An American Family History

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


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, married Lydia Stoddard, son of David Stoddard-1754),
Roswell Davis (1784),
Osborne Davis (1779),
Susannah Davis (1781, married David Stoddard-1777),
Jacob Davis (1786),
Lucy Davis (1786),
Clarissa Davis Barrett (1788, married Henry Barrett),
Jonathan Davis (1791), and
Sally Davis (1796, married Eleazer Stoddard, son of David Stoddard-1754). 

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." 

    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.




    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.

    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

    Europeans first settled New Hampshire in the 1620s.
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