An American Family History

Captain Isaac 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


Mister ( Mr.) was derived from master and Mrs. and Miss were derived from mistress. They indicated people of superior social status in colonial America.
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.

A militia is a military unit composed of citizens who are called up in time of need.
Quabbin was also called Quaker Plain and Narragansett. Quabbin is now under the Quabbin reservoir.

Captain Isaac Davis was born on September 11, 1726 in Quabbin (later) Greenwich, Hampshire County, Massachusetts. His parents were Simon and Jane Davis.

He married his first wife, Lucy Osborn, in 1750 when he was 24 years old. They were married on August 1, 1750 in Quabbin, Hampshire County, Massachusetts.

Quabbin, August 1, 1750 then Isaac Davis and Lucy the daughter of Mr. Jacob Osborn both of Quabbin. Entered into the marriage covenant with each other according to the Laws of this Province. Petaliah Webster clerk per William Carpenter parish Clerk.

Lucy died on August 21, 1761 and Isaac remarried the next year.

His married his second wife, Elizabeth Powers on February 16, 1762 in Greenwich, Hampshire County, Massachusetts. Their children and life together are described in detail in the section on Isaac and Elizabeth Davis.

Isaac Davis was an active participant in the Revolution. His name appeared on the payroll of Captain Abbot’s Company for August 1, 1775. He was then a private and enlisted on April 24, 1775.  He had 315 days in service. His rate per month was 40 shillings. He received reimbursement for traveling 80 6.8 miles and received payment for his coat and blanket.

Later in 1775 on October 4, 1775, his name appeared in Joshua Abbott’s Company under the following

We the Subscribers belonging to Capt Abots Company in Coll Stark’s Regt do hereby acknowledge that we have receivd of Timo Walker June Four Dollars each Man in full Satisfaction for the regimental Coat which was promised us by the Colony of New Hampshire-Medford Octr 4, 1775.

He signed the Association Test in Chesterfield in 1776.

Later in the war he commanded a company in Colonel Samuel Ashley’s regiment of the militia which was sent to reinforce the “Northern Army" from October 21st to November 16th in 1776. This is verified by the New Hampshire State papers:

Colonel Samuel Ashley’s Regiment of Militia who marched from the County of Cheshire at the requisition of Major General Gates to reinforce the Army of Ticonderoga. Engaged October 21st returned Nov 16, 1776. . .Isaac Davis, Capt.  Time in service 26 days. 

This muster shows he served with Lieutenant Stephen Griswold who was his wife’s second husband.

He was paid in April 17th in New York.

New York Apr 11  ye 20th AD 1776—We The Subscribours have Recd of Captt Joshua Abbot The holl of our Wages for the month of febery & march for ouer Sarvce In the Contentel armey Red By us—

His name appeared in a similar receipt for wages dated November 5, 1776 at Mount Independence and on a

Travailing and Billeting Roll for Capt Abbots Company in Coll Starks Regiment
Fort George Novr ye 22d 1776.

He received 11.8 pence which was for ten days of billeting before marching at 6 pence per day and 80 miles at one penny per mile.

He died in Chesterfield on November 28, 1776, only twelve days after the end of his service in the army.

He was buried probably buried in the Town Cemetery in Roxbury, Cheshire County, New Hampshire.

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." 

Chesterfield, Sullivan County, New Hampshire was incorporated in 1752. It is on the Connecticut River and bounded on the southeast by Swansey and Keene. In 1790 during the first census, Sullivan County was part of Cheshire County.
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
  • In 1662 Hampshire County, Massachusetts was formed from the western section of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Parts of the original county became Hampden, Franklin, Berkshire and Worcester Counties.
    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
  • The town clerk was one of the first offices in colonial America. The clerk recorded births, marriages, and deaths.

    ye is an archaic spelling of "the."




    Early Dublin: A List of the Revolutionary Soldiers of Dublin, New Hampshire by Samuel Carroll Derby published by Press of Spahr & Glenn, 1901

    Isaac Davis of Chesterfield, son of Simon Davis, of Greenwich, Mass., came to Chesterfield about 1762, being then thirty years old. He died there, Nov. 28, 1776, only twelve days after the end of his service in the army, which probably caused his death. He signed the "Association Test" at Chesterfield, 1776, and commanded a company in Col. Samuel Ashley's regiment which went to reinforce the "Northern Army," Oct. 21-Nov. 16, 1776.


    DNA match with other descendant in this line.
    Samuel Davis
    Simon Davis
    Captain Isaac Davis
    Eunice Davis Dwinnell
    Isaac Davis Dwinnell, Sr.
    Isaac Davis Dwinnell, Jr.
    Victoria Dwinnell Miller
    Robert Wilson Miller, Sr.
    Robert Wilson Miller, Jr.

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