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Abiathar Davis (abt. 1754 - 1840)

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Abiathar Davis
Born about in Pennsylvaniamap [uncertain]
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married 1778 in Pennsylvania, United Statesmap
Descendants descendants
Father of
Died in West Branch W Milton, Miami, Ohio, United Statesmap
Profile last modified 2 Sep 2019 | Created 13 Sep 2010 | Last significant change: 2 Sep 2019
21:34: Robin Lee edited the Biography for Abiathar Davis (abt.1754-1840). [Thank Robin for this]
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His exact parents are unproven, but, his father was Samuel Davis and his mother was Mary (last name unknown). It is not proven when or where he was born. A lot of confusion, as he was christened in Ohio, but we know from Quaker records he lived with his parents in Pennsylvania. They were a part of the Radnor Meeting house.

On 13 Nov 1767 at the Radnor Monthly Meeting, Abiathar Davis is listed as living in Delaware, Pennsylvania His mother is shown as Mary Davis during his admittance to the church[1]

On 24 Feb 1770 Abiathar Davis is listed with his father, Samuel Davis with a residence of Fairfax at the Radnor Monthly meeting as a "Removal"[2] This is probably when he moved to Georgia.

He was a native of Pennsylvania and a Quaker, he moved first to Georgia, but being opposed to slavery, he ended up in Ohio. He was the father of 4 sons and 5 daughters. [3]

  • Parents are Samuel Davis & Mary Unknown[2][1]
  • 1st wife is Lydia Embree[4]
  • They had ten known children:
  1. Amos Davis
  2. Rachel Davis, m. Mr. Carter
  3. Rhoda Davis, m. Mr. Gilbreath
  4. Samuel Davis, m. Dorcas Jones
  5. John Davis
  6. Mary Davis
  7. Sibilla Davis
  8. Benjamin Davis
  9. Sarah Davis
  10. Lydia Davis, m. Joseph Coppock Coate
  • 2nd wife is Rachel Mote

(Marrried in 1803 Georgia)

Death is 5 Sep 1840 in Miami, Ohio.[5][6]

Research Notes

More research needed, but, his father, Samuel may be the son of Griffith Davis This appears to be the connection back to Wales and the Quakers.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Swarthmore College; Swarthmore, Pennsylvania; Minutes, 1746-1781; Collection: Philadelphia Yearly Meeting Minutes; Call Number: MR-Ph 504
  2. 2.0 2.1 Swarthmore College; Swarthmore, Pennsylvania; Certificates of Removal Received, 1730-1780; Issued, 1709-1784; Collection: Philadelphia Yearly Meeting Minutes; Call Number: MR-Ph 544
  3. Biographical and Genealogical History of Cass, Miami, Howard and Tipton Counties, Indiana, Vol. 1, Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company (1898), page 88
  4. Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy. Vol. I: (North Carolina Yearly Meeting) Wrightsborough Meeting
  5. West Branch Monthly Meeting Volume Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy Vol. V
  6. Find A Grave: Memorial #37407385
  • Biographical and Genealogical History of Cass, Miami, Howard and Tipton Counties, Indiana, Vol. 1, Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company (1898), Page 88
  • Brogan, Hugh and Charles Mosley, American Presidential Families, New York: Macmillan Publishing Company (1993), Page 635.
  • McLean, Hulda Hoover, Genealogy of the Herbert Hoover Family, Stanford, California: The Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace, Stanford University (1967), fold-out chart between pages 4 and 5.
  • Roberts, Gary Boyd, comp., Ancestors of American Presidents, Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society (2009), Page 112.

  • "Ohio Births and Christenings, 1821-1962," database, FamilySearch ( : accessed 13 December 2015), Abiathar Davis, 11 Feb 1754; citing , reference 2:1RZMHZS; FHL microfilm 413,893.
  • Source: S222 Author: Title: 1820 United States Federal Census Publication: Name: Operations, Inc.; Repository: #R1
  • Repository: R1 Name: Address: E-Mail Address: Phone Number:
  • Source: S232 Author: Title: 1840 United States Federal Census Publication: Name: Operations, Inc.; Repository: #R1
  • Source: S233 Author: Title: Ohio, Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index, 1790-1890 Publication: Name: Operations Inc; Repository: #R1
  • Source: S6 Title: Ancestry Family Trees Publication: Name: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Original data: Family Tree files submitted by Ancestry members.; Repository: #R1
  • Source: S62 Author: Title: U.S. and Canada, Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s Publication: Name: Operations, Inc; Repository: #R1

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On 1 Sep 2019 at 21:35 GMT Liat Boucher wrote:

Samuel Davis and Mary (Gorham) Davis were not his parents; there is a complete listing of their children cited in Samuel's biography and Abiathar is not listed. In addition, neither of them had ever been to Ohio or Pennsylvania that I know of.

On 30 Dec 2018 at 16:03 GMT Robin Lee wrote:

Davis-13387 and Davis-966 appear to represent the same person because: same wife and general information

Abiathar is 20 degrees from Tanya Lowry, 15 degrees from Charles Tiffany and 16 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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