|This clan was said to have
begun in the early 14th century with Donald Dubh
of Inverhaven, Chief of the Davidsons, who was
the 3rd son of Robert Comyn killed by Robert the
Bruce at Dumfries. Grandson to John Comyn, Donald
was known as "Red Comyn" and married
Slane Mackintosh, the daughter of Angus, 6th
chief of the MacKintoshes. Slanes son David
Dubh and his family were known as Clan Dhai, a
name derived from the Gaelic MacDhaibhidh.
The clan had been almost
completely wiped out at the Battle of
Invernahaven which took place in 1370 when the
Camerons invaded Arkaig which was Clan Chattan
land. The MacKintoshes, McPhersons and Davidsons
gathered to appose the forces of the Camerons who
had marched into Badenoch with the intent to
slaughter and plunder, but prior to the battle a
dispute erupted between the McPhersons and the
Davidsons over a military precedence (not
uncommon in the Highlands), but the McPhersons
were insulted and left the field and in the
ensuing battle, the Davidsons were nearly
destroyed. In the outcome of this battle, the
Clan Dhai lost their chief and his seven sons and
the feud between the Clan Chattan and the
Camerons lasted until 1666.
aftermath of the Battle of Inverhaven, the chief
of the Clan Davidson left their strong hold in
Badenoch where the mouth of th Truim Water
empties into the Spey above Craig Dhu in the
picturesque valley of Glen Truim, and settled in
Carmarty where the property was known as
Davidston. The Davidson chief later sold this
land and bought the lands and castle of Tulloch,
near Dingwall, in Ross shire and this branch
became the leading line of the family, known as
the Davidsons of Tulloch.
By the 16th
century the Davidson name was found from Aberdeen
in the north to Ayr in the south. Henry, the
first Laird of Tulloch, became a merchant in
London and was succeed by his brother Duncan
Davidson who became a member of Parliment. He was
Lord Lieutenant of Ross-Shire, and a favorite of
Queen Victoria whom he used to visit during her
stays at Balmoral. He was rightful heir to the
heir of Tulloch who died in 1917 without an heir.
Tulloch castle thereafter was restored in 1922 by
the renowned Sir Robert Lorimer, but the castle
has been sold and is privately owned and
operated, visited and frequented by travelers and
visitors from around the world.
James Davidson & Mary Smith of the Parish of
Aberlemno, Angus, Scotland
following is the first direct line of the
Davidson ancestry of any certainty. Although the
parents of James have not yet been verified, it
is believed that he is the son of Charles
Davidson and Margaret (Donald) who were married
at Forfar, Angus, Scotland on 09 Jul 1808. This
being accurate, would place James as their first
son, born 30 May 1809 in Forfar, and christened
on the 4th of June.
the typical Scottish naming pattern this would
indicate the first son was named after Charles'
father; 2nd son named after Margaret's father
(Alexander); and third son after the father. With
daughters following the same naming pattern, this
would indicate that a James Davidson was married
to an Isabel; and that an Alexander Donald was
married to a Mary.
being said, the probable ancestry of James
Davidson, son of Charles, would appear to be
James Davidson (b. 1748) who married Isabel
Irvine in 1770. Their eldest son (James) and
daughter (Ann) also follow the naming pattern
with father of James being the son of James who
married Ann Hepburn.
Davidson was married to Mary Smith on 07 Feb
1835, the marriage having been recorded in
the Old Parish Registers of Aberlemno, as are the
births and christenings of their six sons and
the 1841 census, James (a farmer)
and Mary were residing in Dist. #5, Kirktown,
with their four children: Charles, Joseph,
Margaret, and the youngest, James who was just
two months old. In 1851 James (age 41) and Mary
(age 41) are living in Dist. #2 Pitkennedy Muir.
Besides their children eight children, brother
and sister-in-law David and Janet Smith are
listed in the household. James is also listed as
owning 75 acres and employing four persons.
census provides a small clue as to the parents of
Mary by her relationship to David and Janet, and
it is here speculated that Mary may be the
daughter of David Smith and Margaret (Adamson);
but further research is needed to verify.
headstone at the Aberlemno Church Cemetery was "Erected in
Loving memory of James Davidson who died at
Pitkennedy 17 April 1889 aged 79 years; Also his
wife Mary Smith who died 30th October 1885 Aged
74 years. To Live in hearts we leve beind is not
in this cemetery is the headstone of Charles
Davidson and Margaret Donald, who are believed to
be the parents of James. The age of Charles'
death inscribed on the headstone, however,
appears to be incorrect. If he died in 1825, he
would have been born in 1795 rather than 1785 or
1786 as other records indicate. The headstone was
erected in 1865, so perhaps it is possible this
error was made as forty years had passed since
James Davidson & Mary (Smith)
Recorded in the Parish of Aberlemno
Davidson - born 21 Dec in Kirkton
and christened 27 Dec 1835 in
Aberlemno. He removed to Ontario,
Canada and was married to Janet
Maria (Cook) in Hamilton,
Wentworth Co., Canada on 06 Nov
Davidson - born 20 May in
Aberlemno and christened 11 Jun
1837; he removed to Ontario,
Canada and was married first to
Margaret (Grey), and then to
Catherine Smith. He died in
Wellington, Ontario, in 1923.
Davidson - born 24 May in Kirkton
and christened in Aberlemno on 04
Jun 1839; she also removed to
Ontario, Canada, and was married
to George Russell.
Davidson - born 19 March in
Kirkton and christened in
Aberlemno on 28 Mar 1841. Listed
as two months in the 1841 census,
and aged ten in the 1851 census
but later on left Pitkennedy
Davidson - born 08 Mar 1843 in
Pitkennedy and christened in
Aberlemno on 02 Apr 1843, she
later resided in
Pietermaritzburg, Natal, South
Davidson - born 18 Feb 1845 in
Pitkennedy and christened 01 Apr
1845 in Aberlemno. He removed to
Ontario, Canada and was married
to Janet Dyer (Arbuckle) of
Lanark, Scotland. He died in
Wadena Co., MN in 1902.
Davidson - born 05 Feb 1847
Pitkennedy and christened 28 Feb
1847 in Aberlemno, she appears to
have remained in Aberlemno where
she was married to David Irons.
Davidson - born 23 May 1849 in
Pitkennedy and christened in
Aberlemno on 15 Jul 1849.
Davidson - born 30 Dec 1851
Pitkennedy and christened 26 Jan
1852 in Aberlemno.
Minto Township, Ontario
Of the County of Wellington
seems that at least Charles, Joseph, Margaret,
and William Davidson, children of James Davidson
and Mary (Smith), left Scotland and migrated to
Ontario, Canada where they continued to make
their living as farmers. In 1871 they were listed
as living together in the same household in
Wellington County. The Historical Atlas depicts
their land as lying adjacent to Robert Arbuckle,
the father of Janet Arbuckle whom William later
agricultural return states William and Joseph
owned 70 acres in lot 31 of the 11th concession
and that forty acres of the land was improved,
eight held to pasture and four cultivated in
gardens and orchards.
the 16th of August the following year, in 1872,
William Davidson, listed as a twenty-six year-old
bachelor and farmer, son of James Davidson and
Mary Smith, married Janet Arbuckle. Janet is
listed as a single twenty-one year-old Scot, and
daughter of Robert Arbuckle and Jean McNiven. The
witnesses to the marriage were Robert Bennett of
Harriston and Mary Arbuckle of Minto.
family was of the shire of Lanark in Scotland and
lived in the parish of Carmunnock where Janet
Arbuckle had been born on the 6th of June in
1851. The family seems to have left Scotland for
Canada between 1853 and 1855 and were living in
Minto at the time of the 1861 Ontario census in
which the Robert Arbuckle Family is listed. This family was
said to have left Canada & migrated to Otter
Tail county, Minnesota and settled in the small
town of Bluffton just a few miles across the
county line of Wadena and were living there in
1880 at the time the census was taken.
the 1881 Ontario Census, William and Janet
(Arbuckle) Davidson were listed as residing in
Minto. William is listed in this census as a
thirty-five year-old farmer from Scotland. His
wife, Janet, is listed as age twenty-nine, and
four children had been born to them: Alexander,
age eight; William six; Jane three; and one
year-old daughter Mary.
Statistic Index for Ontario, Canada verifies the
births of the following children of William
Davidson and Janet Arbuckle born in that
providence as: Alexander Davidson born in Minto
Township on December 9, 1872; William John
Davidson (listed in the index as Collin John)
born in Minto Township on November 27, 1875;
Jane(t) Davidson born in Minto Township on
September 29, 1876; Margaret Jane Davidson born
in Minto Township on January 26, 1878; M.
Christina Davidson born in Minto Township on
March 12, 1880; Robert Davidson born
in Minto Township on February 22, 1882.
The same year as
their son Roberts birth, William along with
his wife and family, left Canada and followed the
Arbuckle family into Minnesota, settling a few
miles from Bluffton in Wadena, which is located
in Wadena county. Here, the remainder of Janet
and Williams children were born.
William Davidson & Janet (Arbuckle)
- born 9 Dec 1872 in Minto,
Ontario, Canada; died 23 Jul 1905
in Wadena, Minnesota.
John - born 27 November 1875 in
Minto, Ontario, Canada. He
married on 20 Nov 1895 in Hewitt,
Wadena, MN Elizabeth Moodie; (2)
married in 1920 in Wadena,
Minnesota Lillias Black who had
been married in 1898 to John
Stewart who along with their
infant son had died. William and
Elizabeth Moodie had a daughter,
Dorothy, who was born 29 Jul
1902; died 1985. Dorothy married
on 12 Jan 1921 in Wadena, MN
Theodore Anderson who had been
born 11 Aug 1898 and died 20 June
- born in Minto Township on
September 29, 1876.
Jane - born 26 January 1878 in
Minto, Ontario, Canada. She
married on 10 Jan 1899 in Wadena,
MN , Joseph J. Blaha who was born
Feb 1875 in Minnesota; died 7 Apr
1955 in Wadena, MN.
Christina - born in Minto Twp on
March 12, 1880.
- born 22 February 1882 in
Minto, Ontario, Canada; died 5
May 1950 in Bottineau, Bottineau
county, North Dakota. He married
on 3 Jan 1902 in Wadena,
Minnesota, Pearl Edna Johnson,
the daughter of Franklin F.
Johnson and Ida May Rand.
- born in Wadena, MN in March of
1884. She married on 10 Apr 1906
in Wadena, Minnesota, Marion
- born in Wadena, MN in September
- born in Wadena, MN in November
- born in Wadena, Minnesota in
March of 1893; died 7 June 1952
in Wilmar, Kandiyohi, Minnesota.
Wadena County, Minnesota, U.S.A.
obtained from the 1900 Wadena Census states that
William and Janet had been married 28 years, and
that they were the parents of ten children, eight
living at this time. It also states that the
family had migrated from Canada in 1882, that
William had been naturalized, and that they had
been living in Minnesota for 17 years and owned
their own farm.
The Peter McNiven listed in this
household, is Janet Arbuckles uncle, the
brother of her mother, Jean McNiven. Peter was
born on 18 August 1825 in Carmunnock, in the
shire of Lanark, Scotland and was the son of
Daniel McNiven and Jean Rennie. Besides Peter and
Janets mother Jean (born 17 Sep 1827 in
Carmunnock), there were five other siblings
listed in the parochial records: John, Catherine,
Janet, Mary, and Alexander.
Arbuckles parents, Robert Arbuckle and Jean
McNiven, were married in Carmunnock on the 5th of
February 1847 where five of their twelve children
were born. They had left Carmunnock (as noted
above) between 1853 and 1855, and gone to
Ontario, Canada where the remaining seven
children were born.
Also listed in the
1900 Wadena Census next door to the William
Davidson household, was Peter Arbuckle, the
brother of Janet Arbuckle (wife of William
Davidson). Peter was born in Carmunnock on the
17th of November, 1868; and as mentioned before,
they were two of twelve children born to Robert
Arbuckle and Jean McNiven. - More information on
the Arbuckle and McNiven families can be found in
the Branches of the Davidson Family.
following Peter Arbuckle was that of Frank F.
Johnson, the father of Pearl who later married
Robert Davidson. At the time of census was taken,
Pearl was living in her parents household.
According to the census, her father, Frank F.
Johnson was born in December 1855 in Illinois to
parents of New York. Pearls mother, Ida May
Rand, was born in December 1852 in Illinois and
is listed as having had ten children, nine of
which were living. Of those listed in the census
were: Fred, Grace, Raymond, "Purley",
George, Maude, Howard, Deforest, and Arigne. -
More information on this family can be found in
the Branches of the Davidson Family.
the son of William Davidson and Janet Arbuckle,
married Pearl Edna Johnson in Wadena, Minnesota
on the 3rd of January in 1902 only a few months
before his fathers death.
At the time he
wed, Robert was not quite twenty years old and
his bride was still shy of her 18th birthday.
While living in Wadena, their first three
children - Lucille, Vivian, and Kenneth were
born. In the winter of 1904/1905 the family moved
to Roseau, Minnesota where Robert operated a mill
and later worked in the lumber camps. While
living in Roseau, three more children were born
to Robert & Pearl: Harold, Donald (Dick), and
the fall and winter of 1910, Robert moved his
family to Barnes County, North Dakota where they
family is enumerated in the 1910, 1920, and 1930 census records; and where
their 7th child, Vernon William Davidson was born
on the 18th of December in the Township of
Baldwin. Seven more children were born to
Robert and Pearl while residing in Barnes county:
William, Wayne (died as an infant), Roland
"Butch" and Russell (twin sons),
Margaret, Ida Larraine, and Bernice.
Robert Davidson & Pearl Edna (Johnson)
- born 20 Feb 1902 in Wadena, MN;
married Charles Anthony. [ See Obit
- born 18 Mar 1903 in Wadena,
- born 5 Dec 1904 in Wadena, MN;
died 3 Aug 1966. Never married.
- born 12 Feb 1905 in Roseau, MN.
(Dick) - born 12 Sep 1907 in
Roseau, MN. [ See Obit
- born 6 Feb 1909; died Aug 1966.
William - born 18 Dec 1910 in
Baldwin Township, Barnes county,
North Dakota; died 20 Jan 1969 in
Phoenix, Maricopa county, AZ. He
married Clara Constance NEAGLE.
- born 6 Jan 1911 in Barnes, ND. [ See Obit
- born 3 Apr 1913 in Barnes, ND.
Died at six weeks of age.
- born 6 Mar 1915 in Barnes, ND;
died 25 Dec 1964 and was laid to
rest at Oak Creek
- born 6 Mar 1915 in Barnes, ND.
Twin of Roland; died in infancy.
- born 7 Apr 1916 in Barnes, ND;
died 30 Jun 1967.
Larraine - born 6 Jan 1918 in
Barnes, ND; died 7 Oct 1922 in
Barnes, North Dakota.
- born 01 October 1920; lived the
latter part of her life in Fargo,
|In about 1929
when the depression hit and their youngest
daughter was about nine years old, Robert gave up
farming and went into the meat business in
Luverne and Hannaford, as did his sons Harold,
Dick, Bill, and Butch. Dick later went to work in
Dazey and then in Ada where he worked for A.R.
Herman as did his father Robert, brother Butch,
and sister Margaret. After eight years, Dick
moved to Bottineau and owned his own meat
processing plant and a Gamble store.
Robert Davidson died in
Bottineau, North Dakota at the age of
sixty-eight. His wife, Pearl, died in Ada, Norman
County, MN at the age of eighty-one. Both were
buried in the Wadena City Cemetery in Block 4,
Row 2, Lot 10, next to Roberts parents,
William and Janet Arbuckle.
As his father and
grandfather before him, Vernon was a farmer and
married one of the neighboring farm girls,
choosing as his bride, Clara Constance Neagle.
Connie was the daughter of William Francis Neagle
and Clara Anora Danforth. She had received her
teaching certificate and had taught one or two
school years before deciding to work in a
Vernon and Connie
were married on 31 May 1934 in Valley City, North
Dakota and settled on a farm Vernon had rented
the year before. Dave and Connie came out to
Arizona in 1936 after attempting to farm two
years in North Dakota during the Dust Bowl.
They came out to Phoenix where Connie's sister
Ruth had been living. She'd come out
selling cosmetics with another couple from
Minnesota and had decided to stay.
Dave and Connie's
children were all born in Phoenix, Arizona.
During the early early years, Dave worked on the
reclamation projects of the Arizona dams, and
then later became a cement contractor as did both
of his sons.
Dave and Connie's
first home in Phoenix was located off of VanBuren
and 35th Avenue where they had three cabins and a
filling station. After they sold this
land, they bought a small ranch in Peoria, a small agricultural town on the
northwest edge of the valley, and lived there
until about 1956 when they moved back into the
Dave passed away
on January 20, 1969 and is laid to rest in Resthaven Park Cemetery in Glendale, Arizona.
Connie presently resides in Glendale, Arizona and
attends the Presbyterian church in Peoria where
she and Dave had attended when their children
were small. She had married (2) Walter
Lightfoot who was born 16 August 1900 in
Richmond, New Mexico and passed away in Glendale,
AZ in 1990.
Connie and Dave's
daughter LaVerna, currently resides in
California. Her late husband Carlton Lee
May, was born 02 January 1936 in Jay,
Florida. He was the father of James Carlton
and Catherine Ann born in San Jose, CA to his
first wife Donna Fiero. LaVerna's son James
Walter Long is married to Leah and is the father
of four daughters: Palma Lynn, Bonnie Jean,
Aurora Lee, and Alice Marie Long; daughter
Natalie Katherine White is the wife of Mark
Geenham and mother of two sons: Jason Farinsky
and Kenneth Greenham; daughter Charlene René
White is the wife of David Kanak; and daughter
Connie Marie White is the mother of Joshua and
Christina Wickeraad; and John Thomas Beck.
Connie and Dave's
son Victor, resides with his wife Mary in
northern Arizona where he is a cement contractor.
Vic's first wife (and mother of his
children) Mary Jeanette Lane, descends from the Moore
& Pilcher families. She was born in St.
Louis on 31 October 1942 and passed away on the
4th day of November 1999. She is laid to rest in
the Davidson family plot at Resthaven Park
Cemetery in Glendale, Arizona. Their children are
Victor Gene who resides in Glendale, and Patricia
Ann who is the wife of William Peters, and mother
of Lara LeeAnn Peters.
and Dave's youngest child, Daryl Gene, formerly
resided in northern Arizona where he founded
Davidson Concrete, Inc. in about 1970. A
tragic boating accident at Lake Powell in 1996
took his life at the age of fifty-two. Besides
his mother, brother and sister, he was survived
by his two children: Daryl Gene, Jr.
"Bo" who is the husband of Alicia
Martinez and father of two children, Tanner Gene
& Amanda Jean Davidson. Daryl's daughter
Melissa Ann Davidson is a graduate of Arizona
Angus, Scotland Births &
Christenings - FHL #6902939;
Angus, Scotland Marriages -
FHL#6902959; Batch #M112825.
Cemetery Headstones photographed
by Jan Davidson & Walter
Angus, Scotland Marriage Records
1706-1854; FHL #6902940.
- The Arbuckles
of East Wawanosh by Doreen
Davidson's Family Notes &
Angus, Scotland Births &
Christenings - FHL #993443; Batch
Angus, Scotland Marriages - FHL#
; Batch #M112994.
Deaths & Burials 1835-1990;
FHL #2117535; Batch #B072006.
Deaths 1869-1947 - FHL #1976594.
- Ontario Index
to Births A - B/ 1869 - 1895 -
- Ontario Index
to Births D - F / 1869 - 1895 -
- Scotland 1841
Census of Aberlemno, Angus,
Scotland - Parish # - FHL
- Scotland 1851
Census of Aberlemno, Angus,
Scotland - Parish #269 - FHL
- Scotland 1861
Census of Aberlemno, Angus,
Scotland - Parish #273 - FHL
- Wadena City
Cemetery Inscriptions - FHL
Minnesota Pioneer Journal News
13 Mar 2013
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