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ARCHIBALD H. DAVIS PLANTATION, a.k.a. CYPRESS HALL

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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
BUILT: ca 1830's
ASSOCIATED SURNAMES: Davis, Kearney, Hilliard, Williams
HISTORY:

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.

SLAVE POPULATION:

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:
1- ROBERSON
2- DICK
3- TOM
4- LORENZO
5- COLUMBUS
6- HENRY
7- ABRAM
8- JESSIE
9- JIM
10-POMPEY
11-OSCAR
12-GEORGE
13-OSHEON
14-GUILFORD

15-CAROLINE*
16-AMANDA*
17-SAMUEL*
18-HARRIET*

19-COATNEY*
20-MELVILLE*
21-LUCY*
22-PETER*

23-AMY*
24-PLUMMER*
25-WILLIAM*
26-SALLY ANN*
27-CLARA*
28-ALBERT*

29-SUSAN
30-DOLLY
31-HAGAR

32-KITTY*
33-LOGAN*
34-MARGARET*
35-POLLY*
36-JOB*
37-AUSTIN*
 
38-MARY*
39-PATSY*
40-ADELINE*

41-LOUSIANA*
42-DOLLY*
43-FRANCIS*
44-RAINY*
45-BENJAMIN*

46-DINAH*
47-FRIDAY*
48-YORK*
49-JIM*

50-ADA*
51-MISSOURI*

52-CHARITY*
53-JULY ANN*
54-PATSY*
55-ATSY*

56-LOUISA
57-ZILPHY
58-CHERRY
59-TABBY
60-SILVA
61-ALFRED
62-DENNIS
63-EATON
64-NED
65-ALBERT
66-LUCY
 
List Rendered by W. K. DAVIS

*Note: these were marked in groups together and appear to have been Family groups*

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ARCHIBALD H. DAVIS Estate 1854
Franklin County, NC

State of North Carolina, Franklin County
Court of Equity
Fall Term 1861

THOMAS W. DAVIS vs N. B. MASSENBURG,
W.H.A. KEARNEY & OTHERS

In obedience to the "Decretal Order" in the above recited cause, we the Commissioners therein named after being sworn proceeded on the 27th day of December 1861 to divide the Slaves, Sixty Six in number, as mentioned in said order, belonging to the estate of the late A. H. DAVIS between THOMAS W. DAVIS and his four infant sisters viz, MARIA A., ELIZABETH H., LUCY M. & REBECCA B. DAVIS as follows.
After assessing the value of each Slave the aggregate value of the whole number being $37,265.00, from which sum we deducted (old) DOLLY, who is a charge on the estate to the amount of $120.00, which leaves the sum of $37,145.00 subject to division, one fifth part of which, or the sum of $7429.00 is due to each share. We placed them in lots as follows:

Lot No.1:
OSCAR
OSSIAN
YORK
ALBERT
CHERRY
AMEY & Child ALBERT
(little) DOLLY
CAROLINE
WILLIAM
SALLY ANN
HARRIET
 
Lot No. 2:
HENRY
TOM (BOZIAR)
EATON
POMPEY
MARY (JOB) & Child ADELINE
KITTY & Child AUSTIN
SILVIA
MELVINA
POLLY
JOB
LUCY JR.
CLARA JR.
 
Lot No. 3:
LONROZO
COLUMBUS
ABRAM
SAM
COATNEY & Child PETER
LOUIZA
LOUIZANA & Child BENJAMIN
HAGAR
SUSAN
GUILFORD
RANEY
 
Lot No. 4:
GEORGE
JESS
LOGAN
ALFRED
PATSEY & Child ATSEY
MISSOURI
AMANDA
FRANCES
DINAH & Child JIM
DENNIS
ADA
JIM (KEARNEY)
OLD DOLLY
 
Lot No. 5-Drawn by T. W. DAVIS:
DICK
NED
ROBINSON
FRIDAY
CHARITY & Child JULIA ANN
ZILPHIA
LUCY
MARGARET
PLUMMER
TABBY
PATSEY
 
The 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.

WISTAN PERRY
J. E. LANKFORD
H. HARRIS
CYRUS HARRIS
W. D. WEBB


THOMAS W. DAVIS
Vs
N. B. MASSENBURG, W.H.A. KEARNEY & OTHERS
Commissioners Report
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
RESEARCH NOTES:

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 Vine Hill 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 Myrtle Lawn 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 Woodleaf Plantation.

MISCELLANEOUS:

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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