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INDEX OF INDIVIDUALS
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|Dolor or Dolar Davis
||see FAMILY TREE
|Born: 1600 Benefield, Northampton, England
|Married: to Margery Willard 29/Mar/1624 East Farleigh, Kent,
|Died: 02/Jul/1673 Barnstable, Barnstable, MA
1st Margery Willard
2. Joanna Hull
CHILDREN with Margery Willard
1. John Davis
2. Marie Davis
3. Elizabeth Davis
4. Samuel Davis
5. Simon Davis
6. Ruth Davis
From Dolar Davis and Richard Everett by Mrs. William Sumner Crosby, 1911
"By trade he was a house-builder, added to which was farming. Dolar Davis was
twice married, first to 'Margerye
Wilerd' on March 29, 1624. She was the daughter of Richard Willard. He died
1617, leaving a large estate, mostly in lands, part of which came to his
daughter Margery Willard and another part to the son, Simon Willard, who was
later the founder of Concord, in New England.
The first record we have of Dolor Davis, in New England, is on the Proprietor's
Records in Cambridge of a grant of twenty-five acres on Aug. 4, 1634; also a
house-lot, June 4, 1635. The wife Margery is supposed to be the 'Margerett
Davies, age 32, who with three children, John Davies (9 years old), Marie Davies
(4), Elizabeth Davies (1), sailed on the Elizabeth, from the port of London,
April 17, 1635, Wm. Stagg, master.'
He sold the above-named house-lot in August, 1635. In 1638 he was in Duxbury. In
1640 he took part in founding Barnstable. On Aug. 20, 1655, 'he bought of Roger
Draper his house and farm in Concord.' In the conveyance he is called
'Husbandman.' Meanwhile he sold his property in Barnstable for 'corn and
cattle,' the documents recording the various payments and the transfer itself
being in the Plymouth Records. In them he is styled 'house-carpenter.' Margery
Davis joined in the acknowledgment, which is the last record we have of her. She
probably died in Concord before 1666, in which year Davis left Concord.
Of the three children brought over from England, John and Mary were married and
settled on the Cape, Elizabeth probably died young. Three more children were
born in America, and they, too, were married and settled, but in or near
In 1666 Davis left Concord and returned to Barnstable, and was again admitted as
an inhabitant, where his name appears on various documents. He married, after
his return to Barnstable, Mrs. Joanna Bursley, born in England, 1620, daughter
of Rev. Joseph Hull and widow of Capt. John Bursley. She was living in 1683.
Dolar Davis accumulated a large property for those times, which he distributed
mostly among his children during his lifetime. On the 13th of September, 1672,
he made his will, which has his autograph signature, showing that he had some
education. He always wrote his Christian name Dolar. The will was proved
July 2, 1673.
The will recites that he has already provided for his sons Simon and Samuel; and
then he bequeaths his house and land in Concord to his son John, adding, 'I also
bequeath to him my carpenters tools and serge suit and cloke.' The inventory of
estate in Concord was 125 pounds, 5 shillings 7 pence."
From "Thomas Hatch of Barnstable" pg 223 "He came to New England
in 1634 with his brother-in-law, Maj. Simon Willard