Facts and Events
Robert Davis was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA
Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Page 545.--21st May, 1764. Mathew Patton to Robert Davis, £75, on South Fork of South Branch of Potomac; corner Frederick Kiester. Teste: John Smith, John Poage, Robert Armstrong. Delivered: Samuel Morrel, 25th June, 1787.
Disposition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Page 475.--20th August, 1770. Robert Davis and Sarah to Frederick Havoner, £10, 33 acres on South Fork of South Branch of Potowmack, part of 327 acres whereon said Davis lives; said Hevener's corner. Delivered: David Steel, per order, 28th September, 1817.
Information on Robert Davis
From "A History of Pendleton County, West Virginia", by Oren Frederic Morton:
Robert Davis was of a Welch family that settled in North Carolina and moved thence to Virginia. He may have been the son of Robert Davis, an early settler of Augusta and its first constable (Note: other sources indictate Robert was a son of Isaac Davis and Sarah Winston). He settled a half mile below Brandy wine, at least as early as 1764, purchasing land in that year of Matthew Patton. About this time he married Sarah, daughter of Roger Dyer and widow of Peter Hawes. His older brothers. John and William, settled also on the South Fork. Whether John Davis was the one who was a justice of Rockingham and was appointed to let the building of its first courthouse is not known. William died in 1773, and Robert was his executor. Robert was a major in the Continental army and saw active service, especially among the Indians west of the Alleghanies. He was present at the killing of Big Foot, a noted chief. In 1779 he was commissioned Captain of militia for Rockingham, resigning in 1781. He was one of the first justices of that county, but owing to his military duties, he was not present to take his oath of office until May 26, 1779. In 1780 and 1781 be was the leader of the South Fork patriots against the tory faction. The disturbance was brougnt to an end by a truce he arranged with Ward and Hull. In 1784 he was recommended as coroner. In 1785 be and James Davis were the committee to view the repairs on the new Rockingham courthouse. In 1786 he became sheriff of Rockingham, and held this office until he became the first sheriff of .Pendleton. He was again sheriff in 1804, and he served his county as member of the House of Delegates in 1793-4. He was a justice of the peace from 1778 until his death in 1818 at an advanced age. He was frequently called upon in the settlement of estates and in other matters of public business, thus indicating a high degree of practical judgment. He was one of the substantial residents on the bouth Fork. On his land stood with one exception the first mill in that valley and probably the very first Bchoolhouse. [pg. 89].
Of the men designated to comprise the first court of Rockingham at least four were Pendletonians: John Skidmore, Robert Davis, James Dyer and Isaac Hinkle. Skidmore and Davis were not present, being probably with the army.