Davis Chapel Community




One of the Dorr/Trotter family’s most avid researchers was the late Jennie Ruth Hay, wife of Damon Page. Her vast collection was lost following her death, but it is possible that documents she submitted to DAR and other organizations might still exist in their files. If anyone has copies of these, please contact me. I made some notes from a conversation with Jennie Ruth Hay many years ago. Here is what I remember based on my notes. Joyce Helmers

There are two books on the Wilkins and one on the Tucks.

Norman’s first wife died in childbirth.

The old store next to Jennie Ruth’s house (corner by Davis Chapel) was a coach stop. There was a blacksmith shop. The negros had buttermilk and hot gingerbread for the coach passengers. There used to be a ferry across the Tallahatchie before the bridge was built. Batesville was "Old Panola." There was a logging train from Sardis that would bring 100 lbs of ice every morning. You could flag it down for 10 cents. If the RR went through your land you had a phone for emergency only.

I drew a map showing the location of key houses in the neighborhood. Coming out from Sardis toward the house where we now live (James Robert Trotter built it in 1910) family homes were: Henderson, then Lorene Sandford (Hipps) and then ours. At the crossroads where the black church is, if you turn right you would come to the Fitzgerald’s on the right before you came to the old Trotter homestead on the hill on the left (where John and Sadie Ward live). If you turn left at the crossroads and go to Davis Chapel crossroads, you have the church, which Jennie Ruth said her grandfather Williams built. On the southeast corner was the Hays coach stop and next to it the Hays home. Going east toward Sardis, you would pass Narcissus Dorr’s home on the left and Hay’s stop/step??? on the left. What seems to be the next crossroads, to the west was Curtis Logging Camp (it may have been a distance away.) To the east toward Sardis was the mill operated by Bob Carrier (a Yankee), which she said was the biggest mill in the US.

Louis (Dorr?)’s house was bought from Dr. Kinchloe.

Edwin Dorr is buried at Shiloh Church (not Shiloh in Tennessee).

The Trotters came from Tennessee. Jim, our great grandfather, had 14 children. He settled where John Ward lives.

The Cooper house was a hospital during the Civil War. (that is the house across from Davis Chapel)

There were skirmishes in the area, and now there are little round markers that outline the trenches in the Davis chapel cemetery where the Yankees (and rebels?) were buried.

The old road was Panola Road, it was a stagecoach road. Belmont road. waystation. horse changing.

Grandpa Narcissus married Sara Wilkins. Her family was English. Came from Sussex in 1635 on the Good Ship Assurance. After Sara died he married Lucinda Jackson (Grandma Cindy).

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Narcissus Dorr's house, 2002

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