Re: Rees or Rice Hughes, wife Nicketti
Thanks for the information about the books.I had heard of the Cabell book, but not the Kegley book. I will try to find copies of them to read. Catherine Seaman wrote about Nathanial Davis as well as Princess Nicketti in her book "Tuckahoes and Cohees."Here is what she wrote about the ancestry of Princess Nicketti:
"The genealogy of Opechancanough's descendants is biologically possible although Opechancanough was said to be nearly 100 years old when he was murdered in 1644.The daughter of his old age, Nicketti, may have been born when he was in his 70s (by 1614) and she may have married in the early 1630s.Nicketti's daughter, who was married about 1680, must have been born in the late 1650s when Nicketti was in her late thirties."
This almost certainly rules out Rees/Rice Hughes as the man who "married" Princess Nicketti, because Rees does not appear to have been born until 1625-1630.Therefore, he could not have married Nicketti in 1630. Of course, there might have been an earlier Hughes who formed a union with Nicketti or some other Indian woman.
This also pretty much rules out Princess Nicketti as the mother of Elizabeth who married Nathaniel Davis.Nathaniel Davis died in Amherst County in 1779, naming his wife Elizabeth and his children Charles, Robert, Isham, James, Nathaniel, Elizabeth, Sarah, Thedosha, Matilda and Nancy in his will (Will Book 2, page 83.)The average life span at this time was 60 years, but even if we grant Nathaniel an 80 year life span, this means he was born around 1700.Therefore, he could not have married Elizabeth, the daughter of Nicketti, in 1680.Perhaps Elizabeth was the granddaughter or even the great granddaughter of Nicketti, or some other Indian woman.
Do you know which one of Nathaniel's sons was called the "black Davis"?