Thomas Benjamin Davis

Brief Life History of Thomas Benjamin

When Thomas Benjamin Davis was born on 14 October 1823, in Rhydargaeau, Carmarthenshire, Wales, United Kingdom, his father, Benjamin Davis, was 30 and his mother, Rhoda Griffiths, was 28. He married Jamima Price on 29 January 1846. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 3 daughters. He lived in Douglas, Nebraska, United States in 1860 and Llandilo Fawr, Carmarthenshire, Wales, United Kingdom in 1881. He died on 23 January 1889, in Wales, Sanpete, Utah, United States, at the age of 65, and was buried in Wales Cemetery, Wales, Sanpete, Utah, United States.

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Thomas Benjamin Davis
Jamima Price
Marriage: 29 January 1846
William Price Davis
Amelia Davis
Thomas Davis
Elizabeth Davis
Howel Davis
Elizabeth Davis
Thomas Davis
John Davis
Benjamin Davis

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  • Thomas Davis, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Utah, U.S., Death and Military Death Certificates, 1904-1961
  • Thomas Davis, "Find A Grave Index"

World Events (8)

1825 · The Crimes Act

The Crimes Act was made to provide a clearer punishment of certain crimes against the United States. Part of it includes: Changing the maximum sentence of imprisonment to be increased from seven to ten years and changing the maximum fine from $5,000 to $10,000.

1831 · Merthyr Uprising 

Sparked by a depression that was going through Wales the previous three years, the Merthyr uprisings were carried out by workers that were in debt. In the process, twenty-four people were killed and twenty-six were arrested. Troops were brought in to stop the protestors.


Dickens A Christmas Carol was first published.

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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Biography of Thomas Benjamin Davis & Jemima Price

Thomas and Jemima were natives of Old Wales. Thomas was the son of Benjamin Davis and Rhoda Griffiths. Thomas was born the either on the 12th of October 1822 or the 14th of October 1823 it is very pos …

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