Farmer, trader, miner, land speculator/entrepreneur.
He is believed to be the son of George England and Lydia Hummingbird or possibly a Joseph England and Mary Reed.
In Cherokee, his first name was Da-wee.
Husband of Susan Connor or Susan Field(s) Possibly also married to Celia Vann.
Father of the following children with Susan Connor/Field(s): Pinson England abt. 1824 - abt. 1861/1862 (Drennen Roll # 429)-not verified as Dave's son. (m. Rachel Brady abt. 1834 - ) Louisa England abt. 1825 - 6/6/1867 (m. Robert D. Blackstove abt. 1820 - 3/12/1876) Carlton William England abt. 1828 - before 1851 Irene England abt. 1830 - 10/9/1882 (m. Lee Scrimsher abt. 1822 - 7/3/1871) Arminda England 11/25/1831 - 12/27/1879 (m. William England, Jr. abt. 1820 - ) (m. Isaac Scrimsher abt. 1820 - ) (m. Unknown Morris abt. 1830 - ) (m. Elias Houston "Lee" Jenkins abt. 1830 - ) Mitchell England abt. 1834 - abt. 1861 (m. Lucinda Jones 1844 - 1/6/1906) Saphrona England abt. 1836 - abt. 1857 (m. Thomas "Tom" Monroe 1831 - bef. 1902) Martha England abt. 1838 - abt. 1856 (Drennen Roll # 371) Sabra England abt. 1840 - abt. 1904 (Drennen Roll # 371) (m. Peter Clark) (m. Martin England abt. 1842 - abt. 1861
Father of the following children with Celia Vann: Jackson England 1832 - 4/1/1881 m. Sallie Scraper 10/1821 to 1837 - 1/25/1925) Joseph England Jenny England
Dave England, the first verified ancestor of this clan was a white man who possibly had a small amount of Cherokee blood. On 8/24/1813 he enlisted in the Army during the War of 1812. This was known among the Cherokees as the Creek War. He served under a Captain Benjamin Cleveland in a regiment commanded by a Colonel Harris, the 1st Georgia Militia. Dave served for six months and was discharged on 3/3/1814 in Milledgeville, Georgia. According to the Treaty between the United States and the State of Georgia dated 7/5/1817, each head of each Cherokee family wishing to remain in Georgia and become a citizen of the United States would receive a life reservation of 640 acres of land. Dave stayed in the Georgia area and in 1818 married Susan or Susannah Fields in the Cherokee Nation East by a minister named Meeks. This marriage was later attested to by a Jonathan England, probably Dave's brother, in a statement he made on 1/28/1853. Jonathan stated that he had been present at the wedding. On 5/25/1818, David England elected to reserve 640 acres of land under Claim #107. Since he was a white man, he had to file "by right of wife". This filing shows that Susan Fields was a Cherokee. Dave is found in the 1820 Census of Habersham County, Georgia. The census shows other England men living there as well including Elijah England, Joseph England and a Revolutionary War veteran named Charles England. It is this author's unsubstantiated belief that Charles was either Dave's father or uncle and Elijah and Joseph his brothers or cousins. On 10/23/1823 Dave elected to receive $4,000.00 to move off of his Reservee land. He probably did so due to pressure from white settlers coming into the area and desiring the land granted to the Cherokees. The Book of Deeds for Habersham County shows some land transactions between David England and a William Tate occurred in the 3rd District on 12/2/1823. Dave is found in an 1835 Georgia census as living on Tu-squ-li-ti Creek, North Carolina. About the same time, as abstract summary of Welch and Jarrett's valuations of Cherokee properties showed David England lived on the west side of Hiwassee River below a George Blair. Blair lived near "Hyatt's Old Store". Dave apparently was fairly well to do as he had 109.5 acres of improved land, 11 peach trees, 59 apple trees, 8 houses/cabins, 1 hothouse, 1 kitchen, 1 smokehouse, 3 corn cribs, 3 stables, 1 blacksmith shop, 1 store and a barn. The valuation of his farm & orchards was $1,729.50. The same abstract shows Jonathan England lived on the northeast side of the Hiwassee River above the mouth of the Tusquitee Creek. He has 2 house/cabins, 3 corncribs, 2 stables, 1 peach tree and 2 apple trees on his property and 81 acres of improved land with a valuation of $899.25. The Henderson Roll of 1835 was a Census of Cherokees East of the Mississippi River. David England was listed as the head of the family with the following additional information: "Tusquitty, North Carolina – Seven quarterbloods, one halfblood, one white intermarriage, one slave. They owned a mill. One farmer. Four readers of English. Two weavers, and one spinner. One Reservee, 7 descendants of Reservees." In Emmet Starr's book, History of the Cherokee Indians", he shows that Dave England was appointed to the Constitutional Delegation Convention at New Echota, Georgia as a clerk for the Aquohee District. This entry is dated 10/13/1826. Dave reportedly voted "nay" on the Smith Resolution in 1835. David moved with his family on the infamous "Trail of Tears" to Western Arkansas. On 6/27/1840 he is found at Beattie's Prairie, Cherokee Nation. He signed a petition along with 167 others, requesting that Ft. Wayne not be built at Beattie's Prairie, as it would displace approximately 200 families. The fort was later built south of Mayesville. An Oklahoma Historical Society marker now marks the area where Ft. Wayne was located. In the book, "Our Cherokee – Delaware Heritage" by Wicher/Arellano, there is a note that "A David England and a John England" were living on Beattie's Prairie in 1843. This John is probably his brother Jonathan. On 8/1/1844, the Fayetteville, Arkansas, Office of the Bureau of Land Management issued land patent # 4344 to David England of Benton County, Arkansas. This was a preemptive certificate and covered a tract of land containing 118.5 acres. This was located at Sec. 3, Township 19, North, Range 34, in the Northwest 1/4th area, West in Benton County. On 5/29/1848, another land patent was issued for 156.38 acres. The legal description was the same as the 1844 patent except it was in Township 20, Southwest area. As previously stated, Dave England may have been part Cherokee, especially if his mother was Lydia Hummingbird. More credence is given to this belief due to information provided by Margaret Schrimsher Tanner in her 1906 application for tribal enrollment. She stated, "Mother's father (David England) was half brother to the Cherokee Chief Sauney Lee, who was killed on Lee's Creek while he and his warriors were fighting with another tribe of Indians. Killed near Ft. Smith & buried in cave." This author has not as of yet established anyone named Sauney Lee. However, in the 1835 Cherokee Census, there is a Sawney Vann, a likely relative of Celia Vann. Dave and Jonathan England are also recorded in this census.
There is a Dave and a John England buried in the Snell Cemetery in Delaware County, Oklahoma and some researchers have assumed that they are the founders of this family. It is this writer's opinion that these graves are not the Dave and Jonathan we've discussed here but are descendants of Dave England. It is believed that he was buried on his land in Beattie's Prarire in Benton County, Arkansas.