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  • ID: I1553
  • Name: Samuel Winslow Davidson 1 2 3
  • Sex: M
  • Reference Number: 1553
  • Title: Colonel
  • Birth: 02 APR 1782 in Burke County, North Carolina
  • Death: 14 OCT 1858 in Buncombe County, North Carolina
  • Note:
    Colonel Samuel Winslow Davidson (1781-1858)

    Samuel Winslow Davidson (1782-1858)

    Colonel Samuel W. Davidson (1782-1858)

    Samuel and Martha McRee Davidson Gravestone

    (for larger image, click on photograph)

    The following is from The Heritage of Old Buncombe County, Doris Cline Ward, Editor (1981) at 190 (Article #306, "Col. Samuel Winslow Davidson" by Dorothy Hyde and William E. Bryson):

    Samuel Winslow Davidson was born April 2, 1781 [gravestone shows 1782] in Burke County (now McDowell), the son of Major William D. and Margaret (McConnell) Davidson. He married Martha McRee, who had been born Sept. 11, 1781 in Mecklenburg County, the daughter of the Rev. Dr. James and Rachel (Cruser) McRee of Rowan County. Her mother Rachel had come from Staten Island, N.Y. Dr. McRee, Martha's father, was a graduate of Princeton College, New Jersey and was pastor of Steel Creek Presbyterian Church, and then Centre Church in Iredell County, coming to the Swannanoa settlement in 1830 when he retired, to live with his two daughters, Mrs. Gudger and Mrs. Davidson. He preached at many area Presbyterian Churches during this period until his death in 1840.

    Samuel Davidson held the rank of Colonel and fought in the War of 1812. He owned property in the Swannanoa settlement inherited from his father, that covered a large amount of territory extending as far as the present location of Warren Wilson College. His living came from the bartering of lumber and other general plantation produce drawn from the land.

    After the death of his wife Martha, Samuel married Elizabeth (Vance) Davidson, widow of his brother William Mitchell Davidson. Samuel's death occurred on October 14, 1858, and he and his first wife Martha, are buried in the Swannanoa Presbyterian Church Cemetery. There children were:

    Margaret Eliza, b. 1805, married John Erwin Patton; Joseph Cruser Davidson; Adeline, married Alfred B. Fortune; Harriet, married Robert Penland; William Franklin Davidson, b. Sept 23, 1812 -- d. 1902, married on 6-17-1839, Minerva Foster; Mary E., b. 1813, married Olney Burgin; Albert Cruser Davidson (1815-1850) married Sophronia Burgin; and Samuel Winslow Davidson, Jr., b. 1819. Taken from the writings of Foster Sondley.

    Life dates also seen as 1772-1856. Source: N.C. Genealogy-McDowell (Pack Memorial Library, Asheville, North Carolina), but this is not consistent with most records and not with the gravestone at the Swannanoa Presbyterian Church.

    Will of Samuel W. Davidson of Buncombe County, North Carolina (Will Book A, Page 199)

    Request to be buried beside his first wife. Place not legible.
    Wife: "present wife" Elizabeth
    Children: son Samuel; son William F.
    "amongst my heirs except John Bargin who has treated me badly & now owes me $600 which he refuse to pay"
    Slaves: girl Rebeca; old negros: Lydia; Leah; Rosannah; Nan "should chose their own masters to live with"
    Executors: son Wm. F. Davidson and Alburtis Bargin?
    Witnesses: L. C. Clayton; Bedford Sherrill
    Signed: Samuel W. Davidson (seal)
    Dated: 9 May 1858
    Probated: no date given

    The following is from Marriage and Death Notices and Extant Asheville, N.C. Newspapers 1840-1870, An Index, Robert M. Topkins, Compiler and Editor (1977) at 74:

    Death Notice: Davidson, Col. Samuel W., Oct. 15, 1858, in an altercation with D. V. Shope on Swannanoa, about 10 miles east of Asheville (Asheville News, Oct. 21, 1858).

    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)

    Father: William Davidson b: 10 OCT 1736 in Ireland
    Mother: Margaret McConnell b: 1738 in Brunswick County, Virginia

    Marriage 1 Martha McRee b: 11 SEP 1781 in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina
      1. Has Children Margaret Eliza Davidson b: 1805
      2. Has Children Joseph Cruser Davidson b: 02 DEC 1806
      3. Has Children William Franklin Davidson b: 23 SEP 1812
      4. Has No Children Mary E. Davidson b: 1813
      5. Has Children Albert Cruser Davidson b: 1815
      6. Has No Children Samuel Winslow Davidson b: 1819
      7. Has No Children Adeline Davidson b: in Buncombe County, North Carolina
      8. Has No Children Harriet Davidson

      Marriage 2 Elizabeth Vance b: 23 MAR 1787
      • Married: AFT 1846
      • Note: After the death of his first wife, Martha McRee, Samuel Winslow Davidson married the widow of his brother William Mitchell Davidson.

      1. Details: The Heritage of Old Buncombe County, Doris Cline Ward, Editor (1981) at 190 (Article #305, "Joseph Cruser Davidson" by Dorothy R. Hyde).
      2. Details: The Heritage of Old Buncombe County, Doris Cline Ward, Editor (1981) at 190 (Article #306, "Col. Samuel Winslow Davidson" by Dorothy Hyde and William E. Bryson).
      3. 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)

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