NJ Bros. Elnathan & Jonathan --Surveyor & Preacher
Apparently there were at least 3 Elnathan Davises, and at least two of them were successful New Jersey Surveyors of the 1700s. According to Thomas Shourds in "Fenwick's Colony," the one considered the "great surveyor" of West Jersey (Southern NJ) was the grandson of Jonathan, and named after Jonathan's brother. Jonathan was born on Long Island, the son of one of 3 or more brothers who emigrated from Wales and settled in the New England States as early as 1664. (Some brothers were not named.)
Some of the family soon re-located to Long Island,NY, and then Jonathan and his brother Elnathan Davis went on to Trenton, New Jersey in 1700. This Elnathan was appointed Surveyor General of the State. Jonathan became a "conspicuous" Seventh-day Baptist minister, to quote Shourds, amd married Elizabeth Bowen whose family was of the Cohansey precinct. He preached occasionally in homes of the Seventh-day Baptists who lived near Cohansey Corners. After the 7th Day Baptist Church at Shiloh was organized, Jonathan Davis, Jr., became the first pastor.
Elnathan Davis, the "eminent surveyor of the lower counties of West Jersey," was the son of this Jonathan Davis, Jr.
Thomas Shourds gave much attention in his book to Surveyors, whom he revered as mathematical geniuses.Elnathan married Susannah Bond of Maryland, and between 1760 and 1776 they had 3 daughters and 7 sons, including yet another Elnathan.
Our Langleys named boys BOTH Elnathan and Davis, who became Patriots in the Revolution. Then in 1796, we see Rubin or Reuben Langley purchasing acreage from an Elnathan Davis in "Broad Neck" of Pittsgrove Twp. So far we cannot say if this was the renowned Surveyor (husband of Susannah) or the son. No wife's name is on the deed.-- Dolores in DE