Guide to the John D. Davis Papers,

Record Group 007

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: 

Minutes of meetings and financial records of the Southeast Alabama Dental Society, 1937-1959 and 1992

2. 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

3. Newspapers, 1945.  2 issues

Dothan Eagle of May 7, 1945; Special War History Section, Mont. Advertiser of Oct 21, 1945.

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

INVENTORY

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

File I.D.

File Label

007

08-0627

001

001

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.

File I.D. File Label
007 08-0627 001 001 Southeast Alabama Dental Society - Financial Statements, [1938 - 1957, 1992] and Meeting Minutes [1937-1957,1959, 1992]
007 08-0627 001 002 Moody and Derrick Miscellaneous Papers [V.1] [1833 - 1834, 1836 - 1840, 1844 - 1845, 1848, 1872, 1874, 1876, 1877, 1881, 1883] 
007 08-0627 001 003 Receipts Miscellaneous - Owen Land Black Leather Wallet [V.2B] [n.d.]
007 08-0627 001 004 Records for Slaves and Household Accounts [V.2B] [1783, 1850, 1855, 1858, 1860 - 1862, 1865 - 1871, 1873 - 1875, 1879 - 1881, 1885 - 1886, 1892, 1901, 1903 - 1904, 1910]
007 08-0627 001 005 Land Deeds [V.2B] [1831 - 1832, 1834 - 1835, 1850 - 1851, 1865, 1873, 1886, 1972, 1974, 1979]
007 08-0627 001 006 Receipts Miscellaneous - Owens [V.2B] [1848, 1850, 1859, 1861, 1863, 1866 - 1870, 1872 - 1874, 1877, 1879, 1880, 1882 - 1883, 1885, 1888, 1890, 1892, 1894 - 1896, 1904, 1906, 1910, 1913, 1955, 1933]
007 08-0627 001 007 Notes and Other Legal Instruments [V.3.] [1863, 1868, 1873, 1875 - 1879, 1886 - 1892, 1895, 1899 - 1904, 1906 - 1907, 1913 - 1918]
007 08-0627 001 008 Cotton Receipts [V.4] [1868 - 1872, 1874, 1876, 1880, 1883, 1888 - 1890, 1892 - 1893, 1897 - 1898, 1904, 1907, 1909, 1912 - 1913, 1915, 1927 - 1938]
007 08-0627 001 009 Owen Sister - Miscellaneous Papers [V.4] [1919 - 1920]
007 08-0627 001 010 Railroad Receipts (C.H. Owen) [V.4] [1862 - 1872]
007 08-0627 001 011 School Receipts [V.4] [1861 - 1863, 1866 - 1867, 1875]
007 08-0627 001 012 Returned List [V.5] [ 1877 - 1880, 1884, 1890 - 1894, 1900, 1902]
007 08-0627 001 013 Tax Receipts [V.7] [1833 - 1835, 1843 - 1847, 1849 - 1852, 1854 - 1856, 1858 - 1859, 1861 - 1863, 1866 - 1867, 1869 - 1873, 1875 - 1877, 1880, 1882 - 1883, 1885, 1891 - 1894, 1901 - 1905, 1908 - 1910, 1912 - 1916, 1918, 1922 - 1942]
007 08-0627 001 014 Tax Receipts [1933 - 1942] and Wallet and Contents [1939 - 1940, 1945 - 1946] [V.7]
007 08-0627 001 015 Confederate Currency [1864] [V.7], Currency [1918] [V.9] File located in vault
007 08-0627 002 001 Owen Sister Miscellaneous Papers [V.8] [1891, 1904, 1907 - 1908, 1910, 1912 - 1915, 1919 - 1920, 1922 - 1923, 1928 - 1929, 1934, 1936, 1938, 1940, 1945]
007 08-0627 002 002 Paper Fragments and Letters [V.9] [ 1847, 1859 - 1865, 1868, 1880, 1891 - 1892, 1897, 1902, 1907 - 1908, 1910 - 1914, 1916 - 1917]
007 08-0627 MD8 001 Account Records, Property Deeds [V.2] [ 1844, 1851, 1859]
007 08-0627 MD8 002 Returned Lists [V.6] [1872 - 1926], Montgomery County Map 1963
007 08-0627 MD8 003 Returned Lists [V.6] [1927 - 1943, 1946]
007 08-0712 001 001 Correspondence to Dr. Dupree and Lottie Lee Davis [1940 - 1946]
007 08-0712 001 002 War Ration Books for John Dupree Davis, Lottie Lee Davis, and Dupree Davis [1943]
007 08-0712 001 003 Bible - New Testament Partial John Davis [September 15, 1939]
007 08-0712 001 004 19th Century German Bibles

 Series:  Newspapers, 1945.  2 issues

Dothan Eagle of May 7, 1945; Special War History Section, Mont. Advertiser of Oct 21, 1945. 

File ID

File Label

007

08-0712

MD8

001

The Dothan Eagle [May 7th, 1945]

Montgomery Advertiser [October 21, 1945]

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