Davy, John I

Male 1751 - 1808  (56 years)


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  • Name Davy, John 
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    Born 5 Oct 1751  Schenectady, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Baptism Stone Arabia, Montgomery, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Lutheran Trinity, Sponsors: Johannes Shultze and Wife Magdalena 
    Find A Grave Memorial 113061331 
    Occupation Farmer 
    Died 30 May 1808  Bath, Lennox, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried Bath, Lennox, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Bath United Church Cemetery
    Person ID I1297  Sullivan Burgess Family Tree
    Last Modified 15 Sep 2018 

    Father Davy, Peter I,   b. 31 May 1724, Schenectady, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Jul 1790, Bath, Lennox, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Saltsman, Anna Maria,   b. 3 Nov 1718, Palatine, Montgomery, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1795  (Age > 78 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Family ID F544  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Snider, Dorothy,   b. Abt 1751,   d. Abt 1780, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 29 years) 
    Married 1769  New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Davy, Eve,   b. Abt 1775, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     2. Davy, Catherine,   b. Abt 1775, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
    Last Modified 15 Sep 2018 
    Family ID F546  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Hoffnel, Sophy,   b. 12 Feb 1769, Palatine, Montgomery, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1840  (Age 70 years) 
    Married 22 Nov 1787  Bath, Lennox, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Marriage Certificate OF Reverend JOHN LANGHORN. "Banns of marriage between John Davy of the second Township of Catarakwee and Sophy Hoffnel of the fourth Township of Catarakwee were published on October 28th, 1787, and November 4th and 11th, by me, John Langhorn, Missionary. "John Davy, widower, of the second township of Catarakwee, called Ernestown, and Sophy Hoffnel, spinster, of the fourth township of Catarakwee, were married in this Church by Banns this twenty second Day of November in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty-seven by me, JOHN LANGHORN, Missionary. "This marriage was solemnized by us "JOHN DAVY "Sophy HOFFNEL "This marriage was solemnized in Presence of us "JOHN CALDWELL "HANNAH DAVY "HENRY HORNER" Note. -The register of the following was all made out in similar form, with banns and certified notice, signed as above, for years. Only the names, dates, etc., are copied now.
    Children 
     1. Davy, Mary,   b. Ernestown, Lennox, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Sep 1793  [natural]
    +2. Davy, Peter,   b. 12 Oct 1788, Ernestown, Lennox, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Aug 1859, Ernestown, Lennox, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)  [natural]
    +3. Davy, Elizabeth,   b. Abt 1791, Ernestown, Lennox, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
    +4. Davy, John II,   b. Abt 1793, Ernestown, Lennox, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1877  (Age ~ 84 years)  [natural]
    +5. Davy, Margaret,   b. 31 Mar 1793, Ernestown, Lennox, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Jan 1860, Monroe, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years)  [natural]
    +6. Davy, Sophia,   b. Abt 1798, Ernestown, Lennox, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     7. Davy, William Rombaugh,   b. 6 Feb 1803, Ernestown, Lennox, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
    +8. Davy, Benjamin Fairfield,   b. 19 Aug 1804, Ernestown, Lennox, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Mar 1860, Belleville, Hastings, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years)  [natural]
    +9. Davy, George Hoffnagel,   b. 25 Oct 1807, Ernestown, Lennox, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   bur. Napanee, Lennox, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
    +10. Davy, William Henry,   b. 24 Jan 1809, Ernestown, Lennox, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Apr 1887, Bath, Lennox, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 15 Sep 2018 
    Family ID F547  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 5 Oct 1751 - Schenectady, New York, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBaptism - Lutheran Trinity, Sponsors: Johannes Shultze and Wife Magdalena - - Stone Arabia, Montgomery, New York, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 1769 - New York, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 22 Nov 1787 - Bath, Lennox, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 30 May 1808 - Bath, Lennox, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Bath, Lennox, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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  • Family Crest
    Davy Family Crest
    Davy Family Crest
    Recorded in the spellings of Davis, Davies, Davie, Davy, and others, this is a patronymic surname of Hebrew origins, and much associated with Wales. It means 'the son of David', from the Hebrew male given name meaning "beloved". The name is not recorded in any part of Britain before the Norman Conquest of 1066, and is regarded as being a 'Crusader' introduction. In the 12th century all the parts of Christendom joined in expeditions to free the Holy Land from the infidel. Although all the crusades were militarily unsuccessful, and have remained so to this day, the returning soldiers 'adopted' certain biblical and Greek names, of which David was one, and gave them to their children, particularly their sons. Amongst the very earliest recordings of the given name predating the surnames is that of 'Dauid clericus', (David, the clerk), in the rolls of the county of Lincoln for the year 1150, whilst Richard Davy appears in the Subsidy rolls of Worcester for the year 1275. Further examples include Thomas Dayson in the 1327 Pipe Rolls of Yorkshire, and Richard Davys is listed in the Register of the Freemen of the City of York for the year 1402. An interesting bearer of the name was Sir Thomas Davies (1631 - 1680), a bookseller, who became master of the Stationer's Guild in 1668 and was Lord Mayor of London in 1666, during the Great Fire of London. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of John Dauisse, which was dated 1327, in the Subsidy Rolls of the county of Cambridgeshire, during the reign of King Edward 111, known as "The Father of the Navy", 1327 - 1377. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.
    Davy Family Crest
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  • Notes 
    • When the American Revolutionary War broke out his sympathies were with the Mother Country so he joined the British Forces and fought with them. When the war was ended the Loyalist had their lands confiscated and were treated as traitors. John was married before he emigrated to Upper Canada. He and his first Wife came to Qu├ębec, Canada once or twice and apparently returned to New York, USA for some unknown reason. When he emigrated to Upper Canada in the 1780's he was a widower with two daughters, Eve and Catherine. He emigrated to Ernestown, Lennox, Ontario, Canada, Upper Canada and given Crown land by drawing lots.

      He was married on Nov 22, 1787 to Sophy Hoffnel. At the time of marriage, he was described as a widower living on the 1st Concession Adolphustown in the 4th Township of Cataraque. He was married in the presence of Hannah Davy. Sophy Hoffnagel was living on the 4th Concession, Cataraqui Township at the time of marriage.

      Their marriage was the first by Reverend John Langhorn, Anglican Clergy in that district. John received a grant of land from British Government near Bath, Ernestown, Lennox, Ontario, Canada. John Davy was a soldier in the Royal Regiment of New York, USA. He was on the provisional list of the Land Board of Mecklenberg, Upper Canada in 1786, so he emigrated to Upper Canada before that time.

      John and Sophy witnessed the marriages of:
      Daniel Morden and Elizabeth Lawson, 24 Dec 1788
      John Smith and Sarah Fisher, 23 Dec 1800
      A Cemetery transcription says that John Davy died 30 May 1808 age 59 years.

      GENERAL: Loyalist Lineages of Canada Vol 1 (Toronto Branch, United Empire Loyalist Association of Canada, 1984) LAND: UCLP D Misc. DA-DEY 24. Ontario Archives Reel C-1885
      First Heir and Devisee Commission, Mecklenberg District, Vol 27 156; National Archives Reel H-1139

      After his death his Wife Sophy Hoffnagel married Captain John Walden Myers in August 1817. They lived in Belleville, Hastings, Ontario, Canada and owned the first brick house in Belleville, which was then called by another name. When Captain Myers died the widow did not receive all his property. She was willed a Farm on the 3rd Concession Sidny Township about 9 miles from Belleville.

      John Davy made a will dated May 17, 1808 and mentioned all his children in the will. They total 13. When John died he had willed east half of Lot 10 Ernestown, Lennox, Ontario, Canada to his son Peter Davy. He willed the West half of Lot 10 to his son John including his gristmill. He willed his son Benjamin 100 Acres in Camden Township. He willed his son George 100 Acres on the 6th Concession of Ernestown, Lennox, Ontario, Canada. He willed his Wife and daughters, Eve, Margaret, Sophia and Elizabeth an equal share of his goods and chattels.

      In his will he did not say he had a son William and did not mention that he expected another child, but it is claimed he had a son William born after his death.

  • Sources 
    1. [S87] Burial and Cremations Records.