James Davis Table circa 1840

Master carpenter, brick mason and cabinetmaker, James Davis, built this table about 1840 in the raised basement cabinet shop of his house on Moore Street, known today as the James Davis House circa 1829. 

Passed down through the Davis, Potter, Chadwick, Shaw and Gray families, the table is now cherished by a descendant in Texas.

James Davis (1780-1861) was born in Core Creek, Carteret County - the Quaker colony on the Newport River, north of Beaufort. He was the eldest son of Joseph Wicker Davis Jr. and Susanna Stanton, who were married in Carteret County in 1776. In 1803 James married Elizabeth Adams (1783-1868), daughter of Nathan Adams and Mary Canaday, who were farmers in Core Creek.

James and Elizabeth's daughter Elizabeth Harris Davis married William Jackson Potter (707 Ann Street). Their daughter Mary Elizabeth Potter married Robert Withers Chadwick (Chadwick House at 117 Ann Street). Daughter Mary Caroline Chadwick married William Wallace Shaw. 

A skilled cabinetmaker, carpenter and builder, Mr. Davis often referred to himself as an “ar-chÄ“-tech.” 

One of Davis’ early structures was Beaufort’s first “Market House,” built in 1812. He left his mark on lots all over town—many well-constructed homes that have weathered close to 200 years of coastal storms.