I have an old letter from 1950s that says, DAVID DAVIS' son (George S. Davis, b:1805) came from Wales. He landed in “Little Egg Harbor, NJ.” His father (DAVID DAVIS) owned a ship that was wrecked. They were rescued and a Bible from this ship was harpooned. George’s oldest son, Richard, had this Bible, which I have seen many times. The harpoon went through the entire book, the leaves were stained by the briny ocean water. Richard’s heirs may still have this bible.” Later, the Davis family settled in Louisville, KY, where the older children were born, including my dad. He was 5 years old when they
left there for the West.” In 1853 or early 1854, the family left Louisville by boat, hoping to settle in the West. There are indications a family by the name of Kelly was also on the ship, also moved to KY, and eventually they all went to Missouri in 1854. So, from this info, it appears that David Davis was originally from Wales (however, another letter said that David Davis was from Scotland). I can't find any info on this David Davis until he arrives in Lewis County, KY, other than something that may be completely unrelated. Apparently, a David Davis1799 - lived in Lee County, Virginia in 1799 according to 1799 Personal B Tax List, p.6 for Lee County. Also, Jonathan Kelly lived in Lee County in 1799 according to same Tax List (John Kelly was a witness to David Davis’ Will in KY. By 1810, David Davis & John Kelly lived in Lewis Co, KY 1810(1810 Lewis Co., KY Census). John Kelly's son and David Davis' son (George S. Davis) both left Lewis County, KY in 1834 & got to Missouri and established their families by Weston, MO. I am struggling as maybe David Davis' son (George S. Davis) was actually born in Wales as well as David Davis, but just put place of birth as New Jersey on US Census from 1834 until his death in 1878 in Buchanan County, MO. Any help would be appreciated.