Rebeccah Davis1,2,3

ID# 2186, (abt 1786 - bt 1828 - 1830)
FatherJohn Davis4,5 (abt 1754 - 1800)
MotherJane Clendenin6,7 (Jan 1758 or Feb 1758 - abt Aug 1824)

Key Events:

Birth: about 17868,9
Marriage: Linah Mims, about 23 Feb 1803, Greenbrier Co., Virginia10,11,12
Death: between 1828 and Jun 183013,14,15,16

Spouse:Linah Mims (14 Nov 1772 - between 1847 and 1850)
     Children:

ChartsDescendants of Linah and Rebeccah (Davis) Mims
AncestryThe Linah Mims - Rebecca Davis Family

Copyright Notice

Narrative:

     Rebeccah Davis was born about 1786.8,9
     She was named an heir in the will of her father, John Davis, dated 17 Mar 1800 in Greenbrier Co., Virginia, in which she was to receive half of the remaining part of the tract where he lived, after the 150 ac. was given to his wife. Her sister Nancy and her husband were to be allowed to continue to live rent-free on that land for eight years. Rebeccah was to receives her choice of any issue born to slave Alce, who was left to her sister Elizabeth, and one-third of all issue born to slave Milly who was left to her mother. She was also to receive one-fourth of the proceeds, after150£ went to her sister Elizabeth, from the sale of three slaves who were to work on the home place until the youngest daughter become of age.17
     Her father died in 1800, when Rebeccah was about 14 years old.18,19,20
     Rebeccah married Linah Mims, son of John Mims and Sarah Horn, about 23 Feb 1803 in Greenbrier Co., Virginia.10,11,12
     Rebeccah and Linah sold 122¾ acres for $1 in Greenbrier Co., Virginia, to her mother, Jane Clendenin, on 25 Mar 1811. The property adjoined that of Archibald Rodgers, Lewis's old place, widow Henderick, Williams Handley, Jane Davis, and Andrew Matter, and was part of a survey granted to John Davis, dec'd., for 363 ac. It would appear to be the property Rebeccah had inherited from father in Apr 1800.21
     Rebeccah and Linah moved to Richmond, by 1812 when they occupied a two-story brick house on F St. (now Franklin), between Madison and Jefferson Sts., about a mile from the Capital.22
     Rebeccah and Linah moved to Christian Co., Kentucky, settling about one mile west of Means' Spring was near Newstead, in the western part of the county. According to one source that move was "about 1816 or 1817." Since Linah was regularly in Richmond into the summer of 1817, it would have been at least the latter part of this period.23,24
     Why they moved to Kentucky is not totally clear, but they must have received positive reports from there from Rebeccah's sisters and their husbands, Thomas Arbuckle, David W. Breeding and William Long, who were in Christian Co. by 1810. But each of them was evidently farming, each holding 200 acres or more, and several slaves and horses over the years.25
     In contrast, Linah reported no real estate for the first decade they lived in Christian Co. He did report one or two adult slaves in various years, although most years only one aged 16 and under, and two years none, suggesting they were household help. He reported as many as five horses, and in 1819 a carriage. It seems they were living in rented quarters.26,27
     She was probably the female age 26 to 45 listed in the household of her husband, Linah Mims, in the 1820 Federal Census of Hopkinsville, Christian Co., Kentucky.27
     Rebeccah was named an heir in the will of her mother Jane Clendenin dated 10 Jul 1824, to receive "the use and benefit ... during her natural life" of a slave to be purchased for her son Davis.28
     Rebeccah died between 1828 and Jun 1830.13,14,15,16

Citations

  1. [S1959] Greenbrier Co. Deeds , 4:451, Linah Mims and Rebekah his wife to Jane Davis, Jul 1811, spells her given name as Rebeckah in one place in the body of the document, and as Rebeccah in two others, and as Rebecah in the clerk's reproduction of her signature.
  2. [S898] Greenbrier Co. loose papers, marriage permission, Jane Davis, 23 Feb 1803, shows name as Rebeccah Davis.
  3. [S898] Greenbrier Co. loose papers, marriage bond, Linah Mims and Richard Tyree, 23 Feb 1803, shows name as Rebeccah Davis.
  4. [S7378] Will Books, Greenbrier Co., West Virginia, 1:136-8, will of John Davis, shows a daughter Rebecka.
  5. [S1959] Greenbrier Co. Deeds , 4:451, Linah Mims and Rebekah his wife to Jane Davis, Jul 1811, shows a "bargain" sale to her mother, apparently of the same land inherited from her him.
  6. [S898] Greenbrier Co. loose papers, marriage permission, Jane Davis, 23 Feb 1803, shows Rebeccah as Jane's daughter.
  7. [S402] Marlow, "Linah Mims," e-mail to author, 20 Oct 2001.
  8. [S402] Marlow, "Linah Mims," e-mail to author, 20 Oct 2001, shows c. 1786.
  9. [S584] Linah Mimms household, 1820 U.S. Census, Christian Co., Kentucky, shows only adult female as between 24 and 45.
  10. [S898] Greenbrier Co. loose papers, marriage bond, Linah Mims and Richard Tyree, 23 Feb 1803.
  11. [S898] Greenbrier Co. loose papers, marriage permission, Jane Davis, 23 Feb 1803.
  12. [S49] Freeman, Family File "David and Deborah.GED," 31 Jul 1998, shows married, but citing Greenbriar Co. Virginia Deed Book 3, pg 33, reports in Jan 1804 "Rebecca Mims, wife of Linah Mims, relinquished her right of dower to land sold ..." Although not perfectly clear, this appears to relate to a sale recorded 22 Feb 1803 in Deed Book 2, pp 601-2.
  13. [S2021] Christian Co. Wills D:181-3, specifies that Davis is to receive a slave girl, but that his mother was to receive "the use and benefit of said negro during her natural life." So it appears Rebecca was still living.
  14. [S1820] Robert L. Cobb household, 1850 U.S. Census, Caldwell Co., Kentucky, shows daughter Rebecca as age 21.
  15. [S1489] John Eaker household, 1860 U.S. Census, Graves Co., Kentucky, shows daughter Rebecca as age 32.
  16. [S585] Linah Mims household, 1830 U.S. Census, Christian Co., Kentucky, shows no adult female in the household.
  17. [S7378] Will Books, Greenbrier Co., West Virginia, 1:136-8, will of John Davis.
  18. [S1963] Marlow, "Will of John Davis", shows his will was dated 17 Mar 1800 and probated April 1800.
  19. [S402] Marlow, "Linah Mims," e-mail to author, 20 Oct 2001, shows year, county, and state, as West Virginia.
  20. [S655] Chalkley, Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish, vol II pg 93, citing Circuit Court Judgments and Causes Ended (O. S. 56; N. S. 19), shows year.
  21. [S1959] Greenbrier Co. Deeds , 4:451, Linah Mims and Rebekah his wife to Jane Davis, Jul 1811.
  22. [S1474] Mimms, Insurance Policy, 29 Feb 1812, Library of Virginia.
  23. [S2532] Christian Co. tax lists,, 1817, Linah not found; 1818, book not found; 1819, pg 67 Linah Mims; he also shown on may following years.
  24. [S2030] Perrin, County of Christian, Kentucky, pg 281, shows Mr. Mimms came from Virginia about 1816-17, and settled about one mile west of Means' Spring; pp 277-8 describe location and settlement of that place.
  25. [S2532] Christian Co. tax lists,, 1810, pg 2, Thomas Arbuckle, 14 Blacks and 13 horses; pg 6, David Beaden, 5 Blacks and 6 horses; pg 53, William Long, 2 horses; each with 200 ac.
  26. [S2532] Christian Co. tax lists,, 1819 pg 67, 2 Blacks above age 16, 3 total, 4 horses; 1820 pg 47, 1,1,2; 1821, not found; 1822 pg 44, 2, 5, 2; 1823 pg 44, 0, 0, 3; 1824 pg 44, 0, 0, 3; 1825 pg 43, 0, 1 ,5; 1826 pg 43, 0, 1, 3; and 1827 pg 46, 0, 1, 1.
  27. [S584] Linah Mimms household, 1820 U.S. Census, Christian Co., Kentucky.
  28. [S2021] Christian Co. Wills D:181-3.
  29. [S2021] Christian Co. Wills D:181-3, names a grandchild Addison Mims as heir.
  30. [S49] Freeman, Family File "David and Deborah.GED," 31 Jul 1998.
  31. [S2021] Christian Co. Wills D:181-3, names a grandson Davis Mims as heir.
  32. [S2021] Christian Co. Wills D:181-3, names a grandchild Juliann Mims as heir.
  33. [S2021] Christian Co. Wills D:181-3, names a grandchild Cornelia Mims as heir.
  34. [S374] Manley, "RE: The Logan Material," e-mail to author, 20 Feb 2000.
  35. [S572] Jane Davis will pg 181, names a granddaughter Sarah Jane Mimes as heir.
  36. [S2021] Christian Co. Wills D:181-3, names a grandchild Rufus Mims as heir.
  37. [S700] "Marriage Index: KY, NC, TN, VA, WV 1728-1850," Genealogy.com, shows name as R. E. Mims.