|Also Known As:||"****Great Puritan Migration****arrived on the "Elizabeth" with his family in1634"|
|Birthplace:||Benneford, Northamptonshire , England|
|Death:||Died in Barnstable, Barnstable, Massachusetts|
|Place of Burial:||Barnstable, Barnstable, Massachusetts, USA|
|Occupation:||Farmer, carpenter, master builder, surveyor, local civil servant|
|Managed by:||Private User|
About Dolor Davis
Dolor Davis, of Cambridge, Duxbury & Barnstable, was born 1593, in Benefield, Northamptonshire, England, and died in June of 1673 in Barnstable, Massachusetts Bay Colony.
Dolor Davis's name is pronounced dollar. Throughout his life, the variations of his name are spelt Dolor, Dolar, Dolard, Dolord, Dolore, Dollard, Dolerd, Dollerd, Dollar and Dollar.
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 (6) on Aug. 4, 1634; also a half rood house-lot (6), 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.'
"By trade he was a house-builder, added to which was farming."
His parents are not known as of January 2016. We have no actual proof of who Dolor's father is such as birth certificate or church records that definitively say who Dolor's father is. With out this definitive proof of any kind of record available there was another member of the Geni staff that came in and disconnected the profile from Ichabod. I had originally had Dolor's profile connected to Ichabod's where I got this information from was the internet. The internet is just all kinds of people posting all kinds of stuff substantiated or not. In this case it was the not part. Ichabod's father is Reeze Davis who it is said to reside at Tickenham in this county of Somerset where there are ruins of Reese Davis, date 1500 where there is a banquet hall is carved a coat of Arms which formed a seal on Ichabod Davis. So according to this information Dolor is suppose to have a coat of Arms. In my research I was unable to find any kind of coat of arms for Dolor. Reeze's information is in Somerset which is on the southern west coast of England. Ichabod and Dolor were born in Benefield , Northhampton which is located more like mid east part of the England Island. Dolor's DNA is Scandinavian where his ancestors came from Scandinavian Viking raids on the east coast in the 800's. Over on the other side off the England Island in Somerset County which is an Anglo-Saxon area where Reeze is from. What my problem is here is that Dolor's Ancestry is Scandinavian not Anglo-Saxon so this discredits that line of the family. So that means we are back to not knowing who Dolor's Scandinavian father is. I am sure if Dolor Davis had a coat of Arms they would have held onto that information with dear life and had that information as an integral part of there life. From my research I can not find any kind of coat of arms for Dolor Davis. This is the website that I got for Dolor Davis DNA information that I am basing his Scandinavian heritage for Dolor:
Dolar Davis was twice married, first to 'Margerye Wilerd' on March 29, 1624. Margery Willard was born sometime around 1602. She was the daughter of Richard Willard, who 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 -- and a close friend of Dolar Davis. Margery died before 1666 of Concord.
He married 2nd, after his return to Barnstable in 1666, Mrs. Joanna Bursley, born in England, 1620, daughter of Rev. Joseph Hull and widow of Capt. John Bursley. She was living in 1683.
The six children of Margery Willard & Dolor Davis were:
- John, born 1626,in East Farleigh, England, inherited homestead; Died April 9th 1703 in Banestable, MA.; married Hannah Linnell
- Mary, born 1631, England
- Elizabeth, born 1633, England, died young
- Samuel, born July 11th 1639, Cambridge, Massachusetts; Died October 30, 1720 in Concord, Middlesex Co. MA.; married Mary Meadows
- Simon, born 1640, Massachusetts
- Ruth, born 1645, Barnstable, Massachusetts
Dolor was born in Bennefield, Northampton as Stated above this area was Danelaw originated from the Viking expansion of the ninth century AD. Danelaw can describe the set of legal terms and definitions created in the treaties between the West-Saxon king, Alfred the Great, and the Danish warlord, Guthrum, written following Guthrum's defeat at the Battle of Edington in 878. Bennefield Northampton is pretty much in the very middle of this area.
Dolar shows up in the Family Tree DNA results as Haplogroup I-M253 which is a Scandinavian DNA group. Dolor's Blood line there fore has 720 years to grow and live in this Benefield Northhampton area. At some time in Dolor's young life time he must have moved from Bennefield Northhampton to East Farleigh, Kent where he is to marry his first wife Margery Willard on March 29, 1624, Dolor was 31 when he married to Margery. Before he got married to Margery though Dolor got an inheritance at the age of 21 from James CLARKE, in the will it states " I give unto Dolor Davis my servant, my house and land lying in the parish of Marden, the which is in the occupation of one Terrye". This inheritance is the seed money that sets up Dolor for the rest of his life that gives him enough status to be able to marry his wife Margery because her family is very well to do. I am a little confused though about this will thinking why would James give such a nice inheritance to a servant or apprentice who is not tied to James by blood relation. Only thing I can think of is maybe he is related to the Clark Family threw a female connection strictly a guess now or maybe he was just an indispensable Carpenter Apprentice or servant highly regarded. I have seen where websites say it was William's will that gave Dolar his inheritance. This I believe is false because William was James son who died 4 years before James did and as far as I can tell didn't have a will because he died suddenly and young at age 38. It could be possible Dolor's relationship was with William and maybe the land that Dolor got belonged to William and James knew that William wanted to have Dolor inherit it, not really sure of this story though because it is not explained in the will that way, the way it is stated is that James is giving it to Dolor him self threw his will not William.
Other than being a carpenter and Master Builder nothing is known of him until he sailed to America and landed in Boston in May 1634. Very little is known of his exact passage to America because there are no ship records of Dolor being on it. As Stated before his departure was 1634 possibly in the company of his friend Simon Willard, Dolor's Brother in law and best friend. Dolor's Family was to come to the Colonies a year later.
The first record we have of Dolor Davis, in New England, is on the Proprietors' Records in Cambridge [New Towne], of a grant of twenty-five acres on Aug. 4, 1634; also a house-lot, June 4, 1635 on the west side of the river in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  [about where Harvard College is today] On April 17, 1635, his wife and three children embarked from London for New England, arrived on the Elizabeth, and they decided to live in Cambridge. On June 4, 1635, Davis bought a lot of half a rood for a home, which was located on what is now the corner of Winthrop and Dunster streets. However, Davis and his friend Simon Willard decided not to stay in Cambridge, like many of the settlers during the years of 1635-1636. In August 1635, Davis and Willard sold their land in Cambridge to Richard Girling. became a member of the Duxbury Church in 1640 as well.
Dolor Davis moved to Duxbury, August 5, 1638-39, was admitted freemen,he joined the church at Duxbury, of which he retained his membership till 1648, long after his removal to Barnstable, as we shall see hereafter. He seems to have contemplated a permanent settlement at Duxbury, but if so he never accomplished it. He may well have desired a settled home, for his young family was increasing" and must have taxed all his powers to keep the wolf from the door ; the children were now" four or five in number : John, thirteen years of age, Mary about nine, Elizabeth six or seven if still living, Simon, born perhaps in Cambridge, about four, and possibly Samuel, still an infant. With all these incumbrancers he made another move, and we find his name among the inhabitants of the new settlement at Barnstable in 1640 and was granted land there. During the year of 1640, Davis was granted 50 acres (20 ha) and land for his cows to graze. He became a member of the Duxbury Church in 1640 as well. Dolor and his wife were dismissed from the Duxbury church to the Barnstable church, August 27th 1648,With his wife, but had his daughter Ruth, baptized at Barnstable, March 24,1645. He only stayed here for 3 years before he moved to Barnstable.
The church in Scituate had been divided by dissensions concerning baptism, and the Rev. John Lothrop with his followers resolved to found a new settlement by themselves ; accordingly they moved with their families into the wilderness and settled the present town of Barnstable in 1639. The particulars of this migration may be found in Deane's " History of Scituate," and Freeman's " Cape Cod." These men were mainly from Kent, England, which I suppose attracted Davis to their company, Amos Otis says: "He probably came to Barnstable in 1639, with the first settlers, though he did not make it his permanent residence until 1642 or 1643. He was a carpenter and a master-builder. His son John was also a carpenter, and his sons Nicholas, Simon, and Samuel probably assisted their father. Dolor and his sons appeared on a list of men in Barnstable between "16 to 60 years of age to bear arms" in 1643. In June 1645, he was sworn in as a member of the Grand Inquest of Plymouth Colony. He also tried to become a freeman, and a year later he became a freeman of Barnstable. In 1652, Dolor Davis was chosen as a surveyor of highways in Barnstable. In 1654, he was then chosen to become the constable of Barnstable. He continued to live in Barnstable and practice his trade as a carpenter until he left for Concord in 1655. In 1666 Dollar returned to Barnstable From Concord and remained in Barnstable till he died during June of 1673. Dolor's will, dated September 13th 1672, was proved July 2, 1673. Dolor mentions his sons Simon and Samuel as already having their portions; his son John and son in law Lewis, with Mary, Lewis's wife; daughter Ruth Hall.To see copy of Dolar's will, go to My Family - the will was dated 9/1311672 @ Barnstable in the colony of New Plymouth, Massachusetts.
In 1655 Dolor left Plymouth Colony and returned to Concord Concord, Massachusetts, his home for the next 11 years. In the same year he petitioned with others to the General Court of Massachusetts Colony for a grant of land in what is now Groton, Mass., and on the 29th of May was made one of the new selectmen. In 1656 his name appears on a petition for remission of taxes in Groton; but he seems never to have made Groton his home, for on Aug. 020, 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. Dolor Davis had lands granted to him in Concord in 1659, and in 1664 he signed a petition to the General Court as "an inhabitant of 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 Concord. In 1666 Davis left Concord and returned to Barnstable, and was again admitted as an inhabitant, where his name appears on various documents. He bought 150 acres (61 ha) of land, with a house in an assortment of different parcels, from Roger Draper of Concord. This property soon became Davis's homestead in Concord. Dolar was one of the proprietors of Groton, 1655, engaged in its first settlement, and made one of its selectmen by the General Court of the Colony. He also met up with his friend Simon Willard while he lived in Concord. In 1659, he was recorded as one of the landowners in Concord. Sometime during his stay in Concord, his wife Margery died. Alone, he left Concord in 1666 back to Barnstable. Dolar's Daughter Ruth, married 1663, it is said, Stephen Hall; and Mary, who married June 15, 1653, Thomas Lewis, of Barnstable.
Dolar's Final return to Barnstable:
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, 169.0, daughter of Rev. Joseph Hull and widow of Capt. John Bursley. She was living in 1683. Dolor Davis accumulated a large property for those times, which he distributed mostly among his children during his lifetime. On the 13th of September, 167'2, 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, 167'3. He probably died late in June. 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 5s. 7'd." That he made a favorable impression on others is shown by the following:" Perhaps of all the families which came to New England, not one can be selected more worthy of our esteem, and unqualified approbation than that of Dolor Davis. As a man he was honest, industrious and prudent; as a Christian tolerant and exact in the performance of his religious duties; as a neighbor kind, obliging, and ever ready to help those who needed his assistance; and as a father and the head of his family he was constantly solicitous for the welfare of all its members, cultivating those kindly feelings and amenities of life which render home delightful." (Amos Otis, in Barnstable Families.)
- 1.Town Records of Cambridge
- 2. Cambridge Proprietors Records
- 3.Duxbury Parish Records
- 4.Duxbury Parish Records
- 5.Plymouth Colony Records, Volume 8
- 6.Dolor Davis : a sketch of his life with a record of his earlier descendants (1881) by Horace Davis. Maps displayed under source tab
- 7.Plymouth Colony Records, Volume 3
- 8.East Cambridge Registry of Deeds
Biography of Dolor Davis
Dolor Davis M, d. 1673
He married Joanna Hull after 1660/61 at Barnstable, Barnstable, Massachusetts.1 Dolor died in 1673 at Barnstable, Barnstable, Massachusetts.2,1
- [S170] NE Marriages Prior, Torrey, Clarence A. , pg 205.
- [S49] Gen.Notes Barn. Fam., Otis, Amos , pg 133.
Found this on line: http://homepages.rpi.edu/~holmes/Hobbies/Genealogy2/ps13/ps13_488.htm
Family Card - Person Sheet
Name Capt. Dolor Davis
Birth abt. 1596, Kent Co., England
Death 2 Jun 1673, Barnstable, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts
Named in the 1614 will of James Clarke of East Farleigh, Kent Co., England, as Clarke's servant. He inherited a house and lands in the parish of Marden, Kent, so he was apparently a "servant" of high rank.
Dolor arrived in America about 1634 and was initially at Cambridge in the summer of 1634, along with Simon Willard, his wife's brother. The "Willard Memoir" indicates that Dolor likely immigrated in the same fleet as Simon & Margery Willard,arriving at Boston in May,1634. Dolor had a house-lot on Water Street in Cambridge and owned some out-land, contiguous with Simon Willard, on the west side of the Charles River. Dolor sold this out-land in 1635, perhaps to go to Scituate where his brother-in-law George Willard had settled, as Dolor was there in 1639. Dolor next settled at Barnstable in 1640 where he was granted 50 acres of upland at Namassacuset River with a proportion of meadow. In 1643 he and his sons were on the list of those of age to bear arms (between 16 & 60). Dolor was of the grand inquest of Plymouth Colony in 1645 and was admitted Freeman in 1646. He apparently lived in Duxbury for a time, as he and his wife were dismissed from the church there to the church in Barnstable Aug 27, 1648. In 1652 he was one of the highway surveyors in Barnstable and was constable there in 1654. He was a carpenter by profession and a master builder.
Dolor was named a Selectman for the new town of Groton, MA May, 1655, but it's not believed, according to "Willard Memoir" that he ever actually lived in Groton. He was granted land at Concord in 1659, but was at Barnstable again about 1665-66, where he died in 1673.
His will was dated 13 Sept. 1672 and was proved 2 July 1673.
"Genealogical Notes of Barnstable Families," Amis Otis, 1888 & NEHGS "Register," Vol 103, pg. 143 & "Willard Memoir," Joseph Willard, 1858.
New England Families Genealogical & Memorial, Third Series, Vol. III
AUTHOR: William Richard Cutter PUBLICATION: NY: 1915; reproduced by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., Baltimore, 1997 PAGE: pg. 1410
NEHGS "Register,' Vol 36, pg. 320 & "The Willard Genealogy," Charles Henry Pope, 1915.
1 Margery Willard
Birth bef. 6 Nov 1602, Horsmonden, Kent Co., England
Death bef. 1667, Barnstable, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts
Father: Richard Willard (1579-1616)
Mother: Margery Humfrie (Humphrie) (1572-1608)
Marriage: 29 Mar 1624, East Fairleigh, Kent Co., England
Children: Ruth (1645-1715)
I found this at this website: https://www.familytreedna.com/public/Davis/default.aspx?section=yresults, the results there are:
Dolar Davis 1593 Benefield Northampton England I-M253
I-M253 is the Haplogroup associated with Scandinavian people and there Descendants. Scandinavian is a historical and cultural-linguistic region in Northern Europe characterized by a common ethno-cultural North Germanic heritage and mutually intelligible North Germanic languages. It comprises the three kingdoms of Denmark, Norway, and Sweden. Modern Norway and Sweden proper[b] are situated on the Scandinavian Peninsula, whereas modern Denmark consists of Jutland and the Danish islands.
The term Scandinavia is usually used as a cultural term, but in English usage, it is occasionally confused with the geographical term Scandinavian Peninsula, which took its name from the cultural-linguistic concept. The name Scandinavia originally referred vaguely to the formerly Danish, now Swedish, region Scania. The terms Scandinavia and Scandinavian entered usage in the late 18th century as terms for the three Scandinavian countries, their Germanic majority peoples and associated language and culture, being introduced by the early linguistic and cultural Scandinavist movement. In foreign usage, the term Scandinavia is sometimes incorrectly taken to also include Iceland, the Faroe Islands, and Finland, on account of their historical association with the Scandinavian countries and the Scandinavian peoples and languages. However, this broader group of countries is officially and commonly known as the Nordic countries.
Invasions of England from Viking raids first began in 793 and lasted to 1284, they came from the Scandinavian Peninsula across the North Sea to the England North east and South East area of England during this time frame. Dolar's forefathers must have come to England in one of these raids. I base this on that Dolar was born in Benefield Northampton England. By the late 9th-century the Vikings had overrun most of the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms that constituted England at the time. However, Alfred the Great, king of Wessex defeated the Vikings at the Battle of Edington in 878. The resultant treaty gave the Danes control of northern and eastern England with Alfred and his successors controlling Wessex. But the whole of England was unified with Norway and Denmark in the eleventh century, during the reign of the Danish king Cnut. This Treaty that came from the Battle of Edington sort of Divided England in half with the northern territory being named Danelaw and the southern area being named Wessex. There are other areas not effected by the Danes north of Danelaw was Northumberland an English area and Wales was To be raided after the 12 Century but was also unaffected during the 8th and 9th Centuries. Benefield Northampton was well inside the Danelaw Area and Dolar's forefathers was the results of Vikings or Danes Settling in the area after the raids and treaty of the battle of Edington. Kent County came out of the Wessex Area, Dolar would some time in his youth would move from Benefield to Kent county some time after he was born which was 1593, not sure when he made the move . On 01 Nov., 1614 he inherited a house, and lands in Marden, Kent, from an James Clarke of East Farleigh, Kent, England. In James Clarke's will he listed Dolar as his servant at this time.
I found this at this website:http://jerryjan.com/larsenancestors/a13.html copy paste as follows:
6224. James CLARKE,71 son of George CLARKE and Elizabeth WILSFORDE, was born about 1540 of East Farleigh, Kent, England and died before 1 Nov 1614 in East Farleigh, Kent, England.
General Notes: !Initial source: "Anc. of Jeremy Clark of R. I...." by A. R. Justice, which had estimated birthdate and marriage date, died 1614. Sources given by him: Visitation of Kent 1619-1621; John Philpot, Harleian XLII; Burke's History of the Commoners; Will of husband at Somerset House; Morant V. 11 pg. 17; Par. Reg. of Wrotham, Kent. The LDS Ancestral File has a death date, 13 Jul 1614, East Farleigh, Kent, Eng. It had Anna Boland as 2nd wife of James, but "Anc. of Jeremy Clarke..." says she was 1st wife of Edward Saxby.
"Anc. of Jeremy Clark of R. I...." gives his arms: "Or, a bend engrailed azure, impaling, gules a bend varied between six escallops argent (Visitations of Sussex 164)." It says further: "March 18,1569, James Clerke, of East Farley in Kent and Mary his wife, daughter of Edward Saxby, Esq., sold the manor of Great Gubyon alias Gobbyons hall, Essex, to Robert Lord Riche (Morant, Vol. II, p 97). This property formerly belonged to Sir Edward Saxby, as will appear from his will." Also: "The will of James Clerke, of East Farleigh, Kent, Gentleman, dated July 13, 1614, pr. Nov. 1, 1614, mentions daughter Grace, son Edward, wife Mary, two sisters (not named), a servant Abraham Preble to receive 5 pounds, and a maid Anne Joyce 40 sh. to be paid to every of them within two years after my demise. 'I give to every of my servants which serve me without wages, 5 sh. apiece in token of remembrance. Margery Baker to have a dwelling in my house as before; legacy for repairs to the church, and poor of the parish, and to Mr. Basden the Minister. To Griffin Roches and Jane his wife, my house and orchard lying in Courtwood Gate in the parish of Lynton, to have and to hold to them during the life of said Jane, and after her death I give them to Weston Clerke and to his heirs forever. I give unto Dolor Davis my servant, my house and land lying in the parish of Marden, the which is in the occupation of one Terrye. After the death of my wife Mary, I give unto Weston Clerke all my lands, tenements and hereditists, lying in the parish of Lynton, he paying to his brethren, to every one of them 100 pounds according to my last will for otherwise I know not how they shall be paid. Recorded at Somerset House (Law 118).
In the original of the above will, the scribe had first written 'his father's last will' and then had scratched through the words 'his father's' and wrote 'my' above. It is evident that William Clerke and his wife Mary Weston were both deceased as the estates passed to Weston, their eldest son." (I think it is not necessarily evident that Mary was deceased as the will of James Clerke doesn't mention her as an heir, only her son Weston.)
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I have seen articles on the net that State that Edward Clark gave his inheritance to Dolar Davis, but as you can see from the excerpts of James Clark (or Clerke depending how you want to spell it), will I see no mention of a William. I believe that James is the Guarantor of Dolar's inheritance not William. William is, James son who died 4 years before James died. James is old enough to be Dolar's Grandparent while William is old enough to be Dolar's Father figure and Weston is William's son who is 7 years younger then Dolar is, more of a sibling age wise. In this will James is the guarantor (The person that dies and gives away his positons ) and Weston and Dolar are merely coinheritors. The Reason why I want to include this information into Dolar's profile is that this is Dolar's Beginning in England that sets him up with land and a house ( that Seems to be occupied by Terrye )that gives him a good beginning so he is wealthy enough to marry Marjory Willard. One other thing is I am not sure if Dolar was a servant or an apprentice when he was age 7 to 21. I suspect that he was a carpenter apprentice to William Clark or to some one that worked for William Clark as his Carpenter maybe. I know when Dolar reached age of Majority (21) he received his inheritance at that time in 1614 time frame. One thing I am confused about is why would James give Dolar an inheritance when it seems that Dolar is not a member of his family but a servant or apprentice? Only possible reason might be is Dolar might be related to James wife or mother or William's wife some how as a cousin maybe, this is pure speculation not any kind of a fact.
Dolor Davis's Timeline
Benneford, Northamptonshire , England
November 7, 1602
Horsmonden, Kent, England, United Kingdom
East Farleigh, Kent, England
Horsmonden, Kent, England, United Kingdom
Horsemonden, Kent, England
Horsemonden, Kent, , England
New Towne (Present Cambridge), Massachusetts Bay Colony
July 11, 1639
Duxbury, Plymouth, Massachusetts