William Heath Davis Sr was born 20 March 1793 in Cutler, Washington County, Maine, United States . He married Hannah Kalikolehua Holmes (1796-) 1817 in Hawaii.

Captain William, who arrived in Hawaii in 1812, was a Boston ship captain and one of the pioneer merchants of the sandalwood trade in the islands. He was given his middle name after Captain Eliab Grimes, a close friend of his father who was also once a privateer in the War of 1812

Marriage and Family

Captain William Heath Davis, Sr. married Hannah Holmes, a daughter of Oliver Holmes, Governor of Oahu.

  1. Robert Grimes Davis (1819-1872) - was an early lawyer and judge of the Kingdom of Hawaii who served many different posts for Hawaii and the Republic of Peru. He was also known as Lopaka, the Hawaiian version of Robert.[1]
  2. William Heath Davis (1821-1909) - a merchant and trader in Alta California who helped to establish "New Town" (now Downtown San Diego) in San Diego, California.


Offspring of William Heath Davis Sr and Hannah Kalikolehua Holmes (1796-)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Robert Grimes Davis (1819-1872) 10 May 1819 Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii 5 March 1872 Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii Harriet Swain Hammet (c1820-1858)
Maria Kauapiiokamakaala Sumner (1825-1908)
William Heath Davis (1821-1909)



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