Person:John Davidson (59)

John Madison Davidson, aka "Bear Hunter"
m. Abt 1773
  1. Mary Davidson1774 - Abt 1850
  2. John Madison Davidson, aka "Bear Hunter"1777 - 1856
  3. Samuel Davidson1780 - 1866
  1. Silas Davidson1830 -
  • HJohn Madison Davidson, aka "Bear Hunter"1777 - 1856
  • WElizabeth Smith1780 - Abt 1826
m. 1 Jul 1803
  1. Tyre Davidson1799 - 1846
  2. James A. Davidson1801 -
  3. Samuel Davidson1803 -
  4. Martin Davidson1805 -
  5. Tabitha Davidson1807 -
  6. Daniel Davidson1809 -
  7. Daniel Davidson1810 - Aft 1860
  8. Morgan Davidson1815 -
  9. Mary Davidson1821 -
  10. Mahala Davidson1822 -
  11. Matilda Davidson1824 -
  12. Nancy Davidson1825 -
Facts and Events
Name[1] John Madison Davidson, aka "Bear Hunter"
Alt Name Bear Hunter _____
Gender Male
Birth? 1777 Scott, Virginia, United States
Alt Birth[3] 1 Jul 1777 Washington, Virginia, United States
Alt Birth[1][2] 1785 Pennsylvania, United States
Marriage to Mary Polly Campbell
Marriage 1 Jul 1803 Wise, Virginia, United Statesto Elizabeth Smith
Alt Death[3] 1 Jul 1850 Clay, Kentucky, United States
Death? 1856 Clay, Kentucky, United StatesRed Bird
Residence[1] 1860 Cincinnati Ward 15, Hamilton, Ohio
Burial? Kentucky, United States
Ancestral File Number QMF8-Q9

Per Carolyn Davison: John Madison Davidson was married when he moved to Clay County kentucky to Elizabeth Smith. she was the mother of the first 10 children. It has not been proven whether she died after arriving in Clay County or if she was deceased before the family moved.

From the Diary of John Jay Dickey, p. 2216. An interview with Malinda Davidson, daughter of James A. I am a daughter of James Davidson. His father was John Davidson, an early settler on Red Bird in Clay County. He was a large man of great strength and a great bear hunter. I remember him very well. I have heard him tell his hunting tales. He had a contest with a bear in which he got severly wounded in his lower limbs. The bear had him down on his back, his dog would "ham" the bear and he would turn on the bear and kill him. When he arose he found he had been lying on a copperhead snake. He was so heavy that he had buried it in the mud. His legs were bitten through. Research: 1850 Census Clay County Marriages Kelly Morgan's Book John Madison Davidson was 73 years old in the 1850 Census

This John M. Davidson is listed on the Clay County Tax List from 1807 (when Clay became an official county in the state of Kentucky) thru 1828. There is a John Davidson listed from 1819 thru 1836 (the last available list - to Carolyn) in addition to John Madison Davidson.

Served in the War of 1812. In John Gorin's Kentucky mounted volunteer militia. Commanded by Phillip Barbour, LT. Coln.

Will recorded in Clay County on July 27, 1859

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1860 United States Federal Census. (Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2004).

    Online publication - 1860 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2004.Original data - United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Eighth Census of the United States, 1860. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1860.M653, 1,438 rolls. Cincinnati Ward 15, Hamilton, Ohio, post office Cincinnati, roll M653_977, page 334, image 59.

  2. One Great Family Web Site.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Davidson, Frank, Davidson & Related Families of Western Virginia & Eastern Kentucky, 1725-1999 (Clay Co. Histo.