This is another GEM of information presented by Michael DeLorenzo - Thanks Michael. This GEM is the biography of Capt. Bernard G. Smith, b 1838 to the family of Abel T Smith and Deborah S Wilson of Harrison Co., VA/WV, who moved to White Co., IN in the fall of 1846. Abel T. may have been named after Abel Davis.You can read about Abel T. Smith in Harrison Co.GenForum Message # 587 & 755.
White Co., IN at one time supported the family of Abel Davis and his sons & daughters. Abel was b. about 1764 in Loudoun Co., VA a son of Benjamin & Hannah Davis.Bernjamin d. testate 1803 naming his heirs: Hannah, wife; daughters: Ann, Sarah, Rachel and Elizabeth; sons, Abel & Howell and a gr-Dau, Martha Orison/Arison.
Abel m. Mary Huffman before 1790.They lived about 20 year in Monongalia Co., VA near present day Grafton in Taylor Co., WV.About 1818 Abel moved to Champaign Co., OH where I believe Mary d. as Abel m. Catherine Kirkwood in Champaign Co. on 3 May 1828. By 1835 most of his sons and daughters had moved to White Co. where Rebecca (Davis) Luzader, Catherine (Davis)Deaver; John Davis & Mary E. (Newland) Davis; Isaac and Mary (Phillips) Davis; Phillip H. and Catherine(Smith) Davis; Elizabeth(Davis)Benjamin; Jacob and Sarah(Wolf)Davis and Nancy(Davis)Welch resided in White and surrounding counties.
In 1835 John Davis purchased land from Joseph H. Thompson and his wife Mary Ferguson (Joseph Thompson was b. in Harrison Co., VA) The deed introduced as John Davis of the County of Hardy in VA. probably where he met Mary Elizabeth "Isabella" (Newland) Davis.They named a son Joseph Ware Davis who m. Nancy Minerva Janes.In May this yearI visited with a cousin in Oklahoma who has the sword carried by Joseph Ware Davis during the Civil War. I believe Joseph was named after his maternal Grandfather, Joseph Weer/Weir/Ware who d. testate in Frederick Co., VA 1826.
Joseph Ware DAvis had ser=veral sons including my Granfdather Professor John R. Davis [1867-1947] He never used his middle name and no one seems to know what the R. stands for.
Anyone interested in this family is welcome to contact me.Click on my name for address. Joe