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picture Caleb DAVISON

      Sex: M

Individual Information
          Birth: 6 Oct 1797 - Albany, Montgomery Co., NY 1
    Christening: 
          Death: 22 Sep 1864 - Lake Co., IL 1
         Burial: After 22 Sep 1864 - White Cemetery, Barrington, Lake Co., IL 1

Events
He had a residence in Apr 1836 in Lake Zurich, Lake Co., IL. 1


Parents
         Father: Dr. Peter DAVISON 1
         Mother: Mary RANKIN 1

Spouses and Children
1. *Elizabeth WALRATH 1 
       Marriage: 15 Aug 1816 - Dutch Reformed Church, Palatine Bridge, Minden, Montgomery Co., NY 1
         Status: 
       Children:
                1. Andrew DAVISON 1
                2. William DAVISON 1
                3. Mary Eveline DAVISON 1
                4. Peter DAVISON 1
                5. Margaret DAVISON 1
                6. Martha DAVISON 1
                7. Elizabeth Walrath DAVISON 1

Notes
General:
The Davisons lived in an area of Lake Co., Illinois, known as Indian Creek Precinct. It embraced what now comprises the townships of Vernon, Ela, Fremont and Libertyville, and portions of Cuba and Wauconda.

Caleb Davison moved to Lake Co., from northern New York, with his family, in 1837. The Eerie Canal had just been opened and many families were emigrating west. "Chicago was but a small village when the family settled on government land, thirty miles out in a most beautiful and rich country, composed of prairie and timber land about evenly distributed; an ideal country for new beginners who yet had their fortunes to make." (Quoted from, Crossing The Plains in '64, by Seth Davison, grandson of Caleb Davison.)

Caleb Davison is remembered as building the first school house in Ela Township, in 1838. In 1839 he is found in the records as being an elections judge, with the polling place being held at the home of M. T. White. In 1840, Caleb Davison is noted as a juror at the first session of the Circuit Court of the seventh Circuit held in Lake County. This was held at the schoolhouse at Burlington and Judge Pearson presided.

The land in Lake County had not been surveyed and made ready for sale until 1840. People lived on the land prior to that time and the Illinois government recognized and protected the settlers' claims. Generally those living on the land were given preference when purchase time came. The Davisons would have traveled to the land office in Chicago to purchase their land at $2.00 per acre. Terms of payment extended over a period of time. According to land maps, the Davisons owned several sections of land, each section being one square mile or 640 acres.

At the beginning of the Civil War, all men under the age of 45 needed to register for the military, although, older men most likely would not be drafted. On the 1862 Lake County Military Census Peter Davison (age 35), and William Davison (age 41), are listed as "farmers". They were not drafted.

In May of 1864, Caleb's son William left Illinois for California. Caleb died four months later. Elizabeth, Caleb's wife, had died three years previously. In a letter written to Mary, William's wife, from her father, John Gridley, it is noted that William desired to take his family to California because he was having health problems, and thought a more mild climate would help. As families packed up their belongings and headed west they knew there would be many dangers, and they also knew that they most likely would never again see the family they left behind.

Caleb Davison, his wife Elizabeth, their son Peter, daughter Mary and grandson, Eugene are buried at White Cemetery in Barrington, Lake County, Illinois. In September of 1994 their graves were visited by a member of the local historical society. The only legible stone was that of Eugene Davison who was two years old when he died. The other stones were broken and badly weathered. They were made of sandstone, which does not usually last for more than seventy years. (The above commentary was written by Toni Mann)

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Marriage Notes (Elizabeth Walrath)
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picture Caleb DAVISON

      Sex: M

Individual Information
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Events
He had a residence in Salisbury, Herkimer Co., NY. 1


Parents
         Father: Paul DAVISON 1
         Mother: Mary 1


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Charles DAVISON

      Sex: M

Individual Information
          Birth: 13 Jan 1858 1
    Christening: 
          Death: 
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Events
He worked as a Surgeon. 1


Parents
         Father: Peter DAVISON 1
         Mother: Martha Maria WHEDON 1


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Daniel DAVISON

      Sex: M

Individual Information
          Birth: Abt 1639 - ,,, Scotland 2 3
    Christening: 
          Death: After 5 Dec 1693 - Wenham, Essex, Massachusetts, USA 2 4
         Burial: 

Events
He immigrated in 1650 to ,, Massachusetts, USA. 1


Spouses and Children
1. *Margaret LOW 2 
       Marriage: 8 Apr 1657 - Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, USA 2 5
         Status: 
       Children:
                1. Margaret DAVISON 1
                2. Sarah DAVISON 1
                3. Daniel DAVISON 1
                4. William DAVISON 1
                5. Margaret DAVISON 6
                6. Peter DAVISON 2
                7. Thomas DAVISON 1
                8. Bridget DAVISON 7
                9. Dorcas DAVISON 7
                10. Elizabeth DAVISON 8
                11. John DAVISON 1

Notes
General:
The First Davison Generation in America

1630-1693

Daniel Davison came out of Scotland in a period of time when few records were made that have survived. Just how or when he entered the Covenanter Army of 1650 may never be known. Neither is it known whether he was made a prisoner at Dunbar, Scotland, 3 September 1650, or at one of the numerous skirmishes, as Cromwell's Army was sacking towns and butchering the people.

The only record that states that the prisoners at Dunbar were transported to Massachusetts Bay Colony is a letter written by Rev. John Cotton to General Cromwell which states that the Scots that were delivered would be taken care of and their yoke would be made easy as possible. The letter stated that there was much sickness among the Scot Prisoners. They would not become slaves, but indentured servants. After 6-8 years they would be given their liberty.

Daniel Davison, being an industrious, frugal thinking man, soon found himself able to repay his debts in the short period of six years. He became a farmer and married into a substantial English family. His children, also, were able to marry into the best families.

Daniel was not an educated man to any degree. Records indicates that he did not write. He received a deed to a farm at South Ipswich, near the Wenham line and in the present town of Hamilton, Massachusetts, not very distant from the Lynn Iron Works, where he probably worked as a Scottish prisoner.

Daniel Davison, has failed to leave a single word as to his ancestry. His earliest Ipswich record is that of his marriage, recorded on 13 April 1657. His birth date is fixed in 1630 from a court record in 1670 when he gave his age as "about 40 years".

From the beginning, he showed thrift. On 30 September 1667, the selectmen entered an order "that Daniel Davison have leave to build a house and a little fencing". Today, South Hamilton, Massachusetts is situated largely upon the lands once owned by Daniel Davison.



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Will of DANIEL DAVISON

In the name of God, Amen. I, Daniel Davison of Ipswich in the County of Essex, in New England, being sick in body, but in sound and disposing memory, praise be given to God for the same do make this my last will and testament in manner and form following:

First; and principal I resign my soul into the merciful hands of almighty God my creator, asuredly hoping through the merits of my Blessed Saviour to obtain pardon and remission of all my sins and my body I commit to the earth whence it was taken, to be decently buried by the discretion of my Executor, hereinafter named, and for the worldly goods and estate the Lord hath given me, I dispose thereof as follows:

I give unto my son WILLIAM, my dwellinghouse and barne and all my outhouses and orchards together with twenty acres of upland and meadow, the house lott being and part of the upland and the rest of the upland adjoining to the house lott on the west and northwest to my son William's at my beloved wifes decease or when she marries.

Item: I give unto my son JOHN, fifteen acres of upland adjoining to Edward Potter and Samuel Lumass their land and so to front upon the road way to Boston also I give to my son John five acres of meadow in Bay Path meadow.

Item: I give unto my son THOMAS, fifteen acres of upland joining to the land I have given my son Daniel, and to joyne to Mr. Whipple's land; also I give to my son Thomas five acres of meadow in Bay Meadow.

Item: I give to my son PETER fifteen acres of upland joyning to the land I have given my son Daniel on the one side and joyning to John Gilbert's land - also I give to my son Peter five acres of meadow in Bay Path meadow and I do oblige my sons John, Thomas and Peter their proportions of upland and meadow to my Beloved wife in the same termes as I have obliged my son William. And whereas there is thirty acres of upland lying between William and Peter's land not disposed, which I value to be worth one hundred and twenty pounds, I doe lieue it in the hands of my Beloved wife whome I constitute and appoint to be my sole executrix of this my last will and testament, to be improved for Legacies to my daughters BRIDGET and DORCAS distributing the overplus making them all equal and I doe appoint my son William to pay ten pounds for the use of his mother in order to my daughters portions Bridget and Dorcas; and my sons Daniel, and Thomas, and Peter shall have the priviledge of a high way to the Bay Road through each others land, and if by Gods providence any of my sons dy without issue then their part of land shall be equally divided among the survivers.

In witness of this my firm act and deed I have hereunto sett my hand and seals___________________

Signed Sealed in presence of Richard Walker Senr; Isaac Swaine.

The Mark of Danll Davison(Seal)

Before ye Honoured Bartho Gedney Esq. Dec. 5, 1693 _________________

Richard Walker Senr; and Isaac Swaine the witnesses within subscribed made oath that they saw Daniel Davison sign and seal, and heard him declare the within written to be his last will and testament, and that he was then of a disposing mind. Attest Steph Sewall Regr.



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Inventory of DANIEL DAVISON

From: Probate records of Salem, Mass. Vol. 303. The inventory of the Estate of Daniel Davison deceased taken this 27th day of November, 1693, by us whose names are under subscribed_________________

A Dwelling House and Barne and outhouses 70L, Home Lott and orchard and meadow belonging 110L, 12 acres of tillage land 72 L, Pasture land and Meadow 76 acres 304L, Neet cattle and sheep 34L 1s, Swine and horse and maire 12L 7s, Feather bed and stock bed with furniture 20L, Sheets, table linen and pewter 7L, Iron potts, brass kettle and warming pan 3L, Chests and boxes and three musketts 4 L 10s, Tramel fire pan tongues and frying pan, All utensells of Husbandry 21L 10s, Sadle pollion and bridle and sword 2L 10s, Spinning wheels and other lumber tables and chairs 2L, Indian corn and barley, wheat and rye 34L 14s, Hay in Barne and oates threshed 17L 12s, Sider and flax 14L 10s, Total 720L 12s, Debts due from the estate fiz, General expense 8L 5s, Other debts 8L 1s.

Richard Walker John Gilbert Davison Exrx.

Before the Honored Bartho Gedney, Esq. 12/5/1693 made oath that the above is a true perfect inventory of ye estate of her late husband Daniel Davison deceased if more comes to her knowledge she will ad the same. Attest Steph Sewall

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picture Daniel DAVISON

      Sex: M

Individual Information
          Birth: 30 Nov 1721 1
    Christening: 12 Dec 1731 - First Church, Mansfield, Tolland Co., CT 1
          Death: 
         Burial: 


Parents
         Father: Daniel DAVISON 1
         Mother: Martha BABCOCK 1


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Daniel DAVISON

      Sex: M

Individual Information
          Birth: 3 Mar 1697 - New London Co., CT 1
    Christening: 12 Sep 1697 - First Church, Stonington, New London Co., CT 1
          Death: 
         Burial: 

Events
He had a residence in 1750 in Duchess Co., NY. 1


Parents
         Father: Peter DAVISON 2
         Mother: Ann MORGAN 1 2

Spouses and Children
1. *Martha BABCOCK 1 
       Marriage: 7 Mar 1721 1
         Status: 
       Children:
                1. Daniel DAVISON 1
                2. Peter DAVISON 1
                3. Paul DAVISON 1
                4. Mary DAVISON 1
                5. Joshua DAVISON 1
                6. Prince DAVISON 1


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Daniel DAVISON

      Sex: M

Individual Information
          Birth: 1662 1
    Christening: 
          Death: 1703 1
         Burial: 


Parents
         Father: Daniel DAVISON 2
         Mother: Margaret LOW 2

Spouses and Children
1. *Sarah DODGE 1 
       Marriage: 
         Status: 


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Deborah DAVISON

      Sex: F

Individual Information
          Birth: 8 Sep 1776 9 10
    Christening: 
          Death: 1833 1
         Burial: 


Parents
         Father: Paul DAVISON 1
         Mother: Mary 1

Spouses and Children
1. *Samuel RUNDELL 1 
       Marriage: 
         Status: 


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Deborah DAVISON

      Sex: F

Individual Information
          Birth: 27 Dec 1717 1
    Christening: 2 Feb 1718 - Mansfield, Tolland, Connecticut, USA 1
          Death: 
         Burial: 


Parents
         Father: Peter DAVISON 2
         Mother: Ann MORGAN 1 2

Spouses and Children
1. *Samuel WEBB 1 
       Marriage: 2 Jul 1746 1
         Status: 


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Dorcas DAVISON

      Sex: F

Individual Information
          Birth: 
    Christening: 
          Death: 
         Burial: 


Parents
         Father: Daniel DAVISON 2
         Mother: Margaret LOW 2
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Sources


1 Toni Ann Mettier Mann, Davison Ancestry (URL: http://hometown.aol.com/lidajane10/dav.html).

2 Pat Hamp and Claren Bryson, The Burnham Clan (URL: http://www.burnhamclan.org/html/main.html).

3 Toni Ann Mettier Mann, Davison Ancestry (URL: http://hometown.aol.com/lidajane10/dav.html), Born in Scotland about 1630.

4 Toni Ann Mettier Mann, Davison Ancestry (URL: http://hometown.aol.com/lidajane10/dav.html), Died 1693 Wenham, MA.

5 Toni Ann Mettier Mann, Davison Ancestry (URL: http://hometown.aol.com/lidajane10/dav.html), abt 1658.

6 Toni Ann Mettier Mann, Davison Ancestry (URL: http://hometown.aol.com/lidajane10/dav.html), Mentioned in the will of her grandfather Thomas Low, 1677, but not in will of her father in 1692.

7 Toni Ann Mettier Mann, Davison Ancestry (URL: http://hometown.aol.com/lidajane10/dav.html), Mentioned in her father's will.

8 Toni Ann Mettier Mann, Davison Ancestry (URL: http://hometown.aol.com/lidajane10/dav.html), Not in her father's will.

9 Toni Ann Mettier Mann, Davison Ancestry (URL: http://hometown.aol.com/lidajane10/dav.html), Born 1776.

10 Brendon Rundell, Samuel Rundell (Location: Original email in possession of Ronna Dumas), Born 8 Sep 1776.


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