Re: Rachel DAVIS, Kershaw Co, SC- Edward, Robert, Mason, Winnefred DAVIS
Update: I hired Brent Holcomb (author of many books & editor of SCMAR) to help me with this family.The will of Edward (written 1777 proven 1786) named wife Nelly.On the ORIGINAL will several lines were crossed through.Then at the bottom, it clarified Winifred DAVIS was present at the altering of the will.Then I saw in the Kershaw Co SC deeds Winifred deeding land to Rosier (son of Edward) & in one deed calling Rachel (named dau of Edward in his will) her DAUGHTER.In the will of Edward, one daughter was Winifred Draden (the original is hard to read but it could be Draden)- thus she was listed by her married name.So the Winifred DAVIS at the bottom of the will (or pg 2) could not be the dau Winifred.So who is the Winifred witnessing the altering- who is the Winifred deeding items to children named in Edward's will?The conclusion is that the assumption Winifred was Edward's mother is completely unfounded.The professional and myself think Winifred Davis was Edward's widow- called by nickname Nelly in the body of his will, but signed the will (her mark) as Winifred Davis.
The Robert Davis who lived on Lynches Creek married the widow Mildredge "Amelia" Evans.Robert was around our Davises on Lynches & came to Wayne co, MS 1830 census- then went to Clarke Co (when it opened to whites) with his son Rosier (m Lucinda Wilson).DNA from a desc of Robert Davis does NOT match the line of Edward & Winifred "Nelly"- so there is illigetimacy, or hanky panky or they are NOT related.Only further testing from cousin lines would show if the initial DNA is correct.The best bet is three tests from Edward & Winnifred "Nelly" & three from desc of Robert-then we would really know- but DNA tests are not cheap.So far we only have ONE test from each- it is best to have two to three tests from one line to show we have the RIGHT DNA- so the tests we are comparing right now do NOT match- but it goes with the "assumption" all the wives were faithful (which is why more than one test is recommended- each from collateral cousin lines).So is Robert related- so far the answer is no- but his ONLY Davis assoc were with the line of Edward & Winifred Davis of Kershaw Co, SC.
One thought is Robert (being near Rachel and buying at her estate) is that he was her son.She would have passed FEMALE Davis DNA to her children who took the Davis name- so none of her desc would match the MALE YDNA tests we have done- but Rachel left a will 1803 Kershaw Co, SC and she did NOT name a son Robert.Winifred mentioned Robert in her deed to Rachel- but Robert cannot be her son- he was NOT named in the will of Edward Davis (husband of Winifred ?Nelly").So who was Robert to our Davises is a good question.
Any suggestions that our Davises came from PA are unfounded.We can only prove our Edward was on Lynches Creek in what would become the Kershaw Co area as early as 1765.
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