November Birthdays

The November birthday list:

  • Thomas Clark: 1 November 1570
  • Richard Curry: 4 November 1709
  • Eunice Ann Hatfield: 9 November 1739
  • Rachel Elizabeth Bullis: 19 November 1664
  • James Henry Beyea: 19 November 1852
  • Joanna Davis: 21 November 1740
  • Richard Martin: 22 November 1609
  • Elizabeth Bull: 26 November 1777

Joanna Davis was  born probably in the area of Monmouth, New Jersey. She married James (Isaiah) Smith in approximately 1762 and had thirteen years of marriage before the Revolutionary War began.

Joanna’s father, James Davis, owned a shipyard in Shrewsbury, NJ, before the war began. It was burned during the revolution and following that event James publically proclaimed his Colonist support (leading one to believe that the burning of his shipyard had something to do with the British).

Joanna, however, had married a supporter of the British in James Isaiah Smith. How difficult it must have been to be caught between a father and a husband with opposing political views in such turbulent times.

In September 1778 Joanna’s father rode out to watch the Battle of Monmouth, one of the quintessential Revolutionary battles. He was shot by a stray bullet and killed.

Joanna must have been heartbroken, but she chose to be a Loyalist and travelled to Saint John, New Brunswick with the Spring Fleet in 1783. Her husband died 12 years later and she remained a widow until she died, on the 18th of May 1822, at age 81.  Joanna and James Isaiah are buried in a beautiful corner of New Brunswick. They are flanked by a river and a mountain and although their stones have disappeared, a lovely memorial stone is erected in their honour. I have seen the stone and know there is peace where they rest.

Published in: on 3 November 2007 at 11:28 pm  Comments (3)