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John Davis, Sr.

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Death: Died in Manasquam, Monmouth, Rhode Island
Place of Burial: Shrewsbury, Monmouth, New Jersey
Immediate Family:

Son of Rev. William Davis and Elizabeth Davis
Husband of Elizabeth Davis
Father of Elizabeth Brand; Rev. T. William Davis; Martha Rogers; John Davis, Jr., Reverend; Anna Havens and 4 others
Brother of Martha Davis; William Davis and Mary Davis
Half brother of Thomas "William" Davis; Edward Davis; Lydia Covey (Davis); James Davis Sr.; Elisabeth Maxson (Davis) and 2 others

Occupation: married 8-25-1715 Rhode Island
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About Rev. John Davis

http://wc.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=jonsaunders&id=I4826

ID: I4826 Title: Rev. John DAVIS , Seventh Day Baptist


Father: William DAVIS b: 1663 in Glamorganshire, Wales

Mother: Elizabeth BRISLEY b: 1670 in Westerly, Kings Co., Rhode Island

Marriage 1 Elizabeth MAXSON b: 07 NOV 1695 in Westerly, Kings Co., Rhode Island

Married: 25 AUG 1715 in Westerly, Kings Co., Rhode Island

Children

Elizabeth DAVIS b: 17 APR 1717 in Westerly, Kings Co., Rhode Island
Thomas William DAVIS b: 15 MAY 1719 in Shrewsbury, Monmouth Co., New Jersey
Martha DAVIS b: 14 AUG 1721 in Stonington, New London Co., Connecticut
John DAVIS Jr. b: 18 SEP 1723 in Westerly, Kings Co., Rhode Island
Joseph DAVIS Sr. b: 24 SEP 1726
Anna DAVIS b: 23 JAN 1728 in Westerly, Kings Co., Rhode Island
Judith DAVIS b: 07 APR 1731 in Westerly, Kings Co., Rhode Island
Experience DAVIS b: 1734 in Westerly, Kings Co., Rhode Island
Mary 'Molly' DAVIS b: 05 DEC 1737 in Westerly, Kings Co., Rhode Island

Sources:

Title: The Maxson Family, Descendants of John Maxson and wife Mary Mosher of Westerly, Rhode Island

Author: Walter LeRoy Brown

Publication: Eddy Printing Co., Albion, N. Y, 1954

Page: 4, 6

Title: Davis, The Settlers of Salem, West Virginia

Author: Susie Davis Nicholson

Publication: Salem Seventh Day Baptist Church, 1992

Page: 3, 7



REV. JOHN DAVIS was the son of William Davis, whose

biography appears in the first chapter of this book. He was

born in or near Philadelphia, in the year 1692. Probably

about the year 1710, he accompanied his parents to Westerly,

Rhode Island, where he was baptized May 25, 1713, by his

father, and admitted to membership in the Westerly Church on

the 22d of the following June.

In the year 1715, he was married to Elisabeth Clarke, the

daughter of Joseph Clarke, Jr.

On November 9, 1743, the Westerly Church called him

to ordination as a Gospel minister, but he declined to accept

ordination.

Soon afterward, he removed to Shrewsbury, New Jersey,

in company with his father, and other members of the family.

On June 19, 1746, the Shrewsbury Church, of which he

was a constituent member, called him to ordination, and

arrangements were made at once to send him to Westerly

to be ordained. Accordingly, five days afterward, taking a

letter written by Joseph Maxson in behalf of the Shrewsbury

Church, to the church at Westerly, making known the wishes

of the former church, he set sail for Westerly, where he arrived

safely after a week's voyage. Here the letter was read to the

Westerly Church at the Sabbath service on July 12. The

Westerly Church at once voted to grant the request, and on the

afternoon of the following day, he was ordained. The ordination

service was conducted by Rev. Joseph Maxson, assisted

by Rev. John Maxson and Deacon Clarke'.

He returned to Shrewsbury, but after serving the church

about eight years as its pastor, he died at Manasquan, in the

town of Shrewsbury, August 18, 1854.

source: A History of the Seventh Day Baptists in West Virginia

By Corliss Fitz Randolph

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From "The Settlers of Salem, West Virginia" (Nicholson)

John accompanied his parents to Westerly, Rhode Island about the year 1710, where he was admitted to membership in the Westerly Seventh Day Baptist Church, 22 June 1713.

The Westerly Church called John Davis to ordination as a gospel minister 9 November 1743, a request which he declined. Soon after he moved his family to Shrewsbury, New Jersey where he joined his father and other relatives in organizing the Shrewsbury Church. After the death of his father, the Shrewsbury Church called him to ordination, 19 June 1746. He sailed to Westerly for the ceremony, where he was ordained by Rev. Joseph Maxson, assisted by Rev, John Maxson and Deacon Clarke. John Davis had been a deacon of the Westerly Church for thirty years previously.

The first Record Book of the Shrewsbury Church was purchased by Rev. John Davis and presented to the Church, 26 December 1752, for which he was paid from the Church funds. This was the same book which the migrant groujp carried to Virginia with them in 1789.

"These were the people who were the constituent members of the Shrewsbury Seventh Day Baptist Church: William Davis, Minister, and wife, Elizabeth; Thomas and wife Bethia; John Davis and his wife Elisabeth; Thomas Babcock and his wife Ruth; Thomas Davis and his wife Bethia; William Brand, Jr. and his wife, Elisabeth; Joseph Davis; Mary Stillman; Elisabeth Davis, Hr. (Alias) Maxson; Judith Davis, wife of James Davis."


From "The Settlers of Salem, West Virginia" (Nicholson)

John accompanied his parents to Westerly, Rhode Island about the year 1710, where he was admitted to membership in the Westerly Seventh Day Baptist Church, 22 June 1713.

The Westerly Church called John Davis to ordination as a gospel minister 9 November 1743, a request which he declined. Soon after he moved his family to Shrewsbury, New Jersey where he joined his father and other relatives in organizing the Shrewsbury Church. After the death of his father, the Shrewsbury Church called him to ordination, 19 June 1746. He sailed to Westerly for the ceremony, where he was ordained by Rev. Joseph Maxson, assisted by Rev, John Maxson and Deacon Clarke. John Davis had been a deacon of the Westerly Church for thirty years previously.

The first Record Book of the Shrewsbury Church was purchased by Rev. John Davis and presented to the Church, 26 December 1752, for which he was paid from the Church funds. This was the same book which the migrant groujp carried to Virginia with them in 1789.

"These were the people who were the constituent members of the Shrewsbury Seventh Day Baptist Church: William Davis, Minister, and wife, Elizabeth; Thomas and wife Bethia; John Davis and his wife Elisabeth; Thomas Babcock and his wife Ruth; Thomas Davis and his wife Bethia; William Brand, Jr. and his wife, Elisabeth; Joseph Davis; Mary Stillman; Elisabeth Davis, Hr. (Alias) Maxson; Judith Davis, wife of James Davis."


From "The Settlers of Salem, West Virginia" (Nicholson)

John accompanied his parents to Westerly, Rhode Island about the year 1710, where he was admitted to membership in the Westerly Seventh Day Baptist Church, 22 June 1713.

The Westerly Church called John Davis to ordination as a gospel minister 9 November 1743, a request which he declined. Soon after he moved his family to Shrewsbury, New Jersey where he joined his father and other relatives in organizing the Shrewsbury Church. After the death of his father, the Shrewsbury Church called him to ordination, 19 June 1746. He sailed to Westerly for the ceremony, where he was ordained by Rev. Joseph Maxson, assisted by Rev, John Maxson and Deacon Clarke. John Davis had been a deacon of the Westerly Church for thirty years previously.

The first Record Book of the Shrewsbury Church was purchased by Rev. John Davis and presented to the Church, 26 December 1752, for which he was paid from the Church funds. This was the same book which the migrant groujp carried to Virginia with them in 1789.

"These were the people who were the constituent members of the Shrewsbury Seventh Day Baptist Church: William Davis, Minister, and wife, Elizabeth; Thomas and wife Bethia; John Davis and his wife Elisabeth; Thomas Babcock and his wife Ruth; Thomas Davis and his wife Bethia; William Brand, Jr. and his wife, Elisabeth; Joseph Davis; Mary Stillman; Elisabeth Davis, Hr. (Alias) Maxson; Judith Davis, wife of James Davis."


"Went with his father in 1710 to Westerly, Washington Co, RI. In 1743 hewent to Shrewsbury, Monmouth Co, NJ. He helped his father start the firstSeventh Day Baptist church there in 1746. He served 6 years. Rev. JohnDavis was the son of William Davis who was born in Wales in 1663 and cameto America in 1684."

Ancestry of Rev. John Davis:

Compiled by Robert Edward Davis and Ruth Pittenger Davis

Generation No. 1

1. William1 Davis was born 1640 in Llanstephen, County Radnor, Glamorganshire, Wales.

Generation No. 2

2. William2 Davis (William1) was born 1663 in Llanstephen, County Radnor, Glamorganshire, Wales, and died 1745 in Squam, New Jersey. He married Elizabeth Brisley 1685, daughter of Luke Brisley.

Children of William Davis and Elizabeth Brisley are: i. John3 Davis, born 1692 in Philadelphia. ii. Martha Davis.

iii. Mary Davis.

iv. William Davis. The first American of our Davis family was William2 Davis. Four brothers by the name of Davis were members of the Baptist church of Penyfay in the County of Glamorgan. One of the brothers was Sheriff; another Deputy Sheriff; a third, a Recorder of the County of Glamorgan; and the fourth a Chaplain to the Judge of Cardiff. It is believed that William Davis was the son of one of these brothers. While at Oxford studying for the Ministry, William became acquainted with the teachings of George Fox, the founder of the Quakers, and was soon one himself. As a result, he was expelled from Oxford and, in 1684, joined William Penn’s Quaker colony in Pennsylvania to preach the Gospel. After seven years, he and others separated from William Penn and became a follower of George Keith, a Baptist Quaker. He became a member of the Seventh Day Baptist Church. In 1706, William moved to Rhode Island. During a part of time there, he was under discipline for heresy, and a part of the time he was one of the regularly accredited preachers of the church.

From 1717 to 1734, he again lived in Pennsylvania. In 1734, he moved to Stonington, Connecticut, near Westerly, and became identified with the Westerly Church. He moved from Stonington, probably in 1744, to Monmouth County, New Jersey where the most of his family had settled, and where a Seventh Day Baptist Church was organized. Here he died in 1745, at 82 years of age.

His life was active and turbulent. He was a powerful preacher who had strong likes and dislike. Such a man could not fail to meet opposition and suffer the assaults of enemies and antagonists. Yet with all the tempestuous experiences of his life, he was spiritual and devout, and particularly in his later years, sought peace and reconciliation with his brethren whom he had so often grieved.

___________________________________________________________________________________ William Davis' is first marriage to Elizabeth BRISLEY took place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1685. In her book, Davis - Settlers of Salem, West Virginia, Susie Davis Nicholson, considered to be the authority of this complicated Davis family genealogy, attributes the following four children to William and Elizabeth (Brisley) Davis:

1. Martha Davis 2. William Davis (possibly) m. 1739-40 Sarah ALLEN at Westerly, R.I. 3. John Davis (1692-1754 Shrewsbury) m. 1715 Elizabeth MAXSON (1695-1751 Westerly) 4. Mary Davis

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Rev. John Davis's Timeline

1692
May 5, 1692
Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1717
April 17, 1717
Age 24
Westerly, Providence County (Present Washington County), Province of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, (Present USA)
1719
May 15, 1719
Age 27
Westerly, Washington, Rhode Island
1721
August 14, 1721
Age 29
Westerly, New London, Rhode Island
1723
September 18, 1723
Age 31
Westerly, Washington, Rhode Island
1728
January 23, 1728
Age 35
Westerly, Washington Co., RI
1731
April 7, 1731
Age 38
Westerly, Washington, Rhode Island, USA
1734
October 19, 1734
Age 42
Westerly, Washington, Rhode Island, USA
1737
December 3, 1737
Age 45
Westerly, Kings (now Washington County), Rhode Island