Pleasant Davis and Sarah Horton b. 1790

Pleasant Davis and Sarah Horton, are most likely, 4th great grandparents on RootsMagic tree.

Pleasant Davis and Sarah Horton were both born in Virginia around 1790. They married on September 9, 1806 in Virginia. Pleasant fought in the War of 1812: 87th Regiment, Virginia Militia, he was a private. An Indiana death certificate for daughter Susan Davis Black has both Peasant Davis and Sarah Horton on the record. Proving Sarah Davis -great grandma of Faber Miller- is their daughter has no factual records but has some probable records. There is the book ‘A tabulation of the descendants of Joseph Horton : a soldier of the American Revolution’ a published family history with reference to Horton Davis who went to Iowa- probably Sarah Davis’s brother. Also there is a family history compilation, not quite a book, some of it shared on Ancestry, that may be the reason Florence Miller, sister of Faber, and Ellen Mitchel 1st cousin 1x removed of Faber and Florence, wrote up notes on their ancestors to share with the person working on the family history, way before online family history existed. And Sarah Davis and Jacob Miller named sons: James Davis, Horton and Pleasant Miller; common to carry on family names, maiden names of mothers. 

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Sarah Ann Davis b. 1819

Sarah Ann Davis 3rd great grandma on RootsMagic tree.

Sarah Davis was born in Virginia, probably to Pleasant and Sarah Horton Davis, the 6th of 7 kids. On April 18, 1833 in Jackson, Ohio Sarah married Jacob Miller. Sarah and Jacob had one child Mary, in Ohio, then moved to Elkhart, Indiana. They farmed and had 9 more kids.

Miller, Jacob and Sarah Ann Davis

Jacob and Sarah Davis Miller, public photo on Ancestry

Jacob died in 1854 same year his 9th child was born. In 1860 Sarah was 46 years old and head of house on the census, living on a farm with 6 of her children. Jake is the oldest, he’s 18 and farms. James, Sarah, Will, Susan and John are 14 to 8 years old, they attend school. The oldest daughter Mary had married Moses Mitchell and moved to Nashua, Iowa. Son Pleasant, named after his grandpa, was in Sutter, California, a miner. Two children Horton and Alexander are still a mystery, not a lot of records. Maybe son Horton, named for his uncle, had joined the Confederate Army in Tennessee, maybe son Andrew was on his own and married with a family in Indiana.

On the 1870 and 1880 census Sarah and children have moved to Washington Township, Black Hawk County, Iowa, near Janesville and the Cedar River. On the 1880 census Sarah had real estate valued at $1700. Her sons Jacob and James were farmers, younger kids were at school. Her neighbors were farmers, carpenters, a physician, a teacher and day laborers; born in New York, California, England, Rhode Island, Wisconsin and Iowa.

Sarah died April 8, 1888 and is buried at Oakland Cemetery in Janesville, Iowa. She is near her son James’s in-laws the Gaines family. Son James married Mary Ella Gaines, their son William is the dad of Faber who married Gladys.

Sources

  • Ohio county marriages 1789-2013 database at FamilySearch
  • 1860, 1870, 1880 US census at Ancestry
  • Find a Grave https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/42676896
  • Public photo shared on Ancestry, “LanceL_Ferris originally shared this 24 Dec 2013”