John's middle name said to be Dempsey and he married Sarah Newberry about 1809 in Georgia. Date given for his death was 19 Jul 1843 and Sarah's as 13 Aug 1843. She doesn't figure in his estate settlement, so apparently these dates are accurate.
Tract book of Dallas Co AL on microfilm at the AL Archives shows John D. Davis as receiving a part of S1 T18 R11 on 18 May 1819. William Higginbotham took out a patent in S2 T18 R11 on 7 Apr 1819 but examination of the BLM records revealed he relinquished this patent. However, it appears the men may have come to Alabama together.
"Cahawba Press & Alabama State Intelligencer" [AL Archives #547-3 reels) Reel 1
Another researcher states that a John Davis was from Jones County, GA. He left a Will in Dallas Co AL dated 15 Sep 1821 and proved 19 Oct 1840. It listed wife MaryAnn, Sons Moses and William J., daughter Elizabeth, Margaret, and Mary Ann. There was likely another John Davis in Dallas County and their records have been confused; however, the names of this John's children could indicate a kinship between the two John Davis's. The John Davis in this database consistently used his middle initial, perhaps to avoid some of the confusion.
Dallas Co Deed Book D, p.156. William Higginbotham and wife Mary N. to John D. Davis for $400. Three tracts of land. They were described as:
1830 Census. Dallas Co, AL
John D. Davis found on p.49 of the 1840 Dallas Co Census: 2m -5, 2m 10-15, 1m 15-20 and 1 m 40-50 (John); 1f 15-20, 1f 40-50 and 1f 50-60. 51 slaves.
Another Probate in Dallas Co. in 1843 is the Estate of John D. Davis. I believe this to be the son of Moses, based on the buyers at the Estate Sale of Moses Davis in 1838. Heirs were Anderson W., Henry H. and William W. Davis, Mary wife of Thomas Ross in Arkansas, Martha A., wife of Thos. A. Burgan, and Francis C. wife of George A. Oden. Anderson W. & Henry H. applied to be Administrators. They also applied on the same day to be Administrators of John N. Davis (their younger brother).
John D. DAVIS and Sarah NEWBERRY had the following children: