This is the year of all years for our Davis Clan as we celebrate two major anniversaries for our family lineage. First, our ancestors were the early ones who settled the wilds of the western Virginia frontier. It was 1719 when our ancestor George Davis (1684-1753) set foot on early colonial American soil; 300 years ago this year! George Davis was born in Ireland, and with wife and young in tow, came to America in search of a better life. 2019 marks the 300th year of our family in America. Amazing in its own right. But, there is even more!
Robert’s descendants (Robert is son of George) would later marry Daniel Boone’s (1734-1820) descendants and we have been inter-related ever since. 2019 also marks the 250th year anniversary of Daniel Boone and Davy Crockett’s expedition to find a path/portal across the mountains west. It is this year, 250 years ago in 1769, that these brave explorers found the Gap that the Shawnee had spoken of. It is now called the Cumberland Gap and is the artery all Easterners took to cross the Appalachian / Cumberland Mountains in the trek westward in the great American migration to the west. Daniel Boone and his explorers were the first white men to enter Kentucky and the rest of history has been written. All over the South we see celebrations planned this summer for the 250th year Daniel Boone Great Expedition that opened the East to the West.
So, how are we related to Daniel Boone and Davy Crockett?
First, let’s start with Daniel Boone. Robert Davis’ (1700-1770) daughter Sarah Davis (1729-1796), would marry Isaac VanBebber Sr. They would have a child named Isaac VanBebber, Jr. (1771-1840). The Senior VanBebber would die in the Battle at Point Pleasant in October 1774. This was known as Dunmore’s War and was a battle between the Virginia militia and the Shawnee and Mingo Indians. Upon VanBebber Sr.’s death, Sarah Davis remarries William Griffey. Isaac VanBebber Jr. decides to stay and not move with his mother and Griffey and opts instead to be raised by Daniel Boone (b. 1734-1820).
Daniel Boone and his wife Rebecca have a daughter Susannah who marries William Hays/Hayes. Their daughter Elizabeth Hays/Hayes marries our Isaac VanBebber Jr. So, Daniel Boone’s granddaughter Elizabeth (daughter of Susannah Boone Hays/Hayes) is the wife of my husband’s cousin six times removed. Quickly, for folks new to geneology, what does six times removed mean? It means, how many generations back. So, Susannah Boone’s daughter Elizabeth is the wife of my husband’s cousin, six generations back.
So, not only did our ancestors marry Daniel Boone’s granddaughter, making all his great grandkids ours as well, there are many other Davis’ that married Boones down that line. As an example, Daniel Boone’s son Nathanial married Olive Van Bibber/Bebber – Grand daughter of Isaac Van Bebber and Sarah Davis. As, you can imagine, they all moved with Daniel Boone to Missouri and thus the large Davis clan concentration in Missouri. Hopefully this graphic helps a bit. Note that the black are Davis family. The Purple is Daniel Boone and his daughter Susannah. You see below the marriage and the offspring are all VanBebber (Davis) and Boone. But, also note that other Davis family married the VanBebber/Davis/Boone offspring. Yes indeed, we are very related over may periods of time. This inter-marriage was very common in those days as these families travelled as kin and secondly, there weren’t alot of people around in those times in the wild western frontiers. They intermarried.
We will blog a great deal about Daniel Boone over the course of 2019 as this is such a special year with the 250th anniversary of the discovery of what would become the Cumberland Gap.
So, how are we related to Davy Crockett you ask? As we continue to state, it is important to see who travels and lives together as clan over time. Crockett and Davis intermarried just like Davis/VanBebber/Boone did.
Margaret Davis (1707-1780), sister to Robert, married Robert Crockett. Robert Crockett and Davy Crockett(1786-1836) are kin. Robert is brother to William David Crockett III (1709-1770). It is William’s son who was on the expedition with Daniel Boone, John David Crockett The Elder (1727-1777) and it is The Elder’s grandson, that is known as the famed “Davy Crockett”.
Davy Crockett was an American folk hero, frontiersman, soldier, and politician. He is commonly referred to in popular culture by the phrase “King of the Wild Frontier”. He represented Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives and served in the Texas Revolution.
Crockett grew up in East Tennessee where he gained a reputation for hunting and storytelling. He was made a colonel in the militia of Lawrence County, Tennessee and was elected to the Tennessee state legislature in 1821. In 1827, he was elected to the U.S. Congress where he vehemently opposed many of the policies of President Andrew Jackson, especially the Indian Removal Act. Crockett’s opposition to Jackson’s policies led to his defeat in the 1831 elections. He was re-elected in 1833, then narrowly lost in 1835, prompting his angry departure to Texas (then the Mexican state of Tejas) shortly thereafter. In early 1836, he took part in the Texas Revolution and was killed at the Battle Of The Alamo in March.
So much more will be written about these amazing frontiersmen in our blog, who were the first individuals whom the famed “frontiersman” were written about. The entire genre of “Westerns” stemmed from Daniel Boone and the adventures he was part of. The heroes of the Wild West in written novels and folklore were first penned around these men, with the Wild West being western Virginia Territory and the breaking through the Cumberland Gap and pushing ever westward. Truly the genre of “Western” and the American folk hero was born of Daniel Boone.
We will be writing a great deal about these topics and much more, as we celebrate our Davis lineage and all our extended kin over the course of 2019.
Faith * Family * Frontier * Fidelity
The Davis Family — Forging New Paths For 300 Years