William Leander Davis (b. 13 Mar 1825, d. 06 May 1902)
William Leander Davis was born 13 Mar 1825 in Haywood County, North Carolina, and died 06 May 1902 in Sulpher Springs, Benton, Arkansas.He married Nancy Ann Rebecca Abercrombie on 26 Jan 1860, daughter of Young David Abercrombie and Susan Montgomery. Notes for William Leander Davis: William Leander Davis fought at the Battle of Pea Ridge, Arkansas on March 7th and 8th, 1962. He did not file for a Confederate Soldier Pension. He did attend the Confederate Soldiers reunion which was held on August 27th and 28th, 1981.A complete newspaper article lists the Confederate soldiers who attended.The reunion was held in Benton County, Arkansas. The newspaper article lists William Leander Davis as: W. L. Davis, lives in Sulphur Springs. He served in Co. G, 1st Cherokee, Stand Watie Div., Maxey's. W. L. Davis is from Haywood County, NC, his rank while enlisted at Pea Ridge, was Lieut. His age at the time of the reunion was 66. William Leander is listed in the Confederate Pension Records of Benton County, as W.L. Davis, Co. G. 1st Cherokee. W.L. Davis signed his Amnesty Oath on May 12 1866. Information Source: Benton County Amnesty Oaths, Probate Record B, #292, date: May 12, 1866, W.L. Davis. DEEDS: Benton County Arkansas Grantor Index to Deeds 1833-1875 Grantor (Seller): Davis, W.L. & wGrantee (Buyer) Brown, Louisa W. October 26, 1866 Book F, page 183 1900 WILL AR: State of Arkansas, County of Benton. I, William L. Davis, of County of Benton and State of aforesaid being of sound mind and memory, do make, publish and declare this to be my last will and testament, wit: 1st Do will and bequeath all my personal property and Real Estate to my wife, Nancy A.R. Davis during her natural life. 2nd My just debts and funeral expenses shall first be paid. 3rd at the death of both me and my wife the Estate shall be equally divided between my sic children, Demarcy V. Epperson, Mary A. Jennings, James T. Davis, John L. Davis, Lila Pearson, Benjamin C. Davis except one Hundred Dollars each to be given to my Daughters -One hundred to Demarcy V. Epperson, One Hundred Mary A. Jennings, One Hundred Lila Pearson. Said amount of Three Hundred Dollars to be first taken from the Estate and the remainder of said Estate then shall be equally divided between my six children or their heirs. I nominate and appoint my son Benjamin C. Davis and Elbert Jennings to be the Executor of this my last will and testament hereby revoking all other will by me made. (Illegible) witness whereas I have hereunto set my hand and seal this the 9th day of May 1900. 1909 PROOF of WILL AR: State of Arkansas, County of Benton. Personally appeared before me, W.E. Hill, Court of the County and Probate Court of Benton County Arkansas, Benjamin C. Davis, to my well known, who being duly sworn says: That he was one of the subscribing witnesses to the foregoing instrument of writing, purporting to be the last will and testament of William L. Pavis, deceased, who died in Benton County, Arkansas, on or about 6th day of May, 1902; that said instrument was executed at the time, place, and by the person therein named; that said William L. Davis, the Testator, was at the time of signing said instrument upwards of twenty one years of age, and of sound and disposing mind and memory and that in the presence of my self and Elbert Jennings declared it to be his last will and testament and subscribed his name thereto in the presence of Elbert Jennings and this affidavit; that at the request of said Testator, affiant and said Elbert Jennings wrote their names to .his said Will in his presence and in the presence of each other; that the subscriptions to the foregoing instrument of Writing are genuine and that said instrument which is hereto attached is the identical one that affiant so witnessed and saw the said William L. Davis sign. (Signed) Benjamin C. Davis Subscribed and sworn to before me this 7th day of January 1909. W.E. Clerk. (Signed) William L. Davis Signed in the presence of Elbert Jennings Benjamin C. Davis More About William Leander Davis: Burial: Butler Creek Cemetery, Sulphur Springs, Benton Co., Arkansas Cause of Death: Stomach trouble. Census 1: 1870, Round Prairie Twp., Benton Co., Arkansas Census 2: 1880, Sulphur Springs, Benton Co., AR Census 3: 1900, Sulphur Springs, Benton Co., AR Medical Information: From the W. W. Dunn & Son Funeral Home Records, Sulphur Springs, AR. W.L. Davis, age 77, died May 6,1902, Buried Butler Creek. Ordered by, Chas. Mosier. Property 1: August 09, 1858,10765 - Land Patent, Arkansas State Property 2: August 22, 1860,12613 - Land Patent - Arkansas State Property 3: October 04, 1876, 3318 - Land Patent - Arkansas State Will: May 09,1900, Benton Co., Arkansas INFORMATION KNOWN ABOUT WILLIAM LEANDER DAVIS(From Marilyn Rich) 1825 MARCH 13WilliamLeanderDavis -born Haywood County, North Carolina Whereabouts unknown: during years 1825-1858 Since several of William Leander Davis' children give his place of birth as Tennessee, Iwonder if he may have lived in Tennessee before coming to Arkansas. 1858 AUGUST 09Arkansas Land Patent, # 10765 Sec. 36, Twp 19N, R33W North West quarter of the North East quarter 40 acres 1860 JANUARY 26Married Nancy Ann Rebecca Abercrombie of Sulphur Springs, Benton Co., Arkansas 1860 AUGUST 22Arkansas Land Patent, #12613 Sec. 17,Twpl9N,R33W North Vi of the North West 1A and the West 1A of the North East %. 160 acres 1861 FEBRUARY 02Daughter born: Demarcy Vashti 1862 MARCH 7th & 8thFought at the Battle of Pea Ridge - Civil War — Confederate Served in:Co. G, 1st Cherokee, Stand Wane Div., Maxey's Listed as: W.L Davis, served as Lieut 1861 MAY 1Final - Land Patent # 1863 MAY 26Daughter born: Mary Ann 1867 NOVEMBER 04Son born: James Thomas 1870 FEBRUARYMr. L. M. Alien states: "he's acquainted with William L. Davis that he resides on North Vx of the NorthWest V* and West ¥2 of the North East 1A Sec 17, Twp 19, R 33. He has one dwelling house, and smokehouse, about 12 acres of land under fence and cultivation. 1870 FEBRUARY 18thWilliam L. Davis states the above same and adds, "I have continued to make it my home and dweltthereon since about the 16th day of September 1860. That I entered the same on the 22nd day of August1860 at the Land Office at Fayetteville, Ark., received receipt no. 12613, under the graduation law at 50cents per acre, that I have not received patent there for." 1870 MARCH 14thSon born: John L. 1872MARCH 30thDaughter born: Fanny Delilah "Lila* 1876 JULY 16*Son born: Benjamin Chase 1876 OCTOBER 4thLand Office at Harrison, Ark., #3318 Application William L. Davis states he is a citizen of US, head of afamily and cannot go to Harrison, Ark. In person for land. Sec 30, Twp 21, R 32, SW 1/4 of NW 1/4 1882 JUNE 17thNews article reads: "The Advance" published for 5 consecutive weeks regarding William L. Davishomestead entry. 1883 FEBRUARY 3rdLand Patent, # 3555, Sec 30, Twp 21 N, R 32 W. Final 3318/3555 - 39.830 acres 1885 JUNE 27J.M. Davis dies and is buried in Davis plot in the Butler Creek Cemetery, Sulphur Springs, AR. - Could this be James M. Davis? - He was born in 1823 - might be a brother 1886 FEBRUARY 27thJohn S. Davis dies and is buried in Davis plot in the Butter Creek Cemetery, Sulphur Springs, AR. - shares headstone with J.M. Davis - could he be J.M. Davis' son? -John S. Davis born 1842 1891 AUGUST 27/28Attended Confederate Reunion — Benton Co., was age 66 1900 Fed. CensusLists William as W.L. Davis and wife Rebecca. He is 75, she is 57, state married 40 years. She wasmother of 7 children, 7 children living. Lists W.L. Davis' parents as FA: b. NC, MO: b. SC 1900 MAYFiles a Last Will and Testament Witnessed by" Benjamin C. Davis & Elbert Jennings 1902 MAY 6thWilliam Leander Davis dies and is buried in the Butler Creek Cemetery, Sulphur Springs, AR. W.W. Dunn& Son, Funeral Home, Sulphur Springs, AR No obituary can be found More About William Leander Davis and Nancy Ann Rebecca Abercrombie: Marriage: 26 Jan 1860 Children of William Leander Davis and Nancy Ann Rebecca Abercrombie are:
+Demarcy Vashti Davis, b. 01 Feb 1861, Sulpher Springs, Benton, Arkansas, d. 07 Jan 1940, Rockford, Winnebago, Illinois.
+Mary Ann Davis, b. 26 May 1863, Sulphur Springs, Benton Co., Arkansas, d. 19 Nov 1954, Fresno, Fresno Co., California.
+James Thomas Davis, b. 04 Nov 1867, Suplhur Springs, Benton Co., AR, d. 19 Sep 1928, Southwest City, Mc Donald Co., MO.
+John L Davis, b. 14 Mar 1870, Sulphur Springs, Benton Co., Arkansas, d. 21 Mar 1947, Tulsa, Tulsa County, Oklahoma.
+Fanny Delilah Davis, b. 30 Mar 1872, Sulpher Springs, Benton, Arkansas, d. 20 Mar 1954, Fayetteville, Washington Co., Arkansas.
Benjamin Chase Davis, b. 16 Jul 1876, Sulpher Springs, Benton, Arkansas67, d. 27 Feb 1936, Sulphur Springs, Benton Co., Arkansas.