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distinguish those bearing the same christian
name from one another by adding the father's
name with a possessive, as "Harry's," "Da-
vid's," and these were in time shortened and
slightly varied, thus forming the very fre-
quent names among those people of Williams,
Jones, Harris and Davis. The family whose
history is herein outlined was among those
early planted in New -England, and has fur-
nished citizens to Maine and other states, who
have been noted for energy, probity, ability
and high moral character.

(I) Barnabas Davis, immigrant ancestor of
a prominent family bearing this name, was
born 1 599 in Tewk.sbury, England ; with his
wife Patience and son Samuel he sailed for
America in the ship "Blessing'' and arrived
at Boston in 1636. He settled in Charlestown,
where he owned several parcels of real estate,
including a part of Bunker Hill. By trade he
was a tallow chandler and probably followed
that trade. He died November 27, 1685, and
was survived almost five years by his wife,
who died November 15, 1690. Their children
were: i. Samuel, further mentioned below.
2. Barnabas. 3. Patience, born 1641, mar-
ried W^illiam Ridland, of Charlestown. 4.
Nathaniel, married (first) Mary Converse;
(second) Mary Thomas; was a glazier in
Charlestown. 5. Hopewell, a soldier of King



Philip's war, married Sarah (Boynton) Davis.
6. James, married EHzabeth Randall and lived
in Scituate.

(II) Samuel, eldest child of Barnabas and
Patience Davis, was born in 1630 in England,
and settled soon after his marriage in Groton,
AlaSsachusetts. 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
\\'aters, who was born January 27, 1638, a
daughter of Laurence and Ann (Linton)
Waters, of Watertown, Lancaster and Charles-
town. Their children were : i. Elizabeth. 2.
Mary, married (first) Isaac Lewis: (second)
Thomas Pratt. 3. John, born I\Iarch 10, 1664,
lived in Groton, where he was killed by the
Indians in October. 1704. 4. Sarah. 5. Sam-
uel, mentioned below. 6. Barnabas, who died
1690. 7. Patience, wife of John Green.

(III) Samuel (2), second son of Samuel
(i) and Mary (Waters) Davis, was born
January 10, 1669, in Groton, and was one of
the soldiers of Queen Anne's war, serving in
Captain Tyng's company of snow shoe men in
1703. For this service he was one of the
grantees of Tyngstown, now Manchester, New
Hampshire. He bought land in Groton of
\\'illiam and Patience (Davis) Ridland, in
1694. and continued to live there until 1706,
when he removed to Chelmsford. The births
of seven of his children are recorded in Gro-
ton, and the same children with two others are
recorded in Chelmsford, namely: i. Samuel,
born August 16, 1695. 2. Anna, May 24,
1697. 3. Mary, May 20, 1699. 4. Barnabas,
December 19, 1700. 5. Simon, November 15,
1702. 6. Amos, October 15, 1705. 7. Ex-
perience, January 23, 1707, died in December
following. ,8. Elizabeth, January 16, 1708. 9.
Steven, January 31, 1711, died when less than
one year old. The baptismal name of the
mother was Hannah.

(IV) Amos, fourth son of Samuel (2) and
Hannah Davis, was born October 15, 1705, in
Groton, and was a small child when his pa-
rents removed to Chelmsford. He lived suc-
cessively in Littleton, Uxbridge, again in Lit-
tleton, Petersham and Harvard, Massachu-
setts. He was one of the grantees of West-
moreland, New Hampshire, and removed to
that town, very soon after 1750. He and his
wife were among the foundation members of

the church there, where he died soon after
1770. No church record of his children is
found, but the baptismal name of his wife
was Elizabeth. Their children were: i.
Edith, born September 30, 172S. 2. Phcbe,
June 21, 1730. 3. Amos, September 2, 1732,
married Sarah Aletcalf and lived in Chester-
field. New Hampshire. 4. Elizabeth, Novem-
ber 14, 1735. 5. Jones, April 9, 1737, lived in
Chesterfield. 6. Rachel, October 7, 1739. 7.
Samuel, October 15, 1744. 8. Reuben, July
17, 1747. 9. Esther, August 21, 1749. 10.
Ezra, mentioned below.

(Y) Ezra, youngest child of Amos and
Elizabeth Davis, was born about 1752 in West-
moreland, and was a soldier of the revolution.
He enlisted June 29, ,1777, in Captain J. Cole's
company of Colonel Ashley's regiment of mi-
litia. He marched from Westmoreland at the
Bennington alarm. June 28, 1777. The date
of his death is not found in the archives of
New Hampshire. He was married in West-
moreland to Ruth Farrington, of that town,
and after his death she married (second)
Dean Carleton. with \yhom she removed to
Denmark, Maine, and there died January 27,
1826. The children of Ezra and Ruth Davis
were: Ezra, born April 7, 1779. Elizabeth,
December 19, 1780. William, mentioned be-
low, and Josiah.

(VI) Wilham, second son of Ezra and
Ruth Davis, was born August 28, 1782, in
W'estmoreland, and resided successively in
Salem, ]\Iassachusetts, and Mount Vernon,
New Hampshire, and settled at Denmark,
Maine, where he died November 29, 1851.
When a small boy he was bound out until the
age of fourteen years to a Mr. West, of West-
moreland. When he reached the age of eight-
een years he went to work in a distillery in
Salem, Massachusetts, in which employment
he continued six years. He was a resident
there on May 14, 1807, when he took a deed
of a tract of land in Denmark, Maine, from
Perley Hale, and was then called a distiller.
He was a resident of Mount \'ernoii, New
Hampshire, Februarj' 10, 1809, when he took
a deed of land in Wilton, an adjoining town.
After his marriage he resided in Mount Vernon
with his wife's parents until the spring of 1809
when he removed to Denmark, Maine, and
there continued to reside until his death. He
was an active man in town affairs, filling the
office of selectman in 1810; constable in 1814-
15-16-17-18-19-22-23. He was moderator for
the year 1818 and on the committee of ac-
counts for 1830. He had considerable local
celebrity as a teacher of music in Salem, Mas-



.sachusetts, and in later life tausht in Bridgton
and Denmark. He served as lieutenant in
Captain Berry's company of infantry, Steel's
(second) regiment of Massachusetts militia,
and was called into service, rendezvous at
Denmark, September 13, 1814. He was dis-
charged at Portland, Maine, on the 24th of
the same month. He married Qarissa Carle-
ton (see Carleton XXV), born September 9,
1781, in Mount N'crnon. and died in Denmark,
October 4, 1870. Their children were: i.
Clarissa W., born November 30. 1809. 2.
William F.. mentioned below. 3. John P.,
Julv 5, 1813. 4. Elizabeth P., September 27,
"i8i'6. 5. Josiah W., January 27, 1818. 6.
Oliver C, May 27, 1820. 7. Ezra, December
12, 1821. 8. Marv Frances, December 12,

(\TI) William Farrington, eldest son of
William and Clarissa (Carleton) Davis, was
born December 25, 1810. in Denmark, and
passed his life in that town, where he died
July 6, 1885. He served on the committee of
accounts in 1840, as selectman, assessor and
overseer of the poor in the years 1844-45-46,
and was town agent in 1854. He was town
treasurer in 1869-70-71-72-73, and a member
of the house of representatives in 1861. He
was elected to the last-named position from
the district composed of the towns of Den-
mark, Fliram, Lovell and Stowe, and was a
member of the town standing committee of
agriculture, and the town select committee on
gubernatorial votes. He was a member of the
Congregational church of Denmark, and in
political principle a Republican. He married,
December 29, 1836, Pamelia Goodwin Tra-
verse, born November 30, 1812, in Denmark,
and died in that town August 9, 1895. (See
Traverse Yll.) Their children were: Clara
W., born December 18, 1837; William C,
September 27, 1839; Samuel C, the subject
of the following paragraph.

(Vni) Samuel Granville, younger son of
William Farrington and Pamelia G. (Tra-
verse) Davis, was born July 30, 1842, in Den-
mark, and received his early education in the
common schools of his native town. He pre-
pared for college at Bridgton Academy in
North Bridgton, IMaine, and graduated from
Bowdoin College in the class of 1865. He is
now a member of the Bowdoin Alumni Asso-
ciation of Washington. D. C, of which Chief
Justice Melville W. Fuller is now president.
Mr. Davis studied law in the offices of Charles
E. Holt, of Denmark, IVlaine, and of Fessen-
den & Butler in Portland, and was admitted

to the bar of the state in September, 1867.
Since then he has been engaged in the prac-
tice of his profession, diversified by school
teaching, except when in government employ.
In his native town he served as auditor, town
agent, town clerk, selectman, assessor and
overseer of the poor, and superintendent of
schools, holding each of these offices several
years. He was justice of the peace and quo-
rum from January, 1868, until ho left the state
to accept a government position at Washing-
ton, in 'September, 1882. He was appointed
dedimus justice of the state of j\Iaine in 1877
and still holds that position. From September,
1882, to September, 1886. he was a clerk in
the United States pension bureau, and he was
detailed as a special examiner. He was ap-
pointed a clerk in the treasury department
June 22, 1892, and since January 11, 1893,
has served as clerk in the office of the com-
missioner of internal revenue in the treasury

He is quite jirominently identified with
the Masonic fraternity, in which he has held
many offices, including worshipful master of
the Blue Lodge: high priest of the chapter;
and was regularly anointed into the order of
high priesthood ; district deputy grand master,
and junior grand warden of the Grand Lodge
of Maine. He holds membership in the Mount
Moriah Lodge of Denmark, Oriental Royal
Arch Chapter of Bridgton, St. Albans Com-
mandery. Knights Templar, of Portland, the
grand lodge of Maine, and the local chapter
Order of the Eastern Star, at Denmark. He
is a member of the Washington Society of the
Sons of the American Revolution and of the
Sons and Daughters of Maine in Washington,
having been president of the executive board
of the latter organization. He married (first)
January 29, 1873, Parriezina M. Bennett, of
Na.shua, New Hampshire, daughter of Horace
Bennett and Mary Jane (Richarlson) Ben-
nett. She died ^larch 5, 1899. Their chil-
dren are : Blanch P., Norman C, Molly
P., Bertram G. and Webster B., now liv-
ing, and Rupert G. Davis, who was born
March 9, 1876, and died February 4, 1877.
Mr. Davis married (second) February 3, 1902,
Helen A. Hughes, born May 18, 1865, daugh-
ter of William N. and FLarriet A. OIi"er)
Collins, of Washington, and widow of Walter
Hughes, of whom she has one son : Willard.
She is a graduate of the Washington high
school, class 1886, and has always devoted her
time and talents to the furtherance of educa-
tional purposes.

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This name is usually spelled

TRUAIBLE Trumbull, and has been the

patronymic of many distin-

- guished citizen?, among whom may be named

Jonathan Trumbull, first governor of the

state of Connecticut and the original "Brother


(I) John Trumble, cooper, from New
Castle-upon-Tyne, in England ; of Roxbury,
Massachusetts, in 1639, and among the first
members of Mr. Eliot's church there, and the
following year, Alay 13, 1640, he was made
freeman of Rowley. He brought to this
country a wife Ellen and a son John.

(II) John (2), of Roxbury, and later of
Rowley, was born in 1638 or 1639, and mar-
ried Ann Swan. Their sons were : John, Jo-
seph and Judah.

(III) Judah Trumble. of Roxbury, died
April I, 1692, in Enfield, Connecticut. He had
wife Mary, and their children were : John,
bom March 5, 1674; Ebenezer, August i,
1675; Joseph, January 3, 1677; Judah, Jan-
uary 2, 1679; -^lary, March 20, 16S1 ; William,
July 9, 1683; Samuel, June i, 1685; and Eph-
raim, July 6. 1688, and died April i, 1692.

(IV) John (3), son of Judah and Mary
Trumbull (Trumble), was born March 5,
1674, in Roxbury, and probably lived in that
town and Haverhill.

(V) The records of the secretary of state
of New Hampshire show that Judah Trum-
bull served in the French and Indian wars,
and his sons Simon, Samuel, and Nathaniel in
the Revolutionary war. These persons all
lived in Concord. Judah was presumably a
son of John (3). He settled with wife Grace
in Concord. Judah Trumbull served in Cap-
tain Joseph Eastman's company in expedition
for subjection of Crown Point in 1755. In
1746 his iiame with others is connected with
the Garrison at East Concord. He married, in
Haverhill, iMassachusetts, January 18, 1733.
Grace Foster, and had a daughter born in
Haverhill, September i, 1735, who died July
29, 1736. His other children were: Mary,
born June i, 1737; Simon, December 14, 1739,
who died in February, 1800; Samuel, born
June 7, 1743; Nathaniel, March 30, 1746;
John, May 30, 1749; and Ruth, July 4, 1752.
Simon Trumbel's and John Trumbel's signa-
tures with 750 others, are attached to the As-
sociation Test at Concord. This was in 1776
and is as follows : "We, the subscribers, do
hereby solemnly engage and promise that we
will to the utmost of our power, at the risk
of our lives and fortunes, with arms oppose
the hostile proceedings of the British Fleets

and Armies against the United American

(VI) John Trumbull married Lucy Good-
win and settled in the Sugar Ball neighbor-
hood of Concord. They had the following
children: Judith, born April 25, 1777, died
April 10, 1862; Joseph, born in 1779; Samuel,
1782; Dolly, 1785; Mary, 1787; Sarah, 1790;
Elizabeth, December 11, 1792.

(VII) Judith Trumbull married Samuel
Traverse or Travis. Their children were :
Abigail, born in November, 181 1; Pamelia
Goodwin, bom November 30, 1812; and Sarah
E., born December 31, 1817.

(VIII) Pamelia Goodwin Traverse mar-
ried William Farrington Davis, who was the
father of Samuel Granville Davis (see Davis).

I. For English ancestry see Baldwin de Carleton.

(XXI) Thomas Carleton,
CARLETON of Bradford, Massachusetts.

Will recorded in Salem,
Massachusetts, bora 1667, and died in 1734.

He married Elizabeth . Their children

were: Thomas, died in 1766; George, died in
1783; John; Bethiah; Elizabeth; Sarah Carle-
ton. The following is an extract from the
will of Thomas Carleton, showing that he was
the owner of a slave : "I give my wife the use
of my negro, Garl, during her life, and then
I will that the said negro Garl be sold and the
money be equally divided amongst my chil-

(XXII) George Carleton, of Bradford and
Boxford, Alassachusetts. His will is recorded
in Salem, Massachusetts. He married I\Iary
Hale. Their children were : Samuel ; George,
who was killed in the battle of Bunker Hill;
Thomas, died June 17, 1775 ; Oliver, born in
1732, died in April, 181 1; William, died in
September, 1800; Mary Ayers ; and Sarah

(XXIII) Oliver Carleton, of Boxford,
Massachusetts, and Mount Vernon, New
Hampshire, died in April, 181 1. He married
Amy Washer, who was born in 1740. Their
children were: John, born October 16, 1762,
died December, 1838; Enoch, born in 1765,
died December 20, 1838; Oliver, born in 1767,
died in 1845; Stephen, born in 1771, died in
July, 1857; Rebecca Parker, born in 1764;
Amy Grout, born in 1769, died in 1849.

(XXIV) John Carleton, of Mount Vernon,
New Hampshire, married Judith Weston, in
1 78 1, who was born March 29, 1763, and died
in November, 1824. The records of the war
department show that John Carleton, rank not
stated, served in the Fifth Regiment of Militia,



New Hampshire, for the defense of Rhode
Island. He engaged to serve six months. His
name appears on a muster roll, dated Amherst,
July 27, 1779, which bears the remark "Time
of engagement July 26 I779-" It also ap-
pears on a pay roll dated at Exeter, New
Hampshire, February, 1780, of Daniel Emer-
son's company in Colonel Here. Mooney's
regiment, raised in New Hampshire for the
defense of Rhode Lsland, 1779. Allowed i
day for every 20 miles travel ; time of en-
gagement July 26, 1779; time of discharge,
January 14, 1780; time of service, five months
and twenty days. The children of John and
Judith (Weston) Carleton were: Clarissa
(Davis), born September 9, 1781, died Octo-
ber 4, 1870; Judith (Coburn), born July 8,
1783, died 1864: Emma, born August 21,
1785, died February 25, 1812 ; John, born July
26, 1787, died January 14, 1868; Mary
(Smith), born Jaiuiary 19, 1790; died 1812;
Weston, born December 5, 1791, died October,
1793 ; Daniel Weston, born November 26,
1793, died September, 1800; Achsah, born
July 26, 1795, died January 2, 1842; George,
born May 16, 1797, died in infancy; Lucy,
born May 9, 1799, died^ Sei)tember, iSoo;
Oliver, born July 20, 1801, died 1882; Daniel
Weston, born October 29, 1S05, died Septem-
ber 8. 1852.

(XXV) Clarissa Carleton married William
Davis. Their children were : Clarissa W.,
born November 30, 1809, died September 27,
1828; William F., born December 25, 1810,
died July 6. 1885; Emma C. (Pingree), born
April 9, 1812, died February, 1876; John P.,
born July 5, 1813, died August 27, 1865; he
was postmaster of the town of Naples, Maine,
for many years, and up to the time of his
death, and a senator in the Maine state legis-
lature for the years 1848-49-56; Elizabeth P.
(Smith), born September 27, 1816, died April
6, 1882; Josiah W., born January 27, 1818,
died March 10, 1885 ; he was a private in the
Twenty-third Maine Regiment Infantry in the
war of the rebellion, from October 17, 1862, to
July 15, 1863; Ezra, born May 20, i8ig, died
October 15. 1820: Oliver C, born May 27,
1820, died December 3, 1828; Ezra, born De-
cember 12, 1821, died July, 1863; he was a
first lieutenant in the Seventh New Hampshire
Regiment of Infantry in the war of the re-
bellion, and was wounded in the assault on
Fort Wagner, Charleston Harbor, in July,
1863, from which wound he died ; Mary F.,
born December T2, 182=;, died December 19,

(XXVI) William F. Davis married Pa-

melia Goodwin Traverse; he was the father of
Samuel Granville Davis. Their other children
were: Clara W., born December 18, 1837,
still living in February, 1909; William C,
born September 27, 1839, died December 14,
1863 ; he was a private in Coinpany K, Twen-
tieth Maine Regiment Infantry, in the war of
the rebellion ; was enrolled August 5, 1862, and
died December 14, 1863, ^t Baltimore, ]\Iary-
land; Samuel G., born January 28, 1841, died
July 27, 1842. _

This name comes from
TRAVERSE Trevieres, in Normandy, and
in the year 11 38 the name
of Travers was taken by Ranulph de Clin-
champ. The first appearance of the name in
England is in the "Domesday Book," where
one of the family is recorded as from the
county of Hants ; in later days it became quite
well known, and many of the family held posi-
tions of trust under the Crown.

(I) Henrie Travers, >from London, em-
barked in the "Mary and John," with Robert
Sayers, master, early in 1634, landing at Ips-
wich, Massachusetts, where he remained about
a year. In 1635 he was living in Newbury,
Massachusetts, and there is no record of when
or where he married his wife, Bridgett Fitts,
who is said by some genealogists to have been
his second wife. He sailed for London, Eng-
land, in 1648, and never returned ; he left a
son and daughter, besides his wife, and had
made a will disposing of his estate. His wid-
ow, in 1659, married Richard Window, and
removed with her family to Gloucester. The
children of Henrie and Bridgett (Fitts) Tra-
vers were: Sarah, born in 1636, at Newbury,
married Nicholas Wallington, and James.

(II) James, the only son of Henrie and
Bridgett (Fitts) Traverse, was born April 28,
1645, at Newbury, Massachusetts, and in 1667
his name is found signed Travis, which spell-
ing has been used by most of his descendants.
In 1668 he removed to Brookfield, Massachu-
setts, and probably removed from that place
before the Indians destroyed the town, going
to the neighborhood of Framingham and Hol-
liston. He took part in King Philip's war,
and in 1676 was captured by the Indians and
held for two years before he made his escape.
Before 1717 he had died, as his estate was
then being settled. Ajjril 8. 1667, he married
Mercy (or Marsye), daughter of John and
Elizabeth Pearce, of Gloucester, and they had
three children, as follows : Elizabeth, born in
1667-68, married Nathaniel Haven; Mercy
(Mary), born probably at Brookfield, married



Benjamin Whitney (first) and (second) Lieu-
tenant Thomas Frink ; and James.

(III) James (2), the only son of James
(i) and Mercy (Pearce) Travis, was born,
probably at Brookfield, between 1668 and
1676. He removed to Framingham, Massa-
chusetts, it is thought before its incorporation,
in June, 1700, and in 1717 in a deed he is
described as from Framingham, but in the
same year he was in Sherborn, Massachusetts.
April 20, 1756, he must have been eighty
years of age, perhaps more, and is adjudged
to be unable to care for himself, so Thomas
Mellen is appointed as his guardian. In 1760
Elizabeth, his second wife, signs a deed as his
widow. He married (first) in 1698-99, Mercy
Leland, who died between August 16, 1710,
and 1716, and he married (second) November
18, 1745, Elizabeth Wesson. By his first wife
he had four children, as follows : Joseph ;
James, born April 12, 1703, married Rebecca
Squire; Mary, January 26, 1705-06; John,
August 16, 1710, married Anne or Anna Max-
well ; and by his second wife one, Elizabeth,
April 16, 1747.

(IV) Joseph, the eldest son of James (2)
and Mercy (Leland) Travis, was born De-
cember 3, 1700, at Framingham, Massachu-
setts, and died at Sherborn. From 1757 to
1772 he was of Natick, as shown by records,
and he was constable there in 1762, 1771-72-
"^j and 1780, and he was a corporal in David
Morse's muster roll, Buckminster regiment, in
1755, his son Asa being private in the same
company. He married (first) February 28,
1726-27, Mehitable Hagar, of Watertown,
born May 7, 1704, died December 22, 1737,
daughter of William and Sarah (Benjamin)
Hagar ; at the time of his first marriage he is
described as of Sherborn. Children : Sarah,
born April 21, 1728, married Daniel B. Ha-
gar; Asa; Zerviah, July 10, 1733. He mar-
ried (second) March 29, 1740, Sarah, daugh-
ter of Joseph and Rebecca (Allen) Dean, of
Sudbury, Massachusetts. Children : Susannah,
born August 23, 1741, at Natick, married
Samuel Watkins ; Daniel, October 13, 1742,
married Thankful Watkins.

(V) Asa, the oldest son of Joseph and Me-
hitable (Hagar) Travis, was born May 28,
1729, at Sherborn. Massachusetts, and died in
1806 at Deering, New Hampshire. After his
marriage he resided at Natick, Massachusetts,
where is recorded the birth of his son Asa,
probably the eldest of his children. In 1765
he was living at Natick, and that is the last
known of his whereabout until he responded
to the Lexington alarm, with five sons. He

was in Sudbury, Massachusetts, in 1779-80,
and in 1781 was member of a committee "to
see what number of school houses should be
thought necessary." Two years later he ap-
pears at Deering, New Hampshire, also five of
his sons, but his son Elijah seems not to have
gone with his father, as he settled at Waltham,
Massachusetts, where he married. April 26,
1775, he enlisted in the continental army,
serving three months in Captain Russell's
company. Colonel J. Brewer's regiment ; and
received an order for a "bounty coat," or its
equivalent in money, due for eight months'
service in 1775, Captain Russell's company,
same regiment. January i, 1776, he again en-
listed, and served ten months and twenty-six
days as private in David Whitney's company,
Colonel Asa Whitcomb's regiment, encamp-
ment at Ticonderoga, November 27, 1776; he
again enlisted October 12, 1778, in Edwin
Longley's company. Colonel Coggswell's regi-
ment, time of service two months, two days,
for the purpose of guarding and fortifying
posts in and near Boston. His last service
was when he enlisted July 28, 1780, for three
days, Rhode Island alarm, in Joshua Fisk's
company. Colonel Abner Perry's regiment. In
1753 he married Sarah, daughter of Thomas

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