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William Davies

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Son of Rev. Samuel Davies and Jane Holt
Husband of Mary Ann Davies
Father of Mary Ann Whittle

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About William Davies

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Davies_(Virginia)

(According to http://www.victorianvilla.com/sims-mitchell/history/whittleln/obit01/index.htm ):

He was an aide to General George Washington during the Revolution and personal friend of the General.

A commanding officer in the Revolutionary War [10th VA Regiment] and a trusted ally to the Founding Fathers of America. He served gallantly through the Revolution, notably at the Battles of Norfolk, Fort Washington, Brandywine, Trenton and Monmouth. William's wife, Mary Ann Murray, was a direct descendant of the great Indian chief Powhatan through the marriage of his daughter Pocahontas to colonist John Rolfe. William and Mary Ann Davies moved to his plantation and grist mill along the Meherrin River soon after Jefferson was elected President. William Davies is buried in the recently restored family cemetery overlooking Whittle's Mill and the Meherrin River Valley.

William Davies was the son of the Rev. Samuel Davies, fourth president of the College of New Jersey (Princeton), and his second wife Jane Holt of Hanover, Virginia. Following is a biographical sketch written around 1920 by his great-great-granddaughter Ruth Drewry Whittle.

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Col. William Davies was in the Continental army where he commanded chiefly in the first Virginia Regiment. His war record extends over the whole duration of the Revolutionary War. He was with Washington when Andre was taken, and was wounded at the battle of Monmouth. He graduated at Princeton College when 17 years of age and had just gone to Norfolk to reside as a lawyer when the Revolution broke. He served in the war seven years during its whole continuance. He was Aide to Gen. Washington and at one time to Lafayette. He was appointed by Washington to settle claims growing out of the Revolution, between Virginia and the United Colonies. He held this office, which necessitated his being much at New York and Philadelphia, the first Capitols, for ten years until the business was completed. He was collector for the Port of Norfolk to which he was appointed by Washington and held this office until Jefferson's election. He married Mrs. Mary Gordon, who had been a Murray. Her first husband died suddenly leaving one child, Margaret. Col. Davies had four children only one of whom, Mary Ann, lived to be grown.

Col. Davies, after graduating at Princeton College, taught for some time in the College. Richard Stockton the signer of the Declaration of Independence was his guardian, and with him he studied law. He was of a highly cultivated mind as his library and the estimation in which he was held by such men as Gov. Tazewell, Judge Marshall, Geo. Keath, Taylor and many others show. He died at about 56 years of age at his estate in Mecklenburg Co., then called “Davies,” now “Millbank,” and there he and his wife are buried. He received in 1784, 7777 2/3 acres of land for a service of seven years, and his heirs have claim for additional boundryland.

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Col. William Davies was in the Continental army where he commanded chiefly in the first Virginia Regiment. His war record extends over the whole duration of the Revolutionary War. He was with Washington when Andre was taken, and was wounded at the battle of Monmouth. He graduated at Princeton College when 17 years of age and had just gone to Norfolk to reside as a lawyer when the Revolution broke. He served in the war seven years during its whole continuance. He was Aide to Gen. Washington and at one time to Lafayette. He was appointed by Washington to settle claims growing out of the Revolution, between Virginia and the United Colonies. He held this

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William Davies's Timeline

1749
August 3, 1749
1778
1778
Age 28
1805
1805
Age 55
Mecklenburg County, VA, USA
1814
1814
Age 64
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