b.27 September 1736
d.May 1799 Montgomery County, Virginia
m. ABT 1764
Facts and Events
July 16, 1996 from Mary Ellen Baker vbaker@@ns.htc.net BRITT, CARTY, CUMMINS, DAVIS, LUCAS, MOODY, STEPHENS - Would like to hear from anyone interested in the family of John Davis who died Montgonery Co., Va., 1799. Known children, Dolly who married Wm. Britt, Deborah who married Henry Carty, Charles who married Sarah Cummins, Catherine who married Samuel Lucas, Joshua who married Sally Moody and Anna who married Isaac Stephens
1. John1 Davis died May 1799 in Montgomery Co., Virginia. He married Anna Unknown Abt. 1764 in New York.
Notes for John Davis: From the few records that are found on John Davis it appears he had lived in New York State and possibly Pennsylvania before he settled in Montgomery Co., Va.
Two of his daughters lived to make the 1850 census giving New York as place of birth. Another daughter is said to have her place of birth on tombstone as New York.
When requesting Rev. War Records from the National Archive for John Davis who served from New York, died 1799, Montgomery Co., Va. the following is always sent. John Davis, Private, New York Line, Bounty Land Warrent #7064, issued Oct. 7, 1796 to Ebenezer Drakley, assingee. Applications for warrent were destroyed by fire in War Dept. Nov. 1800. Why or how this is arrived at I do not know.
John Davis made his will in Montgomery Co., Va., May 25, 1799. He named the following. Wife Anna, named sons Charles and Joshua. Joshua was to get his part of the plantation on the day he comes of age. Daughters were Catey, Anna, Dolly Britt and Deborah Carter. Then he orders that his three children living in Pennsylvania shall have one dollar each one. Wife Anna Executor. Signed John Davis Witnessed by: Thomas Lewis, Benjamin (O his mark) Morris and Elizabeth (X her mark) Lewis. Montgomery August Court 1799. The last will and testament of John Davis deceased presented in court and proven by two of the witnesses Thomas and Elizabeth Lewis. Anna Davis Executor granted probate of will. Note: Have copy of will.
John's daughter Catherine (Davis) Lucas b. 28-Sept-1778, son stated his mother came to Montgomery Co., Va. when she was 9 yrs. old. This would place John Davis in the county about 1787. EARLY ADVENTURES ON THE WESTERN WATERS Vol. I, by Mary B. Kegley, pg. 39.
The following records needs to be checked, they may explain where John was before coming to Montgomery Co., Va., also the three children living up in Pennsylvania. Do not claim these to be records of John, just that it is possiblely him.
Early Records of Hampshire Co., Va. by Shaw gives the following. 22-Apr-1782: Valentine Purget & wife Madelana of Washington Co., Pa. or Va. to John Davis of Hampshire Co., 115 A. on Pattersons Creek. Recorded 14-Aug-1782, no witnesses.
14-May-1783: John Davis & wife Ann to John Bacorn of Hampshire Co., 115 A. on Pattersons Creek. Recorded 14-May-1783. Witnesses: John Jones, Wm. Blackburn, David Jones.
State Census of Hampshire Co., Va. if records show gone in 1784 check Allegany, Bedford, Washington & Westmoreland Co's., Pa. 1790 census. John Davis gone in '84, lived near John Wilson. Wilson's have been neighbors of Davises in VA, KY & MO.
6. Deborah2 Davis (John1) was born Abt. 1773 in New York, and died 1846 in Montgomery Co., Virginia. She married Henry Carty 5 July 1794 in Montgomery Co., Virginia.
7. Charles2 Davis (John1) was born Abt. 1774 in New York, and died Aft. 1830 in Tennessee. He married Sarah Cummins 29 June 1797 in Green Co., Kentucky.
Notes for Charles Davis: Named in Father's will 1799, Montgomery Co., VA. Montgomery Co., VA road petition 31-May-1794. Kegley's Virginia Frontier, pgs. 593 & 594. Speaking of a road on the North Fork of the Roanoke from Isaac Taylors to John Lucases, perhaps not less than 10 miles. Signed by Chas. Davis, William Britt (Charles Davises bro-in-law) and Luke Muncy to name a few.
Green Co., KY marriages. Charles Davis married Sarah Cummins 29-Jun-1797. Marriage solemnized by Manoak Lasley.
From Shirley Carlton Davis, wife of Robert Ragland Davis. 2-Mar-1799; KY Land Grants, Bk. 3, 391. Survey for Charles Davis; 100 A. in Green County on Northeast Fork of Sulphur Lick. 12-Jun-1800; Bk. 12, 311. Survey for Charles Davis; 200 A. in Cumberland Co., KY on Cumberland River. 12-Dec-1805: Bk. 23, 33. Survey for Charles Davis; 100 A. in Cumberland Co., on Merideth's Creek. 8-Jan-1807: Cumberland Co., KY Deeds Bk. A., 198. Charles Davis sells to Howard Mercer of Barren Co., KY land on Sulphur Creek. 17-Sept-1807: Cumberland Co., KY Surveyor's Deed Bk. B, 281. Charles Davis, 40 A. on Sulphur Lick Creek, joins land of Jesse Roberts and Davis. Samuel Wilson, Deputy Surveyor. 21-Sept-1807: KY Land Grants, Bk. 4, 237. Survey for Charles Davis; 40 A. on N. Fork of Sulpher Lick Creek. 14-Nov-1808: Cumberland Co., KY Deeds, Bk. A, 226-227. William Sims of Cumberland Co., KY sells to Charles Davis also of Cumberland, land (no acreage given) adjoining James Ward. 2-Oct-1819: Surveyors Deed Bk. A. 569. John W. McMillen, assignee of Ephriam Dicken; 62 A. joining McMillens land. Chain Carriers (cc) Charles Davis and Isham Dicken, 21-Oct01819 Ibid. John W. McMillen, asignee of Ephriam Dicken; 10 A. joining McMillen's land and land of Charles Davis. 18-May 1834: Kentucky Land Grants. Bk.3, 174. Land grant to Charles Davis of 200 A. in Jackson County, Tennessee; surveyed 18-May-1834; on Cumberland River. Note: These land were origionally thought to be in KY, according to the early survey. The Walker survey, however, placed then in TN. According to an agreement reached between the two states in 1820, KY was allowed to make grants east and north 36 degrees 30 min. Thus the land granted was in TN. This portion of Jackson Co., later fell into Clay Co., when it formed. Monroe Co., KY taxes appear to have been collected by Cumberland Co., for the years 1824-26 Charles Davises taxes were paid "per Joshua Davis" indicating Charles Davis was no longer a resident of Monroe Co.
For years I have wondered why some of Joshua Davises children came through Illinois on their way to settle in what was the Polk Co., MO. Not sure if Joshua Davis came through IL on his way to MO. The fact that most of Charles Davises children settled in Franklin Co., IL probably was the reason.
Monroe Co., KY formed from part of Cumberland Co., by 1820.
Notes for Ann Davis: 22_Feb-1822: Rea Co., TN Court Minutes, 1821-22. Will of Asa Wilson of Monroe Co., KY, probated in Rea Co., TN by co-executoe, Gideon Ragland (Asa's bro-in-law). It had been probated in Monroe co., KY Dec., 1821, by the other executor, William C. Wilson (Asa's brother). It provided a legacy for the unborn child of Ann Davis, daughter of Charles Davis of Monroe Co., KY. From Shirley Carlton Davis. She also thinks tha Ann Davises child (Robert R. Davis) was Asa Wilsons and they did not seem to have married. Robert was in the Hiawasse District, later Meigs Co., (TN) as early as 1829, when James Wilson another of Asa'a brothers was appointed guardian for Robert R. Davis "an Orphant." At the age of 14 Robert took himself to court and asked for a new guardian, Gideon Ragland was appointed. James Wilson and several members of his family went to Polk Co., MO.
8. Catherine2 Davis (John1) was born 28 September 1778 in New York, and died 16 June 1859 in Montgomery Co., Virginia. She married Samuel Lucas 3 September 1799 in Montgomery Co., Virginia.
9. Joshua2 Davis (John1) was born Abt. 1779 in New York, and died 2 May 1845 in Polk Co., Missouri. He married Sally Moody 14 July 1801 in Montgomery Co., Virginia, daughter of Edmund Moody and Sarah Unknown.
Notes for Joshua Davis: Joshua Davis is mentioned in his father John Davises will, 1799, Montgomery Co., VA. Joshua sold the land he rec'd from his father's will to his brother-in-law Samuel Lucas.
Joshua Davis Married Sally Moody, dau. Of Edmund & Sarah Moody, in Montgomery Co., VA. Have marriage record. (Note: Edmund Moody had two wives by the name Sarah, Sally comes from the first Sarah, maiden name unknown)
Montgomery Co., VA Deed Book D, page 45, 6-Dec-1803: Grantors: Joshua Davis & Sally Davis his wife of the county of Montgomery and the state of Virginia. Grantees: Samuel Lucas of the county and state aforesaid, consideration 85 Pds. Land conveyed, one certain tract or parcel of land containing 41 A. being in the county aforesaid on Willsons Creek a branch of the North Fork of the Roanoak. Conveys an indefeezable estate of inheritance. Recorded Dec. Court 1803.
He then moved to what became Monroe Ky., KY, later lived across the line in Jackson Co., TN before going to Polk Co., MO the part that became Dallas Co., MO. Census records indicate Joshua might have went to KY via Ohio as his son Willis Davis always gave Ohio as his place of birth. This suggest to me that he may have visited his relatives mentioned in his father's will as living up in (Pennsylvania?) and came through Ohio on his way to KY.
The Buffalo Reflex (Newspaper) dated 22-Jun-1939, page 1, mentions the following. " OLDEST ON RECORD, 99 YEAR OLD DEED FOUND. Wile Mrs. Ella Burd was working at arranging old papers filed in the office of B. H. Darby, Recorder of Deeds, Wensday of this week, she found what is believed to be the oldest warrenty deed on record here. It is 99 years old. November 4, 1840, David L. Long and Rody Long, his wife, sold 80 acres in 36-32-20, then Polk County, part of which is now Dallas County, located east of Olive, to Joshua Davis for $600.00. The deed given in the deal was filed for recording first in 1840. After the court house was burned in the '60's, it was again filed in 1914 and recorded by the then recorder, Ben F. Rea."
Springfield Advertizer (Newspaper) dated July 19, 1845. "Estate of Joshua Davis, dec, Dallas Co.." Notice is hereby given that the undersigned has obtained from the clerk of the county court of Dallas County, Missouri, letters of administration on the estate of Joshua Davis, deceased, bearing date the 6th. of May, 1845; that all persons endebted to said estate are requested to make immediate payment, and those having claims against the same are requested to present them duly authenticated, for payment, within twelve months fom the date of the said letters, and if not presented within three years they will be forever barred. July 12, 1845. MILTON DAVIS, Ex'r."
10. Anna2 Davis (John1) was born Abt. 1780 in New York, and died in Tennessee. She married Isaac Stephens 12 January 1803 in Montgomery Co., Virginia, son of Solomon Stephens and Milly Britt.
15. Ashel3 Davis (Charles2, John1) was born Abt. 1801 in Monroe Co., Kentucky, and died Aft. 1860 in Franklin Co., Illinois. He married Nancy Unknown Bef. 1830.
16. Caywood3 Davis (Charles2, John1) was born Abt. 1809 in Monroe Co., Kentucky, and died 1883 in Franklin Co., Illinois. He married (1) Unknown Bef. 1833. He married (2) Eliza Unknown Bef. 1850.
Notes for Caywood Davis: Suspect his first wife was the daughter of Welcome Martin and sister of Celia Martin who was the first wife of Caywood's cousin John Davis. He is said to be buried Old Mulkey Cemetery.
19. Sarah3 Davis (Charles2, John1) was born June 1815 in Kentucky, and died 6 April 1878 in Franklin County, Illinois. She married Doctor F. Hammons.
Notes for Sarah Davis: Buried in Old Mulkey Cemetery.
Notes for Doctor F. Hammons: Name was Doctor.
Notes for Lewis Hammons: Buried in Old Mulkey Cemetery.
20. Charles Davis3 Lucas (Catherine2 Davis, John1) was born 12 July 1800 in Montgomery Co., Virginia, and died 5 December 1885. He married (1) Nancy Haymaker 2 October 1821 in Montgomery Co., Virginia. He married (2) Nancy Dobbins 26 January 1836 in Montgomery Co., Virginia. He married (3) Nancy Walters Charlton 12 September 1866.
Notes for Samuel Lucas: In Civil War, went to Missouri after war.
64ii.Philip Lucas, born 12 April 1824 in Virginia. He married Elizabeth Dobbins 20 November 1843 in Montgomery Co., Virginia.
Notes for Philip Lucas: In Civil War, went to Missouri after war.
65iii.Charles Lucas, born 6 March 1826; died 29 October 1873 in Texas. He married Nancy Baker 11 December 1849 in Montgomery Co., Virginia.
Notes for Charles Lucas: In Civil War, went to Texas.
66iv.Elizabeth Lucas, born 26 June 1828; died 16 September 1912. She married Unknown Duncan.
Notes for Elizabeth Lucas: Said to have had no children.
67v.Catherine Lucas, born 15 March 1831. She married Edward Baker 11 September 1848 in Montgomery Co., Virginia.
Notes for James Anderson Lucas: Killed in Civil War.
Notes for John William Lucas: Was in Civil War
Notes for Eldrid Anderson Lucas: Killed in Civil War.
Notes for George Lucas: Was in Civil War.
Notes for Rice Montague Lucas: Was in Civil War.
23. John3 Lucas (Catherine2 Davis, John1) was born 15 November 1807 in Montgomery Co., Virginia, and died 15 November 1893. He married Agnes Brown 19 December 1337 in Montgomery Co., Virginia.
31. John3 Davis (Joshua2, John1) was born 6 August 1802 in Montgomery Co., Virginia, and died 7 May 1881 in Benton Co., Missouri. He married (1) Celia Martin 22 May 1828 in Monroe Co., Kentucky, daughter of Welcome Martin and Mary Trimble. He married (2) Cynthia Ann Lytle 13 October 1852 in Greene Co., Missouri, daughter of Edward Lytle.
Notes for Celia Martin: This is my line. Notes on this family will be found in the Davis family record.
32. Nancy3 Davis (Joshua2, John1) was born 6 August 1804 in Montgomery Co., Virginia, and died 30 July 1878 in Nakomia, Illinois. She married Abraham Kerr 2 January 1826.
33. Charles3 Davis (Joshua2, John1) was born 20 October 1810 in Montgomery Co., Virginia, and died 17 September 1878 in Webster Co., Missouri. He married Ruth Gearhart Abt. 1831.
34. Willis3 Davis (Joshua2, John1) was born 9 July 1814 in Ohio, and died 10 October 1857 in Missouri. He married Isabel Bushong McMurtry 14 April 1836 in Monroe Co., Kentucky.
35. Sarah3 Davis (Joshua2, John1) was born Abt. 1816 in Cumberland Co., Kentucky, and died Abt. 1860 in Camden Co., Missouri. She married William H. Delaney.
36. Woodford Irving3 Davis (Joshua2, John1) was born 23 January 1820 in Cumberland Co., Kentucky, and died 2 February 1897 in Elkland, Missouri. He married Leatha Adeline Highfil Abt. 1842.
37. Milton3 Davis (Joshua2, John1) was born 5 July 1822 in Jackson Co., Tennessee, and died 11 April 1897 in Donaldson, Arkansas. He married Adeline Henson.
40. Anna Davis3 Stephens (Anna2 Davis, John1). She married Samuel McReynolds.
Marriage Notes for Anna Stephens and Samuel McReynolds: Letter from Shirley Carlton Davis, wife if Robert Ragland Davis, dated 30-Apr-1977 to me. "Skip now, please to 1868 and 1873, when two daughters of Robert R. Davis (my husbands great-grandfather) residents of Meigs County, Tennessee, married Isaac and Thomas McReynolds, brothers, residents of Bledsoe County, Tennessee. " Letter goes on to say how difficult the courting would be between these two counties. While visiting some relatives in Bledsoe County, Tennesse they asked the question about the long distance courtship , the two ladiies agreed that they had heard Robert R. Davis "had kin in Bledsoe County." She was still skeptical because the Stephens family Bible and census records show Anna Davis was born in NY and she could not possibly be related to John Davis of Montgomery County, Virginia. Well she was the daughter of John Davis and the Davis family had lived in NY when their children were born.
41. William3 Stephens (Anna2 Davis, John1) was born Abt. 1807 in Tennessee. He married Martha Emeline Unknown.
Notes for William Stephens: Goodspeed History of Tennessee Pg. 1077 Article on Elbert C. Montgomery son-in-law of William and Emeline Stephens states William & Emeline Stephens were natives of Bledsoe Co., TN. William was a Justice of the Peace for many years and son of Issac and Anna (Davis) Stephens who were among the earliest settlers of Sequatchie Valley.
Children from 1850 Bledsoe Co., Tn Census.
42. Mark3 Stephens (Anna2 Davis, John1) was born Abt. 1808 in Bledsoe County, Tennessee. He married Elizabeth C. Greer.
Notes for Mark Stephens: Child from 1850 Bledsoe County, Tennessee Census
43. James3 Stephens (Anna2 Davis, John1) was born Abt. 1810 in Bledsoe County, Tennessee. He married Isabella Unknown.
Notes for James Stephens: Children taken from 1850 Bledsoe County, Tennessee Census
Possible clue to John Davis?
9/11/96 - Searching for Brown, Coke. Born approximately 1830 in Virginia. Grandfather of Richard Newton Brown born in Kentucky Dec. 1850 who married Susan Jane Roland.
Also searching for info on John Davis, 11 July, 1767, Montgomery County, Virginia, married Sarah Litsey (b. 1 Dec. 1766, Augusta Co., Va.). Father of John Davis was Edward Davis who fought in Revolutionary War. Family moved to Kentucky (Harrodsburgh).
Toby A. Brown: e-mail: tbrown@@sover.net
Montgomery County, Virginia 1789 Tax List C Big Reed Island, Pine and Snake Cr., Buckhorn 24 Aug 1789
Person charged with taxes WM over 21 years WM 16-21 Slaves Horses Francis CLEMENTS Francis CLEMENTS 0 0 3 Benjamin CLEMENTS Benjamin CLEMENTS 0 3 2 Henry Combs Henry Combs 0 0 0 John DAVIS John DAVIS 0 0 1 Abraham GOAD Abraham GOAD 0 0 7 James GOAD James GOAD 0 0 3 Jonathan ISAM Jonathan ISAM 0 0 5 Randal LAWSON Randal LAWSON 0 0 1 Wm. McDONALD Wm. McDONALD 0 0 3 George QUEISENBERRY George QUEISENBERRY 1 0 2
In 1795, of the above-listed individuals, only Francis CLEMENTS, John DAVIS and George QUISENBERRY were listed on the Grayson Co, VA tax list - along with Mason Combs.