Davis family resided primarily in eastern area of Conecuh County

Published 8:01 pm Friday, June 15, 2012

There was a Davis family that lived in Conecuh County, which had descendants who moved into Covington County. The earliest ancestor of this family found by this writer was George T. Davis, a native of Georgia.

He was born in that state circa 1833, and he died circa September 1885 in Alabama.

George T. Davis appears to be the son of Arthur and Sharlotte Davis, natives of South Carolina.

He is most likely the George Davis who was born in Montgomery County, Georgia and had the following siblings: Arthur, Martha Ann, Eliza Ann, Matthias, Mary, Julian, Isam and Wiley.

George T. was at the age to enlist in the Confederate Army. He did so from Coffee County on July 22, 1861, as a private in Company A, 18th Alabama Infantry Regiment. Records in the Alabama Archives of Civil War Soldiers lists him as G. J. Davis. At some point he was furloughed to Coffee County to recover from some illness. The year after the end of the war, the 1866 Census of Alabama was made, and it listed George as being single.

He must have married about that time since his first child was born in 1867. He was married to Mary O.

Wiggins who was born in 1832 in the State of Alabama. Her father was born in South Carolina and her mother, in Alabama.

George T. Davis died circa 1885 while cleaning out his well. Family legend reports that George T. Davis was buried on private land owned by a William Nix. He was enumerated in the 1880 Federal Census for Conecuh County as a resident in the Jamestown settlement.

In 1886, his widow, Mary Davis was shown as owning 120.05 acres of land in Conecuh County.

Mary lived many years longer until1926 when she would have been about 94 years of age.

She was buried in the Longbranch Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery, which is located in the Cohasset community of Conecuh County near the Covington County line.

George T. and Mary (Wiggins) Davis had the following children: Charles K., b. 1867, d. 1918; Susan Samantha, b. 1870, m. John Singleton; William C., b. 1872, d. 1943, m. Lydia Ann S. (1871-1941); Francis, b. 1874, d. 1968, m. 1913 Aaron M. Mathews; John Thomas, b. 1875, d. 1963, m. Mattie Attie McClain (1885-1954); Sarah Ann, b. 1879; and Sallie, b. 1880, d. 1969, m. Charles S. Rawls.

The oldest daughter, Susan Samantha Davis, was married to John “Jim” Singleton.

They reared one son, Norman Singleton. At her death, Susan was buried in the Longbranch Cemetery.

The second oldest son, William C. Davis, was born in Conecuh County and was married to Lydia Ann S. (Singleton ?). They reared the following three children: Lula, b. 1901, d. 1975, m. ? Wade; Ruby, b. 1904; and William Horace, b. 1906, m. Ruby Presley (1904-1992).

The next son, John Thomas Davis, was born and died in Conecuh County.

He was married to Mattie Attie McClain, daughter of W.H. and Martha (Warrick) McClain of Conecuh County. Martha was born in 1885 and died in 1954. At their deaths, they wee buried in the Longbranch Cemetery. John and Mattie Davis reared the following children: Carrie; Opal, m. Dallas Hamilton; William Thomas, b. 1905, buried at Fairmount Baptist Church Cemetery; Aubrey Wilton, b. 1907, d. 1993, m. Irene Luvania Allen; Wilbert H., b. 1911, d. 1957, buried at Adellum Baptist Church Cemetery, m. Bedie Chavers; and Joseph Belton, b. 1912, d. 1973, buried at Longbranch, m. Ruth Mitchell.

Some members of the next generation in this family include the following. Opal Davis, daughter of John Thomas Davis, was married to Dallas Hamilton, and they had the following children: Dorothy; Walter Mack; unnamed, mentally challenged; Junita; and another unnamed. John Thomas Davis’s son, Aubrey Wilton Davis, was married in 1930 to Irene Luvania Allen, daughter of Gilford and Ginnie (Jones) Allen. They reared the following four children: Winfred Junior, b. 1940, m. Alta Dukes; Clarence Thomas, b. 1948, d. 1970, m. Dessie Mae Smith, daughter of Luther and Bertha (Ramsey) Smith; Wilma Virginia, b. 1938, m. Donald Pierce; and Willis Aubrey, b. 1931, m. Lillian Marie Morgan.

A few families in the next generation include the following: Aubrey Wilton Davis’s grandchildren.

His son, Winfred Junior Davis, and wife, Alta Dukes, had two children: J.W., b. 1963, m. Allie Margret Carrington; and Glenda Faye, b. 1960, m. Bobby Fuller. His son, Clarence Davis, and wife Dessie Smith, daughter of Luther and Thelma Smith, had two children: Pam, b. 1968; and Carol Denise, b. 1967. His daughter, Wilma Davis, and husband, Donald Pierce, had three children: Patty, b. 1967, m. Gene Floyd Savage; Robin, b. 1957, m. Gary Dreyer; and Donna, m. (1) Kenneth Jernigan (2) Brian Lawson. His youngest son, Willis Aubrey Davis, and wife, Lillian Marie Morgan, daughter of Huey and Bonnie (Day) Morgan, had four children: Jackie Ray, b. 1951, d. 1994, m. (1) Sharon Lea Fare (2) Cheryl Connyers (3) Linda ?; Shirley Marie, b. 1955, m. Steve Harris; Sandra Kay, b. 1963, m. James Herman Balius, Sr.; and Aubrey Willis, b. 1961, m. Linda Elaine Grimes.

There are many additional descendants in this Davis family, but the above are the ones readily available to this writer.

The source for this writing was a file on this family located in the genealogy section of the Andalusia Public Library.

Anyone who might find an error in the above genealogy is requested to contact this writer, Curtis Thomasson, at 20357 Blake Pruitt Road, Andalusia, AL 36420; 334-222-6467; or email at cthomasson@centurytel.net.

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