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Mary Stearns (Davis)

Birthplace: Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, British Colonial America
Death: before 1733
Bedford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, British Colonial America
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Samuel Davis, Sr. and Mary Davis
Wife of John Stearns, Jr.
Mother of Benjamin Stearns and Zachariah Stearns
Sister of John Davis; Mercy Davis; Sarah Cady; Samuel Davis, of Concord; Daniel Davis and 10 others

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About Mary Stearns (Davis)

Mary Stearns (born Davis)

Birth: Aug 12 1677 - Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts

Death: Between 1708 and 1771 - Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts

Parents: Samuel Davis, Mary Davis (born Meddowes)

Siblings: Mercy Davis, Samuel Davis, Daniel Davis, Eleazer Davis, Simon Davis, Stephen Davis, Abigail Davis

Husband: John Stearns


Dolor Davis A Sketch of his life with a Record of his Earlier Descendants by Horce Davis Printed 1881 page 40 under the heading of Children of Samuel and Mary (Meddowes) Davis. page 41 Item 4 Mary, born August 12, 1677; married April 26, 1699, John Stearns. This is the only Husband listed for Mary. Please take down all other undocumented husbands for her. thank you Stephen Earl Davis


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What makes things confusing is they had the same names more then one Samuel and more then one Mary and more then one Samuel and Mary married in the same time frame. then there children have the same name only thing is different is the dates of born and died. The other thing is Barnabus and Dolor came over in a close time frame. Dolor in 1634 (I have no idea what ship it was but I think he was with Willard his brother in law) Barnabus came over the following year 1635. I think they are both from Kent Area of England so they might be related some how second cousins or something. Barnabas Davis was born about 1599 in England. He mentioned his father James D. (this may be his wife’s father) and a brother Reade (1602) in England.

He married Patience James in 1625. Their children and life together are described in detail in the section on Barnabas and Patience Davis. He was a tallow chandler by trade which is a maker of and dealer of tallow candles.

He first came from England in July, 1635 on the ship Blessing. He came with a Susan Davis, age 16, who may have been his sister. The fee for passage was five pounds. He gave his age then as thirty-six years.

He landed in Boston and then walked to Connecticut to check on his employers, John and William Woodcock’s, business. When he arrived in Connecticut, he found that their employee, Francis Stiles, had built a house, but had had not laid out 400 acres for a farm as he should have. The Reverend Thomas Hooker advised him to return to England with letters describing their estate. So Barnabas sailed back to England, landed at Portsmouth and then rode to London to deliver the letters.

He was again sent to the colonies to check up on Francis Stiles. He landed in Boston in the “yeare of the Pequid warres." The Pequot War was in 1634–1638 and was between the Pequot tribe and the colonists along with some Native American allies. Barnabas went to Connecticut by sea. He found that Stiles had not acquired the land he should have and he was forced to become a soldier for about a year. Eventually he went back to England with more letters where he had to walk to London.

He was sent to Connecticut a third time to recover the Woodcock’s estate from Stiles. He landed in Boston in June, 1639. This time he brought his family.

The Woodcocks never paid him and he brought suit against them for wages in 1640-41. He won the suit.

He became a large landowner himself. He owned Lovells Island in Boston Harbor and considerable other real estate in Charlestown. On March 1, 1657/58 when land was divided in Charlestown, Barnabas received lot 50 of 27 acres of woodland and 4.5 acres on the side of common land. On March 20, 1665 he bought ¾ of a acre of land from John Cutler on the side of Bunker hill.

He died at Charlestown, November 28, 1685.

Dolor Davis came to America From the county of Kent England, in 1634 Settled in Cambridge, Mass. H was born in 1593 died in 1673. Dolor had 2 wives (1) Margery Willard, married in 1624 (2) Married Joanna Burlsley. The Children on Dolor and Margery as follows (1) John Born 1626 in England he was nine year old when he crossed the Atlantic on the ship Elizabeth in 1635. Dolor was 22 years old when he Married Margery. (2) Mary born in 1631 in England was 4 years old while on the Elizabeth trip and (3) Elizabeth born 1634 was one years old when she was a passenger on the Ship Elizabeth all three children was accompanied by there Mother Margery . June 4th 1635 Dolor Davis buys his first piece of land in Cambridge. It was known as New Town back in those days. Dolor Davis moved to Duxbury, August 5, 1638-39, was admitted freemen, and was granted land there in 1640. Just before this Samuel Davis was born in Cambridge in 1639. Dolor only stayed here for 3 years before he moved to Barnstable. Dolor stayed in Barnstable for the next 13 years. In 1656 Dolor left Plymouth Colony (Barnstable was part of Plymouth Colony) and moved to Concord, Massachusetts, his home for the next 11 years. Concord was his home base where he had a house and his wife and children lived. In 1655 Dolor went to Groton, Basically he was in the roll of what now days you would call a developer. They bought land Divided it into lots surveying it, set up foundations of homes and even built some homes and Sold at least some of them to Davis clan member and fellow People from Kent England. They set up a Committee and member of this committee where called selectmen . Dolor was a select men of Groton for 2 years along with other people of the committee, they was sort of like Mayor's of the town but responsible for building it up to a full fledge community. This is Dolor's business building and developing homes, this is where he made his money at. Groton was not Dolor's Home base though it was more like a project he spent time on. Dolor's son Samuel never went to live in Groton either. Although He had some Business there also in his life time. When the king Philip War broke out in 1665 there was a skirmish there where Groton pretty much got burnt down only thing left was four Garrison Buildings that was Fortified with tall wooden walls, so the Indians could not destroy those buildings, but every thing out side was burnt and pillaged. There was a fifth Garrison building that the Indians did manage to destroy. Samuel that was now in Concord joined a Militia and marched to Groton to Defend it. When the action was over Samuel went back to his home base in Concord. Samuel that was the Son of Barnabus left his father when He got Married and moved to Groton lived and Stayed there and had his children there and was part of the Groton community. Samuel Davis, Sr. was born in 1630 in England. He was the son of Barnabas Davis and Patience James.

He married Mary Waters on March 20, 1655/56 in Lancaster. Their children and life together are described in detail in the section on Samuel and Mary Davis. He was one of the original proprietors of Groton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts and was granted 20 acres of land and chosen Supervisor of Highways in 1663.

Samuel's will was dated December 20, 1699 and mentioned his wife Mary, sons John, Nathaniel, and Samuel, and daughters Mary Pratt, Elizabeth Church, Patience Green, and Sarah Cade. It was witnessed by Joseph Parham, Martha Waters, and Jonas Blanard. The inventory of his estate was taken Jan. 27, 1699/1700 by Joseph Parham and James Blanchard. It was proved March 12, 1699-1700.

He died on December 28, 1699 in Groton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.

Genealogical and Family History of the State of Maine, by George Thomas Little, Henry Sweetser Burrage, Albert Roscoe Stubbs published by Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1909

Samuel [Davis], eldest child of Barnabas and Patience Davis, was born in 1630 in England, and settled soon after his marriage in Groton, Massachusetts, where his children were born.

He was a prominent man of his time and active in the struggles with the savage foes surrounding his home. By one authority it is stated that he was killed in Groton by the Indians in 1704; others say it was his son Samuel. His son John was slain near his home in Groton. Samuel died December 28, 1699.

He was married in 1656 to Mary Waters, who was born January 27, 1638, a daughter of Laurence and Ann (Linton) Waters, of Watertown, Lancaster and Charlestown.

Their children were: 1. Elizabeth. 2. Mary, married (first) Isaac Lewis; (second) Thomas Pratt. 3. John, born March 10, 1664, lived in Groton, where he was killed by the Indians in October, 1704. 4. Sarah. 5. Samuel, mentioned below. 6. Barnabas, who died 1690. 7. Patience, wife of John Green.

Queen Ann’s War was between 1702 and 1713. It was part of the War of Spanish Succession. England, Austria, the Netherlands, and Portugal joined forces to prevent France from becoming too powerful. The war waged on the New England frontier was called Queen Ann’s War.

Children of Samuel Davis Sr. and Mary Waters •Mary Davis •Elizabeth Davis Church •Mary Davis Lewis Pratt •John Davis •Sarah Davis Cady •Samuel Davis •Barnabas Davis •Steven Davis •Patience Davis Green •Nathaniel Davis

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Mary Stearns (Davis)'s Timeline

August 12, 1677
Middlesex, Massachusetts, British Colonial America
November 8, 1714
Age 37
Concord, Middlesex, Massachusets
February 17, 1727
Age 49
Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States
Age 55
Middlesex, Massachusetts, British Colonial America