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John Davis (abt. 1725 - aft. 1770)

John Davis
Born about in Goochland County, Colony of Virginiamap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married before 1747 in Albemarle, Virginiamap
Descendants descendants
Died after in Pittsylvania, Virginiamap [uncertain]
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John Davis was born about 1725 in Goochland County, Virginia. He married Jemima Jefferson, who was born before 1730, also in Goochland County. They had many children including James who was born in 1763 in Augusta County VA, and died in 1831, and Robert who was born April 18th 1754 in the part of Albemarle County Virginia which later became Amherst County and died on March 22nd 1843 in Clinton County, Kentucky. John and Jemima (Jefferson) Davis' children claimed to be the the first cousins to President Thomas Jefferson.[1]

John Davis was listed in the "Order Entry Book 1737-1770" (combined for the western area of Brunswick Co. and containing the present counties of Halifax, Pittsylvania, Henry, Franklin & Patrick). The entry shows on Mar. 7, 1763 John Davis 400 acres beginning at Reeds Creek on Turkeycock extending down the mountain for qty. transferred to George Jefferson. John Davis was also listed on the 1767 list of tithables as an overseer of a plantation in Pittsylvania County, VA owned by George Jefferson of Mecklenburg County, VA. George Jefferson was the first cousin of President Thomas Jefferson since George's father Field Jefferson was the President's uncle. Since George Jefferson was living in a different county than the one where he had a plantation operated by John Davis in Pittsylvania County, it suggests that George Jefferson had an unusual amount of trust for John Davis as just an employee which also suggests John or his wife Jemima (Jefferson) were probably related to him, especially since Jemima's maiden surname was Jefferson which was the same surname for George Jefferson.

The Davis Family

John Davis a resident of Virginia. He married Mrs. Jemima Collins whose maiden name was Jefferson, a relative of Thomas Jefferson.[2] John Davis and Jemima's children were: Robert, Thomas, William, James, John, Mary, Jemima, Elizabeth and possibly Mildred Esther who married William Bingham Meade and had a close association with the family of John and Jemima (Jefferson) Davis.


  1. Ragland, Henry. History of Logan County, W.Va. 1896. Reprint. Logan: Logan County Chamber of Commerce, 1996. Print.
  2. Davis, Constant Elisha Watson. The Davis Family, MS. 1892.
  • Shearer, James Bird. Shearer Family History.

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