Davis was born in 1766 in Virginia, the son of unknown parents.
He died in 1852 in South Carolina.
His wife was Charity Simmons, who he married on 6 APR 1793 in Amherst County, Virginia. Their only known child was Elisha S (1811-1885).
Will Extract of David Patterson--trees.ancestry.com
This will, with three codicils, was recorded in Spartanburg County, SC in Will Book D, Page 343, Box 13, Package 24 on 14 JUN 1852. Although the original will was all but illegible on microfilm, what follows are extracts from it and its codicils. Dates referenced range from 15 APR 1846 - 14 JUN 1852. Executors: Elisha S. Patterson and Thomas Shields Wife: Ruth Children: John L. Patterson - son, Polly Peoples, Nancy Lipscomb, Elizabeth Morris, Sarah Shields - daughter, Charles Patterson, Elisha L. Patterson - son, and Christian Shields - daughter Children of John L. Patterson and his wife Putman: James, John, William, Martha, and Margaret Assorted witnesses: John Epting, Joal Briant, M. D. Brint, W. W. Harris, Lewis Cannon, H. Q. Dean, James Templeman, and H. Camp H. G. Dean was named as "appraiser in place of Adam Camp who is dead."