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John Henry Davis  Jr.

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John Henry Davis
1725 - 5/30/1793

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1737 - 6/2/1793
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John Henry Davis Jr.
1760 - 1832
John Henry Davis, Jr., was born about 1760 somewhere in South Carolina and died about 1832 in Jackson County, Mississippi. Dates for birth and death are estimated. He lived to be about 72 years old.

Other6/30/1793 GA (Effingham County) 33 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 as follows: (Viz) 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 Property. 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 Walter.

May the 30th 1793 Witnesses present, signed: Joseph Davis George Davis Agnes Davis Elizabeth Osteen

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 Sept 1793.

Joseph Davis
John Davis
Samuel Davis
Walter Davis
George Davis
Nancy Davis
William Davis

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.   Source:  Effingham County, Georgia Miscellaneous Records 1791-1819, Book 1.
Other1/27/1794 GA (Effingham County) 34 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: (Viz) 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 mark

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.

Signed, Joshua Loper

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.


John Davis Sam'l. Davis Wm. O'Steen George Davis Nancy Davis

Sworn before me this 27th Jan 1794 A. C. Revost, R.P.E.C.   Source:  Effingham County, Georgia Miscellaneous Records 1791-1819, Book 1.
Other1/1/1818 MS (Jackson County) 58 yrs old 
Justices of the peace - Walter Denny, Henry Fletcher, Richard Breshiers, Valentine Delmas and Peter Fairly. Justices of the Quorum Court - John Williams, Samuel Davis, John Davis and John Dease 

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9 1769 The first steam engine is invented by Watt
17 1777 The concept of chemical compounds is conceived by Lavoisier
23 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.
25 1785 The power loom was invented by Cartwright to produce cloth.
33 1793 The cotton gin was invented by Whitney.
39 1799 The Rosetta Stone was discovered
40 1800 The first battery was invented by Volta
47 1807 The first steamboat was invented by Fulton
54 1814 The first locomotive engine was created by Stephenson
70 1830 The first railroad is constructed between Liverpool and Manchester, England
15 1775 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.
16 1776 NEWS HEADLINES: July 4th, American Revolution War ends and the United States of America is officially created.
40 1800 NEWS HEADLINES: Seat of U.S. government moves from Philadelphia to Washington DC
51 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.
52 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.
68 1828 Gold is discovered in Georgia.
22 1782 During 1782-1783, land to the south and west of the Tugaloo and Savannah Rivers are ceded by the Cherokee and Creek.
23 1783 Charles Town is officially renamed Charleston, SC.
28 1788 South Carolina joins the United States of America. State government is moved from Charleston to Columbia two years later.
70 1830 South Carolina becomes the first state to secede from the Union, setting the stage for the creation of the Confederacy.
3 1763 Georgia Gazette begins publication. It is the first newspaper in Georgia and the eighth newspaper in the English colonies.
6 1766 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
13 1773 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.
14 1774 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.
15 1775 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.
16 1776 July 4th, American Revolution War ends and the United States of America is officially created.
18 1778 Alliance between United States and France
27 1787 Constitution of the United States is signed
33 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.
34 1794 The United States establishes the Navy
38 1798 Mississippi Territory organized from Georgia's western land claims. It includes what will later become portions of Mississippi, Alabama and Northern Florida,
43 1803 Louisiana Purchase from France (who secured it from Spain) gives the US a huge new territory and the port of New Orleans.
44 1804 The Seminole warrior later known as Osceola is born near Tuskegee, AL.
45 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.
46 1806 Lewis and Clark Expedition, which began in 1804, ends. News of the rich lands to the west begins to spread.
51 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.
60 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.
70 1830 Indian Removal Act signed and the moving of eastern Indians west of the Mississippi begins.
3 1763 Seven Year's War ends; Peace is established in Paris between France, Spain, England and Portugal
4 1764 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.
7 1767 Jesuits are forced out of Spanish America
19 1779 Spain declares war on England
20 1780 Josef II abolishes serfdom in Hungary; England declares war on Holland
23 1783 Peace established at Versailles between France, England, Spain and United States; Britain cedes all lands west to the Mississippi River
27 1787 Catherine the Great leads Russia into war with Turkey
28 1788 Russia begins war with Sweden
29 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
32 1792 French Revolutionary Wars begin and the French royal family is imprisoned the following year
33 1793 Marie Antoinette is executed; Fugitive Slave Act passed; Roman Catholic faith is banned in France; France declares war on Britain and Holland.
35 1795 White Terror and bread riots in Paris
36 1796 Napoleon marries Josephine de Beauharnais
37 1797 Napoleon proclaims the Venetian Constitution, founds Ligurian Republic in Genoa

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