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Thomas Rogers Davidson

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  • Name Thomas Rogers Davidson 
    Born 6 Oct 1814  Connellsville, Fayette Co., PA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Admission to Bar 4 Jan 1838  ____, Fayette Co., PA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • From History of Fayette County, Pennsylvania, p. 138:
      Thos. R. Davidson was admidded to the Bar of Fayette County on Jan. 4th 1838.
    1850 Census 25 Jul 1850  Connellsville, Fayette Co., PA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • p. 493a
      William Davidson    67  M   Farmer  $25,000   Penna.
      Sarah        "            65  F                                     "
      Sarah McClay         22  F                                     "
      William D Norton?     4  M                                 Ohio

      Thomas R Davidson    35  M   Attorney  $3000   Penna.  Md in Year
      Bell                 "            25   F                                     "             "
    1860 Census 12 Jul 1860  Connellsville, Fayette Co., PA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Connellsville, PO, p. 130
      Thomas B. Davidson     46  M   Att. Law  $10,000  $10,000   Pennsylvania
      Isabella          "               39   F                                                          "
      May                "              10   F                                                           "               school
      William            "                7   M                                                           "                   "
      William            "              77   M   Retired Life                                      "
    Died 3 Nov 1875  ____, Fayette Co., PA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Aft 3 Nov 1875  Hill Grove Cemetery, Connellsville, Fayette Co., PA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Book Article 1882  Philadelphia, Philadelphia Co., PA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    History of Fayette County, Pennsylvania with biographical sketches of many of its pioneers and prominent men, pp. 145-146, by L. H. Everts & Co. 
    • Thomas R. Davidson was a son of William Davidson, of Connellsville. He was educated at Kenyon College, Ohio, and soon after graduation became a law-student in the office of Robert P. Flenniken, of Uniontown. He was admitted to the bar in January, 1838. He located in Connellsville, and continued the practice of his profession until his death, though he was engaged extensively in other business. He was one of the prominent members of the Fayette bar, and was regarded as one of the best couselors in Western Pennsylvania. He was also an active and energetic politician, but would never accept a public appointment, nor consent to become a candidate for office. The date of his death has not been ascertained.
    Book Article 1882  Philadelphia, Philadelphia Co., PA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    History of Fayette County, Pennsylvania with biographical sketches of many of its pioneers and prominent men, pp. 405-406, by L. H. Everts & Co. 
    • Thomas R. Davidson.

      Among the distinguished men of Fayette County who have passed away, stood eminent in professional and social life, Thomas R. Davidson, who was born in Connellsville, Oct. 6, 1814, the son of William and Sarah Rogers Davidson, both of Scotch-Irish descent. William Davidson, the father, was an old iron-master, State senator, and a man of great mentor vigor. Thomas R. Davidson received his education at home and at Kenyon College, Ohio, and after being admitted to the bar, practiced law for some years in Uniontown, where he married Isabella Austin, daughter of John M. Austin, then one of the leaders of the bar in his section of the State. Of this union were two children, -- Mary D., now wife of P. S. Newmyer, of COnnellsville, and William A., at present practicing law in Cincinnati, Ohio. Shortly after his marriage he located in Connellsville, his old house, where he continued during the remainder of his life in the dties of his profession, and engaged in various enterprises for the advancement of the community in which he was interested. He was very cautious and reticent in his business pursuits, but was quite successful and accumulated a handsome estate. He had no desire for political advancement, preferring the more congeniel walks of private life, though he once accepted the honorary office of presidential elector. Mr. Davidson died Nov. 3, 1875.

      His appearance was very commanding, he being in stature six and one-half feet, finely proportioned, and weighing two hundred and forty-two pounds. Perhaps a more correct estimate of his character and standing could not be given than that expressed in the following extract from a tribute by James Darsie, who knew him long and well:

      "His departure from our midst has left an aching void which cannot be filled. No other man can take his place, do the work, and command the confidence that was reposed in him by the entire community. He was indeed the rich man's conselor and the poor man's friend, and was universally esteemed, honored, and beloved as a man of lofty principle, generous and magnanimous impulses, and of spotless integrity. I have rarely met one who had so great an abhorrence of a mean, dishonorable, or dishonest act as he; indeed, the love of truth and justice was in him innate. While in principle stern and unbeding, even to severity, in heart and sympathy he was tender as a child. He never disappointed the hopes and expectations of his friends, or betrayed a trust committed to his hands. He practiced his profession not so much for profit as to heal the animosities, adjust the difficulties, and restore the peace and confidence of neighbors. I presume I may safely say he settled more disputes by his sagacity, wisdom, and moderat5ion than he ever did by the hard process of law, and oftentimes prevailed upon his clients to amicably settle their disputes rather than risk the vexation and uncertainty of an appeal to a legal tribunal. He was, indeed, a peacemaker in the highest sense of that term, and had a far more honest satisfaction in amicably settling a difficulty than in gaining a suit before a judge and jury. In one word, he filled the full outline of that sentiment happily expressed by one of England's noblest bards, --

      "'An honest man's the noblest work of God.'"

      The following testimonial to his great worth is quoted from resolutions by the bar of Fayette County:

      "It is with heartfelt sorrow and unfeigned regret that we are compelled to submit to the loss of one so endeared to us allby long and pleasant associatiations. His genial, warm, and affectionate disposition, his tender regard for the feeling of others, his uniform courtesy and affability, and above all, his high sense of honor and strict integrity secured to him the love and respect alike of bench and bar. This bar has lost a sound lawyer, an able counselor and upright man, whose honor and integrity were only equaled by his unassuming modesty and affability."
    Book Article 1889  Chicago, Cook Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Biographical and Portrait Cyclopedia of Fayette County, Pennsylvania, John M. Gresham, p. 589 
    • THOMAS R DAVIDSON.  Among the distinguished men of Fayette county who have passed away, stood eminent in professional and social life, Thomas R Davidson, who was born in Connellsville, October 6, 1814, the son of William Davidson and Sarah Rogers Davidson, both of Scotch Irish descent.
         
      William Davidson, father, was an old iron master, State senator and a man of great mental vigor. 
         
      Thomas R Davidson received his education at home and at Kenyon College, Ohio, and after being admitted to the bar, practiced law for some years in Uniontown where he married Isabella Austin, daughter of John M Austin, then one of the leaders of the bar in his section of the State.  Of this union were two children: Mary D Davidson, now wife of P S Newmyer of Connellsville, and William A Davidson, at present practicing law at Cincinnati, Ohio. 
         
      Shortly after his marriage he located in Connellsville, his old home, where he continued during the remainder of his life in the duties of his profession, and engaged in various enterprises for the advancement of the community in which he was interested.  He was very cautious and reticent in business pursuits, but was quite successful and accumulated a handsome estate.  He had no desire for political advancement, preferring the more congenial walks of private life, though he at once accepted the honorary office of presidential elector.  Mr Davidson died November 3, 1875.
    Person ID I5000  Pennsylvania Davidsons
    Last Modified 13 Aug 2013 

    Father Col. William Davidson,   b. 14 Feb 1783, Carlisle, Cumberland Co., PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Mar 1867, Connellsville, Fayette Co., PA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years) 
    Mother Sarah Rogers,   b. 3 Nov 1784, ____, ____, PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Nov 1856, Connellsville, Fayette Co., PA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Married 19 Dec 1813  Connellsville, Fayette Co., PA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Fayette County, Pennsylvania Vital Records, 1750-1890
      Name:      Davidson, William Sr.
      Birth Date:      14 Feb 1783
      Birth Place:      Cumberland co., PA
      Spouse:      Sarah Rogers (Widow Blackstone)
      Marriage Date:      19 Dec 1813
      Marriage Place:      Fayette co., PA
      Children:      Thomas, William, John, Daniel, Sarah,
      Date of Death:      2 Mar 1867
      Place of Death:      Fayette co., PA
      Other:      War 1812, taken prisoner at the surrender of Detroit.
    Family ID F5249  Group Sheet

    Family Isabella "Bell" Austin,   b. 16 Mar 1822, ____, ____, PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Feb 1895, Connellsville, Fayette Co., PA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Married 1 Jun 1849  Uniontown, Fayette Co., PA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Fayette County, Pennsylvania Vital Records, 1750-1890
      Name:      Davidson, Thomas R.
      Birth Date:      6 Oct 1814
      Birth Place:      Fayette co., PA
      Father's Name:      William Davidson
      Mother's name:      Sarah Rogers
      Spouse:      Isabella Austin
      Marriage Date:      1839
      Marriage Place:      Fay
      Children:      Mary, William
      Date of Death:      3 Nov 1875
      Place of Death:      Fay
      Other:      Attorney, attended college in Knox co., OH
    Children 
     1. Mary A. "May" Davidson,   b. 5 Jul 1850, Connellsville, Fayette Co., PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Mar 1914, Connellsville, Fayette Co., PA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years)
     2. William Austin Davidson,   b. 17 Sep 1853, Connellsville, Fayette Co., PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Dec 1900, North Bend, Hamilton Co., OH Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 47 years)
    Last Modified 10 Aug 2013 
    Family ID F5000  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 6 Oct 1814 - Connellsville, Fayette Co., PA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsAdmission to Bar - 4 Jan 1838 - ____, Fayette Co., PA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 1 Jun 1849 - Uniontown, Fayette Co., PA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google Maps1850 Census - 25 Jul 1850 - Connellsville, Fayette Co., PA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google Maps1860 Census - 12 Jul 1860 - Connellsville, Fayette Co., PA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 3 Nov 1875 - ____, Fayette Co., PA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - Aft 3 Nov 1875 - Hill Grove Cemetery, Connellsville, Fayette Co., PA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBook Article - History of Fayette County, Pennsylvania with biographical sketches of many of its pioneers and prominent men, pp. 145-146, by L. H. Everts & Co. - 1882 - Philadelphia, Philadelphia Co., PA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBook Article - History of Fayette County, Pennsylvania with biographical sketches of many of its pioneers and prominent men, pp. 405-406, by L. H. Everts & Co. - 1882 - Philadelphia, Philadelphia Co., PA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBook Article - Biographical and Portrait Cyclopedia of Fayette County, Pennsylvania, John M. Gresham, p. 589 - 1889 - Chicago, Cook Co., IL Link to Google Earth
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    Thomas Rogers Davidson (1814-1875)
    Thomas Rogers Davidson (1814-1875)

  • Sources 
    1. [S3] Fayette County, Pennsylvania Vital Records, 1750-1890, Herrin, Cynthia, ed., (Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 1999.).
      Birth date:  Feb 14, 1783 Birth place:  Cumberland co., PA Death date:  Mar 2, 1867 Death place:  Fayette co., PA Marriage date:  Dec 19, 1813 Marriage place:  Fayette co., PA
      http://trees.ancestry.com/rd?f=sse&db=fayettepa1890&h=2127&ti=0&indiv=try&gss=pt