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John Davis/Jemima Jefferson

John Davis/Jemima Jefferson

Posted: 922881600000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1016736765000
Surnames: DAVIS, JEFFERSON, WOOD, GUFFEY
John Davis (b ca. 1732) m. widow Jemima Jefferson in Virginia. They were the parents of Robert (m. Avarilla Wood) and William (m. Mourning Guffey) bith early settlers of Clinton County. Davis family legend (as written in Wayne and Clinton county histories) has it that she was a relative of President Thomas Jefferson.

I'd like to do a quick reality check on this Jemima Jefferson Collins Davis connection. Let's examine all the facts.

1. We know from written sources that three of John and Jemima's sons, Robert, Thomas and William, claimed to be first cousins of President Thomas Jefferson.
2. In order for them to be first cousins with President Thomas Jefferson, Jemima would need to be a daughter of Peter Jefferson's (Thomas' father) father, Thomas Jefferson (the president's grandfather).
3. In order for them to be first cousins once removed (more likely) she would have to be a first cousin of President Thomas Jefferson and would have to be a daughter of Peter Jefferson's only brother, Field Jefferson.
4. In order to be first cousins twice removed (actually less likely due to the dates involved) she would have to be a daughter of one of Field Jefferson's four sons: Thomas (b 1743), Peterfield (b. 1735), George (b ca.1745) or John Jefferson.
5. None of these six men are known to have had a legitimate daughter by the name of Jemima.
6. In the FIRST LIST OF TITHABLES OF PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY, YEAR 1767 (an early form of census) on the list of George Jefferson there appears "George Jefferson (Mechkenburg), John Davis, overseer, & Negroes, to-wit: Sam, Chance, Pompey, Phillis, Patt & Lacy"
7. On the same list there appears Daniel, William and Samuel Collins.

Those are all the facts that I have regarding this pair. Given recent revelations, including DNA evidence that a Jefferson fathered at least one child by President Jefferson's slave Sally Hemings, I find the conjecture that Jemima (b. ca. 1736) was a bastard child of one of the Jeffersons quite plausible. The best candidate would be the president's Uncle Field Jefferson (b. 1702, m Mary Robertson 1734, d. 1762) though it is also possible that Field's father Thomas Jefferson (b. 1679 d. 1735) is her father but this seems unlikely.

If Jemima is Field Jefferson's illegitimate child it would make the Davis brother's claim of being first cousins with the president valid (although they would be half first cousins once removed). If Jemima was fathered on one of Field Jefferson's slaves, and Field was as good at keeping slave records as was his nephew the president, there might actually be a way of proving or disproving this conjecture. Are these records still extant in the Virginia Archives? It would certainly be worth a search to solve this long standing family puzzle.

Robert Davis

Posted: 927028800000
Classification: Query
Edited: 998538409000
Surnames: Davis, Guffey, Wood
I am sorry that I cannot help more with the President Jefferson connection, but I am interested in Robert Davis and wife Avarilla Wood. Their son Absolom was married in Wayne Co., Ky to Alafore (Ally Fair) Guffey. I think because of changing County Lines they later were listed in Clinton Co., Ky. Absolom had land on Otter Creek. Their daughter Sallie married John Shell(e)y in Clinton Co., Ky. I would be interested in any information that you might have on Robert and his wife because I have very little on the family, but would be glad to share anything that I might have.

Davis and Wood

Posted: 931176000000
Classification: Query
Edited: 998538409000
Surnames: Davis, Wood
Thanks for your response Leonard, I would be delight to exchange information with you and would also like to know how to obtain the C.E.W. Davis family study - Where is it located? Will I be able to obtain a copy of it?

Davis and Wood

Leonard Damron (View posts)
Posted: 931176000000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Davis, Wood
I am sure you must have the family study done by C.E.W. Davis, son of Absolom Davis and Allie Fair Guffey of Clinton Co., Ky. Some of my findings were through the back door, that is by researching other surnames, one of these being Wood. Robert Davis, father of Absolom and others, married Avarilla Wood, dau. of Henry Wood. Avarilla had a brother Belfield Wood, who resided about 10 years in Wayne Co., Ky., then removed to first Campbell and then Fentress Co., Tenn.
Will exchange information

Davis, Guffey, McGuffey

Connie Mincy (View posts)
Posted: 935409600000
Classification: Query
Surnames: DAVIS, MCGUFFEY
I am descendent of John Davis b. 12/12/1758 in Amherst, Va d. 9/30/1841 in Clinton County, Ky he was married to Mourning McGuffey who was also born in Amherst, Va and died about 1805 in Wayne County,Ky. If anyone has any info would greatly appreciate corresponding with you. You can e-mail me direct.

Re: Davis, Guffey, McGuffey

Dorothy L. Doll (View posts)
Posted: 1008751803000
Classification: Query
Hi cousin, I live in California. I have the Davis Family History.
John's father and mother were John Davis (#1)& Mourning Guffey. John was born 12/12/1758, d. 9/30/1841.
Mourning Guffey Davis-b. ?, d. CA 1804.
they had 6 children: Polly (1792), Nancy (1794), Sarah 4/12/1796 to 8/21/1892, John (#3)-1798, Elizabeth 7/20, 1800, and James 12/12/1803 to 8/16/1884. I have a list of their spouses. Contact me for other info.

Re: Davis, Guffey, McGuffey

Leonard L. Damron (View posts)
Posted: 1008783079000
Classification: Query
Dorothy, I have several connections into the Davis line in question. As an example: Robert Davis married Avarilla Wood, this Avarilla was a sister to Belfield Wood, whose dau. married William Ferguson, a Rev. War soldier, and these are my Ferguson ancestors. The fact that I came onto this particular Davis line through the back door so to speak, this as it was while I was investigating Belfield Wood, I came upon information on the Davis line that would not have been found in a frontal assault on the Davis's. You are I'm sure familiar with the works of C.E.W. Davis, in these he mentions brothers Robert, John, James, Thomas and William, and of course you know about Robert and John Davis, but James resided in White Co., Tenn., while Thomas and William resided in the area that is now confined to Martin Co., Ky. C.E.W. Davis also shows Avarilla Davis, the youngest child of Robert and Avarilla. This Avarilla Davis had a child Mahalla who was born out of wedlock, the father being William Guffey, who was a brother to your Mourning Guffey. Please contact me at lldamron@swbell.net

Re: John Davis/Jemima Jefferson

Posted: 1152321962000
Classification: Query
I am wondering if anyone else has an update on Jemima Jefferson's parents?

Re: Robert Davis

Posted: 1276576152000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Wood,Davis,Key
You cannot imagine how happy I am to discover this information after 16 years of searching. I believe my gggg grandfather Hugh Key(Kee) married a daughter of Robert and Avarilla Wood Davis.Her name was Betsy on the marriage record,I assume she was Elizabeth. They married in 1807 in Wayne Co.,KY,with the written consent of her parents,given as "Robert and Avililar (sic) Davis". Hugh Key and his descendants have lived in Wayne Co. Ky,Clay Co.,TN,Fentress Co.,TN and Clinton Co.,Ky,as well as Morgan Co.,TN.At least one of his sons went to Missouri about the same time as the Guffeys.
Where can I get a copy of the research done by Mr. Davis ?

Re: Robert Davis

Posted: 1276719022000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Robert Davis ; John Davis; Clinton County Ky;


Have you seen this PDF file - it is quite enlightening

http://www.grundycountyhistory.org/04_Coll/Thomas/Davis,_Nat...

I too am a descendent of of John Davis the 1st of Wales.

Good luck and contact me anytime if you think I might help or have info that will help. I have alerts on my pc to show where someone inquired to Clinton county Ky. I have quite a bit of information as I have been doing this research since 2002
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