Re: Who are the Parents of (Stephen) Giles Letcher born abt 1710 in N Ireland ?
The David Davidson "III" who married Mary Giles was on the 1764 tithe list in Buckingham Co., VA (and that 1764 tithe list showed that a William Davidson was also in the home....probably a son of David's).David "III" was probably a son of the David Davidson "II" who died in Charles City Co., VA (CCCo) around 1756.David Davidson"II" had a Stephen Davidson (probably a son) as the executor of his will in CCCo, and David Davidson "III" had a son named Stephen Davidson (born 1757 in Cumberland Co., VA....I suspect, of course, that he was named for the older Stephen Davidson who was in CCCo).David Davidson "II" was a son of David Davidson "I" and his wife Sarah Unknown.David Davidson "I" died in James City Co., VA around 1687, and he was born in Holland, per his surviving naturalization papers.DNA testing on this Davidson family shows a "Viking heritage" (so they probably "trace back" to a Viking family that eventually "blended-in" with the people in Scotland....and Holland was the number one trading partner with Scotland, and many Scots lived in Holland in the 1600s, as a result).
David Davidson "III" was the likely father of the William Davidson who married Martha Baker and who left the Buckingham area and moved to Botetourt Co., VA around 1769.William and Martha (Baker) Davidson had Reverend Andrew Baker Davidson (married Susan Dorman), and the Reverend and his wife had James Dorman Davidson (married Hannah Greenlee).James and Hannah had the Greenlee Davidson who was mentioned in my earlier post.
There were at least five....and maybe as many as six....UNRELATED Davidson/Davison/Davisson families in just the Augusta/Botetourt/Rockbridge Co., VA area alone in the 1700s (and over a dozen such families in all of VA)!We have DNA donors from five of those six "groups" in that area, and they do not match one another.This "failure to match" actually makes sense, when combined with good old fashioned "conventional research."We hope to find a DNA donor out of that "sixth" family someday (headed by a John Davison and his wife Mary Allison).That "sixth" family married into the family of William Davidson and Martha Baker on two occasions, but they do not appear to be related to one another.