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Slaves of Peter R. Davis

Contributed by Deloris Williams

List of the Slaves, and their ages, as well as known on the 1st of January 1850 belonging to PETER R. DAVIS Estate also those born up to 1st November 1850.  I am supplementing some of the names ** with info from Cohabitation Marriage records as well as from my own personal research. Many of these slaves took on the DAVIS surname, however, some of may have taken POWELL, KEARNEY, PITCHFORD, FOOTE, WILLIAMS and there were possibly others that further research may be found by those interested in finding their own families from these records. Of note is the fact that some of them had surnames in these records, but I advise you to do your research since they may not have kept those names after the end of slavery. The former slaves that I found were living in either Warren or Franklin Counties by 1870, some of their marriages can be found in the Franklin Co. Freedmen's Marriages and the Warren Co. Marriages 1865-1900. This division of the slaves of Peter R. Davis is a head start for those who may be descendants of these slaves.
 

PENNY, 90
DANIEL, 67  ** Davis surname, still alive in 1870
JIM BRACY, 67
X CHARLES HAMILTON, 59
Legacy GLOSTER, 64
DICK, 56
LEWIS SNOW, 55
HARRY, 55
SY, 52
ISHAM MACKLIN, 51
JOE, 46 ** Davis surname; married Rosetta Twitty in 1843
GUILFORD, 46 ** Davis surname; married Aggy Shearin in 1849
TRIP, 44  
**  born 1805; father of James Trip Davis, b. 1839, Sumner Davis, Thomas T. Davis, Jerry Davis-Foote
MOSES (YANCY), 41
ISHAM (YANCY)
LEWIS-TARVER, 40
JOHN, 67
SAM  POWELL, 64
GRANDISON, 39  ** Davis surname; married Fannie Somervill in 1842
JIM, slow, 35
DANIEL, son of John, 28
WASHINGTON, 33 ** Davis surname; married Lucy Hawkins in 1848
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 
X 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
X 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
X JULIA (died in 1842), 40
SYLVY, daughter of Julia, 29
MAHALY, daughter of Julia, 26
WILLIS, son of Julia, 24  ** Davis surname; married Frances Pegram in 1853
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  
** born 1807; mother to James Trip Davis, Sumner Davis, Thomas T. Davis, Jerry Davis-Foote
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    ** Davis surname; married Delia Christmas in 1856
TOM, son of Ester, 20    
 **born 1829, Davis surname; married to Emily Davis, b.1835
SUMMER, son of Ester, 18   
** born 1832, Davis surname; married in 1855 to Mary Davis, b. 1832
JERRY, son of Ester, 15 
        ** born 1834, Foote surname; married in 1866 to Mariah Goode
JIM, son of Ester, 10  
** born 1839,Davis surname; married  in 1862 to Emma Clanton; in 1875 to Lucy Lines-Williams 
DAVY, son of Ellen, 19
LOUISA, daughter of Ellen, 13
AARON, son of Julia, 10     **Davis surname; living in Warren in 1870 with wife Charlotte
CUFFY, son of Pat, 19
SALLY, daughter of Pat, 17
HENDERSON, son of Pat, 13   **Davis surname; married Winnie Christmas in 1865
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   **married Orange Davis in 1853; married Dolphus Williams Dec. 27, 1888
PHOEBY Child of Lucy Johnson, 11
SOLOMON, Child of Lucy Johnson, 8  **Davis surname; married Madenia Davis on Feb. 24, 1870
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     **Davis surname; married Tempy Brodie in 1863
WILLIS, son of Nancy, 2 months
ORRAN, son of Mary Lynn, 18    **Orange Davis; married Charlotte Davis in 1853
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    **Davis surname; married Eliza Davis in 1864
HUGH, son of Suckey, 4    **Davis surname; married 1st to Ellen  ___, 2nd to Frances Boyd on Dec. 30, 1873
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   **Davis surname; married to Harriet____
HARRIET, Daughter of Mary Power, 2
HARRIETT, daughter of Elsy, 16
MILLY, daughter of Elsy, 11
CASWELL, son of Elsy, 9      **Davis surname; married to Charity _____
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    **Davis surname; married Edy Green in 1860
DURELL, son of Eveline, 3   **(sometimes called Daniel)Davis surname; married Malissa Davis on Dec. 29, 1868
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
X 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 SOMERVILL, 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
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164 Total
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List of Negroes
Feby Court 1851
Recorded Pursuant to Order Page 117

Jno W. White Clk


  

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(according to the Raleigh Register, Peter’s wife, not named, died Feb. 10, 1845)
PETER R. DAVIS of Warrenton - 2 June 1836 - Probated May Court 1850 – WB 40/Page 297
Sister REBECCA WILLIAMS – land I received from my father, also two small tracts of land adjoining one of which was bought from KEARNEY, and the other at a Sheriff’s sale formerly property of THOMAS CLARK, also 1/5 part of my Negroes except KINCHEN and CHARLES. Sister NANCY POWELL – 1/5 part of my Negroes except KINCHEN and CHARLES. To the four children of my sister ELIZABETH PITCHFORD – 1/5 PART OF MY Negroes except KINCHEN and CHARLES. Sister POLLY KEARNEY – lend the use of 1/5 part of my Negroes except KINCHEN and CHARLES, until the older of my sister’s children arrives at the age of twenty-five, at which time the Negroes are to be divided between my sister’s children. Brother STEPHEN DAVIS - 1/5 part of all my Negroes, except KINCHEN and CHARLES. Nephew PETER DAVIS (son of STEPHEN DAVIS) – Negro CHARLES. Niece MARY WILLIAMS (daughter of my sister REBECCA WILLIAMS) – Negro KINCHEN. Friend GEORGE ANDERSON – all my right in the houses and lots where THOMAS REYNOLDS now lives in Warrenton, which belong jointly to the said GEORGE and myself. My executors are to sell all my horses except for the work horses selected by my brother STEPHEN. All monies, bank stock, etc. are to be divided into five shares as my Negroes are divided. Rest of estate to my brother STEPHEN.
Ex. Brother STEPHEN DAVIS, WILLIAM C. WILLIAMS
Wit. J. D. PLUNKETT, ROBERT STAMPER
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1850 Division of Slaves of Peter R. Davis, Warren County, North Carolina

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):
Lot No 1 To Mr. Pitchfords Children
SIMON valued at $850
WILLIS 800
SANDY 800
ARTHUR 800
WASHINGTON 600
MOSES 600
DANIEL SR. 50
HARRY 200
ISHAM YANCEY 275
MARY GRACE 400
HESTER 530
MINERVA 450
VICTORIA 300
MARY GRACE 275
MARTHA 200
ADAM 100
BETSY ANN 100
ELLEN 175
PAT 300
HENDERSON 500
MARTHA 275
FANNY 200
SPENCER 150
NANCY 75
DELIA 600
KEMP 150
ROBT PETE 75
JERRY 650
** Son of Esther & Trip
JUDY 500
WESLEY, SALUDA, TOM, AGNES 600

PENNY 75

12,225 TO RECEIVE 90.80=$12,315.80.

 

Lot No 2 To John B. Powell
ISRAEL Valued at $800
ARTHUR (C) 900
ALFRED 800
GRADISON 750
DANIEL 750
GLOSTER 25
CY 100
TRIPPE 350
** Father of Esther's children
WILLIS (H) 450
NANCY 450
CLARA 550
ANGELINE 450
AMANDA 350
BRITTON 225
NED 150
WILLIS 75
SYLVIA 450
GRACE 450
CHARLES 350
DELHA 200
BEN JORDAN 75
LUANNA 650
RANSOM 150
POLLY DANCY 100
AARON 350
ST PAUL 200
RALPH 100, VICEY 550
LILLY 175
PEGGY 75
CHARLES 500
RHODA 50
LITTLE GRACE 1
GLASGOW 1
 (Total) $12352 To Pay 36.20 = $12,315.80.

 

Lot No 3 To Dr. Steven Davis
HENRY valued at $800
FRANK 800
TOM 800
**  son of Esther & Trip
ORRAN 800
JIM 850
JIM SLOW 700
JIM BRACEY 75
ISHAM MACHLIN 300
LEWIS TARVER 200
JUCY JOHNSON 350
EPHRAIM 550
CHARLOTTE 450
PHEBE 400
SOLOMON 400
MARY POWER 500
WILLIAM HENRY 400
HAYWOOD 250
HORACE 175
HARRIET 150

SUCKEY 350
FRANCES 300
HANSON 350
HUGH 200
LITTLE LEWIS 150
SARAH 75
EVELINE 550
CYRUS 350
DARELL 200
DIONICIA 150
PHIL 650

ELIZA DRAKE 200
MARIA MACON 25
SAM POWELL 25
(Total)  $12475 To Pay 159.20=$12,315.80.

 

Lot No 4 to Mrs. Kearneys children
GEORGE valued at $850
WILLIAM 700
SUMMER 800
** Son of Esther & Trip
DANIEL 750
DANIEL HAGOOD 750
LEN 600
DICK 150
JOE (OXDRIVER) 400
ALEXANDER (B.S.) 200
ELIZA 500
MILLY 530
ELIZABETH 450
MARGARET 250
ALEXANDER 200
TAMAR 50
ANN 125
HENRIETTA SOMMERVILLE 1
POLLY 500
SABRINA 375
FANNY 350
TONEY 225
ESTHER 200
**Mother of Tom, Summer, Jerry, & Jim
JIM 400
** Son of Esther & Trip
AGGY 200
VIRGINIA 150
LOUISA 500
BECKY 650
LOUISA 150
SARAH 100
MARY CECILY 300
JANE 600
JOHN and HANNAH 24
(Total)  $12,002 To receive 313.80=$12,315.80.

 

Lot No 5 to William C. Williams
GLASGOW valued at $800
PATRICK 800
DAVY 800
CUFFY 800
ALLEN 700
PETER 500
LEWIS SNOW 200
GUILFORD 400
AISEY 450
HARRIET 500
MILLY 450
CASWELL 450
WINNEY 215
CECILY ANN 200
JANE 150
MARY 75
MAHALA 450
JULIA ANN 450
CHARLOTTE 275
DICK 250
MARTHA 500
JIM 400
GEORGE 300
HENRY MACON 225
THOMAS 100
ESAW 100
SALLY 750
MARCUS GEORGIA 75
REBECCA 600
NOWELL 500
BALAAM and TEMPE 100
(Total) 12,525 to Pay 209.20=$12,315.80.

In the above division Lot 1 assigned to Mrs. PITCHFORD'S children is to receive $90.80; Lot No. 2 John B. POWELL is to pay $36.20; Lot No. 3 Dr. Stephen DAVIS is to pay $159.20; Lot 4 Mrs. KEARNEY'S children is to receive 313.80; Lot no. 5 William C. WILLIAMS is to pay 209.20. December 15th Respectfully submitted Tho. CARROLL, William J. HAWKINS, John T. WILLIAMS, H.B. HUNTER, H. L. PLUMMER.

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The above info can be found in Warren County Will Book 41, Pages 90-91.
As further info on the above DAVIS slaveowning families:

 

ELIZABETH DAVIS-PITCHFORD, was born 1789/died 1875, sister of PETER R. DAVIS. She was married to STERLING PITCHFORD, who died in 1822.
The PITCHFORD children were THOMAS JEFFERSON PITCHFORD (1810-1883); REBECCA DAVIS PITCHFORD (1812-1900); NANCY DAWSON PITCHFORD (1815-1900); MARY TURNER PITCHFORD (1819-1889).

JOHN B. POWELL, d. 1858, was the husband of PETER R. DAVIS' sister, NANCY DAVIS.  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, PETER D. POWELL & MARY A. T. NEWELL; he also gave his daughter, MARY, a slave named EMMA.

 

DR. STEVEN/STEPHEN DAVIS, d. 1857, was the brother of PETER R. DAVIS. He was married to SALLY EATON JOHNSTON on Feb. 23, 1815 Warren County.

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.

MARY POLLY DAVIS-KEARNEY was the sister of PETER R. DAVIS. She was married to EDWARD KEARNEY on June 5, 1815 in Warren County.
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.  (SAMUEL DAVIS was the son of BURWELL DAVIS, who was PETER R. DAVIS' uncle)

 

REBECCA A. DAVIS-WILLIAMS was the sister of PETER R. DAVIS. She was married to WILLIAM C.  WILLIAMS on June 26, 1819 in Warren County.

PETER R. DAVIS was the son of MATTHEW T. DAVIS  & MARY MADDRAY-DAVIS, and  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 the former slave, JAMES (JIM)  DAVIS marriage license.

MATTHEW T. DAVIS was the son of PETER DAVIS (d. 1804) & AMY _____; PETER’s 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. 

 

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Following are some will abstracts from Warren County for these families:


(Born 1752 Orange Co.,NC; Son of Peter Davis, d. 1804)
MATTHEW DAVIS – 30 Mar 1825 - Probated Feb Court 1827 - WB 30/Pg. 158 (d. Dec. 23, 1826)
Wife MARY DAVIS – lend all my land on the north side of the Great Branch, and Negroes GEORGE, SEALEY, EASTER, ISHAM, TEMPERANCE, and REAMUS, all sheep, cattle, furniture, etc. for her lifetime. Son PETER R. DAVIS – part of the WEATHERS Tract adj the Big Rocky Branch, MASSEY’s Old Field, HEATHCOCK’s Mill Path, JOSIAH STALLINGS, and MACKLIN, also Negroes JOHN, HANNAH, KINCHEN, JACOB, and DANIEL. Daughter NANCY POWELL – the part of my land on the south east side of the Little Rocky Branch where JOHN D. POWELL now has a plantation, also Negroes SOLOMON, CEILEY, NED, PRIMUS, and JANE. Son STEPHEN DAVIS – land adj. the Bick Rocky Branch, R. T. CHEEK, HAITHCOCK, PETER R. DAVIS, the Black Branch, and Fishing Creek, also Negroes LEWIS, ISHAM, TEMP, MARIAH, and HAGAR. Daughter ELIZABETH PITCHFORD – land where she now lives which I bought of JOHN HARWELL, also Negroes RICHMOND, RUTH, GEORGE, HENRY (son of NED), REAMUS, and DICK. Daughter POLLEY KEARNEY – land on Reedy Creek I bought of JOHN T. KEARNEY, for her lifetime with reversion to her children, also Negroes TIM, HARRY (son of RUTH), MATILDA, SANDY, and MERANDY, for her lifetime with reversion to her children. Son-in-law EDWARD KEARNEY- lend a life estate in the Negroes I bought of him, namely DOCTOR, BILL, FEN, HARRISON, EVELINE, JOHN, MARIAH, MARY, MANERVA, JULIA, CLARY, and TOM, with reversion to his children. Daughter REBAKAH WILLIAMS – land I have loaned my wife for her lifetime, also Negroes FED, PETER, ESTIS, MARY, BOB, ISHAM, CHARITY, and SARY.
Ex: sons PETER R. DAVIS and STEPHEN DAVIS
Wit: ROBERT T. CHEEK, JOHN HALL



(Son of Matthew Davis)
STEPHEN DAVIS – 15 Jan 1852 - Probated November Court 1857 - WB 49/Pg. 128
To the four daughters of SARAH AMIS “of late”, being my granddaughters - $1000. To each of the three children of the late MARY EATON, being my grandchildren - $1000. To JAMES W. EATON – the Negroes he carried from Granville to Arkansas, formerly belonging to me and put in his possession. Son PETER R. DAVIS – all my land near Shocco, also fifty Negroes. Son HUGH J. DAVIS – all my land on Fishing Creek which formerly belonged to my brother PETER R. DAVIS, also my lands, houses, and lots in Warrenton and elsewhere.
Ex. PETER R. DAVIS, THOMAS WHITE, HUGH J. DAVIS
Wit. JOHN WHITE, THOS. H. COLEMAN

(Son of Stephen Davis, d. 1857)
HUGH JOHNSTON DAVIS - 29 Oct 1862 - Probated November  Court 1865 – WB 50, Pg 166
My houses and lots in Warrenton, the land on both sides of the main road leading to Clarke’s Bridge, and my crop are to be sold, and proceeds divided among my legatees. To my brother PETER R. DAVIS – life estate in the plantation where I now live, lying near Fishing Creek, also all my Negroes except DANIEL. If my bother marries again and leaves issue from that marriage, all this property shall fall to those children, but if he does not marry again and leaves no issue, this property shall go to the daughters of my sister SARAH AMIS. My Negro DANIEL, for his service to me, shall choose his master.
Ex. Brother PETER
Wit. P. T. NORWOOD, THOMAS G. PLUMMER


PETER DAVIS - 15 Feb 1803 - Probated February Court 1804 - WB 12/Pg. 192 (d. Jan. 27, 1804)
Son MATTHEW DAVIS – all the money he owes me. Son GILES DAVIS – Negro MINGO, cows and calves. Son BURRELL DAVIS – ten silver dollars. Son BUCKNER DAVIS – all the money he owes me. Son ALLEN W. DAVIS – Negro TOM. Daughter REBECCAH WINN – Negro DICK for her lifetime and then to descend to her daughter MARY WINN. Daughter MARY HOGWOOD – Negro HICKS. Son THOMAS DAVIS – Negroes DINAH and CHERRY, also the plantation where I now live, after my wife’s death, and an equal division with all his brothers and sisters. To the rest of my children, namely JACOB, JOHN, WINNY, TEMPERANCE, and THOMAS DAVIS – Negroes ABRAM, PETER, ARTHUR, DAVY, BENN, LUCY, EASTER, DICE, PHERIBY, BETT, FANNY, and GRACE. All stock, etc., is to be divided at my wife HANNAH DAVIS’ death among my five last named children.
Ex: friend JAMES TURNER, son BUCKNER, wife HANNAH DAVIS
Wit: JESSE PERSON, JOHN PARRISH

(Hannah Turner, widow of Peter Davis, d. 1804)
HANNAH DAVIS - 24 Jun 1819 - Probated February Court. 1826 – WB 29, Pg 63 (died Jan. 6, 1826)
To WINIFRED DAVIS, JACOB DAVIS, TEMPERANCE D. DAVIS (of JNO DAVIS, dec’d), THOMAS DAVIS, and TEMPERANCE DUKE – Negroes PETER, FANNY, DAVY, ARTHUR, DICEY, BETSEY, GRACE and FERIBEE, and all my other property, including that portion of the earth where I now live. To THOMAS DAVIS – Negroes DINAH & CHERRY.
Ex: (None)
Wit: STEPHEN TURNER, HENLEY TURNER

(Son of Peter Davis, d. 1804)
BUCKNER DAVIS - 27 Jan 1820 - May Ct 1820 - WB 22/Pg. 436
My executors are to have control of my estate, and they are to afford my daughter BETSEY C. CHRISTMAS for herself and children, during her lifetime, all that part of my land lying between the road from MAJOR PARKS to PASCHALL, including a small strip of land lying west of the said road, going to Cabin Branch and adjoining my own corner, said to contain 350 acres. They are also to afford her Negroes CHARLES, CUDGE, PRIMUS, TEMPY, SILLER, MILLY, TOM, HARRIETT, MARY, LUCINDA, DILLY, DICK, LITTLE SUMMERSETT, BETTY, SOMMERSETT, and ALLEY, also furniture, cattle, etc. At the death of my said daughter BETSEY, my executors are to give this property to her children. My executors are to afford my son PETER DAVIS support from my land lying east of the land allotted for BETSEY CHRISTMAS, including a small tract adj. EDMOND WHITE, supposed to contain 350 acres, and also these Negroes: JOHN, JIM, GEORGE, MINTY, PEGGY, CAROLINE, MARIAH, BRANDY, HAGAR and child SABINA, BECCA, DILLAH, HENRY SALLY, and ISAAC, as well as various furniture, cattle, etc. My executors when they feel my son PETER can be safely trusted to own this property, may make a title to him for the same. My executors are to afford support to my son WILLIAM C. DAVIS by my land lying west of that allotted to my daughter BETSEY, containing 250 acres, and Negroes STEPHEN, EDMOND, SHADRACH, DICY, LIZZA, FANNY, FLORA, THOMAS, PETER, HARRISON, HANNAH, PORTER, MATILDA, CATY, and SARAH, also furniture, cattle, etc. My executors, when they feel my son WILLIAM can be safely trusted to own this property, may make a title to him for the same.
Ex: friends GOV. JAMES TURNER, PETER R. DAVIS, STEPHEN DAVIS
Wit: ROBERT PARK, ROBERT H. JONES

(Son of Buckner Davis, d. 1820)
PETER M. DAVIS – 4 Feb 1822 - Probated November Court 1822 - WB 24, Pg. 222
I give all my property to my friends PETER R. DAVIS, STEPHEN DAVIS, and JAMES TURNER, for the support and welfare of my brother WILLIAM C. DAVIS, except for $300 for my cousin MARTHA DAVIS (daughter of GILES DAVIS, dec’d.). To my brother WILLIAM C. DAVIS I give my riding horse.
Ex. Friends PETER R. DAVIS, STEPHEN DAVIS, JAMES TURNER
Wit. THOMAS P. KEEL



(Son of Peter Davis, d. 1804; married Elizabeth Powell, Apr. 13, 1784)
GILES DAVIS- 22 Aug. 1809 - Probated November Court 1809 – WB 15, Pg. 113
Wife ELIZABETH DAVIS – lend a life estate in my land on the north side of the Read Hill Branch, also Negroes CANDLES and OLD MINGO. Daughter PATTY DAVIS – Negroes NANCE and her child SILEY. Son SUGAN DAVIS- Negro CESAR and a horse. Daughter TABITHA SLEDGE – Negro CHARITY. Son GOODY DAVIS – Negroes ABRAHAM and VICEY already in his possession. Daughter TAMER DAVIS- Negro ANNAKA. Son ORREN DAVIS – Negro BOB. Daughter SUSANNAH DAVIS- Negro HICKS. Son BALDY HAMILTON DAVIS – all my land, including the land loaned my wife for her lifetime, alson Negro HASTY and the family Bible. Daughter MARIAH DAVIS – Negro FRANK. My children may receive their shares as they marry or come of age.
Ex. Friend HENRY G. WILLIAMS, son-in-law TURNER SLEDGE
Wit. BURWELL DAVIS, BUCKNER, JAMES COCKE

(Elizabeth Powell-Davis, widow of Giles Davis)
ELIZABETH DAVIS – June 1821 - Probated August Court 1821 – WB 23/Pg. 232
Daughter TABITHA SLEDGE – cows, pigs, etc. Daughter MARIA DAVIS – bed, table, chest, etc. Daughter THAMAR DAVIS – all money in bonds due by ARCHIBALD H. DAVIS to me for the hire of Negro ABRAM, to be taken up by the said ARCHIBALD in part payment for the land THAMAR and I purchased of him. I give one dollar to my other children not named in this will, to be paid from a debt collected by WILLIAM R. HARRIS from JOSHUA HARPER.
Ex. Friend ISHAM DAVIS
Wit. ISHAM H. DAVIS, JOHN HARWELL


(Son of Giles Davis, d. 1809)
GOODE DAVIS - 24 Sep 1814 - Probated February Court 1815 - WB 19/Pg. 123
To my mother (unnamed)- Negroes ABRAHAM and VICE during her lifetime, and at her death ABRAHAM to my sister TAMER for her lifetime, and if she should die without issue I leave him to my brother SUGAN DAVIS. At my mother’s death I lend VICE to my sister MARIAH, but if she dies without issue I leave VICE to my brother ARCHIBALD DAVIS. I give $10 each to my brothers and sisters (unnamed). Brother ARCHIBALD – saddle, chest, and clothing. My money is for the education of my sister MARIAH.
Ex. (none)
Wit. J. LISCOMB


(Son of Peter Davis, d. 1804)
BURWELL DAVIS – 27 June 1842 - Probated August Court 1846 - WB 39/Pg. 183
My estate is to be kept together for the support of my son SAMUEL DAVIS and my daughter JANE POWELL, until my debts are paid. Daughter SALLY BETTY – Negro PATIENCE and her four daughters HICKS, CAROLINE, BETT, and JUDY. Daughter JANE POWELL- Negro CHERRY and her children MOSES, LUCY, and BILL. Daughter NANCY FLEMING – Negro EASTER and her children CHERRY, MAHALY, MELISSA and ALLY. Son EDWARD DAVIS - 300 acres of land adj. SOLOMON STALLINGS, Davis’ Bridge, the old fork, the Wolf Pit Ford (formerly called JOHN CHEEK’s great gate), Fishing Creek, and MRS. PITCHFORD. Son EDWARD – Negroes FANNY, CHARITY, ELIZA, NELSON, JOE and DEMPS. Son JOHN S. DAVIS – 200 acres, being the part of the tract I bought of BAXTER, and being all that part of the BAXTER tract that I now own on the south side of the main stage road from Warrenton by WILLIAM H. BROWN’s. Son JOHN – Negroes ANSON, DICK, RODY, SARAH, and ELLEN. To WINNIFRED DAVIS (widow of my son RICHARD DAVIS) – life estate in Negro NATHAN, and at her death to fall to my daughter JANE POWELL. Son SAMUEL DAVIS – all that part of the BAXTER tract lying between the main stage road and the BELL road, containing 700 acres, also the land where I now live, except for that part already given to my son EDWARD. My son SAMUEL is to let my daughter JANE POWELL live on the plantation where I now live as long as she thinks proper. Residue of estate to son SAMUEL.
Ex. Sons SAMUEL, EDWARD, and JOHN
Wit. W. C. WILLIAMS, PETER R. DAVIS


(Son of Burwell Davis, d. 1846)
ISHAM H. DAVIS - 19 May 1830 - Probated November Court 1830 - WB 33/Pg. 143
Father BURWELL DAVIS – all my property, except for $150 which I give to my brother RICHARD DAVIS for his services acting as my executor.
Ex. Brother RICHARD DAVIS
Wit. CASWELL DRAKE, PETER R. DAVIS

(Son of Burwell Davis, d. 1846)
RICHARD DAVIS - 17 Mar 1836 - Probated February Court 1839 - WB 37/Pg. 155
Wife WINIFRED DAVIS – Negroes STEPHEN, LUCY, MALISSA, NATHAN, KINCHEN, and PLEASANT. To my wife – life estate in Negroes Old AMY, ELIJAH, MATILDA, SAM, CHARLES, BOB, MARY, MARTHA, and YOUNG AMY. Wife – life estate in the land where I now live adj. PERSON. Nephew JOHN B. POWELL – reversion of land loaned my wife at her death, also Negroes OLD AMY, ELIJAH, MATILDA, SAM, CHARLES, BOB, and YOUNG AMY which I have loaned my wife. Niece ELIZA H. POWELL – Negroes MARY and MARTHA which I have loaned my wife. Brother SAMUEL DAVIS – Negro DICK. Brother EDWARD DAVIS - Negro LUCINDA. Brother JOHN S. DAVIS – Negro SARAH. Sister NANCY D. FLEMING – Negro ISHAM. My executor is to sell my lot in Warrenton, which I purchased of JOHN V. CAUTHORN, and from the proceeds I bequeath $500 to my sister SALLY BETTY (wife of HENRY BETTY), now living in Tennessee. Wife – rest of estate, and she is to pay my brother JOHN S. DAVIS $150 for his services as my executor.
Ex. Brother JOHN S. DAVIS
Wit. (none)
(Probate indicates the signature of the dec’d. was proved on the oaths of PETER R. DAVIS, ROBERT H. JONES and EDWARD W. BEST)


(Widow of Richard Davis, d. 1836)
WINIFRED DAVIS – 2 July 1861 - Probated February Court 1866 WB 50, Pg. 172
Nephew JOHN B. POWELL – all my stock and Negroes BOB, DINAH and children SARAH, BEN, SAM and LUCY, also MARTHA and children ANTHONY and JACK. Nephew JOHN B. POWELL – Negroes AIMY and OLD SARAH to take special care of. To WINIFRED LOUELEN POWELL (daughter of JOHN B. POWELL) –bed, Negro LOULY (daughter of MARTHA). To ELIZA H. EGERTON (daughter of J. A. EGERTON) – Negroes MARY and CELIA. To POLLY PARISH - $250. To MARTHA HARVY - $250.
Ex. Nephew JOHN B. POWELL
Wit. HENRY A. FOOTE, HENRY A. FOOTE, JR.


(Daughter of Peter Davis, d. 1804)
WINIFRED DAVIS - 22 Apr. 1848 - Probated May Ct 1848 - WB 39/Pg. 457
Niece TEMPERANCE D. NORWOOD – 246 acres of land on Nutbush Creek, also Negroes ISAM and GRACE, also Negro VIOLET for ten years if she lives that long. Grandnephew JOHN D. NORWOOD – Negro NATHAN and BOY TOM. Great nephew JAMES M. NORWOOD – Negro TEMP and $700 from the sale of Negro DANIEL. Great nephew LEWIS H. NORWOOD – Negro GABRIEL. Great nephew MARCUS D. L. NORWOOD – Negro PETER. Great nieces FRANCES ANN, ALMINA HANNAH, MARTHA ELIZABETH and SALLY ALEXANDER, and my great nephew BENJAMIN NORWOOD ((infant) Negro VIOLET loaned to my niece TEMPERANCE, also Negro MINERVA and her two children LUCY and HINNY and $500.
Ex. BENJAMIN NORWOOD (husband of my niece TEMPERANCE)
Wit. C. STURDIVANT, WILLIAM BURROUGHS.
 

 

 


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