An American Family History

Amos Davis

Concord, Middlesex County, Massachusetts was settled early by the English as a frontier outpost of  the Massachusetts Bay Colony.
New Hampshire was first settled by Europeans in 1623. It was separated from Massachusetts in 1679.

Amos Davis was born on October 15, 1705 in Groton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts. His parents were Samuel and Anna Davis.

He married Elizabeth Chapman about 1727. Elizabeth was born on October 19, 1704 in Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts. Her parents were John Chapman and Elizabeth Davis.

Amos and Elizabeth's children may have included:

Edith Davis Cole (September 29, 1728, married Jonathan Cole),
Phebe Davis (June 21, 1730),
Amos Davis, Jr. (September 2, 1732, married Sarah Metcalf),
Elizabeth Davis (November 14, 1735),
Jonas Davis (April 9, 1737),
Rachel Davis (October 7, 1739),
Lois Davis (October 1, 1742),
Samuel Davis (October 15, 1744, married his cousin Lydia Davis)
Reuben Davis (July 14, 1747),
Esther Davis (August 21, 1749), and
Ezra Davis (1752). 

They lived in Littleton, Uxbridge, again in Littleton, Petersham and Harvard, Massachusetts. Amos was one of the grantees of Westmoreland, New Hampshire, and moved there soon after 1750. Amos and Elizabeth were among the founding members of the church in Westmoreland.

Elizabeth died September 6, 1764 in Westmoreland, Cheshire County, New Hampshire. She is buried in the cemetery on Canoe Meadow. Her tombstone is the oldest in the cemetery.

Amos died soon after 1770.

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.
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
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    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

    The town of Ipswich was established on August 5, 1634, from common land called Agawam. On October 18, 1648, that portion called the "Village" at the New Meadows was set off as Topsfield. The boundary line between Ipswich and Topsfield was established, February 28, 1694.

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    Lineage book - National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Volumes 57-58

    Amos Davis (1732-94) served as a private in Capt. Oliver Cobleigh's company, Colonel Ashley's regiment from Chesterfield, and marched to the relief of the garrison at Ticonderoga, 1777.

    He was born in Westmoreland; died in Chesterfield, N. H.



    Chelmsford, Middlesex County, Massachusetts was incorporated in May, 1655

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

    Amos [Davis], fourth son of Samuel (2) and Hannah Davis, was born October 15, 1705, in Groton, and was a small child when his parents removed to Chelmsford [Massachusetts]..

    He lived successively in Littleton, Uxbridge, again in Littleton, Petersham and Harvard, Massachusetts. He was one of the grantees of Westmoreland, New Hampshire, and removed to that town, very soon after 1750. He and his wife were among the foundation members of the church there, where he died soon after 1770.

    No church record of his children is found, but the baptismal name of his wife was Elizabeth. Their children were:
    1. Edith, born September 30, 1728.
    2. Phebe, June 21, 1730.
    3. Amos, September 2, 1732, married Sarah Metcalf and lived in Chesterfield, New Hampshire.
    4. Elizabeth, November 14, 1735.
    5. Jones, April 9, 1737, lived in Chesterfield.
    6. Rachel, October 7, 1739.
    7. Samuel, October 15, 1744.
    8. Reuben, July 17, 1747.
    9. Esther, August 21, 1749.
    10. Ezra,

    Middlesex County, Massachusetts was created on May 10, 1643. The county originally included Charlestown, Cambridge, Watertown, Sudbury, Concord, Woburn, Medford, Wayland, and Reading.

    Ezra [Davis], youngest child of Amos and Elizabeth Davis, was born about 1752 in Westmoreland, and was a soldier of the revolution. He enlisted June 29, 1777, in Captain J. Cole's company of Colonel Ashley's regiment of militia. He marched from Westmoreland at the Bennington alarm, June 28. 1777. The date of his death is not found in the archives of New Hampshire.

    He was married in Westmoreland to Ruth Farrington, of that town, and after his death she married (second) Dean Carleton. with whom she removed to Denmark, Maine, and there died January 27, 1826.

    The children of Ezra and Ruth Davis were:
    Ezra, born April 7, 1779.
    Elizabeth, December 19. 1780.
    William, w, and

    A militia is a military unit composed of citizens who are called up in time of need.

    from Edward Chapman, of Ipswich, Mass.

    John Chapman born July 7, 1676, married 28 Oct., 1702, Elizabeth Davis, and had:

    i Martha, b. 10 Feb., 1703.
    ii Elizabeth, b. 19 Oct., 1704.
    iii Rebecca, b. 10 May, 1713.
    iv John4, b. 2 Jan., 1715.
    v Davis4, b. 26 Jan., 1717.

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