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Date Span: 1783-2003 (bulk 1830-1950)
Extent: 0.75 cu. ft. (26 Files)
Biographical Sketch: Dr. John D. Davis (October 31, 1936 – June 14, 2011) was a resident of Dothan, born to the family of Dr. Dupree Davis and Mrs. Lottie Lee Davis. After graduating from Auburn University and the UAB School of Dentistry, Dr. Davis practiced for 40 years, beginning a joint practice with his father. In addition to being a licensed dentist, Davis was an ordained minister and licensed merchant mariner who served in the Coast Guard Reserve. He was his extended family's historian as well as an avid historian and archaeologist of the Chattahoochee / Flynt / Apalachicola River Basin.
Scope / Content: Documents the family history of the Derrick—Owen—Moody—Davis families as they lived in Charleston, SC, the Montgomery/Pike Co. area of Alabama, and Dothan, AL. Contains plantation, slaveholding, and landholding records from the 19th century, a German-language Bible, Records of the Southeast Alabama Dental Society, various World War II era family papers, and two local newspapers commemorating significant events.
Organization: Organized into 3 series:
1. SE AL Dental Society Records, 1937-1959, 1992; 1 File Folder:
2. Family Papers, 1783—1945, 1963; 23 File Folders
3. Newspapers, 1945. 2 issues
Provenance Records of the SE AL Dental Society came to Dr. John D. Davis from his father, a dentist in Dothan. Plantation and family records came to Dr. Davis by way of his great uncle, George Clyde Davis, via the latter's will. Davis's mother provided the World War 2 materials.
Processing Note: Collection came to the Wiregrass Archives in 2 accessions: 007-08-0627; 007-08-0712;
Preferred Citation: John D. Davis Papers, RG 007, The Wiregrass Archives, Troy University Dothan Campus, Dothan, AL.
Date processed: 2008
Processed By: TB, HDMc
Series: SE AL Dental Society Records, 1937-1959, 1992; 1 File Folder
Minutes of meetings and financial records of the Southeast Alabama Dental Society, 1937-1959 and 1992
Southeast Alabama Dental Society –
Financial Statements, [1938 - 1957, 1992];
Meeting Minutes [1937-1957,1959, 1992]
Series: Family Papers, 1783—1945, 1963; 23 File Folders
Personal and plantation records of the Derrick--Owen--Moody--Davis families of Montgomery or Pike Co., AL (1783-1946); Old and new Testaments in German Bible used by David Derrick to preach to German congregation in Charleston when he rode circuit in mid-19th century. WW2 materials: RAF pilot's bible; letters from RAF trainee (also named John Davis) at Napier Field to Davis family in Dothan; Davis family ration book.
Plantation records arranged by Davis in three-ring binders, labeled by volume number.
Series: Newspapers, 1945. 2 issues
Dothan Eagle of May 7, 1945; Special War History Section, Mont. Advertiser of Oct 21, 1945.
The Dothan Eagle [May 7th, 1945]
Montgomery Advertiser [October 21, 1945]