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Caroline Grant Davis Biography - Oktibbeha County, Mississippi

(submitted by Torrance McLevin)

1815 - 8 Apr 1893

Daughter of Isaac Grant, Sr. (Isaac's father, Basil Grant, was a Capt. in the Onslow Co. (NC) militia in the Rev. War.) and Elizabeth Hellen Newbold. The Grant and Newbold families were close for generations. Caroline's gr.-gr. grandfather had immigrated to America from the Highlands of Scotland, and was an indentured servant to Caroline's mother's gr.-grandfather, Thomas Newbold, Sr. (a wealthy landowner 800 acres in Maryland/Delaware, who had immigrated from London by 1678). The Grant and Newbold families moved together from Maryland to NC.

Caroline's parents migrated to Marengo Co., AL from Onslow, NC in 1831. They settled close to Jefferson, abt. six miles west of Linden. Her father died in 1834-5, and her mother remarried (Pitts).

The Grant boys went to school at Jefferson Academy in Demopolis, while the girls went to the Female Academy at Dayton. Demopolis Academy is the successor to the school the Grant boys went to, and has more recent facilities in a different location. Her bother Bryan attended college at Howard College in Marion, which suggests college may have been something other Grant siblings were afforded.

Caroline married John Davis on 2/20/1838; the 1850 census would appear to show 2 Davis children from a prior marriage of his.

Caroline's brother, Bryan, was KIA in December, 1864 while serving in the 43rd Ala. Inf. Upon his widow, Sarah Lockhart Ringgold's death in 1870, "Aunt Caroline" took in her brother's daughter, Estelle Lockhart Grant. "Aunt Caroline" followed her daughter, Mary E Davis Huggins (FAG #66131001), to Oktibbeha County. My gf (Estelle's son, H.C. Gray) spoke fondly of Mary E Davis Huggins "Grandma Huggins."

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