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An American Family History

Samuel Davis, Jr.

Groton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts was settled and incorporated in 1655
Chelmsford, Middlesex County, Massachusetts was incorporated in May, 1655
American colonists continued to use British monetary units, namely the pound, shilling and pence for which £1 (or li) equalled 20s and 1s equalled 12d. In 1792 the dollar was established as the basic unit of currency.

Samuel Davis, Jr. was born on January 8 1669/1670 in Charlestown, Suffolk County, Massachusetts. His parents were Samuel Davis, Sr. and Mary Waters.

He married Anna or Hannah about 1693. Their life together and children are described in detail in the Samuel and Anna Davis section.

He died on January 14, 1738/39 in Groton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.

Children of Samuel
and Anna Davis
  • Samuel Davis
  • Anna Davis
  • Mary Davis Foster
  • Barnabas Davis
  • Simon Davis
  • Amos Davis
  • Experience Davis
  • Elizabeth Davis
  • Ebenezer Davis
  • Stephen Davis
  • Old Style Calendar
    Before 1752 the year began on Lady Day, March 25th,. Dates between January 1st and March 24th were at the end of the year. Old Style (O.S.) and New Style (N.S.) are used to indicate whether the year has been adjusted. Often both dates are used.
    Queen Ann’s War was between 1702 and 1713. It was part of the War of Spanish Succession. England, Austria, the Netherlands, and Portugal joined forces to prevent France from becoming too powerful. The war waged on the New England frontier was called Queen Ann’s War.
    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.

    Charlestown was first settled in 1628 and was the Massachusetts Bay Colony's initial seat of  government. Charlestown became part of Boston in 1874.
    Queen Anne ruled England and Great Britain from March 8, 1702 to August 1, 1714.
    European and indiginous American fought fierce battles as the Europeans expanded their territory.
     

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

    Genealogical and Family History of the State of Maine by George Thomas Little, Henry Sweetser Burrage, Albert Roscoe Stubbs, Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1909

    Samuel (2), second son of Samuel (1) and Mary (Waters) Davis, was born January 10, 1669, in Groton, and was one of the soldiers of Queen Anne's war, serving in Captain Tyng's company of snowshoe men in 1703. For this service he was one of the grantees of Tyngstown. now Manchester, New Hampshire. He bought land in Groton of William and Patience (Davis) Ridland, in 1694, and continued to live there until 1706, when he removed to Chelmsford.

    The births of seven of his children are recorded in Groton, and the same children with two others are recorded in Chelmsford, namely:
    1. Samuel, born August 16, 1695.
    2. Anna, May 24, 1697.
    3. Mary, May 20, 1699.
    4. Barnabas, December 19. 1700.
    5. Simon, November 15, 1702.
    6. Amos, October 15, 1705.
    7. Experience, January 23, 1707, died in December following.
    8. Elizabeth, January 16, 1708.
    9. Steven, January 31, 1711, died when less than one year old. The baptismal name of the mother was Hannah.

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

    Bi-centennial of Old Dunstable: Address by Hon. S.T. Worcester, October 27, 1873 by Edward Henry Spalding, Samuel Thomas Worcester, Ebenezer Bancroft

    The government furnished snow shoes to enable soldiers to march in the winter into the camps and villages of the Indians It is well known that a man will, in winter, travel very much farther in a day on snow shoes than without them, and the Indians finding that the deep snows of winter were no protection from hostile attacks, soon after this expedition withdrew to a greater distance from the settlements. . .

    This township thus granted was called Tyngstown, in honor of Maj. Wm. Tyng, of Dunstable, who led the expedition in 1703, on snow shoes as far as Winnepissiokee Lake and killed six of the enemy."

     
     

    DNA match with other descendant in this line.
    Samuel Davis
    Simon Davis
    Captain Isaac Davis
    Eunice Davis Dwinnell
    Isaac Davis Dwinnell, Sr.
    Isaac Davis Dwinnell, Jr.
    Victoria Dwinnell Miller
    Robert Wilson Miller, Sr.
    Robert Wilson Miller, Jr.