Person:John Davis (178)

John Davis
d.Bet. March-April, 1800 Greenbrier County, Virginia
  • F.  Davis (add)
m. est. 1740-1745
  1. Joseph Davisbef 1746 - aft 1780
  2. John Davis1748 - Bet 1800
m. 1774
  1. Nancy DavisABT 1774 -
  2. Sarah 'Sally' Davisabt 1780 - 1850
  3. Rebecca Davisabt 1782 - between 1824
  4. Elizabeth 'Betsy' Davis1783 -
  5. Jane 'Jean' Davisabt 1784 - 1825
  6. Mary Gray 'Polly' Davisabt 1789-1790 -
Facts and Events
Name[1] John Davis
Gender Male
Birth? 1748
Marriage 1774 Virginiato Jane 'Jean' Clendenin
Death? Bet. March-April, 1800 Greenbrier County, Virginia
Reference Number? 1141

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


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Will Transcript of John Davis

In the Name of God, Amen. I, John Davis of Greenbrier County and the State of Virginia at present afflicted with dangerous Malady, but retaining through the mercy of the Supreme Being a reasonable and disposing memory with greatful acknowledgments do make and ordain this my Last Will and Testament for the disposal of such worldly estate whereof I am possessed.
Imprimus -- to my dearly beloved wife, Jean Davis, I bequeath One hundred and fifty acres of land which shall include my dwelling house and all improvements adjacent there to upon the same tract to be laid off a line running from the graveyard with the line of the survey towards James Arbuckle's house one hundred poles thence across the survey a parallel line with the north side of the survey so as to include the said one hundred and fifty acres to enjoy the full benefits and advanages of said one hundred and fifty acres of land and the improvements thereon during her natural life for to support herself and family, but if my daughter Polly should arrive at full age before her mother's decease or marry with her consent it is my desire that she would have the half of said one hundred and fifty acres of land laid off at the one or other end thereof as my Executors may direst for her use and at the decease of my wife, Jean, it is my will that my daughter Polly shall have the side one hundred and fifty acres of land to her and her heirs forever.
I also give to my wife, Jean, all my household and kitchen furniture with all stock of horse, cattle, sheep and hogs and accept what may be found necessary to dispose of for the discharging of my just debts of which there are few and none of any magnitude. Also, I bequeath to my said wife my two slaves, Sam and Milly to her use during her natural life as also my slave, Henry, to her during her widowhood, but if my said negro woman, Milly, should have any issue during the lifetime of her mistress it is my will that such issue descend equally to my three daughters viz: Sally, Jean, and Rebecka allowing the said Jean to make her first choice of such division. But, at the death or marriage of my said wife it is my wish that my slave Henry descend to my daughter Polly and her heirs. Also that at the decease of her mother that my said negro woman, Milly, descend to my said daughter Polly and her heirs forever.
Item: I give to my daughter Sally one hundred acres of land (or whatever may be contained in my Part of the Land Purchased by Alexander Welch and myself from Charles Arbuckle and land adjoining the lands whereon we now live which is to be divided between us according to Special Agreement) - be the same more or less to my daughter, Sally and her heirs forever --
Item: I give and bequeath to my daughter, Betsy, two hundred acres of land part of a patent granted to John Rodgers for four hundred acres lying at the place generally known in this county [by the name of ??] the Meadows and whereof I am jointly entitled with said Rodgers --- to her my said daughter, Betsy and her heirs forever and I also give to her and her heirs my negro woman, Alce, reserving the choice of any issue that the said negro woman Alce may hereafter have for my daughter, Rebecka and which she the said Rebecka may make at any time she may think proper if such issue should be.
Item: I give and beqeath to my daughter Jean an equal half of the remainder of the tract of land whereon I now live after the said one hundred and fifty acres here before bequeathed is taken out, and said Jean's part is to be laid off adjoining James Arbuckle and John Rodgers and said one hundred and fifty acres before mentioned to her the said Jean and her heirs forever --
Item: I give and bequeath to my daughter, Rebecka, the other half of the remainder of the tract whereon I now live (after the said one hundred and fifty acres here before bequeated is taken out) and which said part shall include the improvements where Donal Fear now lives to her the said Rebecka and her heirs forever -- and also one choice of any issue if my negro woman Alice that may hereafter by as before specified in the bequest to my daughter, Betsy.
Item: I give and bequeath to my daughter, Nancy, wife of Dorral Fear the tract of land called the Mill place adjoining the lands of James Peebles and Michael Shanks to her and her heirs forever and I also allow her the privilege of living eight years on the land where she now lives clear of any rent or other charges which land is here before bequeated to my daughter, Rebecka and who at the expiration of the said term of eight years from this date is to have a full and free possession of and in the said land from the said Nancy or any other claiming under her.
Item: It is also my will that my three slaves: James, Saul and Rodger be employed on the Plantation whereon I now live under the direction of my wife and my Executors for the mutual benefit of my said wife and her unmarried children until my youngest daughter be come of lawful age, and the said three slaves if alive be sold and one hundred and fifty pounds of the money arising from such sale to be paid to my daughter Betsy and the balance to be equally divided between my daughters, Sally, Jeaney, Rebecka and Polly, but if the said negros die or any of them before my said youngest daughter dies or becomes of lawful age the money arising from such sale or the survivors of them to be proportioned between my said daughters, Betsy, Sally, Jeaney, Polly and Rebecka according to their present value to be ascertained by appraisement and be paid to my said daughters in the same proportion as is expressed and meant before in the clause.
Item: It is my will that my still and still vessels be sold and the money arising from such a sale to be applied to the mutual present necessities of my beloved wife and children enjoining and entreating her my said wife while it please God to spare her life carefully to watch over the tender years of my dear children to warn them of the vices and dangers of the world, and carefully to instruct them in the Paths of Virtue and Rectitude which finally lead to enjoyments that will end no more, and fond parental affections shall increase and most sincerely implore the assisting Aid of Almighty Grace.
Lastly, I do constitute my said wife, Jean Davis, Wm. Renick and Jno. Stuart, Joseph Maze executors of this my last Will and Testament in Testimony whereof I have this 17th day of March One Thousand Eight Hundred hereunto set my seal and Subscribed my Name.
(Signed) John Davis [Seal]
Signed, Sealed and Acknowledge to be the last will of Jno. Davis in presence of us:
William Morrow
John Rodgers
Agatha Stuart
John Stuart

Records of John Davis in Augusta County, VA

From Chalkley's:

  • Book 2, Undated (prob. abt. 1800-1804) - Jane Davis vs. Rogers et als.--O. S. 56; N. S. 19. Jane is daughter of Archibald Clendennin who was killed by Indians in Greenbrier in 1763 with all his children except oratrix. Before his death he purchased the settlement right of George Lee. Archibald's widow Ann married John Rogers, Jane is widow of ____ Davis. They were married before 25th March, 1775. John Rogers had sons Archibald and James Rodgers. Davis died in 1800. Bill filed July, 1803. John Rogers says he married widow of Archibald Clendennin in 1767. In 1772 he moved to Greenbrier. Davis and Jane married in 1774. Jas. Huston deposes he was brother-in-law to George Wilson, who claimed the tract before Clendennin. Donelly was also brother-in-law to Geo. Wilson. George Lee deposes, 1803, in Hardy County that in 1762 he held a settlement right to the land sold to George Wilson. Andrew Donnelly, Sr., deposes in Kenawha 1805. James Burnsides, Sr., deposes in Monroe County 1804. Clendennin was killed in 15th July, 1763. John Ewing of Gallia County, Ohio, deposes. Jane was married after Archibald's mother. She was born January or February, 1758. On 15th July, 1763, Jane and deponent (John Ewing) were taken prisoner by Indians and carried away. They were kept in the same nation, but not together, except on their journey to Pittsburg, where they were liberated 14th May, 1765. John Ewing was 76 years old when he was taken prisoner.
  • Davis vs. Rogers-O. S. 199; N. S. TO--Bill, July, 1803. Complainant is Elizabeth Davis (infant by Linah Mims, guardian). Joseph Davis in 1780 obtained a certificate from the Commissioners for Greenbrier County by right of settlement for 400 acres in Greenbrier, and as- signed it to John Davis, father of oratrix, who then lived in Greenbrier. Afterwards John contracted to sell to John Rodgers, who had son, James Rodgers. Jane Davis deposes, 3d July, 1805, oratrix is 22 years old last May. Jane is widow of John Davis, John Rodgers answers, John and Joseph Davis were brothers. Will of John Da- vis, of Greenbrier: Wife, Jane; daughter, Polly (infant); daughters, Sally and Rebekah; daughter, Betsey; daughter, Nancy, wife of Donel Fear; daughter, Jenny ('), Teanny (?). Dated 17th March, 1800. Proved in Greenbrier, April, 1800. William Comer deposes at Lewisburg. For some time prior to 1781 he had lived with John Rodgers. Surveys and plats. Deed dated 29th January, 1799, by John Rodgers of Greenbrier to James Rodgers of saine place, conveys 400 acres, patented, to John, 6th E'ebruary, 1195, on Sewil's Creek. Proved in Greenbrier, January, 1199. Archibald Rodgers deposes, son of John Rodgers. Dowell vs. Stephenson--O. S. 199; N. S. TO--Bill, Sth December, 1818. Orator, Major Dowell, says that in 1795 William Moore, James Ramsey, deceased, and orator formed partnership to locate 100,000 acres lying m now County of Cabell.

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