Early Colonial Settlers of Southern Maryland and Virginia's Northern Neck Counties

Benjamin Davis

Male 1736 - 1829  (93 years)


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  • Name Benjamin Davis 
    Birth 1736  Newport Hundred, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Death 19 Jan 1829  Bryantown, Charles County, Maryland - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I56628  Tree1
    Last Modified 5 Apr 2024 

    Father Richard Davis,   b. Abt 1709, Durham Parish, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 29 Jan 1781, Durham Parish, Charles County, Maryland - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location (Age ~ 72 years) 
    Relationship Adopted 
    Mother Elizabeth Franklin,   b. Abt 1713, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this locationd. Aft 1786, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location (Age ~ 74 years) 
    Relationship Adopted 
    Marriage Abt 1730  Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F11730  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Children 
     1. John A. Davis,   b. Aft 1757, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 20 Feb 1827, Charles County, Maryland - probate Find all individuals with events at this location (Age < 68 years)  [Father: natural]
     2. Joseph Davis,   b. Aft 1757, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this locationd. Aft 1829, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location (Age > 72 years)  [Father: natural]
     3. Jane Davis,   b. Aft 1757, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this locationd. Aft 1829, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location (Age > 72 years)  [Father: natural]
     4. Mary Davis,   b. Aft 1757, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this locationd. Aft 1829, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location (Age > 72 years)  [Father: natural]
     5. Richard T. Davis,   b. Aft 1757, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this locationd. Aft 1831, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location (Age > 74 years)  [Father: natural]
    Family ID F9985  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart
    Last Modified 5 Apr 2024 

  • Notes 
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      Charles County Maryland Will Book WDM-15, 1825-1833; {Abstract by Mike Marshall}; Page 312.
      Benjamin Davis, Will, January 9, 1829; January, 19, 1829
      I, Benjamin Davis of CC, being sick and weak of body, but of sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding;
      Item: Whereas my son Joseph Davis hath highly offended and disobliged me, I therefore declare that he and his children shall have but one dollar out of my estate.
      To daughter Mary Welch, negro Esther, 1 yoke of oxen, 1 cow, and a feather bed.
      To son Richard T. Davis, all the residue of my property both real and personal.
      Executor: Richard T. Davis
      Signed: January 9, 1829 Benjamin Davis
      Wit: Thomas Perry, H. Ratcliff, John A. Bowie

      Decree of the Court of Appeals - June Term 1829
      Richard T. Davis vs Joseph Davis
      We can perceive nothing in the evidence contained in the record to sustain the decision of the Orphans Court of Charles Court for refusing to admit the recod, the paper purported to be the will of Benjamin Davis, whether it suspects the sanity of the deceased or for any other cause.
      Few men of his age 92 years, would be found competent to make a valid will or to transact their ordinary business
      That he was perfectly aware of what he was doing and fully understood the provisions of his will which he dictated is manifest
      He was from anything appeary in the record of such sound and disposing mind memory, and as the law requires and capable of making a valid deed or contract. There is no evidence of any influence and all the formality of signing and witnessing fully appears to have been proved.
      The trifling eccentricities sworn to by some of the witnesses appear to us to be merely a few unimportant peculiarities to which he was subject but by no means of a character to impair his capacity to make a will or transact his ordinary business.
      It is therefore adjudged, ordered and decreed by the court of appeal this 11th day of June 1829 that the decree of the Orphans Court of Charles County, the the paper purporting to be the last will and testament of Benjamin Davis should not be admitted to record, be and the same is hereby reversed and annulled and made void and that the appellant Richard T. Davis recover against the appellee Joseph Davis the cost by him incurred in the said Orphans Court and in the Court.
      It is further adjudged, ordered, decreed that the said Orphans Court cause the said paper purporting to be the last will and testament of Benjamin Davis to be admitted to record as a valid will and testament.
      Jn Buchanan, William B. Martin, Rd T. Earle, Stevenson Archer

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      Abstract of Will of Richard Davis, of Charles County, Will Book AF No. 7, p.
      610, made 3 April 1780, offered for probate 29 January 1781.
      Sick and Weak
      Soul to God, body to earth
      to son John Davis, part of tract formerly known by the name of the expectation called "Winters Possession" in Charles County (metes and bounds description), & he to come no further on the north course than the land was laid off to him for 50 acres more or less whereon John Davis now lives
      to wife Elizabeth Davis, rest of land, dwelling house, etc., for life; after decease to Sythe (sp?) Basker Davis 50 acres, dwelling house, etc., if she die w/o heir to fall to son Richard Davis's son Matthew Davis;
      rest to son Richard Davis
      to wife ED, all personal estate for life, & at her decease:
      to son Richard, 1 desk & case & bottles
      to dau. Patience Davis, 1 named negro, 3 sheep, 2 ewes, 1 wether
      to dau. Sythe (sp?) Basker Davis 1 bed & furniture & 1 ewe
      to dau. Priscillah Sisson 1 cow & calf
      to son Benjamin Davis 1 cow & calf & 1 feather bed
      to dau. Elizabeth Skinner 2 ewes
      to dau. Barbary Davis 1 ewe, 1 chest &_____ lock & key
      to son William Davis 1 shilling sterling
      to son Thomas Davis 1 shilling sterling
      to granddau. Mary Masten (sp?) Evans 1 heifer 2 yrs. old & 1 feather bed
      to son John Davis 1 pr hand mill stone (?)
      to son Richard Davis, dau. Sythe Basker Davis, & dau. Patience Davis, balance of personal estate
      Wife ED & son RD exrs.
      former wills revoked
      Witnesses: Hez. Garner, John N. Gray, William Lee, Henry Gray
      testator signed his name (seemingly when will offered for probate) .
      John Davis Heir at Law refused to be present having due notice before Wm. Lee.
      Proved by Garner, John N. Gray, & Wm. Lee present the Widdow 29th Jan, 1781"
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      Charles County Land Record Book O#3, 1765-1770; Page 465. Aug 27, 1758 from Augustine Ward of CC, planter, to David Lindsey Ward of CC, planter, for 5600 lbs of crop tobacco, part of a tract of land called Engerstone in CC, lying on the east side of a fresh run called Wards Run adjoining french Lewis, bounded by land called Engerthrope, containing 52 acres, so as to conclude [include?] the whole plantation where Benjamin Davis, son of Richard, now lives.
      Signed - Augustine (H his mark) Ward. Wit - Thos Stone*,
      Walter Hanson*. Recorded Aug 27, 1768.
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      Charles County Land Record Book S#3, 1770-1775; Page 575. Certificate. Benjamin Davies brought before me a small black horse, which sd horse sd Davies says is troublesome to him by breaking into his enclosures. Signed -1, Dan Jenifer*. Recorded Apr 13, 1774.
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      Charles County Land Records 1786-1790; Liber D#4; Page 367. Jun 14, 1788 from Peregrine Thorn of Culpeper County, Virginia, to Benjamin Davis of CC, planter, for 3 £and for other good causes, all that tract of land, it being part of a tract of land called the Den Enlarged, lying in CC, and bounded by a tract of land called Egleton, the Revd Hatch Dent's land, containing and laid outabout 8 acres. Signed - Perigrine Thorn. Wit - Rich'. Barnes*, Henry Barnes*. Recorded Dec 3, 1788.
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      Charles County, Maryland Land Records 1804-1806; Liber IB-6 {Abstract by Mike Marshall}; Page 141.
      At the request of Charles Kingsley Love the following Deed was recorded June 12, 1804
      Indenture made May 10, 1804; Thomas Swann of James of CC in consideration of 6 dollars per acre current money of Maryland paid by Charles Kingsley Love have sold part of a tract of land containing 66 acres called "Eagleton" heretofore deeded by my father James Swann to Peregrine Thorn which land is now in the possession of Benjamin Davis and binding on Charles Kingsley Love's part of "Eagleton"; that part of "Eagleton" in the tenure and occupation of Mary Swann; that part of "Eagleton" in possession of Samuel Amery; that part of "Eagleton" in possession of Chloe Swann who has life estate; that part of "Eagleton" now in possession of Benjamin Davis. Signed Thomas Swann of James, in the presence of and acknowledged before Benjamin Douglass, Walter Dyson
      May 10, 1804; Margaret Swann wife of Thomas Swann of James relinquished her right of dower

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      === Research notes from Linda Reno

      7/26/1824: Deed of gift from Benjamin Davis to John A. Davis for natural love and affection, plus $5, all of Benjamin's right and claim to "Ingerthorp", 108 ac. Recorded 7/27/;1824. (Charles County Deeds, IB 16, p. 23).

      Will of John A. Davis, Charles Co., 11/13/1826-2/20/1827. Father, Benjamin Davis (Exec.) all the property, goods and chattles, lands and tenements to and legally conveyed to me. Wit.: Thomas M. Wheeler, William H. M. Garner,
      Edward R. Wheeler. (Charles County Wills, 1825-1833, WDM 15, p. 225, image 225, Family Search).

      12/14/1831: Deed from Richard T. Davis to William Lloyd for $300, "Ingerthorpe", 108 acres that Richard inherited from his father, Benjamin Davis. Signed by Richard T. Davis. The mark of Rebecca Davis who waived her dower. Recorded 12/15/1831. (Charles County Deeds, IB 19, p. 466).

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      1642-1753 Rent Rolls Charles County MD Hundred - Newport: Rent Roll page/Sequence: 375-17: EAGLETON: 615 acres; Possession of - 615 Acres - Swann, Samuel: Surveyed 9 July 1669 for Edward Swann in the woods near Piles Fresh at a bound poplar near the head of a branch: Other Tracts Mentioned: aka EGGLESTONE; aka BROTHERHOOD; ; Conveyance notes - {mm Note; not identified to a specific Hundred. Location identified by watercourse or nearby tract.}, 80 Acres - Samuel Swann from Philip Briscoe; 19 June 1725,12 Acres - Samuel Love from Thomas Swann; 17 July 1732, 38 Acres - Samuel Love from Thomas Swann; 23 Aug 1746 {mm note: could be 57 & 38}, 95 Acres - John Urquhart from James Swann; 2 Aug 1750, ,
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      1642-1753 Rent Rolls Charles County MD Hundred - Port Tobacco: Rent Roll page/Sequence: 328-190: INGERSTONE: 230 acres; Possession of - 230 Acres - none: Surveyed 18 April 1682 for George Thompson on the East side of the N.W. branch of Zachia swamp at a M.E.'d oak the boundary tree of Thomas Hussey.: Conveyance notes - 230 Acres - William Wills from John Hanson; 13 July 1721, 230 Acres - John Hanson from William Wills; 14 July 1721,this land is said not to be found
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      1642-1753 Rent Rolls Charles County MD Hundred - Nanjemoy or Durham Parish: Rent Roll page/Sequence: 338-30: INGERSTONE: 138 acres; Possession of - 138 Acres - Ward, John: Surveyed 25 June 1671 for John Ward at a bound White Oak on the North side of a fresh run which runs in to Nanjemoy creek.:

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