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|Dolor or Dolar Davis||Immigrant Ancestor||see FAMILY TREE|
|Born: 1600 Benefield, Northampton, England
|Married: to Margery Willard 29/Mar/1624 East Farleigh, Kent,
|Died: 02 Jul 1673 Barnstable, Barnstable, MA|
1st Margery Willard
2. Joanna Hull
CHILDREN with Margery Willard
1. John Davis
2. Marie Davis
3. Elizabeth Davis
4. Samuel Davis
5. Simon Davis
6. Ruth Davis
From Dolar Davis and Richard Everett by Mrs. William Sumner Crosby, 1911
"By trade he was a house-builder, added to which was farming. Dolar Davis was twice married, first to 'Margerye
Wilerd' on March 29, 1624. She was the daughter of Richard Willard. He died 1617, leaving a large estate, mostly in lands, part of which came to his daughter Margery Willard and another part to the son, Simon Willard, who was later the founder of Concord, in New England.
The first record we have of Dolor Davis, in New England, is on the Proprietor's Records in Cambridge of a grant of twenty-five acres on Aug. 4, 1634; also a house-lot, June 4, 1635. The wife Margery is supposed to be the 'Margerett Davies, age 32, who with three children, John Davies (9 years old), Marie Davies (4), Elizabeth Davies (1), sailed on the Elizabeth, from the port of London, April 17, 1635, Wm. Stagg, master.'
He sold the above-named house-lot in August, 1635. In 1638 he was in Duxbury. In 1640 he took part in founding Barnstable. On Aug. 20, 1655, 'he bought of Roger Draper his house and farm in Concord.' In the conveyance he is called 'Husbandman.' Meanwhile he sold his property in Barnstable for 'corn and cattle,' the documents recording the various payments and the transfer itself being in the Plymouth Records. In them he is styled 'house-carpenter.' Margery Davis joined in the acknowledgment, which is the last record we have of her. She probably died in Concord before 1666, in which year Davis left Concord.
Of the three children brought over from England, John and Mary were married and settled on the Cape, Elizabeth probably died young. Three more children were born in America, and they, too, were married and settled, but in or near Concord.
In 1666 Davis left Concord and returned to Barnstable, and was again admitted as an inhabitant, where his name appears on various documents. He married, after his return to Barnstable, Mrs. Joanna Bursley, born in England, 1620, daughter of Rev. Joseph Hull and widow of Capt. John Bursley. She was living in 1683. Dolar Davis accumulated a large property for those times, which he distributed mostly among his children during his lifetime. On the 13th of September, 1672, he made his will, which has his autograph signature, showing that he had some education. He always wrote his Christian name Dolar. The will was proved July 2, 1673.
The will recites that he has already provided for his sons Simon and Samuel; and then he bequeaths his house and land in Concord to his son John, adding, 'I also bequeath to him my carpenters tools and serge suit and cloke.' The inventory of estate in Concord was 125 pounds, 5 shillings 7 pence."
From "Thomas Hatch of Barnstable" pg 223 "He came to New England in 1634 with his brother-in-law, Maj. Simon Willard