Amy Johnson Crow of No Story Too Small has issued a challenge: write one blog post each week devoted to a specific ancestor. It can be a story, a biography, a photograph, an outline of a research problem – anything that focuses on one ancestor.
This week’s theme is “Good Deeds” pointing to a generous ancestor or to ancestors found through land deeds. My mission to join the DAR recently involved a search for SOMETHING – ANYTHING to prove my 2X great grandfather was son of Leonard Davis, son of my patriot. That "something" turned out to be a land deed.
|Rockingham Co, VA Deed Book 32, page 528|
In 1886, my 2X great grandfather Mitchell Davis and his brother Elijah “granted bargained sold and conveyed . . . with general warranty” to their sister Sarah F. Davis their “right, title, interest, expectations and demand in and to the Home farm of said Leonard Davis Estate.” Surely this will be a suitable substitute in the absence of birth and death records.
An earlier deed serves the same purpose. In 1881, Mitchell along with his widowed mother Frances and his siblings sold some land to David Wyant. Frances had a brother David who died in 1882. Possibly the David of this deed was the son of David Wyant. But that is not the interesting part of the transaction. No. The land in question was purchased many years earlier by Leonard Davis and Thomas Marshall.
|Rockingham Co, VA Deed Book 20, page 212|
“Thomas Marshall” caught my eye right away. Leonard was the son of Leonard Davis and the widow Mrs. Mary Marshall. It is possible Thomas was her son from her first marriage, making Leonard and Thomas possibly half-brothers. Worth investigating.
Until now, I have been unable to pin down any information on Mary Marshall Davis. Thomas might provide a clue to uncovering the story of my 4X great-grandmother.
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