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DAVIS: Josiah Davis(1738-1824) of Barnstable, MA
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Created By:Joanne Kartak
Which of these sources names Josiah's parents correctly?                                              History of Gorham: Josiah Davis: b. (ca.173 Barnstable d. in Gorham Feb 8, 1824, aged abt. 86. s/o John Davis, Jr. & Anna Allen  who were married ____. Josiah m. (1) Thankful Matthews; m, (2) Thankful Gorham May 3, 1760; m (3) Martha Hill Nov. 25, 1802.
Gen. Notes of Barnstable Families:  Josiah Davis, s/o 2d Josiah, born Aug 2 1718, m. in 1745(sic) Thankful Mathhew and May 3, 1760, Thankful Gorham.
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Created By:Dale H. Cook
The key to resolving questions of this sort is often to consult contemporary records. A key source for this question is Mayflower Descendant, which published literal transcriptions of the Barnstable (town) vital records in a series that ran from 1900 (v. 2) to 1935 (v. 34), and all of those volumes are on this site.

In this case it is possible that neither acount is correct, as there was also a Josiah Davis in Barnstable at the right time who does not correspond to either account. Here is what I have gleaned from published contemporary records:

The Josiah from Barnstable Families was born 02-Aug-1718, son of Josiah and Mehitable (Taylor) Davis [MD 4:225], who were married in Barnstable 10-Jul-1712 [MD 32:151].

I cannot find the Josiah from History of Gorham (born ca. 1736) in the Barnstable records or in any other Massachusetts records.

There was a Josiah born in Barnstable 19-Feb-1722, son of Capt. John and Mehitable (Dimmock) Davis [MD 33:120], who were married in Barnstable 13-Aug-1705 [MD 14:87].

Josiah Davis married Thankful Matthews in Barnstable 17-Jul-1745 [MD 33:167].

Josiah Davis married Thankful Gorham in Barnstable 03-May-1759 (not 1760) [MD 23:128]. Their intention was recorded 24-Mar-1759 [MD 25:130].

Whether the two Thankfuls were the wives of the same Josiah Davis is something that I have not yet determined. You will probably need to spend some time investigating probates and deeds to straighten this out - that is often the only soulution when there are two men about the same age in the same town.

Dale H. Cook, Member, NEHGS and MA Society of Mayflower Descendants;
Plymouth Co. MA Coordinator for the USGenWeb Project
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The Josiah Davis born Feb 19, 1722 s. of John died April 15, 1736 at the age of 14.  See Cape Cod Gravestones, Cobb's Hill Cemetery for his gravestone.
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There is another Josiah Davis in Otis' Barnstable families that is probably one of more interest to you.  Page 284: "(30-2) John Davis, son of Capt. John, born Sept 8, 1708 married, Feb 5, 1720-30, Abigail Otis, and second Anna Allen March 23, 1736.  He had sons Josiah and John, and daughter Martha, baptized in the East Church April 25, 1742."

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