- Note - in 1816, Anne HARRELL was shown as the wife of Jacob HARRELL in her father (John DAVIS) will. I have always thought that she was the wife of Jacob the s/o William d. 1822. Perhaps her given name was Margaret Anne? Was Margaret a 2nd wife to Jacob s/o William?
Source: Melinda Larson
Notes for Anne DAVIS
The children of John DAVIS II appear in an order book on 14 Feb 1816 when Jesse EVANS brought suit against the heirs of John DAVIS named as follows; John, George, William, Abraham, Larkin JOHNSON and his wife Polly who was a DAVIS, Charles J. WOODSON and his wife Caty who was a DAVIS, Spencer LEHUE and his wife Peggy who was a DAVIS, Jacob HARRELL and his wife Anne who was a DAVIS, Jacob WHITMORE and his wife Nancy who was a DAVIS and William FERGUSON and his wife Susannah who was a DAVIS.
The 1812 document says that Anne is over fourteen but not 21, so she could have been nearing 18 or 19 when Abram was born but also as young as 16. It doesn't make a big difference how old she was..
If Abram was born 1811, he still would be underage in 1830. In 1812 Anne was not married to Jacob (see below)
In 1814 Anne was married to Jacob. All of this works to make Abraham underage in 1830 and over 21 in 1836. If Abram was born in 1811or1812, then Anne was not married to Jacob at the time of his birth. That opens the way for someone other than Jacob to be the father of Abram, so I'm considering Abraham Sr. as a suspect.
We have good evidence that Jacob and Ann were married on/before 1814 which is about the time Abraham D. was born. I don?t believe, but can?t prove, Abraham D. is the biological son of Jacob. The reference to 1816 and the court case also shows Jacob as being married to Ann. We think Ann Harrell (daughter) was born 1817 - this must be the child of Ann Davis Harrell because it doesn?t make sense to me that Ann died before this child was born and Jacob hurriedly married Hannah and Hannah gave birth to Ann Harrell in 1817.
Jacob?s next child was Mary Jane Harrell Oct, 1821. I don?t think we have any evidence that Ann Davis Harrell was with Jacob in 1821. (Mary Jane b. 1821 must be the daughter of Hannah and Jacob Harrell. HB)
Source: Bill Thielbahr, 6/27/2015
1812 - Aug 11: Polly (also Mary, the same name as her mother-in-law) Davis, the widow of John Davis, Jr. and John P. Nye were appointed administrators of the estate. The following month, Abraham and Anne Davis, orphans of John Davis, who were over fourteen (but not yet of age) chose John L. Lindenberger their guardian. They were probably the youngest children in the family. Family researchers believe that because of the wide distribution of the ages of the children, Mary must be a second wife and not the mother of the eldest children.
Anne wasn't married in 1812 according to the above document. Anne had married Jacob according to the document below before 1814. So, 1813 is the closest date we can arrive at for Anne's marriage to Jacob. GLH
1814 -A lawsuit filed by Henry Hufford in 1814 (ended in 1817) names the
children and heirs of John Davis, Jr., deceased. They were John Davis, III,
George Davis, William Davis, Larkin Johnson and his wife, Polly, William
Ferguson and Susannah, Spencer Lehue and wife, Peggy, Charles J. Woodson and
wife, Caty, Jacob Harrell and wife, Anne, and Abram Davis. In addition Henry
Hufford stated that he had married Elizabeth, a daughter of John Davis,
deceased, and that she had died on May 10, 1813, after her father, but they
had been promised a tract of one acre one-fourth and twenty-eight poles
adjoining William Hay, and including a line crossing Cedar Run, for which he
had never received a deed. The Ferguson's and George Davis were not
inhabitants of Virginia at the time of the suit. In 1816 the court orders
refer to all of the same heirs in a suit brought by Jesse Evans, but added
Jacob Whitmore and Nancy Whitmore (father & daughter). Those suit papers
have not been located, but in 1813 Henry Hufford was appointed guardian for
Nancy, orphan of Jacob Whitmore. In an early case Jacob Whitmore was
identified as the son-in-law of John Davis. [Wythe County Chancery, Hufford
vs. Davis' Reps., 1817-27-CC (New Number 601); Wythe County Court Order Book
1812-1815, p. 99; Order Book 1815-1820, p. 41; Chancery, Davis Vs. Woolford,
1807-03]2 Vol IV, pp. 106-107.
1816, Jacob Harrell of Wythe County, VA
February 14, 1816; The following mentioned as co-defendants in a suit: John Davis, George Davis, William Davis, Abraham Davis, Larkin Johnson and Polly his wife, Spencer Lehue and Peggy his wife, Jacob Harrell and Anne his wife, Jacob Whitmore and Nancy Whitmore and William Ferguson and Susanna his wife, the legal representatives of John Davis, who departed this life intestate.
Source: Abstracts of Court Orders of Wythe County, Virginia, 1811-1820, Volume 2, by Mary B. Kegley, 1997, p. 66.
The children of John Davis, II, appear in an order book on February 14, 1816 when Jesse Evans brought suit against the heirs of John Davis
named as follows: John , George , William , and Abraham Davis , Larkin Johnson [usually Johnston] and his wife Polly who was a Davis , Charles J. Woodson and his wife Caty who was a Davis , Spencer Lehue and his wife Peggy who was a Davis, JACOB HARRELL AND HIS WIFE ANNE, WHO WAS A DAVIS, Jacob Whitmore and his wife Nancy who was a Davis, and appears to have married second Henry Hufford , William Ferguson and
his wife Susanna, who was a Davis (Wythe County Will Book 9, pp . 80,81; Wythe county Order Book 1815-1820, p. 41; Order Book 1812-1815 , p. 99) .
Heirs of John Davis, Jr listed in the below deed.:
Deed, Robert Crockett et al. to Isaac Lehue, 17 May 1816
Wythe County Deed Book 6, p. 426, Wythe County, Virginia
In 1819 or 1820, in another court case, the heirs were again listed. In that court case both Anne and her husband Jacob Harrell were listed. Reference: Elsie Spry Davis "Some Ancestors and Descendants of David Johnston". Page 52
Also, on page 52 it lays out the Hufford court case with some surprising info. The court case on 25 May 1818 was the case cited by Jack and given to us by John W. and Lee - not beginning 1814. Hufford filed suit against the other heirs of John Davis Jr. and ONLY Ann Davis (not Jacob) was mentioned. Then, according to this source, "Another court case in 1819 or 1820 named the same heirs except . . . Anne had married Jacob Harrell . . ."
Email, Bill Thielbahr, 6/28/15
To be specific, because people can get confused over the properties in the 1814/16 and the 1818 case, brought by the same Henry Hufford, these properties are:
1. 1814 case: John Davis Jr. promised Hufford and his wife Elizabeth Davis a tract of one acre one-fourth and twenty-eight poles adjoining William Hay, and including a line crossing Cedar Run, for which he had never received a deed.
2. 1818 case: John Davis Jr. promised to give a lot in Evansham to Hufford and his wife Elizabeth Davis at the time of their marriage. If Davis did not make such conveyance, Davis would pay Hufford 100 pounds to build a house on Davis? lot. Hufford built the house, Davis died intestate and never conveyed the lot to Hufford.
Email, Bill Thielbahr, 6/28/15
Jacob and Anne had "Tenant rights" to a tract of land Mary Davis had obtained in her widows dower in 1814-1817. That tract of 30 acres was located in Eversham (Wytheville) and when Mary's estate was divided in 1830 Abram Harrell claimed his mothers share. I am of the opinion that Jacob and Anne lived on that 30 acre tract.. That is the tract Abram sold his share in to Brown in 1836. G. Lee Hearl 6/20/15
We found 3 deeds where Abram D. Harrell had sold property on the same day in 1836 in Wythe Co. - 2 of the 3 properties were part of the dower of Mary Davis, dec?d (who was wife of John Davis Jr.). The 3rd deed represented 1/10th division of property of John Davis Jr. (there were 10 heirs). One of these deeds (from Mary?s dower) stated the fatherof Abram D. Harrell was "Jacob Harrell" who, under the provisions of this particular deed, "is tenant by courtesy thereof" which in property law language means he can live on this particular property for life but does not own the property. The words "is tenant" suggests this father Jacob Harrell was alive in 1836. There was no mention of Abraham?s mother on any of the 3 deeds. (Copies of Deeds from GL Hearl)
Source: Bill Thielbahr 6/20/15
"(5) One other item of interest although not the first name of the Harrells you are seeking. There were three deeds made by Abraham D. (Abram) Harrell in 1836, and it stated that he was of "the United States Navy" a rare designation in deeds here. It said his father was Jacob, and referenced the Davis family, so this appears to be a descendant of Jacob who married the daughter of John Davis, Jr."
It clearly says Abraham D. Harrell of US Navy, and mentioned Mary widow of John Davis, deceased who was assigned her dower in land of her deceased husband and Abraham's part being an undivided tenth part (interest) subject to the life estate of his father Jacob Harrell who is tenant by courtesy.
How I interpret this is that Jacob married into the family of Davis and he had a life estate (one of ten) in the property as widower of the _______Davis woman . Abraham says he is son of Jacob.
Source Email from Mary Kegley via Bill Thielbahr 6/11/2015.
I checked one other item: Because the deed in 1836 says Jacob Harrell "is" that means he is alive. Found a Jacob who died in 1853. Do you have him? Also noted Ann Davis's brother was Abraham...guess that's where the name came from.
Source: Email from Mary Kegley via Bill Thielbahr 6/11/2015
Lee - I am thinking Ann/Annie Harrell b. abt 1817 could have been the daughter of Anne Davis b. 1793 (middle wife of Jacob) and Jacob Harrell. Ann 1817 was first married to James M. Whitley/Wheatley in 1841, and James died about 1848. Ann then married Andrew Jackson Davis in 1850. You said "it appears that Jacob had no other children than Abraham by Anne (1793) because none except Abraham Davis Harrell appear as Anne's heirs". Since Ann Harrell 1817 married Andrew Jackson DAVIS, I think Ann's husband would be the one to receive any Davis inheritance. Andrew Jackson Davis was the son of Abraham Davis, brother to Anne Davis b. 1793, and son of John Davis Jr. Can you follow this and does it make any sense? HBonner 6/25/15