c154 WILLIAM DAVIS: b. near Philadelphia, 1756; had two brothers, Henry and Jonas; served in the Revolutionary War for four yrs.; in 1784 m. Isabella Scott; had with other issue (1) Henry: b. 1787; d. 1860; m. Jane Johnston; was a sergeant in Capt. Leiper’s Company in War of 1812….
L127 SAMUEL DAVIS: b. 1669 in County Tyrone, Ireland; d. 1758 in Bucks County, Pa. (1) James: b. 1699; near Drumquin, Ireland; m. Eliza Jennings; both died in Bucks County, Pa. Founder of the American Branch. 6 ch. (A) William: b. 1730 near Drumquin; m. Mary Means; served in the…
F114 DOLAR DAVIS: came to America from the county of Kent, England, 1634. Settled at Cambridge, Mass. He was b. 1593; d. 1673; m. (1), Margery Willard, 1624, and m. (2), Joanna Bursley. (1) John: b. 1626. (2) Simon: b. 1636; d. 1713; Lieut. of militia; in command of Concord…
G115 THOMAS DAVIS: (the elder), came to America from Wales. Settled in Maryland sometime after 1600. The founder of the Davises of Anne Arundel and Howard Counties, Md. He m. Mary Pierpont and had eleven ch. including: (1) Thomas, Jr.: b. Feb. 1704; m. Elizabeth Gaither; d. 1749. Ch include:…
a152 WILLIAM DAVIS: m. Rebecca (?) and settled in Cumberland Co., Pa. Had with other issue (1) James D.: b. 1775; d. 1857; m. Susan McClintock. (A) William: b. 1801; m. Harriet Parr. (a) Elizabeth. (b) James: m. Emma McLaren. (c) Ruth D.: m. Willard Harsh. (d) William: b. 1861;…
Sir John Davis of Hollywood, Glouestershire, England
B107 SIR JOHN DAVIS: 1st Bart.; K. C. B.; of Hollywood, Co. Gloucester; D.C.L. Oxford; F.R.S.; sometime H.M. plenipotentiary in China; gov. and comm-in-chief in Hongkong; b. 1795; created bart., 1845; m (1) 1822, Emily (dau. of Lieut-Col. Richard Hurnfravs, Bengal, India) (1) Sullivan Francis: acting judge, Arrah, Bengal; b. 1827; m. 1861, Agnes Maria (dan. Capt. John Forhes-Middleton); (d.s.p.v.p., 1862. (2) Henrietta Anne: d. unm., 1909. (3) Emily Nowell: b. 1823; m. 1851, Rev. D. A. Beaufort. Issue. (4) Florence: m. 1863, Lieut-Col.; J. B. Lind, Bengal, N. I.; d. 1914; issue. m. (2) 1867, Lucy Ellen (dau. Rev. T. J. Rocke, vicar of Exmouth); d. 1890. (1) Francis Baileau (Sir): 2nd and last Bart.; b. 1871; m. 1891, Ella Alice (dau. Ed. Lockwood, of Kingham, Chipping Norton); d.s.p., 1896; baronetcy became extinct.
Davis of Bryn-Derwen
C108 DAVID DAVIES: of Blaengwawr, Aberdare; m. Mary (dau. of Lewis); d. 1867.
C109 LEWIS DAVIS: of Bryn-Derwen; m. 1858, Mary Ann (dau. Thomas Cross, of Bryn-Hyrfryd); d. 1888.
C110 THE LATE FREDERICK LEWIS DAVIS: B.A.; LL.B., Camb; of Bryn-Derwen, Co. Glamorgan; J. P. and County Alderman; High Sheriff, 1890; Barrister-at-Law; b. 1863; m. 1889, Helen Brydie (dau. Rob’t Smith, of Brentham Park, Stirling); d. 1920. (1) Lewis Frederick: b. 1891. (2) Alistair Jeffries: b. 1900.
Davis of Swerford Park
D111a SAMUEL DAVIS: Esq. of Swerford; d. 1874.
D112b ROBERT SNOW BOLTON DAW5: Esq. of Swerford Park, Co. Oxford, J. P., and Lord of the Manor of Swerford; m. Sophia Perkins. (1) Sophia Louisa Bolton: b. 1866; m. Sir Charles Simeon King, Bart. of Corrard.
Davis of Pictou, Nova Scotia, Canada
1164 DAVIS: b. in Pictou, Nova Scotia; was a carpenter and d. 1895, when about 73 yrs. of age. He m. and his son 1165 WILIAM W. DAVIS: b. in Nova Scotia, 1844; m. Elizabeth Leadley. Their son
l166 CHARLES DAVIS: b. in Hartford, Conn., 1878; m. Lillian Roulston. They reside at 54 Clermont St., Hartford, and have a son
l167 RUSSELL EDWARD DAVIS: b. in Conn. Mar., 1905. He is a professor in Chateau du Rosey, Rolle, Switzerland.
David and Ellen Davis of Cardiff, Wales
i161 DAVID DAVIS: was b. at Cardiff, Wales, 1818, d. 1891, m. Ellen Hans and had the following:
(1) William: b. at Cardiff, 1836. He was a land owner, who m. Helen Phillips in 1860. She was b. at Tree Forest, Wales. They had: (A) Charles E.: b. 1868. (B) Davis A.: b. 1865. (C) Frederick H.: b. 1863. He and bros. were b. at Cardiff.
Frederick m. Elizabeth Smallwood and had: (a) Hans W.: m. Myrtle Reynolds. (b) Edith S.: m. Joseph Felzien. (c) Charles E.: m. Gladys Neuberg. (d) Albert: b. 1890, in Nebr. Educated Un. of Omaha, 1919; Creighton Un. 1911; Un. of Nebr. 1921, receiving degrees of B.Sc., D.D.S., M.D. and honorary degree granted in 1926, Fellow of the Am. Coil, of Dentistry. Mr. Davis practices oral and plastic surgery in San Francisco. He is a mem. Of several fraternities, and honorary societies.
(2) Reuben. (3) Alfred. (4) Edward.
CHARLES DAVIS: (d. 1755); bookseller and publisher; one of the first to issue priced catalogues of second-hand books.
DAVID: (1745—1827); Welsh poet; conducted school at Castle Howel, 1785; translated Scougall’s “Life of God in the Soul of Man” into Welsh.
DAVID DANIEL: (1777—1841); physician; M.D., Glasgow, 1801; attended the Duchess of Kent at the birth of Queen Victoria, 1819.
EDWARD: (1835—1867); subject painter; first exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1854; died in Rome.
HENRY EDWARDS: (1756—1784); opponent of Gibbon; B.A. Balliol College; priest, 1780; fellow and tutor of Balliol, 1780.
HENRY GEORGE: (1830—1857); topographer; left in manuscript “Memorials of the Hamlet of Knightsbridge” (1859), and ‘On Account of Pimlico”.
JAMES: (d. 1755); Welsh satirist; M.A., Jesus College, Oxford, 1729; MB, 1732; published a satire on the contemporary school of etymologists.
JOHN: (d. 1622); navigator; made voyage to the East Indies as pilot and captain; captured by the Dutch at Pularoon, 1617; released 1618; died at Batavia, 1622.
- P. (called “Pope” Davis): (d. 1862); painter; called “Pope” from his picture of the “Talbot Family Receiving the Benediction of the Pope”; painted at Rome; exhibited at the Royal Academy, 1811—43.
JOHN BUNNELL: (1780—1824); physician; imprisoned at Montpellier and Verdun at Bonaparte; M.D. Edinburgh, 1803; physician to troops invalided home from Walcheren.
JOHN FORD: (1773—1864); physician; M.D., Edinburgh, 1797; L.R.C.P., 1808; physician to the General Hospital, Bath, 1817—54.
SIR JOHN FRANCIS: (1795—1890); diplomatist; writer in East India Company’s factory at Canton; joint commissioner in China with Lord Napier, commander-in-chief at Hongkong, 1844—8; published works on China.
JOSEPH BARNARD: (1801—1881); craniologist; surgeon on an Arctic whaler; 1820; M.C.S., 1843; chief work “Crania Britannica”, 1865.
LOCKYER: (1719—1791); bookseller; nephew of Charles; member of the booksellers’ club which produced Johnson’s, “Lines of the Poets”, 1788.
MARY: (fl. 1663—1669); actress in the company of Sir William D’Avenant, 1660; performed in various plays by Etherege, Dryden, and Shirley; frequently mentioned by Pepys as a dancer and court beauty.
NATHAN: (1812—1882); traveler and excavator; resided in an Old Moorish palace near Tunes; engaged on behalf of the British Museum in excavation at Carthage and Utica, 1856—8.
RICHARD BARRETT: (1782—1854); animal painter; exhibited at the Royal Academy (1802—53); animal painter to William IV, 1831.
THOMAS OSB0RN: (1814—1845); poet and politician; graduated at Trinity College, 1836; developed Young Ireland party out of the extremists who were dissatisfied with O’Connell’s methods.
WILLIAM: (1771—1807); mathematician and editor of the “Companion of the Gentlemen’s Diary”; bookseller and publisher; wrote or edited works on fluxions.
WILLIAM: (1812—1873); landscape and portrait painter; professor of painting, Liverpool Academy; exhibited landscapes at the Royal Academy, 1851—72.
E112 JAMES DAVIS: B. about 1584. He came to New England as early as 1634 and was one of the original settlers of Hampton, 1638. Removed to Haverhill, 1646, being one of the twelve who petitioned the General Court for authority to settle at Pentucket where they founded the present city of Haverhill, Mass. His son
E113 JOHN DAVIS: b. in Gloucestershire, England, 1621; m Jane Peasley. In 1650 he was on a committee to lay out a boundary between Haverhill and Salisbury. About 1653 he went to Oyster River where he settled near Davis Creek. Had numerous grants of land, was selectman seven times, constable, surveyor of lands. Called ensign as early as 1662. Ch. include:
(1) Sarah: b. 1649; m. James Smith; killed by Indians, 1694. (2) John: b. 1651. He and his wife and several ch. were killed in the Massacre of 1694 and two daus. were carried as captives to Canada. (3) Moses: b. 1657; m. Reuhamah Dow, 1681. He was a private, under his brother, Capt. James Davis in a scout against the Indians in 1712 and he and his son, Moses, were killed by the redskins in 1724. (A) John: b. 1682; m. Abigail Meader. Ch. include: (a) John: m. Judith (?) about 1797. (b) Nathaniel: b. 1716; m. Hannah Davis. 1. John: bapt. 1746. 2. Elijah: bapt. 1750. 3. Solomon. 4. George. 5. Lemuel. 6. Eleazer: b. 1742. In 1771 m. Sarah Cook. Ch. include: A. Hezekial: m. (?) Nutter B. Eleazer: m. Polly Sanborn. His son m. Ann Waldron, 1846. C. John: m. Mercy McDuffee. D. Nathaniel: b. 1777; m. (1), Mary Stevens, (2), Clarissa Gordon. 12 ch. a. Stevens: b. 180~; m. 1827, Satira Crowell; had a large family. b. Franklin: b. 1804; m. Emily Gilmore, 1827. c. Seth F.: b. 1806; m. Charlotte Heal and had James H. (b. 1843), Frank (b. 1852). d. John: b. 1808; m. (1), Rhoda Merrill, (2), Rhoda Maxfield; had a large family. e. Eleazer: b. 1810; d. 1886. f. Charles: b. 1825; m. Esther Sargent. He d. 1890.
(B) Moses: B. 1686; m. and had among others: (a) Moses: m. Elizabeth Davis. Had Aaron (who in 1776m. Susannah Otis), Elisha (who settled in New Durham), Elizabeth (who m. Paul Demeritt), Lois and Martha (who m. Jonathan Woodman). (B) James: B. about 1687; m. (1), Mary Stevenson, (2), Elizabeth Dunn; had Mary, bapt. 1726 and Samuel, bapt. 1729. (c) Solomon: b. about 1695; m. Elizabeth Davis. (d) Jabez: b. about 1701; m. Abigail Willey. (e) Ebenezer: b. 1702; m. and had Solomon, B. 1755 (in. Temperance Colbath) and Timothy, bapt. 1755. (f) Aaron: d. unm. before 1772. (4) Joseph: b. 1660; m. Mary Stevens. Lieut, 1712 and was a constable in 1714. He had four daus. and one son, Benjamin, who m. Miriam Roberts.
(5) James: b. 1662; m. Elizabeth Chesley; was a colonel.
(A) James: b. 1689; m. Ruth Ayer, (2), Elizabeth Payne. He had two daus. and James, b. 1744; Daniel, b. 1748; Thomas, b. 1750, m. Joanna Keating; and John, b. 1754.
(B) Samuel: b. 1692; m. Martha Chesley.
(a) Samuel: b. 1720; m. Abigail (?).
- Moses: d. about 1769; had two ch.
- Eleazer: bapt. 1743; m. Keziah Langley.
(b) Eleazer: b. 1722.
(c) James: b. 1724 and d. 1752.
(d) Thomas: b. 1732; m. (1), Elizabeth Roberts, (2), Abigail Jones.
(C) Daniel: b. 1695.
(a) Obadiah: b. 1764; m. Deborah Lord and had Frank, Sarah and Obadiah.
(b) Thomas: b. 1748; m. Sally Drew. Served in Revolution. Settled in Maine and had John (b. 1784), Bradstreet (b.
1786) and Samuel (b. about 1790).
(c) Francis: bapt. 1752. A blacksmith of Yarmouth, Me.
(D) Ephraim: b. 1704; m. Ruth (?). Selectman in Durham, 1743.
(a) James: b. 1734, m. Elizabeth Durgin (?).
(b) Ephraim: b. 1739. In 1764 he m. Lois Drew and had one d au.
(c) Josiah: b. 1743.
(E) Eleazer: b. 1709 and d. 1748.
F114 DOLAR DAVIS: came to America from the county of Kent, England,
- Settled at Cambridge, Mass. He was b. 1593; d. 1673; m. (1),
Margery Willard, 1624, and m. (2), Joanna Bursley.
(1) John: b. 1626.
(2) Simon: b. 1636; d. 1713; Lieut. of militia; in command of Concord men at the Brookfield fight with Indians, 1675. He m. Mary Blood, 1660.
(A) James: b. 1668; d. 1727; farmer of Concord; m. Anne Smedley, 1700.
(a) Thomas: b. 1705; d. 1786; farmer of Concord; captain of militia and selectman, 1762; m. Sarah Jones, 1725.
- Josiah: b. 1750; d. 1815; farmer; served during Revolution. In 1772 m. Abigail Hubbard (1754—1844).
- Charles: b. 1797; d. 1865; Trader at Concord and inspector in Boston Custom House. In 1829 m
Lucy Hunt, dau. of a Revolutionary soldier.
- Charles Wilder: b. 1833; d. 1898. Adjutant in 51st Ill. Infantry, becoming Colonel in 1865.
Provost Marshall General, Dept. of Missouri, 1864. Present at many engagements and received surrender of General Thompson in
Northern Arkansas. In 1870 he m. Emma Moore, dau. of a prominent horticulturist of Concord.
(I) Bradley Moore: b. 1871. Add: 2015 Geddes Ave., Ann Arbor, Mich. [See Ch. (J)].
(B) Simon: m. Elizabeth Woodhouse. Had, with other issue (a) Simon: m. Phoebe Aldrich. Had, with other issue
- Simon: b. 1759; d. 1842; served in Revolutionary War; m. Mary Fuller and among others had a son, Silas, b. 1780, d. 1860; m. Phoebe Bennett and had twelve ch. including:
- William B.: b. 1810, d. 1891; m. Martha Haywood. Their son
- Byron B.: b. 1859; is practicing surgery in Omaha, Nebr., at the Medical Arts Bldg. He m. Florence Eaton Davis, who is also a direct descendant of Dolor Davis.
(3) Samuel: b. 1640; m. Mary Meaddowes.
(A) Samuel: b. 1669.
(B) Daniel: b. 1673.
(C) Stephen: b. 1686.
(D) Simon: m. Dorothy Heald.
(a) Simon: 2d, b. 1714; m. Hannah Gates.
- David: b. 1740.
- Simon: b. 1744.
- Isaac: b. 1749; m. Anna Brigham, (2), Mrs. Susannah Harrington.
- Phineas: b. 1772; m. Martha Eager.
- Francis: b. 1794; m. Martha Parmenter.
- Isaac: b. 1799; m. Mary Holman Easterbrook. c. Phineas: b. 1801; m. Abagail Thayer.
- William: b. 1803; m. Almira L. Sherman.
- Andrew J.: b. 1815.
- Joseph: b. 1774; m. Lydia Ball; m. (2), Lydia Cogswell.
- Joseph: b. 1800; m. Mary Wood.
- John B.: b. 1808; m. Harriet Porter Gates.
- George C.: b. 1813; d. 1873; m. Mary E. Bigelow.
- James: b. 1818; d. 1893; m. Lucy Allen.
- Isaac: b. 1779; d. 1859; m. Polly Rice.
- Henry Cassett: b. 1807; d. 1896; m. Ellen W. Deering.
- Isaac Brigham: b. 1809; d. 1832.
- John: b. 1813; d. 1844. d. Cyrus: b. 1822; d. 1855.
- Samuel: b. 1784, d. 1852; m. Mrs. Elizabeth Godfrey.
- Samuel B.: b. 1811, d. 1896; m. Mary Ann Stain.
- Henry: b. 1814; d. 1889; m. Susan Baker.
- James G.: b. 1820; d. 1900; m. Polly Robinson.
- John: b. 1787; d. 1854; m. Eliza Bancroft.
- John Chandler: b. 1822, d. 1907.
- George Henry: b. 1824.
- Bruyn Hasbrouck: b. 1827; Brig.-Gen. in Civil War.
- Horace: b. 1831; mem. of Congress.
- Andrew McFarland: b. 1833. S.B., Harvard Coil.
(b) Israel: b. 1717.
(c) Joseph: 1). 1720.
- Samuel: b. 1751.
- John: b. 1752.
G115 THOMAS DAVIS: (the elder), came to America from Wales. Settled in
Maryland sometime after 1600. The founder of the Davises of Anne
Arundel and Howard Counties, Md. He m. Mary Pierpont and had
eleven ch. including:
(1) Thomas, Jr.: b. Feb. 1704; m. Elizabeth Gaither; d. 1749. Ch include:
(A) Amos: b. 1747; mem. of the Committee of Observation, Arundel Co., 1775.
(B) Ephraim: b. 1736—7; m. Elizabeth Howard. Their son
(a) Thomas: b. 1768; m. Elizabeth Bowie, 1802. Served as officer of a company that went to Penna., 17.94. to quell Whiskey Insurrection; often a delegate to General Assembly, and one of the Council to the Governor. Their son
- Allen Bowie: b. 1809, was a delegate to the convention of the Protestant Episcopal Church, pres. Brookeville Academy, pres. Board of Agricultural Coil, and was elected to the Legislature. He m. Rebecca Comfort, dau. of Chief Justice Thomas Dorsey.
- Thomas: b. 1840; d. 1889.
- Win. Wilkins: b. 1842; d. 1866.
- Rebecca: b. 1843.
- Mary Dorsey: b. 1845. She is the only surviving dau. of Allen.
- Esther Wilkins: b. 1849.
(2) Robert: m. Ruth Gaither. He was a vestryman in Queen Caroline’s parish, 1750. Lived near Woodstock, Md.
(A) Nicholas: m. and had one son, John. (B) Ely.
(C) Robert: He had Richard, defender of Baltimore, 1814.
(F) Caleb: m. Louisa Riggs.
(a) John D.
(b) Henry: b. 1823.
(c) Win. R.
(3) Richard: m. Ruth Warfield, 1725, d. 1743.
(A) Col. Richard: He and members of his family, made brilliant and distinguished records in Revolutionary War. Their names are found in many of the old records, letters and orders of the period.
(a) Capt. Richard: b. 1748; d. 1801; m. and had Elizabeth. Rezin and William.
(c) Rezin: b. 1753; d. 1800; m. and had a family.
(f) Isaac: b. 1783; d. 1850; m. Kezia Askew; Ch. include:
- Albert G.: b. 1805; m. Mary Rodiffer; had, with other issue
- Isaac: m. and had 6 ch.
- Silas: m. and had Gene who m. Edna Slocum.
(g) Albinus: b. 1765; m. Sarah Carter. In 1797 he purchased a farm at Elm Grove, XV. Va., where some of his descendants still live.
- Richard: d. in Ohio.
- John R.: had five sons and one dau.
3 Arthur D.: had four daus.
- Cephas: b. 1798; m. Elizabeth Robinson; settled at Elm Grove.
- John R.: m. Katherine Brown, 1869. They had Adella who is m. and living at Pasadena, Calif., and John R.
- Richard C.: b. 1835 at Elm Grove; m. Margaret Keyser; settled in Illinois. Among their ch. were:
- John Calvin: b. 1861; m. Edna Scott. He d. 1927.
(I) Margaret: b. 1895; m. Claud Young and has Donald.
(II) Charlotte: lives in Calif. and has two daus. (III) Philip: b. 1899. Resides at 371 Salem St., Glendale, Calif.
(IV) Donald Carter: b. 1901. Graduate of University of Kansas. He m. in 1928.
- James Oliver: b. 1861. Graduated from Univ. of Ill. He m. Rozina Fairchild, and lives at
2119 S. Ryan St., Lake Charles, La.
(I) Elmer: b. 1887. Instructor in Univ. of Calif.; geologist in New Mexico; m. Grace
Murphy, 1910. They have one dau.
(II) Richard Henry: m. Florence Lathrop and
had Richard, d. y., and Russell, b. 1926.
(111) John Oliver: b. 1892; m. Ruth Wilson.
They have Helen, b. 1918; John, b. 1921,
and Phebe, b. 1923.
(IV) Elbert: b. 1894. Admitted to the bar,
- He m. Alice Kingman. They have
Kenneth, b. 1918, Gertrude, b. 1920, and
Keith, b. 1923.
- William: b. 1862; m Nettie Wasson. Live in Kansas.
- Elmer: b. 1864. One dau. who m. Richard Ryder.
- Elbert: b. 1870; m. May Armstrong. Lives in Chicago.
(I) John: b. 1903; m Florence Smith and has Richard, b. 1924.
(II) Hugh: b. 1910.
- Cephas: b. 1837; m. Dorothy Arkle, 1863. They had Cephas, b. 1865, and now living in Benwood, W. Va.
- Arthur C.: b. 1840; d. y.
- James W.: b. 1842; d. 1911; m. Mary Kimmons.
- Charley: b. 1868, m. Mary Henderson and had Carrol, d. y. and Wilbur, b. 1897.
- Erastus: b. 1871 and lives at Elm Grove.
- Ralph: b. 1876. He m. Lizzie Butler and has Jesse, b. 1900.
- The Davis Coat of Arms
- Ancient Davis Families
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- American Davises of Royal Descent
- Davis In The American Revolution
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- Davis Officers of The Continental Army
- Prominent American Davises of 1920’s
- Davis Families from the United States
- Benjamin Davis
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- John and Ann Davis
- John and Ann Davis
- Azariah and Elsie Davis
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- Snead Davis of North Carolina
- William Davis of Cumberland County, Pennsylvania
- Solomon and Hannah Davis
- William Davis of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- John Davis of Pennsylvania and Kentucky
- John Davis of Plymouth, Massachusetts
- Calvin and Lucy Davis
- John and Salina Davis
- Daniel E. Davis of New York City, New York
- Francis Marion Davis of Adair County, Kentucky
- Jonathan P. Davis of Ashby, Massachusetts
- Davis of Pictou, Nova Scotia, Canada
- Benjamin Job Davis of Wisconsin
- Isaac and Roxlana Davis
- Joshua and Matilda Davis
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|Davis Family HistoryThe Davis family is among the forty-nine “best families” selected by the American Historical-Genealogical Society for whom the Society has published family histories during the past few years. The Davis family has been prominent in the British Empire and in the United States, its members having played important roles in war and in peace. Family pride is a commendable trait and should be cultivated. All Davises have just cause to be proud of their family history and traditions.
In references No. 7 and No. 14 we find the following regarding the origin and meaning of the name Davis.
Davis is a Welsh surname, and the family is among the most numerous in England and Wales. This is due to the fact that there are so many varia�tions of the name. The original name was David which signifies well-beloved�popular in Biblical days and a favorite among the Scottish kings.
Though of ancient standing in Wales, David scarcely appears in England before the Conquest. Modified in various forms, it has produced many family names such as Davis, Davidson, Davies, Daves, Dawson, Dawes, Day, Dakin, etc. The Irish form is M�Daid; the French, Devis.
The data in this volume is gathered from reliable sources. We have selected what we consider the most important material. Many of the daughters, and sons for whom no issue was shown, have been omitted from the pedigrees. A missing symbol indicates that a name has been omitted. Those desiring further information are advised to consult the volumes mentioned in the list of References.
The compilers hope that, in producing this volume they are bringing to the Davis family information which will be of interest and value to them, and that they are rendering an important service to the public. They and their associates will be glad to give their cooperation to members of the family who are interested in having a complete genealogy of the family published.
Unless otherwise plainly shown, the persons in this volume whose names are accompanied by three figures are children of the immediately preceding persons bearing immediately preceding numbers. All persons in each group bearing the same letter as a part of their numbers, are directly related. The generations of the descendants of those bearing numbers of three figures are represented as follows. However, some of our material is published as copied from various records without rearrangement according to this system.
Generations 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th Symbols (1), etc. (A), etc. (a), etc. 1, etc. A, etc. Generations 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th Symbols a, etc. (I), etc. (i), etc. I, etc. i, etc.
Abbreviations Used in this Manuscript