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of Rhode Island, sometimes from Barnstable

Wife: Sarah Davis

deceased: 1673

Estate value: 190 pounds

1651/52 General Court 2 March 1651/1652 Records of Plymouth Colony 3:6

Nicholas Davis, of Barnstable, is presented to the Court for having a child five weeks and four days before the ordinary time after marriage.

1655/1656 General Court 5 March 1655/56 Records of Plymouth Colony 8:76

Davis is sued by John Barnes for non payment of debt. The jury finds for Barnes and awards him 7 pounds, 13 shillings, and 7 pence.

1659 General Court 6 October 1659 Records of Plymouth Colony 3:173

The Court orders Gorge Barlow, marshall of Sandwich, to search the houses of Nicholas Davis or Barnstable, William Newland and Ralph Allin of Sandwich for evidence of their involvement with Quakers. It is suspected that they may have in their possession papers and writings which are considered scandalous and dangerous to the colony.

1660 General Court 1 May 1660 Records of Plymouth Colony 3:185

Nicholas Davis testifies in Court as a witness against John Smith of Plymouth who is convicted of having a Quaker meeting at his house. Davis acknowledges that he spoke with Leiftenant Southworth that the meeting was, indeed, held at Smith's house.

1662 27 February 1662 Wills and Inventories, Vol. 2:379

Noted in Robert Linell's inventory that he owes Davis 10 shillings.

General Court 3 June 1662 Records of Plymouth Colony 4:17

Several local Indians, Keencomsett and Paupemamecke are convicted of killing a horse belonging to John Allin of Sandwich. They are ordered by the Court to make amends by paying Allin in several ways. If they choose to pay in "specye" they are to give it to Nicholas Davis to hold for Allin.

1663 3 March 1663 Wills and Inventories, Vol 2:404

Noted in Joane Swift's estate inventory that she owed Davis "about eight pounds"

1663/64 General Court 1 March 1663/1664 Records of Plymouth Colony 4:53

Joseph Laythorp testifies in Court of the wine, liquors, powder, and shot that had been brought to him at Barnstable. He records that "for Nicholas Davis & his man, 4 gallons of liquors; the next time hee brought a case of liquors and halfe a hundred of shott."

Records of Plymouth Colony 4:53

The Court records that the Indian Kenncomsett has "left three barrells of oysters with Nicholas Davis" as ordered by John Allin in payment for the killing of his horse.

1667 31 May 1667 Wills and Inventories, Vol. 2:459

Noted in the estate inventory of Thomas Ewer that Davis is owed 40 shillings.

1673 General Court entered into record, 7 July 1681 Records of Plymouth Colony 6:70

"I, Samuell Nash, cheiffe marshall of the collonie of New Plymouth, this 23 of February, 1673, have arested the estate of the said Nicholas Davis, deceased, that is to say, the house and land now in the posession of Gorge Danson, in which land is included the land and meddow of the said Davis, bought of the Lumberts, as pte of what was occupied by the said Danson, as alsoe the house and land in the occupation of James Doughten, reserveing the use and proffitt of the house and land in occupation of the said Horton to the relict of the said Davis, according to order of Court; all which housing and land aforesaid, and all appurtenances and privilidges therto belonging, being apprised by Joseph Laythorp att an hundred and ninety pounds in mony towards the satisfying of the within mensioned execution, and for which sume I deliver posession of the housing and lands aforesaid, by vertue of authoritie given unto Mr John Walley, atturney to Mr Peter Sarjeant, off Boston."

1673 General Court 4 July 1673 Records of Plymouth Colony 5:124

John Walley of Boston is appointed executor of the estate of Nicholas Davis, deceased. Davis is described as being of Rhode Island, sometimes of Barnstable in the jurisdiction of New Plymouth. His wife Sarah Davis is noted. James Haughton is noted as living in the Barnstable house. Sarah Davis is assigned one-third of the estate, and immediately appoints John Walley in charge of her portion.

Records of Plymouth Colony 8:178-179

In three court motions, creditor Thomas Dean petition the Court to gain back several debts from the estate of Nicholas Davis. Thomas Dean presents the Court a bill signed by Davis and Henery Taylor for 45 pounds dated 25 July 1671. Deane also presents a bill dated 28 December 1670 for 87 pounds, 14 shillings, and seven pence worth of pork. And also two bills dated 13 September 1671 for 30 pounds, and another dated 7 March 1671 for 56 pounds, 14 shillings, 2 pence.

General Court 29 October 1673 Records of Plymouth Colony 8:181-182

In all the complaints by Thomas Dean against the estate of Nicholas Davis, the jury finds for Dean.

Records of Plymouth Colony 8:182

Boston merchant Peter Serjeant petitions the Court agains the estate of Nicholas Davis for a bill of 58 pounds which he is awarded by the Court.

Nicholas Davis of Barnstable: His Social Network ca. 1655-1673

John Allin -Davis is to hold the payment due John Allin from some Indians convicted of killing Allin's horse, 3 June 1662.

-Later it is detailed that Davis recieved for Allin 3 barrels of oysters in payment for killing the horse.

Ralph Allin -Along with Davis, Allin's house in Sandwich is searched for suspected evidence of Quaker involvement, 6 October 1659.

Gorge Barlow -Barlow, the marshall of Sandwich, searches Davis' house for evidence of Quaker involvement, 6 October 1659.

John Barnes -Davis is sued by Barnes for non payment of debt. Jury finds for Barnes, awards him 07 13 07, 5 March 1655/1656.

Gorge Danson -A probable tenant of one of Nicholas Davis's properties, 23 February 1673.

Thomas Dean -petitions the Court for the money owed him by Davis on four different bills, one for 45 pounds, dated 25 July 1671. A second for 87 pounds, 14 shillings and 7 pence of pork, dated 28 December 1670. A third for 30 pounds dated 13 September 1671. A fourth for 56 pounds, 14 shillings, 2 pence, dated 7 March 1671. The Court awards Dean all his due, 29 October 1673.

James Doughten -A probable tenant of one of Nicholas Davis's properties, 23 February 1673. Also mentioned as Haughton or Horton.

Thomas Ewer -Noted in Ewer's inventory that he owed Davis 40 shillings, 31 May 1667.

Joseph Laythorp -Laythorp testifies that Davis brought to him in Barnstable 4 gallons of liquors and later a case of liquors and half a hundred of shott, 1 March 1663/64.

-Appraises Davis's estate at 190 pounds, 23 February 1673.

Robert Linell -Upon his death, Linell owed Davis 10 shillings, 27 February 1662.

Samuell Nash -Nash, chief marshall for New Plymouth, oversees the dispursement of Davis's properties after his death, 23 February 1673.

John Smith -Davis testifies as a witness against Smith who is charged with having a Quaker meeting in his house, 1 May 1660.

Joane Swift -Swift owed Davis "about 8 pounds" upon her death, 3 March 1663.

William Newland -Along with Davis, Newland's house in Sandwich is searched for suspected evidence of Quaker involvement, 6 October 1659.

Henery Taylor -signed a bill with Davis owing Thomas Dean 45 pounds, 25 July 1671.

Peter Serjeant -a Boston merchant, petitions the Court against the Davis estate for 56 pounds for which he is awarded, 29 October 1673.

John Walley -of Boston, is appointed executor of Davis's estate, 4 July 1673. And acts as attorney for Peter Serjeant against the estate.