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- Letter, 17 January , written by Rev. Joseph Hoomes Davis (1809-1879) in Fredericksburg, Virginia to his son Robert Beale Davis (1835-1864) at Randolph-Macon College in Boydton, Mecklenburg County. Rev. Davis offers words of encouragement to his son as he begins his studies at the school, and asks him to write home often
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- Joseph Hoomes Davis (1809-1879) was a Methodist minister and educator who traveled Virginia and North Carolina circuits in his early years and later served as an educator and minister at various locations in the two states. In late 1854, he accepted a position as head of the Wesleyan Female College in Murfreesboro, N.C., which he left in 1859, when he joined his brother, W. T. Davis, at the Petersburg Female College. During the Civil War, Davis served as a minister in the Charlottesville area. After the war he moved to Hickory Hill in Westmoreland County, where he farmed and served as a minister. Davis first married Martha Felicia Beale and had one son, Robert Beale Davis. After Martha's death, her sister Anne Turberville Beale took over care of Robert. The Beale sisters were the daughters of Major Robert Beale, Revolutionary veteran and planter in Madison County, Va. In 1838, Davis married Anne, and together they raised Robert and their own children, Wilbur Fisk, John Williams, Olin Turberville, and Martha Anne (Nannie) Davis. Robert (1835-1864) attended Randolph-Macon College and the University of Virginia, where he studied law. He was briefly in business in Murfreesboro, N.C., and, in the late 1850s, practiced law with his uncle, Richard L. T. Beale, of Westmoreland County. Robert served in the Potomac Rifles during the Civil War and was killed at the Battle of Petersburg in 1864.
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