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  • ID: I07198
  • Name: Robert* Davis 1
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: ABT 1699 in perhaps King William Co., VA
  • Death: AFT 5 SEP 1771 in Natchez ( then GA or West FL), MS
  • Reference Number: 7198
  • Note:
    We are not certain where Robert was born, though some say King William County, Virginia and believe Nathaniel was his father; he names his first son Nathaniel, and I have carried the family as shown here.

    Anna Cartlidge notes that Robert, having lost his land in Amherst Co., Va. in a disputed filing by a Nicholas Davies, removed to Natchez, Miss. (then a part of Ga.), by July, 1759, where "...we find him in Georgia with his wife, five children, and thirteen slaves, petitioning for a grant on the south side of the Sapala River known by the name of Cedar Point." Those in his will to whom he leaves money are the children who remained east.

    Robert is said to have had three wives.... His children appear to range over decades, and he lived until he was quite old. His will was dated September 5th, 1771, and it was proved in 1773. (Or 1790.) Carol Seales notes that we have no proof of these wives, except Grace who is named in his will.

    Very kindly, Carol S. Seales , sent me the following in January, 2002:

    ".... he married 3 times, so the span in the children's birthdates would be wide. He acquired a large amount of land in Amherst county, but failed to patent it correctly. Nicholas Davies came along and entered the patents on Robert Davis' land and because it was not properly patented before, the courts awarded all of Robert's land to Nicholas. My guess is that this made Robert so angry, he left for the territories.... After Robert lost his large acreage in VA, he and his 3rd wife Grace with their sons Lewis, Landon and Hugh moved to the Southern Territory. Many entries can be found in the Natchez court records, but also in the Georgia Records and sometimes sources state Florida. The documents list such rivers as Thompson Creek and the Homochitto River.... (Editor-- of course Natchez lay variously in Spanish and French hands, as well as being in Florida, West Florida, and Ga. before coming to rest in Mississippi.)

    "I am descended from Mary Davis, youngest sister of Thomas, daughter of Robert Davis, Jr. and Jane Jopling. Mary Davis married a Edward McCown. I have yet to find the marriage for Edward and Mary, but Thomas deeded land in Bullitt Co, KY (part of the original 900 acres) to Edward and Mary, "for the love and affection Thomas has for his sister Polly". They moved to Harrison County, IN.... Carol Seales"

    Referring to John Floyd's wedding to Matilda Burford in 1768, Anna Cartlidge writes: "Among their wedding presents was a grant from John's maternal uncle, Robert Davis, Jr., of twenty-six acres on the east side of Wilderness Creek in Amherst County. (Amherst Deed Book B, p. 372. Land surveyed on 2 December 1768 on the south branch of Maple Creek of Pedlar River).... John was to develop this into a farm he called Arcadia."

    In February 2005, Alex Luken found this below cached but without attribution:


    Robert (4) had seven children. Nathaniel Davis II (5) was the oldest.

    The Davis Family continued to be fur traders until about 1750. One fur station is thought to be one mile above the mouth of Otter Creek. In 1753, Robert Davis (4) and his family stopped fur trading for plantation life. Robert built a plantation above the Lawrence Creek (Otter). However, Robert lost this plantation to Nicholas Davies (sic) because he had neglected to get a proper title for this property.

    It was around 1750 that Nicholas Davies came into this peaceful settlement with land grants. These land grants caused Robert Davis and Nicholas Davies to quarrel over who had a right to this land. However, since land grants were recognized over squatter rights, Robert had to leave the county. He moved to the neighborhood of Raleigh, North Carolina. He afterwards moved to Florida and settled on an Island in the St. John's River, where both he and his second wife died years later. (editor: no, he moved to Natchez on the Mississippi, then part of West Florida. See his will below)

    Nathaniel Davis II (5) eldest son of Robert, married, in Amherst in 1752, Elizabeth Atkins. He lived at the place known as the "Old Orchard," and during the Revolutionary War he was engaged in the manufacture of fire arms. Nathaniel and Elizabeth had eleven children.

    Charles Burks Davis (6) eldest son of Nathaniel and Elizabeth (Atkins) Davis of Amherst County, married June 30, 1782, Rosanna Ellis, born November 30, 1755, the youngest daughter of Charles and Susanna (Harding) Ellis, of "Red Hill," Amherst County. The Ellis family, tradition says, is of Welsh extraction and traced to John Ellis, emigrant from Wales, who settled on Peter's Creek in Henrico County. He was born about the 1661 and emigrated in 1683. Rosanna (Ellis) Davis is buried in the family burying ground at "Red Hill." In Hardesty's Encyclopedia, we find on page 409 among the listed Revolutionary soldiers from Amherst County, the names of both Charles Davis and Nathaniel Davis.

    Charles Lewis Davis (7), born February 4, 1784, eldest son of Charles and Rosanna Davis married (second wife) September 16, 1816, Nancy Morris, daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth (Sallings) Morris, of Amherst County, Va. Charles Lewis Davis died September 18, 1849 and his wife October 4, 1862.

    William "Ludwell" Davis (8) was the 12th child of Charles and Nancy Davis. He was born June 22, 1826. He married Sarah Turpin, daughter of Roland and Margaret (Logwood) Turpin, of Bedford County, Va. Sarah and William "Ludwell" had 9 children, one of which was Charles Lucian Davis I (9).

    Charles Lucian Davis (9) was born on August 22, 1873. His Death occured on September 19, 1912. Charles married Rose Willie White on July 18, 1900. In 1903 Charles had Typhoid Fever. This left him with weakened kidneys or what is now called Nephritis. He was 39 years old when he died of a massive stroke after having had several slight ones two years prior to his death.

    After their marriage, Charles bought the farm which was a part of the White Plains Plantation. This was a part of the original land owned by Robert Davis (4) in 1720. It also included some acreage from the Home Tract of Charles Davis (6) who married Rosanna Ellis in 1782. The land was bought at the estate sale of William "Ludwell" Davis (8) and Sarah Turpin.


    In his 1783 will, John provides: " I give to the youngest son of Robert Davis, decd, twenty five acres of land in Amherst where I formally lived it being the land I had from his father, to him and his heirs forever. I give all my other lands in Amherst to my father to be disposed of as he shall think fit."

    This will kindly transcribed and given me by Ruth McConigly: Note "Obediah Floyd" who is of course our Abadiah or Abby, William's wife:


    Will of Robert Davis of Georgia
    Adams County (Natchez) Mississippi
    Book __, Pages 237 - 239
    dated 5 September 1771

    In the name of God, Amen, I Robert Davis of the Province of Georgia, being very sick and weak of body but of perfect memory thanks to be given to (me?), calling unto the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all once to die, do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament that at is to say; principally and first of all I give and commend my soul unto the hands of Almighty God who gave it, and my body I recommend to be buried with a decent christian burial at the discretion of my Executors, noting same in the following manner and form. First; I give and bequeath to my well beloved son Lewis Davis two negro slaves, Bowling and Phobe, with a feather bed and its' furniture. Secondly; I give and bequeath unto my well beloved son Landon Davis, two negro slaves, Sam and Sarah, with a feather bed and its' furniture. Thirdly; I give and bequeath unto my well beloved son Hugh Davis, three negro slaves, Roger, Joe, and Cochena, with a feather bed and its' furniture. Fourthly; I give and bequeath unto my well beloved wife Grace Davis, one negro girl, Hannah, forever, with a feather bed and furniture. Fifthly; I lend unto my well beloved Grace Davis, four negro Negro slaves with their increase, named as follows; Charles, Peg, Harry and Ivy, during her widowhood, and out of the income of the four negroes, Charles, Peg, Harry, and Ivy, to maintain, clothe, school, and bring up my son Hugh Davis till he comes to the age of twenty years. If the said Grace Davis should marry or die, then the said four negroes, Charles, Peg, Harry, and Ivy, with their increase shall be equally divided between Lewis Davis, Landon Davis, and Hugh Davis share and share alike; and if either of my three sons, Lewis, Landon, and Hugh shall die before the said four slaves with their increase are divided among the survivors that shall be then living; Sixthly; I give unto my well beloved son Nathaniel Davis, twenty Shillings lawful money of Great Britain, likewise I give unto my well beloved son Isom Davis, twenty Shillings lawful money of Great Britain, also I give unto my well beloved son Robert Davis, twenty Shillings lawful money of Great Britain, I also give to my beloved daughter Obediah Floyd twenty Shillings lawful money of Great Britain, I also give to my beloved daughter Sarah ***rks twenty Shillings lawful money of Great Britain, I also give to my beloved daughter Elizabeth Sexton twenty Shillings lawful money of Great Britain. Seventhly, I give and bequeath unto my three sons Lewis, Landon, and Hugh all the remaining part of my estate real and personal to be equally divided among them share and share alike when the youngest child reaches the age of twenty one years. Lastly, I do hereby constitute, nominate, and appoint my two sons Lewis Davis and Landon Davis and the survivors **** them Executors and Executor of this my last Will and Testament, to pay all my lawful debts and to will out all legacy or legacies as is above mentioned in this my last Will and Testament. In Natchez whereof I have set my hand and seal the fifth day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand Seven hundred and Seventy One

    In perfect senses in ****************** as Witness hereunto Robert Davis (seal)

    Witness Thomas Spell Hager Spell Starling Spell

    Court records in Natchez -- Court Book E, p 237, 5 Feb 1791 (Galveztown) -- concerning an estate argument between Martha Davis Foley and her former husband's brothers show that

    -- Grace, widow of Robert DAVIS, died in the year 1784.

    -- Obediah (DAVIS) is spelled with an "O." (Editor -- yes, frequently, although the prevailing name usage is with Abadiah...)

    -- Martha, widow of [1] Lewis Davis, married a [2] Foley. (see above)

    -- Lewis, Landon, and Hugh DAVIS have made a settlement... on June 12, 1790 in Galveztown on the estate of their father. (editor-- confusing in the papers because Lewis died before his mother, as is noted elsewhere...)

    (These glimmerings and research in the Adams Co. CH are courtesy of a Davis researcher who declines to be noted here).

    Father: Nathaniel* or Robert Davis b: 1676 in VA, or perhaps Barbados
    Mother: Abadiah* Lewis b: ABT 1676 in VA, or perhaps Barbados

    Marriage 1 Abediah Lewis* b: ABT 1705 in probably VA
    • Married: ABT 1719 1
    1. Has Children Nathaniel Davis b: ABT 1720 in Amherst Co., VA ?
    2. Has Children Robert Davis , Jr. b: ABT 1722
    3. Has No Children Samuel Davis b: ABT 1724
    4. Has No Children Mary (Sarah?) Davis b: ABT 1726
    5. Has No Children Elizabeth Davis b: ABT 1728
    6. Has Children Abadiah* Abigail Davis b: ABT 1730 in Accomac Co., VA

    Marriage 2 Anna Atkins b: ABT 1728
    • Married: ABT 1752
    1. Has No Children Absalom Davis b: ABT 1755

    Marriage 3 Grace b: ABT 1730
    • Married: ABT 1756
    1. Has Children Lewis Davis b: ABT 1757 in Amherst Co., VA
    2. Has No Children Hugh Davis b: ABT 1759
    3. Has No Children Landon Davis b: ABT 1762

    1. Title: Carol S. Seales , sent me this information in January, 2002
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