Amos Davis

Brief Life History of Amos

When Amos Davis was born on 3 December 1769, in Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts, United States, his father, Amos Davis, was 28 and his mother, Alice Meservey, was 35. He married Mehitable Wilkins in 1798. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 9 daughters. He died on 27 July 1848, in Lewiston, Androscoggin, Maine, United States, at the age of 78, and was buried in Lewiston, Androscoggin, Maine, United States.

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Amos Davis
Mehitable Wilkins
Marriage: 1798
Mary Davis
Leah Davis
Alice Davis
Eunice Davis
Anna Davis
James Davis
Deborah Davis
Mary Davis
Henry Davis
Deborah Davis
James Davis
Levi Davis
Amos Davis
Ruth Davis

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  • Amos Davis, "Maine, Births and Christenings, 1739-1900"
  • Amos Davis Jr, "Find A Grave Index"
  • Amos Davis in entry for Debroah Davis, "Maine Vital Records, 1670-1921"

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Historical Boundaries: 1770: Lincoln, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America 1776: Lincoln, Massachusetts, United States 1820: Lincoln, Maine, United States 1854: Androscoggin, Maine, United States


Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.


Bill of Rights guarantees individual freedom.

Name Meaning

English and Welsh: patronymic meaning ‘Dafydd's (son)’, equivalent to Welsh ap Dafydd, the Welsh form of David . The spelling Davis is more typical in southwestern England northwards as far as Lancashire, where the frequency of the surname largely reflects Welsh migration, but may sometimes represent a native English surname based on Davy (compare Davies ). Davis (including in the sense 2 below) is the eighth most frequent surname in the US. It is also very common among African Americans.

Irish and Scottish: adopted for Gaelic Mac Daibhéid ‘son of David’; see McDevitt . Compare Davies .

History: John Davis or Davys (c. 1550–1605) was an English navigator who searched for the Northwest Passage. — By the 18th century there were numerous persons named Davis in America, including the jurist John Davis, born in 1761 in Plymouth, MA, and Henry Davis, a clergyman and college president, who was born in 1771 in East Hampton, NY. — Jefferson Davis, born in 1808 in KY, was president of the Confederate States of America from 1861 to 1865.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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