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  • ID: I1364
  • Name: William Davidson
  • Sex: M
  • Reference Number: 1376
  • Birth: ABT 1680 in Legacorry, Parrish Shankill, Armagh County, Ireland
  • Death: 1723 in Legacorry, Parrish Shankill, Armagh County, Ireland
  • Note:
    While born in Ireland, the Davidson family was of Scottish descent. See the discussion in A History of Buncombe County North Carolina, F. A. Sondley.


    Those Members of the Davison/Davidson Family Who Descended from William and Elizabeth Davison of County Armagh, Ireland, Robert Stephens Hand (1990).

    Davidson family researcher John B. Lisle has questioned whether the William Davidson of the following will is the father of the sons George Davidson and John Davidson shown in this database:

    The William Davison will was also printed in the 1948 Harbaugh Genealogy of Davidson family, p. 434-435. One point that needs to be made, is that there is NO PROOF that this William Davison is the father of John and George Davison of Iredell County. Mr. Hand in his book acknowledges this fact. I do not believe it to be so, and this is based on an important cultural concept. The first born son is named after his father's father. The first known sons of both George and John Davison are named GEORGE. If you follow the succeeding generation of the family, you will see that this traditional naming convention is adhered to.

    Source: Date: Fri, 06 Apr 2001 00:35:52; From: "John B. Lisle;" Subject: Re: [DAVIDSON-L] John and Elizabeth Morrison Davidson; To:

    Family members mentioned in the following will:

    Wife: Elizabeth
    Brother: John Davison
    Children: George, John, Anne (McCollum), Elizabeth, Helen, Judith, and Margaret.

    Will of William Davidson of Legarorry, Parish of Shankill, County Armagh

    My eldest son George Davison to pay the debts I owe to my brother John Davison out of the legacy I. Hereby bequeath to my said son. My son John Davison to pay 20 pounds Which I borrowed from Rev. Dr. Penney for him my said son John Davison. My son George Davidson to pay half the debt I owe Robert Newel and my beloved wife to pay the other half thereof. My wife to have the rents due out of my land till Candle was next in order enable her to pay her said half debt due Robert Newel. My two sons shall pay said debts out of the lands hereafter bequeathed to them, except 1 pound 10p which my son John is to allow to his mother, and my son John to have the sorrel mare to make up for said 1 pound 10p.

    My beloved wife that part and proportion of my land from the dwelling house to the stony ditch with said dwelling house, excepting my smith's shop, and also to have a little pasture park joining the stony ditch for grazing of John McCollum's cow, all to be held by my said wife Elizabeth Davison during widowhood, and I order she bring up my four youngest daughter's.

    I order that the lane from the dwelling house or from the highway shall be in common between my wife, and my sons George Davison and John Davison.

    To my son George Davison my hole half of my land and tenements except as above stated to my wife, with the black filly and smith's tool 's and shop, and WM. Marshall's house and garden.

    The low meadow to be equally divided between my sons George and John.

    To my son John Davison the other half, except as shown above to my wife, with Thomas Mc Gowain's house and garden.

    My sons to pay their respective portions of the landlords rent and to pay for their mother's part as above, and also the following legacies.

    The Division between my two sons shall run: to my son George his part shall begin at the stony ditch to Alex. Tough's march, straight over the breadth of the land, and John's part to be the low end.

    To my eldest daughter Anne Davison alias McCollum wife of John McCollum 2/6.

    To my daughter Elizabeth Davison 20 pound? To be paid to her provided what money I was bound for with John McCall to the Rev. DR. Penney is paid, then my said daughter to have 15.

    To my daughter Helen Davison 20 P on similar condition.

    To my daughter Judith Davison 20 pounds on similar condition when 21.

    Each of my wife, my two sons and four daughters to pay their share equally of my funeral expenses, this clause underlined.

    P. S. To my daughter Margaret Davison 20 pounds on similar conditions when she is 21.

    If any daughter marry against the will of my wife Elizabeth or Mr. Robert Wilson of Buckcomary, whom I appt. Trustee and overseer with my wife, such daughter only get 5p.

    My wife to have all my moveable goods to help school and maintain, that is only during widow hood.

    If my executors are obliged to pay that money for which I was bound for Mr. John McCall to Rev. Dr. Penney, My wife is to pay a proportional share with my sons. Appoint my two sons executors

    in witness, 15 January 1721 [23]. Signed Will Davison X his mark.

    Witnesses: Thomas Binks, John Binks, Tho Gilpin.Endorsed, the Will of William Davidson, Exhibited, Aug 30, 1723.

    U.S., Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970
    Name: William Davidson
    SAR Membership: 75135
    Death Date: 1723
    Children: John Davidson

    Father: Davidson Davison

    Marriage 1 Elizabeth Unknown b: ABT 1684 in Legacorry, Parrish Shankill, Armagh County, Ireland
      1. Has No Children Judith Davidson b: ABT 1715 in Ireland
      2. Has No Children Helen Davidson b: ABT 1713 in Ireland
      3. Has Children Robert Davidson b: ABT 1717 in Dundee, Scotland
      4. Has No Children Margaret Davidson b: 1717 in Ireland
      5. Has Children George Davidson b: ABT 1707 in Ireland
      6. Has No Children Anne Davidson b: BEF 1701 in Ireland
      7. Has No Children Elizabeth Davidson b: 1711 in Ireland
      8. Has Children John Davidson b: BEF 1709 in Armagh, Ireland
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