The Davidson Family of Rural Hill, North Carolina

Three Generations on a Piedmont Plantation

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John Davidson came to the North Carolina back country circa 1751 as a young man, with his sister and widowed mother. Typical of Scots-Irish settlers, they arrived with little more than basic farming tools, determined to make it on their own terms. Davidson worked hard, prospered, married well and built a plantation on the Catawba River he called Rural Hill. The Davidson’s were loyal British citizens who paid their taxes and participated in colonial government. When the Crown’s overbearing authority interfered, independence became paramount and Davidson and his neighbors became soldiers in the Revolutionary War.

After the war Davidson managed his plantation, created shad fisheries, helped develop the local iron industry with his sons-in-law and was an early planter of cotton. His sons and grandsons, along with their slave families, continuously increased and improved the acreage and became early practitioners of scientific farming.
Drawing on public documents, family papers and slave records, this history describes how a fiercely independent family grew their lands and fortunes into a lasting legacy.

About the Author(s)

With a long-time interest in history Jim Williams concentrates on the greater Charlotte, North Carolina area from 1750 to 1860. Seeking to understand how life was lived in those times, he has researched and written for magazines and performed first person interpretation at a number of historic sites. He lives in Charlotte, North Carolina.

For about thirty years Ann Williams has researched and written about antebellum piedmont plantations with an emphasis on cotton farming, the cotton economy, and slavery. She has written and/or edited four books based on the letters, journals, and other personal papers kept by those who were there. She lives in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Bibliographic Details

Jim Williams and Ann Williams

Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: photos, appendices, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2019
pISBN: 978-1-4766-8048-4
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3852-2
Imprint: McFarland