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View Tree for William Leander DavisWilliam Leander Davis (b. 13 Mar 1825, d. 06 May 1902)

William Leander Davis was born 13 Mar 1825 in Haywood County, North Carolina, and died 06 May 1902 in Sulpher Springs, Benton, Arkansas. He married Nancy Ann Rebecca Abercrombie on 26 Jan 1860, daughter of Young David Abercrombie and Susan Montgomery.

 Includes NotesNotes for William Leander Davis:
William Leander Davis fought at the Battle of Pea Ridge, Arkansas on March 7th and 8th, 1962. He did not file for a Confederate Soldier Pension. He did attend the Confederate Soldiers reunion which was held on August 27th and 28th, 1981. A complete newspaper article lists the Confederate soldiers who attended. The reunion was held in Benton County, Arkansas.

The newspaper article lists William Leander Davis as: W. L. Davis, lives in Sulphur Springs. He served in Co. G, 1st Cherokee, Stand Watie Div., Maxey's. W. L. Davis is from Haywood County, NC, his rank while enlisted at Pea Ridge, was Lieut. His age at the time of the reunion was 66.

William Leander is listed in the Confederate Pension Records of Benton County, as W.L. Davis, Co. G. 1st Cherokee.

W.L. Davis signed his Amnesty Oath on May 12 1866. Information Source: Benton County Amnesty Oaths, Probate Record B, #292, date: May 12, 1866, W.L. Davis.

DEEDS: Benton County Arkansas Grantor Index to Deeds 1833-1875

Grantor (Seller): Davis, W.L. & w Grantee (Buyer) Brown, Louisa W.
October 26, 1866 Book F, page 183

1900 WILL AR: State of Arkansas, County of Benton.
I, William L. Davis, of County of Benton and State of aforesaid being of sound mind and memory, do make, publish and declare this to be my last will and testament, wit: 1st Do will and bequeath all my personal property and Real Estate to my wife, Nancy A.R. Davis during her natural life.

2nd My just debts and funeral expenses shall first be paid.

3rd at the death of both me and my wife the Estate shall be equally divided between my sic children, Demarcy V. Epperson, Mary A. Jennings, James T. Davis, John L. Davis, Lila Pearson, Benjamin C. Davis except one Hundred Dollars each to be given to my Daughters -One hundred to Demarcy V. Epperson, One Hundred Mary A. Jennings, One Hundred Lila Pearson. Said amount of Three Hundred Dollars to be first taken from the Estate and the remainder of said Estate then shall be equally divided between my six children or their heirs.

I nominate and appoint my son Benjamin C. Davis and Elbert Jennings to be the Executor of this my last will and testament hereby revoking all other will by me made. (Illegible) witness
whereas I have hereunto set my hand and seal this the 9th day of May 1900. 1909 PROOF of WILL AR: State of Arkansas, County of Benton.

Personally appeared before me, W.E. Hill, Court of the County and Probate Court of Benton County Arkansas, Benjamin C. Davis, to my well known, who being duly sworn says: That he was one of the subscribing witnesses to the foregoing instrument of writing, purporting to be the last will and testament of William L. Pavis, deceased, who died in Benton County, Arkansas, on or about 6th day of May, 1902; that said instrument was executed at the time, place, and by the person therein named; that said William L. Davis, the Testator, was at the time of signing said instrument upwards of twenty one years of age, and of sound and disposing mind and memory and that in the presence of my self and Elbert Jennings declared it to be his last will and testament and subscribed his name thereto in the presence of Elbert Jennings and this affidavit; that at the request of said Testator, affiant and said Elbert Jennings wrote their names to .his said Will in his presence and in the presence of each other; that the subscriptions to the foregoing instrument of Writing are genuine and that said instrument which is hereto attached is the identical one that affiant so witnessed and saw the said William L. Davis sign.
(Signed) Benjamin C. Davis Subscribed and sworn to before me this 7th day of January 1909. W.E. Clerk.
(Signed) William L. Davis Signed in the presence of Elbert Jennings Benjamin C. Davis

More About William Leander Davis:
Burial: Butler Creek Cemetery, Sulphur Springs, Benton Co., Arkansas
Cause of Death: Stomach trouble.
Census 1: 1870, Round Prairie Twp., Benton Co., Arkansas
Census 2: 1880, Sulphur Springs, Benton Co., AR
Census 3: 1900, Sulphur Springs, Benton Co., AR
Medical Information: From the W. W. Dunn & Son Funeral Home Records, Sulphur Springs,
AR. W.L. Davis, age 77, died May 6,1902, Buried Butler Creek. Ordered by, Chas. Mosier.
Property 1: August 09, 1858,10765 - Land Patent, Arkansas State
Property 2: August 22, 1860,12613 - Land Patent - Arkansas State
Property 3: October 04, 1876, 3318 - Land Patent - Arkansas State
Will: May 09,1900, Benton Co., Arkansas

INFORMATION KNOWN ABOUT WILLIAM LEANDER DAVIS (From Marilyn Rich)

1825 MARCH 13 WilliamLeanderDavis -born Haywood County, North Carolina

Whereabouts unknown:
during years 1825-1858
Since several of William Leander Davis' children give his place of birth as Tennessee, I wonder if he may have lived in Tennessee before coming to Arkansas.


1858 AUGUST 09 Arkansas Land Patent, # 10765
Sec. 36, Twp 19N, R33W
North West quarter of the North East quarter
40 acres


1860 JANUARY 26 Married
Nancy Ann Rebecca Abercrombie of
Sulphur Springs, Benton Co., Arkansas

1860 AUGUST 22 Arkansas Land Patent, #12613
Sec. 17,Twpl9N,R33W
North Vi of the North West 1A and the West
1A of the North East %.
160 acres

1861 FEBRUARY 02 Daughter born: Demarcy Vashti

1862 MARCH 7th & 8th Fought at the Battle of Pea Ridge - Civil War Confederate
Served in:Co. G, 1st Cherokee, Stand Wane Div., Maxey's Listed as: W.L Davis, served as Lieut

1861 MAY 1 Final - Land Patent #

1863 MAY 26 Daughter born: Mary Ann

1867 NOVEMBER 04 Son born: James Thomas

1870 FEBRUARY Mr. L. M. Alien states: "he's acquainted with William L. Davis that he resides on North Vx of the North West V* and West 2 of the North East 1A Sec 17, Twp 19, R 33. He has one dwelling house, and smoke house, about 12 acres of land under fence and cultivation.

1870 FEBRUARY 18th William L. Davis states the above same and adds, "I have continued to make it my home and dwelt thereon since about the 16th day of September 1860. That I entered the same on the 22nd day of August 1860 at the Land Office at Fayetteville, Ark., received receipt no. 12613, under the graduation law at 50 cents per acre, that I have not received patent there for."

1870 MARCH 14th Son born: John L.

1872 MARCH 30th Daughter born: Fanny Delilah "Lila*

1876 JULY 16* Son born: Benjamin Chase

1876 OCTOBER 4th Land Office at Harrison, Ark., #3318 Application William L. Davis states he is a citizen of US, head of a family and cannot go to Harrison, Ark. In person for land. Sec 30, Twp 21, R 32, SW 1/4 of NW 1/4

1882 JUNE 17th News article reads: "The Advance" published for 5 consecutive weeks regarding William L. Davis homestead entry.

1883 FEBRUARY 3rd Land Patent, # 3555, Sec 30, Twp 21 N, R 32 W. Final 3318/3555 - 39.830 acres

1885 JUNE 27 J.M. Davis dies and is buried in Davis plot in the Butler Creek Cemetery, Sulphur Springs, AR.
- Could this be James M. Davis?
- He was born in 1823
- might be a brother

1886 FEBRUARY 27th John S. Davis dies and is buried in Davis plot in the Butter Creek Cemetery, Sulphur Springs, AR.
- shares headstone with J.M. Davis
- could he be J.M. Davis' son?
-John S. Davis born 1842

1891 AUGUST 27/28 Attended Confederate Reunion Benton Co., was age 66

1900 Fed. Census Lists William as W.L. Davis and wife Rebecca. He is 75, she is 57, state married 40 years. She was mother of 7 children, 7 children living.
Lists W.L. Davis' parents as FA: b. NC, MO: b. SC

1900 MAY Files a Last Will and Testament
Witnessed by" Benjamin C. Davis & Elbert Jennings

1902 MAY 6th William Leander Davis dies and is buried in the Butler Creek Cemetery, Sulphur Springs, AR. W.W. Dunn & Son, Funeral Home, Sulphur Springs, AR No obituary can be found


More About William Leander Davis and Nancy Ann Rebecca Abercrombie:
Marriage: 26 Jan 1860

Children of William Leander Davis and Nancy Ann Rebecca Abercrombie are:
  1. +Demarcy Vashti Davis, b. 01 Feb 1861, Sulpher Springs, Benton, Arkansas, d. 07 Jan 1940, Rockford, Winnebago, Illinois.
  2. +Mary Ann Davis, b. 26 May 1863, Sulphur Springs, Benton Co., Arkansas, d. 19 Nov 1954, Fresno, Fresno Co., California.
  3. +James Thomas Davis, b. 04 Nov 1867, Suplhur Springs, Benton Co., AR, d. 19 Sep 1928, Southwest City, Mc Donald Co., MO.
  4. +John L Davis, b. 14 Mar 1870, Sulphur Springs, Benton Co., Arkansas, d. 21 Mar 1947, Tulsa, Tulsa County, Oklahoma.
  5. +Fanny Delilah Davis, b. 30 Mar 1872, Sulpher Springs, Benton, Arkansas, d. 20 Mar 1954, Fayetteville, Washington Co., Arkansas.
  6. Benjamin Chase Davis, b. 16 Jul 1876, Sulpher Springs, Benton, Arkansas67, d. 27 Feb 1936, Sulphur Springs, Benton Co., Arkansas.
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