PHILLIPS, Samuel- Upper Merion Twp., Montgomery Co., Pa.
2 June, 1787- 29 September, 1790 1.231
To Grandson, Phineas, son of Joshua, farm, 100 acres. He to provide maintenance for sister, Jemima, during life. To daughter, Rachel, 60 pounds. To daughter, Leah, 20 pounds. To each of her children their share of 52 pounds as they come of age. To daughter, Catherine, 30 pounds and to each of her children their portional share of 42 pounds, there being seven children. To daughter, Keziah, 142 pounds. To son, Jonathan, 199 acres. Remainder of estate equally divided among children.
Exec: Son, Jonathan PHILLIPS
Witnesses: James DAVIS, Jonathan TUCKER
Samuel PHILLIPS was born about 1714 and died 19 November, 1788 in Upper Merion Twp., Montgomery Co., Pa., the son of Griffith PHILLIPS and Catherine ROBERTS.
James DAVIS, born about 1761 and who died on 10 September, 1850. I believe he came from Delaware. He was the last survivor of the Revolutionary War in southern Fayette County, Pennsylvania, and also the largest, physical male in the county at the time. He was married about 1784 to Keziah PHILLIPS, born 14 August, 1762, she died 20 June, 1816 (her tombstone says at age 48). They both died in Fayette County, Pa. and are buried in the Woodbridgetown Church Cemetery near Georges Creek and Rubles Mill...Keziah (PHILLIPS) DAVIS' sister, Leah (PHILLIPS) STURGIS, wife of John STURGIS, is buried there in the SAME cemetery. James DAVIS was living at Valley Forge, Pa. "with an uncle" when General Washington wintered his troops there during the Revolution. James DAVIS drew a pension, albeit a small one, approved 14 March, 1835 (Laws of Pennsylvania, 1834-35, pp.71-72), Penna Act# 51.
James and Keziah (PHILLIPS) DAVIS had the following children:
a. Samuel DAVIS, born 6 December, 1785.
b. Joshua DAVIS, born 10 July, 1787, and married to Catherine (AMBROSE), born 26 July, 1793, and died 5 April, 1872. Joshua DAVIS died 20 February, 1816, leaving his widow and two daughters: Keziah, born 7 September, 1812, and died 14 May, 1833,and Sarah, born 26 July, 1815, and died 2 June, 1841, leaving a son, James D. CUSTER. (Sarah DAVIS married to Isaiah CUSTER on 11 February, 1840. Isaiah CUSTER was born 26 November, 1815, and died 15 November, 1890) On the 1850 Fayette County, Pa. Census, his widow, Catherine (AMBROSE) DAVIS, is living with her children "AND" the elderly father-in-law, James DAVIS (1761-1850)...
***c. Zachariah DAVIS, born 10 January, 1789, died in Franklin County, Indiana, on 6 July, 1859. He married in the fall of 1813 to Hannah DAVIS, born on 23 March, 1795, to Meshach DAVIS and Nancy Ann LEWIS. Hannah (DAVIS) DAVIS died 23 February, 1887, in Franklin County, Indiana. Zachariah and Hannah are both buried in the Big Cedar Church Cemetery on Liberty Pike in Franklin County, Indiana. Zachariah is buried in Grave# 7, Lot# 7, and Hannah is buried in Grave# 6, Lot# 7.
Zachariah and his wife, along with her parent's family moved to Butler County, Ohio, near Reiley and Oxford, about spring of 1814. Zachariah and Hannah moved on across the state line about 1817 into Franklin County, Indiana, near Bath, at Colter's Corner (Land Patent Grant- Bath Township, Franklin Co., In., Township 10 north, Range 1 west, South East quarter of Section 32, 28 October, 1814). This is our line, and the line that eventually ended up in Harrison County, Indiana...
Zachariah "Zachery" DAVIS and Hannah DAVIS had the following children:
ca. Oliver DAVIS, born about 1819, died before 1887.
cb. Rachel DAVIS, born about 1825, died before 1887.
cc. Samuel DAVIS, born 28 March, 1831, died 12 March, 1920. He married to Caroline SHULTZ, the daughter of Henry and Elizabeth (NEVIUS), pronounced "NEPHEWS" by some...SHULTZ. Caroline was born 21 February, 1838. They are buried in Franklin County, Indiana.
cd. John DAVIS, born about 1834, died before 1887.
ce. Robert Nelson DAVIS, born 11 June, 1836, in Franklin County, Indiana. He died in Elwood, Madison County, Indiana, on 26 February, 1924. He married to Mary SHULTZ, a daughter of Johannes "John" SHULTZ and Catherine COX. Mary (SHULTZ) DAVIS was born 22 October, 1838, Franklin County, Indiana, and died at Evans Landing, Harrison County, Indiana, on 10 October, 1911. Robert Nelson DAVIS and Mary SHULTZ were married in Franklin County, Indiana, on 16 October, 1856 (Book 7, Page 243). Robert Nelson DAVIS and his wife are both buried at the Evans Landing Presbyterian Church in Harrison County, Indiana. Robert Nelson and Mary (SHULTZ) DAVIS had: Isa Dora M. DAVIS who married to John J. ALLEN; John W. DAVIS who married to Rachel Sannie O'BANNON; Perry Morton DAVIS born 4 January, 1863, in Springfield Township, Franklin County, Indiana, died 25 August, 1923, in Louisville, Jefferson County, Ky., who married to (1) Elizabeth C. MEISNER, the daughter of Henry Christopher MEISNER and Susan BARGER, and (2) Winnefred "Winny" PALMER; and James N. DAVIS who married to Josie Maud COLVIN.
***Perry Morton "Morton" DAVIS, of Harrison County, Indiana, the third child mentioned above, of Robert Nelson DAVIS and Mary SHULTZ, married to Elizabeth C. MEISNER in Harrison County, Indiana, on 16 October, 1883 (Book# H-38, Page# 44). They had children: Mabel DAVIS born in September, 1885, in Nebraska; Our Benjamin Harrison DAVIS born 23 October, 1888, died in Columbus, Bartholomew County, Indiana, on 18 September, 1964, in Columbus, Indiana; Lillian E. DAVIS born 26 November, 1890, died 28 March, 1985; D. Vada DAVIS born 17 April, 1893, died 17 December, 1991; and Leslie Tyrell DAVIS born 11 June, 1895, died 8 May, 1970.
We are descended from Perry Morton DAVIS' son, Benjamin Harrison DAVIS. He married in June, 1912, to Mary Magdalene DEAN, a daughter of Charles William DEAN and Rose Wilhelmina SCHAN, of Jeffersonville, Clark County, Indiana.
cf. David DAVIS, brother of Robert Nelson DAVIS. Buried at Evans Landing Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Harrison County, Indiana.
cg. Nancy DAVIS, born 2 July, 1816, died 28 October, 1837. She is buried in the Big Cedar Church Cemetery on Liberty Pike in Franklin County, Indiana.
ch. Mary DAVIS, born 1 November, 1824, died 15 April, 1853. She married A.B. CRIST. Buried in the Big Cedar Church Cemetery on Liberty Pike in Franklin County, Indiana.
ci. Kezziah DAVIS, born 12 January, 1821, died 13 March, 1841. She married to a ____ WALLACE. She is buried in the Big Cedar Church Cemetery on Liberty Pike in Franklin County, Indiana.
cj. Nixon DAVIS, who married to Jane CURRY. Nixon served in the Union Army during the Civil War. He lived in Brookville, Franklin County, Indiana, and ran a hardware business there.
d. David DAVIS, born 6 May, 1793, and married to Mary WOODALL. They had five children: David DAVIS who married to Mary HUGH; Nancy DAVIS, who married Alfred BARMORE; Kezia DAVIS, who married _____ KILDOW; James DAVIS; and Joel DAVIS.
e. Hannah DAVIS, born 8 November, 1795, and died 6 February, 1829. Hannah married on 31 May, 1812, to Judge Samuel NIXON, a son of William NIXON and Yanacha AYERS. Samuel NIXON was born 9 May, 1789, in Georges Township, Fayette County, Pa., and died 28 May, 1859. Father-William Nixon, Mother-Jane Wynn
#1--Phoebe Ewing, June 16, 1831, Uniontown
#2 Hannah Davis-
married May 1, 1812, Fayette Co. Pa
Children of Hannah and Samuel
ea. James Boyle Nixon Dec. 3, 1828- Nov 8, 1894
eb. Jane Feb. 23, 1813- Apr 13, 1859
ec. Sarah Feb 4, 1827- Feb 16, 1901
ed. Keziah Feb. 16, 1815- Feb 23, 1838
ee. Dorcas September 7,1816- March 8, 1851
ef. Eliza August 9, 1818- July 21, 1824
eg. Mary Ann July 24, 1820
eh. William October 25, 1822
ei. Ayers July 12, 1824
They all were born and died in Georges Twp., Fayette Co., Pa
f. Keziah DAVIS, born 29 March, 1798, and died 10 November, 1831. Keziah DAVIS married to Henry SMITH, Jr., a son of Henry SMITH, Sr. and Elizabeth GROVENSTADT. Henry SMITH, Jr. was born 11 November, 1791, and died 1 February, 1870.
Keziah and Henry SMITH, Jr. would have five children: David who married Sarah BRYSON; James R. who married Mary BRYSON; Elizabeth who married John TADE; Mary who married Jacob BOSLEY; Hannah who married Uriah CARTER; Eliza Jane who married John FOSTER.
g. Mary DAVIS, born 25 January, 1806, and died 4 August, 1871, and married William MILLER on 22 November, 1827, the son of David MILLER and Catherine (nee GETZENDANNER)AMBROSE, widow of Christopher AMBROSE. William MILLER was born 14 February, 1806, and died 14 October, 1891. One of the children of Mary DAVIS and William MILLER was Sarah MILLER born 12 February, 1834, and died 16 January, 1920, at Uniontown, Pa. Sarah MILLER married to Jonathan McFADDEN 4 July, 1853.
I would like to hear from anyone in New Castle Co., Delaware area who might know of this branch of DAVISES.
Sam D. Lawson
1929 Hiker Trace
Columbus, Indiana email@example.com