Davis Uriah I | Born 1707

Uriah DAVIS

Male 1707 - 1768  (61 years)


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  • Name Uriah DAVIS 
    Born 1707  Of, Michaelchurch Escley, Herefordshire, England, Great Britain Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 23 Mar 1768  Baltimore, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I17350  Uriah Davis I - Genealogy | Uriah Davis - Davis Clan
    Last Modified 28 Aug 2016 

    Family 1 Margaret ? 
    Married ? Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Diana DAVIS,   b. UNKNOWN
     2. Shadrack DAVIS
     3. Abednego DAVIS
     4. Marina DAVIS
     5. Susanna DAVIS,   b. 1732
     6. Uriah DAVIS, II (Jr),   b. Est 1740, Maryland, British America Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1808, Candler, Buncombe, North Carolina, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 68 years)
     7. Meshack Bednay DAVIS,   b. 1745, Baltimore, Maryland, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Oct 1852, Georgia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 107 years)
     8. William DAVIS,   b. Abt 1745, Maryland, British America Find all individuals with events at this location
     9. Meshack Bednay DAVIS,   b. 1749, Baltimore, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Oct 1853, Gilmer County, Ga. Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 104 years)
     10. Meshack Bedney DAVIS,   b. 1749, Baltimore, Maryland, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Oct 1853, Fannin, Georgia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 104 years)
     11. Rachael DAVIS,   b. Abt 1756, Baltimore, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location
     12. Shadrack DAVIS,   b. 1760, Pasquotank, North Carolina, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Dec 1813, Pasquotank, North Carolina, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years)
     13. Joshua DAVIS,   b. Jan 1762, Baltimore, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aug 1849, Claiborne County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 87 years)
     14. Hannah DAVIS,   b. 1766, of, , North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. UNKNOWN, of, Buncombe Co., North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location
     15. Solomon DAVIS,   b. 1767
     16. Uriah DAVIS,   b. Abt 1772, , Buncombe, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1808, Candler, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 36 years)
     17. Rachael DAVIS,   b. Abt 1786,   d. Aft 1870  (Age ~ 85 years)
    Last Modified 28 Aug 2016 
    Family ID F220  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Edith,   b. Abt 1711, of Michaelchurch, Eskley, Herefs, Eng Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 1732  Of, Michaelchurch Eskley, Herefordshire, Eng Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Elizabeth DAVIES,   c. chr 8Jun1739, Michaelchurch, Eskley, Herefs., England Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. John DAVIES,   c. Chr. 12 Jul 1741, Michaelchurch, Eskley, Herefs., England Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Edith DAVIES,   b. Abt 1736, Michaelchurch Eskley, Herefs, Eng Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Aug 1737  (Age ~ 1 years)
     4. Martha DAVIES,   c. 17 Jan 1733, Michaelchurch, Eskley, Herefs, Eng Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Nov 1759  (Age ~ 26 years)
    Last Modified 28 Aug 2016 
    Family ID F5000  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 3 Margaret,   b. Abt 1732, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. , , Md, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Susanna DAVIS,   b. 1732, Maryland, British America Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. William DAVIS,   b. Abt 1745, Maryland, British America Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Rachael DAVIS,   b. Abt 1756, Baltimore, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Uriah DAVIS,   b. Abt 1772, , Buncombe, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1808, Candler, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 36 years)
     5. Shadrack DAVIS,   b. Abt 1758, Baltimore, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Marina DAVIS,   b. Abt 1754, Baltimore, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. Abednego DAVIS,   b. Abt 1750, Baltimore, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location
     8. Mechach DAVIS,   b. Abt 1749, , , Nc, Usa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Oct 1852, , Gilmer, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 103 years)
     9. Solomon DAVIS,   b. 1767, Baltimore, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1860  (Age > 94 years)
     10. Joshua Hinckley DAVIS,   b. Jan 1762, Baltimore, Baltimore, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aug 1849, CLAIBOURNE, TENNESSEE Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 87 years)
     11. Diana DAVIS,   b. Abt 1752, Baltimore, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 28 Aug 2016 
    Family ID F5001  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 4 Mary WATKINS,   b. Abt 1720, Baltimore, Baltimore, Maryland, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. DECEASED 
    Children 
     1. DAVIS,   b. Mar 1739, Baltimore, Baltimore, Maryland, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. DECEASED
    Last Modified 28 Aug 2016 
    Family ID F5087  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Before being sent to America.
      Uriah Davis - he was found guilty for stealing 2 cows.
      England - Old Bailey - Englandcentral criminal court on 23rd Feb 1732, found guilty punishment was transportation to the Americas / Banishment.
       
      45, 46. Uriah Davis and John Edlin, of Hammersmith , were indicted for stealing 2 Heifers, value 4 l. 10 s. the Goods-of Marmaduke Bramly , Jan. 28 .
       
      Joseph Sleath . Davis brought the Heifers to Smithfield, and desir'd me to sell 'em for him. Edlin came with him,but stood at a little distance, and did not speak to me.
       
      Marmaduke Bramly . Those were my Heisers, and the same that I had lost. The Jury acquitted Edlin, and found Davis guilty .
       
      Uriah Davis - said he was tricked into selling stolen goods, by another that asked for him to sell on their behalf since they where on the way to a larger town for a fee. He did so while he and his friend was on the way into town.
       
      Perverting justice, 25th May 1732
       
      Shortly after he was sent to the America’s another court case came up. Where it refers to the fact that Uriah was framed for his crimes and not guilty?
       
       
      Common Practice – Convict Slaves to America
       
      England moving convicts to Americas:
      In regards to Patapsco merchantship - 1732
       
      Guidelines by the British Crown regarding moving convicts as temporary slaves "Convict Servant" to the Americas.
       
      With the transportation of any"convict servant" the Crown had previously acquired a "property in the service of the body of the convict" by the act of the sentencing or reprieving a prisoner to transportation. Under regulations, this property was then let to a merchant prepared to carry a convict across the Atlantic, and such a merchant in effect sold the convict servant for a market price. Skilled men fetched a better price than unskilled, women got a lower price. The merchant was sometimes obliged to carry older felons, and had virtually to give them away to whoever would take them. But the legal effectuality of the transportation was independent of the "servant's" sale price; the sale could not proceed till the effectuality of the transportation had been proved.
       
          Once the prisoners had been disposed of in the colonial labor market,the effectuality of the transportation was noted by colonial authorities. The colonial counter-signature was regarded and required at Treasury in London as proof of the equality of the transportation, then the merchant was paid his due. During the 1720s, possibly at the instigation of Jonathan Forward, the British Government began, or continued, to pay a bounty - £3 each for women, £5 each for men - as a continued incentive for merchants transporting felons across the Atlantic. But the payment of the incentive was often delayed.
       
            "Effectual" meant that all legalities were observed regarding the convict being delivered properly to North America and to legal authorities there. The felon was not allowed to return to England until their period of servitude-in-banishment completed. It meant that after delivery in England to a contractor, the prisoner was in the hands of private enterprise - mere fodder sold into the colonial labor market.This subsidy of transportation was all the interest the British Government took in felons after they were sentenced and put on a vessel. On the basis of the contracts they were given, John Stewart and Campbell later acquired a secure hold on the convict service their house did not relinquish until forced to do so by the American Revolution. Coldham regards Stewart as the most efficient contractor, providing greatest stability to the system.
       
       Intricate research by mostly American historians reveals some of the commercial complexities involved. ([57]) For example... Capt. Darby Lux and Thomas Peters of Glasgow were linked in the matter of the transportation to Annapolis and Maryland. Daniel Crawford, and his subsequent freedom being transacted after payment by one Govan (1728-1731).This was a not-unusual case of a convict regaining freedom by arranging for friends or other agents to "purchase" his or her period of servitude.([58]) Defoe had early identified this flaw in system in Moll Flanders,literally pouncing on it, almost with glee, because it provided such good opportunities for a picaresque plot. The problem Defoe pointed to was confusion about justice in the nature of the punishment. Was the punishment in being exiled, or being kept to servitude while exiled, or both? That problem remained to affect discussion, long later, of transportation-into-servitude to Australia.
       
       
      EMIG:
      DATE FEB 1731/32
      Patapsco merchant ship
       
      Uriah Davis was sentenced in February of 1732 to be transported from Middlesex, England to Annapolis or Baltimore,Maryland,  He is said to have been sent on the PATAPSCOE or PATAPSCO merchant ship, which left England in April of 1732and arrived in Annapolis in
      October of 1732.
       
      [ Departing England April 1732 ship Patapsco Merchant Capt. Darby Lux for Maryland. (Coldham). Probably for Forward. ]
       
      It is believed Uriah Davis – being a ship captain already or close to that level at skill, purchased his freedom before even landing in America. 
       
      The will of Uriah Davis of Baltimore,Maryland lists his children and wife(no last name). The will is dated October 31, 1767 and is re witnessed on February 1, 1768.
       
      It lists his time of death as March23, 1768. It also states that his widow renounces the Davises in the will and takes what the law gives her. A copy of this will is in the possession Neil Davis, and a copy of a court record where Uriah Davis was tried for begetting a bastard child on the body of Mary Watkins. It also lists his wife and children by name.
       
      In August of 1740 he was tried for"begetting a child on the
      body of Mary Watkins".  This was in Baltimore, Maryland. 
      His child with Mary Watkins may have been his daughter Susannah Davis.
       
      His will was written on October 31,1767 and names his land as Uriah's Abode and Uriah's Addition.
       
      It was proven on February 1, 1768,in Baltimore, so he died apparently in January of 1768.
       
      His wife is listed as Margaret, she later married a John Brown (by 1770).  another ship captain in competition with him. Later went back to court and fought his will.  That stated she got nothing if she remarried another man.
       
      Uriah Davis and John Brown having been Captains of schooners making trips from Maryland to Rhode Island and from Rhode Island to Barbados and from Rhode Island back to Maryland.
       
      Uriah as a ship captain:
      Vessel: Industry
      Company: Edward Arnold
      Captain: Uriah Davis
      20 Tons, Square Ship
      Rhode Island to Newport 10 Oct 1750
      Information from: Shipping in Annapolis from 1748-1775 History Book
       
      Later generations accounts his trade was sea captain with the regular route between Rhode Island and Maryland.
       
      Uriah's Children:
       
      All 11 of them where named biblicalnames, Soloman, Joshua, Rachel, Diana, Uriah, Shadrack, Meshach, Abednego and others.
       
       Finding evidence of Uriah Davis in England before court trial:

      Uriah Davies:
      1743: Court Case: Mannors of Urishay and Michael Church Eskley
      Uriah Davis - he was a juror for the case.
      * this was in the time period of Uriah Davis still being in England, was it our Uriah Davis is unknown.

      John Williams - 1738 Will and Statement
      17 July 1738
      He left money for goddaughter Edith, daughter of Uriah Davis.
      Location: Michael Church Eskley

      Both of these documents suggest he may have been married before being banished to another women "Edith" and had children "Edith".

      Someone had a connection that he was married t an "Edith" which is possible, since that was the habit to name children after parents.

  • Sources 
    1. [S504] Birth: We know from his court records in Middlesix England he was 45, before being banished to the Americas. There is an e.