Thursday, June 12, 2014

More on Davis' Delight

Yesterday's dive into the Davis family research uncovered quite a bit on the land holdings for my 7th and 6th-great-grandfathers, William and Azariah Davis. The Pennsylvania Land Warrants and Applications database on Ancestry had an additional image on the 300 acres in Washington County, Pennsylvania known as Davis' Delight. It looks like the land was improved on 1 June 1783, and the warrant for the land was issued on 18 December 1784.
As noted in William Davis' will, and confirmed in the Pennsylvania Tax records, William's sons Stephen and Azariah were living at Davis' Delight at this time. They acquired their own land in Washington and Greene Counties, but this is a helpful find for placing the Davis family in the timeline, and for the reference to their neighbors Michael Jones and Henry Vanmatre (also spelled Vanmeter).

Henry Vanmeter was the father of Alice Vanmeter (my 6th-great-grandmother), who married Azariah Davis. Henry acquired his own land warrant in Washington County on 25 May 1785 for 400 acres adjoining Daniel Moredock and Richard Swan.
On the same day, Henry also acquired 300 acres of adjoining land for his son Joseph Vanmeter.
In the Pennsylvania Tax records for 1789, Joseph Vanmeter appears on the Cumberland Township tax roll with his brother Jesse Vanmeter and father Henry.
 
There are many more records on the Vanmeters in Washington County, which I will begin to cover in a following post.

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