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239. James Ware DAVIS94 was born on 28 March 1792 in Elbert County, Georgia. He died on 25 December 1851 at the age of 59 in Monroe County, Mississippi. He was buried in Davis Cemetery, Bigbee, Monroe County, Mississippi.120

Full name said to be James Ware Davis. Born 28 Mar 1792, Elbert Co GA and died 25 Dec 1851, Monroe Co, Mississippi. Married Mary Jane Robinson, 29 Oct 1821 in Selma, Dallas Co AL

1840 James W. Davis in Monroe Co, MS
2m under, 2m 5-10, 1m 15-20, 1m 20-30, 1m 40-50 (James)
1f 5-10, 2f 10-15, 1f 30-40 (Mary Jane)

1850 Census. Western Division, Monroe Co, MS
Hh 618
James W. Davis, age 57,b. GA. Jane, age 50, b. SC
Mary D. Davis, age 20, b. AL. Jackson Davis, age 19, b. AL. Lindsey H. Davis, age 18, B. AL. Moses, age 14, b. AL
William P. age 12, b. MS. Elmira age 9, b. MS.

War of 1812 Pension Application Card
Soldier: James W. Davis. Widow: Jane Davis. W. O. 17529; W. C. 22136
Serviced as Pvt & Capt, Lee's Company, Georgia Militia
Enlisted 23 Aug 1813; Discharged 8 Mar 1814
Received two Bounty land warrants - 51790 - 40 - '50 (Cancelled) and 44153- 160 - '55
Residence of Soldier: 1851 - Monroe Co MS; 1856 - Monroe Co MS; 1878 - Lee Co, P.O. Macedonia, MS; 1884 Poplar Springs, Union Co, MS
Name of Widow: Jane Robertson.
Married 29 Oct 1821, Dallas Co, AL
Soldier Died 25 Dec 1851, Monroe, MS

James Ware Davis, by Eileen S. McMorrough - found on Ancestry Family Tree
"The first white settler in the Bigbee Fork section of Monroe County (MS) was James Ware DAVIS, according to Dr. W.A. Evans in his "Mother Monroe", his source of information being George Metts. Dr. Evans stated that Davis settled 10 miles NW of Cotton Gin Port in 1836. This part of Monroe County, west of the Tombigbee River and north of Town Creek, known as Bigbee Fork, was the site of the only Indian village within present day Monroe Co., recorded Dr. Evans. "James Ware Davis's son, William Penn, wrote a biography of the family in the early 1920's, from which this information comes. In it he said that his father brought his wife Jane and children to Monroe Co., MS in 1836 from Perry Co., Ala., renting a farm near Cotton Gin Port about on the site of present day Amory. He then bought a section of land across the Tombigbee River some 10 miles NW of Cotton Gin "on the first rise or table lands from the bottom of Tombigbee and Town Creeks in a perfect wilderness. During that year he took his men and built log cabins on the land and in 1837 moved over the river to his new home. There were no white neighbors nearer than Cotton Gin, ten miles away. There was a settlement of Indians just one half mile off."
.... The thirty-eight years that Jane Davis lived beyond her husband brought hardship and sadness. She was left with the responsibility of rearing her younger children, William Penn, 13, and Malvina, 7. Her daughter, Louisiana Springer, died in 1860 at 32 years. Then came the tradgedy of the war, with her five sons going off as volunteers to fight for the Southern cause, with only three returning.
...."William Penn(Davis) stated in his journal: "in the breaking out of the War of Secession, there were five of us brothers who volunteered in the Southern Army." "Jasper N. Davis went out with Capt. Taylor in the 1 st Miss. Regiment, was captured at Ft. Donelson, sent north, exchanged and captured again at Port Hudson; Moses M. Davis, a surgeon in Bragg's army, came through the war not wounded or captured; Linsey L. Davis, killed in 1863 at Sharpsburg, VA; James J. Davis, wounded on October 3, 1862 in the Battle of Corinth and died November 19 in luka Conf. Hospital. He was in Co. C, 43 Reg. of Miss. Inf.; and William Penn Davis, in the same company
as above, saw later service at Vicksburg and in the defense of Atlanta against Sherman. (James Ware)"Was a veteran of the War of 1812, a private in Capt. Lee's Georgia Militia; Jane Davis drew a widow's pension for this service. James Ware Davis is buried in a family plot, along with several family members, on what was once Davis land, in front of Pine Grove United Methodist Church on old Hwy. 6 in north Monroe Co., between Nettleton and Amory. "


The digital image of the jacket from the estate of file of Jamew W. Davis, Monroe Co MS. reveals the following:
James W. Davis died 25 Dec 1851
The widow was Jane Davis. She was administratix of the estate and guardian to William P. & Melvina Davis.
Children of James & Jane:
1. Amanda Davis Payne; husband, Charles Payne
2. Jasper A./N. Davis
3. Elizabeth Emily Davis Shaw; husband Smith Shaw
4. Louisiana Davis Springer; husband Elisha Springer; guardian to Lindsey & Moses
5. Mary J. Davis Fitzgerald; husband, James C. Fitzgerald
6. James J. Davis
minor children
7. Lindsey S. H. Davis
8. Moses M. Davis
9. William P. Davis
10. Melvina Davis
There were 24 slaves listed by name and age; many of them seemed to be the children of slaves Isham, age 60, and Caroline, 45.


James Ware DAVIS and Mary Jane ROBINSON were married on 29 October 1821 in Selma, Dallas County, Alabama. Mary Jane ROBINSON was born in 1800 in South Carolina.