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  • Notes on the Manuscript Collection: Calvin C. Davis Papers

    John B. Carney

    Published Date : December 1987


    Mss. 103, 18 items


    The Calvin C. Davis Papers trace the descendants of Dolor Davis, 1593-1673, an early settler of Barnstable, Massachusetts.  The collection contains two versions of a manuscript genealogy that carry descendants to 1910.  There are also scattered notes and correspondence that bring the record to 1958.

    Calvin C. Davis, 1866-1958, lived at Mendon, New Jersey.  He contributed antiquarian notes to local newspapers and did extensive research on the Davis family between 1912 and 1922.  Following his death in 1958, in accordance with his directions, the collection was given to the Society by Miss Jesse M. Willett in 1959.

    The material is divided into two sub-groups. Subgroup I contains the two manuscript genealogies; sub-group II contains notes and correspondence.


    Mss. 148, 1 foot

    The Joseph Davis Papers, 1860-1909, consist of two groups of material: Davis family genealogical compilations and manuscripts, and allied families material.  The Davis family material concerns two separate Davis lines; that of Joseph Davis, b. 1840, and that of his wife Sarah A. Davis.  Joseph’s descent is from William Davis, 1617-1683, of Roxbury, Massachusetts.  Sarah’s line includes Isaac Davis, b. 1735, Elijah Davis, 1780-1847, and Abijah Davis, 1804-1872.

    The allied families include over 30 names, with emphasis on the families of Heath, Riggs, Fellows, and Ruggles.

    The material is divided into two sub-groups. The first concerns the various Davis lines. The second sub-group contains material on the allied families.

    Joseph Davis was born in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1840, the eldest son of William Davis, 1801-1865, who married Maria Davis, 1817-1870, daughter of Charles Davis, 1772-1842, of Roxbury, Massachusetts. Joseph went to boarding school at Northborough, Massachusetts, in 1848, and graduated from English High School in Boston, in 1858. At age 20 he enlisted in Company F, 5th Massachusetts Volunteers; on completion of his service in Company E, he enlisted in the 30th Regiment, Massachusetts Volunteers, and served until 1865, when he was discharged for a disability.

    Mr. Davis settled in Trinidad, Colorado, in 1866, where he pursued a successful career in banking, eventually becoming president of the Bank of Southern Colorado.  He also was chairman of the Council of the City of Trinidad, and chancellor of the Commandery of the State of Colorado, Military Order of the Legion of the United States.  He pursued genealogy as a hobby, working on it from about 1860 to 1909, although nothing was ever published.  The collection was donated to the Society by Arthur F. Davis of Acton, Massachusetts, in 1926.


    Spec. Col. 1 l-D-2 2 linear feet

    The Deane Collection, 1827-1889, consists of material generated by William R. Deane, 1809- 1871, in his activities as a genealogist and historian.  It also includes scattered records of Deane, Bradstreet and Company, and family correspondence.  In a large part, the collection reflects his interest in Deane and allied families from 1308 to 1866.  Particularly useful are collected vital records of Mendon, Raynham. and Taunton, Massachusetts.  Deane’s historical research included essays, notes and correspondence on New England religion, the textile industry, English migration to New England, literature, and botany.  In addition, there are scattered records of his work with Charles B. Richardson, 1832-1891, establishing the latter’s Historical Magazine in 1857.

    Deane’s family and business papers complete the collection.  Most of the family material consists of correspondence with Nicholas and George F. Dean from 1846 to 1867, and some household bills and receipts.  His few business papers concentrate on the firm’s supplying of cloth book bindings.  Particularly interesting is a volume of signatures and comments, 1836-1846, and an account book for 1850.

    William R. Deane, 1809-1871, was born and died in Mansfield, Massachusetts.  At the age of 14, he moved to Boston, where he read proof at the Christian Register.  He then entered cloth manufacturing, in time forming the firm of Deane, Bradstreet and Company, primarily a supplier of cloth for bookbinding.  He also wrote for historical and genealogical magazines.  A Life Member of the New England Historic Genealogical Society, he willed his papers to the Society in 1872.

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