Major John Davidson of Rural Hill Mecklenburg, North Carolina Pioneer, Industrialist, and Planter by Chalmers Gaston Davidson, PH.D., Associate Professor of History and Director of the Library Davidson College, Davidson, North Carolina Lassiter Press, Inc., Charlotte, North Carolina 1943

The Plantation World Around Davidson
By Chalmers Gaston Davidson
Briarpatch Press, 1982
pp. 65-66, 70-71

Davidson Family Papers
Library of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill”
Southern Historical Collection

History of Hopewell Church
Original copy at Hopewell Presbyterian Church
(unavailable at this time)

Davidson Family Collection (Photographs and Letters),
Library of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Letters of John Springs Davidson,
Copies at Rural Hill-Center of Scottish Heritage
Dated May 8, 1829


For information on Rural Hill:

For information on the Revolutionary period in Mecklenburg County:

Chain of Error – Revolutionary Spirit – William L. Brown, Jr.
Copyright 2005

They Came from Ireland – F.W. Thorlton
Copyright 1996

Major John Davidson of Rural Hill – Chalmers –Gaston Davidson , Ph.D
Copyright 1943

The Young People’s History of North Carolina – Daniel Harvey Hill
Copyright 1916

Papers, letters and affidavits from the Davidson family

Mecklenburg County Clerk of Court

Davidson College Library

University of North Carolina at Charlotte Library

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Library

Southern Historical Collection

For information on Hollybend Plantation, the historic 1801 home of Robert Davidson (one of Major John’s Sons and founder of Davidson College)

For information on the Bethesda Schoolhouse:

For information on one room schoolhouses:


Rosedale Plantation, Charlotte
Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens, Gastonia
Biltmore House, Asheville
Bethabara Historic Site, Winston Salem
Old Salem Gardens and Orchards, Winston Salem
Reynolda Gardens, Winston Salem
Murray House, Kenansville
Buckner Hill Plantation, Faison
Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham
Orton Plantation Gardens, Winnabow (just south of Wilmington)
Tryon Palace, New Bern