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  • ID: I1336
  • Name: William Davidson 1 2 3
  • Sex: M
  • Reference Number: 1348
  • Title: Major
  • Birth: 10 OCT 1736 in Ireland 1 3
  • Burial: Swannanoa First Presbyterian Church (Swannanoa, North Carolina)
  • Death: 16 MAY 1814 in Buncombe County, North Carolina 2 3
  • Note:
    Major William Davidson (1736-1814)

    William Davidson Gravestone

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    The Revolutionary War military rank of the William Davidson is uncertain. Many sources refer to him as major. However, the highest rank recognized by the Daughters of the American Revolution is captain. This is based upon Moss, Bobby Gilmer. Roster of the Patriots in the Battle of Moore's Creek Bridge. Scotia-Hibernia Press: Blacksburg (South Carolina), 1992, page 56: "William Davidson served as captain." Query, however, whether the William Davidson of this entry actually fought as far east as the Battle of Moore's Creek Bridge (fought near Wilmington in present-day Pender County, North Carolina on February 27, 1776).

    Birth location seen as (1) Ireland; and (2) Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

    Asheville Revolutionary War Soldier Memorial

    Description: The memorial is a large irregular shaped boulder standing several feet tall. A rectangular bronze plaque commemorates the Buncombe County Revolutionary War heroes who are buried in Buncombe County, North Carolina.


    Location: The memorial is located by the Buncombe County Courthouse, at College Street (Hwy 74-ALT) and Court Plaza, Asheville.

    William Davidson
    Soldier of the Revolution
    House of Commons 1790
    Senate 1792
    One Of The Earliest
    Settlers Of The French
    Broad Valley.
    He Was Prominent In
    The Organization of
    Buncombe County.

    Note the confusion with Colonel William Davidson: life dates are incorrect; did not serve in the North Carolina legislature; and was not involved in the organization of Buncombe County (at least not formally).

    Find A Grave Memorial

    Note the disagreement in the following with respect to Major William Davidson's place of birth. One researcher claims he was born in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania; another claims he was born in Ireland. The title major ascribed to him by some researchers has not been confirmed. Note also the disagreement between historians Sondley and Arthur with respect to the involvement of Major William Davidson in the creation of Buncombe County (not mentioned by Sondley):

    "Major William Davidson was the son of John Davidson, and a twin brother of Samuel Davidson, the first white settler in Western North Carolina (killed by Cherokees and buried on Jones Mountain). He was also a brother of John Davidson whom the Cherokees killed near the present Old Fort in July, 1776, and a first cousin of General William Davidson who was killed at Cowan's Ford of Catawba River in 1781 by a Tory in Charles Earl Cornwallis's Army. Major William Davidson was born in 1736, married Margaret McConnell and lived for years in what became Burke County, North Carolina, at a place on Catawba River called 'The Glades' near the present town of Greenlee.

    "He was living there during the Revolutionary War, a major in the American forces of North Carolina, and took a prominent part in the preparations for the Battle of Kings Mountain and in those preparations helped to check the advance of Colonel Patrick Ferguson into the up country of the Catawba and drive him back to his defeat at Kings Mountain, resulting in the independence of the thirteen American States. After the Revolutionary War Major William Davidson was one of a party of relatives and friends who in 1785 crossed the mountains with their families and formed at the mouth of Bee Tree Creek the first white settlement in North Carolina west of the Blue Ridge. Settling at the mouth of that creek, Major Davidson spent the remainder of his life there and was buried on the place when he died, May 16, 1814, his wife dying November 13, 1806. Many years after his death in July, 1902 the Daughters of the American Revolution erected at his grave a monument to his memory. His son, Colonel Samuel W. Davidson, a very small child when the family removed from Catawba River to Bee Tree Creek, was, for half of a century or more, a resident on the place settled there by his father and one of the most respected and influential men in Western North Carolina until his tragic death."

    Source: A History of Buncombe County North Carolina, F. A. Sondley, LL.D. (1930) at 741-742.

    "Do not confuse Major William Davidson with Colonel William Davidson, who lived on the south side of Swannanoa, just below the later town of Biltmore and was a member from Rutherford County of the North Carolina House of Commons and introduced a bill to create the County of Buncombe. Afterwards that county was organized at his home and he became in 1792 its first State Senator. He was born in Virginia and was a cousin of Major William Davidson and General William Davidson. He became quite distinguished and influential in the State of Tennessee to which he removed, died, and is buried.

    "A very few months later [probably in 1785] a body of relatives and friends of Samuel Davidson came from the Catawba River settlements and crossed the Blue Ridge to the Swannanoa River and formed a colony around the mouth of Bee Tree Creek, a tributary of the Swannanoa, two or three miles from Samuel Davidson's grave. This colony became known in history as the "Swannanoa Settlements." It was the first settlement of white people in what is now North Carolina Southwest of the Blue Ridge. Among these colonists were Major William Davidson, a twin brother of Samuel Davidson, and their sister Rachel Alexander, with their families and other relatives. These kinsmen cared for the grave of Samuel Davidson while they lived and when the older of them had died or removed, Major William Davidson's son, Colonel Samuel W. Davidson, who was a small child when the settlement began, continued throughout his life to care for the last resting place of his worthy uncle. The letters 'S. D.' were cut in a pine tree which stood at the head of the grave. Colonel Samuel W. Davidson died in 1858. . . . These first settlers were Scotch Irish."

    Source: A History of Buncombe County North Carolina, F. A. Sondley, LL.D. (1930) at 397-398.

    William Davidson, son of the immigrant John Davidson, and brother of twins John Davidson and the murdered Samuel Davidson, was among these first settlers (Swannanoa Settlement on Bee Tree Creek) in what became Buncombe County. He was born in Pennsylvania in 1737 and about 1750 removed with his family to North Carolina and settled in that part of Rowan County near Centre Church, now Iredell County, North Carolina. He married Margaret McConnell. When the Revolutionary War came on he was living in western Rowan County at a place called the Glades now in McDowell County, North Carolina, on the Catawba River near the railroad station of Greenlee; and when, in 1780 Colonel Ferguson made that famous raid into western North Carolina which ended in his defeat and death at Kings Mounain, he visited with his force the home of "Rebel" Major Davidson. "This William Davidson, known in later life as Maj. Davidson, was active and prominent in the Revolutionary War, and subsequently. He was a captain in the military organization of Iredell county," then in Rowan County, "and a member of its 'Committee of Safety and Independence;' was lieutenant in Capt. Houston's company--mounted-which participated in the battles of Ramseur's Mill, Enoree, and in the military campaigns in N. C. 1780-1781, when Cornwallis invaded the State. It is probable he was in the battle of King's Mountain.

    Soon after the war he removed from "The Glades," his home on the Catawba, not far from the present village of Old Fort, McDowell county, to the Swannanoa River, where he resided until his death. He died at his home on the Swannanoa on the 16th day of May 1814, in the 78th year of his age; his wife died November 13, 1806, in her 58th year. In July, 1902, the Daughters of the Revolution erected a monument at his grave in commemoration of his life and services [and placed misinformation on the stone].

    Major William Davidson's home in the mountains was a very large and fertile farm at the mouth of Bee Tree Creek on Swannanoa river which remained in his family for about a century and on which he was buried. His children were: John, Hugh, George, William Mitchell, Samuel, Mary who married Daniel Smith, Betty who married Thomas Alexander, Sallie who married Joshua Williams, and Ruth who married General Samuel Williams; while his descendants were very numerous in North Carolina, Tennessee, and other States.

    His cousin Colonel William Davidson lived on the same Swannanoa River about ten miles below the residence of Major William Davidson. This Colonel William Davidson was a member of the North Carolina House of Commons from Rutherford County at the time the act creating Buncombe County was passed in 1791 and 1792 and with Colonel Vance, representative from Burke County, procured the enactment of that statute. Buncombe County was organized at the residence of Colonel William Davidson on the southern side of Swannanoa River on April 16, 1792, and Colonel William Davidson was the first member from Buncombe County of the North Carolina Senate. Some years later Colonel William Davidson removed to the State of Tennessee where he attained much prominence and where he died and is buried. The identity of names of the two cousins and their living near each other on the same stream and in the same county at the same time caused not a little confusion. In the public records of those days they were distinguished by employing their titles as "Major" William Davidson and "Colonel" William Davidson.

    Source: Sondley, F. A. My Ancestry. Asheville: The Inland Press, 1930, pp. 183 et seq. Print.

    Soon [after the killing of Samuel Davidson] several white settlements were made on the Swannanoa, the earliest of them being the "Swannanoa Settlement," made in 1784-1785 by the Alexanders, Davidsons, and others about the mouth of Bee Tree Creek. A little above that place is the old Edmuns or Jordan Field, the first land cleared by a white man in Buncombe County.

    Source: Asheville and Buncombe County, F. A. Sondley (1922) at 61.

    "In 1756, Virginia had asked to join South Carolina in the building of Fort Loudon, but the Cherokees wanted each colony to construct a fort. Virginia built a small fortification, therefore, near the ancient capital of Echota, but it was never garrisoned. At the same time North Carolina took steps to protect the Catawbas east of the Blue Ridge from the ever-raiding Cherokees by building a fort, thus strengthening the colony's relationship with the Catawbas and safeguarding the westward moving settlers. Later [1757], for protection against both the Catawbas and the Cherokees, settlers just east of the Blue Ridge built Fort Davidson, on the site of the present Old Fort."

    "Cherokee warriors went on the warpath in June, 1776, planning a war of extermination. At first their raids were scattered and light, but by July they were striking at isolated farms and small villages in Georgia, where they brought a panic to the settlers. Widespread attacks were also made on the whites along the Broad and Catawba Rivers east of the Blue Ridge in both North and South Carolina. In several instances they wantonly killed entire families. Women and children fled for safety to the fort built at the present Old Ford as terror spread throughout the region."

    Source: Western North Carolina: Its Mountains and Its People to 1880, Ora Blackmun (1977) at 79-80 and 110..

    The following is from The Heritage of Old Buncombe County, Doris Cline Ward, Editor (1981) at 190-191 (Article #307, "Major William and Margaret McConnell Davidson" by Mrs. Dorothy Hyde and Mr. William E. Bryson):

    Major William Davidson was born October 10, 1736 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, the son of John and Mary Morrison Davidson and twin brother to Samuel. He married Margaret McConnell, daughter of John Sr. and Mary Winsley McConnell, who were among the first settlers of Rowan County, and during the Revolutionary War the family was living in Rowan County (now McDowell) at a place called the Glades, on the Catawba River. William was active in the fight for independence -- a member of the Committee on Safety and Independence, and a Lieutenant in Captain Houston's Company. He was in the military campaigns of 1780-81 when Cornwallis invaded North Carolina and fought at King's Mountain, during which time he rose to the rank of Major.

    In 1785, several months after the death of his brother Samuel, William and his family crossed the mountains into the Swannanoa Valley and settled on a large, fertile farm near the mouth of Bee Tree River. On August 7, 1787, the first land grant in Buncombe County was issued to William and James Davidson for 600 acres "on both sides of the Savannah" (Swannanoa). William and Margaret were charter members of Piney Grove Presbyterian Church (now Swannanoa). At his death, Major Davidson was buried on his plantation, but later his body was moved to the Swannanoa Presbyterian Church Cemetery, and in July 1902 the D.A.R. erected a monument to his memory.

    Their children were: Mary (1790-1842) m. Daniel Smith; John, b. 1764; Hugh and George (b. 1768); Jean (1772-1804) m. Thomas Davidson; Sallie (1774-1838) m. Joshua Williams; Ruth b. 1777 m. General Samuel Williams; William Mitchell (1780-1840) m. Elizabeth Vance; and Samuel Winslow Davidson. The Ruth Davidson Chapter DAR, Asheville, was named in honor of Ruth, above.

    Davidson House

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    "The Glades"

    Major William Davidson, of the Revolution, moved to Burke County, North Carolina before the Revolution, built his home on the Catawba River, about four and one-half miles from Old Fort, then called Davidson's Fort. The location now is the railroad stop called Greenlee, in what is now McDowell County, North Carolina. Draper, author of "King's Mountain and Its Heroes," writes, "Major Patrick Ferguson visited the home of rebel Major Davidson." This was September 17, 1780, a month before Ferguson marched to King's Mountain. A soldier stole some of Mrs. Davidson's chickens, and she remonstrated with Major Ferguson. He paid the lady $1.00. (See page 508.)

    Several of the children of Major Davidson and wife, Margaret McConnell, were born in this house. In 1787 William Davidson crossed the mountains and helped form at Bee Tree Creek, Swannanoa, what was the first white settlement beyond the Blue Ridge in North Carolina. Major William Davidson was influential in forming the new County of Buncombe. When he left "The Glades" he sold the log home to a Revolutionary Soldier, James Cowden. He, in turn, sold it to James Greenlee, a Revolutionary soldier, about 1814. Greenlee gave it to his son, Charles Washington Greenlee, as a wedding present, and they lived there. In 1815 they added the wing to the right since thay had made a stage coach stop there for all Asheville-Morganton stage coaches. It remained this way for many years.

    The Greenlee family continued to own it, and a few years ago the right wing was given a second story, and the house was shingled and columns put in front. Mrs. Margaret Burgin Allanach, a descendant, lives in the house today (1955). A mile away are the graves of John Davidson and Nancy Brevard, who was killed by the Indians.

    The foregoing was compiled by Elizabeth Dixon.

    Source: N.C. Genealogy-McDowell (Pack Memorial Library, Asheville, North Carolina).

    Dispute over dates. Might be 10 Oct. 1737 - 16 May 1814.

    According to the Buncombe County Genealogical Society, Maj. William Davidson and his wife Margaret McConnell Davidson were originally buried on their property at the mouth of Bee Tree Creek where it enters the Swannanoa River and were later moved to Piney Grove. The land where the Charles D Owen Park is located is part of the land owned by William. Inscription on DAR marker (dates in dispute): William Davidson, 1744-1810. Soldier of the Revolution. House of Commons 1790. Senate 1792. One of the Earliest Settlers of the French Broad Valley. He was prominent in the organization of Buncombe County.

    Source: Find A Grave

    "In less than a year [after the 1784 killing of brother Samuel Davidson] Major William Davidson, the twin brother of the slain Samuel, and Rachel Alexander, his sister, along with their families and several of their friends crossed the Blue Ridge from the Catawba settlements to take up grants of land where Bee Tree Creek enters the Swannanoa River. In 1787 William and James Davidson were granted 640 acres of land on both sides of the Swannanoa. To this valley came other families--the William Gudgers from the Watauga Settlements, the William Forsters from Virginia, the John Pattons, the Robert Pattons, and James Patton. The Bee Tree and Swannanoa settlements soon became the nucleus of a new county."

    Source: Western North Carolina: Its Mountains and Its People to 1880, Ora Blackmun (1977) at 159.

    Major William Davidson is sometimes confounded with Colonel William Davidson, who was the first representative of Buncombe. County in the State Senate to which he was sent in 1792, and removed to Tennessee where he was prominent in public affairs and where he died. It was at the house of Colonel William Davidson that Buncombe County was organized. Colonel William Davidson was born in Virginia and served in the American cause through the Revolutionary War. Major William Davidson took a prominent part in the preparations made by the North Carolinians for the battle of Kings Mountain. These thwarted Ferguson in his raid which ended in that battle. During the Revolutionary War Major William Davidson lived in what became Burke County on Catawba River near the town now called Greenlee. His place was named The Glades. Colonel Ferguson visited his home there on the raid into North Carolina by Ferguson, which resulted in the Battle of Kings Mountain and in the defeat and death of that distinguished British officer. After that war, Major William Davidson removed with some relatives and friends to the mouth of Bee Tree Creek of Swannanoa River, then in Burke County, but now in Buncombe County, where, in 1784-1785, they formed the famous "Swannanoa Settlement" and where he resided for the remainder of his life and died and is buried.

    Source: Asheville and Buncombe County, F. A. Sondley (1922) at87.

    The following may be with respect to Colonel William Davidson or Major William Davidson (of this entry), but which is unknown:

    The first consideration, however, to these primitive inhabitants was tne matter of grist mills. Hence at the first session of the county court we find it "Ordered that William Davidson have liberty to build a Grist mill on Swannanoa, near his saw Mill, Provided he builds said mill on his own land." This was in April, 1792.

    Source: Asheville and Buncombe County, F. A. Sondley (1922) 1t 142.

    Colonel Davidson attended the first meeting of the court because it was held at his house. However, both Davidsons owned property on the Swannanoa River.

    The men who came to Col. William Davidson's house on April 16, 1792, knew they were involved in something historic, a good piece of business. Three months before, Davidson and Col. David Vance, state representatives, had ushered through the bill to establish Buncombe County, breaking it off from Rutherford and Burke counties and extending it to the new Cherokee border. The two men had land here. Vance's place was on Reems Creek. Davidson's was near today?s Biltmore Estate entrance.

    Many people showed up at Davidson's door. To begin with, there were all the men about to take positions of responsibility in the new government. "The house was too small for the accommodation of the crowd," historian Foster Sondley, a Davidson descendant, noted, "and the assembly completed the organization of the county in Col. Davidson's barn." What was their mood? Were they buttoned up? The minutes report that "the court was opened in due and solemn form of law." Sondley related, "It is a tradition that the first order of the court was that the men in attendance should take off their coonskin caps."

    Col. William Davidson is not to be confused with Maj. William Davidson, descendant of another Davidson branch, whose home was six miles east. Maj. Davidson was an inheritor of a violent history with Indians. Eight years before, the major had to go bury his twin brother, Samuel, after he'd been killed and scalped by Cherokees on his property. Another brother, John, had been killed in a raid by the Cherokee on Old Fort in 1776. [Probably incorrect.]

    Samuel's property - where Christian Creek runs in Swannanoa - was not totally his. The Treaty of Hopewell, which would open up Cherokee land west of the Blue Ridge to settlement, was one year off. Yet, he built a cabin, settled his wife, daughter and his wife's slave girl, and got a farm going. One night, he went out to bring his horse in, for its bell was ringing; and discovered a band of youths with muskets. Samuel's household escaped back to Davidson's Fort, the place from which Gen. Griffith Rutherford had set out with a large army to burn the Cherokee out of their homes in 1776.

    The major, according to accounts, assembled a party for conquest, and took two Cherokee lives. Was it vengeance, or was it a fulfillment of his brother's plan for settlement? Maj. William Davidson does not show up at any of the government meetings in Col. William Davidson's barn; and a lot of people do. There were jury members, contractors, petitioners and plaintiffs. The barn sessions occurred in April, Julyand October 1792. The justices moved to the new log courthouse, at what is now the Vance Monument site, in 1793. From the scant record, it seems that the two William Davidsons - the major, age 56 in 1792 (he'd live for 22 more years); and the colonel, 10 years younger - were of different minds.

    The colonel's military experience was on the Revolutionary War front at King?s Mountain, near his family's home. An application that his son, James, made years later based on his father's war record, stated that William had served as a captain, major and lieutenant colonel for the "North Carolina Troops." When, in 1810, the colonel moved to Morgan County, Tenn., to be a founding father there, he took up what appears to be a long-standing admiration of the Cherokee. "He was a friend of the Cherokees," the 1887 Goodspeed Publishing "History of Tennessee" reported. He "could speak their language, and his house became a sort of resort for them, hence its name . . . Indian Tavern."

    In his Buncombe home in 1792, Col. William Davidson had his people around him. There was his brother, James, another one of the seven men, with William, to be appointed justices of the peace. And there was John Davidson, James's son, who'd fill the job of register. Two other justices of the peace, David Vance and James Alexander, were related by marriage. Buncombe's founders were heavily Scots-Irish. Through the medium of the minutes, life beyond the founding fathers and their official business comes into view. We learn the names of the region's first African-Americans brought as slaves. We discover that certain leading citizens - including Col. William Davidson - are building gristmills.

    We see the first orders of business - taxes and roads. And we see where the first roads will be laid. Because the court handles civil suits and criminal cases, we see what kind of stories would fill the series, "Law and Order: Buncombe, 1790s." In October, David Vance was engaged - by the commissioners which included himself, apparently - to do a survey and resolve a boundary dispute between "W. Avery Esqr. and Wm. Fletcher," two leading landowners. The minutes note that it was ordered that "the case be tried in open court January term 1793." Land, that?s at the heart of it, and the historical research continues.

    Source: "Buncombe County's Founders in the Late 1700s," Rob Neufeld. Asheville Citizen-Times, 2 September 2011.

    A few months after the murder of Samuel Davidson, other frontiersmen, among whom were is twin brother, William, and his brother-in-law John Alexander and wife (sister of Samuel Davidson), and James Alexander (son of John and Rachel Davidson) and family and Thomas Alexander (another son of John and Rachel Davidson) and family, came from the country on the waters of the Catawba River in North Carolina, through Swannanoa Gap and formed at the mouth of Bee Tree Creek, a tributary of Swannanoa River, the first white settlement west of the Blue Ridge in what is now North Carolina. This became known in history as the "Swannanoa Settlement." This was within a little over a mile of the grave of Samuel Davidson, for which they and their descendants have ever since carefully afforded protection.

    Source: Sondley, F. A. My Ancestry. Asheville: The Inland Press, 1930, p. 106. Print.

    Irdele Co., N.C. Sept. 20, 1840

    Dear Cousin:

    Since my return I have seen the letter you wrote to Father, making inquiries about the family of Davidsons, and he has attempted in some degree to answer them. The oldest members of the family who came to this country were John and George Davidson. George married a widow Simmeral and was the father of General Wm. Davidson, killed in Revolution, and another son who died a young man before that time.

    John was the father of Grandfather George D., and also 4 other sons, viz: Thomas who lived and died near Charleston, S.C. - William and Samuel (twins) both lived and died in Buncombe (the latter was killed by Indians -- the first was father of Col. Samuel Davidson who now lives in Buncombe on the same plantation) -- the 4th brother was the one-eyed John D. who lived in Murry Co. Tenn -- and a half brother, William Morrison, whose family went to Kentucky.

    Great G. Father John had three daughters, Rachel and Peggy who married John and David Alexander, some of whose descendents are now living in Buncombe and Tennessee -- and Betty who married Ephraim McLean, and lived in Kentucky.

    G. G. Father and mother Reece died about 1800, the former, who first name was William, aged 100, the latter, name was Penelope Groner, aged 75. Grandfather George Davidson was born in 1728, died in 1814; Grandmother born in 1731, died 1814.

    Our family emigrated from Rockbridge, Virginia about 1748. G.G. father died about 2 years after. and was buried on his plantation.

    There are some of the particulars about which you wished to be informed and I expect are mostly correct. I hope they will meet your wishes and enable you to effect your purpose.

    We are all well at present time, tho Father has recently had a dangerous spell of sickness.

    There is little news here. I should be gratified to hear from you. Father sends his best wishes, etc.

    Yours etc.

    Geo. F. Davidson

    Source: T. P. Davidson, Memphis, Tenn (Copied July 3 1896)

    Alexander-Davidson Reunion 26 August 1911

    Welcome to Davidson's Fort Historic Park

    By the mid 1700's, European settlers had come into the Catawba Valley. In 1763, the British made a treaty with the Cherokee Nation agreeing that Europeans would not settle west of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Nonetheless, in the early to mid 1770's several settler families -- among them the brothers John, Samuel, William and George Davidson -- took up land in what is now McDowell County, including the present site of Old Fort.

    The summer of 1776 saw in increase in Cherokee violence against settlers, and as a result, a small fort was constructed on land acquired by the Davidsons at the headwaters of the Catawba River. Built by North Carolina militia soldiers, it was called Davidson's Fort and was continually garrisoned by militia troops for the protection of North Carolina's far-western settlements. Davidson's Fort was the final departure point for some 2,700 militia troops led by General Griffith Rutherford as they began a campaign into Cherokee territory in the fall of 1776.

    Walk in the Footsteps of our Colonial Ancestors . . .

    It is 1776, and for the next 20 years, you stand at the westernmost outpost of present day North Carolina -- and just over the hill, the Cherokee have sided with the British. You live close to the fort built by the North Carolina Militia because the Cherokee stage raids on you and your neighbors. Stand and watch 2,700 militiamen led by General Griffith Rutherford bivouac around Davidson's Fort before they set out and march up the valley along the Catawba River and the Catawba Falls to attack the Cherokee Nation.

    Through interpretive re-enactors and various demonstrations of Colonial life and activities, we help history come alive for visitors to Davidson's Fort.

    Please Join Us!

    The building of a replica of Davidson's Fort has been underway since 2004, begun by a small yet dedicated group of visionaries. Development of the Fort is ongoing, and we have big plans to make your future visit even more educational and enjoyable. The Fort provides educational opportunities for schools and other groups. You can help preserve and breathe new life into our history by contributing to Davidson's Fort Historic Park, a non-profit organization. We invite you to become a patron or sponsor today.

    Spring & Fall Muster

    Revolutionary war re-enactors gather her annually the Saturday after Thanksgiving and the 3rd Saturday in May. See our web site for details on these and other special events.

    We appreciate your support -- enjoy your visit!

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    Buncombe County, North Carolina
    1800 Census
    Explanation of Chart: Columns Left to right:
    1st column - Name of head of Household
    2nd column - # of Males (0-10)(10-16)(16-26)(26-45)(45-+)
    3rd column - # of Females (0-10)(10-16)(16-26)(26-45)(45-+)
    4th column - # of Others
    last column - Slaves

    Davidson, William 00201 01001 0 8(?)

    U.S., Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970
    Name: Major William Davidson
    SAR Membership: 78953
    Birth Date: 1736
    Birth Place: Lancaster, Pennsylvania
    Death Date: 16 May 1814
    Death Place: Buncombe, North Carolina
    Spouse: Margaret McConnell
    Children: Mary Davidson

    Father: John Davidson b: BEF 1709 in Armagh, Ireland
    Mother: Jane Tucker b: in Armagh, Ireland

    Marriage 1 Margaret McConnell b: 1738 in Brunswick County, Virginia
    • Married: 1758 in Rowan County, North Carolina
    • Note:
      U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900
      Name: William Davidson
      Gender: Male
      Birth Place: PA
      Birth Year: 1736
      Spouse Name: Margaret McConnell
      Spouse Birth Place: NC
      Spouse Birth Year: 1748
      Marriage Year: 1758
      Number Pages: 1
    1. Has Children Mary Davidson b: 14 OCT 1760 in North Carolina
    2. Has No Children Hugh Lawson Davidson b: 05 JAN 1768
    3. Has Children George Davidson b: 05 JAN 1768
    4. Has No Children Jean Davidson b: 1772
    5. Has No Children Sallie Davidson b: 29 JUL 1774 in Asheville, Buncombe County, North Carolina
    6. Has No Children John Davidson b: 04 OCT 1774 in Rowan County, North Carolina
    7. Has Children Elizabeth Davidson b: 01 JUL 1775
    8. Has Children Ruth Davidson b: 1777 in Asheville, Buncombe County, North Carolina
    9. Has Children William Mitchell Davidson b: 02 JAN 1780 in The Glades, Old Fort, North Carolina
    10. Has Children Samuel Winslow Davidson b: 02 APR 1782 in Burke County, North Carolina

    1. Details: The Heritage of Old Buncombe County, Doris Cline Ward, Editor (1981) at 190-191 (Article #307, "Major William and Margaret McConnell Davidson" by Mrs. Dorothy Hyde and Mr. William E. Bryson)
    2. Details: Sondley, F. A. My Ancestry. Asheville: The Inland Press, 1930
    3. Details: Davidson Family History and Ancestry
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