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Descendants of Jared D. Davis




Generation No. 1


1. JARED D.1 DAVIS was born Abt. 1817 in Georgia or Alabama, and died Bet. 1863 - 1864 in Lafayette Co. Arkansas. He married RHONEA MARTHA PHILYAW Abt. 1847 in Georgia, daughter of EZEKIEL PHILYAW. She was born Abt. 1833 in South Carolina, and died Abt. 1884 in Miller Co. Arkansas.

Notes for J
ARED D. DAVIS:
Neither the parents or any other family members of Jared D. Davis are known. He married young Rhonea (Phonea) Martha Philyaw, who is reported to have been an indian on the Trail of Tears. It also said that Jared Davis was a scout on that journey during which time they married. The story being handed down is that Rhonea Martha Philyaw was 1/2 French and 1/2 Cherokee. Other unsubstantiated stories say Jared D. Davis was distantly related to Jefferson Davis, and that Jared was also at least part indian.

According to descendants, Jared and Rhonea Davis left Alabama to come to the Doddridge, Arkansas area at some time in the 1850's (sic- should be early 1850 or late1840's, because they were already living in Caddo Parish, Louisiana in 1850). They took a boat down the Tombigbee River to Mobile on the Gulf, then across to New Orleans, and then up the Mississippi and Red Rivers to Mooringsport, LA, which was a lake port just off Red River north of Shreveport. From this location, the Davises traveled to Miller County (35-40 miles) where they settled in the Doddridge vicinity. Antoinette Westbrook remembers her mother, Adaline Davis, telling about Martha and Jared Davis's trip from Mississippi before Adaline was born. Martha had so much wanted to walk through the city of New Orleans barefooted, but Jared had so much pride he wouldn't let her. Of course they were traveling in an ox wagon. (Martha would've been about 16 or 17 at the time of this trip.)

In late 1850 Jared and Martha, with their two children, John B. 3 years, and Adaline 3 months old, lived in Albany, Caddo Parish, Louisiana at the time of the census. Jared and Martha moved about 35 miles north near Bright Star, Arkansas, then in Lafayette County. Jared bought land there on July 2, 1860 and the Davis family is listed in the census on July 20, 1860 in Sulphur Fork, Lafayette Co. Arkansas.

Miller Co. Arkansas Land Records:
DAVIS JARRET D 24 19S 28W 160 1860/07/02
DAVIS JARRET D 25 19S 28W 0 1860/07/02
DAVIS JARRET D 25 19S 28W 0 1860/07/02

Jared and Martha Davis had six children (living at the time of Jared's death; two had died and Martha was pregnant with Rebecca Elizabeth): Mariliza Adeline, who married William J. Westbrook; William Timothy, who had several children, Silas Green, Lelia Arkansas, who married John Wesley Blunt; Sarah Jane, Rebecca Elizabeth (Bessie) who married Steven Wayne Whittington and moved to Oklahoma; Mary Elizabeth, who married George Smith and moved to Lewisville, AR.

Antoinette Westbrook remembers her mother Adaline saying that Jared D. Davis died the year the Civil War began (in 1861). But this would not be possible since his two youngest daughters had not yet been born in 1861. Leila Arkansas Davis was born in June 1862, and followed by Rebecca Elizabeth Davis in July 1864. The earliest Jared could've died was late 1863 after daughter Rebecca Elizabeth's conception. The Davises, Greenes, and Blunts were families who enjoyed a close association with one another throughout many years. They also left a wholesome effect on the Doddridge community because they were perceived as people whose nature was thoughtful, kind and gentle."

Geneva Westbrook Howard of Queen City, Texas (born in 1917) said that Jared's son, William T. Davis, lived with her family for many years. Geneva said that they did have some pictures of William's parents (Jared and Rhonea Martha), but some kids in one of the families tore them up. She said that it was quite apparent from the pictures that the indian came from the Davis side.

Sources:
Hayden McCasland
Census 1850 Albany, Caddo Parish, Louisiana. Listed as "Janet" Davis (male), age 33, born GA. p 365/729
Census 1860 Sulphur Fork, Lafayette Co. Arkansas. Listed as Jared D. Davis, age 41, born AL. p 73
Census 1870--deceased.

More About J
ARED D. DAVIS:
Burial: Old Macedonia Cemetery, Miller Co. Arkansas (unmarked grave)
Name spelling:: Also listed as Jarred, Jarret, and Garr.

Notes for R
HONEA MARTHA PHILYAW:
Rhonea Martha Philyaw's name is listed in various records by several spellings. She is consistantly listed in the census as Martha. Her first name may be spelled: Rhonea, Rohnea, Phonea, Rhonda, Rowena.

Rhonea (Phonea) Martha Philyaw was born about 1834, probably in South Carolina.She was the daughter of Ezekiel Philyaw according to great-granddaughter Betty Jo Davis Murph. She married Jared or Gar Davis date and place unknown. Martha is also reported to have been a Cherokee indian on the Trail of Tears, and possibly Jared Davis was the scout on that trail and they married during the journey. The story being handed down is that Martha Philyaw was 1/2 French and 1/2 Cherokee, and another story that she was also "black dutch," which is the same as Cherokee. These are old unsubstantiated stories.

According to descendants, Jared and Rhonea Davis left Alabama to come to the Doddridge, Arkansas area at some time in the 1850's (sic- should be early 1850 or late1840's, because they were already living in Caddo Parish, Louisiana in 1850). They took a boat down the Tombigbee River to Mobile on the Gulf, then across to New Orleans, and then up the Mississippi and Red Rivers to Mooringsport, LA, which was a lake port just off Red River north of Shreveport. From this location, the Davises traveled to Miller County (35-40 miles) where they settled in the Doddridge vicinity. Antoinette Westbrook remembers her mother, Adaline Davis, telling about Martha and Jared Davis's trip from Mississippi before Adaline was born. Martha had so much wanted to walk through the city of New Orleans barefooted, but Jared had so much pride he wouldn't let her. Of course they were traveling in an ox wagon. (Martha would've been about 16 or 17 at the time of this trip.)

In late 1850 Jared and Martha, with their two children, John B. 3 years, and Adaline 3 months old, lived in Albany, Caddo Parish, Louisiana at the time of the census. One Philyaw family lived nearby and may be a relative of Martha's. Thomas Leroy Philyaw and his wife Sarah Ann Attaway, plus his mother Easter (Large) Philyaw age 74, were neighbors.

Jared and Martha moved about 35 miles north near Bright Star, Arkansas, then in Lafayette County. Jared bought land there on July 2, 1860 and the Davis family is listed in the census on July 20, 1860 in Sulphur Fork, Lafayette Co. Arkansas.

Jared and Martha Davis had six children (living at the time of Jared's death; two had died and Martha was pregnant with Rebecca Elizabeth): Mareliza Adeline, who married William J. Westbrook; William Timothy, had several children; Silas Green; Lelia Arkansas, who married John Wesley Blunt; Sarah Jane, Rebecca Elizabeth (Bessie), who married Steven Wayne Whittington and moved to Oklahoma; Mary Elizabeth, who married George Smith and moved to Lewisville, AR.

Antoinette Westbrook remembers her mother Adaline saying that Jared D. Davis died the year the Civil War began in 1861. But this would not be possible since his two youngest daughters had not yet been born in 1861. Leila Arkansas Davis was born in June 1862, and followed by Rebecca Elizabeth Davis in July 1864. The earliest Jared could've died was shortly after the conception of Rebecca Elizabeth in late 1863.

Martha Philyaw Davis was still living as of the time her granddaughter Antoinette Westbrook was born in 1883, but died while Antoinette was a baby. Jared and Rhonea Martha were buried in the Old Macedonia Cemetery near Bright Star in Miller County, Arkansas, in what are now unmarked graves.

From a Letter by Hayden McCasland's grandmother:
She writes of her Davis grandparents; She writes that her mother, Marelza Adeline was born in Louisiana. Her grandfather was Jarred D. Davis who married Phonea Martha Philyaw. She writes that her grandmother (Davis-Philyaw) was French and Indian. She writes that he mother Adeline (Davis) Westbrook was born 8/12/1850 and died 10/24/1943. She did not remember the birth and death dates of her Davis grandparents but thought Jarred D. Davis died the year the Civil War began. She never mentions her grandmother Phonea in the letters again. She writes that her Davis grandparents are buried in the "Old Macedonia" Cemetery near Bright Star, AR. She writes that Jarred and Phonea left Mississippi before her mother Adeline was born. I have old letters written by my grandmother written when she was in her eighties. She tells of her mother Adaline and her grandparents Jared (I've seen this spelled different ways) and Phonea (I've seen this different ways also) Phonea Martha Philyaw. She tells of Jared and Martha migrating to Louisiana from Mississippi before her mother Adaline was born. She wasn't sure of the birthplace of her mother, Adaline but thought she was born in Texas near the Louisiana and Arkansas border there. Adaline died in her grandaughter's home and is purportedly buried in the Mt. Zion Cemetery near Doddridge, AR. My grandmother also writes that she had an Aunt Lizzie whom migrated to Love Co.,OK. and died there living to almost one hundred years.

Geneva Westbrook Howard of Queen City, Texas (born in 1917) said that Martha's son, William T. Davis, lived with her family for many years. Geneva said that they did have some pictures of William's parents (Jared and Rhonea Martha), but some kids in one of the families tore them up. She said that it was quite apparent from the pictures that the indian came from the Davis side.

THOMAS LEROY PHILYAW--Is he related to Rhonea Martha Philyaw?
Thomas Leroy Philyaw b. 6-29-1818 married Sarah Ann Attaway b. 11-15-1828 in Conecuh or Butler Co., Alabama ca. 1846. By 1849 they were living in Caddo Parish, Louisiana near other kin named ATTAWAY, EVERS, FORD, SANSOM, SOLOMAN, BICKHAM, BOZEMAN, and others. By 1866 Tom and family were living in Miller aka. Lafayette Co., Arkansas.

Tom and Sarah's children are: Leroy b. 1-17-1847, Malinda Ann b. 3-22-1848, Mary Jane b. 1849, Isabel b. 1849, Thomas Foster b. 7-18-1852, Alice Georgiana b. 1855, EZEKIEL Everett b. 3-31-1859, John Robert b. 3-21-1861, Samuel A. b. 1864, Leona Viola b. 11-1867, and Sarah Weaver b. 4-30-1869.

Tom's siblings are Elizabeth b. 7-17-1797, David b. 4-9-1800, John b. 2-15-1802, Joseph b. 10-11-1804, James b. 3-21-1806, Martha b. 3-7-1808, Sarah b. 8-29-1810, Rebecca b. 1-3-1812, and Mary Jane b. 11-26-1814. Tom's parents are believed to be John Filyaw and Easter Large.

Sources:
Hayden McCasland
Information from Eleanor Blunt Huddle and she obtained it from Mary Douglas Hicks who was the granddaughter of Mariliza Adeline Davis.
Westbrook.
Census 1850 Albany, Caddo Parish, Louisiana. Listed as Martha Davis, age 25, born GA. p. 365/729
Census 1860 Sulphur Fork, Lafayette Co. Arkansas. Listed as Martha Davis, age 26, born SC. p. 73
Census 1870 Lafayette Co. Arkansas. Listed as Martha Davis, age 35, born SC. p. 219
Census 1880 Miller Co. Arkansas. Listed as Marthy Davis, age 47, born SC. (Parents birthplaces not listed) E.D. 198 p. 175
Census 1900--Not Found?

More About R
HONEA MARTHA PHILYAW:
Burial: Old Macedonia Cemetery, Miller Co. Arkansas (unmarked grave)
     
Children of J
ARED DAVIS and RHONEA PHILYAW are:
  i.   JOHN B.2 DAVIS, b. Abt. 1848, Georgia; d. Bef. 1860.
2. ii.   MARILIZA ADALINE DAVIS, b. August 12, 1850, Albany, Caddo Parish, Louisiana; d. October 24, 1943, Kiblah, Miller Co. Arkansas.
3. iii.   WILLIAM TIMOTHY DAVIS, b. January 1853, Albany, Caddo Parish, Louisiana; d. 1940, Miller Co. Arkansas.
4. iv.   SILAS GREEN DAVIS, b. January 1856, Albany, Caddo Parish, Louisiana; d. Aft. 1900.
  v.   GEORGE T. DAVIS, b. Abt. 1857, Sulphur Fork, Lafayette Co. Arkansas; d. 1865, Sulphur Fork, Lafayette Co. Arkansas.
  More About GEORGE T. DAVIS:
Burial: Lafayette Co. Arkansas

  vi.   MARY ELIZABETH DAVIS, b. 1859, Sulphur Fork, Lafayette Co. Arkansas; d. Lewisville, Lafayette Co. Arkansas; m. GEORGE SMITH, July 19, 1881, Miller Co. Arkansas.
5. vii.   SARAH JANE DAVIS, b. 1861, Sulphur Fork, Lafayette Co. Arkansas.
6. viii.   LEILA ARKANSAS DAVIS, b. June 06, 1862, Sulphur Fork, Lafayette Co. Arkansas; d. January 29, 1929, Miller Co. Arkansas.
7. ix.   REBECCA ELIZABETH DAVIS, b. July 31, 1864, Bright Star, Lafayette Co. Arkansas (now Miller Co. AR); d. September 28, 1951, Leon, Love Co. Oklahoma.



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