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The Davis Family Story

I transcribed the following from documents given to me by Great Aunt Georgia. The documents were copies of a copy of her handwritten account of the family history and of her research. Some county names and/or people names may be misspelled due to lack of clarity in the documents I worked with so any suggested corrections are weclomed. I know its a long article but you’ll find a lot of good information I’m sure.

A little History of the Davis name and Wales

David/Davis/Davies: was the patron saint of Wales, and the name was popular throughout early Britaina. As a result, there a many surnames derived from the given name David, including Davis, and Davies as the Welsh equivalent.

Wales- the land of the legendary King Arthur and Camelot. The land of Sir Lancelot, of castles and fair princesses. The land which has inspired poets and writers to greatness. It was in Whales that Lewis Carroll began his classic “Alice in Wonderland” and it was of this land and people that inspired the warm story “How Green Was My Valley”. Wales is a land of mountains and valleys. On its barren hillside and in her secluded valleys a brave and hardy race has lived since a day earlier than the history of man is recorded.

History records that man first appeared in Wales somewhere between 12,000 to 8000 BC. Evidence to this effect has been found in the limestone cliffs of Cadry Island and Gover, and near Ross in King Arthur’s Cave. The Welsh have always been tenacious in the face of difficulty, thrifty, sturdy, and industrious. They have a quick wit, adaptability, love of religion, fighting and singing. There has always been present in the Welsh’s hearts a strong love of their country. These traits have been born of the numerous struggles they have endured for thousands of years and against numerous adversaries who have tried to conquer them. For ages the Welsh have resisted these successive attempts to invade their country and subject the inhabitants and event today, although for seven centuries a principality of the British Empire, the still cling to their native tongue and customs in many localities. Even the might of the Roman Empire was futile in its efforts to conquer this little country, although the Romans dominated the rest of Great Britain for over four hundred years.

During the periods of Roman domination, Wales remained a haven of refuge to the natives and their Celtic kinsmen who fled their from other parts of the Island. After the Romans abandoned the Island in 408 AD, England was overrun with savage Picts and Scotts from the North, but again Wales was impregnable. Then came barbaric tribes from Continental Europe-the Jute’s, Angles and Saxons, and although these fierce warriors subdued Britain, the were unable to pierce the dogged little country to the west. Even though under the intimate influence of England, the Welsh have in many respects preserved their mother tongue and customs event to the present day.

The race is very fond of music and poetry and the language is peculiarly adapted to poetic harmony and rhythm . Today there are more than 100 stone castles still standing, some in decay but other almost all intact as they were more that one thousand years ago. A few of them are still inhabited. The story book of the Wales abound everywhere throughout its valleys with winding streams and over its snow capped mountains, the legendary and real reach out together to the present. They tell of a proud land and a proud people. They tell that Wales is an exceptional place to grow men.

Davis History

In the early 1800’s, John M. Davis 1777-1851, his father, and his grandfather came by ship from Wales and settled in Virginia. Some say Culpepper county while other say Louisa county. His great grandfather was C. M. Davis was born and died in Wales. John M. Davis’ father and grandfather died and are buried in Virginia. When John M Davis and his people lived in Wales they spoke Welch, but after coming to America the learned to speak the English language.

John M. Davis married Susannah ___?____ born in 1777 or 1778. They lived in Abington Virginia in Washington county. While living there they owned a large plantation. This was before the civil war when people were allowed to purchase slaves. John M. Davis owned many slaves.

In 1818, John M. Davis and Susannah migrated by covered wagon to Tennessee. They traveled as far as Popular Creek in Anderson County and because the territory was so thickly populated with Indians they lived there for awhile. They later lived in the Coves, a northwestern part of Oliver Springs Tennessee in Roane County. They later moved to Nemo, in Morgan County Tennessee.

John M. Davis and Susannah had eight children, 8 sons and 3 daughters. 1. Joseph Davis born 1800, married Amanda Williams- children: Rueben born 1833(Colonel in Civil War-11th Team Calvary, his uncles John R and U.C. served under him), married Lucinda Summers

  1. John L. Davis, (Enlisted in the Union Army-Civil War, discharged at 53 for physical reasons)1810-1890, married Martha Stonecypher 1825-1902. Children: Anna 1842, married an Englishman; Mary, 1843-1893, married John C. Jackson; Savannah 1845; Eliza 1846; Malinda 1847, married E. Phillips; Noah 1848-1902, married a Cromwell, then a Hall, then a Bingham
  2. Hugh R. Davis, 1813-1859, married Charlotte Goddard (raised her family alone, listed in census as farm manger)- children: Elizabeth 1843, blind John M. 1845; William 1848-1912, married a Schooler. One of his children was Henry who married Tilda Liles

Most of the Davis family who lived in Coalfield lived in the Fairview Community. William Carr and Rebecca lived on the road in Coalfield leading to the school house off what is now Highway 62. The Davis Cemetery is located off Highway 62 and was named such because the Davis’ were the first people to be buried there. John M. Davis, 1777-1851 was the first to be buried there. John M. Davis and Mary (Butler) Davis and some of their children are buried in their family Cemetery located on their property which is now the Mabel Wilson property at Fairview, Coalfield Tennessee.

The early Davis’ were of the Baptist faith. Charlotte Davis, Elizabeth Davis, Susannah Davis, Martha Davis (Georgia’s Great Grandmother) Thomas Davis, Mary (Davis) Jackson (Georgia’s Grandmother), Susan Davis, and Anne Davis were on the list of twenty four members who were dismissed from the Liberty Baptist Church, Morgan County, to organize Pleasant Grove Baptist Church. The date of their dismission was dated 27 Aug 1866. The church was constituted 13 October 1866.

Mrs. Charlotte (Lattie) Goddard, who was born May 6, 1864 was a half sister to Professor John L. Davis told about life in Coalfield turning the last half of the eighteenth century. She was then 100 years old, and lived to be older, but her mind was bright. She said she remembered going to Pleasant Grove which was also known as Pleasant Grove Academy. The building which was a log building was also used as a school as well as a church. Lattie went to school here in 1873, 1874, and 1876. She remembered that she received a book as a prize for receiving the most high marks in spelling for the year. The teachers she remembered were Joe Staples 1873, John Davis 1875, and Mark Williams 1876. She said the school lasted three months each year. She said her mother Mrs. Mary Langley Davis, attended Waldens Academy at Montgomery, Tennessee, located North of Wartburg Tennessee, and that she taught school at Fairview, Coalfield. She remembered that her mother as a little ashamed of teaching. Women in those days did not work outside their home very much.

Some of the prominent early settlers of Coalfield were Professor John M. Davis, a member of county court and a teacher for many years. One of the schools where he got his education was American Temperance in Harriman Tennessee. Professor Tom Davis was a teacher, a member of the county court and a slave owner. William C. Davis was a school commissioner when John (Shack) Ruffer deeded the area of land to be used as a church and school. Thomas H. Davis married Lucinda Stonecypher and they had a son John M. Davis in 1843. After John M. Davis 1777-1851 died his son Thomas H. Davis inherited his slaves. Thomas H Davis’ property was in Fairview Community. One was of the slaves was old “Major Davis”. He is buried in the Davis cemetery by the side of his master John M. Davis. After the civil war was over and the slaves were freed, Major Davis stayed on with the Davis family. He had learned to love them and this was his only life. Thomas Davis has spent hours playing with the slave when the were children.

When John M. Davis went off to college he took Major Davis with him to wash his clothes and carry his books. Major Davis was listed in the 1870 census as Black, age 60, living in the household of Thomas H. Davis. When John M. Davis, 1843, mother died she left him her property. This is where Mabel Wilson lived now in Fairview, Coalfield Tennessee. Note: John M. Davis had $1500 loses from 1860 until time of his death in personal property.

Kenneth Scarbrough a grandson of Lattie Goddard relates to a interesting incident:

John M. Davis always kept some good stock (horses, pigs, chickens, etc) and people all around knew this. He always had fine mules. As is the truth today there were thieves back in those days. If anyone had anything they wanted bad enough, they took it. One night someone stole one of John M. Davis’ fine mules. He didn’t wait for the law to take over. He climbed on his horse and tracked down the man with his mule. The thief had gone nearly all the way to Kentucky with it. John M Davis followed the tracks to a house and walked in. The man was asleep but had awakened. John M Davis beat the mule thief to the draw and killed him in his own bed. He paid for his burial and returned home.

Mary M. Davis who married John C. Jackson was my Great Aunt Georgia’s grandmother. Georgia never had the privilege of meeting her. She died when Georgia’s father was six years old. Mary and John C. had children, Georgia’s father being the youngest. Georgia’s grandfather married two years later after Mary’s death to Abigail Duncan and they had four children. “Abba” was good to Mary’s children and they loved her . Mary’s picture is in Georgia’s “Jackson Family Tree Book”. Georgia’s sister Irene Jackson married Thomas Ellis Davis a son of Samuel L. Davis who was Thomas H. Sr.’s son. They had a son Tommy Heath Davis and a daughter Mary Jo, Mrs. Dickey Wilson. Ellis died June 18, 1978, born June 26, 1931. Georgia’s sister Ruth married Glenn Davis a son of Hugh Davis whose father and mother was Joseph Davis and Lucy Morgan.

John M. Davis 1907 Wartburg Tennessee was listed in the ad of county lawyers found in the county newspaper and catalogs of this period. John M. Davis (a later John M. Davis) was a lawyers for Morgan County. He served in the office of sessions judge.

To become a lawyer in earlier days did not require as many qualifications as are necessary today. John M. Davis was listed as having practiced in the circuit court of Morgan county in 1894. He made application for law license and was issued on Marc 28 1994.

Honorable Rueben A. Davis was county Judge for Morgan County January 6. 1890. The county clerk minutes gives records of the following people owning slaves. Among them were Rueben Davis.

Miss Eliza Williams told the following story:

Rueben A. Davis, grandfather of Eliza Williams, married Lucinda Summers, daughter of Bill and Clarisson Staples Summers, of White Oak, near Sunbright. They live at Eatons Cross Road in Loudeon County Tennessee. When the Civil War broke out they then had two small children, Virginia who married John B Williams and John M. Davis, who was a prominent Morgan County lawyer. Reuben.A. Davis as a Captain made up a company of men and took them to Kentucky to join the Union Army. He left his wife, Lucinda, and two small children on a small farm that had a brick house containing 14 rooms, and a slave to help her.

During the time that Reuben was gone, the confederates camped at their farm, and also burned up the rail fence, using all the food that she had such as meat, chicken, turkeys, etc. The slave kept the two horses under a large cliff on the hillside near by. When Mrs. Davis wanted him to come to the house to eat she would blow an old cows horn. He would then take back grain for the horses. The confederate officers who camped in her home told her that they would not bother her, but that she had better go to her people.

So she got the woman who was helping her to ride one of her horses and she rode the other, bringing the two small children and all the belongings that they could carry on the horses about a distance of 66 miles and came to her parents on White Oak Creek. She told the slave that he would have to go as she no longer could keep him. Reuben .A. Davis later became a Lt. Col. . After the war was over, he purchased a farm which is now the State Honor Farm on upper Flat Fork, and lived there until his death. This farm is located about 5 miles east of Wartburg.

Once during the war, he got word to his wife Lucinda, that they were marching through Montgomery and asked her to come there so he could see her. Mrs. Davis was at Montgomery at sunrise, having come alone on a horse. She waited all day and just before dark, she got to see him marching by and could only wave to him. On the farm that Reuben. A. Davis bought, there was a Negro preacher named Henry Curd and his wife, Vina Curd, who had been slaves. They lived on the place with Mr. and Mrs. Davis and besides preaching, he did blacksmith work. Mrs. Lottie Goddard told of going to school in Wartburg with her brother Thomas H. Davis. She remembered going to the big spring for water. You can find her name Charlotte Davis and that of her brother, Thomas H. Davis in the list of students that is listed as some to the students of Waldin’s Academy

Ancestors and

Descendants of

Henry Davis

who came to

Bedford County, TN,

from

Brunswick County, VA,

between 1800-1810

The DAVIS family history

Henry Davis, who emigrated from Brunswick County, VA, to Bedford County, TN, has always

been well-documented within Bedford County land and historical records. It is known that he

came to TN at or about the same time as one of his brothers, Thomas Davis, during the first

decade of the nineteenth century. Thomas and Henry bought property in and near Shelbyville

and Fairfield, Bedford County, TN, and occasionally purchased land together. In 1819, Henry

purchased a mill near present day Fairfield, Bedford County; for a time, that area was known as

Davis’ Mill. Henry, his son, John S. Davis, and John’s son, Benjamin F. Davis, all served as postmasters

of Fairfield. The Davis family remained in Fairfield until at least 1870, based on the federal

census of that year. Sometime during the 1870s, my great-grandfather, Benjamin F. Davis,

Henry’s grandson, built the first brick store in nearby Wartrace and went into business there.

Henry and Thomas Davis have been traced back to Brunswick County, VA. They are listed in

their father’s will: Benjamin Franklin Davis, who died in Brunswick County, VA, in 1817.

Benjamin Davis’ will stated specifically that Henry and Thomas were living in “the County of

Bedford, State of Tennessee.” Without question, this is the same family. Even naming patterns

continue to this day.

Other families related by marriage to Henry Davis and his ancestors/descendants include:

  • Ballard
  • Bullock
  • Burt
  • Collier
  • Jennings
  • Marriott

This history is in two parts; each begins with my great-grandparents, Benjamin Franklin Davis,

of Wartrace, Bedford County, TN, and his wife, Margaret Anita Jennings. Part 1 begins with this

couple and traces their ancestors back to 17th century Virginia and the Carolinas. Part 2 was my

mother’s family history project, completed in 1978, and includes all known descendants of Ben

and Maggie Davis during the 100 years following their marriage. Any information about family

members included in the family history was written by that person, or by a family member who

knew him/her. At this time (June, 2009), none of the grandchildren of Ben and Maggie Davis are

living; the youngest grandchild, Evelyn Davis Ervin, died last summer. The last page of Part 2

lists deaths and marriages since 1978 for which I have records; unfortunately not all branches of

the family have remained in contact, and so this information is, of necessity, incomplete. In deference

to the privacy of the living, current addresses or the names of younger descendants are not

included with this document. However, if you are researching this family, you may contact me

through our family history website: http://www.a-trails.com

The data provided here is intended only as basic information, although I do have reference copies

of all data included. It is my hope that this information may assist genealogical researchers, and

may help other Bedford County, TN, Davis descendants trace their ancestry.

Carolyn German Bausinger

June, 2009

  • Powell
  • Rose
  • Sims
  • Swepson
  • Warren

Ancestors of

Margaret Anita Jennings

and

Benjamin Franklin Davis

Married on February 3, 1876

In 1978, Marguerite Howard German, a granddaughter of Margaret Jennings and Benjamin

Franklin Davis, assembled a history of their descendants for 100 years following the date of their

marriage, from 1876 – 1976. Copies were sent to all descendants of the Jennings-Davis family.

This supplemental document begins in 1876 and traces earlier generations of both families. A list

of many sources is included. Some sources, however, are written notes based on conversations

with older family members; these were written by the children and grandchildren of Maggie and

Ben Davis. Only information which could be verified has been included here.

The Jennings family history is straightforward and brief. The original member of that family to

emigrate from England to the colonies was John Jennings, who (it is believed) received an eighteenth

century land grant in South Carolina, from King George III. The Jennings family is welldocumented

in South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Texas and other southern states. John

Jennings is listed as a Revolutionary War patriot by the Daughters of the American Revolution.

The Davis family relationships are extensive, convoluted and often difficult to follow. Benjamin

Franklin Davis’ parents were related to each other; and members of the Sims, Burt and other

families intermarried through a number of generations. Tracing them and noting these marriages

has been interesting! At least six Revolutionary War patriots are known to be among our Davis

ancestors: Leonard Henley Sims and Dempsey Powell of NC; Benjamin Davis, John Rose,

William Burt, and Richard Swepson, Sr., of VA. It is very possible there are others, as well.

No attempt has been made to identify each generation as I, II, III, etc; the large number of overlapping

generations and intermarriages would make this both difficult and confusing.

Carolyn German Bausinger

June 2009

INDEX

DAVIS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

BALLARD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12

BULLOCK . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

BURT. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

JENNINGS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24

MARRIOTT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29

POWELL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33

ROSE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36

SIMS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41

SWEPSON . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52

WARREN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56

FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60

SOURCES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71

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NAME: Benjamin Franklin Davis

FATHER: John Sims Davis

MOTHER: Frances Lenoir Burt

DATE PLACE

BORN: 5 July 1845 Fairfield, TN

DIED: 15 August 1881 Fairfield, TN

NAME DATE PLACE

MARRIED: 1) Susan Catherine “Kittie” Scruggs 1 26 Dec 1871 Bedford County, TN

2) Margaret Anita “Maggie” Jennings 3 Feb. 1876 Bedford County, TN

NAME DATE PLACE

CHILDREN: Frances Eudora “Dora” 3 25 Oct. 1876 Wartrace, TN

Benjamin Franklin “Frank” 4 4 July 1878 Wartrace, TN

Gertrude (died at birth) 5 ca 1880 Wartrace, TN

Sara Blanche “Blanche” 6 5 Jan. 1881 Wartrace, TN

NOTES: 1) Ben F. Davis’ first wife, Kittie Scruggs Davis, was born 26 March 1849 in

Fairfield, Bedford County, TN and died 22 Jan 1875. She is buried next to Ben

Davis in the New Hope Baptist Church cemetery in Fairfield; no children.

2) Ben Davis appears in the 1870 census as living with his mother; in the 1880 census,

as a retired merchant of Wartrace. He appears, too, in Goodspeed and other histories

of both Fairfield, where he was a postmaster, and Wartrace, where he owned a store.

3) Dora Davis married Thompson Allen. Dora died 16 Sept 1965 in Irvington, VA.

  • One daughter, Margaret Almira Allen (1905-1982): married Paul Jones Myatt.

4) Frank Davis (B.F. Davis, Jr.) married Mary Jane Boyle on 4 April 1905. Frank died

on 22 August 1943 in Wartrace, Bedford County, TN.

  • Seven children:

Benjamin Franklin “Ben” Davis, III (1906-1995); married Mary Frances Thompson

Mary Boyle Davis (1908 – 2002); unmarried

Ralph Houston Davis (1910 – 1990); married Susanne Cannon Moore

Polly Ann Davis (1912 -1994); married Otto Charles Bohlander

Willellen Davis ( 1915-1999); married John W. Blinn

Robert Jennings “Pete” Davis (1922-1944); unmarried

Evelyn Davis (1926 -2008); married Max Gore Ervin

5) The baby’s name, Gertrude, was found in Dora Davis Allen’s handwritten family

history notes

6) Blanche Davis married Frederick John Howard, 1 Nov 1909 in Birmingham, AL.

Fred Howard died on 30 April 1930. Blanche married Sidney Herbert Lynn, on

2 Sept. 1932. Blanche died on 21 Dec. 1969, in Safety Harbor, FL.

  • Three children:

Frederick John Howard, Jr. (1912-2004); married Beulah Sellers

Victor George Howard (1914-1999); married Nell Fairchild

Sara Marguerite Howard (1916-1986); married Harold Leedom German

NAME: John Sims Davis

FATHER: Henry Davis

MOTHER: Nancy Powell Sims

DATE PLACE

BORN: 15 Nov 1818 Shelbyville, TN

DIED: 1 Apr 1867 1 Fairfield, TN2

NAME DATE PLACE

MARRIED: Frances Lenoir “Fannie” Burt 3 31 Mar 1842 Franklin County, TN

NAME DATE PLACE

CHILDREN: William Henry 5 ca 1844 Fairfield, TN

Benjamin Franklin 5 5 Jul 1845 Fairfield, TN

Nancy 5 ca 1848 Fairfield, TN

Thomas Burt 5 ca 1849 Fairfield, TN

John Sims 5 ca 1851 Fairfield, TN

Samuel Powell 5 ca 1852 Fairfield, TN

Robert L. 5 ca 1855 Fairfield, TN

Emma 5 ca 1858 Fairfield, TN

NOTES: 1) John Sims Davis is buried in the New Hope Baptist Church cemetery, Fairfield,

Bedford County. It is not known where Frances Burt Davis is buried; no grave

stone has been found. However, there is the base of a headstone on the right of

John Sims Davis’ marker, and this may mark her grave; her newspaper obituary

stated that she was buried in Fairfield, and this is the only logical location.

2) John Sims Davis is well documented in various sources within Bedford

County, including:

The Bedford County, Tennessee, Family History Book (published 2002 by the

Turner Publishing Co.) lists John S. Davis as a postmaster of Fairfield (p. 41).

The book also indicates (p. 130) that additional land for the construction of

New Hope Baptist Church in Fairfield was given by Fannie and John S. Davis.

3) Frances Burt and her husband, John Sims Davis were closely related through the

Sims, Powell and Burt lines.

4) 1850 Bedford County TN census P 82b Dist 1 HH 61-61:

John S Davis 32 M Tn Farmer $4,000 (son of Henry Davis & Nancy Sims)

Frances – 25 F NC (Burt, daughter of William Burt & Susanna Sims)

Henry – 6 M Tn, Benjamin – 4 M Tn, Thomas – 1 M Tn

5) Wm Henry Davis did not marry

Benjamin Franklin Davis married 1) Kittie Scruggs; and 2) Margaret Jennings

Nancy Davis died young; did not marry; buried New Hope Baptist churchyard

Thomas Burt Davis married Alice Finch

John Sims Davis married Julia March; their son, Henry Davis, started the annual

Wartrace Tennessee Walking Horse celebration during the 1930s.

Samuel Powell Davis married Paralee Walker

Robert L. Davis did not marry

Emma Davis — no information; an E.W. D. marker is next to her father’s grave.

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NAME: Henry Davis

FATHER: Benjamin Franklin Davis

MOTHER: Tabitha Rose

DATE PLACE

BORN: ca 1785-1790 prob. Mecklenburg Co., VA

DIED: prior to1839 Bedford County, TN

NAME DATE PLACE

MARRIED: Nancy Powell Sims 3 ca 1818 Bedford County, TN

NAME DATE PLACE

CHILDREN: John Sims 4 15 Nov 1818 Bedford County, TN

Emily M. 4 ca 1820 Bedford County, TN

Sarah Ann 4 27 Apr 1822 Bedford County, TN

Virginia P. 4 25 Oct 1825 Bedford County, TN

Mary R. 4 ca 1826 Bedford County, TN

Charlotte S. 4 ca 1828 Bedford County, TN

NOTES: 1) Goodspeed History of Bedford County lists Henry Davis as an early settler.

2) The Bedford County, Tennessee, Family History Book (Turner Publishing Co.; 2002)

lists Henry Davis as an early mill owner (1819) and postmaster of Fairfield, TN.

3) Nancy Sims was the daughter of John Sims [p. 43] and Charlotte Powell [p. 34]

4) John Sims married Frances L. Burt [p. 30]; sister of Wm. Burt, who married John’s

sister, Virginia Davis

Emily Davis married George W. McQuiddy

Sarah Davis married William T. Edmunson

Virginia Davis married 1) Mr. Charlton (?); and 2) William H. Burt

Mary Davis married Wiley F. Stone

Charlotte Davis married Nathan A. Yeargin and moved to TX

5) Henry and his brother, Thomas Davis, arrived in Bedford County at or about the

same time. The brothers bought property separately and together in Shelbyville

and Fairfield, Bedford Co, TN ca. 1810-1820. They were sons of Benjamin Davis

of Brunswick County, VA, and listed in his April, 1817, will, filed in Brunswick

County (B.C. Will Book 8, pg. 342; B.C. Deed Book 24, pg. 52). During the

resulting property settlement in Oglethorpe County, GA, where their brother,

Benjamin Davis, Jr., lived, the residence of all the Davis siblings was provided:

“William Davis, John Brown and Elizabeth his wife, Martha Davis and Merritt

Davis of the County of Brunswick, State of Virginia, Benjamin Davis of Oglethorpe

County, State of Georgia, Peter Ragsdale of Bedford County, State of Tennessee,

as attorney in fact for Thomas Davis and Henry Davis of the County of

Bedford, State of Tennessee, and as attorney in fact for John Davis of the County

of Robertson, State of Tennessee…” (From Emigration to Other States From Southside

Virginia, Volume I, by Katherine B. Elliott; 1966.)

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NAME: Benjamin Franklin Davis

FATHER: Henry Davis

MOTHER: Mary Marriott

DATE PLACE

BORN: Surry County, VA

DIED: April 1817 1 Brunswick County, VA

NAME DATE PLACE

MARRIED: Tabitha Rose 2 ca 1778-80 prob.Brunswick County,VA

NAME DATE PLACE

CHILDREN: William

Elizabeth 3

Benjamin Franklin, Jr. 4 25 April 1784 VA

Martha

Merritt

Henry 5 ca 1785-90 VA

Thomas 5

John

NOTES: 1) Emigration to Other States from Southside Virginia, Volume I, includes a copy of

Benjamin Franklin Davis’ April, 1817 will; all living children are listed in the will.

(Original is in Brunswick County, VA, Deed Book 24, page 52)

2) Tabitha Rose was the daughter of John Rose [p. 38] and Abigail Hicks.

Tabitha Rose Davis died before 1810.

3) William, Elizabeth, Martha Merritt and John were living in Brunswick Co., VA,

at the time their father died in 1817.

Elizabeth married John Brown in Brunswick Co., VA, on 27 February 1800.

(Brunwick County Marriage Records, page 119)

4) Benjamin Franklin, Jr., moved, first, to GA land claimed by his father for service in

the GA militia during the Revolutionary War, and was living in Oglethorpe Co.,

GA, at the time his father died in 1817. In 1809, he sold part of that land. Later,

he moved to Autauga Co., AL. He married Martha Taylor, in 1816. Martha was the

daughter of Benjamin Taylor of Oglethorpe County, GA.

5) Henry and Thomas both moved to Bedford County, TN, about 1800-1810. When

their father’s will was probated, they were represented by Peter Ragsdale, a

Bedford County TN attorney, and named, specifically as living in the County of

Bedford, State of Tennessee.” Both men are well doucmented in Bedford County.

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NAME: Henry Davis

FATHER: James Davis, Sr.

MOTHER: Elizabeth Warren

DATE PLACE

BORN: Surry County, VA

DIED: bef 17 March 1767 1 Surry County, VA

NAME DATE PLACE

MARRIED: Mary Marriott 2 ca 1732/33 Surry County, VA

NAME DATE PLACE

CHILDREN: William Surry County, VA

Ann Surry County, VA

Hannah Surry County, VA

Benjamin 3 Surry County, VA

Isham Surry County, VA

Randolph Surry County, VA

Elizabeth 3 Surry County, VA

Henry Surry County, VA

Kezia Surry County, VA

Marriott Surry County, VA

Silvia Surry County, VA

James Surry County, VA

NOTES: 1) Virginia Historical Genealogies, by John Bennett Boddie, includes a chapter on this

Davis family, beginning on pg. 255. Date for his death is sometime between the

date of his will (Feb. 18, 1767) and the date it was probated (March 17, 1767).

The original of the will is filed in Surry County, VA—B.K. 1754-68, p.448.

2) Mary Marriott was the daughter of William Marriott [p. 31] and his wife, Sarah

Collier. William Marriott was the son of Matthias Marriot and his wife, Alice

Warren, daughter of Thomas Warren. Alice’s half brother, Thomas Warren, Jr., was

the father of Elizabeth Warren, who married James Davis, Sr., and was Henry

Davis’ mother.

3) Elizabeth Davis married John Rose in Brunswick County, VA, on January 28, 1775.

John’s sister, Tabitha Rose, married Elizabeth’s brother, Benjamin Davis (pp. 8, 37

and 38).

All children listed above were named in the will. There may have been other

children who died unmarried and before their parents.

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NAME: James Davis, Sr.

FATHER: Thomas Davis

MOTHER: Elizabeth

DATE PLACE

BORN: ? Surry County, VA

DIED: 1746 1 Surry County, VA

NAME DATE PLACE

MARRIED: Elizabeth Warren 2 bef. 1704 Surry County, VA

NAME DATE PLACE

CHILDREN: Thomas 3 Surry County, VA

Jane 3 Surry County, VA

John 3 Surry County, VA

James 3 Surry County, VA

Henry 3 Surry County, VA

Robert 3 Surry County, VA

Nathaniel 3 Surry County, VA

Anne 3 Surry County, VA

NOTES: 1) Virginia Historical Genealogies, by John Bennett Boddie, includes a chapter on this

Davis family, beginning on pg. 255. Date for his death is sometime after the date of

his will (Sept. 4, 1746).

2) Elizabeth Warren was the daughter of Elizabeth and Thomas Warren, Jr (see p. 57).

Mary Marriott, who married Henry Davis (son of James Davis, Jr., and Elizabeth

Warren), was Elizabeth’s cousin. Mary Marriott’s grandmother was Alice Warren

Marriott, who was the older half-sister of Thomas Warren, Jr.

3) Thomas Davis died 1848; lived Isle of Wight County, VA.

Jane Davis married a Warren.

John Davis may have moved to Brunswick County, VA.

James Davis died 1783; lived Surry County, VA; married Elizabeth Baldwin.

Henry Davis died 1767; lived Surry County, VA; married Mary Marriott.

Robert Davis died 1749; lived Pasquotank County, NC; married Sarah Chapman?

Nathaniel Davis may have moved to Hyde County, NC

Anne Davis married James Nicholson ca. 1740; their son, also named James,

married Elizabeth Woodruff.

All children listed above were named in the will. There may have been other

children who died unmarried and before their parents.

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NAME: Thomas Davis

FATHER: Unknown

MOTHER: Unknown

DATE PLACE

BORN: Probably England

DIED: Sept 1716–Dec. 1720 1 Surry County, VA

NAME DATE PLACE

MARRIED: Elizabeth Unknown

NAME DATE PLACE

CHILDREN: James 2

Elizabeth 3 Surry County, VA

Thomas Surry County, VA

Jane Surry County, VA

Henry Surry County, VA

NOTES: 1) Virginia Historical Genealogies, by John Bennett Boddie, includes a chapter on this

Davis family, beginning on pg. 255. Date for his death is between the date of his

will (Sept. 28, 1716) and the date it was probated (Dec. 21, 1720).

Thomas Davis was in the Surry County Militia and appeared as a tithable in 1688.

His son, James, recieved a grant of 100 acres in Surry County in 1722, for imporing

his parents many years before. Since Thomas and his wife had lived in VA for

over 40 years, it is assumed they made a return trip to England.

2) I have assumed that James Davis was the oldest son of Thomas and Elizabeth

Davis, because his father left him “all land and houses” he possessed.

3) Elizabeth Davis married Matthew Ellis; their children, Matthew, Thomas, Elizabeth

and Isabel, were named in James Davis’ will.

All other children listed above were named in the will. There may have been other

children who died unmarried and before their parents.

The Ballard Family

Beginning with Salumith Ballard

Wife of William Burt

[See page 21]

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NAME: Salumith Ballard

FATHER: William Ballard (believed to be William Sorrell Ballard

MOTHER: Elizabeth Clopton

DATE PLACE

BORN: ca 1750

DIED: 1841 Warren County, NC

NAME DATE PLACE

MARRIED: William Burt ca 1780 ? Halifax County, NC

NAME DATE PLACE

CHILDREN: William 11 Nov 1782 Warren County, NC

John A. 1 June 1800 Warren County, NC

Salumith “Sallie”

Lucretia A.

Elizabeth

Ann

Harriet D. ca 1797

NOTES: 1) See page 21 for notes about the children of Salumith Ballard and William Burt.

NAME: William Ballard

FATHER: John Ballard — unverified

MOTHER: Elizabeth Bland — unverified

DATE PLACE

BORN: ca 1715 VA

DIED: 2 Feb 1774 Halifax County NC

NAME DATE PLACE

MARRIED: Elizabeth Clopton 2 ca 1735

NAME DATE PLACE

CHILDREN: Mary 5 ca 1737 probably VA

Joyce 5 ca 1740 probably VA

Elizabeth 5 ca 1743 probably VA

William Sorrell 5 ca 1746 probably VA

Martha F 5 ca 1749 probably VA

Salumith 5 ca 1750 probably VA

Nancy Ann 5 ca 1751 probably VA

Walter Clopton 5 ca 1753 probably VA

Devereaux 5 ca 1756 probably VA

NOTES: 1) William Ballard is often written of as Captain William Ballard or as William

Sorrell Ballard

2) Elizabeth Clopton is said to be the daughter of Walter Clopton and Mary Jarrat;

the name, “Devereaux,” is from the Clopton family, which some researchers

believe can be traced as far back as the 12th century in Suffolk, England.

3) A Lunenburg County, VA, deed, dated 3 Dec 1735, mentions William Ballard.

4) William Ballard appears to have moved to the Scotland Neck area in Halifax

County, NC, ca. 1760.

5) The children of William and Elizabeth Ballard married:

Mary married Mr. Allen

Joyce married Mr. Langley

Elizabeth married Mr. Freeman

Martha married Mr. Finch

Nancy married General William Lenoir

Salumith married William Burt [p. 21]

Walter C. married Rebecca Taylor

Devereaux — no information

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The Bullock Family

Beginning with Sarah Bullock

Wife of John Sims, Jr.

[See page 45]

NAME: Sarah Bullock

FATHER: Richard Bullock

MOTHER: Ann Henley

DATE PLACE

BORN: ca 1720 or earlier

DIED: 1766 Granville County, NC

NAME DATE PLACE

MARRIED: John Sims, Jr. ca. 1734 Hanover County, VA

NAME DATE PLACE

CHILDREN: William ca. 1736

Leonard Henley 2 July 1738

Elisha

Agness

Dorcas

Sarah

Susanna

Mary

Lucretia

Euphrates

NOTES: 1) See page 45 for notes about the children of Sarah Bullock and John Sims, Jr.

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NAME: Richard Bullock

FATHER: Edward Bullock

MOTHER: Sarah Dalby

DATE PLACE

BORN: ca 1690

DIED: ca 1764 Granville County, NC

NAME DATE PLACE

MARRIED: Ann Henley ca 1710-1715 ? New Kent County, VA

NAME DATE PLACE

CHILDREN: Agnes ca 1715

Susannah ca 1717

Zachariah ca 1718

Sarah ca 1720

William ca 1721

John ca 1724

Henry ca 1727

Anne ca 1728

Leonard Henley ca 1736

? Nathaniel

NOTES: 1) Ann Henley was the daughter of Leonard Henley and Elizabeth Richardson. She

was born in VA ca 1693 and died ca 1764 in Granville County, NC

2) Some sources list all the above children as those of Richard and Ann Henley

Bullock. Not all are verified, although records indicate that Sarah Bullock Sims was

one of their children. Certainly, the fact that one of her sons was named Leonard

Henley Sims would appear to support this.

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The Burt Family

Beginning with Frances Lenoir Burt

Wife of John Sims Davis

[See page 6]

NAME: Frances Lenoir Burt

FATHER: William Burt

MOTHER: Susanna Sims

DATE PLACE

BORN: ca. 1826 Warren County, NC

DIED: 6 Aug 1891 Wartrace, Bedford Co., TN

NAME DATE PLACE

MARRIED: John Sims Davis 31 Mar 1842 Franklin County, TN

NAME DATE PLACE

CHILDREN: William Henry 1 ca 1844 Fairfield, TN

Benjamin Franklin 1 5 Jul 1845 Fairfield, TN

Nancy 1 ca 1848 Fairfield, TN

Thomas Burt 1 ca 1849 Fairfield, TN

John Sims 1 ca 1851 Fairfield, TN

Samuel Powell 1 ca 1852 Fairfield, TN

Robert L. 1 ca 1855 Fairfield, TN

Emma 1 ca 1858 Fairfield, TN

NOTES: 1) See page 6 for notes about the children of Fannie Burt and John Sims Davis

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NAME: William Burt

FATHER: William Burt

MOTHER: Salumith Ballard

DATE PLACE

BORN: 11 Nov. 1782 Warren County, NC

DIED: 31 Dec 1848 Winchester Springs,TN

NAME DATE PLACE

MARRIED: Susanna (or Susan) Sims 3 Nov 1812 Mecklenburg County, VA

NAME DATE PLACE

CHILDREN: Elizabeth Jane ca 1813 NC

Sally Ann ca 1815 NC

Harriett Amanda 4 Aug 1817 Nash County, NC

William H. 1818/1819 Nash County, NC

Thomas S. 1819/1820 Nash County, NC

Susan A. before 1824 Warren County, NC

Frances Lenoir “Fannie” ca. 1826 Warren County, NC

Cassandra L. 6 Mar 1829 Nash County, NC

John L. 21 Oct 1830 Nash County, NC

Mary Ballard before 1832 Warren County, NC

Nash H. 27 Jun 1832 Nash or Warren Cty, NC

Richard Burt 4 Nov 1836 Nash or Warren Cty, NC

Lucy 1839

Salumith “Luna” 1840-1842

NOTES: 1) In 1838, William and Susanna Sims moved to Franklin County, TN.

2) William Burt made his will on 30 May 1848. All of the children listed above were

named in the will. Additional information from his will includes:

Lucy and Salumith were his youngest daughters

Sally Ann married Peter Arrington and lived in North Carolina

Harriett A. married James J. Phillips and lived in North Carolina

Elizabeth J. married John R. Horne; Elizabeth predeceased her father; she and

John Horne had three sons: Leonidas, Oscar and Clarence Horne

Frances L. married Mr. (John) Davis (see p. 6).

Susan A. married Mr. (John) Streeter

Thomas S. married Martha (MNU)

William H. Burt, his son, was one of three executors of William Burt’s will,

which was proved in Franklin County court on 7 Feb. 1849

3) Additional marriages of interest within the Davis-Sims families:

William H. Burt married Virginia P. Davis, sister of John Sims Davis (see p. 7).

Lucy Burt married William E. Sims; parents of Luna Mildred Sims (see p. 43).

4) After her husband’s death, Susan Sims Burt (see Sims Family, p. 44) moved to

Bedford County, TN, where she died on 1 Dec 1876. She is buried at Willow

Mount Cemetery in Shelbyville, Bedford County, TN. Several of her children are

buried next to her.

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NAME: William Burt

FATHER: William Burt

MOTHER: Lucy (MNU)

DATE PLACE

BORN: ca 1754 ? Mecklenburg County, VA

DIED: 8 July 1823 2 Warren County, NC

NAME DATE PLACE

MARRIED: Salumith Ballard ca 1780 ? Halifax County, NC

NAME DATE PLACE

CHILDREN: William 11 Nov 1782 Warren County, NC

John A. 1 June 1800 Warren County, NC

Salumith “Sallie”

Lucretia A.

Elizabeth

Ann

Harriet D. ca 1797

NOTES: 1) The Halifax County NC deed book provides the first record of William Burt in

NC in Book 17, p. 442 11 June 1778. This date is more likely to be 1788, as Wm.

Burt does not appear in the 1779 or 1784 Warren County tax lists. He is, however,

listed on the 1790 Warren County census as having 3 white males over age 16,

2 white males under age 16, 3 white females and 20 slaves.

2) Revolutionary War Records Mecklenburg County, Virginia, by Katherine B.

Elliott, 1964 uses as a source, Virginia DAR Register, page 445; gives William’s

death as 8 July 1823, Warren County, NC.

3) William Burt made his will on 10 May 1823, which was presented to the August

1823 Court (Will Book 25, page 178). All of the children listed above were

named in the will. Additional information from his will and other sources:

  • Salumith married Henry Sims on 29 Nov 1813 in Warren County, NC
  • Lucretia married Martin R. Garrett on 25 Jan 1820 in Warren County, NC

4) Salumith Ballard Burt made her will on 23 April 1840, which was proved in 1848.

Her will adds the following information about her children:

  • John A. Burt married Emily M. Cheek on 9 Oct 1830 in Warren County, NC;

died on 27 Mar 1845

  • No marriage is indicated for daughter Elizabeth; died 1852 in Nash County, NC
  • No marriage is indicated for daughter Ann; died after 1852
  • No marriage is indicated for daughter Harriet died 24 Sept 1823 in Warren Cty.
  • Salumith Sims had a daughter named Harriet William Ballard Sims and a son

named Leonard S. Sims

  • Lucretia Garrett had a son named Samuel Brown Garrett

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NAME: William Burt

FATHER: Richard Burt the Elder

MOTHER: Elizabeth Moody

DATE PLACE

BORN: ca 1700 – 1702 York County, VA

DIED: ca 1783/1784 Greensville County, VA

NAME DATE PLACE

MARRIED: Lucy (MNU) ca 1732 VA

NAME DATE PLACE

CHILDREN: Mary ca 1735 VA

Lucy ca 1739 VA

Elizabeth ca 1745 VA

Harwood ca 1746 VA

William ca 1750 VA

NOTES: 1) William Burt’s will was recorded in Book 1, pp. 32-33, Greenville County, VA and

was dated 15 Oct 1782. Executors were William Burt and Harwood Burt. The will

was proved on 27 Feb 1783.

2) Mary Burt was named in her father’s will with a married name of Tooke

Elizabeth Burt was named in her father’s will with a married name of Kelbie

Lucy Burt was named in her father’s will with a married name of Haley

Harwood Burt md. Margaret Tenham ca 1761 in VA; died ca 1803, York Cty. VA

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NAME: Richard Burt (the Elder)

FATHER: ? Richard Burt?

MOTHER: Unknown

DATE PLACE

BORN: ca 1665 ? VA ?

DIED: 1745 York County, VA

NAME DATE PLACE

MARRIED: 1) Elizabeth Hansford ca 1687 VA

2) Elizabeth Moody 2 ca 1695 York County, VA

NAME DATE PLACE

CHILDREN: By his first wife, Elizabeth Hansford:

Richard Burt (the Younger) ca 1691 VA

By his second wife, Elizabeth Moody:

Moody Burt 3 ca 1696 York County, VA

Josias Burt 3 ca 1698 York County, VA

Martha Burt 3 ca 1700 York County, VA

William Burt 3 ca 1701 York County, VA

Judith Burt 3 ca 1702 York County, VA

Elias Burt 3 ca 1705 York County, VA

NOTES: 1) Richard the Elder’s father may have been named Richard Burt, too. There are

records showing a Richard Burt was living in Charles River County of colonial

VA in 1642 and 1649. This person was in the portion of Charles River County

that later became Gloucester County.

2) Some sources indicate that Richard’s second wife, Elizabeth Moody, was the

daughter of Josias Moody and Elizabeth Folliott; the Folliott family has been

traced to the 16th century in England and show that the family came to Hampton

Parish in the Virginia colony in the mid-17th century.

3) Online records indicate that the children of Richard and Elizabeth Moody Burt

married:

  • Josias Burt married Elizabeth Moody, daughter of Philip Moody and Elizabeth
  • Moody Burt married Elizabeth (MNU)
  • William Burt married Lucy (MNU)
  • Judith married Francis Peters
  • Elias Burt married Anne Finnell
  • Martha Burt — no information available

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The Jennings Family

Beginning with Margaret Anita Jennings

Wife of Benjamin Franklin Davis, Sr.

[See page 5]

NAME: Margaret Anita Jennings

FATHER: Hasting Jennings

MOTHER: Susannah Newton

DATE PLACE

BORN: 26 Mar 1843 Edgefield District SC

DIED: 23 Oct 1921 Chattanooga TN

NAME DATE PLACE

MARRIED: Benjamin Franklin Davis 3 Feb 1876 Wartrace, Bedford Cty, TN

NAME DATE PLACE

CHILDREN: Frances Eudora “Dora” Oct. 1876 Wartrace, TN

Benjamin Franklin “Frank” 4 July 1878 Wartrace, TN

Gertrude ca 1880 Wartrace TN

Sara Blanche “Blanche” 5 Jan. 1881 Wartrace, TN

NOTES: 1) Margaret Jennings Davis lived in a number of locations during her lifetime. She

was born in the Edgefield District of SC and lived there until she was 8 – 10

years of age. Her father, Hasting Jennings, sold their land in SC and moved his

family to GA during the early 1850s. Her mother, Susannah, died there in 1854.

Her father, Hasting, remarried and it appears the unmarried daughters may not have

gotten along well with his second wife, Nancy Anna (MNU) as the 1860 census

shows both Margaret (age 16) and her older sister, Elizabeth (age 18), living with

their oldest sister, Sarah Jennings Healan and her family in LaFayette, Walker

County, GA. The 1870 census shows her still living in LaFayette, GA, but with

another sister, Martha “Mattie” Jennings Fulmer and her children (Mattie’s husband

died during the Civil War). Margaret was listed in 1870 as teaching school. The

book, Documented Notes on Jennings and Allied Families, by Beatrice Mackey Doughtie,

quotes a letter from a Fulmer descendent, stating that, in 1873, Margaret Jennings

was teaching school in southwest GA and living with one Tillman Jennings (who

would have been her cousin). Some time between 1873 and 1876, Margaret moved

to Wartrace, TN, probably at the same time or shortly after her sister’s family (Sarah

and A.J. Healan) moved there to open a hotel, Healan House. Based on later census

data, Margaret remained in Wartrace nearly forty years before moving to Chattanooga,

where she spent the last seven years of her life with her youngest daughter, Blanche

Davis Howard, and her family.

2) Margaret Jennings Davis was well-educated. She attended Mary Sharp College, in

Winchester, Tennessee, and Louisville Female College, in Louisville, Kentucky.

3) Margaret and Ben Davis were married less than 6 years when he died, leaving her

with 3 very small children. Blanche, the youngest, was only 7 months old at that

time. Although in reduced financial circumstances, Margaret saw that they had the

best education she could provide, and supplemented their education at home.

4) Margaret is interred in Forest Hills Cemetery in Chattanooga, TN, between her

sons-in-law, Frederick Howard and Thompson Allen.

5) See page 5 for notes about the children of Margaret and Ben Davis.

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NAME: Hasting Jennings

FATHER: William Jennings

MOTHER: Nancy Dove

DATE PLACE

BORN: 25 Jan 1814 Edgefield District, SC

DIED: Apr 1870 Walker County, GA

NAME DATE PLACE

MARRIED: 1) Susannah Newton 2 1812 Edgefield District, SC

2) Nancy Ann (MNU) ca 1858 GA

3) Sarah Elizabeth (MNU) ca 1867 GA

NAME DATE PLACE

CHILDREN: By first wife, Susannah Newton:

Sarah Dove “Sallie” 27 Oct 1833 Edgefield District, SC

Mary A. 18 Jun 1836 Edgefield District, SC

Robert William 19 Mar 1838 Edgefield District, SC

Martha C. “Mattie” 29 Jul 1839 Edgefield District, SC

Elizabeth Newton 10 Jun 1841 Edgefield District, SC

Margaret Anita “Maggie” 26 Mar 1843 Edgefield District, SC

Tyre 16 Sep 1845 Edgefield District, SC

By second wife, Nancy Anna:

Richard Hasting 23 Oct 1858 Walker County, GA

Julia ca 1860 prob. Walker County, GA

John H. ca 1862 prob. Walker County, GA

Emma Jan 1866 prob. Walker County, GA

By third wife, Sarah Elizabeth:

Thomas ca 1868 prob. Walker County, GA

NOTES: 1) Hasting Jennings did not inherit property when his father, William, died.

William’s will states, in part: “The remaining part of my estate to be distributed

among my children in equal division, except my two sons, Tyre and Hasting

Jennings who are to receive $5 and no more on account of their misconduct to me.”

2) One of Hasting’s granddaughters, Bertie Healan Berry, wrote the following in 1918:

“Hasting Jennings [was] a student and a dreamer, the father of a large family and

was never able to maintain the financial status of his youth.”

3) From the Edgefield Advertiser, July 20, 1854: “Died on July 11, 1854, at Roswell,

Cobb County, Georgia, Mrs. Susannah Jennings, wife of Hasting Jennings, in the

43rd year of her age. She was raised, and lived, in Edgefield, S.C., until a few years

back, when with her husband and children moved to Georgia. Being not permanently

settled, she had not moved her membership from the Pleasant Grove

Baptist Church in Edgefield District.”

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NAME: William Jennings

FATHER: John Jennings

MOTHER: Mary (MNU)

DATE PLACE

BORN: ca 1771/1772 SC

DIED: ca 1842 Edgefield District, SC

NAME DATE PLACE

MARRIED: 1) Nancy Dove ca 1793 Edgefield District, SC

2) Mrs. Eleanor Etheredge Richardson ca 1827 Edgefield District, SC

NAME DATE PLACE

CHILDREN: By first wife, Nancy Dove:

Tyre 16 Sep 1794 SC

Lucy 1795 SC

John B. 4 Feb 1797 SC

Nancy 1800 SC

Elizabeth 3 Nov 1802 SC

Mary 1804 Edgefield District, SC

Susannah 1807 Edgefield District, SC

Martha 1809 Edgefield District, SC

Hasting 29 Jan 1814 Edgefield District, SC

Letitia “Let” 1816 Edgefield District, SC

By second wife, Eleanor Etheredge Richardson:

Lott 31 Aug 1828 SC

Rachel 1830 SC

Eleanor “Ellen” 1832 SC

Frances “Fannie” 16 Nov 1834 SC

William 1836 SC

Philip 19 Feb 1846

NOTES: 1) William Jennings was a planter and, by all accounts, a man of wealth. He died at

home in the Edgefield District of SC.

2) A complete listing is available of the spouses and children of William’s children,

but it is not included here; see Documented Notes on Jennings and Allied Families, by

Beatrice Mackey Doughtie; 1961.

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NAME: John Jennings, Sr.

FATHER: Unknown

MOTHER: Unknown

DATE PLACE

BORN: ca 1740-1745 probably SC

DIED: ca 1819 Edgefield District, SC

NAME DATE PLACE

MARRIED: Mary (MNU)

NAME DATE PLACE

CHILDREN: James ca 1765-1770 probably SC

Lucy ca 1765-1770 probably SC

John, Jr. ca 1765-1770 probably SC

William ca 1771-1772 probably SC

Philip ca 1775-1780 probably SC

Jesse ca 1782 probably SC

Mary 1780-1790 probably SC

NOTES: 1) There are records showing that a John Jennings received a land grant from King

George III about 1770. Family names such as Tyre and Hasting are recorded with

this John Jennings, so it is likely this record is about “our” John Jennings. John

Jennings, Sr., bought land in Fairfield County, SC in1785. At that time, he

was living in Chester County, SC. He was listed in the 1790 census as living in the

Camden District, Fairfield County, SC. The 1800 census indicated he was living

in the Fairfield District. In 1804, he and wife, Mary, were living in Edgefield

District, SC, according to land records of the county.

2) John Jennings, Sr., died before 15 April 1820, for on that day, William Jennings

sold land on Dailey’s Creek, a branch of the Little Saluda River, to his brother,

Jesse. This land had belonged to their father, John Jennings, dec’d., and had been

bought by William at his father’s estate sale. In this deed, John Jennings was

referred to as John Jennings, Sr. On 2 February, 1828, Jesse and James Jennings,

executors of the estate of John Jennings, dec’d., conveyed 52 acres of land on the

north side of Beaver Dam Creek to William Jennings. Use of the term, executors,

would indicate that John Jennings, Sr., died testate but, to date, no will has been

found.

3) John Jennings, Sr. had seven known children, those listed above, who were identified

in the Philip Jennings estate file. (Apt. 60, Pkg. 2475, Edgefield County, SC)

Philip Jenning died in Edgefield District, SC, on 30 May 1848. He died intestate

and without issue. His estate was divided between his widow, Lucy Jennings, his

brother, Jesse Jennings, and the children of his deceased siblings. John Jennings,

Sr., may have had other children but no record of them has been found. If they

existed, either they died young or died prior to 1848 and without issue.

4) John Jennings has been identified as a Revolutionary patriot of SC, based on militia

duty with a Col. Anderson; SC Archives, Accts. Aud. #4027, Roll #48.79, Indent

442T; and Andrews, SC Revolutionary War Indents: A Schedule, page 33.

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The Marriott Family

Beginning with Mary Marriott

Wife of Henry Davis

[See page 9]

NAME: Mary Marriott

FATHER: William Marriott

MOTHER: Sarah Collier

DATE PLACE

BORN: Surry County, VA

DIED:

NAME DATE PLACE

MARRIED: Henry Davis 1 bef 1725 2 Surry County, VA

NAME DATE PLACE

CHILDREN: William Surry County, VA

Ann Surry County, VA

Hannah Surry County, VA

Benjamin Surry County, VA

Isham Surry County, VA

Randolph Surry County, VA

Henry Surry County, VA

Kezia Surry County, VA

Marriott Surry County, VA

Silvia Surry County, VA

James Surry County, VA

NOTES: 1) Virginia Historical Genealogies, by John Bennett Boddie, includes a chapter on this

Davis family, beginning on pg. 255, and on the Warren family, beginning on pg.

244.

2) The will of Thomas Collier, Sarah Collier Marriott’s father, dated 15 February 1728,

mentions “my daughter Sarah Marriott, wife of William Marriott… my grand

daughter, Mary Marriott…my grandsons William and Thomas Marriott…”

3) Mary Marriott was the daughter of William Marriott and his wife, Sarah Collier

William Marriott was the son of Matthias Marriot and his wife, Alice, daughter of

Thomas Warren. One of Alice’s half brothers, Thomas Warren, Jr., was the father of

Elizabeth Warren, who married James Davis, Sr., and, therefore, was Henry Davis’

mother.

All children listed above were named in the will. There may have been other

children who died unmarried and before their parents.

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NAME: William Marriott

FATHER: Mathias Marriott

MOTHER: Alice Warren

DATE PLACE

BORN: ca. 1688 1 Surry County, VA

DIED: bef. 20 January 1767 2

NAME DATE PLACE

MARRIED: Sarah Collier bef. Nov. 1725 3

NAME DATE PLACE

CHILDREN: Mary 4 Surry County, VA

William 4 Surry County, VA

Thomas 4 Surry County, VA

Mathias 4 Surry County, VA

Benjamin 4 Surry County, VA

John 4 Surry County, VA

NOTES: 1) William Marriott was the only son of Matthias Marriott. When his father’s will was

written in 1707, he appeared to be a minor; in 1710, he proved a legal document

under oath, so must have been of legal age at that time.

2) William Marriott’s will was dated 20 September 1765 and proved 20 January 1767.

3) Sarah and William Marriott signed a deed together on that date, so they must have

married earlier.

4) All children listed were named in William Marriott’s will. His wife, Sarah, was not

mentioned in the will, so it is assumed she died earlier.

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NAME: Mathias Marriott

FATHER: Unknown

MOTHER: Unknown

DATE PLACE

BORN:

DIED: bef. 2 September 1707 1

NAME DATE PLACE

MARRIED: Alice Warren 2 bef Sept 1670 3

NAME DATE PLACE

CHILDREN: William

Margaret 4

Elizabeth 4

Marion 4

NOTES: 1) Matthias Marriott’s will was dated 12 June 1707 and probated 2 September 1707.

Matthias Marriott and Alice Warren Marriot are included in the chapter on the

Warren family in Virginia Historical Genealogies, by John Bennett Boddie, beginning

on pg. 244.

2) One of Alice’s half brothers, Thomas Warren, Jr., was the father of

Elizabeth Warren, who married James Davis, Sr.; Alice and Mathias Marriott’s

granddaughter, Mary Marriott, married James Davis, Sr.’s son, Henry Davis.

3) On 24 September, 1670, an agreement was signed, settling a property dispute

between Jane Warren, Alice Warren Marriott’s stepmother, and her husband,

Mathias Marriott.

4) Margaret Marriott married Mr. Flake.

Elizabeth Marriott married Mr. Hill.

Marion Marriott married Mr. Chips

All children listed above were named in the will. There may have been other

children who died unmarried and before their parents.

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The Powell Family

Beginning with Charlotte Powell

Wife of John Sims

[See page 42]

NAME: Charlotte Powell

FATHER: Dempsey Powell

MOTHER: Nancy [surname is believed to be Dempsey; unverified]

DATE PLACE

BORN: 29 July 1774 Wake Co., NC

DIED: 1828 Bedford County, TN

(or 7 October 1837?) (or Rutherford Co., TN?)

NAME DATE PLACE

MARRIED: John Sims 30 Dec 1793 Wake County, NC

NAME DATE PLACE

CHILDREN: Nancy Powell 18 Nov 1794 Wake County (?), MC

Leonard Powell 31 May 1797 Granville County, NC

Pleasant Benton 17 Feb 1799

John Swepson 20 Mar 1801

Richard Henry 1 Mar 1803 NC

James Lewis 11 Aug 1805

Sarah 12 Jun 1811

NOTES: 1) From the family Bible of Louisa Batey Sims and Leonard Henley Sims (son of

Swepson Sims; grandson of Leonard Henley Sims and Sarah Swepson):

“Leonard Sims, my grandfather, was born July 2nd, 1739, and died in 1804.

Sarah Swepson Sims, my grandmother, was born October 27th, 1752, and

died June 14, 1811. My uncle, John Sims, was born 1773, and died 1841.

Charlotte Sims, his wife, was born July 29th, 1774, and died October 7th,

  1. I remember the last two with great fondness, having no recollection

of my Grandfather and Mother. Signed: L.H. Sims”

This information was provided by George Ann Sims in May, 1999.

2) Nancy Powell Sims married Henry Davis; see page 7.

3) See page 42 for notes about the children of Charlotte Powell and John Sims

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NAME: Dempsey Powell

FATHER: Nathaniel Powell

MOTHER: Elizabeth (MNU)

DATE PLACE

BORN: 2 sources: ca 1730 and ca 1740 Wake County, NC

DIED: 2 sources: 1793 and 15 Oct 1808 Wake County, NC

NAME DATE PLACE

MARRIED: 1) Nancy (MNU); probably Dempsey ca 1765

2) Pleasant Benton

NAME DATE PLACE

CHILDREN:

By his first wife, Nancy:

Elizabeth ca 1769 NC

Chloe ca 1770 NC

Charlotte 7 July 1774 Wake County, NC

By his second wife, Pleasant Benton:

Caswell

Jesse

Patsy ca 1780

Mildred 1785 Wake County, NC

Benton

Dempsey 29 Mar 1802 NC

NOTES: 1) Dempsey Powell is listed in the DAR Patriot Index as follows:

  1. ca. 1730 NC; d. 1793 NC; m . 1) Nancy MNU 2) Pleasant MNU;

Private and Patriotic Service NC

2) The Powell Families of Virginia and the South, compiled by S. E. Lucas, lisrs Thomas

Powell as the immigrant ancestor. He is said to have come to North America before

  1. His children, as listed, were William Powell, born ca 1607 and Nathaniel

Powell, Sr.. Nathaniel was born ca 1610 in Isle of Wight County, VA, and died

ca 1678; he married Lucretia (MNU). Their son was Nathaniel Powell, Jr., who was

born ca 1650 in Isle of Wight County, VA, and married Mary (MNU); and their son

was Nathaniel Powell III, who was Dempsey Powell’s father. Nathaniel III was born

in Isle of Wight County, VA, and married Elizabeth (MNU). Their known children

were Jordan, William, Shadrack, Dempsey, Nathan, Sarah, Patsy, Jesse and Willis.

4) Mildred, born 1785, died 1845, married John Streeter. She came to Bedford County,

TN, with her children and settled on her division, which was located south of

Warner’s Bridge. Her son, John, married Susan Burt; her daughter, Cassie, married

Henry Shapard (their daughter was Cassie Streeter Shapard).

3) Elizabeth married Robert Temple of Wake County., NC. They came to Bedford

County and settled on her division of 201 acres which lay south of Sims Rd. near

Powell Creek School. In 1817, she sold this tract to John Sim

The Rose Family

Beginning with Tabitha Rose

Wife of Benjamin Davis

[See page 8]

NAME: Tabitha Rose

FATHER: John Rose

MOTHER: Abigail Hicks

DATE PLACE

BORN: Ca. 1752–1755

DIED: Before 1810 Brunswick County, VA

NAME DATE PLACE

MARRIED: Benjamin F. Davis 1 ca 1778-80 Brunswick County, VA

NAME DATE PLACE

CHILDREN: William Davis

Elizabeth Davis 2

Benjamin Franklin Davis, Jr. 3 25 April 1784 VA

Martha Davis

Merritt Davis

Henry Davis 4 ca 1785-90 VA

Thomas Davis 4

John Davis

NOTES: 1) Emigration to Other States from Southside Virginia, Volume I, includes a copy of

Benjamin Franklin Davis’ April, 1817 will; all living children are listed in the will.

(Original is in Brunswick County, VA, Deed Book 24, page 52)

Benjamin Franklin Davis was the son of Henry Davis and Mary Marriott (see p. 7).

2) William, Elizabeth, Martha Merritt and John were living in Brunswick Co., VA,

at the time their father died in 1817.

Elizabeth married John Brown in Brunswick Co., VA, on 27 February 1800.

(Brunwick County Marriage Records, page 119)

3) Benjamin Franklin, Jr., moved, first, to GA land claimed by his father for service in

the GA militia during the Revolutionary War, and was living in Oglethorpe Co.,

GA, at the time his father died in 1817. In 1809, he sold part of that land. Later,

he moved to Autauga Co., AL. He married Martha Taylor, in 1816. Martha was the

daughter of Benjamin Taylor of Oglethorpe County, GA.

4) Henry and Thomas both moved to Bedford County, TN, about 1800-1810. When

their father’s will went to probate, they were represented by Peter Ragsdale, a

Bedford County TN attorney, and named, specifically as living in the County of

Bedford, State of Tennessee.” Both men are well docmented throughout their lives

in Bedford County.

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NAME: John Rose

FATHER: William Rose

MOTHER: Lucy Corker

DATE PLACE

BORN: Ca. 1696 Surry County, VA

DIED: 1780 Brunswick County, VA

NAME DATE PLACE

MARRIED: Abigail Hicks 1 1728 Prob. Surry County, VA

NAME DATE PLACE

CHILDREN: John Jr. 2 VA

Amy 3 VA

Martha 4 VA

Eleanor VA

Tabitha 5 ca. 1752-55 VA

William ca. 1756 VA

NOTES: 1) Abigail Hicks was the daughter of John Hicks and Rebekah Rebecca.

2) John Rose Jr., married Elizabeth Davis on January 28, 1775 (see p. 9); Elizabeth’s

brother, Benjamin F. Davis was a witness to John and Elizabeth’s marriage bond;

John and Elizabeth Rose’s son was Col. William Rose, born 1779.

3) Amy Rose married Mr. Williams.

4) Martha Rose married Thomas Sadler, II. Their child was William Rose Sadler

5) Tabitha Rose married Benjamin F. Davis, who was the brother of Elizabeth Davis

(see note 2 above; also see pages 8 and 37).

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NAME: William Rose, Jr.

FATHER: William Rose

MOTHER: Ann

DATE PLACE

BORN: Ca. 1658 Surry County, VA

DIED: Unknown VA

NAME DATE PLACE

MARRIED: Lucy Corker 1 Ca. 1689 Southampton County, VA

NAME DATE PLACE

CHILDREN: William 2 ca. 1691 Surry County, VA

Henry 3 ca. 1694 Surry County, VA

John 4 ca. 1696 Surry County, VA

Richard 5 1697 Surry County, VA

NOTES: 1) Lucy Corker was the daughter of ___ Corker and Lucy White.

2) William died 1766, Surry County; married 1) Frances Briggs, bef. 1730, Surry

County; 2) Elizabeth Goodrich Clinch, ca. 1755, Surry County

3) Henry died 1751, Brunswick County, VA; married Mary Tudor Tedder in May, 1721

4) John died 1780, Brunswick County, VA (see p. 34).

5) Richard died 1765, Southampton County, VA; wife’s name unknown; their children

were Robert, Mary and Burrell.

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NAME: William Rose

FATHER: Unknown

MOTHER: Unknown

DATE PLACE

BORN: ca 1622 England or Scotland

DIED: ca. 1680 Surry County, VA

NAME DATE PLACE

MARRIED: Ann bef. 1650 England

NAME DATE PLACE

CHILDREN: Jane 1 ca. 1653 Surry County, VA

Anne 2 ca. 1657 Surry County, VA

William 3 ca. 1658 Surry County, VA

Mary ca. 1660 Surry County, VA

Richard 4 ca. 1668 Surry County, VA

NOTES: 1) Jane Rose married 1) Richard Avery; and 2) Edward Booky, after 1685, in VA.

Her children were George Avery, William Avery, Thomas Avery and John Avery.

2) Anne Rose died March 1727/28 in Surry Co., VA. She married Thomas Flood

  1. 1678 in Surry County, VA. It is known that they had a daughter, Faith Flood.

3) William married Lucy Corker (see page 35).

4) Richard Rose died ca. 1736 in Surry County, VA. He married Elizabeth Sowerby

  1. 1689 in Virginia. Elizabeth was the daughter of Francis and Katherine Sowerby

Their children were Richard, Thomas, Anne and Jane.

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The Sims Family

Beginning with Nancy Powell Sims

Wife of Henry Davis

[See page 7]

NAME: Nancy Powell Sims

FATHER: John Sims

MOTHER: Charlotte Powell

DATE PLACE

BORN: 18 November 1794 Wake County, NC

DIED: 18 August 1830 Bedford County, TN

NAME DATE PLACE

MARRIED: Henry Davis

NAME DATE PLACE

CHILDREN: John Sims 15 Nov 1818 Bedford County, TN

Emily M. ca 1820 Bedford County, TN

Sarah Ann 27 Apr 1822 Bedford County, TN 4

Virginia P. 25 Oct 1825 Bedford County, TN

Mary R. ca 1826 Bedford County, TN

Charlotte S. ca 1828 Bedford County, TN

NOTES: 1) See page 7 for notes about the children of Nancy Sims and Henry Davis.

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NAME: John Sims

FATHER: Leonard Henley Sims

MOTHER: Sarah Swepson

DATE PLACE

BORN: 1 Feb 1773 Warren County, NC

DIED: 1841 Bedford County, TN

NAME DATE PLACE

MARRIED: Charlotte Powell 4 30 Dec 1793 Wake County, NC

NAME DATE PLACE

CHILDREN: Nancy Powell 5 18 Nov 1794 Wake County, NC

Leonard Powell 31 May 1797 Granville County, NC

Pleasant Benton 17 Feb 1799

John Swepson 20 Mar 1801

Richard Henry 6 1 Mar 1803 NC

James Lewis 11 Aug 1805

Sarah 12 Jun 1811

NOTES: 1) The 1800 Warren County, NC, census shows John Sims as 1 male between the ages

of 26-45, with 2 males under age 10, 1 female between the ages of 16-26 and

1 female under age 10 + 6 slaves

2) The 1810 Warren County, NC, ([. 314) census shows John Sims as 1 male over

age 45, with 1 male between ages 26-45 and 2 males between the ages of 10-16,

2 females between the ages of 26-45, 2 females between the ages of 10-16 and

2 females under age 10

3) The 1820 Bedford County TN census shows John Sims with 1 male over age

45, with 3 males between the ages 16-26 and 1 male between the ages of 16-18;

1 female over 45, 1 female under age 10 + 5 slaves

4) Charlotte and John Sims settled on part of the Powell tract in Bedford County, TN;

in later years, John bought additional land from some of Charlotte’s siblings,

according to Bedford County land records. Other Sims family members settled in

TN during this same period of time. Sims family Bible records show that Charlotte

Sims, wife of John Sims, died on 7 October 1837 in Rutherford County, TN.

5) Nancy Powell Sims married Henry Davis; they were the parents of John Sims Davis,

who married Frances Lenoir Burt (see page 6).

6) Richard Henry Sims married Jane (MNU) and lived in Bedford County, TN; one

of their children, William Edward “Ed” Sims, married Lucy Burt (see p. 20),

a sister of Frances Lenoir Burt, the wife of John Sims Davis and mother of

Benjamin Franklin Davis (see p. 5).

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NAME: Leonard Henley Sims

FATHER: John Sims, Jr.

MOTHER: Sarah Bullock

DATE PLACE

BORN: 2 July 1739 Hanover County, VA

DIED: Nov 1804 Warren County, NC

NAME DATE PLACE

MARRIED: Sarah Swepson 3 12 Mar 1770 Mecklenburg County, VA

NAME DATE PLACE

CHILDREN: Richard Swepson 4 4 Mar 1771

John 5 1 Feb 1773 Warren County, NC

Swepson 16 May 1775 ? VA

Leonard Henley

Thomas

Joseph

Henry 6 1790

Jane Langley 7

Susanna 8 17 Mar 1797 Granville County, NC

Sarah

NOTES*: 1) Leonard Henley Sims was named for his great-grandfather, Leonard Henley (or

Hendley). L.H. Sims served with the North Carolina troops during the American

Revolution and bought additional property in Warren County, NC, in 1787. In

both the 1790 and 1800 census of Warren County, NC, Leonard owned 36 slaves.

At his death in 1804, he owned more than 1,300 acres in Warren County. He was

a member of the Nut Bush Presbyterian Church.

2) Sims’ Revolutionary service can be found in # Vol XI, Book A, No. 11 P. 1323

Currency Certificates p.43 folio 2 781 Len. Sims $440.00 426 Len. Sims $1486.00

and NC Revolutionary Army Accounts [Treasurer. State] Book B [Part XIII]

3) Sarah Swepson was the daughter of Richard Swepson of Mecklenburg County, VA

(very close to Warren County, NC). She was born on 27 Oct 1752 and died on

14 June 1811. Richard Swepson is in the DAR Patriot Index: b. ca. 1735; d. before

2-?-1788 VA; m. 1) Unknown 2) Mrs. Mary Tabb; Patriotic Service VA

4) Richard married Rebecca Dromgoole of Brunswick County, VA, on 6 Mar 1799.

He became a doctor in Brunswick County. His son, Alexandria Dromgoole Sims,

was a congressman from South Carolina from 1845-1848, during the same period of

time in which his cousin, another Leonard Henley Sims, was also a congressman.

5) John Sims, son of Leonard Henley Sims, married Charlotte [Powell] and died in

1843.

6) Henry Sims married Salumith “Sallie” Burt, 29 Nov 1813, in Warren County, NC;

[see Burt section, p. 21]

7) Jane Langley Sims married her cousin, Jefferson Sims

8) Susanna Sims married William Burt on 3 Nov 1812; they were the parents of

Frances Lenoir Burt, who married John Sims Davis [see pp. 6 and 20]

* Most of these notes were copied from The Rev. R.J. Sims Family Genealogy by Larry J. Sims

  1. 1980. A copy of the research was sent to the DAR library by the author in 1982.

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NAME: John Sims, Jr.

FATHER: John Sims, Sr.

MOTHER: Mary Rice

DATE PLACE

BORN: ca. 1713 Hanover County, VA

DIED: 1766 Granville County, NC

NAME DATE PLACE

MARRIED: Sarah Bullock ca. 1734 Hanover County, VA

NAME DATE PLACE

CHILDREN: William 3 ca. 1736

Leonard Henley 3 2 July 1738

Elisha 3

Agness

Dorcas

Sarah

Susanna

Mary

Lucretia

Euphrates

NOTES*: 1) John moved to Granville County, NC, in 1752, where his brother Thomas lived.

He bought 800 acres on both sides of the Nut Bush Creek of Granville County

(now Warren County), NC, on 2 July 1752. He was a blacksmith during his

earlier days in Hanover County, VA.

2) Sarah was the daughter of Richard Bullock of Hanover County, VA, and was born

around 1720. Sarah’s sister, Susanna, married William Sims, son of Adam Symes

and cousin of John Sims, Jr.

3) William, Leonard Henley and Elisha remained in the vicinity of Granville County

for the rest of their lives and all three owned sizeable farms. William accumulated

at least 1,168 acres in Warren County, NC, during his lifetime.

* These notes were copied from The Rev. R.J. Sims Family Genealogy by Larry J. Sims ca. 1980.

A copy of the research was sent to the DAR library by the author in 1982.

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NAME: John Sims, Sr.

FATHER: George Symes

MOTHER: Elizabeth Sherwood

DATE PLACE

BORN: ca 1690 VA

DIED: ca 1751 Hanover County, VA

NAME DATE PLACE

MARRIED: Mary Rice ca 1712 Hanover County, VA

NAME DATE PLACE

CHILDREN: John 1713 Hanover County, VA

Thomas 1715

Micajah 1720

David

Sherwood ca 1730

Edward

James

NOTES: 1) John Sims, with his brothers, Matthew and George, were granted 1,000 acres in

New Kent County in 1704. This property was originally claimed by their father,

George Symes. They were granted an additional 3,000 acres on Locust Creek on

16 January 1727. Among John, Matthew George and Edward, more than 5,000

acres near the present Hanover and Louisa County line were granted or purchased.

2) John Sims and his brothers names appear as as Sims rather than Symes.

* These notes were copied from The Rev. R.J. Sims Family Genealogy by Larry J. Sims ca. 1980.

A copy of the research was sent to the DAR library by the author in 1982.

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NAME: George Symes

FATHER: George Symes

MOTHER: Dorothy Everard

DATE PLACE

BORN: ca 1672 Antigua, West Indies

DIED: ca 1733 Isle of Wight, VA

NAME DATE PLACE

MARRIED: Elizabeth Sherwood ca 1689 VA

NAME DATE PLACE

CHILDREN: Adam ca 1689

John ca 1690 VA

Matthew ca 1691

George

James

NOTES: 1) George emigrated to Isle of Wight County, VA, in 1687 and also lived in nearby

Surrey County. He had a land grant and was a planter.

2) Elizabeth Sherwood probably was the daughter of James and Grace Sherwood of

Lower Norfolk, VA.

* These notes were copied from The Rev. R.J. Sims Family Genealogy by Larry J. Sims ca. 1980.

A copy of the research was sent to the DAR library by the author in 1982.

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NAME: George Symes

FATHER: Thomas Symes

MOTHER: Amy Bridges

DATE PLACE

BORN: ca 1651 Doynton, Gloucestershire

England

DIED: 1688 Antigua, West Indies

NAME DATE PLACE

MARRIED: Dorothy Everard 4

NAME DATE PLACE

CHILDREN: George ca 1672 Antigua, West Indies

John ca 1680

Elizabeth ca 1682

Christopher 1684

Henry

NOTES: 1) George Symes was probably born in Doynton, Gloucestershire, England, and

emigrated to Antigua, WI, in 1672, when his father received a grant of land there.

2) George was granted 260 acres in Antigua in 1681.

3) George was a member of the legislative assembly in 1681, and was speaker of the

assembly in 1688, when he died. He was a merchant and attained the title of

Captain, as did his younger brother, Henry.

4) Dorothy Everard was the daughter of Thomas Everard of Meath, Ireland, who

moved to St. Christopher, Kitts. After Thomas died, Dorothy’s mother married

John Vernon. After Dorothy’s marriage to George Symes, John Vernon gave them a

plantation called Wakering Hall in Old North Sound, Antigua. After George Symes

died, Dorothy married Arthur Freeman, Esq. of Antigua.

* These notes were copied from The Rev. R.J. Sims Family Genealogy by Larry J. Sims ca. 1980.

A copy of the research was sent to the DAR library by the author in 1982.

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NAME: Thomas Symes

FATHER: John Symes

MOTHER: Amy Horner

DATE PLACE

BORN: ca 1605 Poundsford, Somersetshire

DIED: ca 1682 Poundsford, Somersetshire

NAME DATE PLACE

MARRIED: Amy Bridges ca 1634

NAME DATE PLACE

CHILDREN: Thomas 2 1635

John 3

Edward 4 1645

Charles 5 1649

George 6 ca 1651

Henry 6 1653

William 7

Richard 8

Amy

Catherine

Elizabeth 9

NOTES: 1) Thomas Symes of Winterbourne, later of Poundsford, Gloucestershire, Esquire,

married Amy Bridges, daughter of Edward Bridges of Keynsham, Somersetshire.

Edward Bridges will is dated 7 November, proved 22 August 1639.

2) Thomas, Jr., matriculated from Christ Church College, Oxford, 21 April 1657.

Barrister of law at Lincoln’s Inn 1666. Died 22 November 1681; buried at Barwick.

Married Merriel, youngest daughter of Sir John Horner of Mells, County Kent.

3) John Symes of Montserrat was given the title of Captain and member of council in

  1. He died in 1687.

4) Edward Symes was baptized 1645, Doynton, Gloucestershire.

5) The Rev. Charles Symes matriculated from Magdalene Hall, Oxford, on 2 March

  1. He was the rector of Compton Martin, County Somerset in 1707. He

married Anne Creed of Salisbury on 21 Jan 1686.

6) Henry Symes was baptized 16 Nov 1653, at Doynton, Gloucestershire. He and his

brother, George, both emigrated to Antigua, West Indies, and both attained the title

of Captain. Henry was buried 9 July 1714 at St. John’s, Antigua. He married

Henrietta Yeamans.

7) William probably emigrated to New Kent County, VA, in 1677 and died there on

17 February 1725.

8) Richard Symes of Blackheath died 27 May 1728.

9) Elizabeth Symes of Doynton died a spinster in 1676 at Gloucester.

* These notes were copied from The Rev. R.J. Sims Family Genealogy by Larry J. Sims ca. 1980.

A copy of the research was sent to the DAR library by the author in 1982.

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NAME: John Symes

FATHER: William Symes

MOTHER: Elizabeth Hill

DATE PLACE

BORN: 4 Mar 1571/1572 Chard, Somersetshire

DIED: 21 Oct 1661 Poundsford, Gloucestershire

NAME DATE PLACE

MARRIED: Amy Horner 2

NAME DATE PLACE

CHILDREN: John 3

Harry 4 1609

Thomas

Jane

Susan

Elizabeth 6

Katherine

Amy 5

Elinor

Dorothy

Edith

NOTES: 1) John Symes, Sr., matriculated at Exeter College, Oxford, with his brother, Henry,

on 23 February 1588, and received his degree on 9 July 1591. He was a member of

Somerset Parliament and a High Sheriff. He is buried at Frampton Cottrell Church,

County Gloucester. His will was dated 5 October 1658 and proved 19 December

1661.

2) Amy Horner was the daughter of Thomas Horner and Amy Popham of Mells.

Thomas Horner was a member of Parliament and the Sheriff of Somersetshire.

His son, Sir John Horner, was knighted and was the “Little Jack Horner” of nursery

rhymes, with sarcastic reference to the family having obtained lands formerly held

by the Abbott of Glastonbury.

3) John, Jr., married Abigail, daughter of Arthur Arscott of Tetcott, County Devon.

4) Harry married Amy Seymour. He died 25 May 1686, Framton Cottrell,

Gloucestershire. Student of Middle Temple 1628. Amy was the daughter of Sir John

Seymour of County Kent.

5) Amy married Sir John Seymour, County Kent.

6) Elizabeth Symes married Nicholas Martin of County Devon.

* These notes were copied from The Rev. R.J. Sims Family Genealogy by Larry J. Sims ca. 1980.

A copy of the research was sent to the DAR library by the author in 1982.

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NAME: William Symes

FATHER: may be John Symes of Barwick

MOTHER: Unknown

DATE PLACE

BORN: ca 1540 England

DIED: 17 July 1597 Chard, Somersetshire

NAME DATE PLACE

MARRIED: Elizabeth Hill 3 ca 1570

NAME DATE PLACE

CHILDREN: John 4 Mar 1571/72 Chard, Somersetshire

Henry 4 ca 1573

Robert

William

James

Jane 5

Alice 6

Elizabeth 7

Mary 8

Margaret

Margery 9

NOTES: 1) William Symes, Sr., was very wealthy as evidenced by his will, which showed that

he owned eight manors, a mill and other property.

2) The Symes family in England can be traced by two documents: Visitation of

Somerset, 1623, and Oliver’s History of Antigua. The former documents the arms

and descendants of William Symes of Chard down to that date, 1623, based on

the visitation of Charenceux King at Arms to William Symes. The latter gives a

full genealogy of the Antigua Symes family. From these two documents, we know

that the Symes family had a coat of arms granted in 1591, which consisted of,

“Azure, three scallops in pale, or.” and a family crest of “a demi-kind, rampart and

erased, or.”

3) Elizabeth Hill was the daughter of Robert Hill. She was born and died in England.

4) Henry Symes of Poundsford matriculated at Exeter College, Oxford on 23 Feb

1588 at age thirteen; died unmarried in 1599.

5) Jane Symes married Roger Howe of London.

6) Alice Symes married William Hodges.

7) Elizabeth Symes married William Mallett.

8) Mary Symes married Robert Hendy.

9) Margery Symes married Jasper Pyne of Chard, County Somerset.

* These notes were copied from The Rev. R.J. Sims Family Genealogy by Larry J. Sims ca. 1980.

A copy of the research was sent to the DAR library by the author in 1982.

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The Swepson Family

Beginning with Sarah Swepson

Wife of Leonard Henley Sims

[See page 44]

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NAME: Sarah Swepson

FATHER: Richard Swepson

MOTHER: (probably) Jane Jeffries, possibly Dandridge

DATE PLACE

BORN: 27 Oct 1752 Amelia, VA

DIED: 14 June 1811 Warren County, NC

NAME DATE PLACE

MARRIED: Leonard Henley Sims 12 Mar 1770 Mecklenburg County, VA

NAME DATE PLACE

CHILDREN: Richard Swepson 4 Mar 1771

John 1 Feb 1773

Swepson 16 May 1775 VA

Leonard Henley

Thomas

Joseph

Henry 1790

Jane Langley

Susanna 17 Mar 1797 Granville County, NC

Sarah

NOTES*: 1) See page 44 for notes about the children of Sarah Swepson and Leonard Henley

Sims

3) Sarah Swepson was born at Amelia Plantation in Amelia, VA.

NAME: Richard Swepson, Sr.

FATHER: Unknown

MOTHER: Unknown

DATE PLACE

BORN: ca 1720 ? Gloucester County, VA

DIED: ca 1788 Mecklenburg County, VA

NAME DATE PLACE

MARRIED: 1) Jane Jeffries 6 ca 1746 VA

2) Mrs. Mary Mallory Tabb 12 Apr 1779 Mecklenburg County, VA

NAME DATE PLACE

CHILDREN: By his first wife, Jane Jeffries:

Mary Elizabeth 7 31 Mar 1747 ? Amelia County, VA

Ann 7 22 Jan 1750 Amelia County, VA

Sarah 7 27 Oct 1752 Amelia County, VA

Richard, Jr. 7 7 Mar 1756 Amelia County, VA

John 7 19 Jul 1759 Amelia County, VA

Jane 7 14 Apr 1762 Amelia County, VA

Thomas 7 25 Feb 1765 Amelia County, VA

Susannah 7 19 Dec 1767 Amelia County, VA

By his second wife, Mary Tabb:

Lucy 7 19 Mar 1780 Mecklenburg County, VA

Charity 7 16 Nov 1781 Mecklenburg County, VA

William Mallory 7 7 Apr 1783 Mecklenburg County, VA

NOTES: 1) Richard Swepson resided for a time in Amelia County, Va., where he purchased

718 acres from Philemon and w/Ann Holcomb, on July 21, 1749, including all

houses, etc. This plantation was on the Lower side of Briery River. He appears in

the 1751, 1752, 1753 Amelia County Tax List—Nottoway Parish. In 1753-54

Prince Edward County was cut off from Amelia Co., placing his plantation,

“Linden,” in the newly created county of Prince Edward. He sold 318 acres of this

plantation on April 14, 1761 to Thomas Carlton of Lunenburg Co, and the

remaining 400 acres Richard Swepson sold to James Zachery, of Pr. Edward Co.,

on May 10, 1762. This plantation is located about 3.8 miles north of present day

Meherrin, Va. Prince Edward County joins Lunenburg Co.

2) Richard’s name appears on the 1752 Tax List for Lunenburg County, but he did

not own any land there at the time. He purchased about 580 acres in Lunenburg

Co. from Samuel and Elizabeth Phelps on July 1, 1760, located on S. Fork of

Allen’s Creek, and this is the land for which he was taxed in the 1764 List. On

that same date, John Jeffries purchased an adjoining plantation, of about 531 acres

from William and Sarah Phelps.

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3) Richard Swepson first appears in the Lunenburg Court records in 1753, and he is

mentioned often, either as a member of the Jury, as well as other miscellaneous

duties, and a few times as a defendant himself. The first mention of his wife, Jane,

is in the court records of 1757.

4) Richard Swebson (Swepson) received a Land grant on May 29, 1760 of 404 acres

on both sides of Little Falling River, Lunenburg Co. (Bk 33, P 797) And he

received a Land Patent of 1, 326 Acres on Feb. 14, 1761, on both sides of N. Fork

of Sandy River in Lunenburg Co., for the sum of six pounds, fifteen shillings.

(Bk 33, P 1000)

5) During the American Revolution, Richard Swepson, Sr., his son, Richard, Jr., and

his son John, served their country well; Richard, Sr., by furnishing many supplies,

Richard, Jr. as Captain of the 2 Btn. of Militia, and John served on the Committee

of Safety for Mecklenburg Co., as well as furnishing supplies.

6) Richard Swepson, Sr., was married at least twice. The only primary source information

known about the name of his wife before 1779 may be found in deed records

and court orders. Existing court orders and deeds from Lunenburg and Mecklenburg

counties between 1757 and 1774 show the given name of his wife as Jane. The

maiden name of Mrs. Jane Swepson has been the subject of considerable speculation,

and is often given as Dandridge or Jeffries. No substantiation for either is known,

but due to the names of the descendants, it is more likely her maiden name was

Jeffries. Richard Swepson’s wife, Jane, apparently died between 1774 and April 12,

1779, when he married Mrs. Mary (Mallory) Tabb (widow of John Tabb) in

Mecklenburg County. Mary Mallory Tabb Swepson died October, 1783 Meck. Co,

Va. Ref: Tabb Family Records, W&M Qrtrly, 26-27, P 202-204

7) The children of Richard Swepson married:

  • Mary Elizabeth married Benjamin Whitehead on 31 Mar 1761
  • Ann married Alexander Boyd about 1766
  • Sarah married Leonard Henley Sims on 12 Mar 1770
  • Richard, Jr., did not marry
  • John is believed not to have married
  • Jane married John Young on 24 Jan 1784
  • Thomas married a Miss Davis ca 1789 (see 8, below)
  • Susannah married John Davis, Jr. on 28 Mar 1785
  • Lucy married John Speed on 26 Jan 1801
  • Charity did not marry
  • William Mallory married 1) Elizabeth Speed on 27 Mar 1807 and 2) Nancy Redd

on 12 Jun 1816

Note: All birth dates for the children of Richard Swepson were taken from the

Boyd family Bible record in the Library of VA manuscript collection.

There is extensive documentation and a list of sources concerning Richard Swepson

online at: http://home.inu.net/sadie/rswepson.htm

The Warren Family

Beginning with Elizabeth Warren

Wife of James Davis, Sr.

[See page 10 ]

NAME: Elizabeth Warrem

FATHER: Thomas Warren, Jr.1

MOTHER: Elizabeth (MNU)

DATE PLACE

BORN:

DIED:

NAME DATE PLACE

MARRIED: James Davis, Sr.1 Surry County, VA

NAME DATE PLACE

CHILDREN: Thomas 2

Jane 2 Surry County, VA

John 2 Surry County, VA

James 2 Surry County, VA

Henry 2 Surry County, VA

Robert 2 Surry County, VA

Nathaniel 2 Surry County, VA

Anne 2 Surry County, VA

NOTES: 1) Virginia Historical Genealogies, by John Bennett Boddie, includes chapters on both

the Davis (beginning on pg. 255) and Warren (beginning on pg. 244) families

2) Thomas Davis died 1848; lived Isle of Wight County, VA.

Jane Davis married a Warren.

John Davis may have moved to Brunswick County, VA.

James Davis died 1783; lived Surry County, VA; married Elizabeth Baldwin.

Henry Davis died 1767; lived Surry County, VA; married Mary Marriott.

Robert Davis died 1749; lived Pasquotank County, NC; married Sarah ?Chapman.

Nathaniel Davis may have moved to Hyde County, NC

Anne Davis married James Nicholson ca. 1740; their son, also named James,

married Elizabeth Woodruff.

All children listed above were named in the will. There may have been other

children who died unmarried and before their parents.

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58

NAME: Thomas Warren, Jr.

FATHER: Thomas Warren.1

MOTHER: Jane (3rd wife of Thomas Warren)

DATE PLACE

BORN: 9 January 1659 Surry County, VA

DIED: 1721 Surry County, VA

NAME DATE PLACE

MARRIED: Elizabeth 2 Surry County, VA

NAME DATE PLACE

CHILDREN: William

John Surry County, VA

Joseph Surry County, VA

Robert Surry County, VA

Elizabeth Surry County, VA

NOTES: 1) Virginia Historical Genealogies, by John Bennett Boddie, includes chapters onthe

Warren family (beginning on pg. 244).

2) Thomas Warren Jr.’s will was probated 16 August 1721. (Bk. 5, p. 362)

Elizabeth Warren’s will was make in 1724, and probated in 1730. (Bk. 8, p. 80)

All children listed above were named in both Thomas’ and Elizabeth’s wills,

In addition, the following grandchildren were named in Elizabeth’s will: Thomas

Warren, Mary Warren and James Davis.

All children listed above were named in the will. There may have been other

children who died unmarried and before their parents.

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NAME: Thomas Warren

FATHER: Believed to be William Warren of Ripple Court, Kent, England 1

MOTHER: Believed to be Catherine Gookin

DATE PLACE

BORN: 1623/24 England

DIED: Surry County, VA

NAME DATE PLACE

MARRIED: 1) Unknown

2) Elizabeth Spencer Shepard 2 1654 Surry County, VA

3) Jane 3 bef. 1659 Surry County, VA

NAME DATE PLACE

CHILDREN: By his first wife:

William 4 Surry County, VA

Alice 5 ca. 1640 Surry County, VA

By his second wife, Elizabeth Spencer Shepard:

Elizabeth 6 Surry County, VA

By his third wife, Jane:

Thomas, Jr. 7 9 Jan 1659 Surry County, VA

Allen 1663 Surry County, VA

Robert 1667 Surry County, VA

William 1669/70 Surry County, VA

NOTES: 1) Virginia Historical Genealogies, by John Bennett Boddie, includes chapters onthe

Warren family (beginning on pg. 244).

2) Thomas Warren’s second wife was the daughter of William Spencer and the widow

of Major Robert Shepard.

3) Jane and Thomas Warren were married before 1659, as that is the year Thomas

Warren, Jr., their oldest child, was born.

4) William was granted probate of his father’s will April 21, 1670; he died before

24 September 1670.

5) Alice married Matthias Marriott. His will, probated 2 September 1707, listed their

children: William Marriott, Margaret Flake, Elizabeth Hill and Marion Chips.

Their son William married Sarah Collier before 16 November 1725; their daugter,

Mary Marriott, married Henry Davis (died 1767; see page 8).

6) Elizabeth married John Hunnicutt

7) Thomas, Jr., married Elizabeth; they were the parents of Elizabeth Warren Davis.

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2 responses to “The Davis Family Story

  1. Heather Ewer says:

    Do you have any information on the parents of John M. Davis (b. 1777) who lived in Washington County, Virginia? I am trying to get past my brick wall of Eli Davis, Sr. (b. 1779). My earliest documentation places him in Washington County, Virginia and I am looking for potential matches. Thanks.

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