TombStoneWilliamGreenbriarBilly1758-1845“William Davis Pvt NJ Militia Rev War Mar 21 1758 Jan 6 1845″
Courtesy findagrave.com.
Known as “Greenbrier Billy.”

Hello Davis descendants, researchers and interested followers,

We’ve got two new matches at the 67-marker level to consider and just got notice that we have another new match at the 37- marker level who we will look at in the next post, when we get all the details.

For now, we have two new matches to think about and they are both in the same neighborhood on the Brisley side of the Davis family tree. The “Brisley side” means that both testers descend from William1 Davis and his first wife, Elizabeth Brisley, via their first son, John2.

William had 4 more sons via second wife, Elizabeth Pavior, who are on the “Pavior side” of the family tree, but we have tested descendants of only 1 of those 4 sons, James2.

The ancestor in common for both new matches is Thomas “William”3 Davis, son of John2, who was born in 1719 in Rhode Island and migrated to Shrewsbury, New Jersey. He migrated again with his adult children and other Seventh Baptist families in 1789, only to die in White Day Creek, Monongalia County, Virginia, in 1791, having not yet reached Salem, (West) Virginia.

Two of Thomas William3’s 3 sons: William “Greenbrier Billy”4 and Rev. Nathan4, head up the separate lines of our two new matches.

About our first match- the green line on the chart

At the last post, we had just received news of a new match, at the 67-marker level. He is kit #219 (kit numbers are shortened to the first three numbers) and is a descendant of William “Greenbrier Billy”4 Davis.

This match’s grandfather was Deuron Clifford8 Davis and Deuron’s father was Sylvanis7 Davis, both coal miners from Coal township, Harrison County, WV.

Sylvanis Davis Civil War 001Sylvanis Davis, 1846 WV- 1929 Clarksburg, WV
Courtesy Sharon Sprouse Bramhall

If we follow Deuron’s line up, we find Sylvanis7 was the son of Absalom6 Davis who was, in 1850, a farmer living in Doddridge County, West Virginia. His wife, Polina S.W.5, was also a Davis, a descendant of William “Bottom Billy”3 Davis. They had 14 children and adopted a fifteenth.

absalomdavisBirthsAbsalom Davis Bible, Births, Courtesy Sharon Sprouse Bramhall

Absalom’s father was Rev. Peter5 Davis, a Seventh Day Baptist minister in New Salem, Harrison Co., WV and Rev. Peter’s father was William “Greenbrier Billy”4.

(See Ancestor Photos page for images of birth, death and marriage pages from Absalom’s and Sylvanis’ Bibles.)

Rev2PeterDavis1783-1873“Rev. Peter Davis, Died Mch. 4 1873, Aged 89 Ys, 5Ms 16Ds”
Courtesy findagrave.com

Susie Nicholson says: “Peter Davis was about six years old when his parents [Greenbrier Billy4 Davis and Elizabeth Johnston] joined in the 1789 migration with the Seventh Day Baptist group from Shrewsbury, New Jersey to Western Virginia… He outlived both wives [Sarah Davis and Sarah Fitz-Randolph] and was cared for by his daughter, Jemima, wife of Rev. Jacob Davis.” -excerpted from Davis, The Settlers of Salem, West Virginia, by Susie Davis Nicholson, 1979, pg 32.

About our second match- the aqua line on the chart

DavisStephenC.Tombstone“Stephen C. Davis,
Born Sept. 30, 1781, Died Aug 16, 1869, Aged 87 Ys 10 Mos. 16 Ds”
Son of Rev. Nathan Sr. Davis
Courtesy findagrave.com

Our second new match, also matching on the 67-marker test, is kit #320. He is a descendant of Rev. Nathan4 Davis, Greenbrier Billy4’s older brother. Our second match’s grandfather was Howard Lee9 Davis, born in Clarksburg, Harrison County, West Virginia.

HowardLeeDavis1910-1971Howard Lee Davis, abt 1918

Track this line back, all in West Virginia (“Virginia,” before 1863), and you find Howard’s father was Mingo H. 8. Mingo’s wife was Jean7, also a Davis, grand-daughter of William “Buckeye Billy”5 Davis, who was the grandson of William “Bottom Billy”3 Davis.

It’s easy to wonder where the name “Mingo” came from since it is such an unusual name, especially in 1871 when Mingo H. was born. With no stories handed down in the Davis family about its origin, a bit of research finds that there is a county in West Virginia named “Mingo” but it was formed in 1895. Mingo H. Davis was already 24 years old in 1895.

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The other mention of the name Mingo is that of an unincorporated area in West Virginia called “Mingo,” or “Mingo Flats,” which was named after the historic Iroquoian Mingo people who migrated west to Ohio around 1750. Mingo Flats had apparently been the site of one of their villages. The migrants were called “Mingos,” a corruption of “mingwe,” originally meaning “chief” or “greatest,” later meaning “colonial,” referring to their Iroquoian outpost in WV.

Descendants of the settlers of Mingo Flats had stories handed down from their ancestors about the ancient Mingo village and, in 1920, wanted to honor its existence by erecting a statue.

MingoIndianStatue,Mingo,WVBeing that Mingo Flats was not very far from Clarksburg, Harrison County, might it be that those same stories, much more vibrant in 1871, were the inspiration for the name “Mingo H.?”

Going further up the line, we find Mingo’s father was Mark7. During the Civil War, Mark Davis was in the Confederate Cavalry while his brothers served in the West Virginia Militia and Union Army.  And after the war, they went back to being neighbors. Mark’s father was David D.6. On the 1850 Doddridge County, Virginia census, David D. Davis’ occupation is listed as “Toll Gate No. 10.”

David D. and Absalom, ancestors of these two lines, were 2nd cousins, born within 5 years of each other and both lived in Doddridge County, VA in 1850. They probably knew each other well.

David’s wife was Anna5 Davis, also a descendant of William “Bottom Billy”3 Davis, leading us to Stephen C.5 .

Stephen C.5 is the ancestor in common for lines #2 and #3. He was the son of Rev. Nathan4, Greenbrier Billy4’s older brother.

That’s a lot of Davis ancestry in one line!

See all the details of both these lines on the William Davis DNA Project members’ tree.

Follow the lines on a chart

On the chart below, the new tests are lines 2 (aqua) and 5 (green), highlighted with red shadow.

Testers on this chart have been placed in sequence of oldest to youngest, left to right. At each generation, the oldest son and his descendants are listed first, on the far left of tree, and the youngest son and his descendants are listed last, on the far right of tree. This places testers descending from the same ancestor in common next to each other.

Who do you think will match?

1. We would expect new tester #320, line 2, to match closely to previous tester #275, line 3 (aqua lines) because they descend from brothers at gen 6 (Brothers are David D.6 and Nathan G.6.)

2. We would also expect new tester #278, line 5, to match closely to previous tester #219, line 6 (green lines) because they descend from brothers at gen5 (Brothers are Rev. Peter5 and George Johnston5).

Lineage chart of 2 new matches  (shadowed red)

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 Comparison of results
and some questions to ask

Now that we have the lines, let’s compare the DYS values, possibly answering some questions:

1. How close will the lines match?

2. Are there any markers or combination of markers that distinguish any lines from each other?

3. Do the markers display the relationships that we already know?

That is, if you didn’t know who the new matches descended from, could you predict their probable lines from their DYS results?

DYS Marker Comparison

As we gain more testers, our test comparisons get more complex, so this bit of analysis may take some patience.  (Not the usual webpage sound bites here).

A chart is the best way to compare markers but it’s hard to see patterns in a large chart with 67 markers. So, to simplify the results, the following is a smaller chart of our group’s 12 changing markers only.

  • The marker results that all testers had in common were omitted, duplicate tests were omitted, less than 67-marker tests were omitted and non-Davis tests with many mismatches were omitted.
  • The testers were sorted by line and color-coded by ancestor in common (matching colors of the lineage chart). Marker results were colored by type: anomaly results (only one or two testers show that marker result) were colored yellow, unusual results colored green, variations in marker values colored shades of blue and identical marker values colored pink.
  • The order of DYS columns was changed to line up same-value markers together. Fast-changing DYS names are in red text.

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  • Rev. Nathan4’s  four lines, are the first four rows. (The first two rows, colored blue and light blue, are lines 1 and 4, both previous testers.)
  • The 3rd and 4th rows, colored aqua and light aqua, are line 2 (with new tester #320) and line 3.
  • The 5th and 6th rows, colored green and light green, are Wm Greenbrier Billy4’s two lines, line 5 (with new tester #278) and line 6.
  • The other rows, purples, pinks and golds, are other previous testers‘ lines.

Move back and forth between the lineage chart of new lines and this DYS marker chart to get a feel for how the markers reflect the lines that they represent.

Analysis of Results

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So what do we find?

1. How close do the new lines match?

New tester, kit #320 on line 2 (aqua), does match kit #275, on line 3, but with 2  steps off, a bit more genetic distance than expected.

In 6 generations, there were 2 mutations.

New tester, kit #278 on line 5 (green), does match kit #219, on line 6, with 1 step off, as expected.

In  6 generations, there was 1 mutation.

2.  Can the lines be distinguished by their DYS results?

  • Yes. On new line 2, (kit #320, aqua), DYS 481=22 appears to be an anomaly. No other tester shows this result. This temporarily does distinguish line 2, kit #320 (until it shows up later in another line). All other testers show DYS 481=23.
  • And no. On new line 5, (kit #278, green), shows a combination of  three values: DYS 391=11, CDY=34-34 and 576=21.
    But that same combination, 11, 34-34 and 21, shows up in an exact match from another previous tester, kit #151, on the Archie E. Davis line, (first dark purple row on the DYS comparison chart), proving that the 3 DYS combo does not distinguish line #5 (kit #278) from the other lines.

3. Do the markers predict known relationships?

No. If you didn’t know where to place kit #278, you might look for an ancestor of that previous tester, kit #151, on the Archie E. line, because #151 is an exact match to kit #278.

This exact match implies that #151 would be closer to #278 on the paper tree than #219 would be, since #219 is one step off.

But we know that, on the paper tree, kit#219’s line is closer to kit #278’s line and we see kit#151, Archie E.’s line, would be a very wrong direction to research because kit #151’s line descends from David Rogers Jr.4, an entirely different line of the tree than the William Greenbrier Billy4 line from which kit #278 actually descends. (See kits # 278, 219 and 151 on the Proven Lines, Brisley Branch chart below.)

So the exact match would give researchers a bum steer.

All Davis descendants on the Davis family tree are related, so we could phrase this odd observation as:

Fifth cousins, kit#278 (line 5) and kit #219 (line 6), who are close to each other on the paper tree, match one step off;

but sixth cousins, kit #278 (line 5) and kit #151 (Archie E.7 line), who are farther away from each other on the paper tree, match exactly.

Hmm.

4. As to placing kit#320 (line 2, the aqua line, on the lineage chart), if you looked at just the first two changing markers, DYS 391=11, CDY=35-35 (the “almost anomaly”),  you might look (correctly) to kit #275, on line 3 (light aqua line) because kit #275 also has the same first two markers. If so, you’d have kit #320 placed pretty close to where he belonged.

But, because kit #275’s 3rd and 4th changing markers are each one step off from kit#320, you might continue to look elsewhere.

You might have chanced to see that previous tester, kit #152, on the William6, b 1810, NY line, also matches with 391=11, CDY=35-35 ,with an additional third marker match at 576=21 (See Proven Lines, Brisley Branch, chart).

Those first 3 matching markers might have sent you off searching for ancestors on kit #152’s line. That choice would take you off in a very wrong direction because kit#152, descends from Thomas William4, along an entirely different line than kit#320’s actual line from Rev. Nathan4.

So, do the markers display the relationships we already know?

With this particular grouping of results for kit #320, the answer is: not really. The results partially point to a correct line but point more so to an incorrect line.

What’s a genetic genealogist to do?

ladybugCROPPEDObservations and conclusions

1. The 2 new lines show only 4 changing markers while there are 12 possible changing markers amongst all testers to date. With such a small pool of changing markers, we might need many more tests before we can make predictive sense of the marker values.

2. In general, an anomaly should be a good designator of a unique line. But when an anomaly starts showing up in more than 1 (or 2?) tests, it ceases to be an anomaly and becomes just another marker variation.

3. Is it a significant observation that, besides #278, we have two other kits, #141978 and #204, both with unknown links to the William Davis tree, who are also exact matches to #151, the Archie E. line?

Kit #141978’s oldest ancestor is Benjamin West Davis, born 1786 Chautauqua County, New York and kit #204’s oldest ancestor is William Burnett, born 1771 Sussex County, New Jersey. Kit #151, Archie E.’s line, originates in Rhode Island, then moves to Lincklaen, NY and then to Wisconsin. They don’t seem to have places of origin in common.

Might kit #151, the Archie E. line, possibly be our patriarch, William Davis’, original DNA signature and that’s why we have four exact matches to it?

4. Observations as to matching: a close relative on paper may show more genetic distance than a further relative on paper.

5. An exact or close match, by itself, does not necessarily designate the line from which an unknown tester descends.

For those who don’t know where to place themselves on the Davis family tree, these last two observations can be daunting.

As a result, it makes sense to get as much information as possible from many tests before spending inordinate time researching lines that might be leading in the wrong direction. There are a lot of ancestors, along a lot of lines, in the 10 generations leading back to William1.

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Directions for future testing?

We may have to begin to look to the 111-marker tests to see if they show any further ability to distinguish results.

We may have to compare results in more than one way: perhaps comparing fast-changing markers and slow-changing markers separately and then combining the comparisons.

Tests on more lines might tell us if discord between the results and the paper family tree is the norm or the exception. Are all the Davis genes highly active or just some lines?

And we may have to just continue mapping the Davis family tree, trying to test one descendant of each major line. We may yet find a pattern emerges if we continue to study marker changes on lines whose relationships we already know.

More cousins

Whether or not we know where we fit on the tree, each test introduces us to yet another Davis cousin, another descendant of our original immigrant ancestor. We may feel like just virtual friends, but DNA doesn’t lie. We are all connected as family, even if it is a very large family.

We currently have 25 members in the WDD Project (26 with latest match) who live all across the U.S. and we have many interested potential Davis cousins planning to test.  One day in the future, we might take on the task of figuring out just how many Davis descendants William Davis has produced altogether in this clan. Of course, we might need a statistician to help.

Thanks to all of you who have queried this website and who have been so gracious to share your family information. And thanks to the contributions of Tim Davis who finds and helps fund testers for the FTdna Davis Surname Project.

If you have any questions, additional perspectives or corrections, please add them in the comment section or email me. And if you have any other Davis family information, please let me know and I will add yours to our growing collection.

Don’t forget to check the Ancestor Photos page for more Davis historical photos related to these two lines.

Until the next post, or next cousin, whichever comes first.

Best wishes,

-Jan Davis Markle, Director
William Davis DNA Project (williamdavisdna.org)
jrmarkle at g mail dot com

Proven lines, Brisley Branch, April 2014
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 Proven lines, Pavior branch, April 2014
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Latest DAVIS match!
Seen here abt 1951 with his mother,
Josephine (Sherman) Davis

To all members of the Davis Family and interested DAVIS researchers: we have three new Davis matches! Let’s call that four, since we have a last minute update.

It appears that we have yet another new match, a fourth one, whose 12-marker test has just come in and who descends from the Greenbriar Billy/ Rev. Peter Davis line. More on him in a later post after the rest of his markers are posted.

Our latest 67-marker match is the son of Orin Thomas Davis, b 1875 Carlston, Minnesota. He is the grandson of Stanton Henry Davis, born 1844, New York. And he is the great-grandson of the famous, (in our tree), Benjamin Davis, the one with 19 children, with his third wife, Anna Lowing.

Stanton Henry Davis was the youngest of all 19 sons and daughters of Benjamin Davis5, who had three wives, Lydia Burdick, Sally Burdick and Anna Lowing. Stanton was 10 years old when his father died in 1854 in Watson, Lewis, New York. Eleven years later, Stanton is found on the 1865 Carlston, Freeborn County, Minnesota census at age 21, and then, a year later, he married Emaline Julia Bowen.

Stanton Henry Davis and Emaline had 7 children, including one set of twins. Our current tester’s father, Orin Thomas Davis, was one of those twins and Orson Truman Davis was the other. They were born fourth and fifth.

But what was it in 1865 that attracted young Stanton Henry Davis from Watson, New York , some 1,173 miles away, along the Great Lakes, through Buffalo, Cleveland, Chicago and Wisconsin to Carlston, Minnesota?

Did it have to do with the civil war? Was it because Carlston Township was called “Stanton” township until 1858 in honor of an earlier settler named Elias Stanton? Did it have to do with the fertile soil that beckoned all farmers with a promise of bountiful crops?

It also might possibly have been love. One interesting fact is that Stanton Henry Davis’ wife, Emaline Julia Bowen, had a sister, Sarah Arvilla Bowen. Sarah married Stanton Henry’s nephew, Orville Elverton Davis, in Carlston, Minnesota, 6 months after Stanton married Emaline. Maybe it was something about those Bowen girls!

Orville and Stanton were more like contemporaries, rather than uncle and nephew, since Orville was only 5 years younger than Stanton. Orville was Benjamin Jr’s son. That is, Benjamin5, with the 19 children, had a son, Benjamin, Jr.6, and Benjamin Jr.’s son was Orville.

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Opera Block, Ellendale, North Dakota, abt 1910

And what was it about Ellendale, North Dakota, that attracted Stanton’s son, Orin Thomas Davis, to move further west in 1914 or so? Ellendale was 225 miles due west of Orin’s home in Little Falls, Minnesota. Was it because Orin’s father, Stanton Henry Davis, had just died in 1914 in Minnesota?

Being that the town was named after Mary “Ellen Dale” Merrill, (the wife of S.S. Merrill, superintendent of the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railroad), perhaps it was also the railroad stop in Ellendale, the first town to have a railroad in the entire region in 1882, that enticed this branch of the Davis family west.

Perhaps it was the rich, black soil and the Red River Valley “boom” that began in the 1880’s and established Fargo, North Dakota, an area 160 miles NE of Ellendale, straddling the Minnesota-North Dakota border along the north-flowing Red River, as a center for farmers.

Whatever reason brought them there,  Orin Thomas Davis and his wife, Josephine Sherman, had  8 of their 10 children born in Ellendale, North Dakota, and Orin lived there until his death in 1951.

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Orin Thomas Davis, 1875-1951
Ellendale City Cemetery
Ellendale, Dickey, North Dakota

Update: photo of 10 of Orin and Josephine Davis’ 10 adult children, abt 1982.

10 Davis'sAll 10 of adult children of Orin T. and Josephine Davis, about 1982

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9 of 10 adult children of Orin T. and Josephine Davis, about 1986.

Our current tester, son of Orin Thomas Davis, left home at age 13 to live with his older sister in Forbes, ND. He went into the army in 1950 and served in the Korean War. When he returned, he married and bought his other sister’s farm and turned it into a dairy farm. In 1975, he sold the farm and bought the Circle Bar. He renamed it “Dale’s Corner Corral” and it became very successful. He was responsible for bringing the PRCA Rodeo to Ellendale until the city stopped sponsoring it. He sold the bar in 1997 and finally retired a few years ago. See more about his line at the William Davis DNA Project members’ tree. See more photos at the Ancestor Photos page.

CourtesyHock_venomAsh tray from Dale’s Corner Corral
Courtesy Hock_venom, Flickr.com

Other Matches- only 12 markers

Our other two new matches are only 12-marker matches so, without further markers, they won’t give us much genealogical information except to verify their lines.

1. The first 12-marker match, Living Davis #284088,  is the son of Stuart Edward Davis, 1911 WI-1981. His line is Stuart Edward9> Samuel Peter8>Samuel Parker7>Job Greene6>Joshua5 Davis.

Congratulations all you descendants of Stuart Edward Davis! You’re in the Davis clan!

This new tester’s ancestor, Samuel Parker Davis7, was the brother of Jerome Ahira7. Their ancestor in common, 4 generations back, was Job Greene Davis, born 1799 NY,  so we’d expect that #284088’s later markers, DYS 13-67, to closely match that of previous tester #135037, son of Ward Rexford10 Davis, who descended from Jerome Ahira7 Davis. We’ll have to wait and see.

2. The second 12-marker match is a brother of an already tested Davis member, #87577,  who is tentatively placed on the line next to #151841, Hank Davis’ ancestor, Archie Eugene7 Davis. That line is : Charles7 (brother of Archie Eugene7)>Richard Robert6>David Rogers Jr5 Davis.

No real further information there except to verify, as expected, that the test results of the brothers, #87577 and # 282049, descendants of Gilbert Charles Davis, are exact duplicates.

Analysis of results

The Orin Thomas7/Stanton Henry6 Davis line stems from Benjamin5 Davis, b 1772 CT. Because Olin Cecil9 Davis also descended from Benjamin 5, that makes Benjamin5 an ancestor-in-common to both their lines.

Olin’s ancestor, William6, b 1810 NY, was the third son of Benjamin5 Davis (and first wife, Lydia Burdick). Stanton Henry6 Davis, b 1844, NY., was the twelfth and last son of Benjamin5 Davis (and third wife, Anna Lowing).

Even though they had 34 years between them and had different mothers, Olin’s ancestor, William6, was actually the older half brother of Orin Thomas’ ancestor, Stanton Henry6 Davis.  Being that both these testers, Olin Cecil Davis and Orin Thomas Davis’ son, had an ancestor in common in four generations on one side and three generations on the other side, you would think that their test results would be quite close to each other, wouldn’t you?

WRONG! Just to show how variable the DNA can be, Olin Cecil’s test, which should be genetically close to Orin Thomas Davis’ line, is instead measured as being five steps away in genetic distance. Yet another Davis member, #135037, who descended from a more distant relationship, is shown as being only three steps away, supposedly “closer” genetically.  This other line is descended from Benjamin’s uncle, Rev. David Rogers Davis, Sr. and they do not have an ancestor in common for eight generations! You would expect 8 generations would be further away genetically and show more change in markers than four generations, but not so in this case.

Take a look at the updated Proven Lines Chart on the William Davis DNA Project site to see a diagram of Olin’s and Orin’s lines, older proven lines and the relationships between them.

Lucky we usually know where to place these testers on the family tree without having to deduce it from the marker results.

Possibly, with more tests, a larger explanatory pattern, that we can’t discern at the moment, will emerge.

Analysis chart

This Analysis chart is an attempt to simplify the understanding of our testers’ differences. It tracks only the changing markers. The rest of the 67 markers are not listed because, at this point in comparison, they are the same for each tester on this chart. Duplicate testers or non-Davis surnames have been omitted. (Benjamin West DAVIS and Peter H. BURNETT lines are duplicates to #151841.)

Testers on this chart have been reordered in the sequence of when they occur on the family tree: oldest son and his descendants (far left of tree) are listed first; youngest son and his descendants (far right of tree), last. This allows testers descending from the same ancestor in common to be placed next to each other.

See on the Proven Lines chart how the lines descended from the first son are on the left of the chart and move to the right with the later sons.

Testers with common ancestors are shaded the same color. We would expect them to have identical or closely matching results.  Theory says that the less generations between a tester and an ancestor in common, the less time for marker mutations. So testers three generations from a common ancestor  probably, statistically, would have less marker changes than testers seven generations away.

Does that premise hold for our Davis testers so far? Look at the testers shaded the same colors and see the number of generations to their common ancestor. Count the number of markers that are different between them. Do those with smaller number of generations to an ancestor in common have less marker differences than those with a larger number of generations? Do you see any pattern in their results? Share your observations with a comment on this page if you’re inspired. (click on chart for larger view).

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Summary of 2013 William Davis DNA Project Membership

We currently have 23 members of the William Davis DNA Project with matching tests (soon 24 members). This represents 18 distinct lines, two of which have different surnames and four of which are not positively placed on the William Davis family tree yet. Fourteen of these lines are descended from William Davis and his first wife, Elizabeth Brisley. Three of these lines are descended from William and his second wife, Elizabeth Pavior.

Thank you all for your cooperation with testing and sharing information about your lines. Hopefully we will begin to see clearer patterns with a larger number of testers.

To all you William Davis DNA Project members: if you have moved since you became a member, please contact me with your physical mailing address and look for some non-virtual (snail) mail to reach you soon.  Send any change of address to: jrmarkle at g mail dot com. Don’t miss out! :)

Best wishes to all you Davis cousins,

Jan Davis Markle, Director
William Davis DNA Project

More History: Anna Lowing, 1802-1889

Daughter of William Lowing and Anna Haight, step-daughter of William Vaughn, married first to Eusebius Sweet and married second to Benjamin Davis.

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“Written on back of photo: ‘Grandma Davis, Grandma Maxson’s Mother.’ That would be Anna Lowing-Vaughn Sweet Davis 3rd wife of Benjamin Davis and her second marriage. Child of William Lowing & Anna Haight. Step-daughter of William Vaughn & Anna Haight.”
                                       -Courtesy of “My Family Story” by Weid427 and “Covel Family Tree” by jlrmvocel72 on Ancestry.com

Anna Lowing was the youngest of 9 children of William Lowing and Anna Haight.  “Grandma Maxson” would be her daughter,  Susan Belle Davis who married S. S. Maxson.

According to the story “Lowing Genealogy,” William Lowing was by born James William McLaughlin in Kingston, Jamaica in 1758 but went by the names of”MacLaughn,” “Laugh,” and”Lowing.”

James’ father, a shipping captain, died when James  was 15 years old and James found himself apprenticed to a harsh captain. In running away, James, now going by William, found himself fighting indentureship of “orphans,” hence the creative invention of alternative names. After marrying, William and his wife, Anna Haight, and children lived in Vermont until they moved to Peru, New York where William died early at the age of 45. Anna Lowing, the youngest, was only 6 months old. Anna Lowing moved to Minnesota with her son, Stanton Henry Davis, and died there in 1889.
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In Memory of Olin C. Davis
28 March 1926 – 29 May 2013

by Jan Davis Markle

It is with great sadness that we note the passing of our eldest member, Olin Cecil Davis, who died May 29 at age 87. Olin was a member of the William Davis DNA Project since 2009, when he was 83.

A double DAVIS

Olin must have been very much a DAVIS because he was a Davis descendant from two lines: his father’s DAVIS line AND his mother’s line.

Olin’s father,  La Verne William DAVIS, was a descendant of Benjamin5 DAVIS (born 1776 CT),  the one with the “22 sons” [only 12, really]. Benjamin5 DAVIS was the son of William Thomas4 DAVIS (born 1752 RI).

Olin’s maternal grandmother was also a DAVIS. Olin’s mother was Ruth Scholtz and Ruth’s mother, Effie DAVIS, was the daughter of Thomas Clayton7 DAVIS, the genealogist who collected much of the history of the DAVIS families. Thomas Clayton DAVIS descended from Annanias5 DAVIS, born 1784 NJ, son of Rev. Nathan4 DAVIS.

When explaining the two DAVIS lines and adding that he was also a double descendant of Roger WILLIAMS, Olin said, “I think that I’m my own grandpaw!”

See Olin’s two DAVIS  lines, both labeled Kit # 152496, on the Proven Lines chart.

FLASHBACKS

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Over the years, you learn  a lot from Olin’s emails but after reading his book, “Flashbacks,” you feel like you really knew him. It is a testimony to the value of writing a diary or autobiography to pass down to your descendants, to let them know who you really were.

Some excerpts from emails with Olin between 2009 and 2013

” I have published a book, FLASHBACKS, which contains many pictures and my stories about my growing up years during the Great Depression and World War II in the 30s, 40, and 50s.  It is now in the second printing.  I am still accumulating more true life stories which may or not be published in another volume of flashback memories.”

“FLASHBACKS… is a collection of my personal true life-story memoirs, with anecdotes about family and country living in the days of the Great Depression and World War II.  I was pleased the other day when I received a letter from someone I have never met.  She said in part,  ‘We enjoyed reading your Flashbacks book so much.  The stories were so meaningful and memorable. We laughed and we cried.’   Those were humbling words to an author!”

“I am 83 years old [in 2009] and live alone.  I grew up on a dairy farm here in NYS. Most of my working life was involved in sales of farm equipment both at the retail and the wholesale level.  In retirement I enjoy gardening with several large flower gardens decorating my five acre lawn which surrounds the old country home.  I also enjoy reading and writing. “

Olin said of his Benjamin Davis ancestor:

“Our family has always told that this Benjamin had two wives and twenty-one sons, no daughters.”

Olin was referring to Benjamin5 Davis, born 1776, in Farmington, Connecticut, son of Thomas  and Polly West. Benjamin DAVIS died in Watson, Lewis, New York and actually had 12 sons. Including his daughters, his total number of children was 19. Perhaps there were 3 other children who died as infants and the number 22 was accurate.

Says Olin: “I have never ventured up to Watson where family info says that  GGgrandfather Benjamin is buried. He DID have a first and a second wife to mother all those sons!!” [And a third wife, actually.]

“I know that in that time frame there was a Seventh Day Baptist Church (now defunct) in the hamlet.  That location in New York State is still covered with snow at this time of the year.  I’ll try to get my daughter to take me there in summer.  It would be nice to clear up that mystery for all concerned.”

“My Great Grandfather on my mother’s side, Thomas Clayton Davis, was an old man I remember seeing as he sat at an old Underwood typewriter working on his genealogy.  Of course, I suppose that is what he was doing.  I can’t remember him anywhere except at the clattering old machine.  Wouldn’t he have enjoyed computers?”

“Ancestors of Olin C. Davis” posted on the
William Davis DNA Project Ancestor Photos Page

image009Olin and Marilyn (Osborn) Davis, July 1958

image001Olin’s parents: La Verne and Ruth (Sholtz) Davis, 1958

Olin'sFamilyThe La Verne and Ruth Davis family in 1948
Back: Duane, Ruth, LaVerne, Olin
Front: Willis, Kenneth, Roger

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Olin’s father: LaVerne William Davis, 1903-1977

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LaVerne’s father: Henry Eugene Davis, 1856- 1920

image011Olin and his pony, Silky, abt 1938

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Olin standing, and (L to R) Kenneth, Roger, Duane

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Ruth (Sholtz) Davis and son, Olin, abt 1929

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Grandmother Effie, mother Ruth, baby Olin
and great-grandfather, Thomas Clayton Davis, abt 1926

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Olin’s great grandfather, Thomas Clayton Davis, great grandmother Eliza Babcock, with Olin’s grandmother, Effie Davis (back row, second from left), and siblings, Ruby, Pearl, Iva, Lola, Bert, abt 1890

Obituary from Legacy.com

Published in The Oneida Daily Dispatch,  June 2, 2013

Olin C. Davis(1926 – 2013)

ONEIDA >> Olin C. Davis, 87, Randel Road, died Wednesday evening, May 29, 2013, in the Oneida Healthcare Center, from injuries sustained when a tree fell on him at his home. Born in Verona on March 28, 1926, he was the son of LaVerne and Ruth Sholtz Davis. A lifelong resident of the Town of Verona, he was a graduate of the Verona High School, Class of 1943, and was the salutatorian. He married Marilyn Osborn on July 27, 1958 in the Verona Seventh Day Baptist Church. Mrs. Davis died on Oct. 23, 1997.
Prior to his retirement in 2000, he was employed with Cummings and Bricker. He owned and operated his own farm and Davis Equipment Center. Mr. Davis was a graduate of Reisch American School of Auctioneering in 1947 and was an independent auctioneer.
Olin was a member of the Seventh Day Baptist Church, where he served as the church clerk for over 20 years, Sabbath School teacher for over 60 years, served as church treasurer and served on the National Board of Christian Education. He was a member of the Oneida Area Civic Chorale for over 40 years and served on the board for 29 years.
Mr. Davis authored two books, collections of True Lifestories and Flashbacks and Recollections and was a member of the Canastota Writers Group. He also enjoyed gardening.
Surviving are two daughters, Lois S. Davis of Rome and Joan C. Davis of Ashburn, Va.; one son and daughter-in-law, Dwight W. and Monica Davis of Durhamville; three grandchildren, Dylan Davis, Quinn Davis and Riley Davis; special sister-in-law, Della Fern Davis of Verona, and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by five brothers, Donald Davis, Willis Davis, Kenneth Davis, Rev. Duane Davis and Roger Davis.
Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m., Monday at the Verona Seventh Day Baptist Church, with the Rev. Dr. Kenneth Chroniger, officiating. Interment will be made in New Union Cemetery. Friends may call at the Campbell-Dean Funeral Home, Inc., 260 Main St., Oneida, 1-5 p.m., Sunday.
Contributions, in his memory, may be made to the Verona Seventh Day Baptist Church Memorial Fund, 6754 Blackmans Corners Road, Verona, N.Y. 13478. To leave a message of condolence, please visit www.campbell-dean.com
CAMPBELL-DEAN FUNERAL HOME, INC., ONEIDA
Pedigree of Olin Cecil Davis
(See extended pedigree, with Roger Williams lines,  at William Davis DNA Project Members’ Tree)
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-Courtesy lynchfurnitureny. com
Canandaigua, NY is hometown to one of our matches below.

Since the last post, the K87577 Davis Surname Project subgroup has had 5 new matches, and 6 non-matches, bringing our total Davis matches to 20 since the first I2a1b DAVIS test result was posted in fall of 2007 (thanks to my brother, “K87577,” who agreed to participate).

NEW MATCHES

We have five new matches to learn about, compare and analyze. The analysis will come in a later post. Thanks to all those who have researched, funded and participated in these tests. The matches are:

1. son of Hayward F.9 DAVIS 1926-2000, Salem, WV (Nathan Gifford6 DAVIS line)

2. son of Sammie Charles9 DAVIS, 1932-1981, WV, ARK, TX (George Johnston5 DAVIS line)

3. son of Gerald R.9 DAVIS, 1920-2004, Troupsburg, NY (Isaiah Satterly4, b 1814, DAVIS line)

4. son of Harry Edward10 BURNETT, 1930-2007, Sussex County, NJ to Brookfield, OH (William Harrington BURNETT line)

5. son of Charles Edward MURRAY, 1924-2001, Canandaigua, NY (Joseph Edward MURRAY line)

See the updated Proven Lines Page for all 20 matches and recent non-matches.

Three of our new matches were Davis men who were expected to be matches.

FIRST MATCH

HaywardFerrillDavisSr.Hayward Ferrill DAVIS, 1926-2000, son of Gifford Nathan8 DAVIS, abt 1945
-courtesy DAVISDANIELS Family Tree

Our first expected match, #275199, is the son of Hayward Ferrill9 DAVIS, and grandson of Gifford Nathan 8 DAVIS, 1873-1929, WV (Nathan Gifford6 line). “Gifford” is a name that runs in the WV Davis lines and it refers to the wife of Rev. Nathan4 DAVIS , Anna GIFFORD, who was born in Shrewsbury, NJ. Rev. Nathan and Ann Davis were married in 1761 in New Jersey, raised their children in N.J. and migrated with some of their adult children to Salem, WV by 1795.

The current match’s line descends from Rev. Nathan4 DAVIS to his grandson, Nathan Gifford6 DAVIS, b.1814 WV, and then to his grandson, Gifford Nathan8 DAVIS, b. 1873 WV.  Gifford Nathan8 DAVIS’ grandson is our current tester. That’s 3 grandfathers back, as in, “my grandfather’s grandfather’s grandfather.”

Gifford Nathan DAVIS had an unusual life. He was born in Doddridge County, WV and later lived in Ten Mile, Harrison County, WV.  His first wife died when she was 20 years old. He had 2 children with his second wife in 1904 and 1905. In 1925, at the age of 52, he married a third wife who was 33 years old and had 2 more children in 1926 and 1928. He died in 1929, at age 56, and his third child of that marriage was born shortly after he died.

GiffordDavisDeathCert1929June22Death certificate Gifford Nathan DAVIS, 1873-1929. Note the names of the attending physician and the undertaking company (see lower right corner; click twice to enlarge).                                  -courtesy DAVISDANIELS Family Tree

Rev. Nathan4 DAVIS is the ancestor in common for this match and for two of our previous matches. The current match descends from Rev. Nathan’s son, Stephen C.5 . The other two matches descend from Rev. Nathan’s son, William Gifford5  “Jersey Billy,” (#145542) and from Rev. Nathan’s son, Annanias5, (#201748).

SECOND MATCH

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Historical Marker, Doddridge County, West Virginia

The second expected match, test #268239, proves the line of the son of Sammie Charles9 DAVIS, born in 1932, Lockesburg, Arkansas, who was the son of Franklin Harvey8 DAVIS. Franklin Harvey was from Union, Doddridge County, WV, and descends from George Johnston5 DAVIS and William “Greenbrier Billy”4 DAVIS.

This line of the DAVIS family migrated over the years from NJ to Doddridge County, WV, to Arkansas, to Texas and to New Mexico. Our tester says that his grandmother Rosie was a Pentecostal Holiness preacher and was 26 years younger than his grandfather, Harvey DAVIS when they had their 2 daughters and their son. Before Rosie, Harvey had 4 sons and 3 daughters with his first wife, Ellen.

Third Match

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The third expected match, test#268239, proves the line of Gerald Robert9 DAVIS, 1920-2004 Woodhull, NY, descendant of Isaiah Satterly6 DAVIS, born 1814.

Isaiah Satterly DAVIS was one of the four sons of Rev. David Rogers Jr.5. DAVIS. We had already tested a descendant of another of those four sons, Jesse L.6 DAVIS, resulting in the matching Russell DeForest9 line, test #166819.

Isaiah Satterly’s son, Richard, was born in Troupsburg, Steuben County, NY, as were Richard’s six sons and his grandson, Gerald Robert DAVIS. Gerald Robert DAVIS died in Woodhull, NY, 13 miles from Troupsburg.

Troupsburg, NY is on the border of NY and PA, and was named after Colonel Robert Troup, Esq, a land agent for the Pulteney Estate, a large tract of land stretching from Sodus Bay on Lake Ontario, south to the Pennsylvania border.

NON-DAVIS  SURNAME MATCHES

Two of our matches carried surnames other than Davis. These non-Davis matches were complete surprises and makes one wonder just how pervasive the Davis clan is.

First non-DAVIS match

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-Ontario County Historical Museum

The first non-Davis match carries the surname MURRAY. The line of his father Charles Edward MURRAY, 1924-2004, leads back to Canandaigua, Ontario County, New York (28 miles south of Rochester, NY) and before that, his Scottish family, Patrick MURRAY, a shoemaker, and his wife and son, immigrated from Scotland to Canada in 1880 and then down to Rochester, NY in 1886. Our Murray tester and his sister are studying their complex Murray family tree to see where their clan might overlap the known Davis family tree, in recent times or in distant Scottish days.

Second non-DAVIS match

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Peter H. BURNETT (son of William Harrington BURNET) and wife, Bethsheba AXTELL  -Photo courtesy of Burnett Baum Family Tree

 The second non-Davis surname is BURNETT. Harry Edward BURNETT, 1930-2007, the father of our BURNETT tester and his two researcher sisters, came from Brookfield, Trumbull County, Ohio and before that his ancestors came from Sussex County, New Jersey.

William BURNET, the oldest male ancestor on their line, was born in 1771 in NJ and was believed to be a HARRINGTON  who was adopted by the family of Grace BURNET, William’s mother.

The William Davis clan had left Rhode Island and lived in Shrewsbury, NJ from 1745 to 1787, so the Davises and the Burnets were in the same vicinity around the time William Harrington Burnet was born. It is not inconceivable that he might have been a DAVIS from those earliest years but such a theory is only proven by testing more men in each generation on his line.

William Burnet migrated with his wife and children and 2 uncles from NJ to Ohio in 1801. They were the quintessential settlers, clearing the land with hand tools and building a log cabin from the cleared trees. William had two wives and 11 children. One of William’s sons, born shortly after their arrival in Ohio, was the first male child born in Hubbard township.

The History of Trumbull & Mahoning Counties, Ohio said that William was 91 when he died in 1863 and there were “now living in 1882, as his descendants–4 sons, 2 daughters, 56 grandchildren and 79 great-grandchildren and sixty-two great-great-grandchildren, a total of three hundred and three persons.” That was 1882. How many descendants might there be now?

It is interesting that the Burnett tester is an exact match to two other previous Davis matches: first a match to the Benjamin West DAVIS line, who came from Caneandea, Allegany, New York, and second a match to the Henry Raymond DAVIS line who migrated from Lincklaen, NY to Breed, Wisconsin and later, Washington State. The significance of these three lines matching exactly is yet to be determined as their records do not overlap in any discernible way.

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Non-matches

1. Leon Horace DAVIS 1920-1969 (Nathaniel and Benjamin DAVIS line, Warwick, Orange Co., NY, ): #B3799=R1b1a2.
This result disproves the connection, claimed by some online, between William DAVIS b 1663 and Nathaniel DAVIS or his brother, Benjamin DAVIS, b 1757, of Warwick, Orange County, NY.

Those claiming to be descended from William b 1663 via Benjamin Davis of Orange County, NY will have to consider that William Davis most probably isn’t an ancestor of Benjamin since descendants of William show I2a1b haplogroup and Benjamin’s brother, Nathaniel, shows a different haplogroup, R1b1a2. This infers that William and Nathaniel (and brother Benjamin) descend from different ancestors.  Definitive proof of this theory would require more testing of other generations of Nathaniel and Benjamin Davis’ line.

2. Billy Joseph DAVIS, 1933-2006 (William DAVIS line, NC): #259886=R1a1a

More non-matches (special thanks to Tim Davis for research and funding):

3. James Arlo DAVIS 1923-1994 (Seth DAVIS 1796-1864, s/o David DAVIS and Betsey Hammond of Long Island, NY of the Foulke DAVIS line): #268769=R1b1a2
This result disproves the claim that Seth DAVIS was a descendant of William DAVIS, b 1663, and instead connects Seth to Foulke DAVIS of Long Island, NY.

4. Elgan Allen DAVIS  (John O. DAVIS line, Wales) : #235851=haplogroup G

5. Earl DAVIS, 1912-2007 (Charles E. DAVIS line, Monmouth, NJ ): #231719=haplogroup I

6. Alburn Wesley DAVIS (Ebenezer DAVIS b 1741 line): #224681= haplogroup R1b1a2

See the Proven Lines page for the complete lines of matches and non-matches.

The Odds of Testing

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Check back or subscribe to feed (top of page, on left)  for news on the latest tests from our unique cluster of Davis family members. I say unique because on the DAVIS Surname project, the other haplogroups (like R1b1a2) outnumber us (I2a) 15:1. So I2a DAVIS men are a less common haplogroup amongst the sea of R1b1a2 DAVIS men.

This is unfortunate because if you test a random DAVIS man, without some written records indicating a relation, the odds might be 15 to one he is not a match to you.

But this is fortunate because, if you do find a man who carries the DAVIS name and who tests I2a at 12 markers, you can be confidant that they are in the DAVIS clan. So far, that is. With many more tests, that may not prove to remain so, but for now it has.  With other surnames, a match at 12 markers often no longer matches when the 25-67 markers are tested.

If you or members of your family carry the DAVIS name and you wonder if you are a descendant of  William DAVIS b 1663, Wales, write a comment, or email me, with your line from father or grandfather to your oldest known ancestor, preferably with their birth and death dates and places, and I’ll see if I can find out more about your family and how you might be connected.

-Jan Davis Markle
jrmarkle at gmail dot com

NEW MATCH

We have a new Davis member of the William Davis DNA Project. He is Kit #201748 on the FTDNA Davis Surname Project. He descends from Annanias Davis, born 1784, the son of Rev. Nathan Davis, Sr.

His line is Rev. William1,  John2, Rev/Capt Thomas William3, Rev. Nathan4, Annanias5, Nathan6, Marion C.7, Edward H.8, Edward H. Jr.9, living Davis10.

Annanias came from Salem, WV to Ohio and then to Sullivan County, Indiana and Annanias’ son, Nathan, continued northwest from Indiana to Welton, Clinton County, Iowa.

MATCHES

Our new match closely matches (1 step off at 67 markers) three of our other William Davis DNA Project members.

Our new member first matches Kit #145542  who descends from Annanias’ brother, William Gifford “Jersey Billy” Davis, both sons of Rev. Nathan Davis, Sr.

William Gifford “Jersey Billy” Davis  was the oldest,  born in NJ in 1762 and was 22 years older than Annanias Davis (and Annanias’ twin brother, John) who were the youngest, born in NJ in 1784. (See their lines on the far left of the  “Proven Lines” chart.)

This first match shows the same marker results at DYS 391, both of them=10, which sets them off from the rest of the group, who all have DYS 391=11. Although they match at DYS 391, their match is not exact because they differ 1 step at DYS 576, considered a “fast” changing STR (short tandem repeat) marker, more likely  to change within a genealogical time frame. Our new member shows DYS 576 =21 and our older member shows 576=22. Even with only one marker one step off, their common ancestor is still 7 generations ago.

Our new member’s other close match is Kit #151841. This member descended from Rev. David Rogers4 Davis, Sr., first cousin to Rev. Nathan 4 Davis, Sr. The one step off at 67 markers for this match is at DYS 391, our new member with 10, and our old member with 11. These two matching lines are 8 generations away from an ancestor in common.

The third match is Kit #141978, an identical match to #151841, but we don’t have any genealogical conclusions from the match because it is as yet unplaced on the Davis family tree.

One thing we can observe from these two matches is that two Davis men can match 1 step off and still not have an ancestor in common for 7 generations.  When predicting ancestry in common, this is a fact we can rely on, rather than guessing with statistical probability.

UPDATE: Our new member also matches one of our current members, Kit #152496, with a genetic distance of four steps off.   Their Davis ancestors in common are Rev. John2 Davis, b. 1692, and Elizabeth Maxson, 7 generations ago.

Four steps off is not usually close enough to comment on but this same current member’s mother’s line descends from the same ancestors in common as our newest member, just 5 generations ago: Annanias Davis, b 1784, and Rebecca Clayton.

Our current member’s line on his mother’s side is: Rev. Wm1, Rev. John2, Thomas3, Nathan4, Annanias5, William Clayton6, Thomas Clayton7, Effie Irene8 Davis, Ruth Marie Sholtz9 [who married LaVerne W.8 Davis], Living10 Davis, Kit #152496. Ruth Marie Sholtz9 and La Verne W. 8 Davis were 6th cousins, once removed.

LaVerne8 Davis’ line, Kit # 152496’s father’s line, is: Rev. Wm1, Rev. John2, John3, Thomas4, Benjamin5, William6, Henry Eugene7, LaVerne8, Living9Davis.  This is the line that is 4 steps distant from our newest member.

Unfortunately the Y DNA test only tests the male line so we cannot see how close our current and newest members are via Annanias5.

See all these lines on the proven lines chart.

DAVIS STORIES

Our new Davis member comes with stories from his Davis ancestry which he  is happy to share with us. Here is an excerpt from the Sabbath Recorder about Annanias Davis and his wife Rebecca Clayton.

The Sabbath Recorder; Feb. 19, 1852

Western Correspondence

(Letter to the editor, dated Jan. 18, 1852)

In this place, Sullivan, the county seat of Sullivan County, I have incidentally met with a number of Sabbath-keepers, adhering to the law of the Lord; and testifying to all around of the obligation of all men to remember the Sabbath of Jehovah. the head of this interesting group is Annanias Davis, a son of Nathan Davis, Once of Salem, Virginia, whose family was part of the colony that removed from Squan River, in New Jersey, to western Virginia, Sixty-one years ago (1791), at which time the subject of these remarks was nine (born abt. 1782) years of age. The family name of his wife , who is in like manner zealous for the sabbath observance, was Clayton, and she belonged to a family who were formerly connected with the same Christian Fraternity. Annanias Davis removed from Vireto, Warren Co., Ohio forty-three years ago(1809), and thirteen years ago (1839) to this place, at that time, a dense and almost unbroken forest. It being the center of the county, by vote of the inhabitants, the county seat was removed here five years ago( 1847), which has given increased value to their lands, and importance to their location. During the whole thirteen years of their residency here, they have not heard a Sabbath Keeper preach nor even seen a single person of their own faith nor read a Sabbath publication, the Bible alone excepted; and yet they have steadily kept to the “Ancient and Honorable Way”. The posterity of this worthy couple now number Sixty-five souls; their own children are five sons and four daughters, with their families, most of them observers of the Sabbath. From the I gave them, they have concluded to send for the Sabbath Recorder. Having no public gifts among them, for nine years they lived without any church privileges; but for four years past, most of them have united with the Christian Church in this place, with the express agreement, that they may keep Jehovah’s holy day, and be subject to neither censure nor discipline for pursuing their worldly business on the first day of the week, so that they do not habitually neglect public worship in the church to which they belong. Their learning is chiefly the “one-book” learning; and that they have “right smart.” Although they have no public gifts, their honest and Christian behavior has gained for them a good report of all men where they are known. They have often been assailed by the opponents of the seventh-day Sabbath, but have so successfully used the armor of righteousness as to put to silence their opposers; and a considerable portion of the community around them have learned to say, “If there is any day of rest binding by Scripture now, it is the seventh day.”  S. D.  

MIGRATION TO WELTON, IOWA

The following is a story about Annanias’ son, Nathan Davis and his wife, Nancy Doty, and also about Nathan’s son, Marion C. Davis and Marion’s son, Ed Davis, written by our new member’s living aunt:

“At the time of the civil war, Nathan and Nancy Davis came to Iowa from the Terre Haute area of Indiana, traveling with their family in a covered wagon. They homesteaded a farm near the small town of Welton, in Clinton county.

Marion Clinton married Libby Mathers and they had two sons, your grandfather, Edward Harrison and William. Edward was about 2 years older than Will. Marion and Libby separated when the boys were quite young and Ed went to live with Marion’s parents while Will was raised by Libby’s parents. They did not know each other until Ed as a young man traveled by horseback from the Welton area in eastern Iowa to Rinard which is in Northwest Iowa. Must have been quite an adventure.

In later years, Marion made his home with Ed and Emma in Lyons (which is now part of Clinton). He developed cataracts and lost his sight. In 1926 Emma passed away and, after a time, Ed and Grace were married.

In the early 1920’s, Ed was driving a team of horses on the frozen Mississippi river when the ice broke and he found himself under the horses who were kicking their legs trying to swim. Somehow he managed to get hold of the harness and pull himself up to the surface where he could grab on to the edge of the ice and pull himself out of the hole. This happened in a very isolated area so he had to walk quite a long way to a cabin where the man that lived there gave him lots of hot coffee and dry clothes, then proceeded to take him into town.

At first, they told Ed that he might lose both hands but there was a young doctor who thought that just by removing the infected tissue he could save the hands. He lost part of one of his little fingers to the middle joint and three fingers to the first joint. He was always grateful that he could still work and earn a living, although in later years he had very painful arthritis which they thought was attributed to the accident.

Ed worked for the city of Clinton and had two mules. He would plow gardens and do odd jobs with them. Edwin says the name of the mules were Jack and Speck. Ed was very attached to them.”

WILLIAM DAVIS DNA PROJECT FAMILY TREE

We are happy to add this new Davis descendant to our William Davis DNA group. See all his ancestors and their relationships, and find some connections to your own Davis line, on the new William Davis DNA Project family tree. If you are a member of the William Davis DNA Project, you can edit your own facts online. Looking forward to more Davis connections!

- Jan R. (Davis) Markle

In Memory Henry “Hank” Raymond Davis

Born 24 December 1922
Breed, Oconto County, Wisconsin

Died 10 January 2011, age 88
Kennewick, Benton County, Washington

Hank was one of those rare people whose charisma was unmistakeably larger than life. He will surely be missed by all who knew him. Hank was a great help to the William Davis DNA Project because he cheerfully agreed to do a saliva DNA test in order to prove that his Davis family line led back to Rev. William Davis, born 1663, Wales.

I had several phone conversations with Hank over the last two years during which he kept me laughing most of the time while I struggled to record his names on his family tree.

He told me many stories about how he had grown up during the depression, with his many neighboring families, in Breed, Wisconsin. He mentioned that when he was in high school he was an honor student and he made the baseball team.

He explained that during the depression Roosevelt created the C.C.C., the Civilian Conservation Corps. He said they planted trees and cleaned creeks. His father got a job filling potholes. Hank’s  first job paid $2.25 for 10 hours of filling pot holes.

Hank said he remembered once when a flock of grasshoppers came and ate everyone’s corn to the ground and another time how he walked 2 miles to get farina, sugar and salt. He told me he guessed he was poor, but he said he didn’t notice. “To me, it wasn’t bad times. You’re only poor if you’ve been rich and now have nothing.”

After high school Hank went into the army because he “didn’t want to be a farmer and didn’t want to kill animals.” Hank told how while he was in the army, the neighboring families from Breed- the Davises, the Halls, the Fugates, the Kufners, the Crosses, the Kronces, the Kellers and the Closes- all decided to go to Oregon where there were jobs in the lumber business. Cutting lumber wasn’t an easy way to make a living, though. He mentioned Lorn Hall who was killed in a saw mill accident at age 19.

Hank had many stories about his family. He told of his father, Raymond Archie Davis, and how Raymond Archie and his family “were reticent, but they loved each other.” He spoke of his mother, Laura (Hall) Davis, and how she ended up with a ranch and then she bought another one. He said that she raised cattle and flowers in Willamina, Oregon and when she died, she was in her garden.

He told of his mother’s sister, Mae, and how she had 16 children and he spoke fondly of his older sister, June, who had 3 sons: Frank, and twins, Steve and Stanley. Hank explained that June died in a fire in 1946, at age 24. He told of his younger brother, Allen, who stayed home on the farm.

Hank said he worked as a newscaster in WA and went by the name “H.R. Davis and the news.” He had many colorful stories about his wives and his children, his grandchildren and great grandchildren and his little dogs.

“It’s a fun world,” Hank said. “You can be as sad as you want or you can make people laugh.” Clearly, he preferred to make people laugh.

Hank sent me all the facts he had on his family, including some family group sheets that his cousin, Nora (Kufner) Willes from Wisconsin, had collected, and I entered them in a family tree for him. To see all of Hank’s ancestors on his family tree, including Nora’s contributions, visit the William Davis DNA Project family tree. (Please send me any corrections or additions to this tree.) See a 5-generation pedigree chart of Hank’s line below.

Hank got so enthusiastic about the ancestry project that one day he sent me all his family photos. I put them in a photo scrapbook and called it “Winter Day at Lost Creek,” taken from a photo caption his mother wrote, and gave it to him as a Christmas/birthday present in 2009. Here are a few of those photos:

Henry Raymond Davis
graduation from HS, abt 1939, abt age 17
(“first suit”)


“The gang that came out to Oregon together from Wisconsin. Left to right: Clifford Hall, mother, Arnold, Nellie, in back of Shirley, Richard, Earl, Billie, Ora, Harry”


4 generations: Raymond, Hank, Archie and Frank (June’s baby), abt 1940


Publicity shot for “cleaning up local politics”
in Pendleton, OR
from East Oregonian, May 20, 1966, abt age 44


Hank Davis with grand-daughter, abt 1987, age 65


Hank loved sports and politics

For more photos from the scrapbook, Winter Day at Lost Creek, click on the photo below.

Ancestors of Henry Raymond Davis b 1922 Wisconsin

We miss you Hank!

-Jan (Davis) Markle

5 Generation Pedigree of Henry Raymond Davis (to enlarge, click 2x )

Results of Ethel Nielson’s Davis descendant test:

I1 (I-M253)

-NOT a descendant of Rev. William Davis,
born 1663, Wales, whose line tests as I2a1 (I-M26).

The results of this Davis test showed two 67-marker matches, one 3 steps off and one 7 steps off. Only 1 of these matches, the 7 step off match, carried the surname Davis. Interestedly, her closest match, 3 steps off at 67 markers, did not carry the Davis surname. There were also 3 matches, 3 steps off at 37 markers, who carried the Davis name.

Ethel is now working to see if there is any connection
between her matches and their paper family trees.

 

Another William Davis

by Jan R. Markle

If you like mysteries, here’s one for you. It involves a William Davis. “William” was a very popular name in the William Davis family.The website Descendants of Seventh Day Baptist, William Davis lists at least 55 different “William Davises.”   On the Harrison County Genealogical Society website, Sharon Bramhall even conjectures that because so many men in the Davis family were named “William Davis” and took to distinguishing themselves with nicknames like “Greenbrier Billy,” “Bottom Billy,” “Buckeye Billy,” “Flint Billy” and “Jersey Billy,” that perhaps this naming method inspired the word “hillbilly,” as in “Hill Billy!”

But when the William Davis men have no nicknames to distinguish them, they are hard to track. The mystery that we are attempting to solve today involves a William Davis, one who lived around 1740 to 1802 in Harrison County, West Virginia, and who has very few records pinpointing his existence.

Let’s see if we can figure out who is the “Rev. William Davis” referred to below in Corliss Fitz Randolf’s A History of the Seventh Day Baptists in West Virginia, published 1905. [For context, see full text online].

This William Davis can be distinguished from other William Davises by his daughter, Mary Davis, and Mary’s husband, Deacon Thomas Maxson. Thomas was the founder of  the West Fork River Seventh Day Baptist Church in 1791. Two family trees online (They Came To Milton, and Descendants of Seventh Day Baptist, William Davis) list this William Davis as the son of a Thomas Davis, and Thomas Davis as the son of a David Davis, born Wales, but cite no sources.

Did this William Davis come to West Fork River Church with the rest of immigrant Rev. William Davis’ congregation when they left Shrewsbury, New Jersey in 1789? If he preceded them, was he originally from NJ? Is this William Davis related to the original immigrant Rev. William Davis, born 1663 Wales?

Or is this William Davis from another Davis line, perhaps the line of Thomas and David Davis, unrelated to immigrant William Davis? If so, where did his line originate? Was he already in West Virginia when the congregation arrived?

These are some of the questions that Ethel Nielson has been pondering. Ethel Nielson is descended from William Joseph Davis (and Hannah Lambert), son of William Davis of the West Fork River Church. Might her questions be in part answered by a DNA test?

Ethel believes so and has recruited her uncle’s gggrandson, who carries the Davis name, to test. She is hoping that the results will confirm that her ancestor, William Joseph Davis, and his father, William Davis of West Fork River Church, are related to immigrant Rev. William Davis, born 1663 Wales. These results will be posted around mid August, so check back then to see the outcome of yet another Davis mystery.

Below are some of Ethel’s thoughts about William Davis of West Fork River Church, originally published at the Harrison County Genealogical Society web site.

Who was Pioneer William Davis?

by Ethel Nielsen
copyright 2009

Susie Davis Nicholson on page 680 of her book “Davis, The Settlers of Salem, West Virginia” says she is not able to identify the origin of Pioneer William and wife, Jane/Jean. On page 681, speaking of the New Salem Records, she says:

“On Feb. 1802, there was mention made of a Rev. William Davis of the West Fork River Church. We cannot place this man and think he might have been of the pioneer Davis family. No further mention was made of him and he may have left the church” (or died?).

In the beginning of her book, pages 3-5, she describes the Rev. William Davis of Wales who is considered the “father” of the Davis families in and around Clarksburg. The Reverend had two wives, ten children (6 were sons) and lived in Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and New Jersey. He was a member, at different periods of his life, of the Baptist Church, the Seventh Day Baptist Church and the Quakers. He was the first minister of the Shrewsbury Seventh Day Baptist Church of New Jersey and died six months after his appointment in 1745.

Records during the colonial period are scarce and when they are found, are inadequate and difficult to read. For example, the Shrewsbury church, organized in 1745, was without a minister between 1752 and 1774. There were scant records, only 6 pages, between 1745 and 1752 and for the next 22 years very few entries until 1774. The early churches met in homes and a clerk was not always available to record the minutes even before the churches were formally organized. The oldest church in Pennsylvania is the Pennepek Baptist Church where the Reverend William joined in 1697. He was expelled February 17, 1698/9 for heresy. His next memberships were with the Seventh Day Baptist Churches.

Perhaps the question we should be asking is: was Pioneer William a grandson of the Reverend?

Any of the six sons of the Reverend William from Wales could be the father of Pioneer William. Pioneer William made a homestead improvement on Simpson Creek in 1772 and bargained it away to Jonathan Stout. About the same time, he made another bargain that gave him his land on the West Fork. William Davis was given a Certificate, signed 20th December 1784 (the year Harrison County was formed from Monongalia County) by Patrick Henry, Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, for 334 acres as Assignee of Job Stout, on the West Fork of Monongalia River including his settlement made thereon in the year 1776.


West Fork River, Clarksburg, WV

The Shrewsbury Church was in Monmouth, N.J. Both Job Stout and Jonathan Stout were descendents of the Richard Stout who settled in New Jersey about 1648 and with others purchased a large section of east New Jersey, called Monmouth. Richard was considered the largest landed proprietor, and served as overseer of the district of Middletown.

Pioneer William had a daughter Ann who married John Kelley in Harrison County in 1786; the Kelley family was from New Jersey. Pioneer William also had a daughter Mary who married Thomas Maxson in 1791; Thomas Maxson’s family were active members of the Shrewsbury Church and he was baptized in 1778 before the congregation migrated to Harrison County.

The Simpson Creek Baptist Church was the first church in the Western Territory. In 1777, the Simpson Church joined the Redstone Association and sent Pioneer William as their messenger. He represented the church again in 1788 according to minutes of the Redstone Association as well as minutes of Simpson Creek. The minutes of Simpson Creek also mention Pioneer William and/or his family during the years 1786, 87, 91, 92, 93, and in 94 his family was dismissed to attend the New Salem church but his membership was never acknowledged in New Salem minutes. Did the recorder of the minutes mean to say the West Fork River Church since both churches were Seventh Day Baptist Churches?

Pioneer William’s daughter Mary married Thomas Maxson in 1791 and he started the West Fork River Church in 1793 with 5 members. The minutes of the West Fork River Church have long ago disappeared. The Corliss Fitz Randolph Book: Seventh Day Baptists in West Virginia (page 138-143) quotes a letter by Thomas Maxson. He talks about the rapid decline of the church following the rejection of the West Fork River to attend a General Conference in 1808, and he gives a partial list of members, one of which is Elder William Davis.

There appears to be a strong connection between the Reverend William and Pioneer William. The Reverend was a minister in New Jersey; the Kelly & Stout families were from New Jersey; the Maxson family was from New Jersey. All were active in the Baptist Church and the Seventh Day Baptist Church records are missing or non-existing. The Reverend had six sons; any one of the six could be the father of Pioneer William making him the grandson.

 

CALEB H.DAVIS MYSTERY SOLVED?
by Jan R. (Davis) Markle

The results for the latest test of a descendant of Caleb H. Davis have come in and he tests R1b1b2, NOT I2a. William Davis’ haplogroup is I2a so our tester is probably from the Robert Davis and Susannah Hart line but most certainly is not descended from William Davis, born 1663, Wales.

Thanks to Matt Davis for his  contribution to this search. There are now 7 members of the Caleb Davis 1746 Delaware R1b1b2 group.  See the Davis Surname Project site for a listing of those members.

See Tim Davis’ thoughts on this non-match below.

And where will our next Davis search take us? Seems like it might be anywhere since the Davis family seems to be everywhere! Would love to hear from you if your last name is Davis and you have any kind of mystery in your family history that you’re hoping to solve.

If you have any reason to think you are a descendant of William Davis, born 1663 Wales, we would most love to hear from you.  It’s great fun to connect to Davis cousins, so drop us a note. Your Davis line could be our next fascinating search!

Another Mystery – Partly Resolved!
by Timothy W. Davis

“Or, will DLMD be a member of a different Davis family?” That IS the answer.

DLMD’s Y-DNA results show that he is not a member of our William Davis family, but another Davis group.

The advantages of doing the Y-DNA testing for potential family members is that if they are not part of our family, they may contribute a new branch, as in DLMD’s case, to another growing Davis family.

Unfortunately for us, this means that we do not have descendants from any “Branch 2” (from William Davis and Elizabeth Pavior) sons, other than James. Nevertheless, we will continue the search.

We encourage all Davis males, and their female relatives who might be the genealogists, who visit this site to order a Y-DNA Marker testing kit through the Davis Surname Project, either 12 , 25 , 37 or 67 Markers, to see where you connect on the Davis family tree.

Another Mystery?

by Timothy W. Davis

Recently, owners of several Ancestry.com family trees have listed a “Caleb H. Davis” (1746-1820) as a son of Thomas “William”2 Davis, son of William1 Davis, our immigrant ancestor, and his second wife, Elizabeth Pavior.

However, both Susie Davis Nicholson in her book “Davis, The Settlers of Salem, West Virginia”, and G. Maria Davis Johnson on her website “Davis and Allied Families”, list only Thomas, Jr., Lydia and Joseph as the children of Thomas “William” Davis. The Ancestry.com trees listing Caleb as Thomas “William” and Bethiah’s son are without sources, except for one. The one source, with attached record, is a West Virginia Estate Settlement, dated 1823. Caleb died in West Virginia on 12 Mar 1820, consistent with this record.

Interestingly, what we know about Caleb is that he was born in 1746 in Cedar Hundred, Sussex, Delaware. Thomas “William” and Bethia Maxson’s  other children, Thomas Jr., and Joseph, born before Caleb in 1738 and 1740 respectively, and Lydia, born after Caleb in 1749, were all born in Rhode Island. Does this mean Caleb is from a different family? Is it possible that Caleb was born in Delaware while his siblings were born in Rhode Island?

In 1746, the year of Caleb’s birth, Thomas and Bethia apparently traveled to Pennsylvania to live with Thomas’ brother, Joseph. It is possible that they traveled by boat and, while in route, stopped at Sussex, near Lewes, Delaware and Caleb was born there. It is not “inconceivable” that Caleb, who was born in Delaware, could be their son.

And what if Caleb H. Davis was the son of Thomas “William” Davis and Bethia Maxson? If so, we will have traced the first line of a son, other than James, of William Davis and his second wife, Elizabeth Pavior, to a living male descendant. See chart below to follow Caleb’s line. (Click on chart to enlarge.)

Also, if so, we should be able to determine if it is James or his half-brother, Rev. John Davis (son of William Davis with his first wife, Elizabeth Brisley), who has the mutation that distinguishes their lines at DYS YCA IIb.  So far, all of the Y-DNA participant descendants from John have 20 alleles at DYS YCA IIb, whereas all descendants from James have 22 alleles at DYS YCA IIb.

There has been no record found yet that makes reference to Caleb as a son of Thomas “William” Davis and Bethia Maxson.

Nevertheless, we will find out if Caleb H. could be the son of Thomas “William.” DLMD, who is a descendant of Caleb and Caleb’s  wife, Leah Basnett, has agreed to participate in our William Davis DNA Project. His Kit #176019 (Y-DNA67) results should be arriving about May 7, 2010.

Will DLMD match us and add a previously unknown branch to our William Davis family tree? Will his YCA IIb alleles be 20 (John)? or 22 (James)? Or,  a completely different number?

Or, adding more mystery, will DLMD be a member of a different Davis family tree?

The Search for Davises through Y-DNA. Family, or not?

by Timothy W. Davis

In the Fall of 2009, we discovered four potential cousins, each with an intriguing possibility.

1. DDJ traced his oldest known ancestor to William Davis, b. 1617 in Wales. Where he was born in Wales is unknown; however he immigrated to the Roxbury area of the Massachusetts Bay Colony in about 1635. Could he be a cousin of our William Davis, the immigrant, born about 1663 in Llanstephan, Radnor (Powys), Wales? Our paper-trail does not extend beyond our immigrant’s father, also a William, born in about 1640. Do we have a common ancestor and finally are able to find our family further back in history? The Y-DNA results will tell us, if DDJ agrees to participate in our project.

2. DSM has a paper-trail to his oldest known ancestor Henry Davis, b. 1759 in New Jersey. We, on the other hand, have a descendant from our William Davis, the immigrant, through William’s son, Rev. John F. Davis, to his grandson Henry Davis, born about 1759 in Shrewsbury, Monmouth, New Jersey…but there our Henry’s line stops. Could the two Henry’s be the same individual? Would a matching Y-DNA indicate that DSM has provided us with the extension of our Henry Davis’s line?

3. DRLJ’s oldest known ancestor was Thomas Davis, born 1702 in Wales…or New Jersey. Could Thomas be an unknown son of William Davis and his first spouse Elizabeth Brisley/Brinley? They were known to be living in the Chester, PA area, very close to New Jersey, or could he be another “William Davis” family line from Wales? The Y-DNA will tell us if DRLJ is family.

4. DPD has a paper-trail to a Robert Davis, born 1591 in Dorchester, Dorsetshire, England, his oldest known relative. It is very possible that Robert Davis could have immigrated to Wales and fathered William Davis, b. 1617 (see DDJ above), or another son, producing our family “patriarch” William Davis, b. 1640 in Wales. The Y-DNA results will tell us if DPD is a member of our family.

Fortunately, each of the individuals agreed to participate in our family project and had a natural, male descendant in their line be Y-DNA tested. Being a “natural” male descendant means that to the individual’s knowledge, he is a direct descendant from the ancestor, without his lineage being the result of adoption or from a father outside the family.

The Results in reverse order

4. DPD agreed to the Y-DNA67-marker test and discovered that his haplogroup is R1b1b2, an extremely common haplogroup for Davises. However, he found one exact match and another match which was 6 markers off at 37 DYS markers in the Davis Surname Project database.

3. DRLJ also agreed to the Y-DNA67-marker test and also was haplogroup R1b1b2. However, he had no close matches, including DPD.

2. DSM took six months of agonizing thought (and emotion) before agreeing to test. Curiosity finally pushed them (brother and sister) to take the plunge and do the Y-DNA67-marker test. Their (his) results have opened a new world for them. His result was haplogroup I1, almost as rare a haplogroup for Davises as our I2a. They found several matches that have extended their known family into England. Our Henry Davis, born about 1759, however, remains without known descendants.

1. DDJ was our final chance for a match, and in many ways, was the most intriguing possibility: William Davis, born 1617 in Wales…cousin, uncle, or bust? DDJ is a descendant from William with his first spouse through their son John. Additionally, we found, through research and extending a line to the present, a cousin of DDJ who descended from John’s brother Joseph. If we have a match, we open our family to a more distant ancestor in Wales, we identify a new branch of the family and welcome two new living cousins to our group.

Answer: haplogroup R1b1b2a1b. But, although disappointed that we did not have a match, DDJ had his own match, and added a branch to another major Davis family: Foulke Davis, born about 1610 in Wales. DDJ had three exact matches at 67 markers within this family of about 10 participants, all three of whom have different branches which do not have an identified common ancestor in the paper-trail.

However, through Y-DNA we know they are all part of the same family. The knowledge of their match means they can use the paper-trail and other written information from the various branches of the family to research the historical record to find missing ancestors.

And our tale is not done. As we identify potential, or paper-trail, cousins who agree to test, we will be meeting cousins and extending the known members of our family.

Current Searches

DAW, a paper-trail cousin, descendant from Joseph, son of Rev. John F. Davis (son of William Davis with first spouse, Elizabeth Brisley) has agreed to the Y-DNA67-marker test. We do not have a descendant from Joseph in our test group, so DAW’s results will give us a first look at the common markers and mutations (differences from the common markers in the family) on this line. Results for the first 12 markers should be completed by April 2 and all of the 67-marker results by the end of April 2010.

Hopefully, by late March 2010, we will have extended the line from Thomas “William” Davis, son of William Davis with his second spouse, Elizabeth Pavior, to living cousins. If successful, this will be the first time a son, other than James, of William Davis with his second spouse, Elizabeth Pavior, will have been extended to living descendants.

The living cousins who agree to do the Y-DNA67-marker test will be breaking new ground for us. Not only will they give us our first look at a new line, but they will answer (hopefully) the question of which brother, Rev. John F. Davis (from William and Elizabeth Brisley) or James (from William with Elizabeth Pavior) has specific mutations.

Strangely, because William’s spouses should not have an influence on a Y-DNA Marker number, all of the descendants from Rev. John F. Davis have the number 22 at DYS Marker YCA IIb, and all of the descendants from James have number 20 at DYS marker YCA IIb.

Since Rev. John F. Davis is the only brother who survived to adulthood from William and Elizabeth Brisley, the only way we will be able to determine who originated that mutation is through one of the five sons from William and Elizabeth Pavior: Thomas “William” Davis (1712-1786), Edward Davis (1716-1794), William Davis III (1724-1795), Joseph Davis (1728-1797), or James (1720-1777).

As of this writing, the only branch we have extended to living cousins is James. Will our new found cousin(s), descendants from Thomas “William” Davis, match the DYS YCA IIb marker from John or James? The Y-DNA67-marker results will tell.

See chart: “New Lines To Prove and Non-matching Lines, ” on Proven Lines page. The four lines referred to above are listed on the chart by their oldest ancestors: Thomas b 1702, Henry b 1759, Robert b 1591 and William b 1617.

Posted March 12, 2010

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