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Col Samuel Boyer Davis

Col Samuel Boyer Davis

Lewes, Sussex County, Delaware, USA
Death 5 Sep 1854 (aged 88)
New Castle County, Delaware, USA
Burial Wilmington, New Castle County, Delaware, USA
Memorial ID 117483452 · View Source
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Colonel Samuel BOYER DAVIS, born at Lewes, Delaware, Dec. 25, 1765; died at Delamore Place, Sept. 6, 1854. He had acquired a love of the sea and made many voyages to France where he joined the French Navy. In helping to rescue the family of Baron DE BOISFONTAINE from the island of Santo Domingo during the 1792 slave insurrection, he met and married the baron's daughter Rose. They settled in New Orleans, and Davis became a wealthy landowner.

Receiving a commission in the U.S. Army at the outbreak of the War of 1812, Davis was made lieutenant-colonel of the 32nd U.S. Infantry and assigned to head the forces defending the entrance to Delaware Bay.

He built an imposing dwelling on a farm outside Wilmington and called it Delamore Place. While living in Philadelphia he served several terms as a member of the Pennsylvania legislature, but returned to Delaware after tasting defeat in his 1834 bid for Congress.

In 1837 Samuel Davis at the age of 71 years he married Sally Jones who was more than 50 years his junior.
They had five children before he died in 1854.

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 117483452
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Col Samuel Boyer Davis (26 Dec 1765–5 Sep 1854), Find A Grave Memorial no. 117483452, citing Wilmington and Brandywine Cemetery, Wilmington, New Castle County, Delaware, USA ; Maintained by Terry (contributor 47154555) .