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Jonathan Davis

 

"[L]iberty must at all hazards be supported.
We have a right to it, derived from our Maker.
But if we had not, our fathers have earned and bought it for us,
at the expense of their ease, their estates, their pleasure, and their blood."

-- John Adams, 1765

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Greenwich, Hampshire County, Massachusetts was incorporated in 1749 and dissolved in 1938. It was renamed from Quabbin in 1754 .

During Shays' Rebellion the rebels were mostly farmers angered by excessive debt and taxes. Failure to repay debts could resulted in imprisonment in debtor's prison or the state claiming property.

Jonathan Davis was born about 1753 in Greenwich, Massachusetts. He was the son of Captain Isaac Davis and his first wife, Lucy Osborn.

He married Rebecca Peacock in 1775. Rebecca was born on August 15, 1756 in Hardwick, Worcester County, Massachusetts. Her parents were John Peacock and Esther Lessley.

Jonathan and Rebecca's children included:
Asenath Davis (1775),
Isaac Davis (1778-1827, married Lydia Stoddard),
Roswell Davis (1784-1855),
Osborne Davis (1779-1841),
Susannah Davis Stoddard (1781, married David Stoddard),
Jacob Davis (1786),
Lucy Davis (1786),
Clarissa Davis Barrett (1788, married Henry Barrett),
Jonathan Davis (1791-1868), and
Sally Davis Stoddard (1796-1864, married Eleazer Stoddard). 

In 1776 Jonathan signed the Association Test in Chesterfield along with Samuel and John Peacock.

Jonathan remained in Chesterfield and is listed in the 1790 census.

Rebecca died in 1796 and he died March 22, 1799 in Chesterfield, Cheshire County, New Hampshire. He may be buried in Old West (Goodrich) Cemetery in Chesterfield.            
Children of Isaac Davis
and Lucy Osborn
  • Jonathan Davis
  • Lucy Davis
  • Jemima Davis McMichel
  • Jacob Davis
  • Samuel Davis
  • Isaac Davis
  • of Isaac Davis and
    Elizabeth Powers
  • Susannah Davis
  • Elizabeth Davis
  • Olive Davis
  • Joel Davis
  • Susannah Davis Shattuck
  • Eunice Davis Dwinnell
  • Lydia Davis
  • Hannah Davis
  • Abigail Davis Stephens
  • of Stephen Griswold
    and Elizabeth Powers
  • Mary Griswold
  • Clara Griswold Rockwood
  • Flavia Griswold Hendrix
  • Esther Griswold Bliss
  • The Association Test
    “We, the subscribers do hereby solemnly engage and promise that we will, to the utmost of our powers, at the risque of our lives and fortunes, with arms, oppose the hostile proceedings of the British fleets and Armies against the United American Colonies." 

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    1756
    New Hampshire was first settled by Europeans in 1623. It was separated from Massachusetts in 1679.

    The American Revolutionary War (1775–1783) was between the Kingdom of Great Britain and the 13 colonies which became the newly formed United States.

     

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    History of Chesterfield

    Jonathan [Davis], oldest son of Capt. Isaac (1), m. 1775 Rebecca Peacock and settled in Chfd. He. d. Mar. 22, 1779, in his 49th year.

    Ch.
    Asenath, b. Dec, 29, 1775.
    Isaac, b. Jan. 16, 1778 m. 1804 Lydia, dau. of David Stoddard (2) who had d. 1832. Resided in Chfd. He d. Nov. 10, 1827. Had no ch.
    Osborn (4), b. Sept. 17, 1779.
    Susanna, b. Feb. 20, 1781; m., 1801 David Stoddard (3)
    Roswell (5), b. Feb 3. 1784.
    Jacob and Lucy b. Apr. 5, 1786
    Clarissa, b. Mar 17, 1788; m., 1808, Henry Barrett, of Hins.--
    Jonathan (6), b. June 12, 1791.
    Sally, m., 1816 Eleazer Stoddard (8); d. June 14, 1864. a. 68

    Genealogical and Family History of the State of New Hampshire by Ezra S. Stearns is available on Kindle.
         

    In early New England towns policy was set by a board of 3 to 5 selectmen. They oversaw public responsibilities such as the policing, roads, and fences.

    from Genealogical and Family History of Northern New York: A Record by William Richard Cutter

    David [Stoddard], son of Eliezer Stoddard, was born in Newton, Massachusetts, November 27, 1726. He came to Chesterfield, New Hampshire, about 1767. . .David was a soldier in the revolution, third sergeant in the summer of 1775 in Captain Jacob Hind’s company, Colonel James Reid's regiment, and was paid four dollars for a coat. The Chesterfield historian states that he was in the battle of Bennington, and died on the way home from the army. He may have volunteered in a company of which no payroll has been saved, of a company that asked no pay. (See New Hamp. State Papers, vol. xiv, pages 84 and I99). He was selectman of Chesterfield in I771-72.

    He married Joanna.
    Children:
    1. Eliezer (named for his grandfather), married, in 1778, Alice Coburn; he was also a soldier in the revolution.
    2. Lemuel, mentioned below.
    3. David [Stoddard], born 1754; married Sarah French.
    4. Abigail, married Shadrach Herrick; died March 26, 1835.
    5. Samuel, May 11 1767.
    6. Asa, August 27, 1770.
    7. Joseph, December 30, 1771.

     

     

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