Notes for Davis: DAVIS FAMILIES OF ANGELICA (ALLEGANY CO) NY
(Information about the families of Jesse Davis and Urian Davis, early settlers of Angelica, and their siblings, all of whom were born in Rhode Island. Also included is some information about related Hammond and Treat families of Angelica.)
submitted by Rita Jacobs,
Two sons of Edward Davis of Glocester, RI were early among the early settlers of Angelica. Edward Davis died in Glocester in 1790, leaving 14 children. By 1810 nearly all of his seven male children had left Rhode Island. None of the births of Edward's children are recorded in the Glocester records, although they were probably all born there. We are lucky that at least one of his marriage records is recorded. Although Edward's sons inherited his real estate, together with their mother, the deeds recorded in Glocester, RI following Edward's death fail to reflect any records of what became of most of the Davis farm. Finding records of this family and piecing them together has been a challenge. Undoubtedly there is a family bible out there somewhere with the birth dates of the children and grandchildren neatly recorded.
Edward Davis was born about 1720, son of Urian and Sarah (Westcott?) Davis, probably in the part of Providence that was later set off as Glocester in 1731. He apparently lived his entire life in the town of Glocester. Edward married Sarah Bowen (parents unknown) in Glocester on 17 Dec. 1744. Edward was admitted freeman in Glocester in 1757, and appears in census records for Glocester in 1774 and 1782. He is attributed with the ownership of 500 acres of land valued at 500 pounds and a personal estate worth 54.1 pounds in the 1778 tax list for Glocester.
Edward died 12 May 1790 in Glocester. His will, dated 13 Feb. 1790, was admitted for probate in Glocester on 6 Sept. 1790. Edward left a widow, Sarah, whose identity is apparent from the record of her later marriage on 21 Oct. 1794 to Reverend David Corpe, which identifies her as the daughter of Cornelius Walling.
Because there is no record of the death of Edward's first wife, Sarah Bowen, it is not possible to determine with certainty which wife was the mother of some of his children. Sarah (Walling) Davis Corpe was buried in Until the Day Dawns Cemetery in Angelica, Allegany County, New York. Cemetery records indicate she died 30 Oct. 1826 at the age of 85. This would place her year of birth at about 1741, she being probably about 20 years younger than Edward. Consequently, Edward's son Joseph (undoubtedly the oldest) was about 33 years older than Edward's youngest son, Urian. Edward left both older married children and young children when he died.
Edward identified 15 children in his will. The information which follows lists the children according to their possible order of birth as ascertained from the will and other available records, but this order is only a guess as most of the birth dates of the children have not been ascertained, and none were recorded in the Glocester records.
1. Keziah Davis - appears to have been an older unmarried daughter to whom he left six shillings and a directive that she be maintained from the profits of his land. No further information is available for Keziah. She was probably named after Edward's aunt Keziah (Davis) Greene, sister of Urian, who married Peter Greene in Warwick.
2. Elizabeth Davis - mentioned as deceased in her father's will and identified as Elizabeth Blois. Six shillings were given to her unnamed heirs in her father's will.
3. Nancy Davis - married David Richmond in December, 1766. She lived in Guilford (Orange County) Connecticut. She was also given six shillings in her father's will.
4. Joseph Davis - born 8 Oct. 1751 in Glocester; married Lydia Bacon who was born Oct 1752. He died 21 Dec. 1838 in Glocester. Military pension records identify him as a resident of Glocester in 1832. Pension records indicate that he had at least 9 children, the youngest of whom was William who was living in Glocester, RI in 1839 at the age of 43. The record also identifies his sister Mary (age 62, which is probably an error), widow of James Reynolds, and indicates that there was one other sister living. The other living sister was probably Olive (Davis) Hammond who died in 1840.
Joseph was admitted freeman in Glocester in 1773 and appears in the 1771 military census for Glocester. Joseph was left six shillings in his father's will. It is probable that some of his children moved to Otsego County, NY.
5. Prudence Davis - married Edward Greene 8 June 1777. She was identified as Prudy Greene in her father's will and left six shillings.
6. Mary Davis - married James Reynolds. She was identified as Mary Reynolds in her father's will and left six shillings.
7. Olive Davis - born ca. 1767. She married Nathan Hammond, died 1840 in Glocester or Foster, RI, and is buried Glocester, R.I. She was identified as Olive Hammond in her father's will and left six shillings.
8. Jabez Davis - lived later in Otsego County, NY. His father's will left him one-third of the farm on the north side and all other real estate not otherwise disposed of in the will, and also one- half of the personal property ("moveables") not otherwise disposed of in the will.
9. Asa Davis - married Katharine Luther 31 May 1795. Asa lived later in Otsego County, NY, and may have also lived in Angelica (Allegany Co.), NY, and is the subject of an interesting story related below. His father's will left him one-third of the farm and one-half of the "moveables." He was also appointed guardian for his younger brothers John and Urian until they reached the age of 16.
10. Edward Davis - may have later moved to Otsego County, NY. His father's will left him one-third of the farm.
11. Esther Davis - given household items in her father's will. She was probably young when he died. No further information is available about her.
12. Abigail Davis - given household items in her father's will. She was probably young when he died.
13. Jesse Davis - married Lydia Corpe of Warwick 18 Feb. 1798. His father's will left him ten shillings to be paid to him by his brother Jabez when Jesse reached the age of 21. He moved to Otsego County and later to Allegany County, NY. He was over age 16, but under 21 when his father's will was written, born probably between 1770 and 1774. Although children of Jesse remained in Angelica, no record has yet been found of Jesse's death, nor that of his wife, Lydia (Corpe) Davis.
14. John Davis - given ten shillings in his father's will to be paid to him by his brother Asa when John reached the age of 21. He later lived in Otsego County, NY and appears to have remained there.
15. Urian Davis - born 1784, died 1878 in Angelica, Allegany County, NY. He served in the War of 1812. He married 1) Lois Jones, daughter of Joshua Jones, of Foster, RI, and 2) Arva ?. He lived in Otsego County NY and moved to Angelica, Allegany County, NY about 1828.
Part of Edward Davis' farm (20 acres) ended up in the estate of his son-in-law, Nathan Hammond, as the "Davis farm" or "Corpe farm" is included in several deeds between members of the Hammond family identifying this property as having been part of Nathan Hammond's estate who died in 1814.
EXODUS FROM GLOCESTER
From census records and other information (including some information abstracted from deeds) it appears that Edward's son Jabez moved to the town of Butternuts in Otsego County, NY by 1800. The 1800 census also lists a Jabez, Jesse, and John Davis all living in Otsego County, town of Worcester, and an Asa Davis living in the same county, town of Otsego. These were most likely Edward Davis' sons, and perhaps a grandchild. Edward's son Joseph would have had children close in age to Edward's younger sons who may have moved with Edward's sons to Otsego County.
Edward's son Asa purchased 190 acres in the West Hill Settlement of the Town of Butternuts near Jabez in 1801. By 1810 several other members of the family had moved to the West Hill Settlement, including an Edward, Urian, Asa, Jabez, John and Joseph Davis, all listed as neighbors in the 1810 census for the Town of Butternuts. Jesse is listed in the nearby village of Gilbertsville, and received a deed of land from Asa in the West Hill Settlement in 1811. An Edward Davis appearing in the 1850 and 1855 census records for this area (age 72 in 1850), indicated he settled there in 1802. He may have been a child of one of Edward's sons, as he would have been born about 1778, too young to be Edward's son Edward who was over 21 when Edward died in 1790. He was perhaps a son of Edward's son Edward who appeared in the 1810 census. A search of the deeds for Otsego County would assist greatly in defining the relationships of these Davises.
These Davis families also appear in the 1820 census in Butternuts, except for the absence of Jabez and Jesse. The whereabouts of Jabez after 1820 is unknown. In 1815 Jesse deeded land to Asa, and most probably around that time moved to Angelica in Allegany County. Urian also moved to Angelica about 1828. From later census records it appears that Edward's son John and probably some of his descendants remained in Otsego County.
Asa appears in the 1820 census, and his whereabouts after that are a subject of particular interest. An account of early life in Butternuts, written by William Fayel (born in Butternuts in 1821), and published on 11 August 1886 in the Otsego Journal gives the following information about Asa:
"Our next neighbor on the other side was Asa Davis. He dressed like a Quaker and was a frequent visitor at our house. He had a trick of snapping his steel tobacco box in our faces when he took a chew. He left home, went to New Orleans where he was killed and robbed of five hundred dollars. This left his wife, old "Aunt Kate" a grass widow, a woman of large size and great force of character. She was a good provider and famed for her pies, cakes, fruit and cider. It was said that she could take a cud of tobacco reaching from mouth to ear. . . "
Asa's widow, Katharine (Luther) Davis, remained in Butternuts after Asa left, and from other accounts maintained a cider mill there. She appears in census records as Catharine Davis in 1830 and 1840. She died probably shortly before 1850. From information abstracted from deeds, Asa's brother John brought a suit in about 1850 to partition the estate of Catharine Davis after her death, and purchased the real estate from her estate. Asa apparently had no children as his wife's property was inherited by Asa's brothers and sisters after Catharine died. (Inheritance law at that time would have given Catharine a "life estate" in the property with the property passing to Asa's "heirs" after her death.) Olive (Davis) Hammond, in fact, made provisions in her will, written in 1836, that left her share of Asa Davis' estate to her son, Asa Hammond (another resident of Angelica). This is perhaps evidence that Asa died before 1836.
Some records in Allegany County, NY give speculation that Asa may have lived elsewhere for a time. In 1829 real estate was deeded from Jesse and Lydia Davis to Asa Davis, and in 1835, property was deeded to Jesse Davis by Asa and Rhoda Ann Davis. This Rhoda Ann is buried in the cemetery in Angelica. Cemetery records identify her as the wife of Asa Davis. She died 18 March 1852 aged 55 years, 8 months, and 5 days. No other records in Allegany County referring to this Asa Davis have been located. It is possible that this Asa may have been a son of Jesse, but more likely was his brother.
Sarah (Walling) Davis Corpe, mother of Edward's younger children, also moved to Angelica with her husband, Reverend David Corpe, about the same time that Jesse moved there. It is possible that Jesse's wife Lydia (Corpe) was David Corpe's daughter. Information in the published history of Allegany County states that Reverend David Corpe preached frequently in the First Baptist Church of Angelica, which had no regular pastor when organized in 1818.
Another entry in the Allegany history states that Joshua A. Davis, born in Otsego County, came to Angelica at the age of four with his father, and married miss Ella E. Davis, who was also born in Otsego County. This Joshua Davis was probably the son of Urian and named after his grandfather, Joshua Jones. This pinpoints the date of Urian's arrival in Angelica at about 1828.
An account of Smith Davis, a son of Jesse, gives Jesse's date of arrival in Angelica as 1817. Another reference identifies Smith Davis' grandfather as "David C." This "David C." does not refer to David C. Davis, but rather to "David Corpe" who was the step-father of Jesse and Urian Davis. Years of research have uncovered no records of a David C. Davis in either Allegany County or Otsego County. The information in the history of Allegany County referring to "David C." as a Revolutionary War veteran and Baptist minister, is, in fact, correct information about David Corpe. David Corpe is buried in the Angelica cemetery with his wife, having died in Angelica in 1819 at the age of 80.
Known children of Urian Davis of Angelica (1784 - 1878) are:
1. Henry W. Davis, born 1816 Otsego County. (Urian was living with this son in the 1850 census for Angelica next door to Urian's nephew George Hammond.) Henry was probably named after his uncle, Henry Jones (esq.) who also moved to Allegany County and lived in Wellsville. Henry's children were: Henry M. born ca. 1839: Julia A. born ca. 1842; Horace U. b. ca. 1845; and Lois M. born ca. 1848.
2. Lydia J. Davis, died 7 April 1821 at the age of 10 months (buried in Butternuts).
3. Urian G. Davis (1824 - 1851) (buried in Angelica).
4. Asa Davis (1831 - 1862) (buried in Angelica).
Known children of Jesse Davis of Angelica (b. ca. 1770 - 1774) are:
1. Susan E. Davis, b. ca 1798 or 1799 in Rhode Island, died 2 November 1851, buried Angelica. She married Benjamin Palmer Treat 1 August 1822 in Angelica. (The identity of Susan E. Davis as a daughter of Jesse Davis has not yet been completely confirmed. See note below.)
2. David G. Davis (1800 - 1885). His children were: Mary Jane Davis b. ca. 1837; Caroline Davis b. ca. 1840; Jesse Davis b. ca. 1844; Charles Davis b. ca. 1845; Matilda Davis b. ca. 1848; John Davis b. ca. 1850; and Susan Davis.
3. Smith Davis, b. 7 Oct. 1808 in Butternuts, Otsego County, NY, d. 1885 Angelica, buried Angelica. He married 1) Prudence N. Wright of Greenwich 12 Sept. 1834, and 2) Jane A. Kendrick of Hillsdale, Michigan 30 Oct. 1873. His children were Sallie b. 28 April 1875, and an adopted daughter, Loretta.
Notes on SUSAN E. (DAVIS) TREAT, of Angelica, widow of Benjamin Palmer Treat:
Benjamin Palmer Treat married a Susan E. Davis in 1822 in Angelica. The 1850 census for the town of Cuba in Allegany County shows Susan E. (Davis) Treat living with her daughter and son-in-law, Aaron and Susan A. Dunkin. Susan's place of birth is identified as RI, and her age given at 51, placing her date of birth at about 1799. The Angelica cemetery records show she died in 1851 at the age of 53 (which would place her date of birth at about 1798). Jesse Davis married Lydia Corpe in RI on 18 Feb. 1798. It is probable that Susan was his oldest child, born in RIbefore he moved to Otsego County. There were no other Davis families from RI living in Angelica before 1822 (the date of Susan's marriage) except Jesse's. The 1820 census record for the family of Jesse shows a female age 16 to 26, who was probably Susan. Susan is buried in a plot in the Angelica cemetery next to David and Sarah Corpe, who are buried next to a plot containing Urian Davis and members of his family. There are no records of burials for Jesse and his wife Lydia, however.
SARAH BOWEN OR SARAH WALLING
It is not possible to determine with certainty which wife of Edward Davis was the mother of Jesse Davis. Sarah Walling (Davis) Corpe was, however, definitely the mother of Urian Davis who was the youngest child in the family.
Special thanks are in order to Leigh Eckmair, a volunteer at the Gilbertsville Library in Gilbertsville, NY, who assisted in tracing this family.
Children of Davis are:
+Calvin W. Davis, b. October 20, 1812, Hudson,Columbia, NY, d. March 07, 1901, Middlebury Center, PA.