This site is dedicated to being a resource for Davidson/Davison/Davisson/etc. family
history researchers worldwide. Although much of the focus is on families living in America,
we will over time be providing data on all Davidson families who can trace their ancestry back
to families who lived - or are living - in the United Kingdom.
This site will always be in development and new material will be added periodically. As of
November 2005, this site is being redesigned so some links may not be working. Please bear with me as
these will be appearing shortly, as time permits.
The two main resources of this site are the various Davidson family databases and the Davidson
Surname DNA Research Study. Click on the menu links above to access that material. Of course, my personal
Davidson family database is also accessible.
My Davidson family were Scottish and arrived in Pennsylvania in the early 1700s from Northern
Ireland. Settling first in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, they were early settlers in the
Shenandoah mountains in a community known as Beverly Manor in Augusta County, Virginia, worshipping
at the Tinkling Springs Church. About 1749 the families migrated to North Carolina and settled in the
region near what is now Statesville in Iredell County. From there the family moved over the course of
the next 150 years to almost every state.
On the pages inside, we provide significant documentation to this famous family that includes
General William Lee Davidson. However, our story is not complete. If you can add to the story or
correct our mistakes or just have questions or comments about what you see, please feel free to
I look forward to hearing from you.
John B. Lisle, Nashua, NH