About the year 1770 a man by the name of — Painter brought his small son to a family by the name of Kempthorn who lived in Cornwall, England and left him for them to care for. He went to the continent and sent back money to pay for the child’s expenses. Mr. Painter appeared to be well to do. After about 5 years, the money stopped and it was assumed that he had died. The Kempthorn’s were evidently poor people and could not afford to keep the child so he was adopted by a man named Davies. This boy’s name was probably Jacob, and he married Elizabeth who lived to be about 90 years old.
Tantalizing, isn’t it? Who wouldn’t want to know more about their family history after reading something like this? So how is it that I completely forgot about a 32-page document regarding the Davis-Blewett family?!
The fact that I didn’t remember I had this information HORRIFIES me. This research was done by David Mayo Davis. My mom and grandmother received it from David’s widow Loretta in the early 2000s. At first, it seems overwhelming detailed and confusingly laid out. However, the information contained in the document is extremely valuable, accurate, and helpful.
Anyone searching the Blewett and Davis family from Crowan Parrish in Cornwall, England may find the document helpful. The family starts with Jacob Painter who, after his father died, was adopted by Mr. Davies. After Jacob and Elizabeth (Vivian)’s descendants came to America, the name changed to Davis.
Alvin Davis Jr and my grandfather have passed away, but the research lives on. If you find this information helpful, let me know.