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Daniel Davison[1]

Male 1630 - 1693  (63 years)


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  • Name Daniel Davison  [2, 3
    Born 1630  Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Immigrated America Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 1693  Wenham, Essex, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Buried 1693  Wenham, Essex, MA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I2675  Main
    Last Modified 30 Sep 2009 

    Family Margaret Lowe,   b. 1632, Ipswitch, Essex, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 13 Apr 1657  Ipswitch, Essex, MA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Margaret Davison,   b. 24 Sep 1658,   d. Jul 1666  (Age 7 years)
     2. Sarah Davison,   b. 30 Mar 1660,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Daniel Davison,   b. 1662,   d. 1704  (Age 42 years)
     4. William Davison,   b. Abt 1664,   d. 17 Jan 1729/30  (Age ~ 66 years)
     5. Peter Davison,   b. 1670,   d. Yes, date unknown
     6. John Davison,   b. Abt 1666,   d. Nov 1735  (Age ~ 69 years)
    +7. Thomas Davison,   b. 1668,   d. 2 Dec 1724, Preston, New London, CT Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 56 years)
     8. Bridget Davison
     9. Dorcas Davison
     10. Elizabeth Davison
    Last Modified 30 Sep 2009 
    Family ID F1146  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1630 - Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigrated - - America Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 13 Apr 1657 - Ipswitch, Essex, MA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 1693 - Wenham, Essex, MA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 1693 - Wenham, Essex, MA Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 

    • Notes from A.H. Davison, author of "History and Genealogy of the Davisson, Davidson, Davidson Families" :

      Daniel is NOT Daniel the son of Nicholas. THAT Daniel b. c. 1650-1

      Daniel was probably a lowland Scot in Cromwell's army transported to America as an indentured servant. He probably came over in about 1651. By 1661 he was a landowner (farm of 110 acres in Ipswich). In 1666 He signs a petition in Ipswich. In 1667 he purchases land from Richard Hubbard and builds a house. Peter and Thomas move to Preston, CT (c. 1694) soon after the death of their father (1693).

      Ipswich V. R. list Daniel and Margaret m. 8 April 1657

      Birth order and DOB conjectural on several children.

      Daniel b. ~1662, William b. ~1664, John b. ~1666 Peter m. 6 Jan 1695-6, Elizabeth m. 23-March 1681-2 Bridget may be Elizabeth. Bridget appears only in will. Elizabeth does not. Daniel Reddington (of Beverly) is son of John & Mary (Gould). Ann Morgan is dau. Joseph Morgan Nicholas Williams is son of John & Martha (Knight)

      William's gravestone is in Hamilton. Says he died 1730 age 66. May have died 1728.

      Daniel was a victim of Cromwellian victories over the Scotch Covenanters 1650-1. Taken prisoner at Dunbar, Scotland 3 Sep. 1650, Worcester, England 3 Sep 1651, or some battle in between. At Dunbar 10,000 prisoners were taken, 5,100 wounded were paroled. About 2000 were transported, 1500 to Ginea and about 200 to New England. Daniel was probably taken at Dunbar and indentured, working 3 days for the master (probably the Hammersmith Iron Works on the Saugus River) and 4 days for himself. Freed when he paid off the price the master paid, about 6-8 yrs.24 Jun 20012:53:18The Falmouth Book shows Daniel as the son of Nicholas and Joan Hedges, but we have since rejected him as the wrong Daniel as he was born in 1650/51 and even the Falmouth book lists his dates as 1630-1693.18 Feb 200112:54:24

      Notes from Toni Ann Mettier Mann:

      "Daniel Davison came out of Scotland in a period of time when few records were made that have survived. Just how or when he entered the Covenanter Army of 1650 may never be known. Neither is it known whether he was made a prisoner at Dunbar, Scotland, 3 September 1650, or at one of the numerous skirmishes, as Cromwell's Army was sacking towns and butchering the people. "

      "The only record that states that the prisoners at Dunbar were transported to Massachusetts Bay Colony is a letter written by Rev. John Cotton to General Cromwell which states that the Scots that were delivered would be taken care of and their yoke would be made easy as possible. The letter stated that there was much sickness among the Scot Prisoners. They would not become slaves, but indentured servants. After 6-8 years they would be given their liberty."

      "Daniel Davison, being an industrious, frugal thinking man, soon found himself able to repay his debts in the short period of six years. He became a farmer and married into a substantial English family. His children, also, were able to marry into the best families. "

      "Daniel was not an educated man to any degree. Records indicates that he did not write. He received a deed to a farm at South Ipswich, near the Wenham line and in the present town of Hamilton, Massachusetts, not very distant from the Lynn Iron Works, where he probably worked as a Scottish prisoner."

      "Daniel Davison, has failed to leave a single word as to his ancestry. His earliest Ipswich record is that of his marriage, recorded on 13 April 1657. His birth date is fixed in 1630 from a court record in 1670 when he gave his age as 'about 40 years'.

      "From the beginning, he showed thrift. On 30 September 1667, the selectmen entered an order "that Daniel Davison have leave to build a house and a little fencing". Today, South Hamilton, Massachusetts is situated largely upon the lands once owned by Daniel Davison."

      More notes from Toni Ann Mettier Mann:

      Wenham Cemetery

      "In 1693 and for a half century thereafter, the Davisons lived in the "Hamlet of Ipswich" which was in a part of Wenham. Here they attended church and school and buried their dead. In the southwest corner of the ancient part of the Wenham Cemetery today is a triangular tract that has no markings of burials. Just outside this area are found the most ancient markers in the cemetery. In this triangle are buried the 57 church members named in Rev. Gerrish's record of those buried since he came 1674-1719. Daniel Davison was number 33 on that list, and a memorial to him and his wife has been erected in the middle of the triangular area, which may have been his resting place. The inscription reads:

      In memory of Daniel Davison, born in Scotland, 1630-1693
      and of his wife, Margaret Low.
      Ancestors of the most numerous family of the name in America.
      Buried 1693 by Rev. Joseph Gerrish. [2, 5]

  • Sources 
    1. [SAuth] John Spencer Howell, Jr., John Spencer Howell, Jr., (http://www.jhowell.com/ jhowell@jhowell.com).

    2. [S769] DesBrisay Museum Nicolas Davison Tree, Author unknown, (Two page tree, typed.), IMG_0038.jpg (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S796] Davisson, Davidson Genealogy, A. H. Davison, (Torch Press, 1935).

    4. [S799] Probate Records, Salem, MA, (Dec 15 1692 Last will and Testament of Daniel Davison, Deceased, Dated Dec. 5, 1693).

    5. [S1083] Toni Ann Mettier Mann, Toni Ann Mettier Mann, (http://members.aol.com/lidajane10/index.html), "Daniel Davison came out of Scotland...." http://members.aol.com/lidajane10/Dav.html (Reliability: 0).