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Robert Nathaniel Davis (1676 - 1771)

Lt Robert Nathaniel [uncertain] "The Black" [uncertain] Davis
Born in Hanover County, Virginiamap
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died [location unknown]
Profile last modified | Created 31 Mar 2011
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Robert Davis was born in 1676. He passed away in 1771. [1] [2] [3] [4]

Hugh Lewis' daughter, Abadiah Lewis married Robert Davis.

[Descendants as follows:]
1. Sara Davis, married Thomas Bagby, Hanover, Taylor's Creek.
2. Rossanna Davis married Nathaniel Saunders, King and Queen.
3. Frances Davis married James Bagby, King and Queen Co., Va.
4. Elizabeth Davis married John Bagby, King and Queen.
5. Abadiah Davis married Thomas Harding and John Gray.
6. Mary Davis married Thomas Banks, King and Queen.
7. Robert Davis had three (3) wives, moved to St. Mary's, became rich, and was killed by Indians.
8. Isham Davis, killed by Indians.
9. Nathaniel Davis, killed by Indians.
10. John Davis, killed by Indians.
11. Martha Davis married Abraham Venable, my grand-father, son of Abraham Venable who came from England--Devonshire, who is of a numerous family in England. My mother (Elizabeth Venable) married Josiah Morton. (She was daughter of Abram II and Martha Davis.)

Records for Nathaniel "Robert" Davis:
Contributed by L. Henderson

1766 Jul 7 Amherst County VA "Ordered that Cornelius Thomas, Gent., William Floyd, and Nathaniel Davis do settle the account of the Estate of John Barresford, Dec'd, according to such vouchers as Mary Barrisford the Administratrix shall produce to them, and return an account to the court." [5]

1766 Jul 7 Amherst County VA "A certificate according to law from Robert Davis a constable was presented in court by Cornelius Thomas, Gent., certifying that he the said constable had weighed for the said Cornelius Thomas one thousand, one hundred, and ten pounds of merchantable hemp. Whereupon the said Cornelius Thomas, Gent., took the oath prescribed by law which is ordered to be certified to the governor." [6]

1766 Sep 1 Amherst County VA “At a court held for Amherst County at the courthouse on Monday the first day of September 1766 and in the sixth year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord George the third now King of Great Britain...An indenture of [illegible] between Jesse Mills of the one part, and Nathaniel Davis of the other part, with a memorandum of livery and [illegible] and receipt endorsed were acknowledged by the said Jesse Mills, and ordered to be recorded, and Lucy the wife of the said Jesse personally appeared in court, and being first privily examined as the law directs, voluntarily relinquished her right of dower in the estate conveyed by the said indenture.” [7]

1767 Mar 3 Amherst County VA “At a court held for Amherst County at the courthouse the fourth day of May 1767 and in the seventh year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord George the Third, now King of Great Britain...Alexander Boyd, Administrator of Alexander Boyd, Deceased, Plaintiff, against Robert Davis, Deft.} on a Scire Facias; This Suit being agreed by the Parties, is ordered to be Dismissed. [8]

Research Note

  • His name is usually given as simply Robert Davis. Informally he may have been called Robert Nathaniel to identify him as Robert, son of Nathaniel.


  1. English Settlers in Barbados, 1637-1800
  2. U.S., Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970
  3. U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900
  4. Family Search LDS
  5. Amherst County Order Book 1766-1769 page 20.
  6. Source: Amherst County Order Book 1766-1769 page 30.
  7. Source: Amherst County Order Book 1766-1769, pg 59.
  8. Source: Amherst County Order Book 1766-1769, pg 139.
  • Source S-899753593: Repository: #R-899753595: Title: Ancestry Family Trees: Publication: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network. Original data: Family Tree files submitted by Ancestry members.
  • The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, "Pedigree Resource File," database, FamilySearch ( : accessed 2016-09-17), entry for John Francis Penny /Lewis/.
  • L. Henderson Research Notes


  • WikiTree profile Davis-12663 created through the import of Lane Family Tree.ged on Oct 17, 2012 by Sammy Lane.
  • WikiTree profile Davis-12666 created through the import of Lane Family Tree.ged on Oct 17, 2012 by Sammy Lane.
  • This person was created through the import of Beaman Family Tree.ged on 31 March 2011.

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The merger of "Robert Davis" and "Nathaniel Davis" into a hybrid "Robert Nathaniel Davis" is erroneous. It was VERY rare for a commoner born during the time of the Tudor and Stuart Kings / Queens to have multiple given names. Notably, none of the county court records cited use both alleged given names, or a middle initial. The main source for Robert Davis's family -- the memorandum of William Lewis Morton (1774-1855) quoted in "Venables of Virginia" at page 19 -- refers to him simply as "Robert Davis."

In Alexander Brown's "The Cabells and Their Kin" (Houghton Mifflin, 1895), reference is made to legend about a Quaker named Nathaniel Davis who allegedly married the unnamed daughter of the Indian princess Nikiti (such daughter having been the product of a "clandestine marriage" with the scion of "one of the old Cavalier families of Virginia, but Mr. Brown can't give us the name of either party to said "marriage"). The whole account in the Cabell book is very sketchy. Indeed, the author states explicitly that he "cannot vouch for it."

In the Cabell book, Nathaniel had a son Robert Davis Sr., who supposedly had a daughter Abadiah or Abigail Davis who married William Floyd, but that doesn't seem to match the Morton memorandum. Same with Mr. Brown's assertion that this Robert Davis Jr. was the ancestor of Jefferson Davis; Jeff Davis's ancestors in that generation were immigrants to the Delaware Valley from Wales, with the next generation moving to Georgia with no sojourn on the Virginia frontier. The Cabell book may be very reliable on the subject of the Cabell family, but as to the Davis family, I reiterate: "I cannot vouch for it."

Notably NEITHER the Morton Memorandum nor the Cabell book refer to any "Robert Nathaniel Davis." Mr. Morton told of a Robert Davis who married Abadiah Lewis and had a numerous family, including sons Robert Davis Jr. and Nathaniel; Mr. Brown tell of a Nathaniel Davis who had a son Robert and a daughter Mary who married Samuel Burk -- but she was supposedly born about 1685 - when the subject of this Wikitree profile would have been a boy of nine.

Again, the four court documents from Albemarle County do not help the case for "Robert Nathaniel" at all. We are talking about documents created at a time when the alleged "Robert Nathaniel" would have been 90 or 91 years old. Who ever heard of a 90 year old Constable in colonial America? Or even now? A Constable had to be a tough guy to apprehend criminals. It's preposterous to suppose that a creaking 90 year old would be chosen for that role. There were (at least) two different men involved in these court papers: one named Robert Davis (the Constable) and the other Nathaniel Davis- an active man deemed capable of settling the estate of James Barresford, and anxious to validate title to property he had bought from Jesse Mills.

Once the Hanoverian Kings with their hangers-on like Johann Sebastian Bach and Franz Josef Haydn ascended to the throne of England, multiple given names came into vogue, but one hardly even finds anything of this nature earlier than 1717.

My recommendation would be to throw out all of the fables spun in the Cabell book and recreate this profile for the Robert Davis described in the Morton memorandum.

posted by Barry Wood
edited by Barry Wood
Barry, I concur with your concerns. Lacking response from any of the profile managers to your concerns, would you be willing to update this profile to make it align with (and cite) reliable sources?
posted by Jillaine Smith
this profile has the same woman as his mother and his wife,Elizabeth Hughes Hughes-381 was born 1650, this man was born 1671 Hughes-381 should be removed as his wife, profile Hughes-381, she shows as being married to both father and son,
posted by Wendy Browne
Davis-67006 and Davis-4322 appear to represent the same person because: duplicate
posted by Mark Burch
Davis-52846 and Davis-4322 appear to represent the same person because: These appear to be the same person with two profiles, if so please merge retaining appropriate information. Thanks for looking into this!
Susannah Hannah Davis ( Davis- 4319) disconnected until further evidence established.
No where in the document listing 10 children does it say Susannah Hannah Davis was daughter of (Nathaniel) Robert Davis and Abadiah Lewis so where did that come from ?
posted by Sharon (Sharon) Living
Davis-4322 and Davis-43613 appear to represent the same person because: Seems to be same person w/ little differenc in death site
posted by James Bond Jr
Davis-4322 and Davis-22778 appear to represent the same person because: same person
posted by M (McQueen) M

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