Thursday, November 12, 2015

The Davis Brothers of DeKalb County, Tennessee

Albert G Davis

As far as I can tell at this point in my research, I believe Albert was my third great grand uncle. I believe he is the older brother of Henry Lee Davis. I have not proven that relationship; but there is strong evidence that points to that relationship. The information on Albert is pretty sketchy at this stage, but he appears to have been born around 1818 in what would have been White County, Tennessee at that point. He married Mary Robinson on August 14, 1838 in DeKalb County, Tennessee. 

Albert enlisted for service in the Civil War on August 23, 1862 at Nashville. He was a member of Company A of the 5th Tennessee Cavalry. Like his brother, he joined the Union army. Albert would only serve from August-October, 1862 as he died in Nashville on October 28, 1862 of jaundice.

Henry Lee Davis

Henry was my third great grandfather born on March 30, 1829 in Tennessee. At this point, I believe he was born in what is now DeKalb County but in 1829 it would have been part of White County. Henry married Nancy E Likins on April 13, 1852 in White County. Henry moved to Monroe County, Kentucky sometime between 1870 and 1880. He later married Belle (Cassie) Moles in Monroe county on November 6, 1906. Henry would have been 81 and his new bride was 32! Henry died on October 20, 1920 at the age of 91.

Although living in a state that seceded from the Union (Tennessee), Henry was a Union volunteer. He mustered in to the service on January 22, 1864 at Carthage, Tennessee. Henry was a member of Company B, 1st Regiment, Tennessee Mounted Infantry. He served until April 14, 1865.

It appears from the records of his unit that they were mostly serving in the area around Carthage and Granville, Tennessee, not far from his home county. They are listed as doing picket duty which involves being stationed ahead of the troops to detect and enemy advances. They were also involved in scouting duties in Jackson, White, Overton, and Putnam Counties. The Nashville and Chattanooga Railroad was in this military district; so I am assuming it was their duty to protect it. 

Next: William H Shepherd of Lewis County, Missouri

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1 comment:

  1. Henry was my gr gr great grand father would like to get more info if you have any please contact me on facebook Linda Copas or email me at thank you


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