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John 3:16




Davis


Erasmus Benton Davis with parents William Thomas Davis and Azine Dewill


The Davis line has run me a merry chase. Early on in my research, I came across a posting that listed my
husband's great grandfather as Thomas Jefferson Davis, but which further stated that he was not actually
a Davis. According to the posting, "TJ" had been left on the doorstep of Alford and Rebecca Davis who
took him in, gave him their last name, and raised him as their son. My husband was shocked and
immediately called his mother who verified that she herself had heard the rumor over the years. Based on
this information, I let the line go for quite some time.

When I finally got around to documenting the "Not-Quite-Davises" from Thomas Jefferson forward,
questions were raised. Census records from 1880 show a William T Davis as husband of Asene Davis,
the woman we knew to be my husband's great grandmother, along with two sons, Lewis J and Alfred.
Also in the household with William and Asene is Rebecca Davis, "TJ's" alleged adoptive mother. Asene's
marriage bond also shows a WT Davis as the groom of record.

(cont'd)

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