My ggg-Grandfather, Benjamin West Davis,settled in Chautauqua and Allegany counties in Western New York State.He had children by then:Stephen and Benjamin were two.Stephen Sweet Davis was my gg-Grandfather.He may have been born in Fredonia,NY in 1821.He had a wife,Caroline, and a son-I think Stephen. Much later, he had a wife,Maria Hoyt Rice.At this time, Stephen went into the army and fought in the Civil War.He got tuberculosis and came home.He died shortly thereafter.However, he did have a son with Maria by the name of Timothy Mosher Davis .Timothy married Carrie Belle Cole and had seven children .When half of them were grown,he took young ones and his wife to Erie County,Pa.One of his sons was Harold Allan,my Grandfather. Harold went to WWI as a radioman and chauffeur.When he returned from Europe, he married my Grandmother Izola McEntarfer of Union City , Pa.One of their children, Robert, is my father.
I have come to the conclusion, thru my own research, that Benjamin was amidst the mass exodus of pioneers who originated in New England and then hop-skipped counties along southern NYand northern Pennsylvania. He travelled among past and future relatives by the names of Hitchcock,Rice,Hoyt,Merrick,Davis ,Mosh-er,Cole, Crittenden, and Aldrich.Maxson is a name from past lines.