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William Davis (abt. 1597 - bef. 1644)

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William Davis
Born about in Englandmap [uncertain]
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died before in Boston, Massachusetts Baymap
Profile last modified 10 Sep 2019 | Created 28 Nov 2011 | Last significant change: 10 Sep 2019
15:04: Sara Mosher edited the Biography, Death Date, Death Place and Status Indicators for William Davis (abt.1597-bef.1644). (Death date and place) [Thank Sara for this]
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Biography

William Davis was born in England about 1597 (est). He passed away in Boston before 7 Mar 1643-4 when his estate was settled by the General Court of Massachusetts.[1] William married Mary about 1635, based on the date of birth of their first child.

Children of William Davis and Mary

From Boston records:

  1. "Thomas sonne of Wm. Davies & Mary his wife borne 15 (1) 1636 & Dyed 24 (5) 1638"
  2. "Aaron sonne of Wm. Davies & Mary his wife borne 20 (5) 1638. & Dyed the 31 (8) 1639."
  3. "Trine sonne of Wm. Davies & Mary his wife borne 10 (6) 1642."
  4. "Abigail Daughter of Wm. Davies & Mary his wife borne 31 (8) 1635 & Dyed 24 (12) 1639."

"Thomas sonne of Wm. Davies Dyed in the 5 mo: 1638."

"John sonne of Wm. Davies Dyed 20 (1) 1640."[2]

Other children were:

  1. William
  2. Abigail, m. Edward Richmond[3]

Following William's death the General Court of Massachusetts ruled that...

"William Davies, dying intestate, ... the eldest son to have twenty marks, the other son, [and] a younger daughter by his former wife, six pounds apiece, the eldest daughter two pounds, and the widow to have the rest for herself, & bringing up of the two younger children, and at twenty years of age, or at their marriage, to give them five pounds apiece, and if any loss come, to make the estate less than one hundred pounds, to abate each proportionably."[4]

Soon after William's death, Mary married John Cowdall in 1644:

COWDALL, JOHN, Boston 1644, m. 1655, Mary, wid. of William Davis, was that yr. freem. of Newport, and at New London 1659 and 60, but rem.[5]

On 7 Jul 1645, "John Condell [sic] of Boston and Mary his wife" sold the house they lived in to William Davis, and on 9 Oct 1645 (quote): William Davis petitioned the court for assurance that his mother, who had the estate of William Davis, including the house and lands, in her hands and in the hands of "John Cowdell by marriage with her," would pay the portions due to him and his "brother and sisters," this portion to be acknowledged as separate from the property William Davis had just purchased from his step-mother and her husband.[6]

Mary passed away before 24 Oct 1666 by which time John Cowdall was married to a woman named Joan.[7]

Sources

  1. William Davis, in Anderson, Robert Charles; George F. Sanborn; and Melinde Lutz Sanborn. The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635. (NEHGS, 1999-2011), v2, p 316-8.
  2. Records of Boston, in The New England Historical and Genealogical Register. (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society), v2, p 79.
  3. Rockwell, Samuel Forbes. Davis Families of Early Roxbury and Boston - William Davis The Locksmith. The Andover Press. Andover, Massachusetts. 1932. pg. 181.
  4. Rockwell, Samuel Forbes. Davis Families of Early Roxbury and Boston - William Davis The Locksmith. The Andover Press. Andover, Massachusetts. 1932. pg. 180.
  5. Savage, James. A Genealogical Dictionary of The First Settlers of New England, Before 1692. Volume #1. Covel - Crompton. pp. 465-476.
  6. Rockwell, Samuel Forbes. Davis Families of Early Roxbury and Boston - William Davis The Locksmith. The Andover Press. Andover, Massachusetts. 1932. pp. 184-5.
  7. William Davis, in Anderson, Robert Charles; George F. Sanborn; and Melinde Lutz Sanborn. The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635. (NEHGS, 1999-2011), v2, p 316-8.


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Collaboration

On 11 Aug 2019 at 06:07 GMT Bryan McCullagh wrote:

I've adopted this profile and approved the merge with Davis-54448. 54448 appears to have much more research, including details from Anderson's Great Migration. As such, I suggest using most information from 54448.

On 13 Jul 2019 at 17:23 GMT Cheryl (Aldrich) Skordahl wrote:

Hi Sara, It looks like this profile is intended to represent the William Davis who has a sketch in Anderson's "Great Migration" p. 316. Same birth, death, children. Anderson, however, does not give LNAB of "Means" to wife; but rather says her surname is unknown.

I will add the PGM project box.

On 22 Jun 2018 at 14:20 GMT Anonymous Nagel wrote:

Davis-8711 and Davis-54448 appear to represent the same person because: same first name, last name, spouse, daughter, death location.





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