History of the Restoration Movement

John Victor Davis


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Alabama Order To Barton W. Stone

-Report appearing in the Christian Messenger, 1836, Vol. 10 No.1, page 16

John V. Davis was born September 16, 1801. He was the son of Ishmael Davis and Rebecca Simmons Davis. He was born in Hancock County, Georgia. In his youth, his family moved to Montgomery County, Alabama. His father was a preacher in the Christian church and rose to prominent leadership during his lifetime.

John was married to Julia Parker Knight of Chester, South Carolina on July 10, 1823. The family lived in Montgomery County, Alabama where they were members of the Christian Church. He served as a teaching elder in the church at Fair Prospect. He died May 5, 1871, and is buried in the cemetery at Fair Prospect next to his wife Julia.

John V. & Julia Davis are buried in the Fair Prospect Cemetery in southern Montgomery County, Alabama. If heading south on I-65 proceed past the I-85 interchange and take Exit 168 (Hwy.80) and go east (left if traveling south). Signs on this exit will also direct you toward Hwy 331. Go east about one mile and turn south on Hwy 331. Travel 28 miles south to mile marker 77. You will come up on County Road 68 (Naftel Rd.) on the left. Don't turn there. Less than 100 yards past the Naftel Rd. turn off on the right hand side is a driveway. The mailbox numbers showed 24730 & 24680, Hwy. 331. Note a little dirt road that heads back north up into a wooded area. At the end is the Fair Prospect Cemetery. Head into the cemetery. Look for the chained link fenced in plots where the Barnes family plots are locate. Just outside the fence toward the highway you will find the Davis Plot.

Also buried at Fair Prospect: T.J. Golson, Bartlet Hilliard, J.V. Davis & Col. M.L. Kirkpatrick. Kirkpatrick, also J.M. Barnes and Samuel Jordan started a school together in 1881 called, Highland Home College. Kilpatrick was the brother-in-law of J.M. Barnes and co-proprietor in the college for a period of time. It was a school that served the brotherhood for many years. See more on this school HERE!

GPS Location
32.011314, -86.289187

Photo Taken 08.08,2013, This Is A New Historical Marker Added At The Entrance Of The Drive To Fair Prospect Cemetery

Fair Prospect Cemetery

In Memory Of
Julia Davis
Wife of
J.V. Davis
in Chester Dist., S.C.|
May 3, 1805
Dec. 17, 1876
Aged 71 yrs. 8 Mos.
and 12 days.

In Memory of
J.V. Davis
in Hancock Cty., GA
Sept. 26, 1801
May 10, 1871
Aged 70 yrs., 5 mos.
and 16 days.

Special Thanks

Special thanks are extended to C. Wayne Kilpatrick and Tom L. Childers. In March, 2010 while visiting in Montgomery, Alabama, a day trip was taken to visit some of the restoration related sites in south Alabama. The end of the trip involved a visit to Fair Prospect Cemetery in southern Montgomery County. The photos you see on this page were taken by them and your web editor, Scott Harp.

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