An American Family History

Barnabas Davis

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 New England Meetinghouse was the only municipal building in a town. Both worship and civil meetings were held there. It was customary for men and women to sit separately and the town chose a committee once a year to assign seats according to what was paid, age, and dignity.

Barnabas Davis was born on December 19, 1700 in Groton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts. He was the son of Samuel and Anna Davis

When he was 30 he married his first wife, Hannah Powers.

She may have been the Hannah Powers who was born on March 21, 1708/1709 in Concord. Her parents were Isaac Powers and Mary Poulter. Isaac was the son of Walter Powers and Trial Shepard. Her first cousin, Rachel Poulter, was Barnabas' second wife.

Or she may have been the Hannah Powers who was born in 1709 and was the daughter of Daniel Powers and Hannah Whitcomb.

Barnabas and Hannah's children included:
Jonathan Davis (August 14, 1731),
Barnabas Davis (September 14, 1733– died at Bunker Hill in 1775),
Elizabeth Davis Farnsworth (December 8, 1738), and
Hannah Davis (November 4, 1741). 

His second wife was Rachel Poulter Cutter, the widow of John Cutter. Rachel was born May 11, 1702 in Lexington and was the daughter of Jonathan Poulter and Elizabeth Coolidge.

From 1763 to 1771, they lived in Ipswich, New Hampshire with her oldest son.

He died on March 11, 1789 in Littleton when he was 88 years old. Rachel died in Temple, Hillsborough, New Hampshire in March 20, 1795.

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
  • Boston
    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.

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


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

    History of the Town of Lexington, Middlesex County, Massachusetts By Charles Hudson, Lexington Historical Society (Mass.) Published by Houghton Mifflin, 1913

    John Cutter (Ephraim,3 Richard,2 Elizabeth1) was born at Watertown 23 July 1700, died 20 Nov. 1747, g.s., son of Ephraim of Cambridge, Charlestown, Watertown, and East Jersey, and grandson of Richard, who came to Cambridge from Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England, died 18 June 1693, aged about 72, and Elizabeth Williams, died 5 Mar. 1661-62, aged 42, daughter of Robert and Elizabeth (Stalham). His mother, Bethia Wood, was born 28 July.

    He was a glazier, and from 1724 to 1734 resided at Woburn. Previously in 1722, he had bought an estate in Woburn of Elizabeth Richardson, administratrix. He appears to have mended the meeting-house glass in various towns and his estate was inventoried after his death at £308.

    He married about 1723 Rachel Poulter, born 11 May 1702, died at Temple, N. H., about 1795, daughter of Jonathan and Elizabeth ( ), and granddaughter of John [Poulter] and Rachel (Eliot). She owned the covenant in Lexington church in order that her child be baptized 19 July 1724. After her husband's death she moved to Woburn and was admitted to the church there 19 Nov. 1756.

    She married secondly Barnabas Davis, previously of Littleton, and moved with him to New Ipswich, N. H., to dwell with her eldest son, about 1763. After the son's death in 1771, the old couple with Rachel Cutter, a daughter, resided for a time with Joseph Cutter a grandson.

    Concord, Middlesex County, Massachusetts was settled early by the English as a frontier outpost of  the Massachusetts Bay Colony.
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