Alexander Davis

Brief Life History of Alexander

When Alexander Davis was born on 18 October 1805, in Madison, Kentucky, United States, his father, Isaac Louis Davis Sr., was 40 and his mother, Jane Jameson, was 37. He married Elsie Carter on 19 January 1830, in Madison, Kentucky, United States. They were the parents of at least 7 sons and 3 daughters. He lived in Vernon, Van Buren, Iowa, United States in 1850. He died on 28 March 1860, in Van Buren, Iowa, United States, at the age of 54, and was buried in Vernon Cemetery, Vernon, Van Buren, Iowa, United States.

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Family Time Line

Alexander Davis
Elsie Carter
Marriage: 19 January 1830
Moses Davis
Joseph Davis
Sarah Ann "Sallie" Davis
James Fielding Davis
Charles Davis
John Davis
Nancy Davis
Lewis Davis
Martha A. Davis
Alexander Davis Jr

Sources (9)

  • Alexander Davis, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Alexander Davis, "Kentucky, County Marriages, 1797-1954"
  • Alexander Davis in entry for Lewis Davis, "Iowa, Death Records, 1904-1951"

World Events (8)


Atlantic slave trade abolished.

1812 · Kentucky Bend Created

During the New Madrid earthquakes of 1811-1812, the Kentucky Bend or New Madrid Bend was created. It is located in the southwestern corner of Kentucky on the banks of the Mississippi River.

1820 · Making States Equal

The Missouri Compromise helped provide the entrance of Maine as a free state and Missouri as a slave state into the United States. As part of the compromise, slavery was prohibited north of the 36°30′ parallel, excluding Missouri.

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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