I always end up frustrated when I try to find genealogy rather than letting genealogy find me. Searching for one name is like looking for a needle in a haystack. It is nearly impossible to find, and if you do find it, then you must search the more to make sure it is the very same person, and not another with the same name, that you are looking for. It is so much easier, for me anyway, to open a file, start reading from the beginning, and let the pieces of the lives of a family come together. Without fail, eventually, I will stumble across how that family is related to me.
That is the way it happened with the Blog, Old Seth Williams. The estate file for Seth Williams Jr yielded information on multiple families that I knew nothing about before. The best thing is that I broke through a brick wall with Mary Polly Davis Henderson, the wife of Lockey Henderson. For years, researchers had been searching for her parents, and now I know who they are.
If you read the Blog, Old Seth Williams, you learned that Matthew Davis Sr had purchased the interest of Thomas Williams, the brother of Seth Williams Jr, both the sons of Old Seth Williams. I found the estate file of Matthew Davis Sr, who died around 1857, in Randolph County, North Carolina. In that estate file I came across Green Davis, the son of Matthew Davis Sr, whose inheritance money was collected by Parson Davis, the brother of Green. So, it was obvious that Green was still alive, and I wondered why he could not accept the money himself. The most logical reason was because he lived out of state.
A little further into Matthew Davis’s estate file, I came to a name I am very familiar with – Lockey Henderson. He is my third great granduncle and the son of Susannah Smart Morgan Henderson, my fourth great grandmother and her second husband, Joel Henderson (another brick wall). Lockey married Mary Polly Davis and their first child, Joel Green Henderson, was born in 1843. Named after both grandfathers, Joel Henderson, the father of Lockey, and Green Davis, the father of Mary.
Here the pieces just began to connect. Genealogy had found me.
As a side note, Matthew Davis Jr, the brother of Green Davis, married Massan Henderson, the sister of Lockey.
Because of Parson Davis collecting and signing for the inheritance for his brother, Green, I knew Green was not dead. I also knew that Green was not able to collect the money for himself. I’ve seen enough estate files with Powers of Attorneys to know that Green must not be in the state of North Carolina if his brother was collecting his inheritance, but Matthew Davis Sr’s estate file did not have a Power of Attorney in it for Green. So, I began searching for Parson Davis because wherever he ended up, Green would probably be there too – Parson had to give Green his money.
After winding my way through Parson Davis’s life; he married at least three times, first to Elizabeth Hendrix in 1844, in Alabama, second to Sarah Coggin in 1855, in Montgomery County, North Carolina, and third to Rebecca Foster 1832–1877, in Alabama. I found both Parson and Green buried at Choctaw Corner Cemetery in Thomasville, Clarke County, Alabama, along with their wives.
Green Davis married Jane Hall around 2 Feb 1824. E. H. Carrington was the bondsman. Both are mentioned in the estate file of Robert Hall, Jane's father, who died in 1857 in Orange County, North Carolina.