An American Family History

Lieutenant Simon and Jane Davis

Littleton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts
Chesterfield, Cheshire County, New Hampshire
Wilmington, Windham County, Vermont
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Lieutenant Simon Davis and his wife, Jane, were married about 1723. Their children were all born in Littleton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts. 

Captain Simon Davis, Jr. was born on September 2, 1724. Captain Isaac Davis was born on September 11, 1726. Jane Davis was born on August 27, 1728. Thankful Davis Hinds was born on January 7, 1730/31. Bettey Davis Emmons was born on November 16, 1732.  Mary Davis was born on March 20, 1734/35. Dinah Davis Hildreth was born on April 20, 1737. Elias Davis was born on July 8, 1742.  Lieutenant Ebenezer Davis was born in 1743. Lydia Davis Davis was born on January 2, 1743/44. 

Elias died on September 16, 1746 and was buried in the Old Burying Ground at Littleton Common. He is in the section of the burying ground east of the path.

On April 13, 1762, Simon purchased the whole of Simon Stone’s right in Chesterfield and about a year later that of William Dean. 

According to The History of Chesterfield, the family moved to Chesterfield, New Hampshire before the American Revolution in  the spring of 1762, “Captain Simon Davis and Abel Emmons settled in the town." They lived in the western part of town near the river road.

Jane Davis apparently passed away before 1778.

Simon died in 1784 in Wilmington, Windham County, Vermont.

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“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." 

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.

Some Puritans gave their children hortatory names (from the Latin for “encourage”) like Thankful, hoping that the children would live up to them. The names were used for several generations.

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.

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

New Hampshire was first settled by Europeans in 1623. It was separated from Massachusetts in 1679.
The town common (commons) was a small, open field at the center of the town which was jointly owned. It was used as a marketplace, a place for the militia to drill, or for grazing livestock.


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