The Ancestry tree, Benjamin Davis Wilson – A Unique American, includes a 13 page, 5,000-word article describing genealogy from General George Smith Patton up through Adam Wilson, Sr. (1745-1824). This article, Unique American of 19th century, can be downloaded from the subject Tree in Ancestry. Benjamin Wilson was the maternal grandfather of Patton and a most intrepid, unique, interesting American.
What attracted Wilson to Yazoo city or Mississippi for that matter? In fact, before Wilson arrived in Yazoo in 1826, Mississippi gained statehood and Yazoo County was no longer Choctaw territory. Locating his maternal Uncle, Wiley Davis, lifts some mystery. In 1820 Davis resided south of Choctaw Territory in Warren County, MS. The U S Census, enumerated in August of that year, shows a son, daughter, wife and relative.
Like thousands of Americans, Wiley Davis poised to take advantage of this rich farmland now available. He purchased four land patents from the U S Government in July 1826. The Township designated 018N - 005E contained parcels located in parts of three contiguous sections of land totaling three hundred twenty acres. Today this property rests on the Warren/Yazoo County line in Warren County but in the early 1820s, that county border did not exist. Less than twenty-five miles from Yazoo City but actually closer to Vicksburg, Wilson in his Observations et al kept it simple by referring to nearby towns recognizable to most people.
The 1820 and 1830 US census identifies Wiley Davis and family but after that He and family disappear. Does anyone have suggestions to track Wiley or family before or after 1820&30s?