Roxana Davis

Brief Life History of Roxana

When Roxana Davis was born on 30 November 1808, in Livonia, Ontario, New York, United States, her father, Asa Davis, was 21 and her mother, Sarah Ann Richardson, was 16. She married James DeWaine Davis on 16 January 1831, in Chardon, Geauga, Ohio, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 1 daughter. She lived in Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, United States in 1839 and Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States in 1860. She died on 4 September 1882, in Bountiful, Davis, Utah, United States, at the age of 73.

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James DeWaine Davis
Roxana Davis
Marriage: 16 January 1831
Charlotte Ann Davis
Philetus Gould Davis
James Kimball Davis

Sources (37)

  • Roxana Green in household of Ephraim Green, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Roxana Davis, "Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013"
  • Roxeni Davis, "Utah, FamilySearch, Early Church Information File, 1830-1900"

World Events (8)


War of 1812. U.S. declares war on Britain over British interference with American maritime shipping and westward expansion.


Historical Boundaries: 1827: Hancock, Illinois, United States

1830 · The Second Great Awakening

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.

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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James Dewaine Davis & Roxanna Davis

James was born as the 3rd of 6 children to Experience Davis and Rhoda Darrow in La Prairie, Quebec, Canada. Roxanna was born in New York as oldest of 14 children to Asa Davis & Sarah (Sally) Richards …

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