Person:Samuel Davidson (46)

Samuel Davidson
b.ABT 1705
m. BEF 1736
  1. Benjamin DavidsonAFT 1737 -
  2. George Davidson1738 - ABT 1826
  3. John DavidsonABT 1740 -
  4. James Davidson1741 -
  5. Jesse Davidson1745 -
  6. William Davidson1747 -
  7. Mary Davidson1749 -
  8. Rebecca DavidsonABT 1760 -
Facts and Events
Name Samuel Davidson
Gender Male
Birth? ABT 1705
Marriage BEF 1736 to Margaret Unknown
Death? AFT 1765 Poss. South Carolina

Samuel Davidson was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia


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Samuel Davidson's land (Beverley Manor NE, 353 acres, 1739) 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.

Acquisition of Land in Augusta County, VA

As shown below in the survey records of "Hume's Survey Book", Samuel Davidson had acquired land in "Beverley Manor" and received a grant from William Beverley prior to the establishment of Augusta County. Since this area was then in Orange County (the predecessor county of Augusta), the deed records probably exist there. Although there is no record of Samuel Davidson selling this property in Augusta County records, there is one entry listed below in 1748 that may indicate that he had sold this land to John Pickens prior to that date.

Early Land Survey in Augusta County, VA

From Chalkley's:

  • (85) ( ) ye 23, 1738-9, survey for Saml. Davison, corner Capt. James Pattin. (Note: this establishes that Samuel Davidson was clearly in Augusta County by 1739).

Acquisition of Land from Orange County, Virginia Records:

  • Pages 242-47. 4-5 June 1739. William Beverley, Gent., of Essex County to Samuell Davisone of Orange County. Lease and release; [consideration blank]. 353 acres in Beverley Manor on the south fork of Shenandore River... corner to Capt. James Pattin.. (signed) W. Beverley. Wit: James Porteus, Thos. Wood, John Latham. 28 June 1739. Proved by James Porteus, Thos. Wood and John Latham. [Relinquishment of dower as above, Beverley to Smith]. [Orange County Virginia Deed, Dorman, Book 3, pg. 17].

Disposition of Land from Orange County, Virginia Records:

  • Pg. 74-77. Indenture 21 May 1744 between Samuel Davison, County of Augusta, Shoemaker, of the one part, and Thomas Stewart of the other part... for sum of five shillings... 353 acres of land mentioned deed granted to William Beverley Esqr., dated 4th June 1739... lying in Beverley Manor, County of Augusta on South fork of Shanando River adj. Colo. James Patton, Esqr. (signed) Samuel Davison (seal). Witnesses: John Finley, William Smith. Lease acknowledged & recorded 24 May 1744. Payment of three cows, one bull paid by Joseph Teer, and £11 paid by Thomas Stewart... Released 22 May 1744. [Orange County Virginia Deed Book 9, Dorman, pg. 10].

Records of Samuel Davidson in Augusta County, VA

From Chalkley's:

  • Vol. 1 (undated) - Bundle of old papers unmarked, County Court.--Sarah, wife of Ezekiel Gilliam. Margaret, wife of Samuel Davidson. Ann, wife of ____ Barnet. Rebecca, wife of Joseph Forgay. Ruth, wife of John Davidson. Mary, wife of ____ McKnight. Rachel, wife of ____ McKnight.
  • Page 343.--13th August, 1747. Wm. Beverley to Edward Hall, £10 current money Virginia; 220 acres in Beverley Manor on South Fork of Shanandore; corner to Samuel Davison's land on the river; on Col. Patton's line; the patent line. Teste: James Crawford, John Mitchell, John Linn. Proved by all as above.
  • 1748, June 23d--John Pickins, 400 acres, south side South River, near land he bought from Samuel Davison, and 400 acres near the land he bought from Dotley (?) on South River. (Note: although no records of this Samuel Davidson selling his land in Beverley Manor has been located, it may indicate that Samuel had re-located possibly to South Carolina by this time, more research necessary).
  • Vol. 1 - NOVEMBER 28, 1750. (490) Saml. Davison, Saml. Lockhart, added to tithables, own motion.
  • Page 279.--15th November, 1758. Settlement of John Craig's estate, by Jennet Craig, his widow and sole executrix. Due Margaret Thompson, widow. Due Saml. Davison, Rev. Jno. Craig, Saml. Erasure, Ro. Moody, Isbell Erasure (widow), John Baskins.
  • Page 274.--15th April, 1763. Borden's executors to Dominick Morin (Morrin), £10, 150 acres, part of 92,100; corner Samuel Davison; Jacob Anderson's line; another of Davis' line; corner Andrew Fitzpatrick. (This Samuel Davidson was located in the Borden Tract, not sure this is same Samuel).
  • SEPTEMBER 21, 1763. - (238) Saml. Davidson, a witness from Albemarle. (Note: not sure this is the same Samuel Davidson, but possibly a clue to his migration if it was).

Information on Samuel Davidson

Samuel Davison

Born: ABT 1705 in ____, Ulster, Ireland, UK1 Died: AFT 1765 in ____, ____, SC BET 1738 AND 1765 in Beverly Manor, Augusta Co., VA2 in ____, Tryon or Rowan Co., NC in ____, York Co., SC Notes: I have no proof that Samuel is a brother of George and John; however, he lived near John in Beverly Manor and two of his children were close with John's children. (Note: Samuel could be perhaps a cousin of George and John Davidson, possibly a son of William Davidson's brother John, but more research is necessary to prove any relationship). _____

SAMUEL and JOHN DAVISON, both acquired land in Beverley Manor, Orange (Augusta in 1745) County, VA on the same date in 1739. Both had children baptized at Tinkling Spring Presbyterian Church in the 1740's.

ORANGE CO., VA DEED BK. #3 1738-1744 4-5 June 1739. Pgs. 242-247. Wm. Beverley, Gent. of Essex Co. to Samuel Davison of Orange Co., lease and release (consideration blank) 353A in Beverley Manner on the south fork of Shenandore river, corner to Capt. James Pattin. (Refer to map of Beverley Manor). Signed by Wm. Beverley, witnessed and proven by same three persons who witnessed deed to John Davison--(See below). 28 June 1739.

5 June 1739 Pgs. 237-242. Wm Beverley of Essex Co., Gent. to John Davison of Augusta Co. lease and release for 23 pd. 11 sh. current money, 785A, part of Manner of Beverley, at Christie's white oak. (Actually, John Christian's).

GEORGE and SAMUEL went in the 1760's as some records show, to Tryon Co., NC which became part of Mecklenburg and Lincoln Cos., NC and Camden Dist., SC. There was an ongoing border dispute between NC and SC and when it was settled, SAMUEL fell into York Co., Camden Dist., SC. Deeds to his land were recorded in Mecklenburg Co., NC and in York Co., SC. (Some abstracts listed below). SAMUEL'S home was only a few miles from King's Mtn. where an important victory over the British was fought. Sons, WILLIAM, JAMES, and BENJAMIN participated and were given Revolutionary grants in Western NC where they settled. SAMUEL remained in York Co. where he died in 1787.

Some Land Records of SAMUEL DAVIDSON, Crown Grants, Wm. Tryon, Royal Governor, #871, Bk. 18, Pg. 30l.

26 Sept 1766. SAMUEL DAVIDSON, 300A in Mecklenburg on both sides of Turkey Creek including mill seat, joining JAMES BRYSON'S.

Crown Grants, Gov. Tryon, Royal Governor. Patent Bk. 23, Pg. 43.

26 Apr 1767. SAMUEL DAVIDSON, 35A in Mecklenburg on Bullock's Creek joining Curtis Caldwell, Wright's line, Moore's beginning, (a point), nearly with Stephenson's line and the foot of a mountain.

Sources: 1. Camden Dist., SC Wills & /Administrations, 1781-1787. (SAMUEL) 2. "The McConnell Families" by Benjamin McConnell. (JAMES) 3. Cemetery Records of Morgan Co., TN. (WILLIAM) 4. Methodist Bishop Asbury's journal entry of 13 Nov 1800, also another dated 7 Nov 1802. (BENJAMIN) 5. DAR Records and History of the Gullick Family. (BENJAMIN) 6. Camden Dist., SC Wills & Admin. dated 1 Jan 1788 show advances made to widow (not named) & to JOHN GULLICK in the right of his wife, REBEKAH & to WILLIAM DAVIDSON. 7. " Roster of Soldiers & Patriots Buried in TN." (WILLIAM) 8. Tombstones of BENJAMIN & ANN in Davidson River Cemetery, Boilstown Twp., Transylvania Co., NC: BENJAMIN DAVIDSON A. D. NC Troops Rev. War D. 1833 Aged 85 (No dates shown) (Handcarved stone)

Robert Winslow Davidson 3 June 2000

Father: George Davison Mother: Miss [--?--]

Family 1: Margaret [--?--]Margaret Maner Married: BEF 1736 George Davidson, Sr.George Davison, Sr., b. 27 AUG 1738 in ____, ___ John Davidson, b. ABT 1740 in Beverly Manor, Augusta Co., VA James Davidson, b. 1741 in ____, Augusta Co., VA Benjamin Davidson, b. AFT 1737 in ____, ____, VA Jesse Davidson, b. 1745 in ____, Augusta Co., VA William Davidson, b. 1747 in ____, Augusta Co., VA Mary Davidson, b. 1749 in ____, Augusta Co., VA Rebecca Davidson, b. ABT 1760


Title: Jennings - Davidson Author: Lillie Pauline White Publication: 1944 Note: Excellent REPO Note: Personal Copy CALN Media: Book Page: p. 140 Title: Jennings - Davidson Author: Lillie Pauline White Publication: 1944 Note: Excellent REPO Note: Personal Copy CALN Media: Book Page: pp. 140-141