Davis Family
in Southwest Virginia
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  • The James Davis Family and "Davis Fancy", by James D. Ball, unpublished ms. dated 1973. Describes the early history of Smyth Co. pioneer James Davis.



  • A TRUE STORY. Ten miles east of Marion on Highway 11 is a historical marker reading
                        EARLY SETTLERS
        Stephen Holstein (Holston), coming here before 1748,
        gave his name to the river and valley.  James Davis
        settled on this place "Davis Fancy" in 1748 and his
        home became a neighborhood fort.
    Several years ago, Gary Davis of St. Petersbugh FL stopped to photograph the marker that discussed his 5g-grandfather. While he was there he encountered another young man photographing the marker -- Carl Holston, there to photograph the marker that discussed his 7g-grandfather.

  • Renae Schneider's website has information on James Davis's grandson, Joseph Davis Jr.
  • Davis Family website

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