Person:Judith Davis (13)

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m. 10 Dec 1646
  1. Mary Davis1647 - bef 1713
  2. Sarah Davis1648/49 - 1694
  3. Ensign John Davis1651 - 1694
  4. Hannah Davis1653 - aft 1719/20
  5. Jane Davis1655 - 1656
  6. Moses Davis1657 - 1724
  7. Lieutenant Joseph Davis1659/60 - aft 1743
  8. Colonel James Davis1662 - 1749
  9. Jane Davis1664 -
  10. Jemima Davisest 1666 -
  11. Judith Davisest 1668 - aft 1739
m. 14 Dec 1687
  1. Samuel Emerson1688 - aft 1728
  2. Hannah Emerson1691 -
  3. Hannah Emerson1699/00 - 1725
  4. Michael (Micah) EMERSON1700/01 - ABT 1734
  5. Abigail Emerson1704 - 1757
  6. Timothy EmersonAbt 1706 - Bef 1754
  7. Solomon Emerson1709 - 1800
Facts and Events
Name[1] Judith Davis
Gender Female
Birth[1] est 1668 Dover, Strafford, New Hampshire, United States (probably)Estimate based on dates of births of siblings.
Marriage 14 Dec 1687 Haverhill, Essex, Massachusetts, United Statesto Elder Samuel Emerson
Living[4] 13 May 1739 Mentioned in husband's will of that date.
Death[4] aft 13 Mar 1739 Durham, Strafford, New Hampshire, United States (probably)

The Capture and Redemption of Judith (Davis) Emerson

"Mrs. Judith (Davis) Emerson was taken and held in captivity several years. Tradition says that her aged mother, whose maiden name was Jane Peasley of Haverhill, Mass., was captured and dismissed by one band of Indians. She hid in a field of corn and another band discovered and slew her. Among the captives remaining in the hands of the Indians, 17 January 1698/9, was Judah [Judith] Emerson. See Coll. of Maine Historical Society, 2d Series, Vol. V, p. 516. The tradition is still told in Durham that Judith Emerson was redeemed from captivity by a Mr. Morrill for two shirts, one of which he took from his back. Samuel Emerson, thinking his wife was dead, went to Portsmouth to complete arrangements for a second marriage. There he met an old acquaintance and told him his designs. The acquaintance, knowing that some captives had just arrived from Canada and that Mr. Emerson's wife was among them, said, " I bet a double drink of grog your wife is in town." The bet was taken, whereupon Mr. Emerson was conducted into the presence of his wife. It is needless to say that the second marriage was indefinitely postponed, and it faded into a traditionary possibility. The Emerson family were living at this time at Back River, Dover."[3]

References
  1. 1.0 1.1 20 Ensign John Davis, in Noyes, Sybil; Charles Thornton Libby; and Walter Goodwin Davis. Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire. (Portland, Maine: Southworth Press, 1928-1939), 185.

    Judith (Davis), m. 14 Dec. 1687 Capt. Samuel Emerson.

  2.   7 Capt. Samuel Emerson, in Noyes, Sybil; Charles Thornton Libby; and Walter Goodwin Davis. Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire. (Portland, Maine: Southworth Press, 1928-1939), 221.

    (Samuel Emerson's) wife was an Indian captive 1694-1699.

  3. Stackpole, Everett Schermerhorn; Lucien Thompson; and Winthrop S. (Winthrop Smith) Meserve. History of the town of Durham, New Hampshire (Oyster River Plantation) with genealogical notes. (Durham, New Hampshire: Published by vote of the Town, 1913), 1:99-100.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Samuel2 Emerson, in Pope, Charles Henry. The Haverhill Emersons. (Boston, Mass.  Cambridge, Mass.: Murray and Emery, 1913-1916), 28.