An American Family History

Samuel and Anna Davis

Groton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts
Chelmsford, Middlesex County, Massachusetts
Chelmsford, Middlesex County, Massachusetts was incorporated in May, 1655
Middlesex County, Massachusetts was created on May 10, 1643. The county originally included Charlestown, Cambridge, Watertown, Sudbury, Concord, Woburn, Medford, Wayland, and Reading.

Samuel Davis and his wife, Anna (Hannah), married before 1695 when their first son was born.

He bought land in Groton from his uncle and aunt, William and Patience (Davis) Ridland.

Samuel Davis, was born on August 16, 1694/95. Anne or Anna Davis was born on April 24, 1697. Mary Davis Foster was born on May 20, 1699. Barnabas Davis was born on December 19, 1700. Simon Davis was born on November 15, 1702. Amos Davis was born on October 15, 1705.

The family moved to Chelmsford, Middlesex County, Massachusetts about 1707. The town of Groton was abandoned at the time of Queen Anne’s War.

Experience Davis was born on November 23, 1707. She died as an infant on December 11, 1707. Elizabeth Davis was born on January 16, 1708/09. Stephen Davis was born on January 31 1710/11. He died on as a baby on February 28, 1710/11. Ebenezer Davis was born on March 16, 1710.

On November 16, 1731, Samuel and Anna conveyed their land in Littleton and all real and personal property, except Samuel’s tools for husbandry to Mary’s husband, Moses Foster. Moses was to care for Samuel and Anna from that time on. There was no fixed understanding of the details which caused some problems later. In 1734 Samuel and Moses sued each other. The Court's decision was against Foster.

Samuel died in 1738 in Groton.
Queen Ann’s War was between 1702 and 1713. It was part of the War of Spanish Succession. England, Austria, the Netherlands, and Portugal joined forces to prevent France from becoming too powerful. The war waged on the New England frontier was called Queen Ann’s War.

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

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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.

Queen Anne ruled England and Great Britain from March 8, 1702 to August 1, 1714.
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Groton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts was settled and incorporated in 1655

from Genealogical and Family History of the State of Maine, Volume 4 by Henry Sweetser Burrage and Albert Roscoe Stubbs

Samuel (2), second son of Samuel (1) and Mary (Waters) Davis, was born January 10, 1669, in Groton, and was one of the soldiers of Queen Anne's war, serving in Captain Tyng's company of snowshoe men in 1703. For this service he was one of the grantees of Tyngstown. now Manchester, New Hampshire. He bought land in Groton of William and Patience (Davis) Ridland, in 1694, and continued to live there until 1706, when he removed to Chelmsford.

The births of seven of his children are recorded in Groton, and the same children with two others are recorded in Chelmsford, namely:
1. Samuel, born August 16, 1695.
2. Anna, May 24, 1697.
3. Mary, May 20, 1699.
4. Barnabas, December 19, 1700.
5. Simon, November 15, 1702.
6. Amos, October 15, 1705.
7. Experience, January 23, 1707, died in December following.
8. Elizabeth, January 16, 1708.
9. Steven. January 31, 1711. died when less than one year old. The baptismal name of the mother was Hannah.

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