Mary Davis grew up in Virginia (now West Virginia), and there is strong evidence that she was the daughter of Benjamin ll Davis. His Will mentions daughters Ann Morning Davis, Mary Davis, Elizabeth Davis & Son Benjamin Davis, witnessed by Jarrell family. Benjamin ll Davis moved to Georgia after Mary Davis married Daniel Jarrell.
Mary Davis is Benjamin ll Davis’s Sister, daughter of Benjamin l Davis & sister of James (also mentioned in his Will). Although her births & marriage date appears to indicate that she may have been a late birth (youngest) of Benjamin l Davis.
Spouse Daniel Jarrell
“Mary (Davis) JARRELL was born about 1735-1740 in north-central Virginia… Daniel [Jarrell] married Mary Davis about 1770, judging from the approximate ages of their known children. They settled among their Jarrell and Davis relatives in Culpeper County in rolling green foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, still today one of the most scenic areas in the eastern United States. Daniel Jarrell’s wife MARY DAVIS may have been born in King William County, Virginia, but grew up in nearby Spotsylvania County, adjacent to Caroline County. She was born about 1742, based on the known and approximated ages of her siblings. Mary was likely the youngest child of Benjamin Davis (I), an area bridge-builder and master carpenter who built the first addition to St. George’s Parish Church in Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania County, Virginia in 1754-1756. [Dorman, St. George's Parish Spots Vestry Books 1726-1817 (1998), p. 101]
"“By late 1757, Benjamin was leasing and building on the land that became the courthouse town of Culpeper in 1759 [Act of February 1759, Wm. W. Hening, Statutes at Large, Vol. VII, p. 306], and the road where he lived was called Davis’s Street. [CDBC:618; see also Keller’s excerpt in History of the Town of Culpeper, p. II-1] Today, Davis Street is at the heart of a thriving historical district in downtown Culpeper, 70 miles southwest of Washington, DC. Benjamin Davis (I) died in the town of Culpeper (first called Fairfax) in the summer of 1763. [CCMB1763-1764, Prichard (1930)] No will for him has been found, but strong indirect evidence from primary records indicates that, in addition to Daniel Jarrell’s wife Mary, Benjamin’s children include John Davis (c1728-1808), William Davis (c1730-1823), James Davis (c1732-1824), Benjamin Davis (“II”, 1736-1797), and Sarah Davis (c1738-c1820), wife of Thomas Terry, c1730-1804). Mary’s likely brother William Davis moved from Culpeper County, Virginia to Fayette County, Kentucky in the early 1780’s, and while their relationship has not yet been proved directly, Spotsylvania and Culpeper records for this William Davis show a strong association with Mary’s father and proved siblings and not with another Davis family in their area. The 1817 Madison County, Virginia will of James Davis does prove directly that the siblings include at least John Davis, James Davis, Benjamin Davis, Sarah Terry, and Mary Jarrell. [MadWB3:312 (*See General Report Notes regarding in line citation abbreviations.)]
“Proof that the maiden name of Daniel Jarrell’s wife Mary was Davis comes from the will of her brother James Davis. Written 19 Feb 1817 in Madison (formerly Culpeper) County, Virginia, James’ will bequeaths part of his estate to “children of my sister Mary Jarrell.” The fact that James Davis’ sister Mary Jarrell was Daniel Jarrell’s wife Mary, as opposed to another Mary Jarrell, is supported by numerous records showing their Jarrell and Davis families’ connections, as we shall see throughout this report. Particularly records of Mary Jarrell’s proved brothers James Davis and Benjamin Davis (II) play significant roles.
“Two records give the most straightforward support that it was Daniel Jarrell’s wife Mary who was James Davis’ sister Mary Jarrell. First is the will of Benjamin Davis (II). [EWBB:23] Benjamin was named in James Davis’ will as his brother and thus Mary Jarrell’s brother as well. Benjamin Davis’ own will written in 1796 was witnessed by three sons of Daniel Jarrell, namely Gibson Jarrell, Elijah Jarrell, and Simeon Jarrell. The witnesses are all the more compelling since at the time the Jarrell brothers’ home was in Virginia (now West Virginia), and Benjamin Davis’ home residence was in Georgia. As we discuss at length later in this report, it seems likely that Benjamin Davis died at the home of his sister Mary Jarrell’s family, then in Greenbrier County, VA/WV.”
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On 14 Aug 2017 at 15:17 GMT S B wrote:
PS: After a reading all evidence, I am a believer that Mary Davis Jarrell is the proper name. This site convinced me: http://www.joanhorsley.org/reports/Jarrell_Report_print.pdf