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Davis-Massenburg Bible

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Part 1

Davis-Massenburg Families
Now, 1971, in possession of Miss Mariam Boyd, Warrenton, N. C.

Polly Glenn Hicks, dau. of Miles Hicks was born January 30th in Date 1802
Polly Hicks Died the 19th October 1807
Tabitha Died the 26th July 1794
William Parker Hicks died 23 July 1805
Edna Hicks was Born the 23 february 1808
Edna Hicks Died the 12th of July 1811
Judith Homer? Hicks Died the 6th January 1806

Married Lucy Henry Davis Dec 8th 1831 and died Oct 25th 1867
Mariam Stamp Massenburg Born 1808, died in Va. Sept 1825 aged 16 years & 11 months
Ann Bryan Massenburg married 2nd to Kimbrough Jones, died at Crabtree near Raleigh April 1815
Lucy H. Massenburg died Sep 26th 1896

Isaac Hilliard 1738
Leah Crawford 1749
Isaac Hilliard & Leah Crawford were married in
Elizabeth Jane Hilliard their daughter was born in 1769 & married Archibald Davis in 1789 she died Aug 25th 1816
Archibald Davis Died 1821 Feb 22nd. Their children were Ann Maria married Josiah Crudup. She died March 1822
Archibald H. Davis married Lucy Massenburg & Cornelia Key?
Elizabeth Jane Davis married Nicholas Falcon Alston
Martha H. Davis married Edward Alston
Harty Hodge Davis married Robert Williams
Mary Kearney Davis married John Williams
Thomas Davis married 1st Mary Ann Slade, 2nd Pattie Bacheler
John Colvin Davis married Lucy Plummer Alston
Lucy H. Davis married Nicholas Boyor Massenburg
Isaac Hilliard’s parents were William Hilliard & Julia ---
William Hilliard’s parents were were John Hilliard & Elizabeth ---
Leah Crawford’s parents were Carter Crawford & Elizabeth Kearney
Carter Crawford died in 1782. His parents were Carter Crawford & Sarah Swan. He died in 1743.
Carter Crawford’s parents were Robert Crawford and Elizabeth Carter who was a great belle & an heiress
Elizabeth Carter’s parents were George Carter & Mary ---
George Carter’s parents were William Carter & Alice born 1599 & 1600. they lived in Southwood Parish Virginia in Surry County had lands granted them May 21st, 1638
Great Great Grand Mother Crawford’s Sister Mary married a Cary, Sister Annie married a Phillip, their brother Henry never married
Great Great Grandfather Carter Crawford who married Elizabeth Kearney had five children namely
1st Leah married Isaac Hilliard
2nd Martha married Joel Arrington
3rd Lucy married Mr. Pell
4th Elizabeth married Mr. Pettway
5th Henry never married, died near Bacon’s castle – Surry Co Va in 1826 leaving a large estate
Isaac Hilliard and Leah Crawford were the Grand parents of Lucy H. Massenburg who was a daughter of Archibald Davis & Elizabeth June Hilliard
Archibald Davis born April 4th 1766 & died Feb 22nd 1821
Elizabeth J. Hilliard Davis Born 1769 Died 1816
Dr Cargill Massenburg son of Nich. Massenburg & Lucy Cargill Born Sep 29th 1768 Died ---
Ann Bryan Daughter of Benjamin & Mariam Stamp Born March 26th 1785 married Dr Cargill Massenburg 1801
Lucy Cargill Massenburg born 1802, married Archibald H. Davis 1827 & Died May 7th 1835
Nicholas Bryan Massenburg born April 5th 1806

Mr. William Hicks Decr 20th 1878

Dear Sir
I leave with this note in case of Mr Thos Branch the old Bible of which I spoke to you some months ago, which once belonged to your grandfather Hicks. My first wife through afflicted & could not read appreciated it highly as a family Relict and for her sake I have Kept it a precious treasure. I would have given it to her surviving half brother, but do not suppose from appearances that he would appreciate it either as the word of God or a family relict. I therefore present it to you believing you will appreciate it for both. It’s intrinsic value is small, very small, but as a family Relict is valuable indeed. Here we may read and at the same time feel that our eyes are out, looking the identical words, lines, & pages which our ancestors perused & upon which they meditated and by the Ending were no doubt blessed. Please accept it from one who is your friend, not an account of its intrinsic, but its Relict value. Had I not every reason to believe you will treasure it up as precious[,] I would have Retained it while I live for the law and appreciation of my first but Carry since departed well beloved wife.
I am dear Sir
Truly your friend
E H Riggan
Part 2

[Please note that there are errors in this Bible Record. The Thomas Davis who is called “General” below was, in reality, the Thomas Davis who left a will in Halifax County, North Carolina dated 29 Sep 1764 and found on Halifax County Will Book 1, page 153. He had married Hartwell Hodges in Virginia. General Thomas Davis, his son, died in Fayetteville, North Carolina on September 25, 1822. (Lois S. Neal, Abstracts of Vital Records from Raleigh, North Carolina Newspapers 1820-1829 Volume II (1980, second printing, Raleigh, North Carolina: North Carolina Genealogical Society), 174, no. 1438) The older Thomas Davis did have a brother (Lewis Davis) but either one of them being born outside Virginia is very doubtful. The older Thomas Davis had no war experience.]

Davis-Massenburg Families
Written by Lucy Henry Davis, the wife of Nicholas Bryer Massenburg. Lucy Henry Davis was the daughter of Archibald Davis who married Elizabeth Hilliard.
Now, 1971, in the possession of Miss Mariam Boyd
Warrenton, N. C.

Gen’l Thomas Davis – Mrs. Lucy Massenburg Paternal Grandfather married a Miss Hodges. Her father & his brother came to America from Eng. They fought in the War & it angered their father so much that they should turn against “The Crown” that he left no provision for them in his will but it was said that he left it to descend to their heirs at the expiration of 100 yrs.
Gen’l Thomas Davis & his wife Harty Hodges had five sons and one daughter
Fred married
Dolphin Davis married Ann Severcema? 7 Ja (light)
Dolphin died Nov 1818
Tom (don’t know if married)
Archibald married Elizabeth Hilliard 1789, Died 1821
Martha or Sally never married

Archibald & Elizabeth had 12 children, viz.
Ann Maria 1st married Mr. Brickel & then Mr. Josiah Crudup
Elizabeth Crawford married Mr. Nicholas Alston
Hardy Hodges married Mr. Rob’t Williams
James H. died in childhood
Leah Hilliard died in childhood
Archibald Hilliard 1st married Lucy Massenburg 2nd Miss Cornelia Kearney
Martha H. married Mr. Edward Alston
Mary Kearney married Mr. Jno. Williams
Temperance W. married Mr. Wim. Thorne
Thos. Davis (Dr.) married Pattie Bachelor
Jno. Calvin married Lucy Plummer Alston
Lucy Henry married Mr. Nicholas B. Massenburg

[page 2]Isaac Hilliard Mrs. L. H. Hassenburg’s Maternal Grandfather married Miss Leah Crawford from Virginia. They had Elizabeth, Isaac, James, Carter, John, Henry (died young), & Martha who married Mr. Nat Hunt & went to Tenn.
1st Isaac married Miss Marg Murphy they raised a large family moved to Tenn. & died there.
2nd James married Miss Mourning Boddie – raised 3 sons & 3 daughters viz – Isaac, James, Elijah, Betsy, Tempie, and Leah
Betsy married Jonas Carr – They had 4 children
Tempie married Jno. Buxton Williams. They raised a large family she died & he then married the widow of Mr. Clark who was Miss Tempie Thorn of Halifax. He died and left her without children.
Leah married Dr. Sydney Perry & had (Jere, Stella, Sydney, Beurrett, Nellie, Tempie, Redding, Henry, & Ginevieve) 8 children.
3rd Carter married a Miss Hunt – uncle Nat’s sister
4th John married Betsy Tunstall. They had 4 children viz. Lucy, Robert, John, & Betsey.
Elizabeth Mrs L. H. Massenburg’s mother married Mr. Archibald Davis 1789 being at that time 21 years of age. She was engaged to (my father Son Baldie Davis for nearly 7 years. Her father wished her to marry another man. She told him she did not love him & if she did not marry Mr. Davis she would never marry any one. They continued to love & wait to when she was 21 she asked for permission be married at home – to run away would be disrespectful & unrefined. Her father gave his permission for her to be married there this would never give her any of the property. They were married & lived happily. Had 12 children. Raised 10 to become grown & married.
1st The oldest Ann Maria born in 1790 married Mr. Ben Brickle who lived only 1 year. Left her with an infant child who died after a few years. Ann Maria married Mr. Josiah Crudup a member of Congress & also a Baptist minister. They had 4 children, viz: Archibald who is now living, never married. James the 2nd son went to Ala. quite a young man & died. Edward (the Dr.) married Miss Columbia Jones. [page 3]They had 4 daughters & 3 sons, Sallie, Lily, Columbia, & Annie Davis, Percy, Edward, & Jones.
Martha married Mr. Joshua Perry & moved to Texas where she died leaving only 1 son Ed who married a Miss Ward.
2nd Elizabeth Crawford – born 1792 married Mr. Nicholas Alston. She had only 2 sons Tom, Nic, & Arch. her husband died & her father wished her to come back home & live with him, he would support her, his wife had died & he wanted her to take charge of the house & younger children which she did.
3rd Harty Hodges born 1793 married Mr. Rob’t Williams. They had five children. Eliza who married Mr. James Yarborough. Ruina married Mr. Tom Alston. Dr. Edgar married Miss Virginia Kearney & Arch married Miss Lucy Louis of Granville Co. & Martha married Mr. Benj. T. Ballard.
4th Leah Hilliard Davis born in 1795. Died in 1796.
5th Jas. H. Davis born in 1797. Died in 1798.
6th Archibald H. Davis born in 1799. Died in 1854. He was first married to Miss Lucy Massenburg. She died & left no children. He then married Miss Cornelia Kearney & had 6 children. Wm. K. married Miss Mary Jones. Thos. W. who married Miss Penelope Jones – daughter of Mr. Kimbrough Jones. Maria Alston married her cousin Edward Alston. Bettie married Mr. Dick Respass. Lula married Col. Wm. H. Yarborough & died leaving 1 son & 1 daughter (Fanny & Dick). Rebecca married Mr. Marmaduke Hawkins. They had several children.
7th child of Archibald & Elizabeth Davis was Martha H. born 1801, married Mr. Edward Alston. They lived to be old. He was 65 & died leaving her with 4 sons: Alfred, Nic, William, & Edward, & 1 daughter, Mary who now lives in Washington City. Al married Miss Polly Kearney.

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William married Miss Laura Eaton
Ed married Miss Maria Davis
Nic died single, Mary not married.
8th Mary Kearney Davis born 1802 married Mr. Jno. Williams. They had 4 children, Lizzie who married Dr. Peter Hawkins. Tom who married Miss Virginia Boyd. John died. Lucy married Col. Wm H. Polk a brother of President Jas. K. Polk.
9th Temperance W. Davis born 1804, died Aug 1854. She married Mr. Wm. Thorne. They had 10 children. Martha married Mr. Tom Nicholson. He died & left her with 3 sons & 3 daughters. The 2nd daughter married Mr. David Clark who is the father of Judge Walter Clark. then there is Edward, William, Sam & John, Lucy who also married a Nicholson – Marbelle married Plummer Alston. Dora married Al Alston. Tempie married Sam Clark & afterwards Jno. Buxton Williams.
10th Dr Thos. Davis born 1806 died in 1862. He was first married to Miss Mary Slade by whom there were 4 daughters, Bettie, Lucy, Tempie, and Laura & 3 sons, Dolphin, Tom, & Gus. He next married Miss Pattie Bachelor by whom he had 1 daughter & 3 sons, Mollie, Frank, John & Nic.
11th child of Archibald & Elizabeth Davis who was one of the best men that ever lived is John Calvin Davis – born 1808, died 1889. He married Miss Lucy Plummer Alston. They lived happily & raised 7 children viz. Baldy who married a Miss Charlotte Harris, Mary, married Bob Speed, Pattie married Rob’t Alston, Hodges married Geo. Jones & went to Texas where she died. Plummer married his cousin Mary Alston, Lula died after her papa & Alfred has never married.
12th Lucy Henry born Oct 11th 1811 married to Nicholas B. Massenburg Dec 8th 1831. They had 13 children – raised 9 to become grown.

Lucy Henry was the 12th child of Archibald & Elizabeth Davis was the youngest child. Her mother died when she was quite young – she had no recollection of her. Her father lived 4 yrs. after his wife’s death. He requested his oldest daughter Mrs. Nicholas Alston who was a widow to live there [page 5] & take charge of the children. 3 of his daughters were nearly grown. Dr. Tom, John, & Lucy were left at home. There were no Sunday Schools in those days & but little preaching. We lived far back in the country & perhaps several times during the year an Ironside Baptist might preach in the neighborhood, so had but few religious advantages but their sister was one of the best & most refined ladies that ever lived. I, Lucy, went to an old field school for a few months only, then so as --- to Mrs. Kearney’s to board & go to school to Mrs. Lucas. Mr. Wiley was the Male teacher. Lucy was very fond of Mrs. Kearney & said she was a good (torn) much like her own children Mrs. Kearney treated her. She went from Mrs. Kearneys to Warrenton to attend the school of Mr. & Mrs. Plunkett, (Mrs. P_ was a daughter of Mr. Mordecai[)] where she was kept at school for 4 yrs. She was there sent to Hillsboro to finish off her schooling. There she boarded in Lawyer Scott’s family. There were good pious Presbyterians & she was so much struck with their strict piety she thought when she joined a church she would be a Presbyterian. An Episcopal minister afterwards Bishop Green was Principal of the school. He was a pious christian gentleman an much beloved by the school. She returned from school & the good impressions lay dormant for she went out in gay company to Balls, Parties, Weddings, & c, learned to play cards & enter into all the amusements of the day, dancing, & c. Still good impressions followed & she would think at times she would stop.
She attended a Camp Meeting at Pearce’s Camp Ground in Halifax Co. in 1830. There was a great revival & a number of good ministers at work. Among them Dr. R. O. Burton Doggett, Stephen Jones & others. She & a number [page 6] of her companions professed religion (illegible) back to her home in Warren Co. & joined the church at Old Shady Grove – Rev. Stephen Jones baptized her (& also married her). She then in her 19th year made a vow to renounce the world & its vainties, took off her curals & her jewelry; quit playing cards & dancing. Has never played a game since & would never sit in a room & look on when such things were carried on. She was anxious to shun every appearance of evil. In her 20th year, she married Mr. Nicholas B. Massenburg on the 8th Dec 1831. He brought her to their home “Woodleaf” near Louisburg soon after & she has spent every Xmas since that time under the protecting roof of the dear homestead – where she spent 36 years of wedded bliss with the husband of her choice whom she adored & by whom she had 13 children. 4 died in infancy. Archibald, her oldest graduated at Randolph Macon College, Va. in his 20th year. He then went to merchandising in co-partnership with Mr. B. T. Ballard in Louisburg where he (unreadable) until the War broke out. He was commissary in Cook’s brigade, 15th Reg’t, N. C. Troops when the commissaries were abolished. He went into the ranks but was offered a Lieutenant’s place which he accepted. He was wounded in the battle of Bristow Station, Va. Came home where he was tenderly married & died in 10 mos.

Wiley Perry her 2nd son went to Texas soon after he became of age – where he farmed until the War. He was one of Terry’s Texas Rangers. He contracted severe rheumatism from exposure & had to come home – employed a substitute. He was married in Feb 1872 to Miss Panthea Boyd, a lovely woman, by whom he had 5 children, 3 died, 2 Boyd & Speed are now at school in Warrenton. Her third son Wm Edward also went to Texas & he (unintelligible) merchandising in Boston Bonnie Co. He married Miss Sallie Moss but when the war broke out he left his family & remained until the close of War. Escaped unhurt from leaden balls but contracted rheumatism which caused him to be a great sufferer [page 7] who he has prospered in business & is now an influential citizen in the city of Paris, Lamar Co. Texas. They had 14 children, Mary, Nicholas, Lucy, Eugenia, Robert, Walter, Willie, Hugh, Bev, Sallie, Augustus, Florence, & Bettie. [only 13 listed] Their first born died aged 3 das. Married Nicholas [sic]

Mary married in 18__ Mr. Lee M. Preston, a most excellent christian gentleman. They are living in Bonham, Texas. Lucy, a beautiful young lady much beloved, died in 1891 with dysentery. Nicholas is in California. The others are still with father & mother at their home in Paris, Texas.

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Updated: 08/29/2007

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