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  • ID: I3544
  • Name: Theodore "Trip" DAVIS
  • Surname: Davis
  • Given Name: Theodore "Trip"
  • Nickname: Trip Davis
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 1805 in Warren County,North Carolina 1 2 3
  • Death: 1900/1910 in Warren County,North Carolina
  • _UID: A701C6582ADFBA42A5D5B992F77384F4724A
  • Note:
    THEODORE DAVIS, a.k.a. TRIP DAVIS, appears to have been the father of JAMES T. DAVIS. In 1900, JAMES' family was enumerated as POWELL, for some reason or other, and TRIP was living with them. In checking earlier records, THEODORE lived within a couple of houses from JAMES and his family, and seems to have possibly been enumerated as ANDERSON DAVIS, in 1880. Because I am still investigating that and am not quite sure, I have not put it in my Sources Records, but here is what I found:
    1880 Warren County,NC,Fishing Creek, Dist 287,Image 20, #203/203:
    There also was a younger THEODORE DAVIS, born 1830, possibly listed as THOMAS DAVIS in 1880, who lived Warren County a few doors down from THEODORE "TRIP" DAVIS. I believe he was another son of this THEODORE, not only because of location but because he also had a son nicknamed, TRIP.
    THEODORE "TRIP" DAVIS and his children were former slaves of PETER R. DAVIS, of Warren County who died in 1850. The following are records from the Estate of PETER R. DAVIS, along with brief entries from records concerning the P. R. DAVIS' family, including his parents, grandparents, and his siblings who were the benefiaries of his estate.

    Confirmed these relationships and ages from the Estate Records of PETER R. DAVIS, May Court 1850. State Archives CR.100.508, Warren County Will Book 41. List of Negroes and their ages, as well as known on the 1st of January 1850 belonging to PETER R. DAVIS Estate, those born up to 1st Nov. 1850:
    PENNY, 90 DANIEL, 67 JIM BRACY, 67 CHARLES HAMILTON, 59 LEGACY GLOSTER, 64 DICK, 56 LEWIS, SNOW, 55 HARRY, 55 SY, 52 ISHAM-MACKLIN, 51 JOE, 46 GUILFORD, 46 TRIP, 44 **** MOSES (YANCY), 41 ISHAM (YANCY) LEWIS-TARVER, 40 JOHN, 67 SAM-POWELL, 64 GRANDISON, 39 JIM, slow, 35 DANIEL, son of John, 28 WASHINGTON, 33 DANIEL, son of Daniel, 27 BOB, son of Daniel, 25 PETER X Jr, son of POLLY, 30 ALEXANDER, son of Polly, 33 WILLIAM, son of Polly, 28 ALLEN, son of Polly, 26 SIMON, son of Polly, 24 ISRAEL, son of Polly, 22
    KINCHEN, 38 Legacy LITTLE-GRACE, 62 ELIZA, daughter of Little Grace, 29 MARY, daughter of Little Grace, 37 HENRY , son of Little Grace, 27 GEORGE-LODY(?) , son of Little Grace GLASGOW (AMBROSE), 21 CELY (died in 1846), 59 MARY, daughter of Cely, 39 SUCKEY, daughter of Cely, 36 THAMER, daughter of Cely, 32 ELSY, daughter of Cely, 30 JUDY, daughter of Cely, 21 JULIA (died in 1842), 40 SYLVY, daughter of Julia, 29 MAHALY, daughter of Julia, 26 WILLIS, son of Julia, 24 REBECCA, daughter of Julia, 22 PHIL, son of Julia, 16 POLLY DANCY, 50 RODY, 60 ELIZA, bought of DRAKE, 38 PAT , bought of Tho J. DAVIS, 38 ARTHUR, child of Pat , 22 FRANK child of Pat, 21 ESTER, 42 **** AGGY, 45 52 in number over MARIAH-MACON, 55 MARTHA, child of Mariah, 28 JIM, son of Mariah, 26 PATRICK, son of Mariah, 24 LUCY JOHNSON, 39 DINAH, 60 NANCY, daughter of Dinah, 34 VICE, daughter of Dinah,, 27 EMELINE, daughter of Dinah, 25 DELIAH, daughter of Dinah, 23 KEMP, son of Deliah, 1 GLASGOW, Senr, 66 MARY POWER, 28 HANNAH, 58 CHANY, daughter of Julia X Died, 13 SANDY, son of AGGY, 18 X MATTHEW, son of Aggy died in 1849 ALFRED, son of ELIZA, 18 TOM, son of ESTER, 20 **** SUMMER, son of Ester, 18 **** JERRY, son of Ester, 15 **** JIM, son of Ester, 10 **** DAVY, son of Ellen, 19 LOUISA, daughter of Ellen, 13 AARON, son of Julia, 10 CUFFY, son of Pat, 19 SALLY, daughter of Pat, 17 HENDERSON, son of Pat, 13 FANNY, daughter of Pat, 4 SPENCER, son of Pat, 2 NANCY, daughter of Pat, 1 month EPHRAIM, Child of Lucy Johnson, 16 CHARLOTTE, Child of Lucy Johnson, 13 PHOEBY Child of Lucy Johnson, 11 SOLOMON, Child of Lucy Johnson, 8 BECKY, daughter of Nancy, 18 LUANA, daughter of Nancy, 16 DANIEL HAWKINS, son of Nancy, 14 CLARA, daughter of Nancy, 12 ANGELINA, daughter of Nancy, 9 AMANDA, daughter of Nancy, 7 BRITTANIA, daughter of Nancy, 5 NED, son of Nancy, 2 WILLIS, son of Nancy, 2 months ORRAN, son of Mary Lynn, 18 45 in number AGNES, daughter of Mary Glasgow, 17 HESTER, daughter of Mary Glasgow, 15 MINERVA, daughter of Mary Glasgow, 12 VICTORIA, daughter of Mary Glasgow, 9 MARY GRACE, daughter of Mary Glasgow, 6 MARTHA ANN, daughter of Mary Glasgow, 4 ADAM, son of Glasgow, 1 JANE, daughter of Sucky, 17 LEN, son of Sucky, 15 NORVELL, son of Sucky, 11 FRANCES, daughter of Sucky, 9 HANSON, son of Sucky, 7 HUGH, son of Suckey, 4 LITTLE-LEWIS, son of Sucky, 2 SARAH, daughter of Suckey, 1 month ARTHUR, son of Dinah, 17 WILLIAM HENRY, son of Mary POWER, 9 HAYWOOD, son of Mary Power, 6 HORACE, son of Mary Power, 4 HARRIET, Daughter of Mary Power, 2 HARRIETT, daughter of Elsy, 16 MILLY, daughter of Elsy, 11 CASWELL, son of Elsy, 9 WINNEY, daughter of Elsy, 7 CELY ANN, daughter of Elsy, 4 JANE, daughter of Elsy, 2 MARY, daughter of Elsy, 3 months MILLY, daughter of Eliza and Ellick, 12 ELIZABETH, daughter of Eliza and Ellick, 10 MARGARITT, son of Eliza and Ellick, 5 ALEXANDER, son of Eliza and Ellick, 3 GRACE, daughter of Sylvy, 12 CHARLES, son of Sylvy, 10 DELHA, daughter of Sylvy, 4 BEN JORDAN, son of Sylvy, 4 months JULIANN, daughter of Mahala, 11 CHARLOTTE, daughter of Mahala, 7 DICK, son of Mahala , 5 SYRUS, son of Eveline, 9 DURELL, son of Eveline, 3 DIONYSIA, son of Eveline, 2 DAWSON, son of Delila, Died in 1848, 5 WESLEY, son of Judy, 6 SALUDA, son of Judy, 5 TOM, son of Judy, 3 JIM, son of Martha Macon, 10 GEORGE, son of Martha Macon, 8 ARTHUR, son of Martha Macon, 6 THOMAS, son of Martha Macon, 2}Twin ESAW, son of Martha Macon, 2 }Twin SIMON, son of Becca, 2, died in June 1850 ELLEN, daughter of Betty, who is dead, 3 BETSY Ann, daughter of Betty, 1 LILLY, daughter of Vice, 3 PEGGY, daughter of Vice, 1 month PAUL, son of Emily, 3 RALPH, son of Emily, 6 months LOUISA, daughter of Becca, 2 SARAH, daughter of Becca, 1 month RANSON, son of Luana, 1 month HENRITTA Sommervill, 38 POLLY, daughter of Henritta, 10 SABRINA, daughter of Henritta, 8 FANNY, daughter of Henritta, 6 TONY, son of Henritta, 4 ANN, daughter of Thamer, 2 VIRGINIA, daughter of Aggy, 2 MARCUS GEORGE, son of Sally, 2 months ROBERT PETE, son of DELIAH, 2 BALAAM about, 70 WILLIS HAYWOOD, 44 DINAH, 60 given to Jacob Davis 52 45 59 6 164 Total List of Negroes Feby Court 1851 Recorded Pursuant to Order Page 117 Jno W. White Clk
    In Will Book 41, Pg. 90-91:
    In obedience to an order of Court for Warren County made at the November Term 1850, we the undersigned commissioners met on Monday the 16th day of December and proceeded to divide the negroes belonging to the Estate of Peter R. Davis deceased as follows (viz):
    Among the slaves who went to the following:
    Lot No.1 to MRS. ELIZABETH PITCHFORD's 4 children (PETER's sister ELIZABETH, whose husband, STERLING PITCHFORD, died in 1822):
    JERRY - Valued at $650

    ELIZABETH DAVIS-PITCHFORD, was born 1789/died 1875.

    JERRY must have gone to the family of NANCY D. PITCHFORD, who was married to HENRY FOOTE JR. in 1832, that is probably why he sometimes adopted using the FOOTE surname.


    Lot No. 2 to JOHN B. POWELL (husband of PETER's sister NANCY):
    TRIPPE - Valued at $350

    JOHN B. POWELL married NANCY DAVIS on Feb. 14, 1804 Warren Co.,NC.
    In his Warren Co. will probated May Court 1858, he mentions that the slaves he received from PETER R. DAVIS were to be divided up between his 3 children WILLIAM MORGAN POWELL (mar: EMILY KEARNEY), PETER D. POWELL (mar: ELIZABETH WHITMELL WILLIAMS) & MARY A. T. NEWELL (wife of WILLIAM P. NEWELL) ; he also gave his daughter, MARY, a slave named EMMA, I don't know if she could have been EMMA CLANTON who married JAMES T. DAVIS.
    Lot No. 3 to DR. STEVEN/STEPHEN DAVIS (brother of PETER):
    TOM - Valued at $800

    STEPHEN DAVIS married SALLY E. JOHNSTON on Feb. 23, 1815 Warren Co.,NC.
    STEPHEN DAVIS (1786- 1857) his will probated Nov. 1857 gives 50 slaves and his land near Shocco to his son PETER R. DAVIS, who was married to CATHERINE WHITE on Nov. 5, 1839 in Warren Co. his daughters SARAH AMIS & MARY EATON were dead by that time, and son HUGH J. DAVIS didn't receive any slaves, only land and other property. JAMES W. EATON, probably his son-in-law, was allowed to keep a number of slaves that he had taken from Granville to Arkansas.
    Lot No. 4 to the children of MRS. POLLY KEARNEY (sister of PETER R. DAVIS):
    SUMMER - Valued at $800
    ESTHER - Valued at $200
    JIM - Valued at $400

    MARY POLLY DAVIS was married to EDWARD KEARNEY on June 5, 1815 in Warren Co.,NC.
    EDWARD KEARNEY's will, probated May 1868, made no mention of his wife, so I assume she was dead by that time. Their children named in his will were HENDERSON KEARNEY & JANE HOOPER, not mentioned was daughter AMANDA, who had married SAMUEL DAVIS on March 11, 1847 Warren Co., although SAMUEL was mentioned as being EDWARD's son-in-law. Of interest is that SAMUEL DAVIS (son of BURWELL DAVIS) was living next door to my LOUIS DAVIS, b. 1827, family in 1880.
    Further research on the slaveowners family shows that PETER R. DAVIS was the son of MATTHEW T. DAVIS & MARY MADDRAY-DAVIS, and that the widow MARY DAVIS received a number of slaves upon her husband's death in 1827, namely GEORGE, SEALEY, EASTER, ISHAM, TEMPERANCE, & REAMUS, it's very possible that EASTER was ESTHER, especially since that was what she was called on JAMES DAVIS marriage license.
    MATTHEW T. DAVIS was the son of PETER DAVIS (d. 1804) & AMY _____?; his 2nd wife was HANNAH TURNER (d. 1826) DAVIS, all of these families were of Warren County, North Carolina.
    PETER DAVIS, d. 1804, received the following slaves from his father-in-law, THOMAS TURNER (WB 5/36, will dated April 30, 1788, probated Nov. 1788 Warren Co.,NC): EASTER, DRURY, DAVY, FEREBERRY & ARTHUR; the will specified that the slaves were to revert to the children of HANNAH (TURNER) DAVIS upon her death, and according to noted researcher Forrest King, they were PETER DAVIS' first slaves. It is very possible that these slaves were my ancestors.
    (Forrest King's DAVIS & DUKE Family History is here: )
  • Change Date: 23 Jun 2015 at 21:00:39

    Marriage 1 Esther DAVIS b: 1807 in Warren County, North Carolina
      1. Has Children Thomas Theodore DAVIS b: 1829 in Warren County,North Carolina
      2. Has Children Sumner DAVIS b: 1832 in Warren County, North Carolina
      3. Has No Children Jerry Davis FOOTE b: 1834 in Warren County, North Carolina
      4. Has Children James Trip DAVIS b: Feb 1839 in Warren County,North Carolina

      1. Title: U.S. Federal Census
        Note: 1870 Warren County,North Carolina,Township 8,Image 15,#112/112:.
        THEODORE DAVIS - 60 - B - FARM LABORER - /$10 (Personal) - NC

        (1 door from JOHN & EMMA DAVIS).
      2. Title: U.S. Federal Census
      3. Title: U.S. Federal Census
        Note: 1900 Warren County,North Carolina,Fishing Creek Twp,T623,Roll 1222,Pg.6,#94/94:.
        JAMES POWELL - B - FEB1842 - 58 - M- 30 - NC NC NC - FARMER
        LUCY POWELL (wife) - B - APR1850 - 50 - M - 30 - 5 - 5 - NC NC NC
        WILLIAM POWELL(son) - B - MAY1882 - 18 - S - NC NC NC - FARM LABORER
        BALDY POWELL (son) - B - FEB1886 - 14 - S - NC NC NC - FARM LABORER
        ENOLIA POWELL (dau) - B - APR1887 - 13 - S - NC NC NC
        TRIP POWELL(father) - B - APR1810 - 90 - WD - NC NC NC

        (Family enumerated as "POWELL" that year).

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