Abraham Davis

Brief Life History of Abraham

When Abraham Davis was born in 1720, in Pasquotank, North Carolina, United States, his father, Thomas Jefferson Davis, was 25 and his mother, Catherine Ann Pendleton, was 23. He married Tamer Davis about 1744, in Pasquotank, North Carolina, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 6 daughters. He died on 24 February 1776, in his hometown, at the age of 56, and was buried in North Carolina, United States.

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Abraham Davis
Tamer Davis
Marriage: about 1744
Anthony Davis
Joseph Davis
Tamer Davis
Jerusha Davis
Ruth Davis
Elizabeth Davis
Hagars Davis
Annes Davis

Sources (6)

  • North Carolina, U.S., Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index, 1790-1890
  • Legacy NFS Source: Abraham Davis - birth-name: Abraham Davis
  • Thomas Davis Will

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Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.


North Carolina is the 12th state.

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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