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Ancestors of Leona Marcile (Lee) Latham

Generation No. 10


      568. John Corbin I, born 1670; died 1739 in Fauquire County, Virginia. He married 569. Elizabeth Smith August 10, 1696 in Virginia.

      569. Elizabeth Smith, born 1678 in Parish of Brunswick, King George County, Virginia; died Unknown. She was the daughter of 1138. William Smith and 1139. Grace M. Unknown.
     
Children of John Corbin and Elizabeth Smith are:
  284 i.   John Corbin II, born 1700; died 1758 in King George County, Virginia; married Abt. 1719 in Virginia.
  ii.   Charles Corbin, died Unknown.
  iii.   Rosamond (Rosa) Corbin, died 1777; married John Spinks; died Unknown.
  iv.   William Corbin, died Bef. June 01, 1733 in King George County, Virginia.
  v.   Elizabeth Corbin, born Abt. 1705 in Virginia; died Unknown.
  vi.   Rayley Corbin, born Abt. 1707 in Virginia; died Unknown.


      576. Nathaniel Davis, born 1650 in Devonshire, England; died 1710 in New Kent County, Virginia(Later Hanover County, Virginia). He married 577. Elizabeth (Mary) Hughes Abt. 1675 in New Kent County, Virginia.

      577. Elizabeth (Mary) Hughes, born 1654 in Jamestown Island, Virginia; died Unknown in New Kent County, Virginia (Later Hanover County). She was the daughter of 1154. Trader (John?) Hughes and 1155. Nicketti Powhatan.

Notes for Nathaniel Davis:
The following excerpt comes from the "Biographical Genealogies of the Virginia-Kentucky Floyd Families".
James River Valley from the settlement at Richmond up to the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. In a region which was little more than a primeval forest, now known as Amherst County, a dozen miles distant from this was the commodious bungalow of Nathaniel Davis, a Welshman by descent, and one of the very early settlers in this region. He made quite a large fortune by trading with the Catawba and other Indians, and by locating choice river-bottom lands from the present site of Lynchburg up to the Balcony Falls.

The following comes from Marriages of Virginia Residents, Volume I, Part II, Surnames C-D:
Nathaniel Davis married Elizabeth Hughes, daughter of _________ and Princess Nicketti. Kegley..page 23.

The following comes from 17th Century Colonial Ancestors, page 69, 1600s-1900s.
Davis, Nathaniel (____ c1704) Va; married Wickette (Indian).
Shipmaster; Trader.

The following comes from "The Kinnears and Their Kin", page 356 (The Cabells and Their Kin, by Alexander Brown)
THE DAVIS FAMILY. A TRADITION
"Opechancanoug, the celebrated Chief of the Powhatans, who was brutally murdered while a prisoner in 1644, left a lovely young daughter, the child of his old age, the Princess Nicketti - - "She who sweeps the dew from the flowers." Some years after this graceful maiden had reached the years of mature womanhood a member (the name is not given) of one of the old Cavalier families of Virginia, "Fell in love with her and she with him," and the result was a clandestine marriage, and a half-breed Indian girl who married about the year 1680, a Welshman (others say a native of Devonshire, England), named Nathaniel Davis, an Indian Trader, and, according to some accounts, a Quaker, and from this alliance many notable people in the East and in the West have descended.
Their daughter Mary Davis (born 1685, married Samuel Burks of Hanover (the ancestors of the Burks family of Virginia), and their daughter, Elizabeth Burks, married Captain William Cabell, the Ancestors of the Cabells.
Another daughter, Martha Davis, married Abraham Venable, the ancestor of the Venables. ( I believe that Martha Davis was the daughter of Robert Davis and Abadiah Lewis)
Robert Davis, Sr., a son (the ancestors of "The Black Davis' of Kentucky, and from whom Jefferson Davis descended) had a daughter, Abadiah (or Abigail) Davis, who married William Floyd, the ancestor of the Floyds of Virginia and of the West. A daughter, or grand-daughter, of the quaker married General Evan Shelby of Maryland, the ancestor of the Shelby's of the West. Samuel and Philip Davis of the Blue Mountains were sons, and there may have been other sons and daughters."

More About Elizabeth (Mary) Hughes:
Fact 1: Name also seen as Mary Elizabeth Hughes.
     
Children of Nathaniel Davis and Elizabeth Hughes are:
  i.   Robert (The Black Davis) Davis, born 1676 in New Kent County, Virginia (later Hanover Co.); died Bet. 1772 - 1773 in Natchez, Adams County, Mississippi (then Georgia); married (1) Abadiah (Abby) Lewis Abt. 1700 in Virginia; born 1680 in Virginia; died Bef. 1727 in Georgia; married (2) Grace Unknown Abt. 1722; died Unknown; married (3) Anna Atkins Aft. 1726 in Virginia; died Unknown.
  Notes for Robert (The Black Davis) Davis:
The following comes from the "Biographical Genealogies of the Virginia and Kentucky Floyd Families"
Robert Davis who became, when quite young, his father's agent and assistant in business. On account of his densely black hair and eyes, and his dark Indian complexion was nicknamed, "The Black Davis", to differentiate between him and his fair haired father. He married quite young, and removed to Georgia with his bride. After the Floyd 's went to Kentucky several of the Davises removed there from Georgia and settled in the Eastern part of Christian County, Kentucky, which part was named Todd, after the division of the County. One of the descendants of Robert Davis was born in Todd County and carried to Mississippi as a weanling, lived to become the President of The Confederate States of America, his name was Jefferson F. Davis.

According to the book "Venables of Virginia", by Elizabeth Marshall Venable, 1925, the following excerpt comes:
Hugh Lewis came first with his wife and daughter, Abadiah Lewis and lost his wife in America and returned to Britain with Abadiah, his only daughter and both returned again to America, in Virginia, with Robert Davis, who came away without the consent of his parents, and served four years in Virginia, King and Queen, for his passage, and then married Abadiah Lewis, with whom he had immigrated.

The following comes from "The Reads and Their Relatives", page 132
Nathaniel Venable of "Slate Hill", married Martha Davis, born July 14, 1702, died February 18, 1765, daughter of Robert Davis, Sr., and Abadiah Lewis, daughter of Captain Hugh Lewis and his wife Elizabeth of Barbados and Virginia. Robert Davis ran away from home and had to serve four years in King and Queen County to pay for his passage to Virginia. Then he married Abadiah Lewis, with whom he and her father had made the voyage from England, which was their second one.
There has been current a fanciful tale, mentioned by Alex. Brown in his Cabells and Their Kin, that Robert Davis was descended from " a Virginia Cavalier and the Indian Princess Nicketti." The myth, it seems, originated from the fact of the marriage of Robert's daughter, Abadiah, or "Abby" Davis, with William Floyd, who was descended from a half-breed Indian. As it is only the Floyd connection which keeps the name "Nicketti" among its daughters, this appears fairly obvious. Robert Davis was of a somewhat less romantic and more British ancestry. Another one of his daughters married General Evan Shelby; and a son, Robert Davis, Jr. went to Kentucky and was the forebear of President Jefferson Davis.

The following excerpts comes from "Louisville's First Families", A Seried of Genealogical Sketches, by Kathleen Jennings, Published by: The Standard Printing Company...Louisville, Kentucky, 1920.
The parents of the ioneers, Colonel William Floyd and his wife Abediah (or Abigail) Davis, were of Welsh descent and the family tradition that there is a strain of Indian blood in the Davis family is sustained by old photographs of various descendants, while high cheek bones and blue black hair are noticeable in some generations of each branch of the Floyd connection. Abediah Davis Floyd, through her father Robert Davis, who acquired vast properties in Amherst County, Virginia, trading with the Catawba Indians according to the tradition, was a lineal descendant of Opechancanough, brother of Powhatan, Princess Nicketti, the chieftains daughter, marrying Nathaniel Davis, of Wales. (Note: Princess Nicketti married Trader Hughes not Nathaniel Davis...he married Elizabeth Hughes..Nicketti and Trader Hughes' daughter).

Nathaniel's second marriage was to Mary Atkins, who was the sister of his stepmother, Elizabeth Atkins.

Anna Cartlidge notes that Robert Davis, having lost his land in Amherst County, Virginia in a disputed filing by a Nicholas Davis, removed to Natchez, Mississippi, then Georgia, by July 1759, where "we find him in Georgia with his wife, five children and 13 slaves, petitioning for a grant on the south side of the Sapala River, known by the name of Cedar Point".

General information on Mississippi, Georgia and Tennessee and South Carolina.
The following comes from Mississippi History: In 1800 the present state (Mississippi) lay in several jurisdictions; from the gulf to 31 degrees, in Spanish Louisiana; from 31 degrees to the parallel of the Yazoo, in Mississippi Territory; and from the Yazoo northward nearly to Tennessee, in Georgia.
Congress bought out the claims of Georgia in the West in 1802, and added the domain to the South Carolina cession naming the whole territory South of the Ohio River, and in 1804 adding it to Mississippi Territory.

Will of Robert Davis O Georgia
Adams County (Natchez) Mississippi
Book ___, Pages 237-239
Dated 5 September 1771

In the name of God, Amen, I Robert Davis of the Province of Georgia, Plan ?***being very sick and weak of body but of perfect memory thanks to be given to ***, calling unto the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appoint**** for all once to die, do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament
that at is to say; principally and first of all I give and commend my soul unto the hands of Almighty God who gave it, and my body I recommend to be buried with a decent Christian burial at the discretion of my executors, nothing************************** same in the following manner and form. First; I give and bequeath to my well beloved son Lewis Davis two Negro slaves, Bowling and Phobe, with a feather bed and its furniture. Secondly; I give and bequeath unto my well beloved son Landon Davis, two Negro slaves, Sam and Sarah, with a feather bed and its' furniture. Thirdly; I give and bequeath unto my well beloved son Hugh Davis, three Negro slaves, Roger, Joe, and Cochena, with a feather bed and its' furniture. Fourtherly; I give and bequeath unto my well beloved wife Grace Davis, one Negro girl, Hannah, forever, with a feather bed and furniture. Fifthly; I lend unto my well beloved Grace Davis, four Negro slaves with their increase, named as follows; Charles, Peg, Harry and Ivy, during her widowhood, and out of the income of the four Negro, Charles, Peg, Harry, and Ivy, to maintain, clothe, school, school, and bring up my son Hugh Davis till he comes to the age of twenty years. If the said Grace Davis should marry or die, then the said four Negroes, Charles, Peg, Harry, and Ivy, with their increase shall be equally divided between Lewis Davis, Landon Davis and Hugh Davis, share and share alike; and if either of my three sons, Lewis, Landon and Hugh +++++++ their increase are divided among the survivors that shall be then living; Sixthly; I give unto my well beloved son Nathaniel Davis, twenty Shillings lawful money of great Britain, likewise I give unto my well beloved son Isom Davis, twenty Shillings lawful money of Great Britain, also I give unto my well beloved son Robert Davis, twenty Shillings lawful money of great Britain, I also give to my beloved daughter Obediah Floyd (probably meant Abadiah Floyd), twenty Shillings lawful money of Great Britain, I also give to my beloved daughter Sarah _ _ rks, twenty Shillings lawful money of Great Britain, I also give to my beloved daughter Elizabeth Sexton twenty Shillings lawful money of great Britain. Seventhly; I give and bequeath unto my three sons Lewis, Landon, and Hugh all the remaining part of my estate real and personal to be equally divided among them share and share alike when the youngest child reaches the age of twenty one years. Lastly, I do hereby constitute, nominate, and appoint my two sons Lewis Davis and Landon Davis and the survivors **** them Executors and Executor of this my last Will and Testament, to pay all my lawful debts and to will out all legacy or legacies as is above mentioned in this my last Will and Testament. In Natchez whereof I have *** my hand and seal the fifth day of September in the year of our Lord, One thousand Seven hundred and Seventy One.
***********************perfect senses in *******************as Witness hereunto
Witness Thomas Spell, Hager Spell, Starling Spell

Referring to John Floyds' wedding to Matilda Burford in 1768, Anna Cartlidge writes:
Among their wedding presents was a grant from John's maternal Uncle, Robert Davis, Jr., of twenty-six acres on the east side of Wilderness Creek in Amherst County. (Amherst Deed Book B, page 372. Land surveyed on 2 December 1768 on the south branch of Maple Creed of Pedlar River)...John was to develop this into a farm he called, "Arcadia".

John Floyds' 1782 Will provides: I give to the youngest son of Robert Davis, deceased, twenty five acres of land in Amherst County where I formally lived. It being the land I had from his father, to him and his heirs forever. I give all my other lands in Amherst County to my father to be disposed of as he shall think fit.

This 25 acres was the farm "Arcadia" where Mourning Floyd was born and her mother, Matilda Burford died.

The following excerpt comes from Virginia Genealogies & Biographies, Disk 2, Virginia and Virginians, Volume (Disk 2), Eminent Virginians.
JOHN FLOYD
The family account commences with three brothers (whom it is fair to presume were the sons of John Floyd, as above): William, John ("who went North"), and Charles Floyd, who migrated to Georgia, and was the ancestor of General John Floyd, of Darien, in that State. William Floyd removed to the county of Amherst, then a wild region, and married there Abidiah, the fifth child of Robert and _____(Hughes) Davis. ***
*** Paragraph at bottom of page. Robert Davis, the father of him of the same name of the text, a native of Wales, removed fro Eastern Virginia and settled in Amherst County about 1720. He became wealthy by traffic with the Catawba Indians, and took up extensive tracts of rich and valuable lands. The tradition in the Floyd family is that he married a half breed Indian girl. This, if true, would account in some meaure for the striking physique of the Colonels John Floyd, father and son. The descendants of Robert Davis are numerous, and their connections embrace the best esteemed of the Virginia families.


  More About Robert (The Black Davis) Davis:
Fact 1: Name also seen as Nathaniel Robert Davis.

  More About Abadiah (Abby) Lewis:
Fact 1: Sometimes seen as Abidiah Lewis.

  ii.   Philip Davis, born 1678; died Unknown.
  288 iii.   Samuel Davis, Sr., born 1680 in Virginia; died Unknown in Possibly Pennsylvania; married Abt. 1701 in Possibly Pennsylvania.
  iv.   Mary Elizabeth Davis, born May 16, 1685 in Hanover County, Virgiia; died Aft. 1756 in Albemarle County, Virginia; married Samuel Burks, Sr. 1704 in Albemarle County, Virginia; born 1680 in Hanover County, Virginia; died Bet. 1755 - 1756 in St. Anne's Parish, Albemarle County, Virginia.
  Notes for Samuel Burks, Sr.:
At the time of Samuel Burkes marriage to Mary Davis, he was of Hanover County, Virginia, the ancestor of several prominent Virginia families.

Samuel came from England about the last of the seventeenth century. Settled in New Kent County, Virginia, later known as Hanover County.

His Will was drawn up in St. Ann's Parish, Albemarle County, Virginia on October 6, 1755 and probated on February 12, 1756, (Will Book, page 23-24).

In The Name Of God: I Samuel Burks of Saint Annes Parrish, County of Albemarle, being of sound mind and memory do make and declare this to be my last Will and testament...First, I give to my son John Peartree Burks...my Negro boy named Prince...to my daughter Mary Smith...my Negro named Lyddia...to my beloved wife Mary Burks during her natural life the use of the following slaves now belonging to me...Toby, Frank, Nan, Phillis, Tom, Simon, Flora, Bess, Sammy, Will and Lucy...to my wife Mary Burks...the use of all my houses and lands...the use of all my personal estate not already disposed of...after my wife's decease the tract of land whereon I now live containing six hundred acres, shall be sold...money arising from the sale...distributed in the following manner...to my daughter Elizabeth Cabell, one shilling sterling money...to my son Samuel Burks...one shilling sterling money...my son Richard Burks...one shilling sterling money, the residue of the said money shall be equally divided between my son John Peartree Burks, Charles Burks and my daughter Mary Smith and my Grandson Samuel Burks...it is my will that my wife shall have all the uses of my lands and of the slaves and the rest of my personal estate...during her life. I desire she may be undisturbed in that possession and...if any person or persons on any pretense whatsoever shall endeavor to disturb or molest her in her said right he, she or they shall be deprived of all benefit of this my Will except one shilling sterling money and the rest of his or her legacies...shall be vested in my said wife....
Lastly, I do appoint my said wife Mary Burks and my friend John Smith, Jan.., Executors of this my last Will and Testament. In Witness Whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 6th day of October in the year of Our Lord 1755. His Samuel (X) Burks (his mark) (L.S.). Signed, sealed and published in the presence of Samuel Hopkins, Jos. Thompson and William (X) Moore (his mark)





  More About Samuel Burks, Sr.:
Fact 1: Name also seen as Samuel King Burks



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