An American Family History

James Davis

Charlestown was first settled in 1628 and was the Massachusetts Bay Colony's initial seat of  government. Charlestown became part of Boston in 1874.

James Davis was born about 1650 in Charlestown, Suffolk County, Massachusetts. His parents were Barnabas Davis and Patience James.

James was in Scituate by 1673, when he had lands in the Conihassett laid out. He married Elizabeth Randall of Scituate. She was the daughter of William Randall and was born in 1652.

They moved to Boston at some point.

Their children included:
Elizabeth Davis Hunnewell (baptized as an adult, August 21, 1694, married Charles Hunnewell),
William Davis (February 1, 1679),
Hannah Davis (April 27, 1684)
Randall Davis,  Nathaniel Davis (December 29, 1689- died unmarried, December  21, 1721) and
Barnabas Davis (July 10, 1692).

James died in 1718.

Children of
Barnabas Davis
and Patience James
  • Samuel Davis
  • Patience Davis Ridland
  • Barnabus Davis
  • Nathaniel Davis
  • Hopewell Davis
  • James Davis
  • 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.

    Boston was founded in 1630 by Puritan settlers from England.

    Estate inventories give us a glance into the home life of Colonial Americans.



    In 1721, Boston had a terrible smallpox epidemic. Citizens fled the city and spread the disease to the other colonies. Inoculation was introduced during this epidemic by Zabdiel Boylston and Cotton Mather.

    from New England Families, Genealogical and Memorial by William Richard Cutter

    James, son of Barnabas Davis, was born about 1650. He was a cordwainer by trade, and lived in Scituate and Charlestown, Massachusetts. He was of Scituate in 1675 when he sold a house in Charlestown. He gave evidence "as one of the three most ancient inhabitants of the town" of Charlestown concerning William Phillips in 1718. He sold various lots of land in Charlestown between 1675 and 1715, and was owner of common rights in Charlestown.

    He married Elizabeth Randall, of Scituate.

    Elizabeth, baptized, an adult, August 21, 1694, married Charles Hunnewell;
    William, born in Charlestown, February 1, 1679;
    Hannah, April 27, 1684;
    Randall, mentioned below;
    Nathaniel, December 29, 1689, died unmarried, December 21, 1721;
    Barnabas, July 10, 1692.


    Mary White Rowlandson,Talcot
    was captured by Native Americans
    during King Philip's War (1675-1676).

    Scituate, Plymouth County, Massachusetts was settled in 1627 by Puritan colonists from Plymouth.


    Lush forests in Colonial America allowed settlers to build wooden homes.

    from History of Scituate, Massachusetts: From its First Settlement to 1831 by Samuel Deane

    William Randall came into Scituate before 1640. His farm was on the brook that falls into Till's or Dwelley's creek. His house was in the valley, twenty rods north of the brook on the west side of the way, where stands the mansion of Elisha Foster, sen. late deceased.

    There is no record of his marriage here. He probably married at Rhode Island, where we find some traces of him as early as 1636; or in Marshfield, where he seems to have been 1637.

    He was an enterprising and useful man in many respects; but unfortunately for himself, appears to have been litigious. There are several disputes on the Colony records, which he prosecuted with his neighbors about bounds of lands, and when the causes were decided against him, he seems not to have submitted very quietly. He was fined [in] 1660, "for striking Edward Wanton" in one of these disputes and in 1664,

    for breaking the King's peace by poakeing Jeremiah Hatch with a ho-pole, was fined 3s. 4d. Colony Records.

    He, with his wife, were of the party that gained much strength from 1650 to 1670, which held it unlawful to pay religious teachers. His goods were occasionally taken by the constable. On one of these occasions, [in] "1654 William Randall's wife fined for abusing the Constable, Walter Hatch." Colony Records. After these troubles, they both settled down to quiet members of Mr. Witherell's church.

    Their children were
    Sarah, born 1640,
    Joseph 1642,
    Hannah 1644,
    William 1647,
    John 1650,
    Elizabeth 1652,
    Job 1654,
    Benjamin 1656, Isaac 1658.

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