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John "One-Eye" Davidson

John "One-Eye" Davidson

Male Bef 1744 - 1825  (~ 80 years)

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  • Name John "One-Eye" Davidson  [1
    Nickname One-Eye 
    Born Bef 24 Nov 1744  Beverly Manor, Augusta Co., VA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Christened 24 Nov 1744  Tinkling Springs Presbyterian Church, Beverly Manor, Fishersville, Augusta Co., VA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Male 
    1790 Census 1790 
    • ____, Burke Co., NC, p. 106, 3-5-6-6
    1820 Census 1820  ____, Maury Co., TN Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • p. 69
      John Davison   020001 - 01001 - 0300

      Male        > 45 : John "One Eye" Davidson, b. 1744
      Female   > 45 : Frances Bateman, b. bef 1775
      Male     10-16 : ?
      Male     10-16 : ?
      Female 10-16 : ?
    Died 25 Apr 1825  Columbia, Maury Co., TN Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Buried Aft 25 Apr 1825  Ebenezer Churchyard - Columbia, Maury Co., TN Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I3165  DNA Family 1 Genealogies
    Last Modified 13 Mar 2008 

    Father John Davidson,   b. Abt 1700, ____, ____, Ireland, UK Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1749, ____, ____, NC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 49 years) 
    Mother Jane Tucker,   b. Abt 1712, ____, ____, Ireland, UK Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Unknown, ____, ____, NC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Abt 1728  ____, ____, Ireland, UK Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Family ID F68  Group Sheet

    Family 1 Ruth Clements,   b. 4 Jan 1756, ____, Augusta Co., VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Jan 1793, ____, Burke Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 37 years) 
    Married 7 May 1770  ____, ____, NC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Alt. Marriage 4 Sep 1770  ____, Augusta Co., VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Mary Davidson,   b. 1772,   d. Bef 1824  (Age 52 years)
     2. Jane "Jenny" Davidson,   b. 1774,   d. 1844  (Age 70 years)
     3. Thomas Irwin Davidson,   b. 16 May 1776, ____, ____, NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Jan 1824  (Age 47 years)
     4. Lydia Davidson,   b. 1783,   d. Unknown
     5. Ephraim Edward Davidson,   b. 12 May 1785, ____, Burke Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Sep 1850, ____, Lafayette Co., MS Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years)
     6. John Osimus Davidson,   b. 28 Jun 1791, ____, Burke Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Dec 1856, College Hill, Lafayette Co., MS Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years)
     7. Ruth Malinda Davidson,   b. Abt 13 Jan 1793, ____, Burke Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1847  (Age ~ 53 years)
    Last Modified 4 May 2006 
    Family ID F398  Group Sheet

    Family 2 Frances Bateman,   d. Unknown 
    Married 1793  ____, Burke Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Children 
     1. Cynthia Eliza Davidson,   b. 16 Mar 1793, ____, Burke Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1862, ____, Panola Co., MS Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years)
    Last Modified 4 May 2006 
    Family ID F1574  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsChristened - 24 Nov 1744 - Tinkling Springs Presbyterian Church, Beverly Manor, Fishersville, Augusta Co., VA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 7 May 1770 - ____, ____, NC Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 1793 - ____, Burke Co., NC Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 25 Apr 1825 - Columbia, Maury Co., TN Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - Aft 25 Apr 1825 - Ebenezer Churchyard - Columbia, Maury Co., TN Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • "One Eyed" John Davidson, eighth and youngest child of John Davison/Davidson and his wife Jane, was baptized at Tinkling Spring in Augusta/Rockbridge Co., VA on 24 Nov 1744 by the Rev. John Craig.

      On 7 May 1770, John married Ruth Clement who bore him seven children and who died in 1792 in Burke Co., NC.  The year after Ruth died, John married Frances Bateman, who bore him one child.

      In 1777 Burke County was split off from Rowan, and its western boundary extended to the Appalachian mountains.  John and Ruth were living there in 1778.  At the close of the Revolutionary War, John received a grant of 5000 acres in Tennessee for his work in surveying lands for revolutionary soldiers.  He had been a member of Ephraim McLean's surveying party.

      Tennessee became a state in 1796.  John sold his lands in Burke County and went, with friends and relatives, to Maury County, Tennessee, where he registered his cattle mark 21 Dec 1807.  Both he and Ephraim McLean were called for Jury duty in Maury County in March 1808.

      John died on 25 Apr 1825 at Columbia on Maury County, TN.  He is buried in Ebenezer Churchyard (later called "Reeses") Churchyard.

      This is a transcription of the will of John Davidson:

      I John Davidson of the County of Maury and state of Tennessee being advanced of aged and infirm but sound of mind and disposing memory do make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and following

      first I wish my body to be buried at the discretion of my Executor, hereafter appointed.  my worldly estate to be divided as follows, to wit, My Negro man Comdon I give and bequeath to him and his heirs forever to Ruth C. [Clements] Davidson daughter of my son Ephraim E. Davidson.  I give a negro boy named Albert to her and her heirs forever.  to Richard Whiteside son of my daughter Ruth Whiteside [Ruth Malinda Davidson, wife of Abram Whiteside] I give my Negro boy William to him and his heirs and assigns forever.  to my beloved wife Francis [Frances Bateman] I Give and bequeath my Negroes Chilsy, a woman, Randall, a Negro boy, and a girl named Gady, which three Negroes I will to her and her heirs forever as her right and to be at her disposal.  to John G. Davidson, son of my son Thomas Davidson [Thomas Irwin Davidson], Dec'd I give and bequeath a horse worth 80 dollars.  to B. C. Davidson son of my son Thomas Davidson I give and bequeath a sorrel colt now claimed by him.  all the ballance of my property I wish sold by my Executors and one third part of which I give and bequeath to my wife to her proper use and behoof forever.  I further wish my Executors to pay over a legacy by me bequeathed to my Children, Grandchildren, and other legal heirs if any not named in this one dollar as a full distributive share of my Estate.  I do further nominate and appoint my son John O. Davidson [John Osimus Davidson] and my son-in-law Paris F. Dooley [husband of Cynthia Eliza Davidson] Executors to this my last will and testament.  And having full confidence in their integrity and honesty no Security is required of them as such, and lest a misunderstanding should take place as to the ballance of my Estate in the hands of my Executors, my will is that after the legacies named in this will is paid the ballance after paying all my just debts are paid I wish divided equally between the heirs of Thomas Davidson in right of their father, Andrew Neely and Jane [Jane (Jennie) Davidson] his wife, Ephraim E. Davidson, John O. Davidson, Paris F. Dooley and Cynthia his wife share and share alike.  I do by this my last will and testament disannul and make void all former wills by me declaring this alone to be my last will and testament.

      In testimony whereof I have hereto set my hand and seal this 15th day of June, 1824.

      Signed, sealed and disclosed in presence of

      Joseph B. Porter, Jurat

      It has been noted that John had previously given land to his children as follows:  466 acres to Abram Whitesides when he married Ruth Malinda Davidson; 900 acres to Ephraim Edward Davidson; 800 acres to John Osimus Davidson, plus 200 more to be administered for his step-mother; 400 to Paris Dooley, plus slaves for Cynthia; 120 acres to John Martin, son of his daughter Mary, who was probably dead, since she is not named in the will.

  • Sources 
    1. [S8] Davison/Davidson Family, Robert Stephens Hand, (2nd Ed., 1991), p. 12 (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S8] Davison/Davidson Family, Robert Stephens Hand, (2nd Ed., 1991), p. 21 (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S8] Davison/Davidson Family, Robert Stephens Hand, (2nd Ed., 1991), p. 10 (Reliability: 3).
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