat, joining JAMES BRYSON'S.

      Crown Grants, Gov. Tryon, Royal Governor. Patent Bk. 23, Pg. 43.

      26 Apr 1767.   SAMUEL DAVIDSON, 35A in Mecklenburg on Bullock's Creek joining Curtis Caldwell, Wright's line, Moore's beginning, (a point), nearly with Stephenson's line and the foot of a mountain.

      Sources:
      1.  Camden Dist., SC Wills & Administrations, 1781-1787. (SAMUEL)
      2.  "The McConnell Families" by Benjamin McConnell.  (JAMES)
      3.  Cemetery Records of Morgan Co., TN. (WILLIAM)
      4.  Methodist Bishop Asbury's journal entry of 13 Nov 1800, also another dated 7 Nov 1802. (BENJAMIN)      
      5.  DAR Records and History of the Gullick Family. (BENJAMIN)
      6.  Camden Dist., SC Wills & Admin. dated 1 Jan 1788 show advances made to widow (not named) & to JOHN GULLICK  in the right of his wife, REBEKAH &  to WILLIAM DAVIDSON.
      7.  " Roster of Soldiers & Patriots Buried in TN." (WILLIAM)
      8.  Tombstones of BENJAMIN & ANN in Davidson River Cemetery, Boilstown Twp., Transylvania Co., NC:
        BENJAMIN DAVIDSON                 A. D.
      NC Troops Rev. War               D. 1833  Aged 85
      (No dates shown)                       
      (Handcarved stone)

      Robert Winslow Davidson
      mrbdavis@swbell.net
      3 June 2000
      _______________

      From Jennings-Davidson Genealogy, pp. 140ff

      "Samuel Davison, b. prob 1705-1710, in Ulster, Norther Ireland, and emigrated to America with his parents, settling in Spottsylvania, Co., VA which was later divided into Augusta and Albemarle Cos.

      "On page 41, Kegley's "Virginia Frontiers" is a list of the first settlers in Beverly Manor whose title deeds were recorded in Orange Co., VA, which shows John Davison, 785 acres, and Samuel Davison, 253 acres. It further recites that 'although many of the inhabitants were on the ground from 1732 on, no deeds were recorded before February 1738.'

      "He had four sons who were in Virginia military service in 1757, as he collected wages for George, John, and James in that year." Another son seems to have collected his own pay.

      Children of Samuel and his wife (unknown):
      a. George Davison, b. Aug 27, 1738; died KY 1823. m. Mar 17, 1763, Mary Woods. Name later spelled Davidson.
      b. James Davidson, signed a receipt for military service
      c. John Davison, signed a receipt for military service
      d. A son of military age."

      The book only follows George's line.

      George Davison, b. 27 aug 1738, PA; d betw. May 23, 1825 (date of will) and 10 July 1826 (the date of proving the will), in KY. Buried in the homestead burying ground, near Stanford, KY. m. 17 mar 1763 in Albemarle or Greenbrier Co., VA to Mary Woods, dau. of Wm. Woods (son of Michael Woods and Mary Campbell) and his wife Susanna Wallace, first settlers of the Blue Ridge regions of Virginia. About 1783, migrated to Lincoln Co., KY.

      Children: (born Albemarle Co., VA)
      a. Samuel Davidson, b.1766, d. 12 sept 1845; m. 15 feb 1797, Sarah (Sallie) Logan.
      b. Susannah Davidson, b. abt 1767-1768, d. bef. 1825, m. 8 Aug 1785, John King
      c. Jane Davidson, b. abt 1771, m ?? KY, had dau. Jane ???
      d. Polly Davidson, unmarried
      e. Martha (Mattie) Davidson, b. abt 1769, m. 27 sept 1784, Hugh Leeper.
      f. John Davidson, b. abt 1775, unmarried., d. aft 1825.
      g. James Davidson, b. 13 nov 1777, d. 31 may 1861, m. 24 aug 1819, Harriett Ballenger
      h. Michael Davidson, b. 13 nov 1777, m. 8 aug 1817, Lucretia Ballenger
      i. Nancy Davidson, b. 8 feb 1785, m 18 nov 1806, James Robertson
      j. William Davidson, d. age 20
      k. George Davidson, d. young"

  • Sources 
    1. [S18] Jennings - Davidson, Lillie Pauline White, (1944), p. 140 (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S18] Jennings - Davidson, Lillie Pauline White, (1944), pp. 140-141 (Reliability: 3).