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Hartwell Hodges Davis-Williams
(1793 - 1868)
Photo contributed by Kathleen Harkey

Hartwell, popularly known as Harty, Hodges Davis, born April 27, 1793, was the daughter of Archibald Davis, born April 4, 1766, died February 22, 1821 in Franklin County, North Carolina and Elizabeth Jane Hilliard, born 1769 and died August 25, 1816, who were married in 1789. She grew up in Halifax and later Franklin County, where the Davis family raised a big family on their large plantation, with Harty being the 3rd of 12 children born to the couple. In October 1812, Harty married the son of Maj. Williams Williams and Elizabeth Kearney of Warren County, Robert Webb Williams, who was born February 27, 1792, died November 15, 1822. The early death of Robert left Harty a young widow with five children to raise on her own: Eliza (married James Yarborough), Ruina (married Tom Alston), Robert Edgar (married Valeria Virginia Kearney), Archibald Davis (married Lucy Lewis) and Martha Williams (married Benjamin T. Ballard). In later years, the youngest son, Archibald, inherited the family plantation in Franklin County, Vine Hill, while his brother, Robert Edgar, became a well respected physician in Warren County who built Myrtle Lawn Plantation. Although her tombstone reads that she died in 1870, her will and probate shows Harty Hodges Davis Williams died in 1868 Warren County. 

(Thanks to Kathleen Harkey, 3rd great-granddaughter of Harty Hodges Davis-Williams for contributing the photo which has been in her family for generations. Written by Deloris Williams)

See Will of Harty H. (Davis) Williams

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