Davis Emery Hembree was born on 16 May 1816, in Spartanburg, Spartanburg, South Carolina, United States as the son of Abraham Hembree and Nancy Winnifred Jackson. He married Adeline Miller in 1837. They were the parents of at least 8 sons and 5 daughters. He lived in Cocke, Tennessee, United States in 1860 and North Carolina, United States in 1870. He died in 1891, at the age of 75.
Altered form of English Hembrey, a variant of Amery , with excrescent H-.