134. William Davis & 135. Isabelle ? [NC]
4/1717, John Minner of Chowan prct. on Brook’s Creek joining William Davis. (S) NC PB8, P226.
1748, William served in New Hanover Co. NC Militia during “the Spanish Alarm”, William Dry’s Co.
6/4/1761, William Davis assigned in the division of the estate of Job Howe. (S) New Hanover Court Minutes. [Possibly a son of this William.]
Children of William and Isabelle:
i. James Davis, born ~1740 in NC.
[1829, James’ sister Sarah died during a Cholera epidemic in PerrCo., MS; buried on the land of her brother James Davis.]
ii. Sarah Davis ( 67), born ~1749 in NC
140. Robert Wells/Wails [NC]
[1755 NC Early census: there is a Robert Wellbank, but not a Robert Wells/Wails/…]
3/3/1757, “Robert Wells, Ship Carpenter, was the highest bidder at the sheriff’s sale and bought lot No. 91 on south side of Ann Street.” (S) St. James Church Hist. Rcds., Wilmington, NC, P20. [This property descended to Capt. John Brown – see later records.] An “Account of Pews in the Church” lists “Rob. Wells & Mags Cowen’s Este.”. [Magnus Cowen was a member.]
12/5/1760, “Robt. Wales” called to Jury duty in New Hanover Co. [After returning from an adjournment his name is spelled “Wells”. (S) New Hanover Co. Court Minutes.
3/5/1761, “Robt. Wails” appointed court constable. (S) New Hanover Co. Court Minutes.
1762 in New Hanover Co., NC Robert paid taxes. (S) NC Early Census Index.
6/6/1764, Robert one of the “securities”for the estate of Christopher Dudley. (S) New Hanover Co. Court Minutes.
12/5/1764, 3/6/1765, 3/4/1767, 7/6/1768, Robert a member of the Grand Jury. (S) New Hanover Co. Court Minutes.
9/1765, “Rob Wells” a member of St. James Church.
1/15/1766, “To be sold or Let, The House and Lot now occupied by Robert Wales, a little below Mr. Purviences’s Tar-house.” (S) The North Carolina Gazette of Wilmington, NC.
1/4/1769, Robert “Wailes” a member of the Grand Jury. (S) New Hanover Co. Court Minutes.
4/4/1771, Robert “Wails” surety for a John Walker. (S) New Hanover Co. Court Minutes. [Note: prior to this date Robert is the only Wails/Wales/Wells in the records. After this date a “Martin” also appears.]
1/8/1773, Robert “Wells” a member of a Jury. (S) New Hanover Co. Court Minutes.
7/7/1785, Robert “Wells” one of the “securities”for the estate of John Kirkwood. (S) New Hanover Co. Court Minutes.
(S) 1790 Census, NC, New Hanover Co. Robert Wells: 2,2,1; 3 slaves.
4/8/1791, “R. Wells” surety for John Swann, John Brown Coroner. (S) New Hanover Co. Court Minutes.
5/1/1792, John Brown appointed administrator of estate of Robert Wells.
8/21/1792, “Estate of Robert Wells, Decd. – Inv. filed by John Brown.” (S) New Hanover Co. Court Minutes.
Children of Robert and ?:
i. Martin Wails/Wells ( 70), born ~1750 in New Hanover Co., NC.
ii. Unknown daughter, born ?
Unknown married John Brown.