Does anyone have information on the family of James Davison who died (we believe) in Washington Co., TN prior to 1850 and the family of his wife, Mary Ellis, born circa 1806 in Tennessee?
My wife’s great-grandparents were Landon Carter Chase (born 28 April 1838 in Jonesboro, Washington Co., TN and Edith Davidson born 4 Jan 1840 in Washington Co., Tennessee. They were married 9 July 1862 in Washington Co., Tennessee. While we have made good progress tracing Landon’s Chase family ancestry, our “brick wall” is Edith Davidson.
Landon and Edith moved to Hill Co., Texas, in about 1884. It is thought they came with Landon’s younger brother, James Chase, and a relative by the name of F. T. Chase as all three are first recorded in the property tax appraisals for Hill Co. starting in 1884.
According to the Texas death records, Edith’s father was “Davidson” however we have been unable to connect her to any Davidson family in Washington Co., Tennessee. Recently we discovered that the name might be “Davison” and census takers and others had erroneously recorded the name as “Davidson”.
Recently discovered background:
Tennessee Marriages, 1780-2002 has an entry whereby James Davison married Mary Ellis on 29 May 1823 in Washington Co., TN. Mary Ellis’ parents were from Virginia (we think).
If we have made the right connection:
In the 1850 Census for Subdivision 4, District C, of Washington Co., TN, Dwelling 1703, Family 1738, Mary Davison (spelled Davidson), age 44, is living with her parents (Dwelling 1703, Family 1739), Ezekiel Ellis, age 66, and his wife, Ann, age 69. James Davison is not in the home and it is believed he died but no factual information is known.
Children with Mary Davison/Davidson nee Ellis:
Elizabeth Davidson, age 21, born TN
John Davidson, age 16, born TN
Franklin Davidson, age 13, born TN
Edna Davidson, age 10, born TN – believed to be our Edith Chase nee Davidson
Ezekial Davidson, age 8, born TN
Hannah Davidson, age 6, born TN
Alsoin the same dwelling:
Ezekial Ellis, age 66, born VA
Ann Ellis, 69, born VA (maiden name?)
Ezekial Ellis, age 14, born TN
In the 1860 Census for the Buffalo Ridge District, Washington Co., TN, Dwelling 383, Family 383, Mary at age 53, is shown with 3 of her children and her mother (no husband is shown):
Edy Davidson (f), age 19, born TN – believed to be our Edith Chase nee Davidson
Ezekial Davidson, age 18, born TN
Hannah Davidson, age 16, born TN
Ann Ellis, age 77, born TN (s/b VA)