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An American Family History

Captain Simon Davis, Jr.

 

"[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."

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In 1662 Hampshire County, Massachusetts was formed from the western section of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Parts of the original county became Hampden, Franklin, Berkshire and Worcester Counties.
Early European settlers in the American colonies were mostly farmers and craftsmen. They had to work hard to provide daily neccesities for themselves.

Captain Simon Davis, Jr. was born on September 2, 1724 in Littleton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts. His parents were Simon and Jane Davis.

He married Mary Powers on September 23, 1745. Mary Powers was born on November 1, 1723. She may have been the daughter of Joseph and Hannah (Whitcomb) Powers or of Isaac Powers, son of Walter.

On January 12, 1745 Simon Davis Junr & Mary his wif made an acknowledgement for fornication owned the Covenant & had their child baptized. (Records of Littleton, p. 206)

Simon and Mary's children were:
Susannah Davis (1745),
Abigail Davis Alvord (1746-1820, married Stephen Alvord),
Elias Davis (1748),
Mary Davis (1749),
Sarah Davis,
Hannah Davis (December 3, 1752),
Simon Davis (1759),
Phineas Davis (1761), and
Sampson Davis.

He came to Greenwich, Hampshire County, Massachusetts about 1748. 

He was crippled in Colonel Seth Pomeroy's company at Lake George in 1755. The Battle of Lake George was on September 8, 1755 in northern New York. It was part of the French and Indian War. There were 1,500 French and Indian troops under Baron de Dieskau. They were defeated by 1,500 Americans under William Johnson and 200 Mohawks led by King Hendrick.

He was "warned out" of New Salem in 1760, where he may have lived but there are no deeds of land transaction.

Littleton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts was first settled in 1686 by English settlers and was the the location of the Native American village called Nashoba Plantation

Children of Simon and Jane Davis
  • Captain Simon Davis
  • Captain Isaac Davis
  • Jane Davis
  • Thankful Davis Hinds
  • Bettey Davis Emmons
  • Mary Davis
  • Dinah Davis Hildreth
  • Olive Davis Wheeler
  • Elias Davis
  • Lieutenant Ebenezer Davis
  • Lydia Davis Davis
  • Greenwich, Hampshire County, Massachusetts was incorporated in 1749 and dissolved in 1938. It was renamed from Quabbin in 1754 .

    Estate inventories give us a glance into the home life of Colonial Americans.

    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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    The French and Indian War lasted from 1754 to 1763 and was the North American phase of the Seven Years' War. The British and French were fighting over claim to the territory between the Appalachians and the Mississippi.

    The Burke and Alvord Memorial, John Alonzo Boutelle, William Alvord Burke p. 126 - 127

    Stephen Alvord born Northampton, Aug. 18, 1735; died Canada, March, 1812. Son of Joseph and Clémence (Wright) Alvord, who was the son of Ebenezer and Ruth (Baker) Alvord, who was the son of Alexander and Mary (Vore) Alvord. He was a hatter by occupation. He lived in Charlestown, N. H., before he was married. He also resided in Windsor, Vt., and in Woodstock, Vt., but died in Canada.

    "Charlestown, N. H., Lord's day, June 1, 1777, Stephen Alvord and wife were admitted to our communion." [Charlestown First Cong. Church. Their five eldest children were baptized July 26, 1778. Mrs. Gibbs says that her father became an Episcopalian. He was in the war of the Revolution. Feb. 25, 1804, Stephen Alvord was formerly guardian to Elihu and Josiah Taylor, heirs of the estate of Robert D. Taylor, late of Woodstock.

    He married Abigail Davis, Born Chesterfield,(?) 1747;(?) died Windsor, Vt., June 3, 1820, aged 73. She was the daughter of Simon and Mary (Powers) Davis, and had brothers, Elias, Simon, Phineas, and Sampson. Mr. Davis came up from Chesterfield, so says Mrs. Gibbs, and settled in Woodstock, Vt., where he died. Mrs. Alvord, after the death of her husband, returned from Canada to Vermont, and resided in Windsor, where she died.

    The widow Abigail Alvord having been recommended to our Christian fellowship by the church of Christ in Woodstock, Vt., and having satisfied the church of her religious experience, and been propounded the usual time—no objection; was received to the communion and fellowship of the church.

    The American Revolution was ended in 1783 when the Treaty of Paris was signed.

         

     

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