There is a tomb stone in the Blodgett Cemetery in Hudson, Hillsborough Co. NH which has the following inscription, HERE LIES THE BODY OF SAMUEL DAVIS SON OF NATHANAEL DAVIS & MRS MARTHA HIS WIFE HE WAS MURDERED BY ROLING RIDOUT JUN 26 1775 IN THE 19TH YEAR OF HIS AGE. Samuel Davis and Rowland Rideout were related, common ancestors were James Davis and wife Cicely Thayer. The tomb stone can be seen here,
The court records are currently in the state archives at Concord and are identified as follows;
DAVIS, Samuel, yeoman, of Nottingham-West, vs RIDEOUT, Rowland, yeoman, of Nottingham-West, rec date 1776, recognizance, murder, file #2251.
Rowland pleaded not guilty however from the evidence presented it was obvious that Rowland hit Samuel Davis in the back of the head with an ax. Rowland was committed to confinement for an unspecified period where he died in 1779.
The court records follow,