Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Jesse Davis

From The Salisbury Advertiser July 9, 1898

Mr.. Jesse Davis died last Sunday morning at his home in Rockawalking, aged 79 years.  His remains were interred in Parsons cemetery.  Mr. Davis was born in Worcester County and when a small boy, he came here to live with the late Jehu Parsons, who than owned a large tract of land on the north side of the Wicomico River from Salisbury, two miles down, and whose residence stood just beyond the mill property.

When a young man, Mr. Davis married Miss Freeny, daughter of Elijah Freeny, Esq. of Delmar.   Three daughters and a son were their offspring.  The son went south and engaged in the rebellion where he lost his life. One daughter married a Mr. Pusey of Somerset county.  The other two, Misses Esther and Alice have remained single and have resided with their father on the Rockawalking farm.

Mr. Davis was one of the largest land owners in the county.  He was a quiet man, but never hesitated to take any dispute with his neighbors in to court for a righteous settlement.  Some of the most famous law-suits ever tried in Wicomico county were the " Jesse Davis Land Cases". 

Note: Tombstone in Parsons cemetery on other side;
Esther A. 1844-1929
William B. 1845-1865  Co I 1st Md Cav
Mary Alice 1850-1925  .
Josephine 1854-1876
Emmie 1857-1857

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