1793 - Bef 1853 (60 years)
||Stephen Davis |
||Stephen Davis Homeplace, Moore County, NC
||Bef 26 Apr 1853
|Patriarch & Matriarch
| Samuel Davis
1610, Gravesend, County Kent, UK d.
1667, Isle of Wight County, VA
(Age 57 years) (4 x Great Grandfather) Elizabeth
- 1818, Feb 26 -- Marriage Bond, Moore County, NC
A bond for the marriage of John Moore and Charlotta Barrett. Stephen Davis and Thomas Ritter were securities and J. Dowd was a witness. [Editor's Note: Found in War of 1812 Pension File 27604 for Charlotta Moore, widow of John Moore]
1819, Feb 15 -- Record of Estates Book B, Moore County, NC Page 22-23
Estate of Devotion Davis, Dec'd. by Elizabeth Davis, Administrator. Corn. Dowd, Neill McIntosh and Joel Lawhon appointed to lay off provision for Widow Elizabeth Davis. Jesse Muse was witness. Items were purchased by the following: Elizabeth Davis, Stephen Davis, John Handcock and James Garner.
1823, May 21 -- Deed Book 82 Page 41-42, Moore County, NC
Isom Sowell deeded James Dowdy 9 acres located on Locust Branch adjoining Stephen Davis and Jesse Ritter. John Dowdy and Thomas Dowdy were witnesses.
1823, Aug 18 -- 1823-1831 Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, Moore County, NC Page 3
Ordered that John Richardson be appointed overseer in place of Stephen Davis.
1824, Feb 20 -- 1823-1831 Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, Moore County, NC Page 30
[Deed] Stephen Davis to Neil MacIntosh was proven by John McIntosh
1825, Dec 12 -- Record of Estates Book B Page 104-105, Moore County, NC
Estate of Joice Muse, Dec'd. by Administrator Brinkley Phillips. Notes due on the following: John B. Kelly and Jesse F. Muse. Items were purchased by the following: Kenneth McCaskill, Jesse Sanders, George Cox, James Hill, Eleazor Burkhead, Danl. H. Muse, Thomas Muse Senr., Martin Hill, Alexr. McIntosh, Danl. Muse [SP], Alex. C. Curry, James Dowd, Jane Muse, John T. Ritter, Jesse Page, John Paterson, Nathan Holloway, John Tyson, Isaac Smith, Nathan Barrett, Stephen Davis, Lauchlin McNeill, Alexander Campbell and John Moore.
1826, Aug 24 -- 1823-1831 Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, Moore County, NC Page 140
Ordered that Jesse Sanders and Eleazor Birckhead Esqs. be appointed to examine Nancy McIver, wife of Daniel McIver and Margaret Garner, wife of James Garner to confirm their voluntary consent in a deed to Stephen Davis.
1829, Feb 17 -- 1823-1831 Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, Moore County, NC Page 249
Ordered that John McLeod be appointed guardian to Elizabeth McLeod and Ann McLeod, infant heirs of Neill McLeod, Dec'd. with securities Stephen Davis, Angus McKinnon, William Hancock and Neill Morison.
1830 -- Census, Moore County, NC Page 445
(60-70) 1F [likely mother Elizabeth]
(0-5) 2M 1F
Free Colored Person
1830, Dec 9 -- Deed, Moore County, NC
John Sowell deeded William Barrett Senr. 50 acres located on both sides of McLendons Creek adjoining William Barrett Junr., Thomas Night and William Barrett Senr. Stephen Davis and Wm. Cochran were witnesses. Proven by Stephen Davis Nov 1834. [Editor's Note: Located in NC Supreme Court Case #2744, Thomas Ritter and wife Margaret v. William Barrett]
1824, Feb 20 -- 1823-1831 Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, Moore County, NC Page 30-31
Deed from Stephen Davis to Neil MacIntosh was proven by John McIntosh
1838, May 24 -- Land Grant #3096, Moore County, NC
Lewis Lawhon received 16 acres located on Richland Creek adjoining Joel Lawhon, John Tyson, Dempsy Sowell, Quimby Sowell and Stephen Davis. Quimby Sowell and Burrel Ritter were chain carriers.
1839, Jan 29 -- Deed Book 82 Page 53, Moore County, NC
James Dowdy Sr. deeded James Dowdy Jr. tracts  41 acres located on Locust Branch being part of Donald McQueen's 100 acre grant  9 acres adjoining Stephen Davis and Jesse Ritter. Artemus Shattuck was a witness.
1840 -- Census, Moore County, NC Page 174
(60-70) 1F [likely mother Elizabeth]
(10-15) 1M 1F
(0-5) 1M 1F
Free Colored Persons
(24-36) 1M 1F
(0-10) 1M 1F
1844, Oct 28 -- 1844-1847 Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, Moore County, NC Page 68
Ordered that George Hunsucker merchant be appointed overseer of the road from center of Bare Creek to the fork of the Salem Road and have the following hands to work: George W. Horner, William Jones hands, Leonard Furr, John Cagle, Noah Brewer, John H. Stutts, George Davis, Stephen Shuffield, William Stuts, James Stutts, Linsey Stutts, George Williams, Joseph Williams, William Stutts, Leonard Stutts, James Davis, Lewis Mainess, Upshur Furr, J.M. Worth hands, Henry Gaster, S. McClendon's hands [Nathan, Sollomon, Nat, Tom], Doctor Smith's hands [Isaac, Jordan, Westley], Stephen Davis, Jacob Williams, James Williams, James M. Williams, John Thomas, Charles Grible, Jon Hamons, Thomas Danneilly, Isam Thrift, John Martin's hands [Sam, Baze, Fed], Peter J. Swain, James Hunsucker and William Richardson.
1846, Jan 31 -- 1844-1847 Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, Moore County, NC Page 287
Ordered that three of Stephen Davis' hands that are now working under William Moore, Joseph Smith, Alvin Smith and Eli Dannielly work under Dempsey Sowell as overseer for the later.
1846, Jan 31 -- 1844-1847 Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, Moore County, NC Page 289-291
Noah Richardson, S.C. Bruce, Samuel Barrett, S. Davis and Alex. Kelly appointed to partition the land of Col. William Jackson, Dec'd. who are tenants in common of a tract located on Richland Creek.  Cornelius Dunlap received 225 acres located on McCollums Fork at the mouth of the Spring Branch, west of Boroughs Road adjoining J.G. Moore, Richard Upton, Ruth Dunn, Cornelius Dowd Sen.  Eliza Ann Jackson, Catharine Jackson, Margaret Jackson, John C. Jackson and Mary Jackson received 284 acres located on Wires Branch adjoining John Phillips and W.D. Dowd.
1846, Nov 17 -- Land Grant #3333, Moore County, NC
Stephen Davis received 50 acres located north of Richland Creek northeast of Locust Branch adjoining William Caddell, Lawhon, Cornelius Black and own line. William Caddell and Cornelius Black were chain carriers.
1847, May 1 -- 1847-1849 Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, Moore County, NC Page 34-35
Mary McIntosh v. John J. McIntosh and others. The following appointed to lay off dower for Mary McIntosh of 201 acres from land of Neill McIntosh: Stephen Davis, Jesse Bean, Hardy Warner, Briant Dowd, Neill Caddell, Madison Fry, Alexander T. Muse, William Caddell, Thomas Hannon, John W. Warner, Daniel H. Muse and Jesse Hannon.
1848, Oct 28 -- 1847-1849 Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, Moore County, NC Page 297
Ordered that Angus McCaskill be appointed overseer of the road from the mouth of Kelly's lane to the bridge on Richland Creek and work the following hands: Stephen Davis hands, Joseph Smith, Eli Oldham, Michael Cockman, Alvin Smith and Eli Danielly.
1849, Apr 27 -- 1847-1849 Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, Moore County, NC Page 422
Ordered that Presley Caddell be appointed overseer of the road from McQueen's Branch to the Richland Creek Bridge and work the following hands: George McIntosh, Joseph Caddell, Quimby Sowell, Duncan McIntosh, Jesse Muse, William L. Wallace, Duncan Black, William Sowell, Richson Fry, Neill Black, William Richardson, David McIntosh, Henry Muse, Elias Brewer, J. McIlwennin and Stephen Davis' hands.
1849, Sep 8-Oct 13 -- Notice, The North-Carolinian [Fayetteville, NC]
Duncan M. Kennedy and John J. McIntosh v. Stephen Davis and others. Petition for partition of real estate. Appearing that Devotion Davis [and other heirs of Edmond Davis] are non-residents of the state. They are summoned to appear at the courthouse in Carthage on the fourth Monday in October.
1850, Jan 1 -- Land Grant #3623, Moore County, NC
Stephen Davis received 20 acres located east of Richland Creek adjoining the heirs of Davis, heirs of Joel Lawhon and Dowdy. Edmund Davis and Josiah Lawhon were chain carriers.
1850 -- Census, Moore County, NC Page 172-B
Stephen Davis 57 M, $1450 Real Estate, Born in NC
Jane Davis 35 F, Born in NC
Nancy Davis 23 F, Born in NC
Devotion Davis 21 M, Teacher, Born in NC
John Davis 19 M, Born in NC
Edmund Davis 18 M, Born in NC
Mary A. Davis 12 F, Born in NC
Harrison Davis 10 M, Born in NC
Malcolm Davis 7 M, Born in NC
Stephen Davis 5 M, Born in NC
1850 -- Census, Slave Schedule, Moore County, NC
Owner - Stephen Davis
45 M, Mulatto
1851, Oct 16 -- Land Grant #3721, Moore County, NC
Stephen Davis received 4.20 acres located northwest of Richland Creek adjoining his own line and widow Lawhon. John Davis and Edmund C. Davis were chain carriers.
1851, Oct 16 -- Land Grant #3722, Moore County, NC
Stephen Davis received 18 acres located northwest of Richland Creek adjoining his own line, Moore, Worth and Lawhon. John Davis and Edmund C. Davis were chain carriers.
1851, Oct 28 -- 1851-1853 Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, Moore County, NC Page 98
Ordered that Joseph Caddell be appointed overseer of the road from the mouth of Kelly's Lane to McQueens Branch and work the following hands: William R. Muse, William R. Sowell, Presly Caddell, Angus McCaskill, Stephen Davis hands, Alvin Smith, Eli Danielly, Kinneth McCaskill, Cornelius D. Smith, Quimby Sowell, Duncan McIntosh, Neill Black and Daniel McIntosh.
1852, Jan 27 -- 1851-1853 Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, Moore County, NC Page 149
[Deed] James Bryant and wife Ann to Stephen Davis proven by W.R. Berryman
1852, Oct 26 -- 1851-1853 Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, Moore County, NC Page 334
Ordered that Daniel McIntosh be appointed overseer of the road from the mouth of Kellys Lane to the McQueen Branch and have the following hands to work: Joseph Caddell, William R. Muse, William Sowell, Presley Caddell, Angus McCaskill, Stephen Davis hands, Alvin Smith, Eli Dannelly, Kenneth McCaskill, Cornelius D. Smith, Quimby Sowell, Duncan McIntosh, Neill Black, Quimby Sowell Jr., Noah H. Muse and George Williams.
1853, Apr 26 -- 1851-1853 Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, Moore County, NC Page 446
Devotion Davis is appointed administrator of Stephen Davis Dec'd.with Samuel C. Bruce and Alexander Kelly as securities.
1854, Oct 24 -- 1853-1856 County Court Minutes, Moore County, NC Page 207
Ordered that Devotion Davis be appointed guardian of Mary Ann Davis, William H. Davis, Malcolm P. Davis and Stephen Davis, minor heirs of Stephen Davis, Dec'd.
1855, Jul 27-Oct 26 -- 1853-1856 Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, Moore County, NC Page 362,366, 410,412-413,419-422,431-433
Nancy Davis v. Devotion Davis and others. Ordered to distribute estate of Stephen Davis Dec'd. between Nancy C. Davis, John M. Davis, Mary Ann Davis, Harrison Davis, Malcolm Davis, Stephen Davis and Devotion Davis. Jesse Bean, William Moore, John A. Jackson and W.R. Sowell appointed to lay off and divide lands of Stephen Davis Dec'd. [Lot 7] Nancy Davis 55 acres east of Richland Creek [Lot 6] John M. Davis 55 acres east of Richland Creek adjoining William Moore and Richardson [Lot 1-5] Devotion Davis, Mary Ann Davis, William H. Davis, Malcom Davis and Stephen Davis 195 acres both sides of Richland Creek adjoining Lawhon, William Caddell, William R. Sowell.
1855, Oct 26 -- 1853-1856 County Court Minutes, Moore County, NC Page 399
Devotion Davis, administrator of Stephen Davis returned a supplement return of the estate
1856, Dec 17 -- Land Grant #4270, Moore County, NC
Jesse Bean received 6 acres located south of Richland Creek adjoining heirs of Neill McIntosh, heirs of Stephen Davis, his own line and James Dowdy. John J. McIntosh and A.W. Bean were chain carriers.
||Moore County Wallaces
||22 Mar 2023 |
|| 8 DNA tests are associated with Stephen Davis |
||Moore County, NC DNA Project|
DNA Results and Analysis for Moore County families including Allen, Barrett, Bean, Brewer, Britt, Brown, Burns, Caddell, Cagle, Carpenter, Caviness, Chriscoe, Cockman, Cole, Comer, Davis, Deaton, Dunn, Furr, Garner, Hancock, Hardin, Hare, Horner, Hunsucker, Hussey, Jackson, Kennedy, Key, Kidd, Lawrence, Maness, McIntosh, McLendon, McNeill, Melton, Monroe, Moore, Morgan, Muse, Nall, Phillips, Richardson, Riddle, Ritter, Sanders, Seawell, Sheffield, Smith, Stewart, Stutts, Sullivan, Wallace, Welch, Williams, Williamson and Wright
- [S118] Lacy Garner [firstname.lastname@example.org], Company H 26th Regiment, Moore County Independents [ www.companyh26th.com ].
THE OLD FIELD FIGHT
Stephen Davis was born in Moore County 05 May 1846, the youngest son of Stephen Davis, Sr. (born abt. 1793) and Jane "Jennie" Muse (1795-1867). This Davis family was renowned stone cutters, quarrying mill stones and such from down on Richland and McLendon Creek. They lived on present day J. Dowdy Road, at the more recent Jesse Dowdy home place. Across the highway an unfinished rock wall partially surrounding the Davis Family Cemetery serves as a reminder of their ability to cut and maneuver massive blocks of stone. It's not that they lacked the skills to complete the job but simply that they ran out of time. This world runs on a tight schedule and sometimes a lifetime is just not enough time. So much of our labors are often left unfinished.
Stephen Davis, Sr. seems to have been a son of Hardy Davis (died before 1815) of upper Moore and southern Randolph County, North Carolina. Other suspected children of Hardy Davis include Margaret "Peggy" Davis (~1795-1867) who married James "Big Jim" Garner (~1792-1882) and George Davis (~1802-1867) who married Elizabeth Davis (b. ~1800). Margaret "Peggy" Davis Garner is buried in this Davis Family Cemetery. We know this because a grandson, James Douglas "Doug" Garner (1855-1935), told his son Little John Garner (1896-1987) that he attended his grandmother's funeral and her burial in the Davis Family Cemetery as a young boy. The dates verify his story because Doug Garner would have been twelve years old when Peggy died in 1867.
Stephen Davis, Sr. and Jane Muse had the following children:
Nancy Davis (1827-1880)
Devotion Davis (1828-1880)
John McLeod "Stonecutter" Davis (1831-1911)
Edmund Davis (1832- )
John Davis (1833- )
Mary Ann Davis (1838-1867)
William Henry Harrison Davis (1840-1862)
Malcolm Davis (1843- )
Stephen Davis, Jr. (1846-1870)
The Civil War interrupted many a hard working family and the Stephen Davis family was no exception. Brothers Devotion and William Henry H. Davis enlisted as soon as the conflict began. They both volunteered for service in Moore County's Company H, 26th Regiment. They called themselves the "Moore Independents". Devotion was discharged early for unknown reasons while William Henry was promoted to Sergeant in April, 1862 and died in the hospital at Petersburg, Virginia on 30 July 1862.
Stephen was the youngest of the Davis brothers and had to wait until he turned 18 to join, which would have been around 1863 or 1864. By that time Confederate record keeping had gotten so haphazard that no records documenting when he actually joined are available. Records were found confirming that he was indeed a soldier in Moore County's Company D, 49th Regiment. He was captured at Petersburg, Virginia 01 Apr 1865 and released on 12 Jun 1865 from Point Lookout, Maryland after taking the Oath of Allegiance. The war was finally over.
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