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Davis Family
Davis Family Group

Descendants of John Davis who died Greene County, Tennessee, 1806,
  and his son Jesse Davis and his wife Sarah Antrim.

Davis Family and Friends- Cave Party near Baileyton-1903
Picnic - Same day in 1903- Large Group Photo
Outside old Davis home near Cross Anchor- Large Group (pictured above)
The Seven Davis Brothers
Elizabeth Shanks Davis
Charles Franklin Davis

Davis Family Gedcom
Note:  Our ancestors were Jesse Davis and his wife, Sarah Antrim, through their son, Jesse Emerson Davis (called "Emerson" and his wife, Elizabeth Shanks Davis.  Their son, Charles Franklin Davis, was our grandfather. 

The Davis family settled in the Roaring Springs area of Greene County, Tennessee, east of Baileyton. Our grandparents, Charles F. Davis and Jennie White Davis, were neighbors and schoolmates.  They moved to Mosheim, Tennessee around 1923, while many of their siblings, cousins, and aunts and uncles migrated west to Kansas, Nebraska, and Missouri. 

Much of this information has been researched by Elaine Davis.  Many thanks to the late Jo Davis for the old photographs, good company, and stories about the Davis and White families. I am so blessed to have met her.  Thanks also to Jean Newman, Sarah Clevenger, and  Henry Haupt for their contributions, and to Gary Davis for his continuing research on the Davis family of Greene County, Tennessee.

Will of Jesse Davis - 1823 (Full Transcription)
Sarah Davis Will - 1835 (Abstract)

Mary Antrim Roberts (sister of Sarah Antrim)- Autobiography
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Davis Family Mysteries

Elizabeth Shanks

I have not been able to connect her with a Shanks family in Greene County. Although many of the names used in the family of Silas Carrick Shanks were used for Elizabeth's children and grandchildren, I have not found her listed anywhere as his child. 

There is a later Samuel B. Davis in Baileyton, Tennessee, son of James Davis and Rachel Maltsberger.  His family is entwined with our Davis family in many ways, but the two families do not seem to be related.

His son, William K. Davis, married Josephine E. Davis, daughter of Jesse Emerson Davis and Elizabeth Shanks.  His son, Charles B. Davis, was a good chum of Charles F. Davis (my grandfather, son of Jesse Emerson Davis and Elizabeth Shanks).  Charles Franklin Davis and Jennie White Davis named their youngest child (my mother) after Charles B. Davis' wife, Dorothy Mayo.  Here's a little more information on this parallel Davis family from Baileyton, Tennessee:

Samuel Davis
Is mentioned in the will of Jesse Davis, but in a separate category from his sons.  Witnessed the will of Sarah Antrim Davis.  What is his relationship with this Davis family?  The 1816 Greene County store ledger entry linked  below lists Samuel Davis and John Davis as Jesse's brothers.   Is this just a case of too many Davises with the same given names?   Is Leland Davis connected to our Davis family? 

Legend of John McCoy and John Davis - just a myth?

Just about everything I have on this family is in the Gedcom.  If you have additional information on this particular Davis family (there were several others in early Greene County), I would welcome it!   Pat Sabin   E-Mail

Links To More Information

Old Greene County Store Ledger - 1815-1820

1816 ledger for  Samuel Davis (Jesse's brother)
1816 John Davis (Jesse's brother)

Original Greene County TN Genealogy Site
(New Greene County TNGenWeb Site an EMPTY ROOM)

1783 Tax List - Greene County Tennessee

1830 Census of Greene County TN

1850 Census of Greene County TN Online

1860 Census of Greene County Online

Davis name in early tax and census records - East Tennessee (USGenWeb Archives)

RootsWeb Message Board for Greene County
GenForum Message Board for Greene County
GenForum for DAVIS Surname

Cemetery Transcriptions Online - Baileyton , Tennessee Area

USGenWeb Archives - Greene County
Babb Cemetery
Oak Grove
Hendry Family Cemetery
Doty's Chapel

Zion United Methodist Church
USGenWeb Tombstone Project

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