Person:David Davis (47)

David Davis, of Mossy Creek, Shenandoah River, Augusta County, VA
  • HDavid Davis, of Mossy Creek, Shenandoah River, Augusta County, VA1693/94 - 1759
  • WMartha ThomasAbt 1695 - 1759
  1. Catherine DavisAbt 1722 -
  2. Rev. Samuel Davis1723 - 1761
  3. Elizabeth DavisAbt 1725 - Aft 1782
  • HDavid Davis, of Mossy Creek, Shenandoah River, Augusta County, VA1693/94 - 1759
  • WSarah DickinsonBef 1698 - 1718
m. 31 Mar 1716
Facts and Events
Name David Davis, of Mossy Creek, Shenandoah River, Augusta County, VA
Alt Name David Davis, of the Calfpasture, Augusta County, VA
Gender Male
Birth? 28 Feb 1693/94 Merion Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania
Marriage 31 Mar 1716 Merion Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvaniato Sarah Dickinson
Death? 11 Aug 1759 Hanover County, Virginia

David Davis was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia


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Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA

  • David Davis acquired 400 acres "on head of a branch of North River of Shanado (Shenandoah River) called Mossey Creek" on 12 February 1741 or 1742, per the records listed below. The deed for this transaction is most likely located in Orange County (the predecessor county of Augusta), Virginia records, where deeds were recorded before late 1745.
  • Vol. 3 - Page 460.--400 acres on head of Mossey Creek, patented to David Davis. 12th February, 1741; 180 acres patented to Samuel McFeeters, 1st August, 1772.
  • David Davis also acquired 290 acres for $29 on the "Calfpasture" area of Augusta County, which he later sold to John Poage in 1749. (Source: Annals of Bath County, Virginia, by Oren F. Morton).

Disposition of Land from Chalkley's:

  • Page 477.--22d February, 1747. £11.5.0. David Davis to Wm. McFetters, 400 acres patented to David, 12th February, 1742, on head of a branch of North River of Shanado called Mossey Creek. Teste: John Madison, Andrew Lewis, David Stuart. Proved by all, 16th March, 1747.

Records in Augusta County, VA

From Chalkley's:

(Note: the later records after the death of this David Davis MAY be possibly a son David, more research necessary to determine any relationship.).

  • Vol. 1 - February 10, 1745/6. - (6) David Davis--to show cause against paying William Morrison freedom dues.
  • February 11, 1745. - (8) Wm. Smith and Ro. Gay--Overseers Road from David Davis Mill to top mountain above Wm. King's.
  • Vol. 1 - FEBRUARY 12, 1745/6. - (16) William Morrison to have his freedom dues paid out of the attached estate of David Davis. (Note: this appears to be another David Davis that died prior to this date, perhaps a father to this David?)
  • Vol. 1 - APRIL AND JUNE, 1746. - Jane Gibbons, admx. of James Gibbons, vs. David Davis.--Debt on bond dated 22d October, 1733.
  • Vol. 1 - MARCH 19, 1746/7. - (175) David Davis and John Smith to lay off a road from the Co. Ho. to top Blue Ridge, near Rockfish Gap, and from thence to Falls of James River and Fredericksburg.
  • Page 325.--13th August, 1747. Wm. Beverley to James Gilmore, farmer, £8 current money Virginia; 204 acres in Beverley Manor; corner James Moody; corner to a place surveyed for David Davis; Bell's land. Witnessed and proved as above.
  • Vol. 1 - NOVEMBER, 28, 1751. - (208) Adam Dickinson, David Davis, Peter Wright and Joseph Carpenter, lay off a road from Wright's Mill to the Cow-pasture near Hugart's or Knox's. (Note: Adam Dickinson mentioned in this record is most likely related to David Davis' wife, Sarah Dickinson).
  • Page 413.--13th September, 1763. James Humpheries, of Rowan County, North Carolina, to Henry Smith, £30, 400 acres on Free Mason's Branch of North River Shanando, David Davis' line, pine on top Castle Hill on south side North River, patented to James, 20th June, 1747. Teste: Jno. Malcolm.
  • Page 559.--24th November, 1763. Henry Smith and Cemey ( ) to Wm. Shannon, £62.10, on Free Mason's Branch of North River Shanando, 400 acres; David Davis's line, a pine on top of Castle Hill, patented to James Humphries, 25th June, 1747, and sold by James to Henry Smith, 1763.
  • Page 831.--20th March, 1765. William Shannon to Edward Erwin, mortgage, £29, 400 acres on North River of Shanandore, David Davies' line, top of Castle Hill. Teste: Charles Lewis, Hugh Donaghe. Delivered: Ed. Erwin, May, 1767.
  • Page 539.--19th August, 1766. William Given(s) and Agness to Robert Lockridge, £172, 552 acres on both sides Great River Calfpasture; corner Henry Gay's; corner David Davis. Teste: Robert Bratton, Andrew Lockridge. Delivered: Mr. Lockridge, 18th November, 1788.
  • Page 419.--18th May, 1767. William Shannon to Abraham Smith, £35.9.5, mortgage of 300 acres on North River of Shanandore, corner David Davis.
  • Page 470.--21st June, 1769. William Shannon and Jane ( ) to John Lowry, £100, 300 acres on North River of Shanandore, part of 400 acres patented to James Humphreys, 25th June, 1747, and by him conveyed to Henry Smith, 13th September, 1763, and by him to William Shannon, 24th November, 1763, David Davise's line. Teste: Andrew Campbell, Jame Byride. Delivered: John Lowrey, 5th December, 1773.
  • Page 23.--26th April 1779. Mark Bird and Mary, of Union Township, County of Berkshire, Pennsylvania, to Henry Miller. Whereas Adam Stephen, of Berkeley County, sold to Mark and Henry, 7th April, 1774, 400 acres purchased by Adam from Henry Smith; also another tract conveyed to Adam by William Minter on Mossey Creek; also another tract purchased from Henry Smith on South Fork of North River of Shenandoah; afterwards Mark and Henry entered into partnership, 1st June, 1774, as ironmasters and to build necessary forges, furnaces and mills. Teste: Jesse Potts, David Davis, Sarah Lincoln.

Information on David Davis

Notes on David Davis:

From Rootsweb post:

ARMSTRONG, BEATTY, DAVIS, DAVISON, MORRISON, WILSON, WOOD posted by Jerrie Morrison Howard on Sunday, May 9, 1999

Searching for information on David Davis in Augusta Co., VA. He was granted land in 1742. Where did he live before moving to Augusta Co., VA? In the Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlement in Virginia, Vol. 1, Feb. 12, 1745, "David Davis to show cause against paying William Morrison freedom dues". Also "William Morrison to have his freedom dues paid out of the attached estate of David Davis". Does anyone know why David Davis would be paying freedom dues to William Morrison??? William was the son of Thomas Morrison, d. 1748, Lancaster Co., PA. I would greatly appreciate any information.

From Annals of Augusta County, Virginia: 1739 And now we have the first reference to a public road west of the Blue Ridge. June, 1739, "John Poage, David Davis and George Hutchison having, according to an order of Court, viewed and laid off a road from Beverley Manor," etc., "It is ordered that the said road be cleared from John Young's at the North Mountain to the top of the Blue Ridge to the bounds of Goochland county. The order of court directing the laying off of the road was not found.

From Chalkley's Augusta County, Virginia records:

1744: An early settlement on 16,500 acres on the Calfpasture granted to James PATTON and John LEWIS was very closely associated with the James River and Roanoke settlements. The original settlers were Alexander DUNLAP, William JAMESON, Thomas GILHAM, Robert CROCKETT, David DAVIS, Thomas WEEMS, Henry GRAY, Francis DONALLY, Robert GAY, Samuel HODGE, John MILLER, Robert BRATTON, James LOCKRIDGE, John GRAHAM, Robert GIVENS, John PRESTON, William WARWICK, James CARLISLE, Jacob CLEMENTS, John CAMPBELL, James CARTER, Loftus PULLEN, John WILSON, John KINCAID, William ELIOTT Jr., William HAMILTON, William GAY, Samuel GAY, John WARD.

From A Centennial History of Alleghany County, Virginia, By Oren F. Morton:

The Lewis surveys on Jackson's River above the site of Covington and below the vicinity of the line of Bath county aggregate about 2,000 acres. The original owners were Robert Armstrong, Robert Crockett, David Davis, James Ewing, William Jameson, James Montgomery, and George Wilson. With the exception of Armstrong and possibly Montgomery, these men had their homes on the Calfpasture or elsewhere. Armstrong lived in the bend just below the Bath line. The Armstrong holdings became extensive and the family prosperous. James Montgomery appears to be the man of that name who was killed by Indians.