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Joseph  Davis 

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Joseph Davis
1775 - 8/1869
Joseph Davis was born about 1775 in Edgecombe Co., North Carolina and died on an unknown day in August 1869 in Decatur County, Georgia. Actual date of birth is unknown. He lived to be about 94 years old.

Occupation: Farmer and in Law Enforcement. He moved to GA in about 1801 and first lived in Burke then Screven and then Decatur County by 1828. He was Justice of the Peace from 10/19/1815 to 1/31/1817 in the 80th District of Sereven County GA. He was also Justice of the Peace for Decatur County GA in 1832. Married in GA.

He had ten children with wife Sarah.
  1. Hugh Cravey (1802-1870),
  2. Ann K. (1804-1880)she never married and lived with her parents,
  3. Elizabeth C. (1805-1850),
  4. Thomas (1805-1870),
  5. Jesse H. (1808-1840),
  6. Jonas Beale (1-12-1809-1893)served in Capt. J. Hawthorn's GA Militia 1836-1838, married Clarissa Prevatt,
  7. Ell "L.C." (6-4-1812-1907),
  8. Martha Jane (1818-1880)married Joseph Hawthorn,
  9. Sarah (3-15-1819-1888) Sarah married William Sasser.
Some dates are estimated. Joseph was a member of the Tired Creek Baptist Church in 7/31/1830 and is buried somewhere near the Tired Creek Indian Baptist Church Cemetery.

Census8/7/1820 GA (Screven County) 45 yrs old 
Page 5, line 10: Joseph Davis -one male - (Under 10), two males - (10 - 15), two Males - (16 -25), one male - (45 and over), one female - (Under 10), one female - (10 - 15), one female - (16 - 25), , one female - (45 and over) 
Land Deed5/30/1829 GA (Decatur County) 54 yrs old 
Recorded 30th May 1829   Transcribed July 26th 1870
This indenture made 14th day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred twenty eight. Between Henry S. Jones of the county of Decatur and state of Georgia of the one pact and Joseph Davis of the county of Screven in state of foresaid of the other pact - Witnesses what he said Henry S. Jones for & in consideration of the sum of one hundred dollars
to him in hand paid at & before the sealing & delivery of these presents the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged haste granted bargained sold & conveyed unto the aforesaid Joseph Davis his heirs & assigns all that tract are lot of land containing two hundred & fifty acres situate lying & being in the nineteenth district of Early County at the time of survey now.
And is known & distinguished by on the plan of said district by number two hundred six. having such shape form & marks as appear by a platt of the same annexed to the original grant unto John Bearfield & J. Ward's
district Burke county. Dated the twenty third day of July 1821 to have & to hold the aforesaid tract and lot of land unto him the said Joseph Davis his heirs & assigns together with all & singular the rights appurtenances to the same in any manner belonging to his heirs & others own proper use benefit & behoof forever
in fee simple & the said Henry S. Jones for himself his heirs executors & administrators the said bargained premises unto the said Joseph Davis his heirs & assigns will warrant & forever defend the right thereof against themselves. In witness whereof the said Henry S. Jones hath hereunto set his hand & seal the day & year above written
Lest Brinson Perkins       Henry S Jones
Ashley Halliday JP
Recorded 30th May 1829 Transcribed July 26th 1870
47th year of Independence } State of Georgia  
Census1/1/1830 GA (Decatur County) 55 yrs old 
page 6, line #11: Joseph Davis family consists of: one male (15-19), one male (20-29), one male (50-59); one female (10-14), one female (20-29), and one female (50-59).
son, Jesse H., is listed on the next census page.

page 12 , line 18 - Hugh Davis. 
Additional information about Decatur County, GA around 1830: Decatur County is officially created in 1823 from new lands and portions of Early County. Of interest, Hernando Desoto traveled through this area in 1540 following the Capachequi River (now called the Flint River). Later, this county is divided to form Grady, Seminole and Thomas counties. This map of Decatur County, GA was created around 1830. Click here to see a map from this timeperiod.  
Land Deed7/31/1835 GA (Decatur County) 60 yrs old 
Joseph Davis of Decatur County, GA, sells land to Jonas B. Davis of Talifair County, GA for $100. The track of land contains 250 acres (more or less) and identified as lot #206. 
Census1/1/1840 District 553 GA (Decatur County) 65 yrs old 
The family of Josef Davis is described as consisting of: MALES: one between 60-69 years old. FEMALES: One between 30-39, and one between 60-69 years old. A total of three people live in the house. They family owns no slaves. 
Additional information about Decatur County, GA around 1840: Map of Decatur County, GA created around 1839 -- one year before the 1840 Census. Click here to see a map from this timeperiod.  
Census9/15/1850 District 22 GA (Decatur County) 75 yrs old 
Listed in District #22 on page 83A: J. Davis age 75, born in GA, Farmer; Sarah age 70, born in GA; and Ann age 50, born in GA. 
Additional information about Decatur County, GA around 1850: Map of Decatur County, GA created around 1846 -- four years before the 1850 Census. Click here to see a map from this timeperiod.  
Census6/29/1860 District 19, Sofka Post Office GA (Decatur County) 85 yrs old 
Listed as family #565: Joseph Davis (age 86, born in NC), Sarah (age 85), Ann P. (age 56, born in GA). No other information is provided. 
Additional information about Decatur County, GA around 1860: Map of Decatur County, GA created around 1855 -- five years before the 1860 Census. Click here to see a map from this timeperiod.  
Death Certificate8/1/1869 Attapulgus GA (Decatur County) 94 yrs old 
Name: Joseph Davis
Gender: Male , Race: White, Marital Status: Widowed, Estimated birth year: abt 1775, Birth Place: North Carolina, USA, Age: 94, Death Date: Aug 1869, Cause of Death: Typhus Fever, Mortality Census Year: 1870, Mortality Census Place: Attapulgus, Decatur, Georgia 
Graveyard/Tombstone8/1/1869 Cairo GA  94 yrs old 
Tired Creek Baptist Church Cemetery: Joseph Davis 

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7 1782 The British evacuate Savannah on in July.
9 1784 Franklin and Washington Counties are formed.
10 1785 Burbon County formed.
11 1786 Greene County was created the same year Oglethorpe dies.
13 1788 Bourbon County Act rescinded.
14 1789 December 21 - Governor Telfair signs first Yazoo Act selling 20,000,000 acres of and for $207,000 or about one cent per acre to. The Yazoo Companies attempted to pay in worthless paper money and Georgia refuses to transfer the land. The Virginia Yazoo, headed by Patrick Henry, even had the unmitigated gall to attempt to pay in worthless Georgia paper money. The South Carolina Yazoo Company sues Georgia in the U.S. Supreme Court to compel delivery but the suit fails when Georgia is able to obtain ratification of the eleventh amendment to the U.S. Constitution on February 7, 1795.
15 1790 Columbia and Elbert Counties are created.
15 1790 Alexander McGillivray, a mixed-blood of the Upper Creek Nation cedes the Altamaha lands to the Oconee. This treaty -- Treaty of New York -- is signed by President George Washington.
18 1793 Hancock, Bryan, McIntosh, Montgomery, Oglethorpe and Warren Counties formed. This same year, the Fugitive Slave Act is passed.
19 1794 General Clarke surrenders ending the Oconee War.
20 1795 Governor Mathews signs the Second Yazoo Act selling somewhere between 35,000,000 and 50,000,000 acres of land for $500,000.
26 1801 Clarke and Tatnall Counties formed.
27 1802 Georgia formally cedes western claims for its southern boundary at the 31st parallel -- which will become a border between,GA, FL and AL. GA's western border reaches to the Mississippi River.
28 1803 Between 1803 and 1811 a horse trail is established connecting Milledgeville, Georgia to Fort Stoddert, American outpost north of Mobile. This is expanded into a road and called The Federal Road by 1811.
32 1807 December 10 - Jasper, Jones, Laurens, Morgan, Putnam, and Telfair Counties formed.
33 1808 Pulaski County created.
34 1809 Twiggs County formed.
36 1811 Tecumseh visits the Creek Indians living in what will become Georgia and Alabama to try to persuade them to join his fight against the flood of white settlers. Some towns join forces with Tecumseh and become known as "Red Sticks".
36 1811 Madison County created.
37 1812 The Creek tribes in southern Alabama and Georgia find themselves under increasing pressure from white settlers. Led by Chief Weatherford, they accepted an alliance with Tecumseh and are nicknamed "Red Sticks".
37 1812 Emanual County formed.
38 1813 During 1813-14, Muskogee-speaking Creeks leave GA and move into areas in Northern FL in response to the Creek Civil War (also known as the Red-sticks War).
42 1817 First Seminole war begins as Georgia backwoodsmen attack Indians just north of the Florida border. !817-1818. General Andrew Jackson invades the area.
44 1819 Rabun County formed.
45 1820 December 20 - Campbell and Randolph Counties formed.
46 1821 May 15 - Dooly, Fayette, Henry, Houston, Monroe and Newton Counties formed.
47 1822 December 9 - Bibb, Dekalb and Pike Counties formed.
48 1823 December 8 - Decatur County formed.
49 1824 December 15 - Upson and Ware Counties formed.
50 1825 Baker, Lowndes, Thomas, Butts and Taliaferro Counties formed.
51 1826 January 24 - Treaty of Washington abrogates Treaty of Indian Springs. The Creeks cede a smaller area and are allowed to remain on their lands until January 1, 1826.
52 1827 December 14, - Harris, Marion, Meriwether and Talbot.
55 1830 Cherokee, Heard, and Stewrt Counties are formed.
56 1831 Sumter County is formed.
57 1832 December 3 - Bartow, Cobb, Crawford, Floyd, Forsyth, Gilmer, Lumpkin, Murray, Paulding, and Union Counties formed.
58 1833 Walker County is formed.
61 1836 Seminoles massacre Major Francis L. Dade and his 103 man command. This starts the second Seminole War. February - Battle of Hitchity. March 27 - Colonel J.W. Fannin and his Georgian's executed by order of Santa Ana at Goliad on Palm Sunday. July - Battle of Brushy Creek. July 3 - Battle of Chickasawachee Swamp. July 27 - Battle of Echowanochaway Creek.
62 1837 Mcon and Dade Counties are formed.
63 1838 Chattooga County formed
72 1847 Atlanta, Georgia is incorporated. Formally Marthasville
75 1850 Gordon and Clinch Counties are formed.
76 1851 Clay, Howell, Polk, Spalding, and Whitfield Counties are formed.
77 1852 Taylor County formed.
78 1853 Catoosa, Pickens, Hart, Dougherty, Webster, Flton, and Worth Counties aare creaated.
79 1854 Fannin, Coffee, Chattahooche, Charlton, and Calhoun Counties formed.
81 1856 Haralson, Terrell, Berrien, Colquit, Miller, and Towns Counties formed.
82 1857 Dawson, Milton, Pierce, Glascock, Mitchell, Schley, White, and Wilcox Counties formed.
83 1858 Clayton, Quitman, Banks, Brooks, Johnson, and Echols Counties formed.
2 1777 The concept of chemical compounds is conceived by Lavoisier
8 1783 The hot air balloon is invented by Michel and Montgolfier and the first people in modern history fly at an altitude of 1800 m.
10 1785 The power loom was invented by Cartwright to produce cloth.
18 1793 The cotton gin was invented by Whitney.
24 1799 The Rosetta Stone was discovered
25 1800 The first battery was invented by Volta
32 1807 The first steamboat was invented by Fulton
39 1814 The first locomotive engine was created by Stephenson
55 1830 The first railroad is constructed between Liverpool and Manchester, England
64 1839 Goodyear invents vulcanized rubber, opening the door for tires and other rubber products.
69 1844 The first telegraph message is sent by Morse, who later invents the Mores Code
78 1853 The process of creating steel is invented by Besermer in Britain and Kelly in the U.S.
81 1856 The first Neanderthal fossils are found near Germany
84 1859 Charles Darwin publishes "Origin of Species" and begins the evolution theory.
90 1865 Mendel publishes his papers on genetics and introduces the concept to the public.
94 1869 Cro-magnon Man fossils are found in France
1 1776 NEWS HEADLINES: July 4th, American Revolution War ends and the United States of America is officially created.
25 1800 NEWS HEADLINES: Seat of U.S. government moves from Philadelphia to Washington DC
36 1811 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.
37 1812 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.
53 1828 Gold is discovered in Georgia.
59 1834 July 9 - The S.S. John Randolph, the first successful iron steamship, is launched in Savannah
86 1861 NEWS HEADLINES: American Civil war begins at Ft. Sumter, located in Charleston Harbor, VA.
87 1862 NEWS HEADLINES: May 20, 1862 the US government passes the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for settlement of lower Southeast and West.
14 1789 The capitol of North Carolina moves from New Bern to Raleigh and North Carolina becomes the 12th state of the United States of America.
55 1830 The U.S. Government begins forcing Cherokee Indians from their homes in what becomes known as the Trail of Tears. Many Cherokee hide in the mountains of North Carolina and surrounding states.
1 1776 July 4th, American Revolution War ends and the United States of America is officially created.
3 1778 Alliance between United States and France
12 1787 Constitution of the United States is signed
18 1793 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.
19 1794 The United States establishes the Navy
23 1798 Mississippi Territory organized from Georgia's western land claims. It includes what will later become portions of Mississippi, Alabama and Northern Florida,
28 1803 Louisiana Purchase from France (who secured it from Spain) gives the US a huge new territory and the port of New Orleans.
29 1804 The Seminole warrior later known as Osceola is born near Tuskegee, AL.
30 1805 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.
31 1806 Lewis and Clark Expedition, which began in 1804, ends. News of the rich lands to the west begins to spread.
36 1811 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.
45 1820 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.
55 1830 Indian Removal Act signed and the moving of eastern Indians west of the Mississippi begins.
60 1835 Second Seminole Indian War begins.
62 1837 The trickery used to capture Seminole Indian Chief Osceola (Assi Yohola) creates a public uproar and U.S. General Jesup is publicly condemned.
65 1840 Oregon Trail is established
67 1842 Second Seminole Indian War ends and thousands of Seminole Indians are forced to move west of the Mississippi.
80 1855 Third Seminole Indian War begins. It ends three years later when Chief Billy Bowlegs and his band are forced to move from Florida.
85 1860 Presidential election puts Abraham Lincoln in office. The campaign has heated the issues regarding slavery in the south.
87 1862 May 20, 1862 the US government passes the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for settlement of lower Southeast and West.
88 1863 Abraham Lincoln issues the "Emancipation Proclamation" freeing slaves.
90 1865 American Civil war ends with General Lee's surrender at Appomattox, VA. Reconstruction begins in the "old South"
93 1868 An eight-hour work day is established for federal employees.
4 1779 Spain declares war on England
5 1780 Josef II abolishes serfdom in Hungary; England declares war on Holland
8 1783 Peace established at Versailles between France, England, Spain and United States; Britain cedes all lands west to the Mississippi River
12 1787 Catherine the Great leads Russia into war with Turkey
13 1788 Russia begins war with Sweden
14 1789 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
17 1792 French Revolutionary Wars begin and the French royal family is imprisoned the following year
18 1793 Marie Antoinette is executed; Fugitive Slave Act passed; Roman Catholic faith is banned in France; France declares war on Britain and Holland.
20 1795 White Terror and bread riots in Paris
21 1796 Napoleon marries Josephine de Beauharnais
22 1797 Napoleon proclaims the Venetian Constitution, founds Ligurian Republic in Genoa
58 1833 Santa Anna is elected President of Mexico

Sarah Cravey
Born about 1780 and died about 1860.
They were married 1/1/1800.

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The Children of Joseph Davis

Hugh Cravey Davis
Born somewhere in Georgia about 1802 and died in Washington Co., Florida about 1870. He was about 68 years old.

He married Prudence Lewis on(2/10/1825). Her father was Abram Lewis

Their children were:
Ashley (1826-1897) who severed in the Civil War, CSA FL -1863.
John M. (1831)
Lewis (1832...
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Thomas Allen Davis
Born somewhere in Georgia about 1807 and died in Geneva County, Alabama on an unknown day in March 1880. He was about 73 years old.

He left Decatur Co. GA around 1838-1839 and purchased his brother Hugh's farm in Dale Co. AL when Hugh moved to FL. He also served as a Private in the Choctawhatchie Rangers (1/15/1863)....
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Jesse H. Davis
Born somewhere in Georgia about 1808 and died somewhere in Georgia about 1840. He was about 32 years old.

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Jonas Beale Davis
Born somewhere in Georgia on January 12, 1809 and died in Decatur County, Georgia on July 13, 1889. He was 80 years old.

Jonas served in Capt. J. Hawthorn's GA Militia 1836-1838.
He married Clarissa Prevatt (2/9/1822 -4/21/1911) Daughter of Thomas (1793) and Elizabeth Prevatt (1799).

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Ell C. Davis
Born in Screven County, Georgia on April 6, 1812 and died in Grady County, Georgia on November 9, 1907. He was 95 years old.

He was called "L.C."
Mary (1833)
Martha (1837)
Jasper (1832)
Ascenith M."Acksy" (1850)
Ell C. Davis Jr.(1851)
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Sarah Davis
Born somewhere in Georgia on March 15, 1819 and died in Whigham , Decatur Co, Georgia on July 3, 1888. She was 69 years old.

Sarah married William Sasser and they had nine children:
Clarissa (abt. 1837), Jane (abt. 1839),
Jasper (abt. 1839),
Sarah Ann (abt.1843),
George W. (6/7/1849 - 11/16/19...
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