Our Davis family lineage tells an amazing tale. It is one of persistence and strength as Scots-Irish who moved to America from Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland early in the formation of this great nation. Over ships early on, our ancestors first landed in Pennsylvania. And, with a desire for a better life and unwavering spirit, soon moved “out west” to the outer edge of the great rugged frontier of mid 1700s Virginia territory. Our men were some of the first frontiersmen in the Virginia Territory; what would become North and South Carolina, some of the first into Tennessee, and our kind being second into Eugene Springfield Oregon and some of the first into the Washington territory.
Our kinsmen served as trackers, wilderness breakers, this country’s first spies under George Washington, first settlers, and fighters in the French Indian War, Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Civil War, World War I and Vietnam War. One ancestor was even raised by Daniel Boone when his father was killed at The Battle of Point Pleasant and the mother (a Davis) remarried and moved further down the Clinch River in East Tennessee. The women in our line were fierce; often mothers of dozens of children all while dealing with roaming Indian bands, husbands gone to battle and still keeping the home and the written record of our lineage preserved for the family line to come. The stories of our women are equally as impressive to our men, as some are the mothers of some of America’s greatest individuals whom every American is raised to know and love through our text books about the formation of this country.
It has been rumored to be true that Thomas Jefferson is a first cousin lineage, which we believe we can prove based on information on the ground in East Tennessee as we continue to study the lineage of Aaron Davis an Jonathan Davis Jr. who we believe are brothers or cousins. Within the Davis kinship is also connections to Davy Crockett and and the maternal bloodlines of Daniel Boone’s direct descendants. Andrew Jackson grew up on Davis land in North Carolina as a child along with many other of the nations first thought leaders. These relations all developed while the Davis clan lived in Old Augusta County then Greenbrier County and Claiborne County, with some moving on to establish the famed Waxhaw Settlement where Andrew Jackson was raised, in what is now North Carolina. Our direct Davis line went from Augusta, To Roane County, TN to Kansas and then directly on to the Washington Territory (later Eastern Washington/Western Idaho), while other kin went from Tennessee by way of Oregon (Springfield first settlement) then later on to Whittman Washington, with all kin merging back in Ione Washington in/around late 1800s.
When our kin moved from Augusta County, VA territory to Greenbrier County, W(VA territory) then on into Eastern Tennessee, our ancestors would become some of the first settlers in Powell Valley, TN. It is here where they bought land in the first land grant opened up when Tennessee became a state, where the land was acquired from the Cherokee Indians during the peace treaty that opened up Tennessee and Kentucky. Our direct kin purchased the first land available after treaty with the Cherokee in Roane County, TN.
Later, the extended Davis line were some of the first to cross the Oregon Trail, in 1848 and 1852 and 1853 respectively. Davis is the second family to settle Eugene, Springfield Oregon. Having already been fighting, sometimes winning and sometimes losing, the Indians for over 100 years, traveling across the Oregon Trail was not as daunting to the Davis clan as it was to immigrants who had just come over from Europe.
Of course, as the spirit and fire for new territory abounds in the Davis blood, our ancestors would also be some of the first to move into the Washington Territory, in what is now Eastern Washington and Western Idaho. Here the native tribes were active and present.
Three things become very clear when learning about the Davis lineage: first, their thirst for freedom from the persecution they were confronted with in Northern Ireland gave them heart beyond measure, second, their love of God sustained them when large portions of extended Davis clan family members were viciously murdered by Indians in the Muddy Creek Massacre of 1763 and in the Washington Territory and throughout the lives of many generations of our family, and third, their fortitude (the strength of mind that allows one to endure pain or adversity with courage) is what allowed the rest of us to even be here breathing today.
There are tales of love and loss, Indian massacres where the Davis clan was destroyed, forts, trading posts, wagon trains, and military skirmishes. We built the settlements on our own land patents where future Presidents grew up, were the first rangers of the frontier then moving on to fight under George Washington, and are kin to Presidents, Congressmen, history memorialized scouts and almost every major icon of early America.
It is up to us to carry this lineage and the wisdom derived from it forward, to the next generation, and then the next. It is with this desire that we focus on fidelity – the accurate representation of the past from a historical, genealogical and personal perspective. Thus, information we share goes far beyond the science of DNA and delves deeply into the vast history recorded in America’s first written account of our nation along with the personal Bible histories, stories and photos that have been stored through dialogue passed down from generation to generation. To some this is called “folklore” when stories of old are repeated in the modern age. However, for us, that folklore is our ancestors and the lives they led. We are blessed to be part of their legacy.
This is our story.