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The Davis Family: Biography

Jonathan Davis was born on August 16, 1786, in Charleston, South Carolina and died on October 5, 1856. He was a Baptist minister and was elected president of the first Board of Trustees for the Furman Theological Institute. Davis was pivotal in finding and acquiring land for the Furman Theological Institute in the Fairfield District.

Jonathan Davis (b. 16 Aug 1786 – d. 5 Oct 1853) married Rebecca Kincaid (b. 1787 – d. 1870) on January 22, 1807. Their children were:

  1. William Kincaid Davis (b. 14 Jul 1809 - d. 1871) – married Miss Zimmerman
  2. James Bolton Davis (b. 31 Dec 1809 - d. 6 May 1855) – married Mary Elizabeth Scott
  3. Mary Davis (b. 6 Mar 1811 – d. 31 Oct 1811)
  4. Benjamin Franklin Davis (b. 23 Dec 1812 – d. 13 Jun 1858) – married Miss Adams
  5. Harriett Eloise Davis (b. 23 Sep 1814 – d. 17 Aug 1849) – married James C. Furman
  6. Jonathan R. Davis (1816-1883)
  7. Rebecca Ann Davis (b. 5 May 1818 – d. 18 Aug 1838)
  8. Nathan Hervey Davis (b. 29 Mar 1820 – d. 27 Oct 1901)
  9. John Bunyon Davis (b. 10 May 1821 – d. 26 Nov 1889) – married Miss Fuller
  10. David Daniel Davis (b. 22 Jun 1822 – d. 28 Feb 1823)
  11. Mary Glenn Davis (b. 26 Jun 1824 – d. 9 Jan 1911) – 2nd wife to James C. Furman

Two of Davisí daughters married James C. Furman. Harriet Eloise Davis, married James C. Furman on April 3, 1833. They lived in Winnsboro, SC, and had six children between 1834 and 1849. Harriet died of tuberculosis in 1849. James C. Furman and Furman University moved to Greenville, SC in 1851. Mary Glenn Davis, Davis's youngest daughter, moved to Greenville as well when she married James C. Furman in June 1855. They had four children between 1857 and 1867. James C. Furman died on March 3, 1891, and his wife Mary died in 1911.