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LAKE O' THE WOODS

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 Inez, Warren County, North Carolina

 

PLANTATION NAME: LAKE O' THE WOODS
ASSOCIATED LINK(s): Long Branch
ORIGINAL OWNER: Edward Davis (1806-1895)
BUILT: 1829
ASSOCIATED SURNAMES: Davis, Powell, Pitchford
HISTORY:

Edward Davis (1806-1895) was the son of Burwell Davis (1756-1846) and Martha Hawkins, who was the daughter of Isham Hawkins & Amy Roane, of Halifax Co.,NC. Edward was married in 1829 to Rebecca Pitchford (1812-1900) the daughter of Sterling Pitchford & Elizabeth Davis (daughter of Matthew Davis & Mary Madray). When he married in 1829, Edward's father gave him and his new bride a piece of land near Warrenton, which is where they built their home, Lake O' the Woods, the name of which was derived from a natural lake on the property.
Edward and Rebecca Pitchford-Davis had 8 children:
Matthew Smart Davis (1830-1906) m: Sarah Louise Hill
Burwell Pitchford Davis (1833-1901) m: Caroline Allen
George Washington Davis (1835-1909) m: Rebecca Jane Johnson
Mary Davis (1836- ) m: James Harris
Weldon Edward Davis (1838-1863) unmarried - died in Civil War
Thomas Edward Davis (1845-1864) unmarried - died in Civil War
Pattie Bet Davis (1852-1915) m: Frank Nicholas Egerton
William Edward Davis (1859-1937) m:1st) Mamie Dameron 2nd) Blanche Egerton

Burwell Davis was the son of Peter Davis & Amy _____. Burwell and Martha Hawkins-Davis had following children:
Sallie Davis - m: Henry Betty; they moved to TN
Richard Davis - m: Winnie Powell; Richard was killed by Thomas Christmas in 1839, and Christmas was executed in May 1840 for the crime
Jane Davis (nicknamed "Jennie") - m: William Powell
Samuel Davis - m: Amanda Kearney
Nancy Davis - m: Simon Peter Fleming
Edward Davis (often called Ned)- m: Rebecca Pitchford
John Shakespeare Davis -m: Martha Blount Powell
Isham Davis - Never married
Lucy Davis - Never married


 

SLAVE POPULATION: Edward Davis had 11 Slaves in 1840. He had 30 Slaves  in 1850; and he had 39 Slaves, 7 slave houses in 1860. Burwell Davis had 35 Slaves in 1840.

BURWELL DAVIS (1756-1846) was the father of EDWARD DAVIS. In the Will of BURWELL DAVIS, the following Slaves were distributed:

To son EDWARD DAVIS:
FANNY, CHARITY, ELIZA, NELSON, JOE and DEMPS

To daughter SALLY BETTY:
PATIENCE and her 4 daughters named HICKS, CAROLINE, BETT and JUDY

To daughter JANE POWELL:
CHERRY, and her three children MOSES, LUCY and BILL

To daughter NANCY FLEMING:
EASTER and her four children named CHERRY, MAHALY, MALLISSA and ALLY

To son JOHN S. DAVIS:
ANSON, DICK, RODY, SARAH and ELLEN

Lend to WINIFRED DAVIS, widow of my son RICHARD DAVIS, and at her death to give to BURWELL's daughter, JANE POWELL:
NATHAN
 

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Edward Davis' brother, Richard Davis, died in 1839, and he left the following Slaves to the family:

To Brother EDWARD DAVIS - Slave named LUCINDA

To Wife WINIFRED DAVIS Slaves: STEPHEN, LUCY, MALISSA, NATHAN, KINCHEN, and PLEASANT. Also a life estate in  Old AMY, ELIJAH, MATILDA, SAM, CHARLES, BOB, MARY, MARTHA, and YOUNG AMY, who revert to Nephew JOHN B. POWELL,  after the death of WINIFRED.

To Niece ELIZA H. POWELL Slaves:  MARY and MARTHA, who revert to her upon the death of wife WINIFRED.

To Brother SAMUEL DAVIS Slave: DICK

To  Brother JOHN S. DAVIS Slave:  SARAH

To Sister NANCY D. FLEMING Slave: ISHAM
 

 

RESEARCH NOTES: Lake O' the Woods is now an Events venue, which is offered as a lovely location for marriages and marriage receptions, and other such events

MISCELLANEOUS: National Register of Historic Places ; Lake O' the Woods on Wikipedia ; Lake O' the Woods History ; NCSU Libraries: Built Heritage ; Will of Burwell Davis, Warren Co, NC, WB39,Pg.183; Will of Richard Davis,Warren Co,NC, WB37,Pg.155; Research of Florence Egerton Underhill on the Egerton, Davis and Pitchford families

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