WILLIAM PRESSLEY DAVIS
SPARTANBURG CO, SC County
SOUTH CAROLINA State Records
Spartanburg County (SC) Deed Book S, page 153, records a deed to John Davis for $250.00, 119 acres of land whereon my father lived at the time of his death, 18 Dec. 1818, proven 3 Feb 1823, signed William Davis. He was William Pressly Davis, Jr. according to the dates.
His father, William Pressley Davis, Sr., hit a man over the head with what the Spartanburg court records say, was a large wooden shovel on January 1, 1803 at William's home. The man died the next day.
SPARTANBURG COUNTY OF GENERAL SESSIONS Journal A 1800-1808, Page 123 March Term 1803
The State vs. Wm. Davis, Indictment murder
The State vs. Wm. Davis, True bill, John Dean Foreman
The State vs. Wm. Davis, On motion of Mr. Solicitor ordered that the prisoner be brought up to the bar and arraigned which was accordingly done and the prisoner not being ready for trial ordered that the trial be postponed until tomorrow.
The State vs. Wm. Davis, On motion of Mr. Solicitor ordered that the prisoner be brought up to the bar and arraigned which was accordingly done. Samuel Kithcart and Jn. N. Creice two of the Petit jurors were objected to by the prisoner. Wm. Ford one of the Petit and Common Pleas Jurors on the original panel was drawn and objected to by the prisoner. Jas. Anderson and Hugh Ervin were drawn and no objections made whereupon the following jury were charged with the trial: John King, Foreman, John Lackey, Arias Brown, Robt. Dunnaway, Edward Herring, Wm. Dalton, Wm. Foster, Thos. Posey, Isaac Wofford, Nathl. Burton, Jas. Anderson, Hugh Ervin.
And they returned the following verdict, Guilty of manslaughter, on motion of Mr. Solicitor ordered that the prisoner be removed.
The State vs. Wm. Davis, On motion of Mr. Solicitor the prisoner being brought up to the bar whereupon the court sentenced him to be branded upon the brawn hand with the letter M on the first day of the session of the next term.
The State vs. Wm. Davis, On motion of Mr. Nott, council for the prisoner and the solicitor showing no cause to the contrary. Ordered that he be admitted to bail himself in the sum of two hundred dollars with four good and sufficient securities in the sum of one hundred each and that he be remanded unto prison until he find such securities.
SPARTANBURG COUNTY COURT OF GENERAL SESSIONS, Coroner Inquest (Loose Papers)
An Inquisition indented taken at the dwelling house of William Davis in the District of Spartanburg 3 Jan 1803.....Rolen Hurcheson came to his death 1 Jan. 1803 at the dwelling house of Wm. Davis....Wm. Davis did with a large wooden shovel strike sd Rolen Hutcheson on the head which did brake the skull by which strike Hutcheson came to his death....Enquirer: Benjamin P. McMicken, Howard Baily, Lemuel Lofton, James Runnels, David McCanahan, Wm. McCanahan, John Robnett, Daniel Evins, John McDaniel, Ezekiel Farmer, Jas. Wilson, Thomas Booker, James Powel
3 Jan 1803 Testimony of Isaac Wood
3 Jan 1803 Testimony of Daniel Delaney
1 Apr 1803 Bond signed by Wm. Davis, Securities DAVID DAVIS (X), Wm. Wood, John Mason, Thos, Reese (Rice)
STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA MISC. RECORDS Vol34 Page 580
By his excellency James B. Richardson Governor and Commander in Chief in and over the State...Whereas at a court of General Sessions....At Spartanburg Court House in and for the District of Spartanburg on Mnday the 28th day of March last before Judge Brevard, William Davis was indicated for manslaughter found guilty and sentenced to be branded in the hand with the letter M. Now know ye that....I have thought it fit to pardon, remit and release the said William Davis from the conviction.
aforesaid...Dated 21 May 1803
"Among others receiving grants of land in Greenville County (SC) during the year 1784 were John Earle, John Winn, Sr., John Milling, Joseph Hughs, Henry Woolf, Thomas Farrow, William Giles, William Goodlet, Captain William Smith, James McElheney, John Gowin, George Martin, James Winn, John Winn, David Milling, Robert Gilliland, Alexander Johnson, Michal Persal, Alexander mcElheney, Thomas Jenkins, John Goodwin, JOHN CLARK, Kilpatrick, John Henderson, Joseph Atkinson, Samuel Earle, WILLIAM DAVIS, Alexander Ray, Thomas Rowland, Henry Metcher, William Brandon, Joseph Whitner, John Timmons, JOHN DAVIS, John Langston, Joseph Reynolds, Abraham Case, Ferdin'd Hopkins, Rachel Gaugh, John Lindsey, Joseph McLaughlen, Henry Wells, Robert Goodlett, John McQueen, Uriah Conner, Joseph McJunkin, William Anderson, JOHN DAVIS and James Jorden."
Source: "History of Greenville County, South Carolina: narrative and biographies, James McDowell Richardson, Atlanta, GA, A. H. Cawston, 1930, 333 pages, page 56 Fayetteville Library (Heritage Quest, click on places, (an on-line book, use acrobat to print)
WILLIAM PRESSLEY DAVIS,
born about 1755 Norfolk Co, VA (in a part that was formerly Middlesex Co, VA)
died 1803-1810 Spartanburg Co, SC, wife's name unknown. Two sons (one was John) the other Elias? 8 daughters. Had a slave in a census.
Father: DAVID DAVIS (brother of JOHN DAVIS of Spartanburg Co, SC)
Mother: David Davis' first wife JEAN BUNTIN.
(David Davis, brother of John Davis, md2 Elinor Clark, dau of William Clark and Mary Mitchell, dau of William, their eldest son was David Davis, Jr. (half-brother of William Pressley Davis) md Rebecca McMackin, dau of William.
William Pressley Davis had a full brother THOMAS DAVIS d 1800 Thomas estate probated Spartanburg Co, SC, md MARY CLARK, she md2 JOHN SLOAN of Spartanburg Co, SC.
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