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James Davis

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James Davis
Born in Marlborough, Wiltshire, Englandmap
Husband of — married in Thornbury, Gloucestershire, Englandmap
Died in Haverhill, Essex, Massachusetts, United Statesmap
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James Davis, born about 1583 (age about 96 at death in 1679)

Haverhill Land Holders, 1645* John Ayer, Sen., John Ayer, J r., William Butler, Job Clement, John Clement, Robert Clement, Tristram Coffyn, George Corliss, James Davis, Sen., James Davis, Jr., John Davis, Thomas Davis, John Eaton, James Fiske, Samuel Gile, Thomas Hale, Bartholomew Heath, Daniel Hendrick, Christopher Hussey, Joseph Merrie, Daniel Ladd . Richard Littlehale, Henry Palmer, Joseph Peasley, John Robinson, Henry Savage, Hugh Sherrat, Abraham Tyler, John Ward, William White, Nathaniel Wier, John Williams (p 60)[1]

Davises who received second division lands in Haverhill 1652: James Sr., 10 acres, James Jr. 10 acres, John, Thomas.(p77)[1]

1667 Division James Sr & Jr received 20 acres (p 106) 1721 5th Division lands James Jr and James Sr (p 256)[1]

James died Jan 29, 1678[/9] age about 96[2]

Will of James Sr. = Dated March 17, 1675/6: Of Haverhill in Norfolk in New England: Bequests to: son Jno Davis; James Davis, son of son John; son Ephraim Davis; Steven & Ephraim, sons of son Ephraim; son Samuel; daughter Sarah, wife of Jno Page Jr.; James Gild, son of Sam'll Gild; son James Davis. Codicil dated July 22 1678. Entered November 5, 1680.[1]

"JAMES, Newbury , Hampton, Haverhill, m. in Thornbury, co. Glouc., 11 June 1618 Cicely Tayer (Thayer), bp. there 1 May 1600, dau. of John and Joane (Lawrence). Himself, their three eldest children, and his younger bros., Samuel, Thomas, John and Ephraim, are named in the will of his father John Davys of Acton-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 1667, ch. Ephraim, m. 31 Dec. 1659 Mary Johnson. 9 ch. Samuel . Sarah, m. 18 June 1663 John Page, liv. 1714. 1 dau." [3]

"JAMES(12), gr. at Hampton 1640. In 1647 he and Mr. Stanyan were app. to lay out the road bet. Haverhill and Exeter. Lists 391b, 392a. Will 18, d. 18 July 1694. Wife Elizabeth (Eaton), d. 21 Jan. 1683. 12 ch. inc. James, who m. Sarah (Winnock?) Wiggin from Scarb., and Daniel, k. at Pemaquid in Apr . 1689. See Hoyt's Salis. p. 125."[3]

James Davis 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."[4]

"Davis Family. James Davis. A James Davis m. June 11, 1618, Sysley Tayer (early form of the New Eng. name Thayer) at Gloucester [from Thornbury Parish Register, Gloucestershi re, Eng.] It has been thought by some this may have been the marriage of the Hv. settler, claimed by Bible records to have come from Marlborough, Wiltshire, b. 1584-9; but other 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 Sicely Tayer bp. May 1, 1600. Also Frances Davys bp. July 4 , 1619; John Davys bp. Jan. 28, 1620-1; Tayer godparents in both cases, no parents named."[5]

"JAMES DAVIS, according to Bible records, was 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, county Gloucester, England, who married June 11, 1618, Cicely Thayer, and had children with similar names, saying there are too many disparities as to dates. They may well have been cousins, however, as the father of the latter James lived at Acton-Turville, only about thirty miles from Marlborough. 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 commons. His houselot in Hampton was near the Landing and in 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 £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 where he was a constable in 1652.

"James Davis was discharged from militia training in 1650 because of age but was required to pay to the Haverhill mili tary company £3, 4d yearly. His wife Cicely died May 28, 1673, and James died January 29, 1679, aet 96. His will signed March 17, 1676, and proved November 5, 1680, contained a reference to Philip's War: "in these desolateing time ; wherein ye Enimie seeks ye destruction of our New England Israel." All of his children were born in Haverhill."[6]

"James1 Davis, the pioneer of this branch of the Davis family was probably born in Marlborough, Wiltshire County, England, about 1583-8. He came to this country with his wife and three sons and settled first at Newbury, Mass. He with twelve others, under the lead of Rev. John Ward, secured a grant from the government and settled what is now Haverhill; they went there in 1640. Samuel Gile, who seven years later became his son-in-law, was among the twelve. They went about clearing the woods off and making a settlement. In 1642 they bought out the rights of the Indians to the land, and Thomas Davis, a brother of James, was one of the witnesses to the deed. This Thomas was a sawyer and came from Marlborough, England, soon after James did. James must have been a man of considerable wealth for those times, for in 1643 he was one of three in the settlement that were worth over £200, and in 1646 James Davis paid the largest tax. When the town elected its first selectmen in 1646 they were: James Davis, Thomas Davis, Thomas Hale, Henry Palmer and William White. In 1645 there were thirty-two land-holders in the town, and James Davis, James Davis Jr. and John Davis were among them; also John Eaton and Joseph Peasley, whose daughters married James Jr. and John Davis. The first meeting house was built in 1646, and "Thomas Davis was given £3 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 and three of the children must have come over with him, for James, John and Judith were born before his arrival in this country. He died 29 Jan., 1678-9, and left a will which was proven in in 1680. His wife died 28 May, 1673, at Haverhill."[7]


Source: Old Families of Salisbury ...

  1. James, eldest son in 1675; m (1) 1 Dec 1648 Elizabeth Eaton; m. (2) Mary ___
  2. John, born about 1623; m (1) 10 Dec 1646 Jane Peasley; m (2) Mary _____
  3. Judith, m. 1 Sep 1647 Samuel Gile
  4. Ephraim m. 31 Dec 1659 Mary Johnson
  5. Samuel m Dec 1663 Deborah Barnes
  6. Sarah m. 18 Jun 1663 John Page


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Chase, George Wingate. History of Haverhill, Massachusetts, from its first settlement, in 1640, to the year 1860. Haverhill: By the Author, 1861.
  2. Vital Records of Haverhill Massachusetts to the End of the Year 1849. Vol 2 – Marriages and Deaths. Topsfield, Mass.: Topsfield Historical Society, 1911.
  3. 3.0 3.1 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. 1928-1939 (p 184)
  4. Hoyt, David W. The old families of Salisbury and Amesbury, Massachusetts, with some related families of Newbury, Haverhill, Ipswich and Hampton.Providence, R.I: Snow & Farnham, printers, 1897.
  5. Hoyt, David Webster. Additions and corrections for The old families of Salisbury and Amesbury, Massachusetts. suppl. to v. 3. Providence, R.I: Snow & Farnham Co., 1919.
  6. Johnson, Carol Clark,. A genealogical history of the Clark and Worth families : and other Puritan settlers in the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Cygnet, Ohio: Priv. print., 1970.(pp 433, 434)
  7. Warden, William Albert. The Ancestors, Kin and Descendants of John Warden and Narcissa Davis Warden, his wife. Worcester, Mass., 1901. (p 167)

See Also

  • 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.
  • E. S. Sta ckpole and W. S. Meserve, History of the Town of Durham , 2 vols. (Durham, NH)Page: Vol. 2, p. 94 5.
  • 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.
  • 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

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On November 29, 2014 at 13:48GMT Anne B wrote:

In responding to a gedcom cleanup for James' wife, I added some information and made what was here easier to read. This profile is primarily Quotes from other sources. It would be lovely if some one wrote one nice biography citing the sources that are here and got rid of the large amounts of quoted text. Pay attention to the material from the correction to Old Families of Salisbury, listed below.

On November 29, 2014 at 13:38GMT Anne B wrote:

Rejected unmerged match because Thomas and James Davis are not the same person.

On March 18, 2014 at 15:23GMT Ann Johnson wrote:

According to "THE OLD FAMILIES OF Salisbury and Amesbury MASSACHUSETTS,

With some Related Families of Newbury, Haverhill, Ipswich, and Hampton. By DAVID W. HOYT 1897." There is an issue with this tree and it would appear to start on this profile. Here is a link, please check page 124 (in reader it would be page 140)

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