The mysterious Ned Davis lived in Albany during the last quarter of the eigthteenth century. At this point, we suspect that his life is distinct from that of the older Albany resident Edward Davis. We seek defining information on his origins and path to Albany.
In 1788, the second ward assessment roll valued the holdings of Ned Davis and William Pepper individually. Assessed separately on the next line was the notation "house they live in." In 1799, a modest house and lot in the first ward belonged to an individual who was described as "Edward Davis (negro)."
Based on the above and on his association with William Pepper, we might infer that Ned Davis may have been an Afro Albanian. We have not found his name in the records of early Albany's churches. Thus, he may not have married and raised a family. However, the early Albany record exhibits many references to the surname "Davis."
In or after 1815, an Edward ("Uncle Ned") Davis was best known schoolteacher in the town of Covington, Wyoming County, NY.
With mostly unresolved and essential questions, we must move on for now.
Sources: The life of Ned Davis has not been assigned a CAP biography number. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.
first opened: 8/8/12; posted 5/15/12