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Walter  Davis 

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John Henry Davis
1725 - 5/30/1793

Elizabeth Unknown
1737 - 6/2/1793
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Walter Davis
1772 - 1836
Walter Davis was born about 1772 somewhere in North Carolina and died about 1836 in St. Joseph, Franklin County, Florida. Actual date of birth is unknown. He lived to be about 64 years old.

His full name may have been John Walter Davis.

About at the age of two his family moved from North Carolina to Effingham Co. GA. He married Rebecca Harvey about 1799 in Bryan County, GA. In December of 1809, he and his family obtained a Georgia passport. They traveled through the Creek Indian Nation, which consisted of the western part of Georgia, half of the state of Alabama and Northern Florida. They moved west to the town of Mobile, at the time considered the western part of Florida. It wasn't until 1812 that Mobile becomes a Mississippi Territory. His brother George and family also moved with them. They were traveling to meet their brother Samuel who had moved a few years earlier with his family.

By January 1810, they had settled down near the Pascagoula River. He is listed on the Jackson County Tax records of 1814 and 1815. He served several sessions in the Lower House of the Legislature for Jackson County, Mississippi.

He moved with his family to the panhandle of Florida in 1824. John purchased 79 acres of land in Marianna, Jackson County, FL. In 1832 he was appointed Justice of the Peace by the Governor. Date of death not known, but is assumed to be before 1840.

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Other6/30/1793 GA (Effingham County) 21 yrs old 
Last Will & Testament of John Davis

I, John Davis, Being as I expect a leaving this life I recommend my soul to God that gave it and my Body to the Dust and to His world. Concerns Idispose of as follows: (Viz) After my lawful Debts is paid, I give my True and Loving wife, Elizabeth Davis, one Negro woman named Phoeby, and one Negro boy named Adam; I give my sons Joseph, John, James, William & Samuel, ten pounds each, and George and Walter, twenty pounds each. My daughter, Nancy, twenty pounds, William Osteen, ten pounds, or at that rate equally divided according to the amount of the Estate. And respecting my lands at Buckhead, according to my Contract with William and Samuel, paying what monies I owe for said lands, it shall be their Right and Property. To my son, Walter, I give the Plantation we now live on, and the lands' round about to George.
The Boat shall be divided between William, Samuel, George and Walter.

May the 30th 1793 Witnesses present, signed: Joseph Davis George Davis Agnes Davis Elizabeth Osteen

We the subscribers, believing this Testament to be the Will & Desire of our Deceased Father, do freely and voluntary agree that the same should be executed agreeable to the Tennor of the same, witness our hands this 9th day of Sept 1793.

Signed:
Joseph Davis
John Davis
Samuel Davis
Walter Davis
George Davis
Nancy Davis
William Davis

State of Georgia, Effingham County: Personally appeared Mr. Joseph Davis and made Oath & Declared that at the request of his Father, John Davis, deceased, he wrote the within as his Last Will & Testament, and he believes that he was in his perfect senses at the time he wrote, and that it is as he desired him to write it, and after he wrote it he did read it to him and he was satisfied, but did not sign it, and the within named or signed as witnesses was present and that he was satisfied, names as thus, Joseph Davis, George Davis, Agnus Davis, and Elizabeth Osteen. Sworn before me this 27th Jan 1794

Signed: Joseph Davis A. C. Revost, R.P.E.C.   Source:  Effingham County, Georgia Miscellaneous Records 1791-1819, Book 1.
Other1/27/1794 GA (Effingham County) 22 yrs old 
Last Will & Testament of Elizabeth Davis

I, Elizabeth Davis, Being now as I expect a leaving this life Irecommend my soul to God that gave it and my Body to the Dust and to as to His world & concerns I dispose of as follows: (Viz) What my deceased husband gave me at his death I desire should be sold foras much as it will fetch and equally divided between my four children, Elizabeth, George, Ann and Walter, as witness my hand this second day of June 1793,and my desire is that my son, Joseph Davis, and Joshua Loper should see that this my last will should be fulfilled, the words 'four' and 'George' interlined (underlined ?) before signed in presence of her.

Elizabeth X Davis mark

Joseph Davis }

Elizabeth X Lanier (her mark) } State of Georgia Joshua Loper } Effingham County.

Personally appeared Mr. Joshua Loper and made oath and declared that he was present and did see Mrs. Elizabeth Davis make her mark & acknowledge it to be her last will and Testament and at the same time, did see Mr. Joseph Davis sign the same and Mrs. Elizabeth Lanier make her mark and that he himself did also sign his name as evidence and he verily believes that she was in her perfect senses at that time.

Signed, Joshua Loper

Sworn before me this 27 Jany 1794, Ravot R.P.E.C.: We the subscribers believing this Testament to be the will & Desire of our Deceased Mother do freely & voluntarily agree that the same should be Executed agreeable to the terms of the same. Witness our hand this 9th September1793.

Signed:

John Davis Sam'l. Davis Wm. O'Steen George Davis Nancy Davis

Sworn before me this 27th Jan 1794 A. C. Revost, R.P.E.C.   Source:  Effingham County, Georgia Miscellaneous Records 1791-1819, Book 1.
Other1/1/1823 MS (Jackson County) 51 yrs old 
Dec. 23rd 1823 to Jan. 24th 1824 - Walter Davis was appointed representative for the 7th Legislative Session 
Land Deed6/15/1827 FL (Jackson County) 55 yrs old 
Document #289 records the cash sale of 79. 81 acres to Walter Davis in accordance with the 4/24/1820 Act. The land is described as:
Parcel #1 - W1/2SE Tallahassee NO 4N 10W 3 -Tallahassee Land Office.  Source:  Florida Land Records
Census1/1/1830 Marianna FL (Jackson County) 58 yrs old 
page 7: Walter Davis- males - one (-5),one (5-10),two (10-15)one (15-20),one (20-30),one (30-40),one (50-60) and females - one (-5),one (15-20),one (30-40), one (70-80).

next door son, John Davis -males - two (-5),one(20-30) and females - one (-5), one (5-10), one (20-30). 
Additional information about Jackson County, FL around 1830: Jackson County was formed in 1822 from Escambia County. Webbville, it's largest community, was started in the early 1820s and is declared the county seat. Marianna was founded in 1827 along the Chipola River and quickly begins to grow. An excerpt from an Aug. 5, 1828 letter says in the Chipola River area “lands have risen at least 300 percent in price, and are daily advancing – the tide of emigration is flowing in most rapidly, and the country still proves uninterruptedly healthy." Click here to see a map from this timeperiod.  
Other11/22/1836 St. Joseph FL (Franklin County) 64 yrs old 
Territory of Florida, County of Franklin, Nov. 22, 1836
On reading the last will and testament of Walter Davis Esq. late of this Co. deceased exhibited to me by the said Walters son William S Davis, It is ordered by the Court that the said will as aforesaid of the said Walter Davis aforesaid be admitted to record in s.d County – and that the Clerk of said County Court forthwith proceed to the making out letters of Executorship to the said William S. Davis on the Estate both real & personal of the said Walter Davis, said William E. Davis having first complied all the requesitions of law in such basis made & provided.
Given under my hand At Chambers the day & Date above
Recorded 22 Nov. 1836 A. K. Allison Judge F. C. C. I. F.

St. Joseph, October 12, A. D. 1836 Know all men by these presents that I Walter Davis of the County of Franklin, Territory of Florida, being of sound mind, do make this my last will and Testament – Imprimis – I give and bequeath to my Rebecca Davis all my property personal and real, including Lands, Tenements, Stock, Negros, furniture &c during her lifetime, and at her decease to be equally divided among the heirs of her body. I also require that the single children who live with her do share the Interest and use of my property aforesaid in aide of their maintenance during her life time. I hereby constitute my son William S. Davis my Executor & authorize him to collect all debts due my estate & wish the proceeds so collected & if necessary by sale of any property to pay all my just debts now outstanding.
Witness
Walter Davis
Wm. D. Price
St. Joseph, October 12, 1836

I hereby constitute and appoint William S. Davis my true and lawful attorney to do and to act in all things relating to my estate as he may think it and proper.
Witness
Walter Davis
Wm. D. Price Recorded the 22nd Nov. 1836

Record of Wills 1831 -1837, page 112  

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1 1773 Indians in Florida become known as the "Seminoles", which means "wild people" or "runaway". Most are Creek, Yuchis, Yamasses and other Indians who have moved south to escape the movement of whites into the Carolinas, Alabama and Georgia, as well as escaped slaves,
30 1802 Georgia formally cedes western claims for its southern boundary at the 31st parallel -- which will become the north western border of FL.
38 1810 Western Florida, from the Pearl River to the Mississippi, is annexed by the US from Spain.
41 1813 During 1813-14, over 2,000 Muskogee-speaking Creeks move to Florida in response to the Creek Civil War (also known as the Red-sticks War). Most come from AL and GA.
46 1818 First Seminole Indian War takes place when Andrew Jackson brings his troops into northern Florida.
49 1821 Spain formally cedes Florida to the United States in 1821, according to terms of the Adams-Onís Treaty. Spanish colonists as well as settlers from the newly formed United States begin to pour into the new territory. Prior to this change, Florida was a wilderness sparsely dotted with settlements of native Indians, escaped/freed slaves and Spaniards.
50 1822 Florida Territory is purchased
51 1823 The Treaty of Moultrie Creek pushes the Seminole Indian towns into the interior of the Florida peninsula.
52 1824 Tallahassee is established at the capital of Florida because it is half-way between the two government centers in St. Augustine and Pensacola. The Legislative Council meets in November in a log house erected in the vicinity of today's capitol.
63 1835 The Second Seminole Indian War keeps the United States and Seminoles Indians fighting in North & Central Florida.
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5 1777 The concept of chemical compounds is conceived by Lavoisier
11 1783 The hot air balloon is invented by Michel and Montgolfier and the first people in modern history fly at an altitude of 1800 m.
13 1785 The power loom was invented by Cartwright to produce cloth.
21 1793 The cotton gin was invented by Whitney.
27 1799 The Rosetta Stone was discovered
28 1800 The first battery was invented by Volta
35 1807 The first steamboat was invented by Fulton
42 1814 The first locomotive engine was created by Stephenson
58 1830 The first railroad is constructed between Liverpool and Manchester, England
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3 1775 NEWS HEADLINES: On April 18th, Paul Revere makes his famous ride proclaiming "The British are Coming" and the American Revolution War begins. Britain hires 29,000 German mercenaries to handle conflict in North America.
4 1776 NEWS HEADLINES: July 4th, American Revolution War ends and the United States of America is officially created.
28 1800 NEWS HEADLINES: Seat of U.S. government moves from Philadelphia to Washington DC
39 1811 NEWS HEADLINES: Tecumseh's emerging Indian Confederacy is defeated at the Battle of Tippecanoe in Ohio. Afterwards, Tecumseh and his brother travel from their Shawnee homes in the north to recruit and unify the southern Indians.
40 1812 NEWS HEADLINES: War of 1812 begins and will continue for until 1814. Some call it the Second War of Independence because the US fights Great Britain to a stalemate, Americas independence was assured.
56 1828 Gold is discovered in Georgia.
62 1834 July 9 - The S.S. John Randolph, the first successful iron steamship, is launched in Savannah
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17 1789 The capitol of North Carolina moves from New Bern to Raleigh and North Carolina becomes the 12th state of the United States of America.
58 1830 The U.S. Government begins forcing Cherokee Indians from their homes in what becomes known as the Trail of Tears. Many Cherokee hide in the mountains of North Carolina and surrounding states.
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1 1773 Angered by the tea tax of 1767 and the British East India Company's monopoly on tea trade, the independent New England colonial merchants dump the precious cargo overboard into the Boston harbor. This incident is called the Boston Tea Party.
2 1774 The First Continental Congress of fifty-five representatives (except from the colony of Georgia) meets in Philadelphia to discuss relations with Britain, the possibility of independence, and the hope of a peaceful solution. King George III scorns the thought of reconciliation and declares the colonies to be in a state of open rebellion.
3 1775 On April 18th, Paul Revere makes his famous ride proclaiming "The British are Coming" and the American Revolution War begins. Britain hires 29,000 German mercenaries to handle conflict in North America.
4 1776 July 4th, American Revolution War ends and the United States of America is officially created.
6 1778 Alliance between United States and France
15 1787 Constitution of the United States is signed
21 1793 Alexander McGillivray, the head of the Creek Indian Nation, dies. A restlessness begins to grow among the Indians in what is now Georgia, Alabama and Northern Florida as town chiefs via for the vacant leadership role.
22 1794 The United States establishes the Navy
26 1798 Mississippi Territory organized from Georgia's western land claims. It includes what will later become portions of Mississippi, Alabama and Northern Florida,
31 1803 Louisiana Purchase from France (who secured it from Spain) gives the US a huge new territory and the port of New Orleans.
32 1804 The Seminole warrior later known as Osceola is born near Tuskegee, AL.
33 1805 Federal Road project begins after the Creek Indians give the U.S. permission to develop a “horse path” through their nation that will provide better mail delivery between Washington City (DC) and New Orleans. Soon settlers are traveling and settling along this path to settle the southern frontier.
34 1806 Lewis and Clark Expedition, which began in 1804, ends. News of the rich lands to the west begins to spread.
39 1811 By 1811 the new "Federal Road" (which started as a horse path) is filled with a steady flow of white settlers into Creek Indian Territories. The Spanish begin to fan hostile sentiments among the Indians.
48 1820 The Act of April 24, 1820 abolished the land purchase credit system, fixed the price of public lands at $1.25 per acre, and set the minimum purchase at 80 acres. After a person purchased land, a final certificate was issued by the land office and sent to Washington DC to be verified and signed by the President -- a time consuming process. Public lands were most typically available through US treaties with Indians who agreed to be removed from their homelands.
58 1830 Indian Removal Act signed and the moving of eastern Indians west of the Mississippi begins.
63 1835 Second Seminole Indian War begins.
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7 1779 Spain declares war on England
8 1780 Josef II abolishes serfdom in Hungary; England declares war on Holland
11 1783 Peace established at Versailles between France, England, Spain and United States; Britain cedes all lands west to the Mississippi River
15 1787 Catherine the Great leads Russia into war with Turkey
16 1788 Russia begins war with Sweden
17 1789 French feudal system is abolished with the Declaration of Rights of Man. Outbreak of hostilities in France with the fall of the Bastille on July 14; Revolution in Austrian Netherlands declares independence as Belgium
20 1792 French Revolutionary Wars begin and the French royal family is imprisoned the following year
21 1793 Marie Antoinette is executed; Fugitive Slave Act passed; Roman Catholic faith is banned in France; France declares war on Britain and Holland.
23 1795 White Terror and bread riots in Paris
24 1796 Napoleon marries Josephine de Beauharnais
25 1797 Napoleon proclaims the Venetian Constitution, founds Ligurian Republic in Genoa
61 1833 Santa Anna is elected President of Mexico


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Rebecca Harvey
Born about 1776 and died on August 1, 1852
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The Children of Walter Davis

John Timothy Davis
Born in Bryan County, Georgia on March 14, 1801 and died in Marianna, Florida on August 5, 1875. He was 74 years old.

John was born in Bryan County, Georgia. He moved to Effingham County with his family when he was eight years old. At the age of twenty-one he moved again, this time to Jackson County, Florida. ...
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Elizabeth Davis
Born in Bryan County, Georgia about 1806 and died in an unknown location about 1885. She was about 79 years old.

Married William T.E. DeVaughn....
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Susannah Davis
Born in Bryan County, Georgia about 1808 and died in an unknown location about 1885. She was about 77 years old.

She went by "Susan". She married Elijah Padgett....
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James Henry Davis
Born in Jackson County, Mississippi about 1812 and died in Houston, Texas on December 22, 1887. He was about 76 years old.

Married Eliza (born abt.1816) in AL.
They moved from Jackson Co., FL to Houston,TX about 1848-49.
Children: John H. (1833) FL;
James Henry Jr. (1839) FL. married Safronia Williams in ...
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Ellis Fairbanks Davis
Born in Jackson County, Mississippi about 1813 and died in Marianna, Florida on October 10, 1885. He was 72 years old.

He was named after his Father’s friend, Ellis Fairbanks. Around 1825 he moved with his family to Marianna, FL He married Ruthy about 1836 and they had seven children.
After the death of Ruthy h...
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Joseph C. Davis
Born in Jackson County, Mississippi on January 26, 1816 and died in Jackson County, Florida on December 22, 1889. He was 73 years old.

occupation: Farmer. He was granted 160 acres of land in Port St. Joe for service during the Seminole Indian wars. According to his granddaughter, Maude Davis Porter, he was living in the area of St. J...
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Samuel W. Davis
Born in Pascagoula, Jackson County, Mississippi about 1818 and died in Jackson County, Florida about 1885. He was about 67 years old.

His middle name may have been Walter.

He was married twice. His first wife, Lucretia died when he was in his late 40's and he married a second time to Hester Ann Jane McClellan (b about 1...
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Elmira Davis
Born somewhere in Alabama on March 13, 1820 and died in Houston, Texas on June 28, 1877. She was 57 years old.

She married a man named Richard Westcott, They moved from Jackson Co., FL to Houston,TX about 1848-49 with her brother, James H. Davis....
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George Washington Davis
Born in Jackson County, Mississippi about 1822 and died somewhere in Florida about 1900. He was about 78 years old.

He married Artimacy Emeline Wood (1822 - abt. 1870). They had two children:
Ann Davis (abt.1855)
Charles W. Davis (1860) married Hattie

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