William DAVIS  ‎(I301)‎
William DAVIS

Gender: MaleMale

Birth: after 18 June 1663 23 Llanstephen, Powys ‎(Radnorshire)‎, Wales
Death: 1745 ‎(Age 81)‎ Shrewsbury, Monmouth County, New Jersey

Personal Facts and Details
Birth after 18 June 1663 23 Llanstephen, Powys ‎(Radnorshire)‎, Wales

Birth 1663 23 Radnor, Bianstephen County, Wales

Degree 1 30 June 1682 ‎(Age 19)‎ matriculated Oxford Univ. ‎(age 18)‎ to study Theology for 2 yrs. Did not graduate.

Emigration 1684 ‎(Age 20)‎ emigrated to Pennsylvania

Marriage Elizabeth BRINLEYBRISLEY@N.N. - 1687 ‎(Age 23)‎ Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Ethnicity/Relig. Quaker, Seventh Day Baptist

Comment 1 Ref. 13, 25, 40*

Occupation I SDB minister

Author 1700 ‎(Age 36)‎ "Jesus the Crucifyed Man, The Eternal Son of God" in the Philadelphia Historical Society Library.

Marriage Elizabeth PAVIOR - 1710 ‎(Age 46)‎

Belief "Human and divine nature were blended in the person of Christ - like wine and water in a glass." from "Langfitt & Davis, Bristish and Colonial Ancestry" by Margaret Parks Ewing

Death 1745 ‎(Age 81)‎ Shrewsbury, Monmouth County, New Jersey

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Parents Family  (F809)
William DAVIS
1640 - 1714
William DAVIS
1663 - 1745
David Davis
1664 -
Johnathan Davis
1665 -

Immediate Family  (F217)
1670 - 1706
Martha Davis
1688 - 1782
John F. "Reverend" DAVIS
1692 - 1754
Mary Davis
1695 -
William Davis III
1690 - 1691

Immediate Family  (F218)
Elizabeth PAVIOR
1680 - 1760
Joseph Davis
1728 - 1797
Edward Davis
1716 - 1749
Lydia Davis
1718 -
James DAVIS Sr.
1720 - 1777
Elizabeth Davis
1722 -
William Davis III
1724 - 1795
Thomas "William" Davis
1712 - 1786


Shared Note
Corliss Fitz Randolph asserts that William was born in Glamorganshire, Wales. Ref. 40 ‎(p. 98)‎.
Attended Oxford Univ., England, matriculating at St. Mary Hall ‎(now Oriel College)‎ on 30 June 1682. See Alumni Oxonienses 1550-1714.
Became a Quaker at Oxford by 1684; emigrated to Pennsylvania in 1684; separated from Quakers in 1691; was baptized and became a Baptist in 1696. Ref. 40 ‎(p. 98)‎.
Expelled from Pennepek Baptist Church in 1698 for asserting that Christ was neither God nor man, but a mixture. In reply to his ouster he wrote "Jesus the Crucified and Eternal Son of God". The new minister of the Pennepek wrote a rejoinder "Davis Disabled". Ref. 40 ‎(p. 98)‎.
Became a Sabbatarian late in 1698. Organized an SDB church in Pennepek in 1699, but community disfavor forced him to leave in 1706. He moved to Newport RI, hoping to join the SDB church there; because of his reputation, they refused. In 1711, the SDB church in Westerly admitted him to membership and allowed him the right to preach and baptize. Ref. 40 ‎(p. 98)‎.
In 1714 he planned to return to England to claim his inheritance after his father's death, but his Westerly supporters persuaded him to remain, and raised L 150 to compensate him for the loss of his inheritance. But when he did return to Westerly, rumors had circulated that all this was a charade to gain money; his support evaporated and he never got the money. He was dismissed from the congregation, ostensibly for failing to attended a church meeting to which he had been requested to attend. Ref. 40 ‎(p. 99)‎.
He moved to Pennsylvania in 1717, but difficulties from this episode followed him. In 1724, he suffered a major fire loss, which the colony promised to compensate him for, but his enemies from Westerly intervened, and the compensation order was not carried out. Ref. 40 ‎(p. 99)‎.
He was allowed to rejoin the Westerly church in 1734, after a written apology, and things went well thereafter. He joined the group of Westerly parishioners who were migrating to Shrewsbury NJ in 1745, and died soon after he got there. Ref. 40 ‎(p. 99-100)‎.
Ref.: 13, 25, 40.

Email from Elizabeth ‎(Betsy)‎ Frost Davis Davids to Timothy ‎(T)‎ White Davis:

Hi, T. ‎(and Davises all)‎.

A few thoughts about our ancestor William Davis ‎(1663-1745)‎. From the specific
language and details of the reference you sent, I suspect the records G. Maria
Davis-Johnson consulted at
the Bodleian were nearly identical to the records cited in Connie Schey's
Elieonai and Lewis Alexander Davis Genealogies family history book that we
have, except that our family history also specifies he enrolled in St. Mary
Hall, now Oriel College. Didn't Meghan walk to Oriel College when we were in
Oxford in 2006?

I got the same information ‎(matriculation date, age, father's name and
origin)‎ from Oxford records I looked at in the British Library in 1990, when
the BL was still in the Round Reading Room in the British Museum building. I
just happened to sit down next to a shelf of old Oxford records, so I pulled
out the relevant volume, and sure enough, there was our immigrant ancestor.

A few days before that, I'd been travelling in Wales, where I visited two
Llanstephans, one in Glamorgan ‎(Dylan Thomas country, on the southern shore)‎
and one in Powys County ‎(near Brecon and the legendary bookselling town
Hay-on-Wye)‎. I visited both because I wasn't sure which Llanstephan William
Davis came from. I was actually hoping it would be the Glamorgan Llanstephan,
which has a beach and a castle. But the BL's Oxford records told me he came
from the one in Powys ‎(present-day Powys includes the old County Radnor)‎, and
that conclusion was confirmed by the Connie Schey history when I hunted it up
at home.

In 1990, the place was very rustic indeed. I turned off the two-lane main
road, and boom, I was on an old old one-lane wooden bridge, I mean tires on
planks and heart in throat as the little red rental car drum-rolled its way
across. On the other side, dirt road along river bank. Had to stop and sit to
regain my cool. Wildflowers. Water murmur. Then I drove every little dirt road
I could find until I was satisfied there was no village, barely even
farmhouses, mainly a one-room parish church, open but unoccupied, with a very
old graveyard full of Davises. A schedule on the door indicated that the
minister was there every third Sunday. I sat in a pew for a while, browsed the
graveyard, re-entered the church and wrote something in the visitors book.
Forgot my
umbrella. Then it was time to get back to the M4 and get back to London to
turn in the car.

If William Davis grew up there, he must've been a country boy. Minister's
son, perhaps? Oxford must have been very heady.

Thanks for sending that reference. I'm glad you're back on the genealogy


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Family with Parents
William DAVIS ‎(I1412)‎
Birth 1640 Llanstephen, Radnorshire ‎(Powys)‎, Wales
Death before 1 March 1714 ‎(Age 74)‎ Wales, United Kingdom
William DAVIS ‎(I301)‎
Birth after 18 June 1663 23 Llanstephen, Powys ‎(Radnorshire)‎, Wales
Death 1745 ‎(Age 81)‎ Shrewsbury, Monmouth County, New Jersey
6 months
David Davis ‎(I1725)‎
Birth 1664 24
1 year
Johnathan Davis ‎(I32219)‎
Birth 1665 25
Family with Elizabeth BRINLEYBRISLEY@N.N.
William DAVIS ‎(I301)‎
Birth after 18 June 1663 23 Llanstephen, Powys ‎(Radnorshire)‎, Wales
Death 1745 ‎(Age 81)‎ Shrewsbury, Monmouth County, New Jersey
7 years
Elizabeth BRINLEYBRISLEY@N.N. ‎(I302)‎
Birth 1670 England
Death 2 May 1706 ‎(Age 36)‎ Pennepek ‎(Philadelphia)‎, Pennsylvania

Marriage: 1687 -- Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1 year
Martha Davis ‎(I629)‎
Birth 1688 24 18 Chester County, Pennsylvania
Death 1782 ‎(Age 94)‎
4 years
John F. "Reverend" DAVIS ‎(I299)‎
Birth 5 May 1692 28 22 Philadelphia, Chester County, Pennsylvania
Death 18 August 1754 ‎(Age 62)‎ Shrewsbury, Monmouth County, New Jersey
3 years
Mary Davis ‎(I631)‎
Birth about 1695 31 25 Chester County, Pennsylvania
-5 years
William Davis III ‎(I26147)‎
Birth about 1690 26 20
Death about 1691 ‎(Age 12 months)‎
Family with Elizabeth PAVIOR
William DAVIS ‎(I301)‎
Birth after 18 June 1663 23 Llanstephen, Powys ‎(Radnorshire)‎, Wales
Death 1745 ‎(Age 81)‎ Shrewsbury, Monmouth County, New Jersey
17 years
Elizabeth PAVIOR ‎(I303)‎
Birth 1680 Shrewsbury, NJ
Death 1760 ‎(Age 80)‎ Middletown, New Jersey

Marriage: 1710
18 years
Joseph Davis ‎(I633)‎
Birth 30 January 1728 64 48 Westerly, Washington, Rhode Island, America
Death about 29 May 1797 ‎(Age 69)‎
-12 years
Edward Davis ‎(I635)‎
Birth 1716 52 36 Westerly, Washington, Rhode Island, America
Death 1749 ‎(Age 33)‎ or 1794?
2 years
Lydia Davis ‎(I1726)‎
Birth 1718 54 38 Chester County, Pennsylvania
2 years
James DAVIS Sr. ‎(I297)‎
Birth 1720 56 40 Chester County, Pennsylvania
Death 3 September 1777 ‎(Age 57)‎ Battle of Brandywine, near Monmouth, New Jersey
2 years
Elizabeth Davis ‎(I636)‎
Birth 1722 58 42 Chester, Pennsylvania, America
2 years
William Davis III ‎(I637)‎
Birth 1724 60 44 Chester, Pennsylvania, America
Death 1795 ‎(Age 71)‎
-12 years
Thomas "William" Davis ‎(I26153)‎
Birth 1712 48 32 Westerly, Washington, Rhode Island, America
Death 2 February 1786 ‎(Age 74)‎ Westerly, Washington, Rhode Island, USA