William Davis, the son of a plantation owner and a slave women, came here with his wife, Mildred Brand, and there children in 1863. They were among the area's first black landowners. Upon the death of his daughter in 1870, William Davis sold five acres of land to the township for this cemetery. Early burials include Amaziah Joy, the township's first white settler, for whom Joyfield Township was named. The township built the town hall here in 1887.