Davis — Fassett

DAVIS, Dolor,^1 came, it is probable, from Kent, Eng. He was in Cambridge in 1634, a petitioner for Groton in 1656, having before resided in Barnstable, where he d. 1673. His wife was Margery, sister of Maj. Simon Willard.

Samuel,^2 son of Dolor and Margery, m. Jan. 11, 1655-6, Mary Mead or Medows; 2d, Oct. 18, 1711, Ruth Taylor. Had 7 ch. of whom the fifth was Eleazer,^3 m. 1705, Eunice Potter, d. 1721, leaving property valued at £412 12s. 6d. [^1] His widow m. Richard Wheeler. [^2] Ch. h Eleazer,^4 b. Mar. 5, 1705-6. Hannah, b. Oct. 18, 1707, m. Benjamin Wheeler. Timothy,^4 b. Dec. 8, 1709, m. Hannah Smith. Sarah, b. Mar. 23, 1711-12, m. Isaac Merriam. Eunice, h. Dec. 18, 1716, m. William Marshall. Rebecca, b. May 13, 1719, m. Ezra Wheeler. Abigail, b. May 16, 1721, m. Ezekiel Davis.

Eleazer,^4 m. 1731, Rebecca Chandler, d. Sept. 12, 1748. Ch. h Eleazer,^5 b. May 30, 1734. Rebecca, b. Aug. 2, 1736, m. Zachariah Fitch. Elizabeth, d. young. Abigail, b. Oct. 23, 1741, m. Solomon Hartwell. Sarah, b. Oct. 13, 1743, m. Jonathan Fassett. Samuel, d. young.

Eleazer,^5 m. Sept. 3, 1756, Mary Davis; she d. Jan. 28, 1763. (See epitaph.) [*1] He m. 2d, 1764, Rebecca Putnam. Ch. Mary, b. Aug. 19, 1760. Rebecca, b. June 18, 1762. By 2d wife, Betsey, b. Feb. 16, 1765, m. Joseph Adams. Lucy, b. July 16, 1766, m. Timothy Hartwell. h Eleazer, b. Jan. 13, 1768. Joanna and Sarah, twins, b. Aug. 19, 1769; Joanna m. William Hartwell, and Sarah m. Job Webber. Abigail, b. Aug. 8, 1774, m. Levi Conant. Hannah, b. Aug. 26, 1775, m. James Webber.

Eleazer,^6 m. Jan. 1, 1799, Martha Skinner, gr.-dau. of

John Skinner and Martha, dau. of John Whitmore and Mary Lane. He d. Aug. 22, 1841; she d. Oct. 3, 1865. Ch. Betsey, b. Dec. 26, 1799, d. Aug. 14, 1879. John Skinner,^7 b. May 6, 1801, m. Lucy Chaplin, had Martha C., d. Nov. 26, 1875. Mary, b. Mar. 22, 1803, d. Jan. 9, 1843. h Eleazer Page,^7 b. Jan. 30, 1805. Susan, b. Jan. 7, 1807, m. Lewis P. Gleason, d. June 17, 1869. Martha Joanna, b. Oct. 5, 1808, d. Feb. 10, 1817. Benjamin Josiah,^7 b. Dec. 20, 1810. Hannah Skinner, b. May 25, 1813, d. July 22, 1831. Samuel,^7 b. Aug. 15, 1815. (See note.) Martha Maria, b. Sept. 7, 1817, d. May 24, 1884. George E.^7 b. Sept. 7, 1819, d. Jan. 20, 1851.

Eleazer Page,^7 m. Emily W. Reed; 2d, Susan W. Sayles. He d. Mar. 5, 1889; Susan W. Davis d. July 24, 1876. Ch. Emily Maria, b. June 13, 1831. Ellen Amelia, b. Mar. 10, 1845, m. Abel Fitch. Abby Caroline, b. Sept. 14, 1846, m. Charles H. Clark. Mary Susan, b. Jan. 15, 1852, d. May 6, 1875. George Page,^8 b. Mar. 11, 1858. (See deacons.) [*2] Eleazer Page Davis^7 was the fifth of the name in five consecutive generations. He was a successful school-master in his early life. He introduced the first blackboard used in the schools of this town. He was prominent in town affairs. His last three daughters were teachers. [^3]

Benjamin Josiah Davis^7 is the owner of the homestead. He is a prosperous farmer, and one who has always enjoyed the confidence of his fellow-townsmen.

Samuel Davis^7 bears the name of the first of the family who settled in the part of Concord now included in Bedford. By industry and frugality he accumulated property with which he benefits others. He contributed the entire pulpit furniture of the church where he worships, as a memorial of his parents, brothers, and sisters.

Daniel,^3 3d son of Samuel and Mary, was an incorporator of the town and a founder of the church. He m. Mary Hubbard of Concord, and d. Feb. 11, 1741. She m. 2d, Staples of Mendon, and d. Feb. 2, 1769. They had 12 ch. two of whom, Daniel^4 and Josiah,^4 settled in Bedford.

Stephen,^3 son of Samuel and Mary, was a petitioner for the new town and a founder of the church. He m. Elizabeth Fletcher, and d. July 11, 173S. Six. ch. d. in infancy. Elizabeth, b. Jan. 11, 1714, m. June 27, 1732, James Hosmer of Concord.

Josiah,^4 son of Daniel and Mary (Hubbard), m. Elizabeth Raymond. She d. Jan. 15, 1763. They had 9 ch. of whom Paul^5 d. in the war of 1763. (See epitaph.) [*1] (For Josiah,^5 b. 1737, m. Mary Woolley, see Homesteads.) [*3]

Daniel,^4 son of Daniel^3 and Mary, m. May 1, 1766, Susanna Lane. He d. and she m. Nov. 23, 1790, Ebenezer Richardson of Billerica for his sixth wife. Ch. Susanna, b. Nov, 6, 1767, m. Josiah Hill. Other ch. b. at Harvard were Sally, m. Brooks of Lincoln. Lydia, m. Nehemiah Flint of Concord. Loruhamah, m. John Hill of Billerica.

Stephen,^4 son of Stephen and Elizabeth Fletcher, was a land surveyor of skill; his plan of the Lane share of Winthrop farm, made in 1763, is still of value. He was a deacon of the church from 1760 till death. He m. Elizabeth Brown, who d. 1789. He d. 1787. Ch. h Thaddeus,^5 b. Feb. 8, 1754. Lydia, b. April 17, 1756. Dorcas, b. Oct. 21, 1758. Hannah, b. June 5, 1761. John, b. June 7, 1769.

Thaddeus,^5 was in the Revolutionary War from Bedford, later a deacon of Baptist church of Woburn. He m. 1779, Sarah Stearns, who d. Mar. 26, 1807. Ch. Sally, b. July 22, 1780. h Thaddeus,^6 b. Jan. 3, 1782. Betsey, b. Dec. 30, 1783. Stephen,^6 b. July 20, 1787. Polly, b. April 2, 1789.

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Nancy, b. May 28, 1791. Isaac Stearns,^6 b. Nov. 20, 1794, d. Nov. 6. 1817, at New Orleans. Sukey, b. Sept. 18, 1795, m. Capt. John Tidd, d. Aug. 26, 1822.

Thaddeus,^6 m. 1805, Sally Gilson, who d. May 10, 1855. He d. June 21, 1866. Ch. h Thaddeus H.^7 b. Mar. 8, 1806. Samuel G.^7 b. Feb. 17, 1808, d. Dec. 2, 1881. Warren,^7 b. May 5, 1810. George,^7 b. Aug. 11, 1812. Sarah S. b. Jan. 17, 1815, m. J. M. Borroughs, d. Aug. 22, 1851. Mary, b. June 13, 1817, m. Gardner French. Isaac S.^7 b. Mar. 20, 1821. Susan, b. April 4, 1823. m. Josiah Kingman, d. Aug. 19, 1852.

Thaddeus H.^7 was deacon of Church of Christ of Bedford, often in town office. He m. May 4, 1837, Almira Stearns, who d. 1882. He d. 1885. Ch. Sarah A. b. April, 1838, m. Charles Webber. h George Thaddeus,^8 b. July 29, 1840. Samuel W.^8 d. young. h Frederick,^8 b. Mar, 29, 1845. Mary L. b. Feb. 18, 1848.

George Thaddeus^8 settled in the South after the Civil War, where he is a man of wealth and influence. He m. Jan. 18, 1872, Abbie Simonds of Lexington, who d. Mar. 1886. Ch. Edith May, b. 1873. Herbert Thaddeus,^9 b. 1876 (the fifth generation of Thaddeus). Annie Maud, b. 1880.

Frederick^8 settled on the homestead. He was in the Civil War, q.v. He m. Nov. 19. 1868, Mary Etta, dau. of John T. Boynton and Mary Adams.


Fairfield R. b. in Nashua, N.H., 1830, settled in Bedford 1864; a town officer; m. 1854 Caroline E. Lane, d. June 30, 1867. Ch. Ada C. b. Feb. 5, 1858, m. Rufus E. Bellows of Dorchester. Walter, b. 1861, d. 1863. George W. b. Dec. 6, 1866, m. Emily L. Bellows of Dorchester

DEAN, Benjamin, m. June 11, 1707, Sarah Colburn. Ch. Elizabeth. b. 1708, m. John Moore, d. 1732.

Thomas, m. Feb. 9, 1697, Susan Davis of Boston. He d. Mar. 3, 1745; she d. 1765. He was a petitioner for the incorporation, lived on the high land east of Cedar Swamp, and gave a three-acre lot

“for the encouragement of the Gospel,”

upon which it is thought the first meeting-house was built. Mrs. Susanna Dean, widow of Thomas, bequeathed £7 6s. 8d. “lawful money” to the church to purchase a silver cup; to Rev. Nicholas Bowes, £10; to John Moore her “meeting-house pue;” gun to John Dinsmore of Hollis, N.H. John and Joseph Moore had residue of estate.

DESMAZES, John Baptist, an olive merchant of Bordeaux, France, had son John, who came to this country about 1775, m. Lucy Fletcher Amory of Boston, had John, b. April 17, 1794 (in the 1812 war), m. Oct. 8, 1815, Nancy Dale of Andover. They had 9 ch. of whom Henry, b. Feb. 9, 1832, settled in Bedford in 1866. William settled in New York.

DURRANT, or DUREN. The name was prominent in town during the Revolution and later. They were from Billerica. John^1 was there in 1659.

Jonas,^4 m. Dec. 17, 1776, Esther Jones of Bedford. Ch. Abraham,^5 b. July 15, 1778. Anna, b. Oct. 7, 1781.

Reuben,^4 m. Jan. 11, 1770, Mary Gould of Chelmsford. He d. Jan. 4, 1821; she d. Oct. 16, 1823. Ch. Eli,^5 d. an infant. Mary, b. Dec. 7, 1771, m. Stephen Parker. Reuben,^5 b. Aug. 14, 1775, m. Sarah Conant of Concord. Asa,^5 b. May 11, 1778, m. Hannah Russ. Joel,^5 b. June 22, 1780, m. Lydia Conant of Concord. Nathaniel Gould,^5 b. Nov. 26,

1781. He took his mother’s name, lived with an uncle in New Ipswich, N.H., became a famous penman and music teacher. He was the first teacher of singing in juvenile schools. Joseph,^5 b. July 30, 1784. m. Lucinda Clark, was a pensioner for service in 1812 war. Elnathan,^5 b. Oct. 8, 1786. m. Dec. 10, 1811, Elizabeth Freeman, had sons Charles and Elnathan Freeman. Reuben Duren^4 was an architect and builder. He built some of the first-class dwelling-houses of the town, of which Col. Timothy Jones’ and Rev. Mr. Penniman’s mansions were specimens. [*4][*5] He lived in this town until 1792, when he purchased a tavern in Billerica. which he kept until he removed to N.H. In the history of New Ipswich he is noticed as a resolute and enterprising man, and was distinguished as a builder of meeting-houses. He received a premium for a model for a bridge over Merrimac River at Pawtucket Falls against many competitors.

DUTTON. Several of the name have lived in this town at different periods of its history.

Samuel, m. Aug. 10, 1740, Martha, dau. of James Lane^3 and Martha Minot. Ch. Pattie, b. April 10, 1742. m. Dec. 13, 1764, David Pollard. Samuel, b. July 11, 1743. Hannah, b. April 21, 1745. Seth, b. April 9, 1747.

Samuel, third generation of the Christian name, from Ashby, m. Nov. 28, 1805, Anna, dau. of Solomon Lane.^5 Ch. Samuel Stearns, Solomon Lane, Laura Ann, m. Varnum Spaulding.

George, son of Samuel of Ashby, b. June 11, 1804 (one of fourteen children), m. Nov. 27, 1828, Lydia P. Jaquith of Billerica. He d. July 12, 1867. Ch. Lydia Ann, b. Oct. 29, 1829, m. Joseph Foster; 2d, Daniel Giles; d. Aug. 17, 1882. Mary Jane, b. June 1, 1831, m. John B. Hill. Excy Maria, b. Oct. 13, 1832, d. July 5, 1849. Susan L. b. Mar. 29, 1835, m. Aug. 10, 185S, John F. Blinn. Louisa C. b. Nov. 22, 1841, m. 1st, Aug. 2, 1863, Elbridge Challies; 2d, Mar. 8, 1883, George Burgess. Lucy A. b. Sept. 28, 1843, m. Charles L. Flint. P. Estelle, b. Dec. 23, 1747, d. June 15, 1859.


Hiram L. son of Hildreth Dutton and —— Putnam, and grandson of William from England and Susanna Reed pf Westford, b. April 11, 1815, m. April, 4, 1843. Ellen Towne of Salem, and settled in Bedford (see Homesteads). [*6] Ch. Albert L. b. Nov. 24, 1844. h George H. b. Mar. 26, 1846. Ellen F. b. April 20, 1847, d. Nov. 15, 1847. Lina, b. Dec. 4, 1848. H. Edward, b. Jan. 11, 1851. William F. b. June 20, 1853, d. Mar. 5, 1854. C. Warren, b. Mar. 20, 1855, d. July 16, 1869. Hattie E. b. Aug. 18, 1858. Ella F. b. July 23, 1862.

George H. m. Oct. 9, 1870, Harriet Hartwell. She d. April 20, 1883. Ch. Warren Hartwell, b. Aug. 28, 1871. Herbert Page, b. Oct. 16, 1875. Mary F. b. Mar. 11, 1877. Henry Taylor, b. May 4, 1880. Isabel Thompson, b. July 19, 1882.

EVERETT, William, a chaise trimmer and harness-maker, settled here about 1820, memorial seen in meeting-house gift of granddaughter. He m. Anna C. Dickson, who d. Feb. 26, 1830; [^4] 2d, Eliza A. Lane. He d. July 4, 1868; she d. Jan. 28, 1873. Ch. William D. m. Mary Clark, d. June 6, 1853. His ch. were Annie E. m. J. E. Maynard. Marion D. m. Samuel G. Carter, d. Oct. 27, 1884.

FASSETT. A numerous family here in the early years. Name is extinct. They were of Scotch origin, and their blood still courses in the Page, Lane, and Webber families.

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In the South tax list of 1748 are the names of Peter, John, and Benjamin; and in the North list is Josiah’s.

John, m. Mar. 31, 1697, Mary Hill of Billerica. He d. Jan. 30, 1736; she d. May 19, 1749. (See Town Officers and Physicians). [*7][*8] Samuel, brother of John, was first town treas. of Westford, where he settled, m. Lydia Parker, and had a large family-

Josiah, Capt. m. Joanna Page, d. Feb. 18, 1740. Ch. Susanna, m. Job Lane.^4 Asa, m. Nov. 9, 1777, Margaret (Wellington) widow of Timothy Page. Ch. were Josiah, d. young, Timothy, Amos, Benjamin.



  1. 12s. 6d. ∨ 12 6.
  2. widow ∨ wife
  3. His last ∨ The last
  4. He m. ∨ He. m.


  1. cf. (in this work) p 83
  2. cf. (in this work) p 55
  3. cf. (in this work) p 105
  4. “Jones’ . . . mansion”: the Colonel Timothy Jones House: 231 Concord Road
  5. “Penniman’s mansion”: the Penniman-Stearns House: 26 Great Road
  6. cf. (in this work) p 102
  7. cf. (in this work) p 63
  8. cf. (in this work) p 57

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