Modified Register for William Davison 1st
1. William Davison 1st was born about 1650 in ,Scotland. He died in 1723 in Freehold,Monmouth Co,Nj. He was buried in 1723 in Freehold,Monmouth Co,Nj.
b. abt 1643. abt 1650. in Scotland. per K Fleming,
b. Scotland. per Ruth Davisson (1969 letter), Lost Creek WV.
m. Margaret Oliphant. per Ruth Davisson (1969 letter), Lost Creek WV.
m. abt 1665/1670 to Margaret Oliphant. per K Fleming.
d. bef 12/21/1723 when his will dated 4/6/1723 [or 4/8/1793] was proved. Called "yeoman" [farmer].
William 2d was named exec. Grandson, William 3rd, and cousin, Isabele Davison, were named.
Witnesses were Thomas and Josiah Layton. NJ Archives Vol 1 page 130. per D. Davidson] d. 1723. Left a will (in NJ Archives 23:130) naming five sons and one dau. Ruth Davisson had a copy of the will. William Davison was the 1st Davison in NJ. per Ruth Davisson (1969 letter), Lost Creek WV.
bio. William Davison came to NJ 10/1684 as an indentured servant to Thomas Fullerton, and lived in
Monmouth Co. NJ. He was a carpenter and landowner. per Ruth Davisson (1969 letter), Lost Creek WV.
bio: Wm Davison came from Scotland to NJ as a Protestant Redemptioner. Protestants left Scotland
due to religious persecution. Passage to America was exchanged for several years labor, thru which
the workers "redeemed" themselves, and were discharged. Hence the name "Scotch Redemptioners."
per K Fleming. William Davison came to America in 1685 from Leith, Scotland. Tradition has the
ship name the "Caledonia." He arrived in East Jersey in late 10/1685. He came as an importation of
Thomas Fullerton. per Gen rec of Dorothy Ruth Davisson, Lost Creek WV. Notes of Dorothy Edna
Davidson, NJ Marriage Records 1669-1800, p. 103. The Gen
Mag of NJ, 1/1983, V.58 No. 1, Whole N. 208, pp 7-9. IGI NJ. per O Davison
bio: William Davison emigrated from Scotland to Freehold Twp, Monmouth Co, NJ, arriving in Oct 1684,
pos. aboard the Caledonia. He was among earliest immigrants to Freehold Twp. Emigrants Davison and
Oliphant, and others, settled near each other about 5 miles north of the present site of Old Tennent
Church, near Freehold, NJ, then moved about 1 mile S.W. of Old Tennent Church as
shown by deeds. Reid conveyed to William Davison. William Oliphant, brother-in-law to William Davison,
owned land adjoining William Davison. When Wm. Oliphant died, his land was inherited by his sisters,
Margaret [Davison] and Janet [Layton]. Wm. Davison bought the Layton 1/2 interest. Presbyterian
families were driven from Scotland by religious persecution. In NJ they worshiped first in homes as early
as 1690. By 1707, a log meeting house was built about 5 miles north of the present site of Tennent Church, known as "old Scots Church." Abt 1732 the Old White (Oak) Church was built at the present site of Old Tennent Church. The new Tennent church was built 1751. These settlers made homes for themselves out of the wilderness, where no other settlers had lived before. They cleared the land, planted crops, and acquired farm animals. There were no towns or churches until they built them.
William Davison was a farmer and carpenter, and he built houses for many other settlers. Wm married Margaret Oliphant, prob in late 1690s. Much later, railroad tracks were built across their land, destroying the family buring ground. It is said that the Battle of Monmouth ( 6/28/1778) was fought from a battery position on Wm. Davison's land and that it was from the brook on Wm Davison's land that American Revolutionary heroine Molly "Pitcher" [Hays] carried water to the fighting patriot troops, and that James, John and Wm Davison fought there for independence, with Molly Pitcher's husband, John Hays. per M Taylor. per K Fleming
bio. Abstract of a 2/20/1969 letter from Dorothy Ruth Davisson to Bl Griffin : NJ Davison research was done by Ed J. Raser, NJ Gen Soc & Editor of its Mag. He to do book on NJ Davisons. All Harrison Co WV Davissons came from NJ, thru DANIEL DAVISON line, which is not related to our WILLIAM DAVISON line while in America. HOWEVER, they were both from Scotland, and are thought to be related there, but there are no known ancient records. The two families owned adjoining land near Princeton NJ. Tradition says that a Josiah Davison, father of at least 8 sons, most of whom came to Harrison Co WV in the 1700s, decided to spell his name with double "ss" to separate the families. The Duck Creek/Lost Creek Davisons started using two ss about 1830s, after the Daniel Davissons in Clarksburg WV. As the family spread west some spelled it Davidson.
bio. "A few months later [after the first William arrived in NJ from Scotland], another William [Davison]
sailed from the port of Leith, Scotland and arrived in NJ late in 1685. He came as an importation of Dr.
John Gordon of Montros, Scotland. It appears that the compiler of the Davison genealogy [i.e., Arthur
Henry Davison] refers to this Davison as the one who m. Margaret Oliphant. She was either the sister or
dau. of William Oliphant, who came from Scot. in 1685 with the George Scott refugees. He located land
adjoining William Davison. Wm Oliphant mortgaged his land and soon died. Margaret and her sis. Janet,
wife of Samuel Layton [Laton} were his heirs. The place of burial of William Oliphant and Margaret
Oliphant is unknown." also " record of a will dated 4/6/1723, in which he bequeathed land to sons William,
John, George, Andrew, Robert, daughter Margaret, wife Margaret, "cousin " Isabel Davison, and grandson William Davison." per EHerndon
bio. William Davison 1st was forced to leave Scotland due to religious persecution of Presbyterians. By
1707 a log meeting house was built about 5 miles north of the present site of Tennent Church, known as "
Old Scots Church." Wm 1sts sons contributed to the Old Tennent Church and probably helped build it.
per Charles Davisson 1558 Summit Dr, Charleston WV 25302, he quoting K C. Flemming.
d. In addition to the land which he divided among his sons, the inventory of his estate reveals household
goods, farm tools and supplies, cattle, horses, sheep, swine, wheat, rye, flower. total £150:19:1. per
William married Margaret Oliphant daughter of John Oliphant and Janet Gilchrist about 1695 in Nj. Margaret was born in 1672 in Pencaitland, Lothian, Scotland. She died after 6 Apr 1723 in Freehold,Monmouth Co,Nj. She was buried in Freehold,Monmouth Co,Nj.
b. 1667 per Gen rec of Dorothy Davisson, Lost Creek WV. Notes of D Davidson, NJ Marriage Records 1669-1800, p. 103. The Gen Mag of NJ, 1/1983, V.
58 No. 1, Whole N. 208, pp 7-9. IGI NJ. per O Davison Ave, Stockton CA 95207. b. abt 1665/1670. m. bef 1699 to William Davison. per K Fleming.
b 1672 per Ken
b Margaret Oliphant, b. ca 1667 in Pencaitland, Lothian, Scotland, d. aft Apr- 6-1723,476 [Margaret
Oliphant Davison was still living when her husband made his will on this date.]. per R Brown.
William and Margaret had the following children:
+ 2 M i. William Davison 2d was born about 1695. He died in 1762.
+ 3 M ii. John Davison was born about 1700. He died after 1759.
4 M iii. George Davison was born on 10 Aug 1704 in Tennent,Monmouth Co,Nj. He died on 4 Aug 1767.
George married Rosannah Runyon in 1734. Rosannah was born on 16 Nov 1712. She died after 1788.
5 M iv. Andrew Davison was born about 1705 in Freehold,Tennent,Monmouth Co,Nj. He died on 20 Sep 1766.
Andrew married Catherine Pew on 27 Jul 1741.
+ 6 M v. Robert Davison was born about 1707. He died about May 1774.
7 F vi. Margaret Davison was born about 1709 in Tennent,Monmouth Co,Nj. She died about 1756.
Margaret married John Fenton on 23 Oct 1741.
2. William Davison 2d (William) was born about 1695 in Tennent,Monmouth Co,Nj. He died in 1762 in ,Nj. He was buried in 1762 in ,Nj.
B: abt 1695, Monmouth Co NJ. per Hist & Gen of Davison, Davidson, Davisson Fam, by AH Davisson.
Notes of Dorothy Ruth Davisson, Long Creek WV. Notes of DDavidson,
see also per NJ Marriage Records 1669-1800, p. 103. The Gen Mag of NJ, 1/1983,
V.58 No. 1, Whole N. 208, pp 7-9. IGI NJ. per O Davison
M: (1st) to name unknown, before 1723, where his son William Davison 3rd is named in grandfather's
will. per Ruth Davisson (1964 letter), Lost Creek WV..
M: (2nd) 11/17/1744 to Anne BRINSON/BRUNSON. (NJ Archives). per Ruth Davisson (1969 letter),
Lost Creek WV. see "Documents Relating to the Colonial History of NJ, Marriage Licenses, p
D: 1762, NJ.
d. aft 1762. per Ruth Davisson (1969 letter), Lost Creek WV.
BUR: 1762, NJ.
BIO: William Davison was a farmer.
bio. William Davison of Monmouth NJ had at least seven grandsons named William. per Dorothy Ruth
William married (1) first wife .
They had the following children:
8 M i. William Davison 3rd was born before 1723.
Died young, per M Taylor.
Andrew Davisson had an older brother named William, b. bef 1723 and
named in his grandfather's will of that year. per Jean Fritter Jawdat,
quoting Dorothy Ruth Davisson.
+ 9 M ii. Andrew Davison was born about 1728. He died after 1788.
10 M iii. Robert Davison was born on 2 Nov 1729 in Tennent,Monmouth Co,Nj. He died on 16 Jul 1803. He was buried in Cranbury,Middlesex Co,Nj.
Robert married Susannah on 17 May 1774. Susannah was born on 4 Nov 1729. She died on 5 May 1801.
11 F iv. Margaret Davison was born in Tennent,Monmouth Co,Nj.
12 F v. Susannah Davison was born in 1739 in Tennent,Monmouth Co,Nj.
13 M vi. John Davison was born in Tennent,Monmouth Co,Nj. He died about Apr 1800 in Freehold,Monmouth Co,Nj.
William married (2) Anne Brinson daughter of Daniel Brinson and Frances Greenland on 17 Nov 1744 in Nj. Anne was born about 1695/1705. She died in ,Nj. She was buried in ,Nj.
D: NJ. per Notes of Dorothy Ruth Davisson, Long Creek WV. Notes of D Davidson, per O Davison Ave, Stockton CA 95207.
BIO: Anne Brinson was the dau. of Daniel Brinson and Frances Grenland.
bio. Anne Brinson apparently was 2d wife of William Davison. per Eleanor Snyder Herndon, 1321 West
Platinum, Butte MT 59701-2125.
bio. Anne "Brunson" per Virginia Kichline. <firstname.lastname@example.org>
3. John Davison (William) was born about 1700 in Tennent,Monmouth Co,Nj. He died after 1759.
John married Isabel .
They had the following children:
+ 14 M i. John Davison was born about 1735. He died about 1799.
6. Robert Davison (William) was born about 1707 in Tennent,Monmouth Co,Nj. He died about May 1774.
BIO: Robert Davison, son of William Davison and Margaret Oliphant, was
the ancestor of John Davison Rockefeller. per M Taylor
Robert married Anne Higgins .
They had the following children:
+ 15 M i. John Davison was born in 1734. He died about Oct 1784.
9. Andrew Davison (William, William) was born about 1728 in Tennent,Monmouth Co,Nj. He died after 1788 in Fayette Co,Pa.
BIO: "William Davison" has also been named as Elizabeth's father. per Hacker's Creek Journal VII
Issue 1&2 p.17. William was said to be Scotch Irish, and conducted a tavern located on the main
highway between Trenton and New York. He attended Baptist church. per Upper Monongahela Valley
by Butcher, p. 1135. See also a Duck Creek history by Charles H. Washburn (prob. Charlestown
newspaper 1/1/1939) Which gives William, Sr. as father of Elizabeth and Anna Davisson. Edward
Newton Smith (1851) in his hand written pedegree chart, recited his grandmother as Elizabeth Davisson
dau. of William Davisson who married Elizabeth [unk].
BUT SEE: O Davison, M Taylor, Dorothy Ruth Davisson, William Donnelly, who say that
Andrew, NOT William, was father of Elizabeth. (Russell Davisson, author of Hist of Davissons 1630-1992,
says that Elizabeth is the dau of Andrew Davison (b.c. 1730 of Tennant, Monmouth
Co. NJ) Donelly attributes the error of assigning "WILLIAM" as father to Bernard Butcher's Upper
Monongahela Valley (1912, repub. 1978 p. 1134-35), which was then copied down by others, until it
became widespread. See also, Genealogical and Personal History of Upper Monongahelia Valley WV by
James M. Callahan.
B: abt 1725-1735. Tennant, Monmouth Co, NJ, He was a farmer. per Notes of Dorothy Ruth Davisson,
Lost Creek WV. Notes of D Davidson, per O Davison
Ave, Stockton CA 95207. "Andrew Davison b. 1725-35; son of Wm 2d by his first wife
whose name is unknown. He died after 1780 when he and Sarah Smith Davison signed a deed. He is
supposed to have visited his two daughters and son William, Anna Davison Gaston,
Elizabeth Davison (Mrs. Watters Smith) of Duck Creek around 1800, but went on to Green Co or Fayette
Co PA 'where he died.' He is supposed to have had another son in Penna., name lost to the family. per
Dorothy Ruth Davisson (1969) letter. Lost Creek WV.
M: to Sarah Smith, dau of John Smith and Hannah. per Notes of Dorothy Ruth Davisson, Long Creek
WV. Notes of Dor Davidson, , per O
BIO: This family is said to have used the spelling "Davisson." The biography of Waters Smith in the
Comstock Encyclopedia of WV, says that Anne and Elizabeth are the dau.s of William Davisson. M
Taylor says that Andrew was the father of these two, not William. Evidence is that Anna named her first
boy Andrew for her father, as was the custom. Harrison Co death records of Anna Davison Gaston show
her parents were Andrew and Sarah Davison. per M Taylor.
bio. ANDREW DAVISON, b. in NJ 1725-1735, d. aft 1788 and bef 1801, m. Sarah Smith, dau of John
and Hannah Smith. Sarah Smith was b. in NJ abt 1740 and d. aft 1810 when she appears in the Harrison
Co VA US Census. In 1801 she signed a quit claim deed to John Gaston. Family tradition
says Andrew Davisson d. in Fayette or Greene Co PA. Andrew Davisson and Sarah named as parents
in death record of Anna Gaston, Harrison Co VA courthouse. per Jean Fritter Jawdat quoting her aunt
Dorothy Ruth Davisson.
bio. Andrew Davison, b. ca 1730 in Tennent, Monmouth Co, NJ,476 occupation Farmer. Andrew and
Sarah Smith Davison, with their five children, traveled from New Jersey to Fayette County before 1790.
By this time, their son William was already married to Mary Maple, daughter Anna was married to John
Gaston, and daughter Elizabeth was, or soon would be, married to Watters Smith. These three families
a few years later would settle on Duck Creek in Harrison County, WV. per Rennie Gaston. citing William
Donnolly's West Book..
Andrew married Sarah Smith daughter of John Smith and Hannah Waters before 1760. Sarah was born about 1740 in Maidenhead,Hunterdon,Nj. She died after 1810 in Harrison Co,Wv. She was buried in Harrison Co,Wv.
They had the following children:
16 M i. William Davisson 2nd was born about 1760 in Tennent,Monmouth Co,Nj. He died about 1801 in Wv.
but see: b. 1760. m. Mary Maple. Both lived and died on Duck Creek. per William
BIO: NOTE VARIANCE w/ WILLIAM and ANDREW. William Davisson, Jr. the son of
William? Davisson [not ANDREW DAVISSON as stated by M, m. Mary Marple of
Philadelphia PA. During the British occupation of Philadelphia, Mary Marple was a
companion of Sir Henry Clinton's daughter, and was a Tory. per Hacker's Creek
Journal VII Issue 1&2 p.18.
bio. m. Mary Maple and WD lived near the mouth of Lost Creek, where he had a mill.
bio. "William Davisson (b. NJ) m. Mary Marple [Maple] (b. NJ, burried on Duck Creek,
unmarked grave) was the first of [Dorothy Ruth Davisson's] line to migrate to Duck
Creek, Harrison Co WV in late 1790's, with his two married sisters. He had children in
NJ. He was in the Revolutionary War but not certain of his records. Dorothy Ruth
Davisson said her grandfather said that William carried dispatches around Phila, PA.
The night before the battle of Monmouth 6/1779? He bought land at Lost Creek in
1807, was dead before 1844. No birth or death records for him or his wife. Several
stories have been handed down about them." per Dorothy Ruth Davisson (1969) letter.
Lost Creek WV.
bio: The son of Wm Davisson was William Davisson Jr., who m. Mary Maple of New
Jersey and Philadelphia. Wm Jr settled near the mouth of Lost Creek, where he
operated a mill. The old mill race is in a thicket just south of the present  Lost
Creek bridge. The mill stood where the bridge abutment now is. They later moved to
Duck Creek. Wm was the bro in law to Waters Smith and John Gaston, thru his
bio. Wm Davison, son of Andrew Davison and Sara Smith m. to Mary Maple, had the
following family: Jonathan, Sarah, Andrew, Margaret, Eleanor, Lucretia, Martha, Mary.
per Eleanor S. Herndon. 1321 W. Platinum, Butte MT 59701-2125.
William married Mary Maple daughter of Benjamin Maple 3rd and Isabella. Mary was born about 1766 in Middlesex Co,Nj. She died about Feb 1844 in Duck Creek,Harrison Co,Wv. She was buried in Duck Creek,Harrison Co,Wv.
bio. called Mary Maple, in a newspaper story about Arlie Smith.
bio. b. NJ, m. William Davison, bur. Duck Creek, Harrison Co VA, unmarked
bio. Abstract of a 2/20/1969 letter from Dorothy Ruth Davisson to
Beryl Griffin [mother-in-law of Floris Davisson, Jr]: "Mary Maple
Davisson [wife of William Davisson] lived as a 'companion' probably a
'maid' to Sir Henry Clinton's daughter, when he was General of the
British troops occupying Philidelphia. After Mary married and moved to
Harrison Co WV, the Clinton dau., now married, sent for her to come to
Philadelphia, to baby sit with her children while she visited relatives in
England. Mary and William rode horseback from Duck Creek to
Philadelphia. When Mary came home she had a trunk full of ribbons, silks
and other finery from England given her by the Clintons."
d. abt 2/1844 in Harrison Co WV. per K Fleming.
BUT SEE: Thomas Maple 1733 son of Benjamin Maple 2d may have been the
father of Mary Maple, [since she named her daughters after grandmother
Sarah, mother, and sister]. [dau attributed to Benjamin Maple 3d] per T
Grant Maple email@example.com
17 F ii. Anna Davisson was born on 19 Feb 1765 in Tennent,Monmouth,Nj. She died on 8 Aug 1854 in Duck Creek,Harrison,Wv. She was buried in Sinclair Cem,Duck Creek,Harrison,Wv.
B. 19 FEB 1765, per O Davison, Stockton CA, per M Taylor, Fairmont WV.
M. to John Gaston, per O Davison. per M Taylor, Fairmont WV
d. 8 AUG 1854, age 89 yrs, 5 mths, 19 days, [therefore b. abt 2/17/1765] w/o John
Gaston; b. NJ, d/o Andrew and Sarah Davisson. per Harrison Co Death Records 1853-
1903, by P. Hickman, 1991, p. 6., Heritage Books Inc., per Eleanor Herndon.
BUR: Anna Davisson and John John Gaston burried in Sinclair Cem., Keefer Hollow,
off of Duck Creek Road, Harrison Co WV. At least two of their children are burried
there. per M Taylor
BIO: Anna was dau. of Andrew Davison. Anna was sis. of Elizabeth Davison. She is
called Ann, Anne, and Anna, and both Davison and Davisson. The newer spelling has
two "ss" and seems to have been
adopted by the clerk of the court in Harrison Co. Anna's father was Andrew, as shown
by the Anna Davison Gaston death record at the Harrison Co WV courthouse which
says her father was Andrew Davison (showing the "correct" Davison spelling), per
M Taylor. Harrison Co death records of Anna Davison Gaston show her parents
were Andrew and Sarah Davison. John and Anna removed from Monmouth Co, NJ
where they were probably married, with her sister, Elizabeth, and brother-in-law
Watters Smith, to Duck Creek, Harrison Co WV. They came by way of PA and it was a
long journey. They appeared to arrive abt. 1796, per WV Heritage Encyc. per M
bio. Abstract of a 2/20/1969 letter from Dorothy Ruth Davisson to Beryl Griffin [mother-
in-law of Floris Davisson, Jr]: A death record at Clarksburg names Andrew and Sarah
Davison as Anna's parents. Another letter dated 11/1/1967 from Dorothy Ruth
Davisson to Mrs. Davidson (Indiana branch?) says siblings William/Anna/Elizabeth all
names their first sons "Andrew." Anna Davison Gaston's death certificate naming her
parents as Andrew And Sarah Davison was based on information given by
her son William Gaston - 1854.
Anna married John Gaston (5) son of John Gaston (4) and Jane [Hannah] Robbins in pos,Tennent,Monmouth Co,Nj. John was born on 16 Sep 1752 in Tennent,Monmouth,Nj. He was christened on 20 Jan 1754 in Tennent,Monmouth,Nj. He died on 6 Apr 1829 in Duck Creek,Harrison,Wv. He was buried on 9 Apr 1829 in Sinclair Cem,Duck Creek Rd,Harrison,Wv.
b. 9/16/1752, Monmouth Co NJ, per Rennee Brown.per M Taylor
bap. 1/20/1754. per Marcia Witt. http://www.rootsweb.com/~hcpd/jmhacker/d0000/
goooo121.html has a hackers creek gedcom.
B: 1753 per M Taylor.
M: to Anna Davison. per M Taylor. and per Rennee Brown.
M: 1785, pos Tennant Monmouth Co, NJ
m. abt 1785 to Anna Davisson. per Marcia Witt.
D: 4/6/1829, Harrison Co WV. per Rennee Brown
D: 4/6/1829. per M Taylor.
BUR: Sinclair Cem, Keefer Hollow, off of the Duck Creek Road. Harrison Co, WV. per
BIO: The Gastons were French Huguenots who fled France to escape religious
persecution. per The History of Ritchie County. [975.424 R598] John Gaston served as
a Sgt. in the Revolutionary War, in Capt. John Cavanhoven's Company, Col. Samuel
Foreman's 2nd Regiment of Monmouth Co NJ Militia, in 1778-80, as shown by 8/19/
1780 rolls, in the St. of NJ Dept. of Defense. He supposedly came to WV in 1796. per
John's brother William served in the same unit. per Marcia Witt. Sources: Hist & Gen
of Davison, Davidson, Davisson Fam, by A.H. Davison, p. 1089. Notes of Dorothy
Ruth Davisson, Lost Creek WV, Notes of K Flemming, , Akron,
1850 Fed census of Harrison Co WV. Harrison Co Marriage Records 1784-1850,
Gen Mag of NJ, V46 1971, May/Sep #173. Marraige index of Harrison Co WV,
GS847270. per O Davison, Ave, Stockton CA 95207
BIO: [John Gaston] the father of William who married Mary Post was the pioneeer who
came to VA from NJ and settled on Duck Creek, Harrison Co. [John's] father served in
Revolutionary War. per Upper Monongahela Valley, by Butcher, p. 869.
BIO: John Gaston removed from NJ to Duck Creek, Harrison Co, WV, with Anna
Davison, who came with their growing family and her sister Elizabeth Davison and her
husband Watters Smith, arriving, by way of a sojourn in PA, about 1796. See: West Va
Heritage Encycl. per M Taylor.
BIO: John Gaston is father of Deborah Gaston who married Joseph Taylor, as shown
on a marriage bond or contract between them regarding Deborah at Book 3 Page 430,
Taylor Co, Marriages. per M Taylor.
BIO: Listed in 1810 Census of Harrison Co, VA/WV, p. 102. per Edward Couey.
bio. The first of the Gastons on Duck Creek was John Gaston who arrived there about
1799, with his wife, Ann Davisson, from NJ. He built a cabin on the east side of the
road just north of the residence of Charles Gaston [1935?]. He was a blacksmith [and
farmer]. The gravestones in the old graveyard on the Harley Gaines farm show that he
was b. 1753 in NJ, and, he d. 8/8/1854 according to Bible records. Hacker's Creek
Journal VII, 1&2, p.20.
18 F iii. Elizabeth Davisson was born on 8 Oct 1769 in Tennant,Monmouth Co,Nj. She died on 26 Jul 1839 in Harrison Co,Wv. She was buried on 29 Jul 1839 in Broad Run Church,Harrison Co,Wv.
B: 10/8/1769. per The Gen. Mag. of NJ, V46, No2, No 173, May 1971, by Lewis Cook.
b. 10/8/1769. per K Fleming.
b. 10/8/1770 in NJ. per unk. notes from Paul H. Smith
b. 10/8/1770. m. abt 1793 to Watters Smith, Sr. She was the dau of William Davisson
and Elizabeth [E.N.Smith didn't know her surname] per Edward Newton Smith's hand
written FGR. ]
m: to Waters Smith. per The Gen. Mag. of NJ, V46, No2, No 173, May 1971, by Lewis
m. abt 1793 to Watters Smith. per Hacker's Creek Journal VII Issue 1&2 p.17.
d: 7/26/1839. per The Gen. Mag. of NJ, V46, No2, No 173, May 1971, by Lewis Cook.
and per K Fleming.
d. 7/20/1839 at age 69. per unk notes quoting NJ Data of Marriage Certificates, Wills.
per notes of Paul H. Smith.
d: Harrison Co WV per Ernestine Siegel, Reeder Fam Assn
bio. Elizabeth was dau of William Davisson, per unk notes quoting NJ Data of Marriage
Certificates, Wills, copy of notes [but not the record itself] obtained from Paul H. Smith.
per J. Whittaker
BIO: Elizabeth, wife of Watters Smith was of Scotch Irish descent. Her father was
said to be William Davisson per Jim Comstock's W. Va. and Heritage Encyc. and per
Early Set of Monongahela Valley by Butcher, p. 1134. and per Hacker's Creek Journal
VII Issue 1&2 p.17, and HCJrnl V-2, Winter 1987, p. 83. Father WILLIAM DAVISSON
was a neighbor of Tomas Smith, and Elizabeth was a first cousin of Watters Smith, her
husband. per Hacker's Creek Journal VII Issue 1&2 p.17. BUT. Gen Hist of Upper
Monongahela Valley, by Butcher, is not correct when it identifies William Davisson as
the father of Elizabeth and father in law of Watters. William was the brother of
Elizabeth, and owned the adjoining land on Duck Creek. Elizabeth's father was
Andrew. per William Donnelly.
bio. Newspaper story quoting Arlie Smith says "William Davisson, father of Elizabeth
and Anna." After William Davisson lived in WV for a while, he longed for the more
civilized east, and went back toward New Jersey. He only went as far as Greene
County PA where he lived for the rest of his life.
bio. Butcher says father of Elizabeth was William Davisson, Sr. of NJ. William
Davisson was a neighbor of Thomas Smith, and Elizabeth Davisson was a first cousin
of her husband Watters Smith. BUT SEE comments of M Taylor, that say her
father was Andrew Davison, and her bro., grandfather & great-grandfather were all
William Davisons, and that her sis was Anna Davison married John Gaston.
bio. "Watters Smith is named as the husb of Elizabeth Davison; they were m. 1793.
She was dau of Wm Davison and Mary Maple, and was b. 10/8/1770, NJ; d. 7/26/
1839, Harrison Co WV. per Eleanor Snyder Herndon, 1321 West Platinum, Butte MT
bio. Elizabeth Davison, b. Oct- 8-1769 in Tennent, Monmouth Co, NJ. [William F.
Donnelly, in "The Wests of Duck Creek," p. 404, gives Elizabeth Davison's birthdate as
Oct 8 1770, Researcher Linn Baiker has birthdate as Oct 8 1768. But headstone
inscription states that she died on July 26 1839 at age 69y 9m 18d, which would put
her birthdate at Oct 8 1769.] d. Jul-26-1839 in Harrison Co, WV buried in Broad Run
Bapt Ch Cem, Jane Lew, Lewis Co, WV.32 She married ca 1793, Watters Smith. per
Elizabeth married Watters Smith Sr son of Thomas Smith patriot and Sarah Green about 1793 in Harrison Co,Wv. Watters was born on 15 Jul 1767 in Freehold,Monmouth Co,Nj. He died on 23 Mar 1849 in Harrison Co,Wv. He was buried on 26 Mar 1849 in Broad Run Church,Harrison Co,Wv.
B: 7/15/1767. per The Gen. Mag. of NJ, V46, No2, No 173, May 1971, by Lewis Cook.
and per Upper Monongahela Valley by Butcher. and per O Davison. /per M
Taylor. and per Smith Fam ts, by Arlie Smith.
b. Watters Smith's bible page on display at WS St Pk says "Watters Smith born 7/15/
b. 7/15/1757, Monmouth Co NJ. per Edward Newton Smith's hand written FGR. But E.
N. Smith seems to have coppied the info out of the article in the Exponent, and
repeated the errors in that article.
D: 3/23/1849, Harrison Co WV. per The Gen. Mag. of NJ, V46, No2, No 173, May
1971, by Lewis Cook. p. 132.
D: 3/23/1849 age 82. per Smith Fam ts, by Arlie Smith. and per Hacker's Creek
Journal VII Issue 1&2 p.17.
BUR: at Broad Run Church Cemetery. per Upper Monongahela Valley by Butcher.
Broad Run Bap Church is 1.9 miles west of Jane Lew on Rt 8; upright marker close to
church. "Waters Smith/Died Mar 23, 1849/Aged 81 Ys. 8 Mos. 18 Da." per (Hackers
m. abt 1793 to Elizabeth Davisson, who was b. 10/8/1770, in NJ, who was the dau of
William Davisson and Elizabeth [E.N.Smith didn't know her surname]. per Edward
Newton Smith's hand written FGR.
m. abt 1793 to Elizabeth Davisson, who was the dau of William Davisson. They had
eight children. per Smith Fam ts, by Arlie Smith.
M: to Elizabeth Davisson, per Upper Monongahela Valley by Butcher. Prob married in
NJ. per M Taylor.
m. abt 1793 to Elizabeth Davison in Harrison Co, WV. per K Fleming. BIO:
parents were Thomas Smith and Sara Green, ancestor was Jasper Smith, per
BIO. copies of Watters Smith's bible pages are on display at Watters Smith State Park
BIO: Watters moved with the Green family thru PA, and settled on George's Creek in
what is now Fayette Co PA, but was claimed by VA. He served as a militiaman during
the Whiskey Insurrection to retain order for the new federal government. He was a
neighbor and aquaintance of Baron Steuben, the Prussian officer who trained the
American army. He lived near the home of Albert Gallatin. In Spring, 1796, Watters
and the Greens moved to Harrison Co WV, and settled on Duck Creek in the
southern end of the county. They were among the first settlers of Harrison Co VA now
WV. There were 4,848 known settlers in 1800 in Harrison Co. WS bought a farm on
Duck Creek at West Fork for 60 pounds by deed dated 1/21/1792 from John Prunty, a
former sheriff, of 200 acres at Liber 1, Folio 258. [This original deed is on display at the
Watters Smith State Park museum 6/1993. Land adjoined Thomas Smith's land also
purchased from Prunty on 9/18/1787, which farm was later purchased by William
Davisson, and settled on by some heirs of John Gaston who married Ann Davisson,
the sister in law of Watters Smith. Watters was one of four neighbors who founded
the Broad Run Baptist Church in 1804, known as Good Hope Baptist Church. Watters
was the first deacon, and Job West the first clerk. per Upper Monongahela Valley by
Butcher, and per Jim Comstock's W. Va. Heritage Encyc. reported Sources: Hist &
Gen of Davison, Davidson, Davisson Fam by A. Davison. Notes of Dorothy Ruth
Davisson, Lost Creek WV, Notes of D Davison,
. Harrison Co Marriage Records 1784-1850, GS411404. IGI WV p. 1752. Gen
Mag of NJ, V46 1971, May/Sep #173
. WV Heritage Encyc. Smith Fam ts, by Arlie Smith. bio: per Hacker's Creek Journal VII Issue 1&2 p.18, a quotation from the WV Review for 7/1932 says: "The Society for the Broad Run Church dates back to February 5, 1804, when Elder John Carney of the West Virginia Board of Missions held a meeting, probably at the home of Watters Smith on Duck Creek, Harrison County. An organization was formed to be known as the Good Hope Baptist Church, with Smith as deacon and Job West as clerk. Other charter members were Mrs. Watters Smith, Mrs. Job West, Samuel Romine and wife, and Solomon Squires and wife. Job West kept the records on brown paper. They were written with a pencil made of lead from bullets.
The name of the church was formally changed from Good Hope to Broad Run in 1818.
per Hacker's Creek Journal VII Issue 1&2 p.18.
bio. The Broad Run Baptist Church was organized at the home of Watters Smith in
1804. per Duck Creek [broadside 1/1/1939?], by Charles H. Washburn.
bio. Waters Smith Sate Park with a pioneer homestead museum, near Jane Lew WV
memorializes him. It is on land donated by Bertram Smith.
bio. The Smiths and the Gaston family appear to have moved to WV together thru PA.
19 M iv. Thomas Davison was born about 1772 in Tennant,Monmouth Co,Nj.
Thomas married Unknown .
20 M v. George Davisson was born about 1774 in Tennant,Monmouth Co,Nj. He died on 11 Dec 1856 in Butler Co, OH.
George married Betsy . Betsy was born in res, Harrison Co, WV.
14. John Davison (John, William) was born about 1735 in Monmouth Co,Nj. He died about 1799.
John married Sallie Peebles .
John and Sallie had the following children:
21 M i. Ezekiel Davison was born on 1 Dec 1763. He died on 1 Aug 1818.
Ezekiel married Unknown .
15. John Davison (Robert, William) was born in 1734. He died about Oct 1784.
John married Elizabeth Anderson on 1 Feb 1774.
They had the following children:
22 M i. John Davison was born in 1775. He died on 1 Jun 1858.
John married Syche Selover in 1804. Syche died on 29 Oct 1823.
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