Haverhill Land Holders, 1645* John Ayer, Sen., John Ayer, J r., William Butler, Job Clement, John Clement, Robert Cleme nt, Tristram Coffyn, George Corliss, James Davis, Sen., Jam es Davis, Jr., John Davis, Thomas Davis, John Eaton, Jame s Fiske, Samuel Gile, Thomas Hale, Bartholomew Heath, Danie l Hendrick, Christopher Hussey, Joseph Merrie, Daniel Ladd . Richard Littlehale, Henry Palmer, Joseph Peasley, John Ro binson, Henry Savage, Hugh Sherrat, Abraham Tyler, John War d, William White, Nathaniel Wier, John Williams
*Adapted from Chase's "The History of Haverhill", p. 60 James Davis and Cicely brought several of their children with them from England. The Haverfield death record says that James Davis was about 96 years when he died. Obviously, his good genes were passed on to his son, James, Jr., who had six wives.
Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire :Author : Walter G. Davis, Sybil Noyes, and Charles T. Libby Biographical and genealogical data on every family established in Maine and New Hampshire before 1699. 12 *JAMES, Newbury , Hampton, Haverhill, m. in Thornbury, co. Glouc., 11 Jun e 1618 Cicely Tayer (Thayer), bp. there 1 May 1600, dau. o f John and Joane (Lawrence). Himself, their three eldest ch ildren, and his younger bros., Samuel, Thomas, John and Ephraim, are named in the will of his father John Davys of Acto n-Turville April--Nov. 1626, this place a chapelry on the edge of Wiltshire, ab. 30 m. from Marlborough. Other wills of his relations in the same place are found, incl. his grmo . Agnes Davis, wid., 10 Mar. 1587-8--9 July 1589. Arthur Clark (5) was app. his br.-in-law. He was called approximately 60 in 1663, approximately 96 at death 29 Jan. 1678-9. Made freeman at Newbury 4 Mar. 1634-5. Hampton gr. 1639, rem . to Haverhill in May 1644. His gr. at Hampt. he sold 17 Aug. 1648, four years aft. his removal. Both at Hamp. and many yrs. at Haverhill he was Com.t.e.s.c. He was often select m. and gr.j. and Rep. 1660. Lists 391ab, 392a, 393b. Will 1 7 Mar. 1675-6, cod. 22 July 1678. Wife -Sissilla- d. 28 Ma y 1673. Ch: James, bp. at Thornbury 4 July 1619. John, bp . at Thornbury 28 Jan. 1620-1. Sarah, named in grfr.'s will , app. d.y. Judith, m. 1 Sep. 1647 Samuel Guild, d. May 166 7, ch. Ephraim, m. 31 Dec. 1659 Mary Johnson. 9 ch. Samuel . Sarah, m. 18 June 1663 John Page, liv. 1714. 1 dau. 13 JA MES(12), gr. at Hampton 1640. In 1647 he and Mr. Stanyan we re app. to lay out the road bet. Haverhill and Exeter. List s 391b, 392a. Will 18, d. 18 July 1694. Wife Elizabeth (Eat on), d. 21 Jan. 1683. 12 ch. inc. James, who m. Sarah (Winn ock?) Wiggin from Scarb., and Daniel, k. at Pemaquid in Apr . 1689. See Hoyt's Salis. p. 125.
Old Families p 125 "of Haverhill, b. ab. 1583-8; m. 'Cicely ' or 'Sissilla' --, who. d. May 28, 1673 [Hv]. He was one of the first settlers of Hv., having rem. there from Nb. ab . 1640; one of the first selectmen, 1646; per. bro. of (1 ) Thomas. He d. Jan. 29, 1678-9 [Hv]; will March 17, 1675-6 ; codicil July 22, 1678; proved 1680." Old Families p 106 2 "Davis Family. James Davis. A James Davis m. June 11, 161 8, Sysley Tayer (early form of the New Eng. name Thayer) a t Gloucester [from Thornbury Parish Register, Gloucestershi re, Eng.] It has been thought by some this may have been th e marriage of the Hv. settler, clamed by Bible records to h ave come from Marlborough, Wiltshire, b. 1584-9; but othe r names and dates do not coincide. This may prove an ancestor of one of the other Davis families of Salisbury and Ames bury, or possible Gloucester, Mass. The same register has S icely Tayer bp. May 1, 1600. Also Frances Davys bp. July 4 , 1619; John Davys bp. Jan. 28, 1620-1; Tayer godparents i n both cases, no parents named." Ess prob p 375-379 Will of James Davis, Sr., of Haverhill
A Genealogical History of the Clark and Worth Familes
Page 433-434 JAMES DAVIS1, according to Bible records, wa s born in Marlborough, Wiltshire, England, ca 1584. Hoyt' s "Old Families of Salisbury and Amesbury" states that he is not the same James Davis born in Thornbury Parish, count y Gloucester, England, who married June 11, 1618, Cicely Th ayer, and had children with similar names, saying there ar e too many disparities as to dates, They may well have bee n cousins, however, as the father of the latter James live d at Acton-Turville, only about thirty miles from Marlborou gh. Wilts.
James Davis1 of Marlborough came first to Newbury Ma. where he was made a freeman March 4, 1635. He was one of the first settlers at Hampton NH, receiving a grant there in 1639 of 80 acres and in 1646 a grant of three shares of the co mmons. His houselot in Hampton was near the Landing and i n 1641 he and others built a pound; in May of 1644 he removed to Haverhill and sold his Hampton grant August 17, 1648 . He lived near Rocks village, East Haverhill, and was for some years Justice of the Peace both at Hampton and Haverhill; often a selectman and juryman; a deputy to the Genera l Court in 1660. In 1661, he and his wife Cisley sold for ú 10 two acres of his Haverhill houselot to George Brown.
A sister Sarah married Arthur Clark of Hampton and Boston , and a brother Thomas, sawyer and stonemason, was also an early settler of Haverhill, found first in Boston in 1635 , in Newbury in 1641, and the following year in Haverhill w here he was a constable in 1652.
James Davis1 was discharged from militia training in 1650 because of age but was required to pay to the Haverhill mili tary company ú3, 4d yearly. His wife Cicely died May 28, 16 73, and James died January 29, 1679, aet 96. His will signe d March 17, 1676, and proved November 5, 1680, containe d a reference to Philip's War: "in these desolateing time ; wherein ye Enimie seeks ye destruction of our New Englan d Israel." All of his children were born in Haverhill.
The Ancestors, Kin and Descendants of John Warden and Narcissa Davis Warden, his wife p.167: James1 Davis, the pionee r of this branch of the Davis family was probably born in M arlborough, Wiltshire County, England, about 1583-8. He cam e to this country with his wife and three sons and settle d first at Newbury, Mass. He with twelve others, under th e lead of Rev. John Ward, secured a grant from the governme nt and settled what is now Haverhill; they went there in 16 40. Samuel Gile, who seven years later became his son-in-la w, was among the twelve. They went about clearing the wood s off and making a settlement. In 1642 they bought out th e rights of the Indians to the land, and Thomas Davis, a brother of James, was one of the witnesses to the deed. Thi s Thomas was a sawyer and came from Marlborough, England, soon after James did. James must have been a man of consider able wealth for those times, for in 1643 he was one of thre e in the settlement that were worth over ú200, and in 1646 James Davis paid the largest tax. When the town elected i ts first selectmen in 1646 they were: James Davis, Thomas D avis, Thomas Hale, Henry Palmer and William White. In 164 5 there were thirty-two land-holders in the town, and Jame s Davis, James
Davis Jr. and John Davis were among them; also John Eaton a nd Joseph Peasley, whose daughters married James Jr. and Jo hn Davis. The first meeting house was built in 1646, and "T homas Davis was given ú3 to ground pin and daub it. He to provide the stone and clay." In the second division of land , made in 1652, James Davis had 10 acres, James Davis Jr. 10 acres, John Davis 6 acres, Thomas Davis 8 acres, John Eaton 10 acres. His wife was Cicely or Sissilla. His wife an d three of the children must have come over with him, for J ames, John and Judith were born before his arrival in thi s country. He died 29 Jan., 1678-9, and left a will which w as proven in in 1680. His wife died 28 May, 1673, at Haverh ill.
1. Title: The Old Families of Salisbury and Amesbury, Mass achusetts
David W. Hoyt, The Old Families of Salisbury and Amesbury , Massachusetts (3 volumes) (Providence, RI: 1897 (Republis hed Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Company Page: p . 125 2. Title: New England Marriages Prior To 1700
Clarence Almon Torrey, New England Marriages Prior To 1700 (Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Company, Inc., 19 85) 3. Title: Dover, NH Marriages
John R. Ham, Dover New Hampshire Marriages 1623-1823 (Dover , NH: 1880-1902 typescript) Page: p. 44 4. Title: E. S. Sta ckpole and W. S. Meserve, History of the Town of Durham , 2 vols. (Durham, NH)Page: Vol. 2, p. 94 5. Title: A Genea logical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England, Sh owing Three Generations of Those who Came before May, 1692 , on theBasis of Farmer's Register James Savage; compiled b y O. P. Dexter, A Genealogical Dictionary of thePage: Vol . 2, p. 17 6. Title: Ancestry of Charles Stinson Pillsbur y and John Sargent Pillsbury
Mary Lovering Holman, Ancestry of Charles Stinson Pillsbur y and John Sargent Pillsbury (Concord, NH: Rumford Printin g Company, 1938)Page: p. 153 7. Title: William Albert Warde n, The Ancestors of John Warden and Marcissa (Davis) Warde n (Worcester, MA: Maynard-Gough Company, 1901)Page: pp. 167 -8