An American Family History

Dinah Davis Hildreth

Middlesex County, Massachusetts was created on May 10, 1643. The county originally included Charlestown, Cambridge, Watertown, Sudbury, Concord, Woburn, Medford, Wayland, and Reading.
Europeans first settled New Hampshire in the 1620s.

Dinah Davis Hildreth was born on April 20, 1737 in Littleton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts. Her parents were Simon and Jane Davis.

She married Captain Jonathan Hildreth about 1759. Dinah was his third wife. Jonathan was born on August 30, 1727 in Petersham, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was the son of Isaac Hildreth and Rachel Adams

Jonathan’s first wife was Mary Robbins. They married in Chelmsford, Cheshire County, New Hampshire on January 25, 1748/49. Mary was born on November 7, 1726 in Grafton, Worcester, Massachusetts. Her parents were Thomas Robbins and Lydia Adams. Mary died in 1751. 

Jonathan’s second wife was Phebe Farr. Phebe was born June 21, 1730 in Harvard, Worcester County, Massachusetts.

Jonathan and Phebe's children included:
Jonathan Hildreth (1753, married Lucy Bingham),
Reuben Hildreth (1755),
and Shilliel R. Hildreth (1758).

Phebe died November 28, 1758 in Westmoreland, Cheshire County, New Hampshire.

Dinah and Jonathan’s children were born in Westmoreland.
Isaac Davis Hildreth (January 8, 1760),
Martin Hildreth (August 6, 1761– March 15, 1823)
Lotan Hildreth (March 29, 1763—June 3, 1812),
Phebe Hildreth Fletcher (December 12, 1765),
Edward Hildreth (September 14, 1767, married Sarah Farr),
Adams Hildreth (October 18, 1769, married Sarah Baldwin),
Dinah Hildreth (July 8, 1771– March 19, 1772),
Dinah Hildreth Parker (February 23, 1773),
Tola Hildreth (September 1, 1774—October,  1774),
Sarah Hildreth (February 19, 1776) and
Luna Hildreth (July 31, 1778– December 16, 1785).

According to the History of Chesterfield, "Jonathan Hildreth had a saw-mill on the upper part of Catsbane brook as early as 1770." He was selectman in 1767, 1770, and 1779.

Dinah died in 1805.

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

    In early New England towns policy was set by a board of 3 to 5 selectmen. They oversaw public responsibilities such as the policing, roads, and fences.



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