Doddridge County Roots

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William "Greenbrier Billy" DAVIS

Male 1758 - 1845  (86 years)


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  • Name William "Greenbrier Billy" DAVIS 
    Born 21 Mar 1758  Shrewsbury, Monmouth Co, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Military Pvt, New Jersey Militia, Revolutionary War  [1, 2, 3
    Residence 1797  Greenbrier Run (Salem), Doddridge Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence Apr 1833  Middle Island, Doddridge Co, (W)VA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Died 6 Jan 1845  Greenbrier Run (Salem), Doddridge Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried Seventh Day Baptist Church Cemetery, Salem, Harrison Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 5
    Person ID I37803  Doddridge County Roots
    Last Modified 3 Jun 2021 

    Father Thomas William DAVIS,   b. 15 May 1719, Westerly, Washington Co, RI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Jul 1791, Monongalia Co, (W)VA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Mother Tacy CRANDALL,   b. 1721, Westerly, Washington Co, RI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Jun 1795, Monongalia Co, (W)VA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years) 
    Married 8 Dec 1737  Westerly, Washington Co, RI Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F15033  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Elizabeth JOHNSTON,   b. 11 Jul 1762, Shrewsbury, Monmouth Co, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Jan 1845  (Age 82 years) 
    Married CA 1781  [1
    Notes 
    • In 1794 John P. Duvall of Mason, Kentucky sold to John Davis (1754-1842) of Harrison County, Virginia 500 acres on Middle Island Creek in Ohio County, Virginia for 500 pounds. This land adjoined John P. Duvall's resident right which he had obtained from Land Office Treasury Warrant No. 15,345, dated April 2, 1783. On December 11, 1797, John Davis of Harrison County, Virginia sold to his brother William "Greenbrier Billy" Davis of Ohio County, Virginia for 100 pounds the same 500 acres he had purchased from John P. Duvall in 1794 [Harrison County Deed Book 3, p. 264].

      On June 17, 1805, William "Greenbrier Billy" Davis sold to his son Peter Davis (1783-1873) for 100 dollars 60 acres described as "on Middle Island Creek, corner of John P. Duvall's resident right" [Harrison County Deed Book 5, Page 522]. Given this description, it is clear that these 60 acres were part of the 500 acres originally purchased from John P. Duvall.

      On August 15, 1809, Peter Davis sold those 60 acres to his brother George J. Davis [Harrison County Deed Book 8, p. 258]. On November 9, 1827, George J. & Catherine (Davis) Davis sold to William Fitz Randolph those same 60 acres plus 16 additional adjoining acres previously owned by John & Esther (Davis) Hutson.

      Based on the foregoing land transactions, we know with certainty that William "Greenbrier Billy" Davis was living on Greenbrier Run in present-day Doddridge County in 1797 when he purchased the 500 acres from his brother John Davis. The provenance of that land was from John P. Duvall to John Davis, to his brother William "Greenbrier Billy" Davis, to his son Peter Davis, to his brother George J. Davis, and then to William Fitz Randolph, (1800-1861) whose two-story brick home is still standing on Greenbrier Run.

      William "Greenbrier Billy" Davis and his wife Elizabeth died on the same day. [1]
    Children 
    +1. Mary DAVIS,   b. 31 Mar 1782, Shrewsbury, Monmouth Co, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Jun 1862, Salem, WV Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
    +2. Peter DAVIS,   b. 16 Sep 1783, Shrewsbury, Monmouth Co, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Mar 1873, Greenbrier Run (Salem), Doddridge Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years)
    +3. Benjamin L. DAVIS,   b. 14 Dec 1785, Shrewsbury, Monmouth Co, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1850, West Union, Doddridge Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years)
    +4. David L. DAVIS,   b. 23 Sep 1787, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1849  (Age 61 years)
    +5. George J. DAVIS,   b. 7 Feb 1790, Monongalia Co, (W)VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Feb 1868  (Age 77 years)
    +6. Rachel DAVIS,   b. 25 Jul 1792, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Apr 1853  (Age 60 years)
    +7. Aseneth DAVIS,   b. 27 May 1793
    +8. Tacy DAVIS,   b. 25 Jun 1801, Virginia (now West Virginia) Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Feb 1872, West Union, Doddridge Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)
     9. Vienna DAVIS,   b. 4 Feb 1804, Doddridge Co, (W)VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 May 1886, Carlton Twp, Tama Co, IA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)
    +10. Sophia L. DAVIS,   b. 4 Nov 1810, Salem, Harrison Co, (W)VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Oct 1881, Richland, Shawnee Co, KS Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)
    Family ID F15037  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 21 Mar 1758 - Shrewsbury, Monmouth Co, NJ Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Seventh Day Baptist Church Cemetery, Salem, Harrison Co, WV Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S83] Davis - The Settlers of Salem, West Virginia, Susie Davis Nicholson, (Gordon Printing Co, Strasburg OH, 1979 (Revised & Enlarged) < www.wvgenweb.org/harrison/books.htm >), p. 13.

    2. [S2624] Military Grave Marker.

    3. [S37] Historical Military Records, (www.fold3.com).

    4. [S37] Historical Military Records, (www.fold3.com), Pension Application.

    5. [S934] Findagrave.com.