An American Family History

Joel Davis

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

Joel Davis was born on September 29, 1768 in Greenwich, Hampshire County, Massachusetts. He was the son of Captain Isaac Davis and his second wife, Elizabeth Powers.

He married Sophia Houghton on August 30, 1789 in Keene, New Hampshire. They were married by the Reverend Aaron Hall.

Sophia was born December 31, 1771 in Keene, Cheshire County, New Hampshire. She was the daughter of Israel Houghton and Alice Campbell. In Voices from Colonial America Scott Auden and Alan Taylor quote from Abner Sanger's account of what happened after the fight at Lexington and Concord

Keane town is in an uproar. They want a muster. I go to Baker's, Dorman's, Williams office, Wadsworth's, and to his shop, old Gideon Ellis', then to Israel Houghton', then set out home ... I meet El above the Bellows's house going to hear the news. The night is fair and clear.

He may be buried in Cavendish, Windsor County, Vermont.

Keene, Cheshire County, New Hampshire was settled after 1736 and was a fort protecting Massachusetts during the French and Indian Wars. It was called Upper Ashuelot. When New Hampshire separated from Massachusetts in 1741 it became Keene, New Hampshire. During King George's War, the village was attacked and burned.
Greenwich, Hampshire County, Massachusetts was incorporated in 1749 and dissolved in 1938. It was renamed from Quabbin in 1754 .
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
  • New Hampshire was first settled by Europeans in 1623. It was separated from Massachusetts in 1679.

    The United States Constitution is the supreme law of the United States of America and was ratified in 1789.




    Israel Houghton married Alice Campbell in 1769 and they had ten children. He was a minute man from Keene in Capt. Davis Howlet's company that marched at the Ticonderoga Alarm of 1777.


    Biographical Sketches of the Graduates of Yale College by Franklin Bowditch Dexter

    Israel Houghton, Junior, a son of Deacon Israel and Martha (Wheelock) Houghton, of Lancaster, Massachusetts, was born in that town on February 26, 1742. He entered Yale probably in Junior year, and is first marked as dead in the Triennial Catalogue of Graduates issued in 1808.

    The will of Deacon Houghton (drawn in 1769) gives to his son Israel only five shillings, "which," says the testator,"with what I have already done for him is his full part of my estate." The son was living in March, 1778, when the father's estate was settled, but is not mentioned later on the Lancaster records.

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