Colonel James W. Davis III

Male1 January 1819–15 July 1898

Brief Life History of James W.

When Colonel James W. Davis III was born on 1 January 1819, in Blount, Tennessee, United States, his father, James R. Davis, was 27 and his mother, Elizabeth Reece, was 32. He married Rachel Calvert McMahan about 1842, in Blount, Tennessee, United States. They were the parents of at least 7 sons and 2 daughters. He lived in District 14, Grainger, Tennessee, United States in 1880 and Kilfoil Township, Custer, Nebraska, United States in 1885. He died on 15 July 1898, in Blount, Tennessee, United States, at the age of 79, and was buried in Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Maryville, Blount, Tennessee, United States.

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Colonel James W. Davis III
Rachel Calvert McMahan
Marriage: about 1842
Alfred Newton Davis
John Davis
William Morgan Davis
Sarah Elizabeth Davis
James Robert "Rob" Davis
Isaac Reece Davis
Samuel LaFayette Davis
Andrew "Andy" Boyd Davis
Hulda Jane Davis

Sources (8)

  • James Davis, "United States Census, 1880"
  • James Davis, "Tennessee Marriages, 1796-1950"
  • James Davis, "Find A Grave Index"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    about 1842Blount, Tennessee, United States
  • Children (9)

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    Parents and Siblings

    Siblings (8)

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    World Events (8)

    1819 · Panic! of 1819

    Age 0

    With the Aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars the global market for trade was down. During this time, America had its first financial crisis and it lasted for only two years. 

    1835 · The Hermitage is Built

    Age 16

    The Hermitage located in Nashville, Tennessee was a plantation owned by President Andrew Jackson from 1804 until his death there in 1845. The Hermitage is now a museum.


    Age 27

    U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

    Name Meaning

    English and Welsh: patronymic meaning ‘Dafydd's (son)’, equivalent to Welsh ap Dafydd, the Welsh form of David . The spelling Davis is more typical in southwestern England northwards as far as Lancashire, where the frequency of the surname largely reflects Welsh migration, but may sometimes represent a native English surname based on Davy (compare Davies ). Davis (including in the sense 2 below) is the eighth most frequent surname in the US. It is also very common among African Americans.

    Irish and Scottish: adopted for Gaelic Mac Daibhéid ‘son of David’; see McDevitt . Compare Davies .

    History: John Davis or Davys (c. 1550–1605) was an English navigator who searched for the Northwest Passage. — By the 18th century there were numerous persons named Davis in America, including the jurist John Davis, born in 1761 in Plymouth, MA, and Henry Davis, a clergyman and college president, who was born in 1771 in East Hampton, NY. — Jefferson Davis, born in 1808 in KY, was president of the Confederate States of America from 1861 to 1865.

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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