I finally found proof of Thornton Davis’s father after 2 years of searching! His name was John Davis Sr. His estate was administered in Abbeville in 1826. I found his estate papers on Ancestry.com by accident. The estate papers mention William, Melinda, John, and Thornton. William Davis was administrator so he was probably the eldest son. The estate sale was held at Pleasant Grove Meeting House.
Many people listed in the estate papers of John Davis are the same people listed in the estate papers of Thomas Donaldson in 1811. There was probably a mutual connection between John and Thomas. Thornton Davis married the daughter of Thomas, Sally Cook Donaldson, in 1816.
Another thing I found interesting is that John Davis had a daughter Melinda. There is also James Cook listed several times in the estate papers. There is a Lindy Cook mentioned in Cornelius Cook Jr’s estate paper of 1838 along with his brother James Cook. I wonder if Lindy was in fact Melinda Davis.
*The estate record is in Box 27, Pack 612
The last 2 weeks have been very difficult for me research wise….I have hit a brick wall with the Donaldsons and Cooks. I feel like all this information is a wall in front of me but I can’t glean new anything from it. It is just the same information leading me in the same circles over and over again.
I have looked up most of the neighbors to both Thomas Donaldson and Cornelius Cook and run into dead ends. I did find that Ruth Crump of Abbeville/ Laurens married into the Reeves family. Thomas Donaldson’s first wife was supposedly a Janet Reeves. The Crump family was associated with both Thomas Donaldson and Cornelius Cook through estate records and land deeds with Cornelius Cook.
Last night I decided to go through the message boards for Laurens and Abbeville on Ancestry.com. I paid close to attention to all the names that I recognized from my research. I think I may have found the father of Thornton Davis but I am not totally sure. Thornton Davis was the husband of Sallie Cook Donaldson, eldest daughter of Thomas and Mary. He is also a legatee in Thomas Donaldson’s estate record. I am interested in finding out more about Thornton.
I am still waiting for Maryland Genealogical Society to email me about my Thomas Donaldson inquiry. It has been 7 weeks and patience is running thin.