Thomas B DAVIDSON Malinda Parmelia DAVIDSON Sophrona DAVIDSON Cyrenia Ameline DAVIDSON Napoleon Bonaparte DAVIDSON Mary Jane DAVIDSON Malissa DAVIDSON Margaret Jane HUDSON Sarah M DAVIDSON Thomas J DAVIDSON Forsyth DAVIDSON William Wakefield DAVIDSON Matthew Oliver DAVIDSON Sallie Amanda WAKEFIELD Henrietta Elizabeth DAVIDSON William L DAVIDSON Sarah Leeper MILLER Mini tree diagram

Thomas Jefferson DAVIDSON3,1,6,2,4,5

10th Mar 18293,1,4,5 - 24th Nov 18731,6,2

Life History

10th Mar 1829

Born in Tennessee.3,1,4,5

13th Dec 1838

Married Margaret Jane HUDSON in Lincoln County, Tennessee.2


Resident in Subdivision 53, Marshall, Tennessee.5


Resident in Richland, Crawford, Arkansas.4

before Jun 1860

Married Sallie Amanda WAKEFIELD in Crawford County, Arkansas.4

about 1861

Birth of daughter Sarah M DAVIDSON in Arkansas.3,7

about 1863

Birth of son Thomas J DAVIDSON in Arkansas.7,3

about 1869

Birth of son Forsyth DAVIDSON in Arkansas.7,3

18th Jan 1871

Birth of son William Wakefield DAVIDSON in Arkansas.8,9,10,11,12

about 1873

Birth of son Matthew Oliver DAVIDSON in Arkansas.6,13,14

24th Nov 1873

Died in Arkansas County, Arkansas.1,6,2

after 24th Nov 1873

Buried in St. Charles Cemetery, Arkansas County, Arkansas.1,2


  • The Davidson Genealogy website (Davidson of Tennessee Genealogy, reports that Thomas Jefferson Davidson's mother was named Margaret Clayton, with a possible middle name of Sarah.  However, several genealogies report that the mother of Thomas Jefferson was Sarah Leeper Miller.  His father is reported as Thomas B Davidson.  The genealogies show no other wife.  T J does not appear in censuses of the family of Margaret.

    In 1850 she is a widow in Alabama, in the household of her son Clayton.  The siblings there match those reported by the Davidson Family Genealogy, except for T J and Milus, who is older and already married, also living in Alabama.  The Davidson Family Genealogy has apparently erred in placing Thomas Jefferson Davidson as a sibling to Clayton and Matthew O, sons of Margaret and <Unknown> Davidson.

    But they must be kin, since T J had a son also name Matthew Oliver. They were all born in Tennessee.  Ages match for Margaret's husband to be a brother or cousin of Thomas Jefferson's father Thomas B Davidson.  As of October 2008, when I started added this family to my Butler genealogy, I have not found the connection.  In 1850, the wife of Thomas J's father is named Sarah, matching the reports that Sarah Leeper Miller was his mother.

    Sarah Leeper's birth state of South Carolina matches the census report for Sarah Davidson in 1850.  Her birth date in the genealogies is 29 December 1798, also matching her age of 53 in 1850.  One of the genealogies that reports on Thomas B Jefferson and his wife Sarah Leeper Miller is the Clayton Family Genealogy.  This tree does report a Margaret Clayton, around this same period, but she married a person reported only as Neel.

    No dates are given for her birth, but her father George Clayton was born in 1723.  The Davidson Family information has no previous generations, and reports the father of Milus, Thomas Jefferson, Matthew and their siblings with unknown first name.  so tit is possible some generational confusion has had effect here.

    1850 Federal Census, Marshall County, Tennessee, 14 November, Subdivision 53, page 3, Hse/Fam #37
    Thos Davidson 67 M Farmer $3250 Real Estate born North Carolina [b abt 1783]
    Sarah Davidson 53 F b SC [Sarah Leeper Miller]  [b abt 1797]
    Thos J Davidson 21 M born Tennessee [b abt 1829]

    1860 Federal Census, Crawford County, Arkansas, 30 June, Richland Township, PO Van Buren, page 52, Hse #348, Fam #346
    Thos J Davidson 31 M Farmer $10,500 Real Estate b Tennessee
    Sarah A Davidson 17 F b Tennessee [Sarah "Sallie" Amanda Wakefield]

    In 1870, we find T J and Sarah in Arkansas County, where other Davidsons have moved.  They are near the town of St Charles, a ferry port on the White River.

    1870 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, 7 July, Prairie Township, PO Saint Charles, page 23 (scan p 95), Hse/Fam #183
    Davidson, Thomas J (Thomas Jefferson Davidson) 40 M W Farmer $5000/$1800 Tennessee
    Davidson, Sarah A 28 F W Keep House Tennessee
    Davidson, Sarah M 9 F W Arkansas
    Davidson, Thomas 6 M W Arkansas (married Ella Burks 16 Feb 1882)
    Davidson, Forsyth 1 M W Arkansas Connelly, Maxey 20 M W Farm Labor Mississippi

    1880 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, Prairie Township, page 18
    Belknap, C W (Charles A Belknap) M W 62 Farmer Pennsylvania Mass Mass [b abt 1818]
    Belknap, S A (Sarah A.) f w 37 wife Tennessee Tennessee Tennessee [b abt 1843]
    Davidson, T J (Thomas Jefferson) M W 18 Stepson Arkansas Tennessee Tennessee [b abt 1862]
    Davidson, Forsythe M W 10 Stepson Arkansas Tennessee Tennessee [b abt 1870]
    Davidson, W W (William W) M W 8 Stepson Arkansas Tennessee Tennessee [b abt 1872]
    Davidson, M O (Matthew Oliver) M W 6 Stepson Arkansas Tennessee Tennessee [b abt 1874]


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