Elizabeth Davis1


9th great-grandmother of Kerry Suzanne Davis.
Charts
Pedigree Chart for Kenneth Davis
Descent from Captain James Davis
Elizabeth Davis married Major Thomas Davis, son of Captain James Davis and Rachell Keyes, circa 1639/40.2,3

According to Hurley, Elizabeth's "surname is lost in time." Purse & Person states the name of Thomas Davis' wife is unknown, but then goes on to footnote that "She may be the Elizabeth Davis who, 29 Feb. 1681/2, received a patent for 70 acres, "'Maidstone,' on the south side of Back Creek of Manokin River, adjoining land of Thomas Davis, by assignment from Col. William Stevens (Maryland Patent Bk. CB#2, pp. 398-99). This land was subsequently in possession of Ephraim Wilson (Ruth T. Dryden, Calvert Papers: Rent Rolls of Somerset County, Maryland, 1662-1723 [San Diego, Calif., n.d.], p. 26)." This makes some sense to me since her son Thomas appears to have settled in the same area in about 1665 and is most likely the Thomas Davis whose land hers adjoined.4,5

Children of Elizabeth Davis and Major Thomas Davis

Citations

  1. [S208] Name Note: No surname known, so use husband's surname to sort properly.
  2. [S145] Davis Families of Montgomery County, Maryland by William Neal Hurley, Jr., Heritage Books, Inc., Maryland, 2001 (Our Maryland Heritage, Book 22), "married Elizabeth, whose surname is lost in time," p. 37.
  3. [S13] Conclusions Drawn: Since we seem to have a birthdate for their son James of 1642, I would assume Thomas and Elizabeth probably married circa 1640.
  4. [S145] Davis Families of Montgomery County, Maryland, p. 37.
  5. [S22] Adventurers of Purse and Person, Virginia 1607-1624/5, Fourth Edition, Volume One, Families A-F (Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., Baltimore, MD (2004)), p. 806.
  6. [S22] Adventurers of Purse and Person, Virginia 1607-1624/5, Vol. One, p. 242.
  7. [S20] Fenton Garnett Davis Avant, The Davis-Wood Family of Gadsden County, Florida and Their Forebears (Box 738, Easley, South Carolina 29640: Southern Historical Press, 1979), lists Richard born in Virginia. Hereinafter cited as The Davis-Wood Family.
  8. [S26] Jane Baldwin, The Maryland Calender of Wills, Volume II. Hereinafter cited as The Maryland Calender of Wills.

Mistress Davis1,2,3

b. after 1640
Mistress Davis|b. a 1640|p75.htm#i742|Major Thomas Davis|b. 1612/13\nd. b 20 Sep 1683|p74.htm#i740|Elizabeth Davis||p75.htm#i741|Captain James Davis|b. bt 1575 - 1580\nd. c 1633/34|p75.htm#i749|Rachell Keyes|b. bt 1580 - 1590\nd. b 1633/34|p75.htm#i750|||||||

Granddaughter of Captain James Davis.
8th great-grandaunt of Kerry Suzanne Davis.
Mistress Davis married Mister Sanders.1 Mistress Davis was born after 1640.4 She was the daughter of Major Thomas Davis and Elizabeth Davis.

Children of Mistress Davis and Mister Sanders

Citations

  1. [S22] Adventurers of Purse and Person, Virginia 1607-1624/5, Fourth Edition, Volume One, Families A-F (Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., Baltimore, MD (2004)), p. 810.
  2. [S145] Davis Families of Montgomery County, Maryland by William Neal Hurley, Jr., Heritage Books, Inc., Maryland, 2001 (Our Maryland Heritage, Book 22), p. 38.
  3. [S208] Name Note: Her given name is unknown.
  4. [S13] Conclusions Drawn: Based on approximate date of parents' marriage of circa 1640.

Richard Davis1

b. circa 1645, d. between 15 November 1696 and 20 February 1697
Richard Davis|b. c 1645\nd. bt 15 Nov 1696 - 20 Feb 1697|p75.htm#i743|Major Thomas Davis|b. 1612/13\nd. b 20 Sep 1683|p74.htm#i740|Elizabeth Davis||p75.htm#i741|Captain James Davis|b. bt 1575 - 1580\nd. c 1633/34|p75.htm#i749|Rachell Keyes|b. bt 1580 - 1590\nd. b 1633/34|p75.htm#i750|||||||

Grandson of Captain James Davis.
8th great-granduncle of Kerry Suzanne Davis.
Richard Davis was born circa 1645 in Virginia.2 He was the son of Major Thomas Davis and Elizabeth Davis.2,3 Richard Davis married Elizabeth Barry, daughter of Phillip Barry (Barre) and Olive Barry, before 1676. Date of marriage is based on fact their first child was born 3 April 1676.1,4 Richard Davis married Sarah circa 1690. The only thing know about Sarah is that she was mentioned in the Somerset County Deed Bk. by Richard's son William and named as "my mother in law relict of my deceased father."5 Based on his Will, Richard Davis died between 15 November 1696 and 20 February 1697 in Somerset County, Maryland.3,1,6

By 20 March 1664/5, Richard settled in Somerset County, Maryland, in the Manokin Section of the south side of Back Creek where 300 acres of "Davis's Lott" had been surveyed for him.7

2 Mar 1671 Richard lived on the south side of Back Creek. Between 1661-1666 he was listed as one of first settlers of "Old Somerset."

On 8 September 1674 he purchased 50 acres called "Addition to Davis's Lot" from William and Anne Davis which was a part of "Davis's Conquest." And, as a planter of Somerset County, he sold 130 acres of "Long Since Agreed Upon," a part of "Davis's Lot," to William Furnis on 6 October 1674.8

He patented two other tracts on the south side of Back Creek, one of 100 acres, "Davis' Choice," 25 May 1683, and the other 200 acres of "Marsh Ground" on 8 February 1695/6.9 He left a will on 20 February 1697 at Somerset County, Maryland. According to Hurley, "the will was proven February 20, 1696 (sic), probably 1697. To his daughter Martha, he left personalty; to son Richard, his Executor, the plantation; to sons Richard, William and John, equally, 250 acres between Fishing Creek and Broad Creek. No other family members were mentioned in the will."1,10

Citations

  1. [S145] Davis Families of Montgomery County, Maryland by William Neal Hurley, Jr., Heritage Books, Inc., Maryland, 2001 (Our Maryland Heritage, Book 22), p. 37.
  2. [S20] Fenton Garnett Davis Avant, The Davis-Wood Family of Gadsden County, Florida and Their Forebears (Box 738, Easley, South Carolina 29640: Southern Historical Press, 1979), lists Richard born in Virginia. Hereinafter cited as The Davis-Wood Family.
  3. [S26] Jane Baldwin, The Maryland Calender of Wills, Volume II. Hereinafter cited as The Maryland Calender of Wills.
  4. [S22] Adventurers of Purse and Person, Virginia 1607-1624/5, Fourth Edition, Volume One, Families A-F (Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., Baltimore, MD (2004)), p. 809: Somerset Co., Md., Deed Bk. IKL, p. 12.
  5. [S22] Adventurers of Purse and Person, Virginia 1607-1624/5, Vol. One, p. 809: Somerset Co., Md., Deed Bk. GJ #13, pp. 93-94.
  6. [S22] Adventurers of Purse and Person, Virginia 1607-1624/5, Vol. One, p. 809: Maryland Prerogative Court Wills 7, p. 282.
  7. [S22] Adventurers of Purse and Person, Virginia 1607-1624/5, Vol. One, p. 809: Maryland Patent Bk. 7, p. 309. The patent was issued 20 Jan. 1666/7 (ibid., Bk. 10, pp. 345-50).
  8. [S22] Adventurers of Purse and Person, Virginia 1607-1624/5, Vol. One, p. 809:Somerset Co., Md., Deed Bk. M#4, pp. 196-202; Ibid., pp. 152-57.
  9. [S22] Adventurers of Purse and Person, Virginia 1607-1624/5, Vol. One, p. 809:Maryland Patent Bk. CD#4, pp. 428-29; Bk. BB#3, pp. 116-18.
  10. [S22] Adventurers of Purse and Person, Virginia 1607-1624/5, Vol. One, p. 809: Maryland Prerogative Court Wills 7, p. 282, "will named his daughter Martha and sons Richard, William and John."

Thomas Davis1

b. circa 1642/43, d. before 26 October 1694
Thomas Davis|b. c 1642/43\nd. b 26 Oct 1694|p75.htm#i744|Major Thomas Davis|b. 1612/13\nd. b 20 Sep 1683|p74.htm#i740|Elizabeth Davis||p75.htm#i741|Captain James Davis|b. bt 1575 - 1580\nd. c 1633/34|p75.htm#i749|Rachell Keyes|b. bt 1580 - 1590\nd. b 1633/34|p75.htm#i750|||||||

Grandson of Captain James Davis.
8th great-granduncle of Kerry Suzanne Davis.
Thomas Davis married Jane.2 Thomas Davis was born circa 1642/43 in Virginia. The year of birth is purely an assumption on my part -- Thomas' brother James was born in 1642, and since their father, Major Thomas Davis, was born in 1613, the possibility of his children being born in the 1640s makes some sense when trying to make an estimate.3,4 He was the son of Major Thomas Davis and Elizabeth Davis. Thomas Davis died before 26 October 1694 in Virginia. Purse & Person notes that "he probably died by 26 October 1694 when Elizabeth Davis (his daughter) patented 550 acres in Nansemond which escheated from Thomas Davis, deceased "[See Patent Book 8, p. 177 & p. 399]. The Hurley book says he died February 24, 1664 but I wonder if that's not been confused somehow with the date of 24 February 1665/6 when he patented that 450 acres which was called "Davis's Choice"..... [See item below].5,6

In Purse & Person we see, mostly through land patents, that Thomas Davis settled in Somerset Co., MD, by 24 February 1665/6 when he patented 450 acres, called 'Davis's Choice,' on the south side of Back Creek of Manokin River adjoining land of Philip Barrer (Barry, Berry) [Maryland Patent Bk. 7, p. 306; Bk. 9, pp. 224-25].

He sold 50 acres of this tract, then called "Long Since Expected," to Edward Jones, 11 June 1678, and the same day conveyed another 175 acres, then called "Long Looked For," to William Turpin on 4 December 1684 as of Chuckatuck in Nansemond County [Somerset Co., MD, Deed Bk. WW, pp. 269-80, 285-87], "but formerly of Somerset County," assigned to Lewis Knight all his right and title to cattle and hogs "left by me when I came to Virginia," and appointed his brother Richard his attorney [Somerset Co., MD, Deed Bk. MA#3, p. 776] on 24 November 1684 as of Chuckatuck gave a deed and bond to Knight conveying the residue of 450 acre patent, described as 100 acres, on 4 August 1685 by Richard Davis of Manokin by virtue of the letter of attorney from his brother Thomas Davis of James River in Virginia, planter, conveyed 160 acres, then called "French Garden" but a part of "Davis's Choice," to Lewis Knight [Ibid., pp. 777-78]."

There is a further comment in David Avant's book (p. 221) which says ".... Thomas Davis of Virginia but formerly of Somerset County, Maryland, gives a Power of Attorney to his brother, Richard Davis. Other records prove they were both brothers of James Davis, all three were sons of Maj. Thomas Davis of Va.7"

Thomas is mentioned as a son of Major Thomas Davis and brother of James Davis in the September 20, 1683 land patent for 141 acres of land in Nansemond Co., Colony of Virginia [Virginia Land Patents, 7:310], on Chuckatuck Creek. This was granted to James Davis, "adjoining land of his brother, Thomas Davis, Thomas Chutchin and William Thompson...being one-third of the land his father Major Thomas Davis, dyed seized of, who devised to his son, the said James Davis."8

Children of Thomas Davis and Jane

Citations

  1. [S20] Fenton Garnett Davis Avant, The Davis-Wood Family of Gadsden County, Florida and Their Forebears (Box 738, Easley, South Carolina 29640: Southern Historical Press, 1979), lists facts on Thomas Davis, his wife and children's names, and that he was born in Virginia. Hereinafter cited as The Davis-Wood Family.
  2. [S145] Davis Families of Montgomery County, Maryland by William Neal Hurley, Jr., Heritage Books, Inc., Maryland, 2001 (Our Maryland Heritage, Book 22), "married to Jane," p. 37.
  3. [S13] Conclusions Drawn: by Kerry Davis regarding year of Thomas' brith based on year of sibling's birth and age of father.
  4. [S145] Davis Families of Montgomery County, Maryland, Hurley writes on p. 37 that the children of Thomas and Elizabeth Davis were "all apparently born in Virginia."
  5. [S22] Adventurers of Purse and Person, Virginia 1607-1624/5, Fourth Edition, Volume One, Families A-F (Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., Baltimore, MD (2004)), p. 807.
  6. [S145] Davis Families of Montgomery County, Maryland, p. 37, states Thomas Davis Jr. died February 24, 1664, 30 years before he most probably died.
  7. [S22] Adventurers of Purse and Person, Virginia 1607-1624/5, Vol. One, p. 806-807.
  8. [S89] Some Southern Colonial Families, Vol III, David A. Avant, Jr. (L'Avant Studios, Tallahassee, Florida, 1989, www.davidavant.com), pp. 220.
  9. [S145] Davis Families of Montgomery County, Maryland, p. 37.

Jane1

Citations

  1. [S208] Name Note: Her surname is unknown.
  2. [S145] Davis Families of Montgomery County, Maryland by William Neal Hurley, Jr., Heritage Books, Inc., Maryland, 2001 (Our Maryland Heritage, Book 22), "married to Jane," p. 37.
  3. [S145] Davis Families of Montgomery County, Maryland, p. 37.

John Davis1

John Davis||p75.htm#i746|Thomas Davis|b. c 1642/43\nd. b 26 Oct 1694|p75.htm#i744|Jane||p75.htm#i745|Major Thomas Davis|b. 1612/13\nd. b 20 Sep 1683|p74.htm#i740|Elizabeth Davis||p75.htm#i741|||||||

Great-grandson of Captain James Davis.
1st cousin 9 times removed of Kerry Suzanne Davis.
John Davis was the son of Thomas Davis and Jane.

Citations

  1. [S145] Davis Families of Montgomery County, Maryland by William Neal Hurley, Jr., Heritage Books, Inc., Maryland, 2001 (Our Maryland Heritage, Book 22), p. 37.

Elizabeth Davis1

Elizabeth Davis||p75.htm#i747|Thomas Davis|b. c 1642/43\nd. b 26 Oct 1694|p75.htm#i744|Jane||p75.htm#i745|Major Thomas Davis|b. 1612/13\nd. b 20 Sep 1683|p74.htm#i740|Elizabeth Davis||p75.htm#i741|||||||

Great-granddaughter of Captain James Davis.
1st cousin 9 times removed of Kerry Suzanne Davis.
Elizabeth Davis was the daughter of Thomas Davis and Jane.

Citations

  1. [S145] Davis Families of Montgomery County, Maryland by William Neal Hurley, Jr., Heritage Books, Inc., Maryland, 2001 (Our Maryland Heritage, Book 22), p. 37.

William Davis1

b. circa 1643, d. before 24 November 1684
William Davis|b. c 1643\nd. b 24 Nov 1684|p75.htm#i748|Major Thomas Davis|b. 1612/13\nd. b 20 Sep 1683|p74.htm#i740|Elizabeth Davis||p75.htm#i741|Captain James Davis|b. bt 1575 - 1580\nd. c 1633/34|p75.htm#i749|Rachell Keyes|b. bt 1580 - 1590\nd. b 1633/34|p75.htm#i750|||||||

Grandson of Captain James Davis.
8th great-granduncle of Kerry Suzanne Davis.
William Davis was born circa 1643 in Virginia. (Am only guessing at birthdate in 1640s based on birthdates of siblings). He was the son of Major Thomas Davis and Elizabeth Davis.2 William Davis married Anne Hopper in August 1667.3 William Davis died before 24 November 1684 in Somerset County, Maryland. The approximate date of death is concluded according to Purse & Person since: "He died intestate before 24 November 1684 when Thomas Davis sold land adjoining William Davis, deceased."2,4

William Davis was in Somerset County, Maryland by 14 March 1664/5 when 300 acres of "Davis's Conquest," adjoining land of Thomas Davis, was surveyed for him on the south side of Back Creek, although he did not secure a patent for this land until 1 March 1672/3.5

Children of William Davis and Anne Hopper

Citations

  1. [S23] Robert Barnes, Maryland Marriages 1634-1777, p. 48. Hereinafter cited as Maryland Marriages 1634-1777.
  2. [S22] Adventurers of Purse and Person, Virginia 1607-1624/5, Fourth Edition, Volume One, Families A-F (Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., Baltimore, MD (2004)), p. 242.
  3. [S22] Adventurers of Purse and Person, Virginia 1607-1624/5, Vol. One, p. 810: Somerset Co., MD, Deed Bk. IKL, p. 51.
  4. [S22] Adventurers of Purse and Person, Virginia 1607-1624/5, Vol. One, p. 810: Somerset County, Maryland Deed Bk. MA #3, pp. 777-78.
  5. [S22] Adventurers of Purse and Person, Virginia 1607-1624/5, Vol. One, p. 810: Maryland Patent Bk. 7, p. 312, Bk. 17, pp. 113-14.
  6. [S22] Adventurers of Purse and Person, Virginia 1607-1624/5, Vol. One, p. 811: Family records of Dr. Henry Parke Custis Wilson, in Thomas Teackle Upshur, "Genealogy of Henietta Chauncey Wilson Wife of Jamea Whiteley of Baltimore, Maryland" (MS, photocopy, Maryland Historical Society; Nassawadox, 1904).
  7. [S22] Adventurers of Purse and Person, Virginia 1607-1624/5, Vol. One, p. 810.

Captain James Davis

b. between 1575 and 1580, d. circa 1633/34
Captain James Davis|b. bt 1575 - 1580\nd. c 1633/34|p75.htm#i749|Sir Thomas Davis||p76.htm#i753||||||||||||||||

10th great-grandfather of Kerry Suzanne Davis.
Charts
Pedigree Chart for Kenneth Davis
Descent from Captain James Davis
Our Earliest Ancestors in America
Captain James Davis
Handwritten copy of "The Relation...."
First page, 1607
Captain James Davis was born between 1575 and 1580 in England.1 He was the son of Sir Thomas Davis. Captain James Davis married Rachell Keyes circa 1607/8 in England. It is assumed they married either before James first sailed to America or on one of his many trips back to England around this time. Captain James Davis died circa 1633/34 in Henrico, Henrico County, Virginia, at approximately age 53-58.

The Muster lists of Virginia quoted by both Boddie and J.C. Hotten say "James Davis, dead at his plantation over the water from James Citte, Februay 16, 1623. Whether he was killed by the Indians or not is not shown." David Avant in his book "Some Southern Colonial Families" disagrees and thinks this was not our ancestor James Davis. He believes Captain James Davis died about 10 years later at his home in Henrico as evidenced by the land patent inherited by his son Thomas and other data, as listed below:

     1) Avant believes that Captain James Davis, his wife Rachel and the rest of the family, including son Thomas, were on a trip back to England at the time of the Musters of the Living and Dead in 1624/5 and therefore were not listed.

     2) The patent of 6 March 1633 to his son Thomas of Warwicksqueaiak in which Thomas was named heir apparent to "James Davis, Gent., late of Henrico in Virginia, deceased . . . 100 acres in right of his father, an Ancient Planter," (Virginia Land Patents, Book 1, p. 128) seems to support the evidence that the James Davis listed as dead in 1624/5 was not our Captain James Davis.

     3) Both Captain James and his wife Rachel are listed as "Ancient Planters" in Nugent's "Cavaliers and Pioneers," which states: "James Davis, Gent. Came to Virginia before 1616 as did his wife Rachel. He died before March 6, 1633, "an Ancient Planter," see patent of his son Thomas Davis, of Warwicksqueaiak, March 6, 1635." Nugent's book also lays out the provisions for becoming Ancient Planters which appeared in the Charter of Orders from Sir Thomas Smythe, November 18, 1618, stating, in brief, they are those people who are known to have come to Virginia before the close of the year 1616, who survived the massacre of 1622, appeared in the Muster of 1624/4 as then living in Virginia, who remained for a period of at least three years, and who also must have paid their own passage. The Ancient Planters then received the "first patents of land in the new world as authorized by Sir Thomas Dale in 1618 for their personal adventure." It was also noted that "our intent is to establish our equal Plantations whereof we shall speak afterwards be reduced into four cities or Boroughs namely the chief city called James Town, Charles City, Henrico, and the Burough of Kocctan [later Elizabeth City]."2,3,4,5,6,7

James Davis held the titles of both a Gent. (or Gentleman) and a sea Captain. During his busy career, he was the Captain of Fort Sagadahoc, Commander of Ft. Saint George, a Colony Governor, Commander of Ft. Algernon, as well as commander over the colonists of Henrico, an original settler of Jamestown, Virginia, and a designated "Ancient Planter."

He is said to be the original Davis immigrant ancestor to America, often assumed to be the son of a Sir Thomas Davis of England. If Sir Thomas Davis was his father, as is often noted, it makes some sense that James Davis was involved in the early settlement of America since Sir Thomas was supposedly a member of the boards for both the London Company and the Plymouth Company (and later the Virginia Company), both of which were so greatly tied up in the movement to America. However, it has not been well-documented anywhere that Sir Thomas Davis actually was the father of Captain James Davis -- so I question the accuracy of this family relationship.8 However, Captain James, whether related to Sir Thomas or not, certainly appears to be one of the first Davises here, arriving first in 1607. David Avant writes in his book that Dr. Meredith B. Colket, Jr. had written to him, "I congratulate you on your success in establishing a lineage to Capt. James Davis. . . .In my opinion it represents the earliest established English lineage to Colonial North America. As such, it appears to surpass claims for the Savage and Graves families. . . .Neither Capt. John Smith nor anyone who accompanied him in the three vesssels that came to Virginia in 1607 is known to have left descendants in the male line."

Boddie notes Captain James Davis "was among the company of men assembled by Sir John Popham, 1607, to settle the region of Virginia which later was designated New England." In 1607 he first arrived in the northern colony of Virginia called Sagadahoc, Maine, as the Master on the Mary and John. He helped establish the colony at the mouth of the Kennebec River, and was appointed commander of Fort St. George there and also a Member of the Council of the new colony.9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18

Within the group of men at Sagadahoc at this time along with Captain James Davis there was also Captain Robert Davis and both were officers and involved in the colony's administration (Boddie). It has always been assumed there was another Davis at Sagadahoc with them, a John Davis, who may have been a brother. There has always been speculation as to their relationship and the following information may help to explain this confusion, not that it will actually solve the mystery of their relationship.They have often been assumed to be brothers based on a quote always credited to Captain John Smith about "a family of master mariners." The actual quotation, which seems to have been taken out of context, is the following which I found in both Thayer's book and also the Sabino book; the person speaking/writing is The Rev. Henry O. Thayer:

     "Both Robert and James Davies were assigned to office in the colony administration. The former likewise, according to Strachey, was despatched to England in the Mary and John. It must be that the two, under the designations of 'Captain Davies and Master Davies,' were the officers in command of the Virginia in a voyage in 1609 to the southern colony. In the next year, Captain James Davies is reported from there as in command of 'Algernoone Fort,' at Point Comfort. Robert Davis, of Bristol, was master of Sir Walter Raleigh's vessel, the barke Rawley, which sailed in Sir H. Gilbert's expedition of 1583. (Hakluyt's Voyages, Ed. 1589, p. 684). John Smith mentions among 'those noble captains' connected with the planting of Sagadahoc, 'Robert Davis, James Davis and John Davis.' Josselyn (Chronol. Observations; Mass. Hist. Coll., 3rd Series, Vol. 3, p. 367) reports three successive voyages to the Northwest by Captain John Davis, in 1585-6-7 (Vide Life of John Davis, the Navigator, 1550-1605, by C. R. Markham (1890) ). A family of master mariners seems to be indicated."

It certainly appears to me that John Smith's comment was only about the "noble captains" and that the last comment about the "family of master mariners" was made by Henry O. Thayer commenting on not only the Davises at Sagadahoc but also the earlier Captain John Davis, the navigator. Perhaps he meant that there were a lot of Davises who were mariners but not necessarily that they were all related to one another. I also think this shows that there probably wasn't a John Davis with this group at Sagadahoc. Avant notes that there was "no proof of a close degree of relationship" amongst them, and I have to agree with Avant for the moment since I've yet to see anything to confirm or deny a family relationship.19,20,21,22

Unfortunately the colonists in Sagadahoc had a very hard time of it, many died, and most survivors returned home to England. Throughout the winter of 1607/8 the colonists built their own vessel, the pinnace "Virginia," and on his return from another trip to England (when he may possibly have been married), Captain James Davis was the one who took the colonists back to England on this little vessel, embarking for England on 17 October 1608. And so, the colony in northern Virginia came to an end. For an account of the first voyage to Maine and the building of that short-lived colony click on this icon

It has been fairly well concluded by Henry Thayer in his book "The Sagadahoc Colony" that Captain James Davis was the author of the very interesting but unsigned manuscript describing this settlement of Sagadahoc, which manuscript has a variety of names from the very short "Lambeth Ms." to the longer full title: "The Relation of a Voyage unto New England. Began from the Lizard, ye first of June 1607, by Captn Popham in ye ship ye Gift, & Captn. Gilbert in ye Mary & John: Written by . . . . . & found amongst ye Papers of ye truly Worpfull: Sr. Ferdinando Gorges, Knt. by me William Griffith." A copy of the first page of his handwritten account (seen above) can be found in Avant's volume 3 of "Some Southern Colonial Families," while the original manuscript resides at Lambeth Palace Library in London, the home of the Archbishop of Canterbury.2,16,10

James, now back in England and in command of the "Virginia," once again set sail on the 8th of June 1609 from Falmouth to Plymouth, England and joined a fleet of eight other ships known as the "Third Supply," with 500 persons aboard the 9 ships, headed by Sir Thomas Gates and Sir George Somers, and bearing the new Charter of the Virginia Company granted by King James I, dated 23 May 1609. They all set sail for Virginia, running into a hurricane shortly after passing the Canary Islands and the "Virginia" under Capt. Davis with Master Davis also aboard, did not arrive at Jamestown until 3 October of 1609. (The story of the ships and that hurricane are said to have inspired Shakespeare to write "The Tempest.")

It is noted by various sources, e.g., David Avant, that Captain James Davis continued his voyages between Virginia and England and also went off on expeditions against the Indians, but his home base until his death was in Henrico, Virginia. To read more about Captain James Davis' personal life, his involvement with the early settlement of Sagahadoc, "The Relation," and Virginia, click this icon.10,2

From about 1609 on, it appears clear that James made his home in Henrico, Virginia. During the administration of Sir Thomas Dale, which ended in 1616, James had command of the colonists in Henrico.23

The Davis family, James, Rachell and young Thomas who must have been about 4 at the time, appear to have made a trip to England and are shown on Passenger and Immigration Lists returning to Virginia in 1617 on the "George." This appears to be when they brought with them and paid transport for George Cooke and Alice Mulleines.24,25

Child of Captain James Davis and Rachell Keyes

Citations

  1. [S145] Davis Families of Montgomery County, Maryland by William Neal Hurley, Jr., Heritage Books, Inc., Maryland, 2001 (Our Maryland Heritage, Book 22), p. 37 "born c. 1575."
  2. [S89] Some Southern Colonial Families, Vol III, David A. Avant, Jr. (L'Avant Studios, Tallahassee, Florida, 1989, www.davidavant.com).
  3. [S69] Edited by John Camden Hotten, The Original Lists of Persons of Quality; Emigrants; Religious Exiles; Political Rebels....who went from Great Britain to the American Plantations, 1600-1700 (1874, London, from Ms. preserved in the State Paper Department of Her Majesty's Public Record Office, England; reprint on CD-ROM Columbia, Maryland: Archive CD Books, USA, 2006), p. 236. Hereinafter cited as Emigrants Who Went to America 1600-1700.
  4. [S167] Virginia Land Patents, Book 1, p. 129.
  5. [S64] 17th Century Isle of Wight County, VA, by John Bennett Boddie, 1938.
  6. [S70] Nell Marion Nugent, compiler, Cavaliers and Pioneers: Abstracts of Virginia Land Patents, Vol I 1623-1666 (Richmond, VA: Dietz Printing Co., 1934), data regarding Ancient Planters, pp. xxvi - xxxiv; Land Patent for Thomas Davis, p. 17. Hereinafter cited as Cavaliers and Pioneers: Abstracts.
  7. [S20] Fenton Garnett Davis Avant, The Davis-Wood Family of Gadsden County, Florida and Their Forebears (Box 738, Easley, South Carolina 29640: Southern Historical Press, 1979), noted "d. by 6 Mar. 1633/34," p. 373. Hereinafter cited as The Davis-Wood Family.
  8. [S241] Kerry Davis Personal Comment: my tentative conclusions.
  9. [S158] Wilbur D. Spencer, Pioneers on Maine Rivers with Lists to 1651 (1930, Lakeside Printing Co., Portland, Maine; reprint on CD-ROM Bowie, Maryland: Heritage Books, Inc., 1990), James Davis listed on "Gift of God" arriving from Plymouth, England with George Popham, president of Sagadahoc Colony and 120 men on two ships, the "Gift of God" and the "Mary & John" with Raleigh Gilbert as Admiral, p. 15. Hereinafter cited as Pioneers on Maine Rivers.
  10. [S62] The Rev. Henry Otis Thayer, The Sagadahoc Colony, comprising The Relation of a Voyage into New England (1892, Portland, Maine; reprint New York, NY: Benjamin Blom, Inc., 1971). Hereinafter cited as The Sagadahoc Colony.
  11. [S89] Some Southern Colonial Families, Vol III, David A. Avant, Jr. (L'Avant Studios, Tallahassee, Florida, 1989, www.davidavant.com), pp. 205-52, p. 904 (the handwritten first page of "The Relation"). Also quotes from Dr. Meredith B. Colket, Jr., Fellow of the American Society of Genealogists, Director of the Western Reserve Historical Society and author of "Founders of Early American Families" can be found on pp. 902-903.
  12. [S64] 17th Century Isle of Wight County, VA, by John Bennett Boddie, 1938, Chapter XXIII, Captain James Davis of New England and Virginia; pp. 434-49.
  13. [S65] Historie of Travaile Into Virginia by William Strachey.
  14. [S67] True Relation by Captain George Percy, written circa 1607, Tyler's Magazine, Vol. III.
  15. [S68] Conquest of Virginia, the Second Attempt, by Conway Whittle Sams.
  16. [S66] The Relation of a voyage unto New England begun from the Lizard, ye first of June 1607 by Captain James Davis, The Gorges Society Publication, Vol. IV.
  17. [S145] Davis Families of Montgomery County, Maryland, p. 37.
  18. [S20] Fenton Garnett Davis Avant, The Davis-Wood Family, pp. 1-2, 373.
  19. [S168] Sabino, Popham Colony Reader, 1602-2003, edited by Andrew J. Wahll, Paper 24. 1892 Henry Otis Thayer, The Sagadahoc Colony, Gorges Society IV, Benjamin Blom, Inc., 1971, p. 145.
  20. [S62] The Rev. Henry Otis Thayer, The Sagadahoc Colony, entire book re Sagadahoc, and specifically pp. 19-20 in regard to the "family of master mariners" quotation.
  21. [S89] Some Southern Colonial Families, Vol III, David A. Avant, Jr. (L'Avant Studios, Tallahassee, Florida, 1989, www.davidavant.com), Re relationship amongst James, Robert & John Davis, p. 213.
  22. [S64] 17th Century Isle of Wight County, VA, by John Bennett Boddie, 1938, Chapter XXIII, Captain James Davis of New England and Virginia; pp. 435.
  23. [S89] Some Southern Colonial Families, Vol III, David A. Avant, Jr. (L'Avant Studios, Tallahassee, Florida, 1989, www.davidavant.com), p. 214.
  24. [S70] Nell Marion Nugent, Cavaliers and Pioneers: Abstracts, Vol. 1, p. 17: this references the land patent in 1633 of Thomas and the fact they transported two people with them on the George in 1617.
  25. [S171] Ancestry.com, Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s Record, source 6220, citing Nugent and Research Passenger and Imigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s [database online]. Provo, Utah: MyFamily.com, Inc., 2005. Original data: Filby, P. William, editor, Passenger and Immigration Lsits Index, 1500s-1900s. Farmington Hills, MI: Gale Research 2003.

Rachell Keyes1

b. between 1580 and 1590, d. before 1633/34

10th great-grandmother of Kerry Suzanne Davis.
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Pedigree Chart for Kenneth Davis
Descent from Captain James Davis
Rachell Keyes was born between 1580 and 1590 in England. She married Captain James Davis, son of Sir Thomas Davis, circa 1607/8 in England. It is assumed they married either before James first sailed to America or on one of his many trips back to England around this time. Rachell Keyes died before 1633/34 in Virginia. Rachell was probably in her mid-40s to mid-50s when she died. My assumption of when Rachell died is based on the 1633/34 Affadvit of her son Thomas claiming the land patent of 300 acres left to him by Rachell and her husband James.2

The Davis family, James, Rachell and young Thomas who must have been about 4 at the time, appear to have made a trip to England and are shown on Passenger and Immigration Lists returning to Virginia in 1617 on the "George." This appears to be when they brought with them and paid transport for George Cooke and Alice Mulleines.3,4

Child of Rachell Keyes and Captain James Davis

Citations

  1. [S22] Adventurers of Purse and Person, Virginia 1607-1624/5, Fourth Edition, Volume One, Families A-F (Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., Baltimore, MD (2004)), page 238, Rachell's name came from Patent Bk. 1, p. 17; CP I, p. xxxiv.
  2. [S70] Nell Marion Nugent, compiler, Cavaliers and Pioneers: Abstracts of Virginia Land Patents, Vol I 1623-1666 (Richmond, VA: Dietz Printing Co., 1934), Patent Book 1, p. 128. Hereinafter cited as Cavaliers and Pioneers: Abstracts.
  3. [S70] Nell Marion Nugent, Cavaliers and Pioneers: Abstracts, Vol. 1, p. 17: this references the land patent in 1633 of Thomas and the fact they transported two people with them on the George in 1617.
  4. [S171] Ancestry.com, Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s Record, source 6220, citing Nugent and Research Passenger and Imigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s [database online]. Provo, Utah: MyFamily.com, Inc., 2005. Original data: Filby, P. William, editor, Passenger and Immigration Lsits Index, 1500s-1900s. Farmington Hills, MI: Gale Research 2003.
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