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Jacob Davis

Birthplace: Oxford,Worcester,Massachusetts,USA
Death: Died in Burlington, Chittenden County, Vermont, United States
Place of Burial: Montpelier, Washington, VT, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Esq. Edward Davis and Abigail Davis
Husband of Rebecca Healy Davis
Father of Jacob Jr Davis; Rebecca Lynde; Thomas Davis; Mary West; Hannah Wing and 2 others
Brother of Ebenezer Davis; Edward Learned Davis; Nathaniel Davis; Abigail Davis; Elizabeth Davis and 6 others

Occupation: settler; farmer; politician; grist mill saw mill owner
Managed by: David Embrey
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About Jacob Davis

A Patriot of the American Revolution for MASSACHUSETTS with the rank of COLONEL. DAR Ancestor # A030345 : Founder of Montpelier, Vermont. Davis was a farmer and Colonel in the Worcester County militia, served throughout the Revolution, and likely took part in the crossing of the Delaware and attack on Trenton on Christmas, 1776. In 1780 he became involved in acquiring undeveloped land in Vermont, including obtaining the charter for a town he called Montpelier. In 1787 he moved his family to Brookfield, the settled town closest to his undeveloped land. For the next several years he cleared land in Montpelier, becoming its first permanent settler in 1790, and surveying most of the town and laying out its streets. Davis served for several years in the Vermont House of Representatives, and held several local offices including Justice of the Peace. In addition to operating a successful farm, Davis built a grist mill and saw mill. In the early 1800s, creditors obtained judgments against him, which he believed to be unfair, and he was sentenced to "freedom of the yard," which confined him to an area near the Chittenden County jail. Davis moved to Burlington to comply, and lived there for twelve years, refusing all attempts to settle the suits. In 1814 his creditors offered to settle on terms so favorable to Davis that he decided his honor was satisfied, so he accepted. He then prepared to return to Montpelier, but took ill and died before making the journey.

Family links:

 Edward Davis (1714 - 1784)
 Abigail Larned Davis (1719 - 1805)

 Rebecca Davis (1744 - 1823)*

 Rebeccah Davis Lynde (1770 - 1840)*
 Thomas Davis (1772 - 1864)*
 Mary Davis West (1773 - 1858)*
 Hannah Davis Wing (1774 - 1807)*
 Lucy Davis Hubbard (1782 - 1839)*
 Clarissa Davis Worthington (1789 - 1864)*

Burial: Elm Street Cemetery Montpelier Washington County Vermont, USA

A Patriot of the American Revolution for MASSACHUSETTS with the rank of COLONEL. DAR Ancestor #: A030345

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Jacob Davis's Timeline

August 4, 1741
January 9, 1765
Age 23
March 10, 1768
Age 26
Oxford, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
June 16, 1770
Age 28
Oxford, Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States
April 3, 1772
Age 30
June 21, 1773
Age 31
Oxford, Worcester, MA, USA
April 8, 1774
Age 32
August 28, 1782
Age 41
September 22, 1789
Age 48
April 9, 1814
Age 72
Burlington, Chittenden County, Vermont, United States