m. bef. 1720
Facts and Events
John Davidson was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA
John Davidson's land (Borden Tract SE, 353 1/2 acres, 1751) as shown on the map meticulously drawn by J.R. Hildebrand, cartographer. This map is copyrighted©, used by permission of John Hildebrand, son of J.R. Hildebrand, April, 2009.
Disposition of Land from Chalkley's:
Processioning List of 1768
Houston that died in 1760), Jno. Huston present; Joseph Reed.
Many of these folks appear on HIldebrands map owning land in the vicinity of Warm Run.
Will and Estate records of John Davidson
About John Davidson
John Davidson - By Debbie Miller
John Davidson was born about 1720 in Ireland and came to America with his parents and sister in 1735. His father, Robert Davidson was born about 1690 in Ireland and died between 10 Jan 1751 and 29 Aug 1751 in Augusta Co, VA.
From Chalkey's Vol III p 387: Will of Robert Davison wr 10 Jan 1751, proven 29 Aug 1751. Wife Ann, son John, dau Mary Huston. Teste: John Mackey, Wm Lusk.
Notes: This probate record was originally published in "Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlement in Virginia, 1745-1800. Extracted from the Original Court Records of Augusta County" by Lyman Chalkley.
Remarks: Robert Davison's will, yeoman - Son, John Davison, 13 1/2 pence; daughter. Mary Huston, 13 1/2 pence; wife, Ann. Executrix, Ann. Ann refuses to execute, and administration granted to John Davison.
Description: Decedent's Wife Book date: WB1-387 Prove date: Aug 29, 1751
At a court held for Augusta County the 15th Day of May 1754 This Last Will and Testament of Halbard McClure, Gent. Being proved by the oaths of John Davison and Samuel Lyle, witnesses.
ABSTRACTS OF WILLS OF AUGUSTA COUNTY, VIRGINIA. AUGUSTA COUNTY COURT. WILL BOOK NO. 3.
page 69 Page 133.--The last will and testament of John Davison, being taken suddenly ill of a colick and departed this life the 11th of April, 1762, expressed these words (to wit): that all his just debts should be paid and Elizabeth, his wife, should have her share as the law directed, and all the rest to be equally divided amongst his four children--Thos. Paxton, David Gray. Proved, 18th May, 1762. Elizabeth Davison ( ) and Danl. Lyle qualify, with Thos. Paxton and David Gray.
Three of his four children are later named in the estate distribution along with his wife Elizabeth: dau Ann married John McKemmey, sons Samuel and John. Son William d 1793 is not listed in the estate distribution of 1773. His parentage is proven by his own will : Will in 1793 lists wife Elizabeth, brothers John and Samuel, sister Ann McKemmey. No children listed. In 1795 his widow Elizabeth married Henry McKey.
John Davidson’s widow Elizabeth shows up in these transactions:
CHRONICLES OF THE Scotch-Irish Settlement IN VIRGINIA EXTRACTED FROM THE ORIGINAL COURT RECORDS OF AUGUSTA COUNTY 1745-1800
DEED BOOK NO. 14. ADDITIONAL MEMBERS OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE. page 461 Page 69.--10th August, 1767. Borden's executors to Benjamin Gray, £25, 260 acres, part of 92.100; corner widow Davison and William Taylor, poplar in Daniel Lyle's line, David Gray's corner. Delivered: Benjamin Gray, 26th September, 1773.
Washington Co, VA 19 May 1784: Elizabeth Davidson & Daniel Lyle, executors of John Davison Decd. Plaintiffs against James Hemphill Deft, In Chancery. Plaintiffs in their bill said Deft owed 4 pounds 19 sh & 7 pence plus interest since Oct. 1, 1752 (WC-COMB 1:265)
9 Nov 1786 Elizabeth DAVIDSON, Relict of John DAVIDSON dec'd, and Samuel DAVIDSON (heir at law and son of Sd John DAVIDSON, dec'd) and wife Elizabeth DAVIDSON, to Joseph RUSSELL of Shannandoe County, for £375; 300 acres next to Isaac TAYLOR and corner to John and Widow DAVIDSON's Land. Sg: Elizabeth DAVIDSON, Saml DAVIDSON, Elizabeth DAVIDSON Rec: 3 Apr 1787 Witts: Henry MAKEY, David ROGERS, James DOUGHERTY, John DAVIDSON. Rockbridge Co. VA Deed Book A, p. 632 (Deed Abstracts, p. 65)
Then in 1813 the will of Elizabeth Davidson of Rockbridge:
Dicky Beard Elizabeth Davidson (seal) William H. Letcher At Rockbridge County Court May 3, 1813
A writing purporting to be the last will and Testament of Elizabeth Davidson dec'd was produced in court by John Davidson Executor
Therein named and proved by the oath of Dicky Beard and William H. Letcher the subscribing witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded.
Copy Attest AW Reid CRC
<Deb's note: William Houston Letcher 1781-1861 is a Davidson relation. His grandmother Mary Davidson Houston was a sister of John Davidson, father of Samuel Davidson. William Letcher's wife was Betsy Davidson b 1788, the daughter of John Davidson, brother of Samuel Davidson.>
Of the four children of John and Elizabeth Davidson, three had children of their own. Son Samuel married Elizabeth “Betsy” Gilmore and had seven children. Daughter Ann married John McKemy and had at least one son, John McKemy, Jr. Son John married Mary “Polly” Thompson and had six children. Family names among their descendents include Davidson, Kirkpatrick, Gilmore, McKemy, Letcher, and Rodgers.
Page 268.--21st November, 1769. Appraisement recorded of James Gillespie's estate, by John Ramsey, John Black, John Davidson, Jr.
Your Robert Gibson page sources Davidsons of Western Tennessee ( http://www.genforum.com/davidson/messages/19.html), which describes a lineage of William DAVISON of Ireland. I wonder if he was related to John Goolman DAVIDSON (b. ~1720 Scotland or Ireland?), who at one time owned land in Rockbridge Co. JGD and his wife Martha DRAPER had many children including a William and a George (plus my 6g-grandmother Jane, wife of Low BROWN Sr.). I don't know what happened to William and George. I haven't done any primary research on JGD, but these two links provide clues: http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=baileycoulter&id=I00078 http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~genbel/novdec/families1.html
On my personal map where I track properties in the Valley, I have noted with a ? the John DAVIDSON to whom you refer -- he appeared to own land in Rockbridge Co. near the confluence of Buffalo Creek and the Maury River (aka North Fork of the James).