Doddridge County Roots

A West Virginia Genealogy

Nathan DAVIS, Jr.

Male 1772 - 1866  (93 years)


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  • Name Nathan DAVIS 
    Suffix Jr. 
    Born 21 Jun 1772  New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Age 74 given at time of 1850 Census would put birth in about 1776.
    Gender Male 
    Census 1860  Doddridge Co, (W)VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • In household of son Lewis S. Davis and his family.
    Military Captain, War of 1812  [2
    • From the Minute Book, page 20, of the 1805-1806 term of the Harrison County, Virginia (now West Virginia) Court, entry dated October 21, 1805:
      "Thomas Babcock, Esq., certifyed to court that Nathan Davis jr. was sworn into the office of Captain Jesse F. Randolph in the office of Lieutenant and Crandall Davis Ensign."
    Died 23 May 1866  West Union, Doddridge Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried Blockhouse Hill Cemetery (old SDB section), West Union, Doddridge Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4
    Notes 
    • Regarding the origin of the naming of the town of West Union, West Virginia, the following account has long been reported, but has been refuted by further research:

      "West Union, the county seat, was incorporated by the Virginia General Assembly on March 14, 1850 and by the West Virginia legislature in 1881. It is said that the town's name was suggested by Nathan Davis. At that time, the town was located just across Middle Island Creek near Lewisport, a small settlement of about six families. At the time, Lewisport was attempting to change its name to Union. Nathan Davis then suggested that their town, located just west of Union, be called West Union."
      http://www.wvculture.org/shpo/nr/pdf/doddridge/82004316.pdf

      But Lewisport and West Union were actually two separate towns that existed simultaneously on opposite sides of the Middle Island Creek.
      http://www.doddridgecountyheritageguild.com/incorporation-of-west-union
    Person ID I42793  Doddridge County Roots
    Last Modified 22 Mar 2015 

    Father Nathan DAVIS,   b. 9 May 1740, Westerly, Washington Co, RI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef Oct 1814, Salem, Harrison Co, (W)VA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years) 
    Mother Annie (Ann) GIFFORD,   b. 7 Jan 1742, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Oct 1820, Salem, Harrison Co, (W)VA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years) 
    Married 20 Jan 1761  New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F15031  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Jane SUTTON,   b. 7 Oct 1770, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Apr 1857  (Age 86 years)  [1
    Married New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Children 
     1. Elizabeth DAVIS,   b. 1 Dec 1795,   d. May 1842, Tyler Co, (W)VA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 46 years)
     2. Lydia "Liddie" DAVIS,   b. 15 Oct 1799,   d. 11 Apr 1865  (Age 65 years)
     3. Hannah DAVIS,   b. CA 1803,   d. 28 Jan 1880  (Age ~ 77 years)
     4. John S. DAVIS,   b. 10 Feb 1804,   d. 5 Jul 1855  (Age 51 years)
     5. Mary "Polly" DAVIS,   b. CA 1808,   d. Apr 1859, Wood Co, (W)VA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 51 years)
     6. Lewis Sutton DAVIS,   b. 5 Feb 1811, Harrison Co, (W)VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Mar 1893, Knoxville, Marion Co, IA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)
     7. Edith DAVIS,   b. 1813,   d. 1899  (Age 86 years)
     8. William Sutton DAVIS,   b. Doddridge Co, (W)VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1837
     9. Joseph DAVIS,   d. IN INFANCY
    Family ID F20305  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsDied - 23 May 1866 - West Union, Doddridge Co, WV Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Blockhouse Hill Cemetery (old SDB section), West Union, Doddridge Co, WV Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
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    Documents
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    Histories
    999999_Early-Doddridge-Settlers_Legends-and-Facts_by-Jennifer-Wilt.txt
    999999_Early-Doddridge-Settlers_Legends-and-Facts_by-Jennifer-Wilt.txt

  • Sources 
    1. [S83] Davis - The Settlers of Salem, West Virginia, Susie Davis Nicholson, (Gordon Printing Co, Strasburg OH, 1979 (Revised & Enlarged) < www.wvgenweb.org/harrison/books.htm >), p. 21.

    2. [S83] Davis - The Settlers of Salem, West Virginia, Susie Davis Nicholson, (Gordon Printing Co, Strasburg OH, 1979 (Revised & Enlarged) < www.wvgenweb.org/harrison/books.htm >), p. 22.

    3. [S1793] West Union WV Cemeteries (Doddridge County), (Wes Cochran, 2515 10th Ave, Parkersburg, WV 26101 (July 1990)).

    4. [S83] Davis - The Settlers of Salem, West Virginia, Susie Davis Nicholson, (Gordon Printing Co, Strasburg OH, 1979 (Revised & Enlarged) < www.wvgenweb.org/harrison/books.htm >).