Jacob Davis

Male15 August 1827–4 April 1885

Brief Life History of Jacob

When Jacob Davis was born on 15 August 1827, in Lost Creek, Harrison, West Virginia, United States, his father, Jesse Maxson Davis, was 30 and his mother, Abigail Hoffman, was 25. He married Jemima Davis on 5 June 0050, in Doddridge, West Virginia, United States. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 4 daughters. He lived in West Virginia, United States in 1870 and New Milton, Doddridge, West Virginia, United States in 1880. He died on 4 April 1885, in Greenbrier, Harrison, West Virginia, United States, at the age of 57, and was buried in Doddridge, West Virginia, United States.

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Family Time Line

Jacob Davis
Jemima Davis
Ethelbert Johnson Davis
Olive V. Davis
Alcena Jane Davis
Eucebius Davis
Adolphos Arden Davis
Abigail Hoffman Davis
Lorenzo Dow Davis
Sallie Bird Davis
Welton Burdick Davis
Azara Bruce Davis

Sources (29)

  • Jacob Davis in household of Jesse Davis, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Jacob Davis, "West Virginia, County Marriage Records, 1776-1971"
  • Jacob Davis, "Find A Grave Index"

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World Events (8)

1830 · The Second Great Awakening

Age 3

Being a second spiritual and religious awakening, like the First Great Awakening, many Churches began to spring up from other denominations. Many people began to rapidly join the Baptist and Methodist congregations. Many converts to these religions believed that the Awakening was the precursor of a new millennial age.

1830 · The Oregon Trail

Age 3

Many people started their 2,170-mile West trek to settle the land found by Louis and Clark. They used large-wheeled wagons to pack most of their belongings and were guided by trails that were made by the previous trappers and traders who walked the area. Over time the trail needed annual improvements to make the trip faster and safer. Most of Interstate 80 and 84 cover most of the ground that was the original trail.

1844 · Lumpkin's Jail

Age 17

In 1844 when Robert Lumpkin bought land in Virginia, this would be the spot of the Infamous Slave Jail (or Lumpkin’s Jail). The slaves would be brought here during the slave trade until they were sold. Lumpkin had purchased the land for his own slave business.

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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