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Major Thomas Davis

Birth1611
 
Death20 SEP 1683
 
Aged: 72.7 years
Thomas Davis was born in Virginia c. 1613 and died before 1683 in Nansemond Co., VA. He married 1) Rebecca or Elizabeth Christian ca. 1635 and they had children James, Thomas, Richard, William and Mary Davis; he wed 2) Mary Bowers. (One account says James was the son of Mary Bowers.)

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Major Thomas Davis was born in 1612/13 in Jamestown (Chuckatuck), Nansemond County, Virginia. He was the son of Captain James Davis and Rachell Keyes. Major Thomas Davis married Elizabeth Davis circa 1639/40.2,3 Major Thomas Davis died before 20 September 1683 in Nansemond County, Virginia.

The Davis family, James, Rachell and young Thomas who must have been about 4 at the time, appear to have made a trip to England and are shown on Passenger and Immigration Lists returning to Virginia in 1617 on the "George." This appears to be when they brought with them and paid transport for George Cooke and Alice Mulleines.4,5

Thomas was shown to be the son of Captain James Davis based on the following grant to him of land in Isle of Wight:
Granted by the Governor and Captain General of Virginia, Sir John Harvey, Kt., to "Thomas Davis, Planter, of Warwicksqueick, sonn & heir apparant to James Davis, Gent., late of Henerico in Va., dec'd., 300 acs. abutting Ely. on Warwicksqueicke Cr. about 2 mi. from the mouth, beg. at a point of land called the redd point, extending Wly. up the Cr. &c. 6 Mar. 1633, p. 128. In right of his father, an Ancient Planter for his per. devdt; 100 acs. for trans. of 2 servts.: Georg Cooke, Alice Mulleines whoe came in the George 1617 & 100 acs. in right or Rachell Davis, Mother to sd. Thomas, for her per. devdt., whoe was an Ancient Planter." (Nugent)

The Virginia Asssembly had decreed that planters who came at their own cost before the coming away of Sir Thomas Dale, that is prior to April 1616, should have on the first division of land, 100 acres for their own personal adventure and also the same for every single share, amounting to the sum of 12-10-0 paid into the London Company of Virginia. This was the reason that Captain Thomas Davis received this grant of land, as the heir of his father. His mother Rachell Davis was probably dead long before 1633.6,7,8

Purse & Person further states that Thomas sold 50 acres of this tract on 13 July 1636 to Ambrose Meador and John White and on 23 Sept. 1648 sold 200 acres of the same to John Moone, the consideration for the latter being 2000 pounds of tobacco and the deed reciting that Thomas Davis was "of Nansemond." (Isle of Wight Wills & Patent Bk.) Thomas Davis had many other land grants, deeds and patents which can be viewed by clicking here.9

In 1637, Thomas appears to have settled in the area which became the Upper County of New Norfolk in 1637 and Nansemond in 1642, as evidenced by two patents, one of May 22nd and the other dated November 23rd of 1637 in which he was given 400 acres. And 7 years later, on August 10th 1644, he was granted 300 acres which adjoined the land of Thomas Jordan, deceased. "The latter grant included his original 100 acres in the Upper County of New Norfolk assigned to him 22 May 1637."10

An affidavit in the Admiralty Court in London in 1639 was made by Thomas Davis, born 1613, son of Captain James Davis, in which he stated he was "A Merchant of Chuckatuck in Virginia, aged 26 years" (Bodie).11,12

In 1654 he was a Justice of Nansemond but "at his request on October 11, 1660 he was dismissed from the county commision by the General Assembly."13

According to Purse & Person, this Major Thomas Davis should not be confused with another Thomas Davis or Captain Thomas Davis of Warwick River "who in the muster of 1624/5 gave his age as 40 years, stating he came in the John & Francis in 1623. This Capt. Thomas Davis of the muster owned land in Elizabeth City, 1624, in that part which became Warwick River County. He was Burgess for Warwick in 1655-56 and sheriff, 1663-64, and died by 2 Nov. 1671 when land formerly owned by him was regranted" (See MCGC, Leonard & Bodie). There seems to have been a question of whether this Captain Thomas Davis of Warwick and Major Thomas Davis of Nansemond are one and the same and it seems they are not.14,15

In 1662, Warfield notes that Thomas acquired lands in Somerset County, Maryland and probably resided in Maryland for several years thereafter but returned to Virginia prior to his death.1

In 1674, Major Thomas Davis and Mr. Barneby Kearney were summonded to the grand jury and paid 200 pounds of tobacco as a fine for not appearing.16

ChildrenFirst NameBirth DtDeath DtBirth PlaceSpouses
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James 

abt 1642abt 1690  VA Margaret Jordan 
2+

Sarah 

16451712  VA, Isle of Wight Co John Sanders II 
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