no image
Privacy Level: Open (White)

Nathaniel Davis (abt. 1650 - abt. 1740)

Nathaniel Davis
Born about in Virginia, British Colonial Americamap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died about in Virginia, British Colonial Americamap
Profile last modified | Created 12 Oct 2010 | Last significant change: 29 May 2021
12:21: Ken Spratlin edited the Biography for Nathaniel Davis (abt.1650-abt.1740). (Added USSC sticker colony) [Thank Ken for this | 1 thank-you received]
This page has been accessed 7,253 times.



U.S. Southern Colonies Project logo
Nathaniel Davis was a Virginia colonist.

Nathanial was born in 1650.

Nathanial was married to Elizabeth Hughes, and one of his daughters was Abediah Davis who married William Floyd.[1]

Nathaniel Davis was an Indian trader and possibly a Quaker. Nathaniel Davis, a Welshman and early settler in the region, made a large fortune by having choice river-bottom lands and trading with the Indians.

Oral/family tradition claims that his wife was a granddaughter of Chief Opechancanough, through his daughter, Princess Nicketti. While the Chief is documented, we have yet to find proof of the existence of a daughter Nicketti or her supposed mate, trader John Hughes.

Nathaniel and Elizabeth had 4 children: [2][3]

  1. Robert Davis, ancestor of CSA President Jefferson Davis who never publicly acknowledged his Indian heritage. Note: Profile for CSA President Jefferson Davis disproves any relationship between him and Nathaniel Davis. They are unrelated.
  2. Martha Davis who m. Abraham Venable;
  3. Abadiah (also called Abigail) Davis who m. William Floyd;
  4. Mary Davis who married Samuel Burks.


Date: about 1650
Place: Devon, England or Wales [4]


Husband: Nathaniel Davis
Wife: Mary Elizabeth Hughes
about 1680 [4][5]

Research Notes

Excerpts from "Floyd Biographical Genealogies" 1912 by N.J. Floyd were sent in 1964 to Broaddus and Pauline Burks from Clyde Campbell of San Antonio, Texas. He was a descendant of Samuel and Mary Davis Burks.

This birth fact has already been linked to, FamilySearch Family

Tree, FamilySearch, "Family Tree," database, FamilySearch<fi> ( : modified 24 July 2019, 02:00), entry for Nathaniel Robert Davis(PlD; contributed by various users. PersonlD M4CL—7M6.

The Oft quoted book, "The Cabells and Their Kin", has a few lines noting kinship of the Burks, Cabells, Venables, Floyds, and a branch of the Davises due to their Indian blood.
Born 1655 by St Michael's Parish, Devonshire, England. It is said he came to Virginia from Wales, and was a Quaker. He is sometimes noted as Quaker Davis...
But, Lorene Martens in "The Complete Book of Immigrants, 1607-1776" suggests that Nathaniel was "reprieved for transportation for Barbados June 1671, London." She recalls seeing somewhere that he was jailed and transported for stealing tobacco. "On 8 June 1671 Newgate prisoners reprieved to be transported to Barbados: London."
This information was found on Ancestry.con


  1. Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970. Louisville, Kentucky: National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. Microfilm, 508 rolls. SAR #90720
  2. Kegley, F.B. Kegley's Virginia Frontier, Genealogical Publishing Company, 1938
  3. Floyd, N.J. Biographical Genealogies of the Virginia-Kentucky Floyds, William and Wilkins Company, Baltimore (1912), pages 11-13
  4. 4.0 4.1 Brown, Alexander, D.C.L, The Cabells and Their Kin. Cambridge, The Riverside Press (1895), pages 46, 293
  5. U.S., Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970; SAR # 90720


Thanks to Jenny Strother, Walker_YoungPedigree(2).ged, Dulaney, Kelley Family Tree.ged, Lane Family Tree.ged

More Genealogy Tools

Sponsored Search

Is Nathaniel your ancestor? Please don't go away!
 star icon Login to collaborate or comment, or
 star icon contact private message private message a profile manager, or
 star icon ask our community of genealogists a question.
Sponsored Search by

DNA Connections
It may be possible to confirm family relationships with Nathaniel by comparing test results with other carriers of his Y-chromosome or his mother's mitochondrial DNA. Y-chromosome DNA test-takers in his direct paternal line on WikiTree:
  • Jay Davis Find Relationship : Y-Chromosome Test, haplogroup R-A14351
It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share some percentage of DNA with Nathaniel:

Have you taken a DNA test? If so, login to add it. If not, see our friends at Ancestry DNA.

Sponsored by Ancestry ®

Family History Search.


Enter a grandparent's name. Just one grandparent can lead you to many discoveries.

Comments: 16

Leave a message for others who see this profile.
There are no comments yet.
Login to post a comment.
hello we share ancestor Nathaniel Davis, there is a mix up over on his profile. can you take a look and confirm I am seeing this right please?

he shows up in 2 profiles that I have seen, profile Davis-4322 shows him with the same person as his wife and his mother. that would be this profile Hughes-381. this version of him says his son John was killed by Indians

then there is another profile for him here Davis-1446 again showing his wife as Hughes-381. Elizabeth Hughes who was born 20 plus years before he was.

posted by Wendy Browne
Davis-4322 is his son. Someone has connected Hughes-381 (his mother) as his wife. I tried to remove Hughes-381 as a spouse of Davis-4322, but the idiot project protection didn't allow me to do so.

There was no Nathaniel Robert Davis. Ancestry users invent middle names which seem to pop up everywhere. Davis-1446 should be Nathaniel Davis (with no Robert). The preferred name of Davis-4322 should be Robert Davis.

posted by Bill Vincent Ph.D.
edited by Bill Vincent Ph.D.
According to the "20th Century Cabells and their Kin," Nathaniel and his unknown wife had at least four children: daughters Mary (married Samuel Burks), Martha (married Abraham Venable), and one who married a Floyd, and a son Robert Davis, Sr.
posted by Kathie (Parks) Forbes
That 1895 publication, insofar as it relates to the Davises, is worthless fantasy. Forget about ti.
posted by Barry Wood
A recent update of the 1895 "Cabells and their Kin", called "20th Century Cabells and their Kin" by Randolph Cabell says, "Mary Davis was the daughter of Nathaniel Davis and an unknown wife... Nathaniel Davis is said to have come from England or Wales to America. It is estimated he was born about 1658. It is not known who his wife was...
posted by Kathie (Parks) Forbes
What actual evidence is there for this man and his wife? Are there any documents which name him?
Davis-54974 and Davis-1446 appear to represent the same person because: despite some differences I believe these two profiles are meant to be the same man, husband of Mary Elizabeth Hughes.
Detaching from parents; they had a son Nathaniel who married a different woman in Woburn,MA and raised a family with her in Charlestown, Mass
posted by Jillaine Smith
Middle names during this era were pretty much nonexistent for the English. Which name is correct ?
posted by Jillaine Smith
4 children included in biography, Robert, Martha, Abadiah (Abigail) and Mary but 6 children in profile. Please research and remove extraneous children. Thank you!
Davis-22779 and Davis-1446 appear to represent the same person because: Both say born in Devonshire. Both died in Virginia. Both married the same person. They are the same person. You will not lose anything, all information will be saved in the new profile and both managers will be on the profile.
posted by Dale Byers
This profile is for Nathaniel Davis of VIRGINIA. Please do not confuse him with the Nathaniel Davis of Massachusetts. The trees on Ancestry are hopelessly tangled and should be ignored.
posted by Mary Elizabeth Stewart
Davis-22779 and Davis-1446 do not represent the same person because: Nathaniel Davis of Virginia and Nathaniel Davis of Massachusetts have been confused.
posted by Mary Elizabeth Stewart

D  >  Davis  >  Nathaniel Davis

Categories: Virginia Colonists