David James Houston Templeton (1830-1864) was born in North Carolina and was in Gibson, County, Tennessee when he married Mary Margaret Knox (1834-1902) on 7 Feb., 1854. The couple stayed in Tennessee for the birth of James P. Templeton in 1855, and they were in Greene Co., Ark. (now Clay) for the birth of William D. (Buck) Templeton in 1859. Another son, John James Monroe Templeton, was born in 1861 in Arkansas. James P. Templeton died Nov. 1876 at age 21 and is buried in the Piggott Cemetery. Buck Templeton married Susan Emaline Davis, the daughter of Ahab Davis, and two sisters, Rhoda Mathilda Holcomb and Mabel Holcomb and had 23 children. John James Monroe Templeton married Clarissa Elizabeth Nettles and had 16 children. Buck’s story is told in an article published 15 June 2011, and Monroe Templeton has a story in the 9 Jan., 2013 Clay County Times-Democrat.
David moved to Arkansas just in time to fight in the Civil War with the Confederate Arkansas Troops and was injured and died from his wounds in a Fort Smith, Ark. Hospital in 1864. His widow married William (Billy) Davis (1827-1899) in 1864/65. Billy Davis was a brother to Ahab, Ezekiel, Elihue, and Henry.
Mary Margaret and William Davis had these children: (1) Henry C. Davis (1865-1942), who married Lydia Brogden and had Clint who married Edna Williams and had Woody, Westfall, Jean Johnson, Wanda Wandal, Mary Wagner and Gala Cloin; Ettie Whitehorn Parker; Bernie who married Lizzie Chrstian; Birdie Baker; Bill C. married Versa Foltz; Cornie; Mable married Druie Blair and had step-children Houston Blair, Jo Ann Book, Elton Blair and Betty Gordon; Marine Johnson; Birdie Banks; Genevieve and Harold Ray Davis of Flint. (2) Thomas J. Davis (1874- ). (3) Minnie Bell Davis (1876-1909) married Joseph Lee Nettles and had Virgie who married Mack Evans and had Lee Evans who died in action in WWII in the Philippines, Pauline Petty Abney, Maxine Morgan, and Marilyn Evans; and Pearl M. Nettles (1908-1922).
William (Billy) Davis has children by his first marriage to Jane: James A. who died in the Civil War; Amanda; Laura J. Frederic; Mary Ann married a Meredith and had two children, Joseph P. and John F., and later married William N. Hitt; Henry Abner married Emma S. Bogus and had ten children; Martha; and Sarah E. D. Davis.
Mary Margaret Knox Templeton Davis was living with her daughter, Minnie Nettles, and was a widow on the 1900 census under the name “Templeton.” She died in 1902. The 1900 census stated that she had borne eight children and four were living. Only six can be named; James P., Buck, Monroe, Henry C.,, Thomas J., and Minnie Bell.