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Loyalist Directory: Isaac Ara Davis

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Surname : Davis
Given name : Isaac Ara
Rank :  
Where Resettled : Home District, Nova Scotia
Status as Loyalist : Expunged
Proof of Loyalty : UEL List; Land Petitions of Upper Canada, 1763-1865
Notes (Expunged, Suspended, Reinstated) : Expunged 1802/May/02
Regiment : Served with General Howe's army on their march to the battle of Brandywine, Pennsylvania in 1777. He continued with the British army an an artificier. After the British defeat, he sailed to Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Enlistment Date :  
Date & Place of Birth : Wales, UK; or New York, USA
Settled before war : Pennsylvania
Date & Place of Death : November 3, 1828, Noyan, Le Haut-Richelieu County, Quebec
Place of Burial : Quebec, Canada
Wife Name : Elizabeth Banta (11/19/1766-?). Parents: Wiert Banta and Elizabeth Mildeberger. Siblings: Rachel Banta, John Banta, and Sarah Banta.
Children : Weart B. Davis (1795-?) spouse: Mary R. Stillwell. Enos R. Davis (1797-?) spouse: Miss Mitchell. Isaac Ara Davis Jr. (1799-?), Eliza Davis (1804-?). Henrietta Davis (1806-?) spouse: Mr. Sossard. Nelson T. Davis (1809-?) married Elizabeth Brown in 1883.
Biography : Isaac Davis was born in either Wales or New York. His family origins are uncertain. Isaac appears to have been living in Pennsylvania when he joined General Howe's army. After the British defeat, he sailed to Halifax, Nova Scotia. In 1785, Isaac Davis was granted 200 acres on the southwestern side of Beaver Lake in Nova Scotia. This area appears to be somewhere near Halifax. After this time, he married Elizabeth Banta, and had several children. They moved to Ontario in 1795. On 7/14/1795, Isaac petitioned the government of Upper Canada for a land grant. Again, he petitioned the Upper Canada government on 8/4/1801, for a land grant in Markham, Ontario. On August 18, 1800, the government of Upper Canada granted him 200 acres of land. On 2/20/1819, Isaac Davis was living in Toronto, and petitioned the Upper Canada government for another land grant. The Upper Canada government rejected his claim on 2/23/1819, since he had already gotten 200 acres of land in 1801. In 1825, he and his family were enumerated as living in St. Thomas, Quebec (now Noyan, Le-Haut Richelieu County, Quebec). In his funeral notice in the Caldwell and Christie Church in Iberville, Quebec, it says he was the head of an engineering department at the time of his death in 1828. It sounds like he was working at nearby Fort Lennox. Which is quite close to Noyan, Quebec.
Proven Descendants :  
Military Info : In 1786, Isaac Davis was working at the Halifax Naval Yard, Halifax, Nova Scotia. While living in Noyan, Quebec in the 1820s, it sounds very likely that he was working at Fort Lennox at the time of his death on November 3, 1828, according to his funeral notice.
Loyalist Genealogy :  
Family History :  
Family Genealogy : Isaac Davis was the son-in-law of Weart Banta.
Sources : Sources:
• Nova Scotia, Canada, Land Petitions, 1765-1800;
• North American Family Histories, 1500-2000,
• A Frisian Family: The Banta Genealogy: descendants of Epke Jacobse, who came from Friesland, Netherlands;
• 1825 Lower Canada Census; Quebec, Canada, Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection), 1621-1968;
• Canada, British Navy Ship Muster Rolls and Pay Lists, 1757-1836
The centennial of the settlement of Upper Canada by the United Empire Loyalists, 1784-1884

Information contributed by Linda Mazrimas
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