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John Davis (abt. 1625)

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John Davis
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March 18, 1662, Richard Davis purchased 660 acres of land in New Kent Co. Virginia, along the North side of the Mattapony River. Reference Below, SB-8th Descendant

Some people have supposed that William Davis, neighbor of Davis Davenport of the Pamunkey Neck, King William County, Virginia, was Davis Davenport's father. However, it seems much more likely that William Davis was Davis Davenport's BROTHER.

The veteran Davenport researcher John Scott Davenport had the following to say about Davis Davenport's parentage:

While we have hypothesized that Davis Davenport, patriarch of the Pamunkeys, was illegitimate, English & American-related Davenport DNA Analysis is telling us that we are not blood kin of theirs, hence DNA evidence increasingly documents that our concept of a bastard beginning is most likely true. We obtained our Davenport surname legitimately, but it came from a woman, likely Ann Davenport, transportee of 1658. Hence, we cannot pursue our Davenport ancestry by DNA testing beyond our patriarch Davis, for only male surname providers are subject to identification. By a tedious process of elimination, using the few records available and making sustainable deductions therefrom, we have nominated Richard Davis, Gentleman, of North Side New Kent (King & Queen County after 1691) as most likely the father of Davis Davenport. Considerable analysis from scant, but all facts extractable has gone into the Davis father identification. If we can find one or more Davis surnamed male descendants of Richard, Gentleman, we can test the Davis Davenport father hypothesis."[1]

Davis Davenport's daughter Ann married Thomas Graves. It appears that Thomas Graves' niece Sarah married William Davis of Culpeper and Pittsylvania Counties, and that Thomas Graves' nephew (also named Thomas Graves) of Culpeper County had a son who married a daughter of William Davis's sister Sarah (Davis) Terry of Culpeper County. It would seem that Sarah Terry's husband Thomas was related to the Captain Thomas Terry of Caroline County whose 1735 will was witnessed by Davis Davenport's son Richard, who also appraised the estate of a Thomas Terry, Jr. in 1755.[2]

Regarding the mother of Davis Davenport (but presumably not of William Davis, if the two were indeed brothers), John Scott Davis wrote the following:

"It is possible to trace our Davenport roots in England, but we should go looking for an Ann Davenport who was transported to Virginia in the 1650s. Such records are available--particularly if Ann was a convict or a vagrant, and backtrack from there. There were seven Ann Davenports on the Colonial Virginia transportee lists, ranging over more than 100 years. (Davis Davenport's only daughter, who married Thomas Graves, was named Ann.) We examined all Anns in our research, came up with Ann, transportee of 1658, and chose her because she was associated with land in North Side New Kent (now King & Queen) County that adjoined land held by Richard Davis, gentleman, and both lands were within four miles of where Davis Davenport first appeared in records in 1696 as a mature man with a plantation and a landing on the Mattaponi River in Pamunkey Neck on what was then Chickahominy Indian land, across the River from King & Queen County."[3]

DNA testing

Descendants of the various presumed children of Davis Davenport have had Y-DNA tests done; they are clearly of the same family, and NOT the same as other Virginia Davenport families.

Does the Y-DNA of this Davenport family match the Y-DNA of a descendant of William Davis? Up to now, no known descendants of this Davis family have done a Y-DNA test.


  1. [ "Davenport DNA Results Consistently Rejecting Pamunkey Comparison", by John Scott Davenport ( forum post), June 2004.
  2. Davis Davenport (c1650 – bef1735) by Bob Baird.
  3. [ "Davenport DNA Results Consistently Rejecting Pamunkey Comparison", by John Scott Davenport ( forum post), June 2004.

Cavaliers and pioneers; abstracts of Virginia land patents and grants, 1623-1800 by Nugent, Nell Marion; Virginia State Library; Virginia Genealogical Society

I do not know if this could help with the following information

Richard the eighth great grandfather of Betty Pettry-103
Richard Davis 1625 - Virginia
William Davis 1650 -
Benjamin Davis Sr 1695 King William Co, Virginia - 1763 Culpeper County, VA
Mary (Davis) Jarrell 1750 Culpeper, Culpeper, Virginia - 18 Nov 1820
Louisa Thomasia (Jarrell) Gore 1778 Culpeper, Culpeper, Virginia, USA - 1850
Greene Gore 1816 Island Creek, Giles, VA,- 26 Feb 1863 Cashers Hill, Mercer WV
Ardelia Delia Pettry 2 Apr 1844 Pipestem, Mercer, Virginia, USA - 24 Apr 1933
Anderson Buck Pettry 7 May 1871 Dry Creek, Raleigh County WV - 26 Mar 1956 Packsville, Raleigh County WV
Myrtle Faye Pettry 21 Dec 1902 Dry Creek, Raleigh County WV - 11 Dec 1976
Charles Pettry 30 May 1931 Coal River, Raleigh County, West Virginia, USA - 24 Jun 2002 Charleston, Kanawha County, West Virginia

Thank You Betty Pettry, I am also a Descendant of Both Davis & Pettry (AKA Peatross). SB,

Cavaliers and pioneers; abstracts of Virginia land patents and grants, 1623-1800 by Nugent, Nell Marion; Virginia State Library; Virginia Genealogical Society

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On 11 Feb 2019 at 21:42 GMT S B wrote:

There are Davenport families also in Massachusetts Bay Colony. Which I have also found that descendants moved to Pennsylvania & Virginia.

On 1 Nov 2016 at 05:45 GMT Andrea (Stawski) Pack wrote:

Davis-37670 and Davis-798 appear to represent the same person because: Clear Duplicate

Rejected matches › Richard Davis (1690-)

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