John Ayer, Sen., John Ayer, Jr., 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)
Davises who received second division lands in Haverhill 1652: James Sr., 10 acres, James Jr. 10 acres, John, Thomas. (p77)
1667 Division James Sr & Jr received 20 acres (p 106) 1721 5th Division lands James Jr and James Sr (p 256)
"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." 
"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."
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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
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James Davis was the son of John Davis of Acton Turville, Gloucestershire, England. He married Cecily Thayer in Gloucester, though the marriage is actually found in the parish records of Thornbury where his wife was from. His first two children were baptized in Thornbury while the the third was at Acton Turville. The baptisms of his remaining children have not been found because of the loss of parish records at Acton Turville.
He is first found in Hampton, Massachusetts where he was made a freeman in 1640. It has been stated in print that James Davis of Hampton was not the same as James Davis of Haverhill. This has been shown to be an error, and they are in fact the same man.
Born: About 1583, probably in Acton Turville, Gloucestershire, England.
The date comes from his death record which states he was about 96 years old. This would seem about a decade early for someone married in 1618. It was very common in the Massachusetts records for ages the individuals who lived to an extreme age to have their age at death exaggerated to make them even older. It is possible, and maybe even likely, that the 96 year old age at death is either a transcription error or an exaggeration.
Marriage and Children
Married: Cicely Thayer on 11 June 1618 in Gloucester (but recorded in Thornbury parish register), Gloucestershire, England.
Children of James Davis and Cicely Thayer:
James Davis. Baptized 4 July 1619 in Thornbury, Gloucestershire, England.
John Davis. Baptized 28 January 1621 in Thornbury.
Sarah Davis. Baptized 24 December 1623 in Acton Turville, Gloucestershire, England.
Judith Davis. Born say 1624. She married Samuel Guile on 1 Sep 1647 in Haverhill, Massachusetts. She died May 1667 in Haverhill.
Ephraim Davis. Born say 1627. He married Mary Johnson on 31 Dec 1659 in Andover, Massachusetts.
Samuel Davis. Born say 1630.
Died: 29 January 1679 in Haverhill, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay.
Will: James Davis Sr of Haverhill
Dated 17 March 1675/6.
to my son John Davis
to James Davis, son of my son John Davis
to my son Ephraim Davis
to Stephen and Ephraim Davis, sons of my son Ephraim Davis
to my son Samuel Davis
to my daughter Sarah, wife of John Page Jr
to James Gild, son of Samuel Gild
son John to be executor
Parish registers of Acton Turville: The parish registers of Acton Turville start in 1665, greatly hindering the reconstruction of this family. A few scattered records of the Davis family in Acton Turville can be found in the Bishop's Transcripts. Among these can be found the baptism James Davis' daughter Sarah Davis. It is likely the his remaining children were also born Acton Turville, but the records no longer exist.
Identification of father: This James Davis has been identified as the son of John Davis of Acton Turville based on a series of wills and baptisms. The first two children of James Davis were baptized at Thornbury where his marriage is recorded and where his wife's family had long resided, while the baptism for his third child was at Acton Turville. These children were James, John and Sarah. The will of his father John Davis dated April 1626 names his son James, as well as his grandchildren by James - James, John and Sarah. James Davis was named in the will of uncle Thomas Davis of Acton Turville. This will also proves James had another brother named Ephraim; James named a son Ephraim.
Common Errors to Avoid
Error 1: 1635 immigration and freeman date. He is often said to have arrived in in the Massachusetts Bay Colony by 1635 as he was made a freeman on 4 March 1634/35. This is incorrect. This record belongs to an unrelated James Davis of Boston. The error probably occurred for a couple of reasons. First, it might appear that he is last in a list of men from Newtown, when in fact he is first in a list of men from Boston. Second, early authors failed to realize that James Davis of Hampton was the same person as James Davis of Haverhill. They assumed that the record of James Davis of Hampton being made a freeman must apply to another man; they therefore incorrectly deduced that the record from 1635 must apply to James Davis of Haverhill. That James Davis of Hampton was the man who later moved to Haverhill is proved by later land transactions.
James Davis of Hampton and later Haverhill was made a freeman on 13 May 1640.
Error 2: He came from (or was born in) Marlborough, Wiltshire, England. It is a frequently copied statement that “according to old Bible records” that he came from Marlborough, Wiltshire, England. There is no evidence to support this and is likely incorrect. His origins have been firmly placed in Acton Turville, Gloucestershire. He married a woman from Thornbury, Gloucestershire and his first two children were baptized at Thornbury with the third at Acton Turville. Marlborough is not impossibly far from these towns, being about thirty miles from Acton Turville and 50 miles from Thornbury. The parish records at Acton Turville no longer exist before 1600, so the actual baptismal record of James Davis has never been (and will likely never be) found. Still, James Davis was almost certainly born in Acton Turville where his father lived and died, and a move to Marlborough prior to his immigration is highly unlikely. Without any supporting evidence, this statement should be rejected as yet another family tradition which turns out to be wrong.
Error 3: James Davis of Haverhill is not the same person as the James Davis who married Cicely Thayer. In 1906, the NEHGR published two articles containing will transcripts and parish records of the Thayer family from Thornbury, Gloucester, England. Unfortunately, the articles contain a number of transcription errors in both the Thornbury parish registers and in the wills. These errors included: 1. A mistranscription of the will of John Thayer leading to a failure to identify Cicely Thayer as his daughter. 2. A mistranscription of the baptism of James Davis Jr. 3. Several mistranscriptions of dates 4. Incorrect double dating of the Thornbury records. 5. A mistranscription of the burial record of Cicely Thayer’s mother.
These errors led subsequent authors to reject, or to express doubt about, the idea that James Davis of Haverhill was the same person as the James Davis who married Cicely Thayer – the argument being the names and dates did not match what was known about James Davis of Haverhill. For example, Hoyt in his corrections to Old Families of Salisbury and Amesbury pointed out that “names and dates do not coincide” and rejected the identification. Tomas Ojeda used the NEHGR in his attempt to reconstruct the Thayer family and so made a number of errors in his Thayer Family of Thornbury. The excellent genealogist Mary Lovering Holman also was misled, and gave James Davis’ wife simply as Cicely _____ in her treatment of James Davis of Haverhill.
These errors were pointed out and corrected by Clifford L. Scott in an article which appeared in The American Genealogist in 1998.</ref> In fact, the dates and names match perfectly to the family of James Davis of Haverhill – there is now no doubt that James Davis married Cicely Thayer on 11 June 1618 ‘at Gloucester’ (but recorded at Thornbury Parish) before immigrating to the Massachusetts Bay Colony and eventually settling in Haverhill, Massachusetts.
Baptism of son: The original extraction of Thornbury parish records as published in the NEHGR mistranscribed the baptism of James Davis Jr as being that of "Francis Davis." These errors led subsequent authors to reject, or to express doubt about, the idea that James Davis of Haverhill was the same person as the James Davis who married Cicely Thayer. The error was pointed out by Clifford Stott in 1998. In fact, the corrected names and dates fit perfectly with the family of James Davis.
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↑ 1.01.11.2 Chase, George Wingate. History of Haverhill, Massachusetts, from its first settlement, in 1640, to the year 1860. Haverhill: By the Author, 1861.
↑ 2.02.1 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)
↑ 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.
↑ 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.
↑ 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)
↑ Warden, William Albert. The Ancestors, Kin and Descendants of John Warden and Narcissa Davis Warden, his wife. Worcester, Mass., 1901. (p 167)
↑ Davis, Edwin Pountney. Davis, of Acton Turville, Gloucestershire: The Ancestry of James, Thomas and John Davis, who Settled in Newbury, Massachusetts c1638. (São Paulo, Brazil : privately published, 1984).
↑ Haverhill. Vital Records of Haverhill, vol. 2: Marriages and Deaths. (1910-1911): page 383.
↑ Entered by Rob Stafford, Saturday, December 28, 2013.
Davis, Edwin Pountney. Davis, of Acton Turville, Gloucestershire: The Ancestry of James, Thomas and John Davis, who Settled in Newbury, Massachusetts c1638. (São Paulo, Brazil : privately published, 1984).
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Holman, Mary Lovering. Ancestry of Charles Stinson Pillsbury and John Sargent Pillsbury, vol. 1 of 2. (n.p., 1938): pages 443-49, Thayer line. Ancestry.com link
Holman, Mary Lovering. Ancestry of Charles Stinson Pillsbury and John Sargent Pillsbury, vol. 1 of 2. (n.p., 1938): pages 153-155, 295-297, Davis line. Ancestry.com link
New England Historical and Genealogical Register [NEHGR] vol. 60, no. 3 (July 1906): pages 281-288. Tayer (Thayer) Family Entries in the Parish Register of Thornbury, Gloucestershire, England, by Walter Faxon, Edward Henry Whorf, and Henry Ernest Woods. Archive.org link.
New England Historical and Genealogical Register [NEHGR] vol. 60, no. 3 (July 1906): pages 289-291. Abstracts of Wills Relating to the Tayer (Thayer) Family of Thornbury, Gloucestershire, England, by Henry Ernest Woods. Archive.org link.
Hoyt, David W. The Old Families of Salisbury and Amesbury, Massachusetts, with some related families of Newbury, Haverhill, Ipswich and Hampton, three volumes and supplement. (1897), vol. 1, page 125, Supp. page 1062.
Ojeda, Tomas Thayer. The Thayer Family of Thornbury: A Study Trying Its Reconstitution. (Santiago, Chile, 1907): pages 19-20.
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.
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Do you have GDMNH - because what is quoted here says his father John's will names "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?