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Barnabas DAVIS, Sr.

Male Abt 1599 - 1685  (~ 86 years)


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  • Name Barnabas DAVIS 
    Suffix Sr. 
    Born Abt 1599  Tetbury, Gloucestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Immigration 1635  MA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Aboard the Ship "Blessing" 
    Reference Number L27M-WFS 
    Died 27 Nov 1685  Charlestown, Suffolk County, MA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • (1) Anderson, Robert Charles, The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635, Vol. II, Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2001, pp. 286-292:

      BARNABAS DAVIS

      ORIGIN: Tetbury, Gloucestershire

      MIGRATION: 1635 on the Blessing

      FIRST RESIDENCE: Connecticut

      REMOVES: Charlestown 1639

      RETURN TRIPS: Returned to England in early 1636, then back to Connecticut in 1636, to England again in 1637 and then back to New England permanently in 1639.

      OCCUPATION: Tallow chandler [MLR 10:382]. His inventory included "tallow" valued at 13s. 6d. and "mold & [nod?] & knife for a chandler" valued at 6s.

      EDUCATION: Both Barnabas Davis and his wife Patience signed their deeds.

      OFFICES: Charlestown highway surveyor, 3 January 1669/70 [ChTR 2:107].

      "[T]aken a soldier against the Pequids," 1637 [Lechford 368]. His inventory included "a cutlass without a scabbard" valued at 5s.

      ESTATE: On 8 January 1643/4, "Barnaby Davis was granted two acres upon the Island if it be there to be had" (marginal annotation: "Barnaby Davies given 2 acres at Lovell's Island if to be had") [ChTR 64].

      On 20 March 1665[/6?], John Cutler of Charlestown, smith, sold to "Barnabie Davis of Charlstowne . . . , husbandman, . . . one small piece of land or ground containing about three-quarters of an acre of land . . . on the side of Bunker Hill in the East Field in Charlstowne" [ChBOP 159-60].

      On 24 December 1678, "Barnabas Davis of Charlstowne" deeded for love and affection to "my well beloved son Nathaniel Davis" of Charlestown "the one half of my now dwelling house which my said son dwelleth in with the leanto thereunto adjoining, with seven foot of ground backward from the said leanto for the convenience of a ladder to stand on the backside thereof, the said house being bounded by the middle of the stack of chimneys, and furthermore I have now exchanged with my said son Nathaniel the land that I bought not long since of Matthew Smith for part of that land which my said son Nathaniel bought lately of Matthew Smith Senior"; signed by "Barnabas Davis" and "Patience Davis"; acknowledged by Patience Davis on 30 November 1685 and by the witnesses on the same day [MLR 9:478].

      On 12 April 1682, "Barnabas Davis of Charlstown . . . , tallow chandler," sold to Thomas Peirse of Charlestown "one piece of land containing three . . . acres within the bounds of Charlstowne stinted common on the south side of Mistick River"; signed by "Barnabas Davis" and "Patience Davis" [MLR 8:3431.

      On 28 March 1683, "Barnabas Davis of Charlstowne" deeded "after my decease and the decease of my present beloved wife" to "my loving and beloved son Hopewell Davis all that part of my house that I live in at present with the outlet and garden belonging thereto . . . , also that Nathaniel Davis shall have nine foot of the barn & leanto at the north end, as also free use of the well in the house"; signed by "Barnabas Davis" and "Patience Davis"; acknowledged by the witnesses on 30 November 1685 (MLR 9:479-81].

      On 4 November 1685, "Barnabas Davis of Charlestowne . . . , tallow chandler," sold to Thomas Willis of Medford, carpenter, "five acres of upland" in Charlestown "on Mistick Side at a place commonly called Wormwood's Point"; "signed, sealed & delivered & owned by the mother & the sons": Patience Davis (by mark), Samuel Davis, John Davis, James Davis, Nathaniel Davis, Hopewell Davis (by mark), William Redlon (by mark) and Patience Redlon Senior [MLR 10:382].

      The "inventory of the estate of Barnabas Davis who deceased November the 28th 1685," presented on 15 February 1685/6, totalled £76 17s. 6d., of which £55 10s. was real estate: "two acres & 3 quarters of land in the field," £41; "a cow common," £5 10s.; and "two woodlots," £9. A late addition to the inventory was "more due from Stephen Willows in money for land," £20. Debts against the estate totalled £30 8s. 6d., including a debt "to Nathaniel Davis for money lent his father to buy a 3 quarter lot of Deacon Cutler," £5 [MPR 6:278-79].

      BIRTH: About 1599 (aged 36 in 1635 [Hotten 108]; deposed about 4 April 1660 "aged sixty years" [MCF Folio #25]; deposed 25 June 1661 "60 years or thereabout? [MCF Folio #26]; d. 27 November 1685 aged "about 86" [ChVR 1:130]).

      DEATH: Charlestown 27 November 1685 "about 86" [ChVR 1:1301 or 28 November 1685 (from inventory). (By 4 November 1685, Barnabas Davis could no longer sign his name, or even make his mark, and wife Patience made her mark rather than sign [MLR 10:382], although they must have been deemed mentally competent to alienate land on that date.)

      MARRIAGE: Tewksbury, Gloucester, 1 July 1628 Patience James. She was baptized at Tewksbury 20 October 1603, daughter of John and Elizabeth James, and died at Charlestown 15 November 1690, aged 87 years [ChVR 1:148].

      CHILDREN:

      i SAMUEL, bp. Tetbury, Gloucester, 26 June 1629; m. by 1658 Mary Waters (eldest known child b. Charlestown 22 November 1658 [ChVR 1:37]), daughter of LAWRENCE WATERS {1634, Watertown} (on 4 January 1664 [/5?], Josiah Whitcomb and Rebecca Waters were married at Lancaster [NEHGR 16:354]; in 1664 Samuel Davis of Groton, who had wife Mary, was called brother by Rebecca Whitcomb [GQM 4:29, citing an unknown source]).

      ii JOHN, b. about 1631 (d. Charlestown 5 July 1687 "near 57" [ChVR 1:130]); m. by an unknown date Sarah _____ ("Sarah Davis, widow of John Davis," d. Charlestown 31 January 1688[/9] [ChVR 1:140]).

      iii JAMES, bp. Tetbury 17 October 1633 (deposed 30th day of an unknown month and year "aged 29 years or thereabouts" [MCF Folio #47]; deposed about 1 April 1684 "aged forty-nine years or thereabouts" [MCF Folio #1081); m. by about 1673 Elizabeth Randall (eldest known child baptized Charlestown 6 May 1694, aged 21 [ChChR 85]; in his will of 13 October 1692, William Randall of Scituate made a bequest to "my daughter Elizabeth Davis" [PPR 1:183; Gen Adv 3:110]).

      iv PATIENCE, bp. Tewksbury 21 December 1636 (deposed 4 April 1660 "aged twenty years" [MCF Folio #25, #26]); m. by 1663 William Ridland (eldest known child b. Charlestown 21 December 1663 [ChVR 1:45]).

      v BARNABAS, b. about 1638 (aged 24 in 1662 [Wyman 278, citing "files"]); living in 1662, but did not sign the deed of 4 November 1685 with his siblings [MLR 10:382]; no further record.

      vi NATHANIEL, b. about 1644 (deposed 17 April 1679 "aged thirty-five years or thereabouts" [MCF Folio #831); m. (1) Woburn 31 March 1675 Mary Converse [VVoVR 3:73]; m. (2) Charlestown 15 July 1692 Mary Edmunds [ChVR 1:151].

      vii HOPEWELL, b. about 1646 (deposed 2 April 1686 "aged 40 years" [MCF Folio #121]; deposed 24 September 1691 "aged 44 years or thereabouts" [MCF Folio #148]); m. (1) Charlestown 14 November 1682 Sarah Boynton [ChVR 1:116]; m. (2) by an unknown date Mercy _____ ("Mercy Davis, widow of Hopwel Davis," d. Charlestown 25 February 1717/8 [ChVR 1:251]).

      COMMENTS: On 13 July 1635, "Barnabie Davies," aged 36, was enrolled at London for passage to New England on the Blessing [Hotten 108]. (Immediately following his name was that of "Suzan Daves" or "Danes," aged 16 [Hotten 108]. It has been suggested that she was a relative, for which see her sketch.)
      Barnabas Davis made several Atlantic crossings between 1635 and 1640 in the employ of the brothers William and John Woodcock. This business arrangement resulted in a lengthy legal entanglement, which provides us what information we have on this period of the life of Barnabas Davis.

      In early 1641, in "The answer petition and account of Barnabas Davis of Charles Towne to the demands of Mr. John Woodcocke," Davis reported that "about 2 years before the Pequid War he was retained by Mr. Will[ia]m Woodcocke to come over into New England to look to his affairs here, that he landed at Boston and after that within ten days went on foot to Connecticott where Francis Stiles was to build a house for Mr. Woodcocke & impale him 400 acres of ground. . . . When this accountant come there the said Stiles was gone for England having before built himself a sufficient house at Connecticott. Then by Mr. Hooker's advice this accountant returned into England again with letters from Mr.

      Hooker both to my Lord Say & to Mr. Woodcocke of the estate of Mr. Woodcocke's affairs . . . this accountant as soon as he could get shipping took his voyage back into England with Mr. Bable and landed at Portsmouth and thence he rode to London and delivered his letters. . . . The said Styles within a month after came away again for New England and Mr. Woodcocke retained this accountant still to go in the next ship after him to see the said Styles to perform the work and this accountant was but to go from London to his wife at Teuxbury and to return again to London to take shipping which this accountant did and came into New England the second time and landed at Boston in the year of the Pequid Wars and within ten days after went in a pinnace to Connecticott to follow Mr. Woodcocke's business and delivered my Lord Say's letter and Mr. Woodcocke's letter to Mr. Hooker who was pleased to go with this accountant from Mr. Hooker's house to the said Styles house, being 6 miles, about treaty with the said Styles when it was dangerous travelling in regard of the Pequids, that Mr. Warham and diverse others with Mr. Hooker treating the cause determined that Styles had dealt ill with Mr. Woodcocke in not procuring the 400 acres of land to be laid to the said house & impaling it as he undertook whereupon this accountant was by Mr. Hooker's direction to return with his letters into England again . . . but in the meanwhile he was taken a soldier against the Pequids and before he could return & get shipping in the sea near upon a year was spent from his last landing. That he returned with Mr. Cutter at the time Mr. Vane returned, landed at Deale and thence went to London on foot and delivered the letters to Mr. Woodcocke & a letter to my Lord Say. That this accountant was afterwards retained by the said Mr. Woodcocke from his last landing in his service in England near a year & three quarters. That the said accountant purposing at his first voyage aforesaid to come for New England with his wife and family as a planter he brought up his wife & children & goods to London to that purpose but Mr. Woodcocke prevailed with his wife to stay in England . . . he did also retain this accountant to come over again into New England about the said estate. . . . That he landed here at Boston in June 1639 and thereupon he went to Connecticott and there did recover of the said Styles a judgment of £300. . . . That this accountant is now retained & still entangled with this employment & estate & cannot be lawfully discharged thereof whereby he hath lost diverse advantages for himself having yet no land to plant of his own for himself & his wife & 4 children & family whereby he is damnified at least £50" [Lechford 367-72].

      On 22 March 1640/1, Davis wrote a letter to Richard Lygon asking his assistance in his battles with the Woodcocks, and entreating him "to receive my father James his letter & my brother's which will be brought or sent you" [Lechford 378-81], and at about the same time he wrote a letter addressed "Good father," indicating here his father-in-law. Davis gave a slightly different and more condensed version of his travails: "You know that about five years since Mr. Will[ia]m Woodcocke did retain me by writing between us to come over into New England to follow his business here, that I was to have of him after the rate of £10 a year for my travail & my charges borne, that I took shipping for New England about the time of Easter 1635. That I returned again into England the same year about the beginning of March. That I went upon the same agreement the second time for the said Mr. Woodcocke into New England and took shipping thither about the time of Easter in the year of our Lord 1636, that I returned again into England about September in the year 1637" [Lechford 381-83],

      Charge and countercharge continued, and, as so often in such matters, we are left ignorant of the final determination of the case [Lechford 396.-401, 407].

      This entire episode was but one scene in the larger endeavors of the so-called Puritan Lords to build a settlement to their liking, and in 1635 their planning focussed on the Connecticut River. They sent Francis Stiles with a boatload of carpenters to undertake this task, and Barnabas Davis became embroiled in these proceedings. By 1640 and 1641, when Barnabas Davis began to plead his case, these Puritan Lords, and William Woodcock with them, had turned their attention to Providence Island in the Caribbean, and so the concerns of Barnabas Davis were not uppermost in their minds [Windsor Hist 1:56-59, 2:717-20; Arthur Percival Newton, The Colonising Activities of the English Puritans (New Haven 1914), p. 177; Karen Ordahl Kupperman, Providence Island, 1630-1641: The Other Puritan Colony (Cambridge, England, 1993), pp. 325-34].

      The two accounts of the chronology of the transatlantic crossings of Barnabas Davis are not totally consistent, but we do have a few solid anchors. On 30 December 1635, Bartholomew Green wrote to Sir Richard Saltonstall about matters in Connecticut, and stated in the letter that "I hope that this bearer Mr. Woodcock man will certify you how it is"; a marginal note by Saltonstall identifies "Mr. Woodcock man" as "Jo: Davis" [WP 3:218], but this must be an error for Barnabas Davis. Patience, daughter of Barnabas Davis, was baptized at Tewksbury on 31 December 1636, thus placing his trip from London to Tewksbury to visit his wife in the early spring of 1636. Barnabas Davis must, therefore, have sailed from Boston to England in the dead of winter, in January and February of 1635/6. Henry Vane sailed for England early in August of 1637, and so for Davis to have been in New England for a year prior to that date, he must have sailed to New England the second time in the summer of 1636. He would then have landed back in England the second time in September of 1637, and a year and three-quarters from that date would bring us back to June of 1639.

      In 1641 he states that he had four children, which does not square with the list given above, and may indicate that the first four children only were born in England, and that sons Barnabas and Nathaniel were each a year or two younger than would be suggested by their depositions.

      On 12 July 1639, "Barnaby Davyes of Charlestowne . . . , planter," and Thomas Errington were bound to Hugh Courtney, merchant, for payment of £22 10s. by October next [Lechford 110]. Whether this was one of his own debts or a debt incurred for the Woodcocks is unclear.

      In late 1640 and early 1641, John Edwards and Herman Garrett of Charlestown were engaged in a dispute over the valuation of a house which Garrett wished to sell to Edwards. Edwards suggested "Stephen Fossedike and Barnabas Davis of Charlestowne" as two of the arbiters, but Garrett rejected the latter, saying that "Barnabas Davis was not skilled in matters of building" [Lechford 414-16].

      On 11 March 1677/8, "Barna: Davis" was included in the group of families to be inspected by James Cary or Henry Balcome, tithingmen [ChTR 2:215], and, on 7 March 1680/1, he was included in the group of families to be inspected by Samuel Lord [ChTR 3:31].

      (2) www.findagrave.com:

      Barnabas Davis
      Birth: 1599, England
      Death: Nov. 27, 1685, Charlestown, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA

      Born about 1599 (aged 36 in 1635 [Hotten 108]; deposed about 4 April 1660 "aged sixty years;" deposed 25 June 1661 "60 years or thereabouts;" d. 27 November 1685 aged "about 86"). Died in Charlestown 27 November 1685 "about 86" or 28 November 1685 (from inventory). (By 4 November 1685, Barnabas Davis could no longer sign his name, or even make his mark, and wife Patience made her mark rather than sign, although they must have been deemed mentally competent to alienate land on that date.)

      Married in Tewksbury, Gloucester, 1 July 1628 Patience James. She was baptized at Tewksbury 20 October 1603, daughter of John and Elizabeth James, and died at Charlestown 15 November 1690, aged 87 years.

      On 13 July 1635, "Barnabie Davies," aged 36, was enrolled at London for passage to New England on the Blessing. (Immediately following his name was that of "Suzan Daves" or "Danes," aged 16. It has been suggested that she was a relative, for which see her sketch.)

      Barnabas Davis made several Atlantic crossings between 1635 and 1640 in the employ of the brothers William and John Woodcock. This business arrangement resulted in a lengthy legal entanglement, which provides us what information we have on this period of the life of Barnabas Davis.

      Family links: Spouse: Patience James Davis (1603 - 1690); Children: Samuel Davis (1629 - 1699)

      Burial: Unknown

      Created by: Linda Mac
      Record added: May 08, 2009
      Find A Grave Memorial# 36859591
    Person ID I44158  Frost, Gilchrist and Related Families
    Last Modified 13 Jul 2020 

    Family Patience JAMES,   b. Bef 20 Oct 1603, Tewksbury, Gloustershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Nov 1690, Charlestown, Suffolk County, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 87 years) 
    Married 1 Jul 1928  Tewksbury, Gloustershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Samuel DAVIS, Sr.,   b. 26 Jun 1629, Tetbury, Gloucestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Dec 1699, Groton, Middlesex County, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)  [natural]
     2. John DAVIS,   b. Abt 1631,   d. 5 Jul 1687, Charlestown, Suffolk County, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 56 years)  [natural]
     3. James DAVIS,   b. Bef 17 Oct 1633, Tetbury, Gloucestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     4. Patience DAVIS,   b. Bef 21 Dec 1636, Tewksbury, Gloustershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     5. Barnabas DAVIS, Jr.,   b. Abt 1638,   d. Bef 4 Nov 1685  (Age ~ 47 years)  [natural]
     6. Nathaniel DAVIS,   b. Abt 1644  [natural]
     7. Hopewell DAVIS,   b. Abt 1646,   d. 25 Feb 1718, Charlestown, Suffolk County, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 72 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 13 Jul 2020 
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