These statements explain WHY you cannot find any pre-1850 info for James Davis -
Facts you should know about the early census records - All census records [1790 – 1840] prior to the 1850 census ONLY listed the head of household; whether male or female. NO specific age was stated for any family member NO place of birth was stated – city, state, or country NO city, town, or village is stated – only the county; however some census takers listed the township NO street address was stated NO marital status was stated – single, married, widowed, or divorced NO family relationship was stated – brother, sister, cousin, son, daughter, wife, inlaw, etc… NO occupation was stated NO parental birthplaces are stated NO race was stated [but assume “white”]
1850, 1860 & 1870 census records do not show family relationships, marital status or parental birthplaces.
Step children are not enumerated as “step” children Adopted children are not enumerated as “adopted” Grand children are not enumerated as “grand children” Orphaned children were not enumerated as "orphan"
1850 is the 1st census that shows all family members
1880 is the 1st census that shows parental birthplaces +++
Rhoda Coddington Birth 9 May 1798 in Woodbridge, Middlesex, New Jersey Death 1860 in Boone, Indiana she married - James Davis Birth 1795 in Delaware Death 1860 in Jackson, Boone, Indiana
IND marriage record - Last Name: DAVIS First Name: CALEB Spouse- Last Name: CHRISMAN Spouse- First Name: ANN MARIAH County: Boone Date: 3-20-1842
INDIANA Vital Records - On March 5, 1945, the General Assembly of the State of Indiana approved H. 449, an act relating to vital statistics; providing for the collection of records of births and deaths.Acts 1945, c. 154. Thank you for your inquiry. Dawn M. Adams Staff Attorney Indiana State Department of Health Office of Legal Affairs 2 North Meridian Street Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 Phone:317/233-7874 Fax:317/233-7143
TRY - Find a grave – free volunteer site all states; frequently has headstone pic DO NOT SEARCH FOR A MARRIED WOMAN USING HER MAIDEN NAME.