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William Lee DAVIDSON

Male 1781 - 1862  (~ 81 years)


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  • Name William Lee DAVIDSON 
    Born Jan 1781  Davidson County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • But in 1880 Census, daughter Vianna gives her father’s birthplace as “Virginia”
    Gender Male 
    Nationality Scottish 
    Religion Scotch Presbyterian 
    Died Nov 1862  St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Greenwood Cemetery, Pascagoula, Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • He could read. He died from a hit on the head by a boat windlass and lived nearly a year after being hit.He had a large family 9 or 10. He went to the battle of New Orleans with Andrew Jacskon. Battle was in 1814.

      Source: Ladner Odessey
      p 618
      "The year that Victor (Frances Bosarge) was born, in the Autum of 1814, the British in the War of 1812 were working their way up the Mississippi River in an effort to take the City of New Orleans. President Madison ordered General Andrew Jackson to New Orleans with his Tennesse Riflemen, a highly respected and specialized group from the Nashville area. Among these young men was William Davidson (probabley William Calvin Davidson), Elizabeth Davidson's father to be. Their route brought them through eastern Mississippi and down the Tombigbee River to Mobile and then by land to Pascagoula Beach (Mississippi).

      General Jakson marched his men through what is now Tillman's Corner (Alabama) and Franklin Creek (Mississippi), near Presley's Outing, to Kreole (Mississippi) and straight to the intersection of Parsley and Markets, building the military road as they went. This same road was used in the Civil War. For many years after the Civl War, there were attached to large pines, insulator brackets which held the wires of the Confederate telegraph system.

      From Pascagoula, the men were transported in sail boats on the Mississippi Sound to Pearl River (Hancock County, Missisippi) and up the river about seven miles to Pearlington, a busy little port on the east bank, in Mississippi, where they were encamped for weeks until they could be taken to the New Orleans area by way of many bayous and lakes.

      During the layover, William (Davidson), himself a Scotch Presbyterian, became acquainted with a family of Scotch Presbyterians by the name of Mac Peters, later called Peters. In the family there was a very attractive young lady of sixteen or seventeen, Elizabeth Mac Peters. Before he left for the city, there was a very lively romance in the wind.

      The Battle of New Orleans was fought on the Field of Chalmette about three miles down river from the City. On January 8, 1815 the treaty ending the War had been signed in Europe on December 15, 1814. within weeks William made his way back to Pearlington. They planned to marry in the next year or two, allowing time for him to return home to work and save for the venture. In those days there were no means of communication; so it was sure to be a long period of waiting. Finally, on one happy day, William showed up in the busy little settlement and in a short time they were married, on Wednesday, July 22, 1815, and they settled down to make their home among the peoople. The Mac Peters family lived on the west side of the river in St. Tammany Parish, La., while the men folks worked in shipyard, sawmills and other industries in Pearlington.
    Person ID I1284  MyFamilyInfo
    Last Modified 7 Sep 2009 

    Father William DAVIDSON,   b. Abt 1755, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1830, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 74 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth CHARLTON,   b. Abt 1768, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1832, Nashville, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 65 years) 
    Married 17 Apr 1785  Montgomery County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F903  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Elizabeth D. PETERS,   b. 1797, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1880, Pascagoula, Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Married 22 Jul 1815  Pearlington, Hancock County, Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. William DAVIDSON,   b. St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Polly DAVIDSON
    +3. Elizabeth DAVIDSON,   b. Abt 1817
     4. Mary Jane DAVIDSON,   b. Feb 1820
    +5. Vienna DAVIDSON,   b. 20 Oct 1824, St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 May 1918, City Hospital, Mobile, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 93 years)
     6. Preston DAVIDSON,   b. 1828, St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. Calvin DAVIDSON,   b. 1830, St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 18 Feb 2016 
    Family ID F895  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart