An American Family History

Nathaniel Davis

Middlesex County, Massachusetts was created on May 10, 1643. The county originally included Charlestown, Cambridge, Watertown, Sudbury, Concord, Woburn, Medford, Wayland, and Reading.
The town common (commons) was a small, open field at the center of the town which was jointly owned. It was used as a marketplace, a place for the militia to drill, or for grazing livestock.

Nathaniel Davis was born about 1675 in Groton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts. His parents were Samuel Davis, Sr. and Mary Waters.

He married Rose about 1700.

Rose and Nathaniel's children included:
Joanna Davis (1702),
Sarah Davis (1704),
Eleanor Davis (1706),
Rachel Davis Kemp  (1709, married Josiah Kemp),
Matthew Davis (1711),
Mary Davis (1712),
Nathaniel Davis (1715),
Zacheriah Davis (1717),
Isaac Davis (1721),
Elisabeth Davis (1724),
Elezaer Davis (1729).

Mary White Rowlandson,Talcot
was captured by Native Americans
during King Philip's War (1675-1676).
Children of Samuel Davis Sr.
and Mary Waters
  • Mary Davis
  • Elizabeth Davis Church
  • Mary Davis Lewis Pratt
  • John Davis
  • Sarah Davis Cady
  • Samuel Davis
  • Barnabas Davis
  • Steven Davis
  • Patience Davis Green
  • Nathaniel Davis
  • Groton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts was settled and incorporated in 1655. During King Philip's War, indigenous warriors burned all but four of Groton's garrisons. Survivors fled, but returned two years later to rebuild the town. Groton was again threated during Queen Anne's War.

    Early European settlers in the American colonies were mostly farmers and craftsmen. They had to work hard to provide daily neccesities for themselves.

    In 1721, Boston had a terrible smallpox epidemic. Citizens fled the city and spread the disease to the other colonies. Inoculation was introduced during this epidemic by Zabdiel Boylston and Cotton Mather.