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John Davidson

Male Abt 1700 - Abt 1749  (~ 49 years)

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  • Name John Davidson  [1
    Born Abt 1700  ____, ____, Ireland, UK Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • I know of no reliable source for when he was born. The only marker that we have on his age is that his first known son George was born in 1728. If you assume that he married about 1726, then you can estimate that he was born about 1700. Most likely he was born between 1695 and 1705.

      We know that he came to America from Ireland based on the 1740 Import Certificate filed on Orange County, VA. However, we can only assume that he was born in Ireland. It is also possible that he was born in Scotland or even northern England before going to Ireland.

      I think it is telling that his family spelled their name as Davison as that seems to be more common amongst Scots born in the North English counties. And as we believe that he was a Presbyterian, we know he was ethnically Scottish.
    Gender Male 
    Alt. Death 1749  Davidson Creek, Anson Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died Abt 1749  ____, ____, NC Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I397  DNA Family 1 Genealogies
    Last Modified 24 Apr 2009 

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

    Family 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  [2
     1. Col. George Davidson,   b. 1728, ____, ____, Ireland, UK Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Sep 1814, ____, Iredell Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years)
     2. Rachel Davidson,   b. Abt 1730, ____, ____, Ireland, UK Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1796, ____, Buncombe Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 66 years)
     3. Thomas Davidson,   b. Abt 1733, ____, ____, Ireland, UK Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1764, Charleston, Charleston Co., SC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 31 years)
     4. Capt. Samuel Davidson,   b. 10 Oct 1736, ____, ____, Ireland, UK Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1784, Swannanoa Gap, Buncombe Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 47 years)
     5. Maj. William Davidson,   b. 10 Oct 1736, ____, ____, Ireland, UK Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 May 1814, ____, Buncombe Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
     6. Elizabeth Davidson,   b. Bef 17 Apr 1741, ____, Augusta Co., VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1823, Greenville, Muhlenberg Co., KY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 81 years)
     7. Margaret "Peggy" Davidson,   b. 5 Dec 1742, ____, Orange Co., VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Unknown, ____, ____, TN Find all individuals with events at this location
     8. John "One-Eye" Davidson,   b. Bef 24 Nov 1744, Beverly Manor, Augusta Co., VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Apr 1825, Columbia, Maury Co., TN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 80 years)
    Last Modified 25 Dec 2007 
    Family ID F68  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - Abt 1700 - ____, ____, Ireland, UK Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - Abt 1728 - ____, ____, Ireland, UK Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Abt 1749 - ____, ____, NC Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • John and Jane Davidson with their children migrated first to Augusta County, Virginia, now Rockbridge County.  The first land surveyed for John was in Beverly Manor in May of 1738 on Christian Creek.  By June 5, 1739, he had bought 785 acres.  On February 18, 1747, he sold 485 acres of the Beverly Manor land and 350 acres of land on Buffalo Creek that runs into the upper portion of James River.  Jane had also signed these land sales when they took place.  Elizabeth and her sister Margaret and her brother John were all born while living there in Virginia.  Elizabeth had been baptized April 19, 1741, by Rev. John Craig at Tinkling Spring. She was the first of John and Jane's children to be born on American soil

      After some eight to ten years in residence of Virginia, John moved into North Carolina with his family.  He chose land on Davidsons Creek, named for him.  It was located in the northwest corner of what is now Mecklenburg County and the southwest corner of present Iredell County, just a short distance north of present Charlotte. Centre Presbyterian Church was only a short distance to the south.

      The first of the Granville lands surveyed in what was then Anson County, now Iredell County, was dated November 13, 1748.  The Granville surveyor was Charles Robertson for John McDowell on McDowell's Creek.  The second survey was for John Davidson on November 26, 1748.  John had the land titled jointly with his first born son, George Davidson.  This old practice of first born son getting sole title was still in practice from the medieval times.  It wouldn't change till America became free after the Revolution.  John made application for the land and moved onto it, and George has assisted as a chairman in the survey.  John never saw the completion of the paperwork, due to his untimely death.  The land on Davidson's Creek followed the creek southwest to join into the Catawba River.

      Surveys for the Granville land in the area of Davidson's Creek area were made December 1, 1748, for John McConnell and then followed by other surveys for James Templeton, George Davidson, Samuel Baker, John Thompson, James and John McCullock, Moses White, John Reed, Benjamin Winsley, John McDowell, William Morrison, Hugh Lawson, John Parks, John Brevard, and Edward Givens.  These names will show up again in the history of the Davidsons and McLeans.

      After only two years in the North Carolina lands John had died, leaving most of his estate to his son George.  After John's death, Jane, later on, married William Morrison and had her last child, William Morrison, Jr.  William Morrison helped Jane to close out inventory of John's last Virginia lands, for the aid of his new wife.  He was noted to be the present husband of the "said Jane Davidson."

      Before moving on I'd like to list the children of John and Jane Davidson.

      Col. George Davison born in 1728 in Ireland
      Rachel Davidson born abt. 1730 in Ireland
      Thomas Davidson born abt. 1733 in Ireland
      Samuel Davidson born 1736 in Ireland, twin
      Maj. William Davidson born 1736 in Ireland, twin
      Elizabeth Davidson born 1741 in Virginia
      Margaret Davidson born 1742 in Virginia
      John (One Eyed) Davidson born 1744 in Virginia


      John Davidson was born in Ireland about 1709. Although we have suggested a parentage for him, this parentage is speculative. For most of his life, he seems to have spelled his name as "Davison"; however, he added the second "d" to make it Davidson when he entered land in North Carolina.

      The first fairly concrete evidence of his existance is a proof of importation that was entered into the Orange County Virginia Order Book in 1740. This documents announces that John Davison and his wife Jane and sons George, Thomas, William, and Samuel had arrived in America in Philadelphia and had now migrated to the Virginia Colony to acquire land. This document places their arrival in America as sometime between 1737 and 1740 as the twins William and Samuel were born in 1737. The were looking to acquire land in the Tinkling Springs Beverly Plantation, near where the city of Stanton in Rockbridge county, VA is today. In 1840 it was part of Orange County. Then in became part of Augusta County in the 1740s; and later still Rockbridge County.

      A key research understanding is that several other John Davidsons or John Davisons were in the same area at the same time. And all of them claim to be the John Davison referred to in this document. A key reason why it should be accepted for this John Davidson is that there is other evidence to document the existance of the sons and their birth order. In most other cases, they only have one son that they can document.

      While John Davidson was in Tinkling Spring, he had three more children and they were baptised there and records exist of those ceremonies.

      About 1748 inexpensive land was being made available by Lord Granville in northwestern North Carolina. John and his son George travelled there to claim some land. George served as a surveyor laying out a claim in what it now Iredell County. During the next year his family began selling the land in Virginia and moved to North Carolina.

      Shortly after the move, John Davidson died. His wife Jane, with the help of William Morrison, a neighbor whom she married, sold off the remaining properties in Virginia by 1753. It is said that Jane had a son William by William Morrison. Evidence is unclear if the son is hers or it is his by a previous marriage.

      However, her marriage to William Morrison has been the basis for a legend that is documented in many early histories of this family. The legend assumes that a Mister Morrison was her first husband and that he died in transit to America and that she married John Davidson afterwards. This would place the birth of the young William Morrison at about 1720. The William Morrison half-brother or step-brother who retained Tory sympathies during the War was obviously a young man - a man still raising a family about 1800.

      John Davidson was buried on the family farm in North Carolina. Unfortunately, no marker exists. But his presence is felt in the large numbers of people who can point back and call him their ancestor.


      According to family tradition, Mister Morrison was a young unmarried, Irish Protestant who became enamored of a young, unmarried Irish Catholic lady.  Her father, an ardent Catholic, opposed the marriage, and the young couple ran away, were married, and embarked for America.  Mister Morrison died on the way and his young widow reached Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in a destitute condition.

      John Davidson, a young bachelor, was an emigrant from Ireland to America on the same ship and there became acquainted with the Morrisons.  His sympathy was awakened in behalf of the young widow, especially, when on their arrival at Philadelphia, he learned of her necessitous condition.

      He procured for her a home with a family of some of his friends and and advanced her some money to defray her expenses in the interval.  On returning to the city after several months, her learned that her family had refused her any aid and that she had given birth to a son of her marriage which was adding to her distress.  Again, he came to her relief, and eventually that ripened into affection.  They were married and raised a large family.

      He raised his family in Pennsylvania, probably in Lancaster County. About 1750 the family moved to Rowan County, North Carolina in an area known as Center Church.  That area is now in Iredel County.

      George Franklin Davidson, son of Ephraim Davidson, grandson of Col. George Davidson, great-grandson of John Davidson, wrote a letter in 1840 that is one of the most important clues to the family ancestry.

      Irdele Co., N.C.  Sept. 20, 1840

      Dear Cousin: -

           Since my return I have seen the letter you wrote to Father, making inquiries about the family of Davidsons, and he has attempted in some degree to answer them.  The oldest members of the family who came to this country were John and George Davidson.  George married a widow Simmeral and was the father of General Wm. Davidson, killed in Revolution, and another son who died a young man before that time.

           John was the father of Grandfather George D., and also 4 other sons, viz:  Thomas who lived and died near Charleston, S.C. –  William and Samuel (twins) both lived and died inn Buncombe (the latter was killed by Indians  -- the first was father of Col. Samuel Davidson who now lives in Buncombe on the same plantation)  -- the 4th brother was the one-eyed John D. who lived in Murry Co. Tenn  --  and a half brother, William Morrison, whose family went to Kentucky.

           Great G. Father John had three daughters, Rachel and Peggy who married John and David Alexander, some of whose descendents are now living in Buncombe and Tennessee  --  and Betty who married Ephraim McLean, and lived in Kentucky.

           G. G. Father and mother Reece died about 1800, the former, who first name was William, aged 100, the latter, name was Penelope Groner, aged 75.  Grandfather George Davidson was born in 1728, died in 1814; Grandmother born in 1731, died 1814.

           Our family emigrated from Rockbridge, Virginia about 1748.  G.G. father died about 2 years after. and was buried on his plantation.

           There are some of the particulars about which you wished to be informed and I expect are mostly correct.  I hope they will meet your wishes and enable you to effect your purpose.

           We are all well at present time, tho Father has recently had a dangerous spell of sickness.

           There is little news here.  I should be gratified to hear from you. Father sends his best wishes, etc.

      Yours etc.

      Geo. F. Davidson

      Source: T. P. Davidson, Memphis, Tenn  (Copied July 3 1896)

      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.

      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
      3 June 2000

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

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