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Charles Neely Davis

Also Known As: "Davies"
Birthdate: (94)
Birthplace: London, Middlesex, England
Death: May 13, 1801 (94)
Chatham County, North Carolina, United States
Place of Burial: Snow Camp, Alamance County, North Carolina, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Davis and Mary Davie
Husband of Hannah Elizabeth Davis
Father of Thomas Davis; Sarah Cox; John W. Davis; Mary Moffitt; Hannah Moffit and 5 others
Brother of Mary Davie; John Davie; Sarah Davie; Edward Davis; William Davis and 5 others

Occupation: Weaver, as a boy; drove him to skip off to America.
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From Martha's Extended Family page on Charles Davies:

Charles Davies[1],[2]

  • M, b. circa 1706, d. say 1771
  • Name Variation Charles Davies was also known as Charles Davis.
  • Birth* Charles was born circa 1706 in England.[3]
  • Marriage* He married Hannah Matson on 9 February 1733 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania.[3]
  • Death* Charles died say 1771 in North Carolina .[3]
  • Death2 Conflicting evidence states that he died 13 May 1801 in Chatham County, North Carolina.[2]


  • Hannah Matson b. s 1713, d. 1812
  • Children
    • 1. Thomas Davis+ b. 16 Mar 1734, d. c 1789
    • 2. John Davis+ b. 28 Nov 1735, d. 21 Nov 1806
    • 3. Elizabeth Davis+ b. 12 Feb 1738, d. 24 Jul 1835
    • 4. Sarah Davis+ b. 1739, d. 2 Feb 1813
    • 5. Mary Davis+ b. s 1742, d. 1822
    • 6. Hannah Davis+ b. 14 May 1744, d. 28 Aug 1829
    • 7. Tamar Davis+ b. 11 Jun 1749, d. 25 Aug 1829
    • 8. Abigail Davis+ b. 14 Jul 1751, d. c 1798


1. [S186] Eleanor M. Davis, Davis: A Quaker Family, Charles Davies, the Immigrant, to Pennsylvania about 1725, from there to North Carolina, His Wife, Hannah Matson, and Their Descendants, p. 11-15.

2. [S968] World Family Tree Volume 22, tree 347.

3. [S186] Eleanor M. Davis, Davis: A Quaker Family, Charles Davies, the Immigrant, to Pennsylvania about 1725, from there to North Carolina, His Wife, Hannah Matson, and Their Descendants.

Charles DAVIES[79],[326],[364],[430] was born in 1706 in Blockley, Wales Road, London.[326],[431]

He died on 13 May 1801 in Cane Creek MM, Chatham, North Carolina.[326],[431] (Ben M. Angel notes: Cane Creek MM is actually located at Snow Camp in present Alamance County, earlier Orange County, in North Carolina, and not in Chatham County.)

Charles Davis' father died when he was a boy and his mother put him at the weaver's trade. He was not pleased with his situation so he left England without his mother's knowledge. He landed in about 1724 Philadelphia where he was sold to pay his passage. Charles may have been indentured to a Quaker.

He appears to have adopted many Quaker ways before his actual application for membership to Goshen MM on 21 Nov 1739. His marriage to Hannah Matson was recorded in the Radnor MM minutes, even though it was not actually a Quaker ceremony. He was granted a certificate to Hopewell MM in Virginia in 1742.

Charles and Hannah apparently settled in the Waterford area of Virginia until 1750 when they were given a certificate to Carver's Creek MM in North Carolina. They became charter members of Cane Creek MM when it was formed in 1751.

Charles was recognized as a minister in 1761. Within five years, he was disowned. It appears that he may have disputed the disownment of his daughter Mary Moffitt. He was not mentioned in the records after that time.

Charles probably died in the 1770's. Descendants tell the story that Charles Davis' relatives died during the great plague, leaving money in the Bank of England and Cornish tin-mines of great value. This was supposed to have been left to Charles, but his wife had burned all of his papers so he did not return to England to claim it. Attempts by his descendants to establish claim to this estate were apparently not successful.

Parents: Thomas DAVIE and Mary NORTH.


Spouse: Hannah MATSON.

Hannah MATSON and Charles DAVIES were married on 9 December 1732/3 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[326],[364]

Charles and Hannah were married in a typical Quaker ceremony at the home of Charles Read, Esq., one of his Majesty's Justices for the County and City of Philadelphia. Guests who sighned the marriage document as witnesses included John Matson, Jr., and Daniel Matson, believed to be Hannah's brothers, Evan and Jane George, Richard George, Thos. George, James and Ellin Jones, Enoch Lewis, Mary Andrew, Thos. Evan, Thomas Williamson, Daniel Williams, Edward Williams, and a few others.

Children were:

  • 1. Thomas DAVIS,
  • 2. John DAVIS,
  • 3. Elizabeth DAVIS,
  • 4. Sarah B. DAVIS,
  • 5. Mary DAVIS,
  • 6. Hannah DAVIS,
  • 7. Ruth DAVIS,
  • 8. Thamer DAVIS,
  • 9. Lydia DAVIS,
  • 10. Abigail DAVIS.


Charles came from England (unsubstantiated), and was indentured to a Quaker family in Philadelphia to pay for his voyage. He appears in Quaker MM records, but it is unknown if he was Quaker prior to living with the Quaker family.

Charles went by the name "Davies", but is referred to as "Davis" in some records. His son, Thomas dropped the "e" to become Davis. The Davies name was carried down through Charles' son, John and to some of John's children.

After their marriage, Charles and Hannah Davies moved from Pennsylvania to the Hopewell Monthly Meeting, what is now Frederick Co., VA. In or before 1750 Charles and Hannah moved from Virginia to what is now northwest Chatham Co., NC.

In 1761, Charles was recorded as a Quaker minister. Five years later he was disowned by the Monthly Meeting of Friends. The entry stated that he had complained that the women's minutes were "mixed with an untruth". This may have to do with the disownment of his daughter, Mary Moffitt. She was among a group of women living on Deep River who participated in the marriage contrary to the discipline of Amy Husband.


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Founder of the American Branch of the Davis Family, Charles was born in Wales circa 1700. In the year 1724 he sailed from Wales to America where he first located in Pennsylvania but afterward ( after marrying a Metcalf) settled in Chatham County, North Carolina.

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Charles Neely Davis's Timeline

April 18, 1707
London, Middlesex, England
January 18, 1734
Age 26
Chester County, Province of Pennsylvania
April 14, 1734
Age 26
Chester County, Province of Pennsylvania
September 28, 1735
Age 28
Goshen, Chester County, Province of Pennsylvania
December 12, 1737
Age 30
Newton, Chester County, Province of Pennsylvania
Age 33
Chatham County, Province of North Carolina
May 14, 1744
Age 37
Orange County, North Carolina
Age 37
April 11, 1749
Age 41
Chester County, Province of Pennsylvania, (Present USA)