MARY DAVIS OF WATERTOWN
COURT RECORD June 1656 [Pulsifer 1:100-101]*
James Knap of Watertowne being detected before this Court, for committing Adultery with Mary Davis decesed, the late wife of Jno. Davis, the said Mary Davis constantly affirming the same in her health and right mind, as also to her death. This Court doth order that the said James Knap shall give forty pound bond for this good behavior, and his appearance at the next County Court to be held at Cambridge in October next and then and there to abide the order of the said court.
[Bond of James Knap (£20), Nicholas Kade (£5), Thomas Tuttle (£5), mo. Page (£5)]
This Court do grant Administration to Ephraim Child, and Richard Beers, upon the estate whereof Mary Davis died possessed, And they are also hereby impowred to pay her Just debts.
(At a County Court held at Charles=Towne June. 19th. 1656.)
RECORD OF THE GENERAL COURT, 14 May 1656 [Massachusetts Bay Colony Records, ed. Shurtleff 4.1:262; cf. 3:403)
"Water Toune to provide for and maintaine Mary Davis child."
Uppon a motion made by the keeper of the prison relating to the childe of Mary Davis, how it should be maintained, and charges for time past expended about it defraied, it is ordered that the toune of Watertoune shall defray and discharg the charges already expended, and provide for its maintainance and education for time to come, and that they shall and heereby are impowred to recover and make use of any estate which they have or can finde, of hers or hir husbands, or of the fathers of the child, for the mayntayning thereof.
(Att a Gennerall Courte of Election, held at Boston, on the 14th of May, 1656)
*Draft copy of the record entry in Middlesex Court Files, HLS, #501.