Multiple Davis Plats in Orangeburgh District
Since my previous blog entry seems to have created a bit of discussion on other sites about the location of the Richard Davis plat, I thought I would offer some additional information on the subject.
There were multiple individuals with the Davis surname who owned property in Orangeburgh District by 1780 when the Faden map, used in my prior posting, was drawn. I have determined the location of the land of at least three of those Davis individuals but will focus in this article on the one indicated by the Davis name on Faden’s map.
Deputy Surveyor Peter Faure certified a plat on January 19, 1757 for John Plat [or Platt]. This land (#1 on the drawing below) was located along Bull Swamp which flows into the north side of the North Fork of the Edisto River. Two other plats that help correctly position this survey are included in this drawing:
John Platt filed a memorial for his 300 acres on May 9, 1761. (1) Two memorials filed on February 10, 1767 indicate what happened to his property after that. John sold 150 acres of his tract to George Cornwall and Cornwall sold the same 150 acres to John Horning. This memorial states that the deeds were lost in a house fire and offered a certificate from Gavin Pou as evidence of that event. (2) The loss of the deeds probably accounts for the fact that no dates were given for these two sales. In June 1764 Platt sold the other 150 acres to John Davis. (3) It is interesting to note that John Davis signed for both of these memorials.
The Faden map does not identify the creek where the Davis name is shown but it was likely Bull Swamp. Bull Swamp is the largest creek flowing into the north side of the North Edisto between Orangeburgh Township and the district line so it would seem reasonable that this was the creek drawn on the map. This unidentified creek is also in approximately the right position relative to Beaver Creek to be Bull Swamp. Bull Swamp is certainly not drawn to its correct size or shape on this map, though.
Another piece of evidence also supports the idea that this is Bull Swamp shown just to the left of the Davis name. Notice the appearance just below Davis’ name of the name Horning, shown as Herning on the map. Since John Horning and John Davis purchased the Platt property, it seems quite reasonable that the Davis name on the Faden map is in reference to the plat first surveyed for John Platt and not the one surveyed for Richard Davis.
Since there has also apparently been some confusion about where I was suggesting that the Richard Davis plat might be located, I have included, below, a more detailed topographic map than was included in my prior blog entry. It shows the area, just east of Perry, that I mentioned in my previous posting as the likely location of that plat. This area is where the upper reaches of Goodland Swamp come very close to what would have been the road to Long Cane mentioned on the Richard Davis plat.
Without some adjoining plats to help locate the Richard Davis plat, I am not willing to make a strong claim about its exact location. If anyone has more specific details that might shed more light on the precise location of the Richard Davis plat, I am more than happy to discuss and consider them.
(1) John Platt Memorial, 1761, Memorial Books (Copy Series), 1731-1778, volume 14, page 82, item 2; Auditor General’s Office Series S111001; South Carolina Department of Archives and History, Columbia. [Gavin Pou was a justice of the peace in Orangeburgh District.]
(2) John Horning Memorial, 1767, Memorial Books (Copy Series), 1731-1778, volume 9, page 172, item 1.
(3) John Davis Memorial, 1767, Memorial Books (Copy Series), 1731-1778, volume 9, pages 172-173.