The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 44, July 1940 - April, 1941 Page: 95
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and not that of his real father, Daniel Davis." Evidence that
in December, 1832, Houston stayed a few days in the home, not
tavern, of Dan Davis, (Dan Davis never operated a tavern)
would appear to be conclusive. But if this evidence is not con-
clusive that which proves Andrew Davis was never the foster
son of Jim Clark is overwhelming.
Strickland says Andrew Davis "was reared by Aunt 'Ibbie'
Hopkins Clark-Gordon." Here is the record: Andrew Davis was
born at Jonesborough March 10, 1827. On January 20, 1833,
his mother died. The following year the father, Dan Davis,
moved, with his seven-year-old son, to Nacogdoches and settled
on the Teneha, a tributary of the Sabine River. Here the elder
Davis was married the third and last time to Mrs. Margaret
Bascus. In the spring of 1836 the family returned to the Red
River country. The next year they moved to the frontier where
in 1838 Dan Davis was killed by Indians. Strickland says
James Clark died the same year. At this time Andrew was in
his twelfth year. He remained with his step-mother for about
a year during which time she married James Boon. Soon after
this marriage Andrew was sent to McKenzie College where
he remained until licensed to preach October 12, 1844. On Jan-
uary 8, 1845, at San Augustine, he was admitted to the Meth-
odist ministry on trial and sent to the Paris circuit as Junior
preacher under the Rev. Jefferson Shook.
Andrew Davis was never known by any other name.
R. L. JONES.
Commerce, Texas, February 7, 1940.
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