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Re: Benjamin Davis b. Bucks Co., 1721
Posted by: Emily Pritchard Cary (ID *****2890) Date: April 14, 2002 at 08:10:58
In Reply to: Re: Benjamin Davis b. Bucks Co., 1721 by Joseph Reed Williams of 2288

You have requested the contact number of Lynn Davis. It is: A number of Davis descendants frequently contact one another and he (or she) passes around the information submitted by them.

I am descended from Rachel Davis who married Thomas Pritchard, Sr. in Loudoun County. Her aunt Sarah Davis (spinster) and uncle John Davis were born in Wales, and it was through John's will that I learned the family founded Cilfowyr Baptist Chapel in Manordeifi Parish, Cardigan, Wales, which I have since visited a number of times. The research I have done so far indicates that Rachel's father probably was Thomas Davis, Sr. who was married to Margaret ??? and died in Loudoun County, Virginia on May 06, 1758. Other records hint that he may have been John Davis, b. 1719 Chester County, PA, son of Rev. John Davis (a mystery person who keeps cropping up in individual records) and Cecelia Fitzhugh Edderington. John died March 15, 1785 in Fairfield County, South Carolina. It is true that he left something to a daughter Rachel married to a Pritchard, but I have found no proof of my Rachel's relationship to him. On the other hand, Loudoun court records definitely connect my Rachel Davis Pritchard to Sarah and John who died November 09, 1791.

While living in Northern Virginia, I ran across Benjamin in the Loudoun courthouse records, but never was able to make any connection with my line. I understand that there were two distinct Davis families in the Leesburg area at the time. One from Bucks County were possibly Quakers. My line was Baptist and established the Short Hill Baptist meeting house, portions of which still exit near the intersection of Short Hill Mountain Road (now Knollwood Road) and Short Hill Church Road (now Allder School Road). The church, rebuilt twice, has fallen into disrepair in recent years. At the time of my visit in 1990, several graves appeared to have been disturbed, possibly many years earlier.

By the way, I grew up in Swarthmore, PA near Philadelphia, and found an old map of the area which shows a town of Neshaminy just south of Willow Grove. My husband recalls that it basically consists of new housing developments. However, the Neshaminy Creek wends its way from that village through Bucks County, ending at a state park where Neshaminy Falls feed into the Delaware River. I am sorry that I can be of no more help.

Emily P. Cary

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