William Davis

William Davis (abt. 1828 - 1863)

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Private William Davis
Born about in Maryland, United Statesmap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
[spouse(s) unknown]
[children unknown]
Died in Readville, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United Statesmap
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Profile last modified 2 Sep 2019 | Created 14 Jun 2018
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William was born about 1828 in Maryland.


  • 1863: Laborer
  • 1860: Boatman


  • 1863: Elmira, New York (military enlistment)
  • 1860: Elmira, New York with James and Nicey Campher

Military Service

During the Civil War, he trained as a Private in the Company F of the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, the second regiment in the United States made up entirely of enlisted men of color. He was about 35 years old, single and working as a laborer when he enlisted on 8 April 1863 from Elmira, New York. He died 29 May 1863 at the hospital in Readville, Massachusetts where the 54th training camp was located.

Note: There is also a William A. Davis in Company F.

Company Remarks

See also Images.

13 June 1863
Private William Davis of Elmira N.Y. Died at Camp Meigs Readville, Mass May 29th 1863

Research Notes

Assuming for now the 1860 census is indeed a match. It's often hard to know with common names like William Davis, but the birth year is a decent match, he's single and he is indeed black.



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54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, Company F, June 1863 Remarks
54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, Company F, June 1863 Remarks


On 14 Jun 2018 at 20:01 GMT K Raymoure wrote:

Possibly a census record of his father's household?

Year: 1840; Census Place: Elmira, Chemung, New York; Page: 257

William Davis, 4 free colored persons residing.