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Franklin County, North Carolina
|PLANTATION NAME:||ARCHIBALD H. DAVIS PLANTATION (CYPRESS HALL)|
|ASSOCIATED LINK(s):||Massenburg Plantation, Vine Hill Plantation|
|OWNER:||Archibald H. Davis (1799-1854); now the home of the descendants of A.W. Wilson, who purchased the property in 1896|
|ASSOCIATED SURNAMES:||Davis, Kearney, Hilliard, Williams|
Archibald Hilliard Davis, b. June 3, 1799/d. Nov. 18, 1854, was the son of Archibald Davis (1766-1821) & Elizabeth Jane Hilliard (1769-1816), who inherited what would become Cypress Hall Plantation, along with 13 slaves, when his father died in 1821. Archibald & Elizabeth Hilliard-Davis had married in 1789, and had 12 Children, 10 of which survived to adulthood. When Archibald Jr. inherited the plantation from his father, at that time it contained 1153 acres. Archibald Sr.'s entire holdings in 1821 was nearly 5000 acres of land, with nearly 100 Slaves, which were divided up among his children. Archibald H. Davis married 1st in 1827 to Lucy Cargill Massenburg (b. Dec. 31, 1802/d. May 7, 1835), no children; 2nd, on Oct. 19, 1837, to Caroline Cornelia Kearney (dau/of William Kinchen Kearney & Maria Alston, of Warren Co., NC), with whom he had 6 children. Archibald's 1st wife was the sister of the owner of Woodleaf Plantation, a.k.a. the Massenburg Plantation, Nicholas B. Massenburg.
48 Slaves in 1830; 83 Slaves in 1850. In 1860, Nicholas B. Massenburg served as the Executor for the Estate of A. H. Davis, with 67 Slaves and 10 Slave houses listed, in addition to those belonging to Massenburg.
Following are transcriptions of some of the records from the Estate.
|Names of the Slaves Belonging to the Estate of A. H. DAVIS:|
List Rendered by W. K. DAVIS
*Note: these were marked in groups together and appear to have been Family groups*
ARCHIBALD H. DAVIS Estate 1854
AMEY & Child ALBERT
|Lot No. 2:
MARY (JOB) & Child ADELINE
KITTY & Child AUSTIN
|Lot No. 3:
COATNEY & Child PETER
LOUIZANA & Child BENJAMIN
|Lot No. 4:
PATSEY & Child ATSEY
DINAH & Child JIM
|Lot No. 5-Drawn by T. W. DAVIS:
CHARITY & Child JULIA ANN
Lot No.5 was drawn by THOMAS W. DAVIS to which the sum of eighty nine
dollars is due in money to equalize the division, which makes this lot
amount to the sum of seven thousand four hundred and twenty nine dollars
which is an equal share.
After the drawing of the lots, it was made known to us by the Executor, who represents the undivided shares of the four girls, that the woman "LUCY" who was drawn in Lot No. 5, by THOMAS W. DAVIS, would be of "Material Service" to the girls, she being the washer, ironer & overlooker of their clothes, and the said THOMAS W. DAVIS being willing to exchange her for the boy "LOGAN" who was in Lot No. 4, we made the exchange and put the boy LOGAN in his lot instead of the woman "LUCY", which causes his lot to be overpaid the of of one hundred and one dollars which sum he is to pay into the hands of the Executor and as he is willing to pay the farther sum of Sixty dollars, over and above the value assessed by us on the boy "LOGAN" for the exchange, we cannot see how it can be otherwise viewed than advantageous to the four undivided shares and we respectfully recommend that it be confirmed by your Honourable Court. After putting the said THOMAS W. DAVIS in possession of the share drawn by him, we left the four undivided slaves in the hands of the Executor to be kept in "common" for the four girls namely MARIA A. ELIZABETH H, LUCY M., and REBECCA B. DAVIS.
Respectfully submitted to the Hon. Court of Equity, Fall Term 1862 under our hands & seals, December 27 1861.
J. E. LANKFORD
W. D. WEBB
THOMAS W. DAVIS
N. B. MASSENBURG, W.H.A. KEARNEY & OTHERS
Division of Slaves
North Carolina, Franklin County
Registered in Book No. 32 & Page 576, June 11, 1863
H. THOMAS, P.R.
|See Will of Archibald H. Davis, 1854|
A. H. Davis' sister, Harty Hodges Davis
(1793-1868), was married to Robert W. Williams (1792-1822; son of William
Williams & Elizabeth Kinchen Kearney) who was the owner of
Plantation in Franklin Co. Their son, Archibald Davis Williams
(1821-1904) inherited that plantation. Harty's other son, Robert Edgar
Williams (1817-1904) was married to Valeria Virginia Kearney (1822-1907; dau/of
William K. Kearney & Maria Alston); Robert E. was the owner of
Plantation in Warren Co. Also of note is that Robert W. Williams' sister,
Marina P. Williams (1810-1897) who was married to George W. Alston
(1801-1849), was the owner of Cherry Hill Plantation in Warren Co. A.. H.
Davis' first wife, Lucy C. Massenburg, was the daughter of Cargill
Massenburg & Ann Bryar, who were the parents of Nicholas B. Massenburg of
Photo courtesy of Jared Sawyers; National Register of Historic Places Application; Archibald H. Davis Will 1854, WB O, Pg. 350; Davis-Massenburg Family Bible; Kearney Family Bible, William K. Kearney Family Bible , Williams-Polk-Davis Bible; Ben & Silvester Massenburg Family Bible; Nicholas Bryar Massenburg Papers 1823-1908
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