Reprinted in these three volumes are seventeen books that comprise one of the major achievements of twentieth-century genealogy--the multi-ancestor compendium compiled and published by Walter Goodwin Davis between 1916 and 1963. These 2,100 fully-indexed pages authoritatively cover 180 families, all of Davis's colonial forebears plus nineteen English families in the immediate ancestry of American immigrants. One hundred fourteen of these families lived mostly in Massachusetts; twenty-nine are associated largely with Maine; and eighteen--Basford, Brown, Clifford, Cram, Estow, Fernald, Folsom, Gibbons, Gilman, Marston, Moses, Roberts, Roper, Sherburne, Sloper, Taprill, Walton, and Waterhouse--lived largely in New Hampshire, primarily Hampton, Portsmouth, or Exeter. Most of the 114 Massachusetts families resided in Essex County, a few in Middlesex or Plymouth counties, or in Boston.
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This is an important resource to me. After reading excerpts
over several years from this book by Walter Goodwin Davis,
in September 2021, I purchased a copy, many of my early 17 th century ancestors moved to Maine.
Gardner of Gloucester from Charity Haley 1916
Gibbons of Piscataqua from Joseph Waterhouse 1949
Goodale John of Co Norfolk England and Salisbury
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