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Hi Wayne: Cousin Steve Peterson discoverd a great deal of information relating to Abel & Mary Davis in Monongalia Co., VA. His first land purchase, 9 acres, deed recorded 1796 from John Sealey. This seems typical of Abel Davis who was a cooper. Abel dabbled as a surety and was sued on bond running to Simon Royce in 1798. From 1805-1817 he was taxed on 200 acres, "on Wickwire Creek near James Current", land purchased from John Gibbon on the third left had fork of the right hand fork of Wickwire Creek This history continues through 1817. Someplace in my notes there is one indicating that Andrew sold his land to Aaron Luzader before leaving tfor OH. Happy to send you a copy if you will e-mail you address. The marriages of Abel & Mary's daughters can be found on the Monongalia Co site on RootsWeb. This is also an Abel DAvis with a young wife and child in Monangalia Co in the 1810 census in a different census district that the older Abel. However, Steve checked the original census and beieves the information was mistaken - recorded followed the wrong line. Your discovery of a 15--20 year old Abel in Champaign Co is intersting & will be checked further. I found Abel in the 1830 census of Champaign Co. In 1835 the family moved to White Co., IN. Other census records indicate that he was b. between 1760-1770. A bio. of his grandson, Isaac Mason Davis, suggests his grandfather was shanghaied as a child & brought to America by sailors and that he served in the Rev. & War of 1812. I find no record to support any war service although the rest of the story my have some relevance.