Title: Davis Collection
Span Dates: 1456-1964
Bulk Dates: 1664-1961
Accession Number: 2013-24
Creator: Davis, Marie Ray
Extent: 3 scanned manuscript pdf files (74.6 MB)
Repository: Digital Manuscript Collections, Genealogical Forum of Oregon Library, Portland, Oregon
Abstract: The author's genealogical research contained within the Davis Collection was originally donated in book-form as organized by the author. The research materials are primarily comprised of transcribed sections from Frederick Parker Davis's work Sketches of the life and character of Berryman Kenchin Davis, which includes biographical sketches, transcribed diary entries and letters from various family members. These materials follow the family's Westward migration patterns across the United States in the 1800's. Additional items within the collection include the author's census record notes, pedigree charts and a collection of the her family group sheets. The collection notes the Davis family's migration from Wales in the early 1700's to the North Carolina and Virginia regions shortly before the outbreak of the American Revolution (1775-1783). The family's involvement in the Mexican War (1846-1848) and the United States Civil War (1861-1865) is also traced within the early sections of the collection. The author highlights several prominent surnames throughout her research, including Drury, Fittspatrick (Fitzpatrick), Broyles, Barnes, Dalmeyer, Newhall (Newell), and Sutton. Primary locations traced within the author's genealogical research include Smith Co. and Macon Co. Tennessee, Essex Co. Massachusetts, Platte Co. Missouri, Bedford Co. Virginia and Fulton Co. Illinois.