John DAVYS (1553 – 1626) was Alex’s 11th Great Grandfather; one of 4,096 in this generation of the Miller line.
John Davys was born about 1553 in Easton Royal or Marlborough, Wiltshire, England. His parents were James DAVIS and Agnes [__?__]. He married Agnes SAMON (Salmon) 18 OCT 1575 in Marlborough or Eisey, Wiltshire, England. John died 21 Nov 1626 in Acton-Turville, Gloucestershire, England.
Agnes Samon was born about 1559 in Eisey, Wiltshire, England. Alternatively, her surname was Chandler and her parents were Thomas CHANDLER (1500 – 1554) and Agnes TATE (1502 – 1554). Agnes died between 1622 – 1623 in Acton-Turville, Gloucestershire, England.
Children of John and Agnes:
|2.||James DAVIS||1583 in Marlborough, Wiltshire, England||Cicely THAYER
11 Jun 1618 in Thornbury, Gloucestershire, England.
|29 Jan 1679 in Haverhill, Essex, Mass.|
|4.||Ephraim Davis||1585||Elizabeth Knowles
| 8 Jan 1639
|5.||John Davis||16 Nov 1601
Easton Royal, England
|12 Nov 1675 in Newbury, Essex, Mass.|
|6.||Thomas DAVIS||1602 in Marlborough, Wiltshire, England.||Christian COFFIN
14 Nov 1622 in Chipping, Gloucester, England.
|27 Jul 1683 in Haverhill, Mass.|
Here’s a little different twist. John Davis was born about 1560, Sometime in his life, he probably moved from Acton-Turville to Marlborough, west of London. He married Agnes Chandler and had six children: James, John, Thomas, Samuel, Ephraim, and Alice, not necessarily in that order. James, John, and Thomas decided to emigrate to the New World.
His father James DAVYS was born about 1535, lived in feudal England and was likely a farmer. He married a woman named Agnes and had three sons: John, Robert, Thomas, and three daughters: Deenes, Dorothee, and Margaret. They maintained the family heritage and were all farmers (or farmers wives!) probably ecking out a meager existence on family lands in Gloucestershire.
The Davis Lineage traces its roots back to Acton-Turville, Gloucestershire, England. The family members are believed to descend from a man with the surname Davys, living in Acton-Turville in the late 15th century. The Military Survey of Gloucestershire, 1522 lists two men with this surname in Acton-Turville: John Davys and Thomas Davys alias Smyth, one of whom was most likely John’ grandfather. He would have been born about 1500 and had at least five children, James, Edmund, John, and Robert, and a daughter whose name is unknown.