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Searching for the family of my Great Great Grandfather, James Allen DAVIS and his wife Charlotte KIRBY. James Allen DAVIS was born in New Jersey in about 1820 - possibly in ??????? county. His father's name was most probably John DAVIS and his mother's first name was Ann. Her maiden name might have been STEWART or she may have remarried a man named STEWART. Based on James' birth date, his parents would have been married between 1800 and 1820. James left New Jersey for Champaign County, Ohio sometime prior to 1840. It is assumed that his parents (if still alive) and siblings (if any) remained in New Jersey. Once in Ohio, James initially lived with his uncle, also named James DAVIS (born 1778 in New Jersey), an Aunt named Britania DAVIS (born 1790 New Jersey), and Britania's son Thomas DAVIS (born 1820 New Jersey.)
In 1847, James Allen DAVIS married Charlotte KIRBY. It is believed that the KIRBYs came from the same area in New Jersey as the DAVIS family and may have traveled west with them. Charlotte's father was Joel KIRBY born 1802 in New Jersey. His wife's first name was Hannah. Her maiden name was possibly BUSSER with her mother's first name also being Hannah born 1780 in New Jersey. Joel and Hannah KIRBY had 7 children among them, Charlotte, Elizibeth, and Olivia. All of these children may have been born in New Jersey.