|About Joseph Davis
Joseph Davis was born about 1762 somewhere in South Carolina and died about 1825 somewhere in South Carolina. Dates for birth and death are estimated. He lived to be about 63 years old.
1762 - 1825
|GA (Effingham County)
|28 yrs old
|Call Number: Box 42, Folder 9. Page Number: 1. Family Number: 108
Name: Joseph Davis,
State: Georgia ,
County: Effingham County,
Residence Year: 1790
Household Remarks: Name on petition, 15 Jul 1793, to Gov Telfair from inhabitants of Effingham Co saying the land court granted by fraud 1000000 acres to a few persons. Many couldn’t attend the court because of poverty.
|Additional information about Effingham County, GA around 1790: Settlement of this land actually dates back to the days of Oglethorpe in 1734 shortly after the town of Savannah was established. Effingham County was officially created in 1773 by combining portions of St. Philip and St. Matthew parishes -- both of which had been created in 1758. GA had been a poor colony from the beginning and expansion had been hindered by the Creek Indians on the west. During the 1750s and 1760s more than 2 million acres were acquired from the Creeks. After the American Revolution ends in 1776, the state of Georgia is created and the new government begins a land campaign. By 1785, they identify that four-fifths of the land claimed by GA is still occupied by Creek Indians.
|GA (Effingham County)
|31 yrs old
|Last Will & Testament of John Davis
I, John Davis, Being as I expect a leaving this life I recommend my soul to
God that gave it and my Body to the Dust and to His world. Concerns Idispose of
After my lawful Debts is paid, I give my True and Loving wife, Elizabeth Davis,
one Negro woman named Phoeby, and one Negro boy named Adam; I give my sons
Joseph, John, James, William & Samuel, ten pounds each, and George and Walter,
twenty pounds each. My daughter, Nancy, twenty pounds, William Osteen, ten
pounds, or at that rate equally divided according to the amount of the Estate.
And respecting my lands at Buckhead, according to my Contract with William and
Samuel, paying what monies I owe for said lands, it shall be their Right and
To my son, Walter, I give the Plantation we now live on, and the lands' round
about to George.
The Boat shall be divided between William, Samuel, George and
May the 30th 1793
Witnesses present, signed:
We the subscribers, believing this Testament to be the Will & Desire of
our Deceased Father, do freely and voluntary agree that the same should be
executed agreeable to the Tennor of the same, witness our hands this 9th day of
State of Georgia, Effingham County:
Personally appeared Mr. Joseph Davis and made Oath & Declared that at the
request of his Father, John Davis, deceased, he wrote the within as his Last
Will & Testament, and he believes that he was in his perfect senses at the time
he wrote, and that it is as he desired him to write it, and after he wrote it
he did read it to him and he was satisfied, but did not sign it, and the within
named or signed as witnesses was present and that he was satisfied, names as
thus, Joseph Davis, George Davis, Agnus Davis, and Elizabeth Osteen.
Sworn before me this 27th Jan 1794
Signed: Joseph Davis
A. C. Revost, R.P.E.C.
|GA (Effingham County)
|32 yrs old
|Last Will & Testament of Elizabeth Davis
I, Elizabeth Davis, Being now as I expect a leaving this life Irecommend my
soul to God that gave it and my Body to the Dust and to as to His world &
concerns I dispose of as follows:
What my deceased husband gave me at his death I desire should be sold foras
much as it will fetch and equally divided between my four children, Elizabeth,
George, Ann and Walter, as witness my hand this second day of June 1793,and my
desire is that my son, Joseph Davis, and Joshua Loper should see that this my
last will should be fulfilled, the words 'four' and 'George' interlined
(underlined ?) before signed in presence of her.
Elizabeth X Davis
Joseph Davis }
Elizabeth X Lanier (her mark) } State of Georgia
Joshua Loper } Effingham County.
Personally appeared Mr. Joshua Loper and made oath and declared that he was
present and did see Mrs. Elizabeth Davis make her mark & acknowledge it to be
her last will and Testament and at the same time, did see Mr. Joseph Davis sign
the same and Mrs. Elizabeth Lanier make her mark and that he himself did also
sign his name as evidence and he verily believes that she was in her perfect
senses at that time.
Sworn before me this 27 Jany 1794, Ravot R.P.E.C.:
We the subscribers believing this Testament to be the will & Desire of our
Deceased Mother do freely & voluntarily agree that the same should be Executed
agreeable to the terms of the same. Witness our hand this 9th September1793.
Sworn before me this 27th Jan 1794
A. C. Revost, R.P.E.C.
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|The first steam engine is invented by Watt
|The concept of chemical compounds is conceived by Lavoisier
|The hot air balloon is invented by Michel and Montgolfier and the first people in modern history fly at an altitude of 1800 m.
|The power loom was invented by Cartwright to produce cloth.
|The cotton gin was invented by Whitney.
|The Rosetta Stone was discovered
|The first battery was invented by Volta
|The first steamboat was invented by Fulton
|The first locomotive engine was created by Stephenson
|NEWS HEADLINES: On April 18th, Paul Revere makes his famous ride proclaiming "The British are Coming" and the American Revolution War begins. Britain hires 29,000 German mercenaries to handle conflict in North America.
|NEWS HEADLINES: July 4th, American Revolution War ends and the United States of America is officially created.
|NEWS HEADLINES: Seat of U.S. government moves from Philadelphia to Washington DC
|NEWS HEADLINES: Tecumseh's emerging Indian Confederacy is defeated at the Battle of Tippecanoe in Ohio. Afterwards, Tecumseh and his brother travel from their Shawnee homes in the north to recruit and unify the southern Indians.
|NEWS HEADLINES: War of 1812 begins and will continue for until 1814. Some call it the Second War of Independence because the US fights Great Britain to a stalemate, Americas independence was assured.
|During 1782-1783, land to the south and west of the Tugaloo and Savannah Rivers are ceded by the Cherokee and Creek.
|Charles Town is officially renamed Charleston, SC.
|South Carolina joins the United States of America. State government is moved from Charleston to Columbia two years later.
|Georgia Gazette begins publication. It is the first newspaper in Georgia and the eighth newspaper in the English colonies.
|Britain passes the Stamp Act taxing all colonial newspapers, advertisements, leases, licenses, pamphlets, and legal documents. Later the same year, Britain repeals the Stamp Act in Britain -- but it continues to be enforced on colonists in North America
|Angered by the tea tax of 1767 and the British East India Company's monopoly on tea trade, the independent New England colonial merchants dump the precious cargo overboard into the Boston harbor. This incident is called the Boston Tea Party.
|The First Continental Congress of fifty-five representatives (except from the colony of Georgia) meets in Philadelphia to discuss relations with Britain, the possibility of independence, and the hope of a peaceful solution. King George III scorns the thought of reconciliation and declares the colonies to be in a state of open rebellion.
|On April 18th, Paul Revere makes his famous ride proclaiming "The British are Coming" and the American Revolution War begins. Britain hires 29,000 German mercenaries to handle conflict in North America.
|July 4th, American Revolution War ends and the United States of America is officially created.
|Alliance between United States and France
|Constitution of the United States is signed
|Alexander McGillivray, the head of the Creek Indian Nation, dies. A restlessness begins to grow among the Indians in what is now Georgia, Alabama and Northern Florida as town chiefs via for the vacant leadership role.
|The United States establishes the Navy
|Mississippi Territory organized from Georgia's western land claims. It includes what will later become portions of Mississippi, Alabama and Northern Florida,
|Louisiana Purchase from France (who secured it from Spain) gives the US a huge new territory and the port of New Orleans.
|The Seminole warrior later known as Osceola is born near Tuskegee, AL.
|Federal Road project begins after the Creek Indians give the U.S. permission to develop a “horse path” through their nation that will provide better mail delivery between Washington City (DC) and New Orleans. Soon settlers are traveling and settling along this path to settle the southern frontier.
|Lewis and Clark Expedition, which began in 1804, ends. News of the rich lands to the west begins to spread.
|By 1811 the new "Federal Road" (which started as a horse path) is filled with a steady flow of white settlers into Creek Indian Territories. The Spanish begin to fan hostile sentiments among the Indians.
|The Act of April 24, 1820 abolished the land purchase credit system, fixed the price of public lands at $1.25 per acre, and set the minimum purchase at 80 acres. After a person purchased land, a final certificate was issued by the land office and sent to Washington DC to be verified and signed by the President -- a time consuming process. Public lands were most typically available through US treaties with Indians who agreed to be removed from their homelands.
|Seven Year's War ends; Peace is established in Paris between France, Spain, England and Portugal
|Britain passes the Sugar Act forbids American importation of foreign rum and taxing imported molasses, wine, silk, coffee, and a number of other luxury items.
|Jesuits are forced out of Spanish America
|Spain declares war on England
|Josef II abolishes serfdom in Hungary; England declares war on Holland
|Peace established at Versailles between France, England, Spain and United States; Britain cedes all lands west to the Mississippi River
|Catherine the Great leads Russia into war with Turkey
|Russia begins war with Sweden
|French feudal system is abolished with the Declaration of Rights of Man. Outbreak of hostilities in France with the fall of the Bastille on July 14; Revolution in Austrian Netherlands declares independence as Belgium
|French Revolutionary Wars begin and the French royal family is imprisoned the following year
|Marie Antoinette is executed; Fugitive Slave Act passed; Roman Catholic faith is banned in France; France declares war on Britain and Holland.
|White Terror and bread riots in Paris
|Napoleon marries Josephine de Beauharnais
|Napoleon proclaims the Venetian Constitution, founds Ligurian Republic in Genoa
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