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1735, Dover, New Hampshire, Colonel James Davis, Signed Land Transfer For Sale
This item is a wonderful original document dated 1735, Dover, New Hampshire, where James Kielly (Kelly) has sold to Henry Tibbets a plot of land in Dover, New Hampshire. Document written and signed by Colonel James Davis, James Kielly, Thomas Davis and Ephraim Davis. Document is 8x12, folds, esle in overall fine shape.
Kielle, who was born April 15, 1708, is
said to have emigrated from Ireland ; was a
Protestant. He was by occupation a tanner and
shoemaker and was deputy sheriff of Strafford County.
Col. James Davis was born at the garrison house near the mouth of Oyster River, 23 May 1662, and died at the same place 8 September 1749. His career was one of marked activity and leadership and shows him to have been a man of superior abilities, which were readily recognized by his fellows. His name gleams brightly from the pages of colonial military history and appears upon the records of New Hampshire as one of the most important in the formative period of the state. He participated actively in the affairs of town and colony. Before reaching the age of twenty he had organized and led scouting parties against the Indians for the defence of the colony and had received the rank of lieutenant. This rank was recognized by the Massachusetts government, 19 March 1689, and renewed by Governor Usher, 20 September 1692, extending through the period of King William's War.
He held the rank of captain during the period of Queen Anne's War. In the spring of 1703 he was on a scouting tour in the lake regions of New Hampshire, at the head of sixty men, and in 1704 he took part in an expedition against the French and Indians in Maine, for which he received a special award of five pounds for honorable service. On the 18th of October 1707 he was appointed by the New Hampshire government a member of the Council of War. In June 1709 he reported that one of his scouting party (Stevenson) was killed. In 1710 he had com-mand of another scouting party of 110 men, when he was allowed nine pounds for snowshoes and moccasins. In 1712 he led a party of 370 men for five months. He was in one or more of the ex-peditions against Port Royal. Before 1719 he was advanced to the rank of lieutenant-colonel, and in 1720 was made colonel.
"He was moderator of the Dover town meetings in 1702, 1713, 1715-17, 1720-21, 1 728-31 ,and moderator of the first town meeting held in Durham, 1732, in which capacity he served at nine of the following meetings. He served repeatedly as commissioner of highways and assessor. He was one of the selectmen of Dover in 1698 and 1700-01. He also was deputy to the General Court, 1697-1701, and 1715-27. He was justice of the peace and, 9 December 1717, was appointed judge of the Court of Common Pleas, which office he held at the time of his death.
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