John Davis, of Gloucester

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John Davis, Sr.

Birthdate: (72)
Birthplace: England
Death: January 1680 (68-76)
Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Husband of Ales (aka Alice) ____ and Alice Davis
Father of Jacob Davis; Capt. James Davis of Gloucester; George Davis; Eleanor Davis and John Davis

Occupation: shoemaker, herdsman
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About John Davis, of Gloucester

John Davis was of Gloucester in 1656 in which year he bought of Richard Window his house, barn orchard and land probably near Walker's Creek, in Gloucester, MA and moved his family there although he seems to have retained property in Ipswich and lived there at different times. "After a residence of several years, he removed to Ipswich, leaving in Gloucester his two sons, James and Jacob."

John Davis had three acres upland between Lobster Cove and Hogskin Cover in 1684. He was a freeman November 1661. He often served in town-offices, and was lieutenant of the military company. In 1665 he helped take the inventory of Richard Window. John Hardin recorded land to John Davis. He was one of those chosen by the selectmen of Gloucester to be a tithing man. He was Deacon of the church for nearly half a century. He served as selectman for a long course of years and seven years a representative. In 1659 and 1673 he served as constable on Gloucester.

Dec 19 1648: John Davis (and other citizens) subscribed his share of two shillings toward the pay of Major Dennison, their military leader.

During his residence in Gloucester, John was a member of a grand jury in 1657, 58, 76, 77 and 1679, being called "Senior' in the secondand last instances. The use of Sr does not necessarily indicate relationship. Wherethere was two men in a town of the same name (not necessarily related) the older was referred to as "senior." In 1659 and 1673 he served as constable of Gloucester.

Nov 7 1682: John Davis, calling himself "Senior" of Gloucester, sold to Isaac Eveleth "house and land, barn and orchard running up to the common". In this deed he referred to his wife Alice but circumstances suggest that the document could not have been signed until some time later, for an "Eals Davis" died in Gloucester on Dec 1682, who was likely the wife, and it is inferred that he married again soon thereafter for the wife's signature to the deed with John, is aid to have been the mark of a Frances Davis.

John Davis' name appears in the town records of Ipswich among those "That have the right to commonage there, the last day of the month, 1641." He was a shoemaker and herdsman. In 1642 it states: with a helper, he kept two-thirds of the cow herd on the north side of the river. Difficulty had arisen with the inhabitatants and two earlier keepers because goats had been sent with the cows and because stock was sometimes delivered to the wrong herd keeper, which imposed upon him a task for which he was not paid.


  • History of Gloucester and Cape Ann, Massachusetts by John J. Baboon
  • Geneaological Guide to Early Settlers of America R 929.20973
  • Geneaological Dictionary of New England by Savage
  • Notes and additions to the History of Gloucester by John J. Babson
  • Gloucester, Mass Vital Records


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John Davis, of Gloucester's Timeline

Age 28
Gloucester, (Present Essex County), Massachusetts Bay Colony
January 20, 1640
Age 32
Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
Age 34
Gloucester, Essex Co., Massachusetts
January 1680
Age 72
Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts