Notes for Van Davis: He and his first wife, Susannah Cary, were believed to have been married at Mountain Creek Baptist Church (Founded 1789 & located on US Hwy 29 south of Anderson, S.C.) She was the mother of his children. Son Van's wife is believed to have been Evie Price b.1863 d.1893. Ref a Hezekiah Davis, Son of Van Davis. His will is in the 96th District, Pendleton, S.C. in 1810. Also, ref a Van Davis, Georgia Militia, District 444. Van Davis was buried in the old cemetary behind the current Mountain Creek Baptist Church. There is no tombstone. A monument was erected to Van Davis in the new cemetary across the street from the church. I traveled to Mountain Creek Baptist Church on April 8, 1998 and found at the entrance to the cemetary a granite marker that states: Van Davis 1725-1810 Revolutionary War Patriot Wife/Susannah Cary. There is a bronze seal of the Daughters of the American Revolution. I photographed the church and the marker. I obtained the name of Ed Hillhouse (803-224-1824 102 Findley Circle Anderson, SC 29624) who is a long time member and historian for Mountain Creek Church. Mr. Hillhouse recently mailed me a copy of the history of Mountain Creek Baptist Church. There have been three churches built on this site. VAN DAVIS
I am Van Davis and I was born in 1725. My father was Reason Davis from Maryland who fought in the Revolutionary War with the forces of that colony. I did not fight in that war although I was later declared to be a Patriot.
At the time of the war, I was a prominent business man in South Carolina. I had a large business where I sold saddles, harness, and other leather goods, and I bred, raised and sold horses that wore these leather goods. I also raised cattle and had them slaughtered to sell for beef.
When the Revolutionary War came, I thought that I would become very rich. At first the American colonists bought my horses and equipment for the use of their men and bought my beef to feed them and paid me for them. The British also bought my horses, equipment and beef. I did not want to sell to the British but I knew that if I did not do so they would take all of my stock and I would hae nothing. Later both armies just came and confiscated whatever I had that they wanted. I thought I would become broke.
Fortunately, our side won the war and I was paid in land by the states of North and South Carolina for the goods that had been taken from me. Some of the old debts were paid and before long I was again a rich man.
When I became older I must have become very petty and cantankerous. Susannah, my wife of many years, died and I was lonely and wished all my twelve children to live near me. They did not want to do this. I then married myself a young wife. I wrote a new will and left each of my children small remembrances of myself and I left some things to my grandchildren. The bulk of my large estate I left to my young wife.
When I died and my children found out about my new will, several of them were very unhappy. Some of them brought lawsuits against their stepmother. One of my children said that he would not even live in the same state as his stepmother and my children who sided with her in the lawsuits. He moved to this area before the time of the founding of your county and his eleven children later found themselves to be Gwinnett Countians. Many, but not all, Davises in your area are some of my descendants.
This information was from a program given at GHS by young people representing children of the American Revolution ref. Dorsey Stancil.
In the book of James Marion Davis, an ancestor of his, Van Davis, settled in 96 District of Newberry County, South Carolina. The 1790 census shows "Wan Davis". Brothers Harmon and Reason Davis are shown living nearby. The will of Van Davis (1810) shows that he probably married twice. First was Susannah and the second was Lucy according to the records of the Bush River Baptist Church of Newberry County.
A copy of the original index book showing Revolutionary claims filed in South Carolina between August 20, 1783 and August 31, 1786 (kept by James McCall, Auditor General, shows Jesse, Hezekiah and Nathan. After 1790, Van's older sons began moving into the Pendleton District of Anderson County, South Carolina.
*Other info obtained at the Pendleton City Historical Society on April 8, 1998: James Leavell Davis 1820-1904 Children: Warren, George Washington, Frances Saville, John Bailey. Also found was an excerpt as follows: "Morgan Davis, was the son of David Davis, and was the father of Evan & John, father of Evan & Reason. Evan b.1702 was the grandfather of Jefferson Davis. His brother, Capt. Reason Davis, was the father of Evan (Vann) Davis, of Newberry and Anderson Counties, SC and of Maj Harmon Davis." This was from a book, "The Davis Family" by Laura Mentzel.
*Warren Ransom Davis May 1793-1835 (Sister Martha) came to Pendleton from Sumter County. Martha married John C. Calhoun who was a graduate of SC College in 1810 and later became Solicitor and US Senator from SC.
There were multiple refs to Van Davis and Jessee Davis and Hezekiah Davis being involved in the buying/selling of land and slaves. Typically, they witness each other's deeds, etc. This info came from "Pendleton District, SC Deeds 1790-1806" located in the Pendleton City Historical Society.
More About Van Davis: Date born 2: Bet. 1725 - 1740, Orange County, N.C. near Winston-Salem.1424
More About Van Davis and Susannah Cary: Marriage: 1759, Mountain Creek Baptist Church outside Anderson, SC.1425, 1426, 1427 Marriage Fact: May have occurred in Orange, North Carolina.1428, 1429, 1430