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ROBERT H. DAVIS, Milford, Del., son of Thomas and Hester (Shockley) Davis, was born at Gravel Ford, Sussex county, Del., March 23, 1824.

The Davis family is of Welsh descent, and was one of the first to follow the Swedes and Finns to Cape Henlopen. It was five years after the first setlement in this state that a tract of land in that portion of Cedar Creek hundred known at Slaughter's Neck was acquired by a Davis, and since 1632 a part of that land has been in possession of the Davis family. Mark Davis, grandfather of Robert H. Davis, and grandson of Nehemiah Davis, born in Cedar Creek hundred in 1732 (?), purchased a large plantation from George Reed, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, and that tract also is still owned by one of the Davis family.

Mark Davis spent his entire life in farming in Cedar Creek hundred. He married Sarah, daughter of Nathaniel Young, who was of Irish ancestry. They had children: I. Manlove, married Mary Wiltbank; II. John, married Miss Clark; III. Robert, married Polly Campbell; IV. Mark, 2, married Comfort Lofland: V. Henry, married Edith Townsend; VI. Thomas; VII. Nehemiah; VIII. Mary, married Robert Watson and afterward Clement Manlove; IX. Sarah (Mrs. George Handy), of Philadelphia; X. Nehemiah, 2. Mr. Davis died in 1799: his widow died about 1822.

Thomas Davis, father of Robert H. Davis, was born in Cedar Creek hundred, Sussex county, September 13, 1784. He was engaged in farming for many years and was an influential public citizen. He was an officer in the war of 1812 and represented Sussex county in the Assembly and Senate of the State legislature. Thomas Davis was twice married. His first wife was Ann Young, of Sussex county; their children are: I. Mary, married Benjamin Burton, and after his death, Henry Carter, is now a widow, aged eighty-five years, resides in Frederica, Kent county; II. Sarah, wife of Curtis S. Watson, both deceased. Thomas Davis married secondly Hester, daughter of Eli and Nancy Shockley, of Sussex county, and had children: I. Ann, deceased; II. Thomas J., of Milford, married Mary Potter; III. Robert H. Thomas Davis died in Cedar Creek hundred November 2, 1854; Mrs. Davis died in April, 1867.

Robert H. Davis spent a large part of his life on the homestead farm, engaged in agricultural pursuits and in teaching school. He, like his father, has been prominent in public affairs. In 1866, he was elected on the Democratic ticket to the legislature, and served one term. In 1871, he was elected state treasurer, and his administration of his office was so satisfactory that he was again elected in 1873. Since 1872 he has resided in Milford, and has served the people of that borough as a member of council and as school commissioner. For thirty-five years he has been a notary public. He has always been an ardent advocate of the principles of the Democratic party.

On January 9, 1850, in Indian River hundred, Robert H. Davis was married to Anna J., daughter of George and Elizabeth (Warrington) Frame, born near Georgetown, Del., December 10, 1828. Their children are: I. Hester,[1] born in Indian River hundred, February 6, 1851, married George P. Minors, January 8, 1885, died February 13, 1892; II. Thomas,[2] attorney-at law, of Washington, born at Gravel Ford, August 18, 1852, married Clara, daughter of James Springer, of Newark; III. George Frame,[3] born March 3, 1854, married Sarah Richards, December 31, 1884, died July 10, 1891, leaving his widow and two children; IV. Anna Jane,[4] born March 26, 1856; V. Mary Ellen,[5] born October 7, 1857; VI. Nathaniel W.,[6] born August 3, 1859, died April 26, 1895, was a member of the New Castle bar; VII. Theresa Olivia,[7] born August 12, 1862, died March 25, 1868; VIII. Robert Paynter,[8] member of the Sussex county bar, born April 1, 1865, married Catherine, daughter of William A. Humes, of Miford, October 22, 1897; IX. Cora Burdella,[9] born February 27, 1870. Mr. Davis and family attend the M. E. church.

The Frame family, to which Mrs. Davis belongs, has also attained distinction in official life. Robert Frame, grandfather of Mrs. Davis, was a son of George and Elizabeth (Paynter) Frame. He was an early resident of Sussex county, and married Mary Vaughn, a sister of Major Vaughn of Revolutionary fame. One of his sons was Robert, 2, who was a conspicuous member of the Kent and New Castle county bars, and at one time attorney general of Delaware. George Frame, father of Mrs. Davis, was born in Indian River hundred, near St. George's Chapel. He was by profession a surveyor, and was chosen county surveyor and afterward sheriff of Sussex county. He also represented Sussex county for several terms in the legislature. George Frame married Elizabeth, daughter of James Warrington, born May 31, 1802, in Sussex county. Their children are: I. Robert, of Sussex county; II. Mary Vaughn (Mrs. Manlove D. Wilson), of Middletown, Del., widow; III. Paynter, of near Georgetown; IV. Anna J. (Mrs. Robert H. Davis); V. Henry C., of near Millsborough, married Anna Kollock; VI. Elizabeth W. (Mrs. Nathaniel Williams), of Middletown, widow; VII. George Washington, sea captain, deceased, married Margaret Herring; VIII. Thomas Jefferson, of Philadelphia, married Margaret Tindell; IX. Clement T., Baptist minister, of Knoxville, Tioga county, Pa., married Josephine Willis; X. Jane W.; XI. Thalia M. Mr. Frame died in 1845, aged forty-nine years; Mrs. Frame died January 5, 1879, aged seventy-six years. She was a member of the M. E. church.[10]


  1. Hester L. “Hettie” Davis Minors, Find A Grave: Memorial #47714787
  2. Thomas Davis, Find A Grave: Memorial #13076944
  3. George Frame Davis, Find A Grave: Memorial #13061822
  4. Anna Jane Davis, Find A Grave: Memorial #12913213
  5. Mary Ellen Davis, Find A Grave: Memorial #13062185
  6. Nathan Williams Davis, Find A Grave: Memorial #13062279
  7. Theresa Olivia Davis, Find A Grave: Memorial #13076939
  8. Robert Paynter Davis, Find A Grave: Memorial #13076893
  9. Cora Burdella Davis, Find A Grave: Memorial #12913264
  10. Biographical and genealogical history of the state of Delaware. Chambersburg, Pa., 1889, pp 902-903.

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