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Col. William Davidson

Col. William Davidson

Male 1783 - 1867  (84 years)

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  • Name Col. William Davidson  [1, 2
    Prefix Col. 
    Alt. Birth Feb 1783  Middleton Twp., Cumberland Co., PA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Born 14 Feb 1783  Carlisle, Cumberland Co., PA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    1810 Census 1810  Dunbar Twp., Fayette Co., PA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • p. 1006
      William Davidson    00010 - 00000
      ...
      James Rodgers       44010 - 01011
    1820 Census 1820  Connellsville, Fayette Co., PA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • p. 88?
      Daniel Rogers       111 110 - 11110 - 0020
      William Davidson   320 010 - 01011 - 0000

      Census Analysis:
      Male     26-45 : William Davidson, b. 1783
      Female 26-45 : Sarah Rogers, b. 1784
      Female 10-16 : Eliza Blackstone, b. abt 1804
      Male     10-16 : Henry Blackstone, b. 1806
      Male     10-16 : James Blackstone, b. 1808
      Male        < 10 : Thomas R. Davidson, b. 1814
      Male        < 10 : John R. Davidson, b. 1818
      Male        < 10 : Daniel R. Davidson, b. 1820
      Female    > 45 : ?
    1830 Census 1830  Connellsville, Fayette Co., PA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • p. 238
      William Davidson    002 120 100 0000 - 111 010 100 0000


      Census Analysis:
      Male     40-50 : William Davidson, b. 1783
      Female 40-50 : Sarah Rogers, b. 1784
      Female 20-30 :  ?
      Male     20-30 : Henry Blackstone, b. 1806
      Male     20-30 : James Blackstone, b. 1808
      Male     15-20 : Thomas R. Davidson, b. 1814
      Male     10-15 : John R. Davidson, b. 1818
      Male     10-15 : Daniel Rogers Davidson, b. 1820
      Female 10-15 : ?
      Female   5-10 : Sarah Davidson, b. 1823
      Female     < 5 : ?

      Married:
      Eliza Blackstone, b. abt 1804 (to James S Banning, removed to Knox Co., OH)
    1840 Census 1840  Connellsville, Fayette Co., PA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • p. 401
      William Davidson   000 020 010 0000 - 001 100 010 0000

      Census Analysis:
      Male     50-60 : William Davidson, b. 1783
      Female 50-60 : Sarah Rogers, b. 1784
      Male     20-30 : Thomas R. Davidson, b. 1814
      Male     20-30 : Daniel Rogers Davidson, b. 1820
      Female 10-15 : Sarah Davidson, b. 1823

      Missing:
      John R. Davidson, b. 1818 - died 1836.
      Henry Blackstone, b. 1806
      James Blackstone, b. 1808 - in Dunbar Twp.
      Female ?, b. 1800-1810
      Female ?, b. 1815-1820
      Female ?, b. 1825-1830
    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 2 Mar 1867  Connellsville, Fayette Co., PA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Buried Aft 2 Mar 1867  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, p. 372, by L. H. Everts & Co. 
    • William Davidson, a native of Carlisle, Pa., and a clerk inn the prothonoarry's office at that place, left there about 1807, in company with John B. Gibson (afterwards of Beaver), to seek his fortune in what was then known as the West. While on his way, at Bedford, he fell in with Mr. Wurtz, of the firm of Mochabee & Wurtz, proprietors of the Laurel Furnace. Davidson, being then a young man about twenty-five years of age, and of prepossessing appearance, made a favorable impression on Mr. Wurtz, who thereupon at once proposed to him to take charge of the affairs of the furnace, which proposition Mr. Davidson accepted. He, however, did not remain very long in that business, and in 1808 removed to Connellsville, where (haivng married not long after his arrival) he made his home during the remainder of his long life, following the vocations of merchant, farmer, and iron-master. He was connected with the army in some capacity in the war of 1812, and was made prisoner in Hull's surrender of Detroit. He served several years in the Legislature of Pennsylvania, both in the House of Representatives (of which he was Speaker in 1818) and in the Senate. He died in 1867, in the eighty-fifth year of his age. Mr. Davidson had three sons, - Thomas R., Daniel R., and John, -- the last named dying in early youth. Thomas R. Davidson became one of the leading lawyers of Fayette County, and is more fully mentioned elsewhere, in connection with the members of the Fayette bar. Daniel R. Davidson becmae a farmer, but took very great interest in the promotion of railroad enterprises in this section. He used his influence and a great portion of his time to the building of the Pittsburgh and Connellsville Railroad; and it is doubted by many whether that road would have been completed to Connellsville (certainly not at the time when it was completed) but for the energy which he displayed and the influence which he brought to bear in its aid. Afterwards he was very influential in securing the right of way for the Southwest Pennsylvania Railroad, thus aiding to complete another line of railway communication for Connellsville. He now resides at Beaver, Pa. (where he removed in 1868), and is largely interested in the manufactur of coke, and in other industries, and is president of the Bank of Commerce in Pittsburgh.
    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. 485 
    • Hon WILLIAM DAVIDSON, deceased.  The late Hon William Davidson was a distinguished citizen of Fayette county.  A man of fine intellect, he was born in Carlisle, Cumberland county, Penna, February 14, 1783, and died at Connellsville, March 2, 1867, aged eighty four years.  He was descended from a Davidson who was a native of the north of Ireland and was a resident of Londonderry during its celebrated siege.

      William Davidson was a surveyor in Cumberland county, came to Connellsville in 1808 where he remained during his long and useful life; was engaged in farming, merchandising and the iron business.  Mr Davidson was manager of Laurel Iron Works and afterwards proprietor of Breakneck Furnace.  In the War of 1812 he was taken prisoner at the disgraced surrender of Detroit.   He served several years in the legislature of Pennsylvania, was speaker of the house in 1818, and afterwards served acceptably in the State senate.

      On December 19, 1813, he was married to Mrs Sarah Rogers Blackstone, a woman of great talent and wonderful energy.  They had five children: Thomas R Davidson, a prominent lawyer of Western Pennsylvania, married Isabella Austin, and died November 3, 1875; William H Davidson; John R Davidson, dead; Colonel Daniel R Davidson, dead; and Sarah Davidson, wife of Baldwin Norton of Ohio, and dead.  Mrs Sarah Davidson died November 21, 1856, aged seventy two years.

      William Davidson read the Bible through twice before he was nine years of age, and master the Latin, Greek and Hebrew languages without a teacher.  He was over six feet in height and of the fine personal address. He was an "Old Line Whig" and a member of the Disciple church, a fluent talker and a perfect gentleman. 
         
      The late Col Daniel Rogers Davidson, fourth son of Hon William Davidson, was born at Connellsville, January 12, 1820.  He attended school, gave no heed to his lessons but seemed to acquire knowledge by intuition.  At sixteen he was placed in charge of a farm, and his wonderful management of the land and stock gave him promise of a future successful career.   In 1846 he was married to Miss M C Johnston. 

      Col Davidson was the master-spirit, acting quietly but all-powerfully, in the successful development of Fayette county's wonderful mineral resources.  To him Fayette county principally owes her connection with the outside world by railways.  Against great opposition, he was largely instrumental in securing a railroad from Pittsburgh to Connellsville, the present Pittsburgh division of the B & O R R.  He was the principal promoter of the Fayette County Railroad, and was the originator of the project for building the Southwest Pennsylvania Railroad. 

      In 1884 Col Davidson repaired to Hot Springs, Arkansas, on account of his health, and where he died on March 18th the same year.  His remains were brought home and interred in the Connellsville cemetery.  He always took great interest in the history of Fayette county.  He liked politics intensely for the field it opened for the play of his forces, but he did not care for office.  Sensible persons never questioned Col Davidson's judgment, his prognostic powers, his great capacity and energy.  The history of Fayette county will be searched in vain for one native born the superior to Col Davidson in all that goes to make great manhood.
    Person ID I5176  Pennsylvania Davidsons
    Last Modified 13 Aug 2013 

    Father Patrick Davidson,   b. 1748, Middleton Twp., Cumberland Co., PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Jul 1834, North Middleton Twp., Cumberland Co., PA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years) 
    Mother Sarah [--?--],   b. Cal 1765,   d. 15 Feb 1808, Carlisle, Cumberland Co., PA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 43 years) 
    Married Bef 1781 
    • Diane Margan, March 2013

      The Children of Patrick and Sarah (The person who did the work for me found a marriage record for Patrick and Sarah, but it did not list her maiden name) were Samuel, John, James, Sarah (who married Samuel Waugh - That's an interesting connection as he was the one who gave William the first job in Fayette County), Elizabeth, Nancy, Isabella, who died before 1834. She was married to John Nesbit who then married Elizabeth Davidson, George Davidson, born 1781, William Davidson born February 1783, and Patrick Davidson born 1784. A year after Sarah's death, he married Hannah (Nancy) Randolph in Newville, PA 18 May 1809. She would have been about 49 at that point, and he about 61. I have no children listed for them together.
    Family ID F5252  Group Sheet

    Family 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  [2
    • 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.
    Children 
     1. Thomas Rogers Davidson,   b. 6 Oct 1814, Connellsville, Fayette Co., PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Nov 1875, ____, Fayette Co., PA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years)
     2. Sarah Davidson,   b. 24 Oct 1816, Connellsville, Fayette Co., PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Jan 1817, Connellsville, Fayette Co., PA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     3. John R. Davidson,   b. 16 Jan 1818, Connellsville, Fayette Co., PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 May 1836, Connellsville, Fayette Co., PA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 18 years)
     4. Col. Daniel Rogers Davidson,   b. 12 Jan 1820, Connellsville, Fayette Co., PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Mar 1884, Hot Springs, Garland Co., AR Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years)
     5. Sarah Davidson,   b. Cal 18 Nov 1823, Connellsville, Fayette Co., PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Feb 1848, ____, Knox Co., OH Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 24 years)
    Last Modified 10 Aug 2013 
    Family ID F5249  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsAlt. Birth - Feb 1783 - Middleton Twp., Cumberland Co., PA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 14 Feb 1783 - Carlisle, Cumberland Co., PA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google Maps1810 Census - 1810 - Dunbar Twp., Fayette Co., PA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 19 Dec 1813 - Connellsville, Fayette Co., PA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google Maps1820 Census - 1820 - Connellsville, Fayette Co., PA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google Maps1830 Census - 1830 - Connellsville, Fayette Co., PA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google Maps1840 Census - 1840 - Connellsville, 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 - 2 Mar 1867 - Connellsville, Fayette Co., PA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - Aft 2 Mar 1867 - 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, p. 372, 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. 485 - 1889 - Chicago, Cook Co., IL Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • According to Diane Morgan, author of the book on Daniel Roger Davidson: (March 2013)

      "[William Davidson's] parents, according to what a genealogist back in Carlisle found for me, (And we do know that he came from Carlisle with no doubt) were Patrick Davidson, born 1752, Middleton, Cumberland, Pennsylvania and a wife by the name of Sarah. Second, he married Hannah (Nancy) Randolph, but William's mother was Sarah. William is given $400 in Patrick's Will. One problem is the there were two Patricks born the same year in the same town, first cousins. The other one married a Martha Darrow and moved to Venango County. That one was documented better, but ours would be the one that stayed. His father was William born 1725 in Middleton Township, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania. His wife was Sarah Fleming. I believe his father was Patrick, born 1696 in Northern Ireland married to an Anne. I would love to find out through DNA if this is all correct for sure.

      "Patrick and Sarah's children were:

      Samuel Davidson,
      John Davidson,
      James Davidson,
      Sarah Davidson,
      Elizabeth Davidson,
      Nancy Davidson,
      George Davidson,
      William Davidson, and
      Patrick Davidson.

      I did no research on those."

  • Sources 
    1. [S4] U.S., Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970, Ancestry.com, (Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.Original data - Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970. Louisville, Kentucky: National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. Microfilm, 508 rolls).
      Birth date:  14 Feb 1783 Birth place:  Carlisle, Cumberland, Pennsylvania Death date:  2 Mar 1867 Death place:  Connelsville, Pennsylvania Residence date:   Residence place:  United States
      http://trees.ancestry.com/rd?f=sse&db=sarmemberapps&h=1079904&ti=0&indiv=try&gss=pt

    2. [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