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William Davis

In 1781, General Cornwallis and his men were sheltered and fed on the plantation of William Davis, in Orange county North Carolina. After Cornwallis’ men left, the Davis property including his home and outbuildings were destroyed by fire at the hands of the Rebels.

William Davis and his wife Hannah Phillips with their family of seven children, decided to move north to British territory and remain loyal to the British Crown. Hannah died shortly after arriving in Upper Canada. William was given land in Barton Township which is now the Glendale golf course. He established the first grist mill at Albion Falls and built a home called Harmony Hall, that was torn down a few years ago. He and his family became part of the group of founders of the fruit growing industry in Burlington.

Submitted by Descendant Nancy Misener UE