An American Family History

Jacob 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



The American Revolutionary War (1775–1783) was between the Kingdom of Great Britain and the 13 colonies which became the newly formed United States.

Jacob Davis was born on October 12, 1757 in Greenwich, Hampshire County, Massachusetts. He was the son of Captain Isaac Davis and his first wife, Lucy Osborn.

He was a soldier in the Revolutionary War.

He married Lucy Hastings about 1778. Lucy was born on April 19, 1758 in Littleton, Massachusetts. She was the daughter of Josiah Hastings and Mary Hartwell. She was born on April 19, 1758. Josiah and Andrew Hastings signed the Association Test in Chesterfield.

Jacob and Lucy's children included:
Eli Davis (1779) and
Abigail Davis (1780).

Lucy died before April 25, 1781. Jacob died in 1781. They were 21 and 23 years old.

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." 

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
  • Diseases have transformed history and the lives of our ancestors.

    The American Flag was adopted in 1777.




    Genealogical and Personal Memoirs edited by William Richard Cutter, William Frederick Adams

    Josiah Hastings, ...settled in Chesterfield as early as 1770, and lived near the river in the southwest quarter of the town, on what has long been known as the Hastings farm. He was a soldier of the revolution and was in service in 1775 and 1777. He died December 14, 1810. His wife was Mary Hartwell.

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