Re: Rees or Rice Hughes, wife Nicketti
Hi, again, Sharon,
Actually, Catherine Seaman also recites most of the story that is contained in your great aunt's papers.She put this under a subchapter entitled "Oral Traditions" and she gives credit to Alexander Brown, who wrote "The Cabells and their Kin."She also references Edgar Woods' book "Albemarle County in Virginia" and a book by Alfred Percy called "The Amherst County Story." Then a few pages farther on she recites the will of Nathaniel Davis.She does not try to explain the discrepancies.I personally put more credit in an actual will than in an oral tradition, but Ms. Seaman didn't give her opinion one way or the other.Of course, it is always possible that the Nathaniel Davis who died in 1779 was a later Nathaniel.
There is one difference in the oral tradition that Ms. Seaman recites.She writes as follows: "Robert Davis Sr, said to be an ancestor of Confederate President Jefferson Davis, married Abadia Hughes, the daughter of Trader Hughes, and their daughter Abigail married William Floyd, a well educated man of means." If you would like, I would be happy to scan the pages from her book and e-mail them to you or xerox them and mail them by snail mail.I am not swearing to the correctness of Ms. Seaman's work, of course.