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William Davis (1650)

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William Davis
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Son of [uncertain] and [mother unknown]
Brother of [half]
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
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Died [date unknown] [location unknown]
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William Davis settled in the Southern Colonies in North America prior to incorporation into the USA.
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"William Davis [of Culpeper County] was the son of John Davis of King William County, who appears to have been John, son of William Davis, whose plantation was on the opposite of Major John Waller’s 1696 from the Davis Davenport Plantation."[1]

The following record appears to pertain to this same John Davis: "On May 19, 1702, John Davis of St. John's Parish, King William County, conveyed 300 acres of land to his sister who was planning marriage with William Holliday. The conveyance was made with the consent of his father, William Davis. The land had come to John Davis from his Aunt, Rebecca White, and it adjoined the Scotland lines and the lines of Richard Littlepage."[2]

It appears that William Davis had at least two sons, Benjamin and John:

"Benjamin Davis's elder brother John' continued to live in King William County when Benjamin left for Spotsylvania County. John Davis sold Spotsylvania land from King William County in 1745 with no wife's name included in the deed."[3] This appears to be a mistake, because John Davis's 1733 will was proved in 1734, naming a son John who was presumably the one who sold the land in 1745.


  1. Pamunkey Bakers
  2. Malcolm Harris, Old New Kent County [Virginia]: Some Account of the Planters, Plantations, and Places], Vol. 1, p. 689.
  3. Per e-mail from Joan Horsley to John Schmeeckle, 27 June 2012

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On 6 Jun 2016 at 04:22 GMT J (Schmeeckle) S wrote:

Davis-4683 and Davis-36942 appear to represent the same person because: William Davis, neighbor of Davis Davenport, was of age to be his BROTHER, not his father.

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