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Nathaniel Morton about 1613 to twenty-eight June 1685, of Leiden and Plymouth Receive US

Nathaniel Morton was born about 1613 at Leiden, Holland, the son of Separatists George Morton and Juliana Carpenter.  After two failed makes an attempt at passage, he arrived at Plymouth in 1623  on the ship Anne together with his mother and father and siblings Endurance, John, and Sarah. His father died the next yr and Nathaniel went to dwell together with his uncle, by marriage, Governor William Bradford, who groomed Nathaniel to be a colony chief. In 1645 Nathaniel grew to become the Colony secretary (later known as clerk), a place he held till his dying some 40 years later. He was a religious man who via right now’s lens was illiberal of anybody who held differing non secular views. He’s my tenth great-grandfather on my grandfather Arthur Washburn Ellis Davis’ facet of the household.

Gov. Bradford statue on the Mayflower Society in Plymouth


Nathaniel was a scholar and historian who wrote New England’s Memorial, revealed at Cambridge in 1669, which for a few years the first revealed supply for historical past and origins of Plymouth Colony and was the primary historic work to be printed within the English North American colonies. Within the guide, he continues the work of his uncle William Bradford’s Of Plimoth Plantation which culminates in 1646. 

Nathaniel additionally wrote First Beginnings and After Progress of the Church of Christ at Plymouth in New England. Being a non secular man, he targeted an ideal deal on Plymouth’s ministers and attributing happenings like storms and a comet as acts of God. He was an completed author with sturdy data of the Bible and native historical past.

Nathaniel Morton about 1613 to twenty-eight June 1685, of Leiden and Plymouth Receive US Obtain US

Nathaniel seems in William Bradford’s family on the 1627 cattle division. Nathaniell Morton was taxed 9 shillings within the 1633 tax record; similar quantity in 1634. He was made freeman 3 January 1636/7. He’s on the 1643 Plymouth record of Males In a position to Bear Arms together with his brothers John and Ephraim. He served on juries and Councils of Conflict. 

Nathaniel married Lydia Cooper 25 December 1635 at Plymouth (PCR 1:35). She was the sister of John Cooper who got here to Scituate in 1634. They’d eight kids, in addition to a stillborn daughter, all born Plymouth: 

Bear in mind born about 1638; married Abraham Jackson; died Plymouth 24 July 1707

Mercy born about 1639; m. Joseph Dunham; died Plymouth 19 February 1666/67

Lydia born about 1641; m. George Elliston

Hannah born about 1646; m. Isaac Cole and Benjamin Bosworth; died doubtless in Hull

Eleazer born about 1648; died Plymouth 16 January 1649/50

Elizabeth born about 1652; m. Nathaniel Bosworth; died at simply age 20 on 6 April 1673

Joannah born 9 November 1654; m Joseph Prince

Nathaniel born about 1666, died Plymouth 17 Feb 1666/67

I descend from Bear in mind, typically recorded as Remembrance.  I wrote about Bear in mind and Abraham right here.. 

Nathaniel took in a boy to boost after his personal two sons died younger. On 12 April 1667, about 2 months after their son Nathaniel died, Nathaniel and Lydia Morton entered into an settlement with Sgt William Harlow to boost his son Nathaniel Harlow who was about two and half years previous. Nathaniel Harlow’s mom died a number of days after his start. 

The couple’s stature in the neighborhood is apparent in Lydia’s detailed dying document: Mistris Lydia Morton, the spouse of Nathaniel Morton, Senr, deceased 23 Sept 1673, after she had lived along with her mentioned husband neare the house of 38 yeares. After a lot dollorous paine and illness, shee ended her life with a lot peace and luxury. Shee was a very good lady and lived a lot desired, and died a lot lamented, particularly by her poor sorrowfull husband; shee was honorably buried on the twenty fifth of the mentioned monthe att Plymouth. (Plymouth VR 1:668)

Nathaniel married, second, Anne/Hannah Pritchard Templar, 29 April 1674 at Plymouth (PCR 8:35), the daughter of Richard and Ann Pritchard. She had married first Richard Templar. 

Anne died on 26 December 1690 at age 66 “an aged lady” at Charlestown, Suffolk County, Massachusetts. 

Nathaniel was a big land proprietor. He acquired land from his step-father Manassah/Manasses Kempton starting Jan 1637/38 with 20 acres in Plymouth the place Nathaniel was already residing, 2 acres of contemporary meadow, and marsh meadow at Island Creek in Duxbury. In February 1660 Manasses deeded Nathaniel all his portion of land generally known as Punckateesett in Plymouth, mendacity in opposition to “Street” Island. In Feb 1662 Manasses offered to Nathaniel upland at a spot known as Hobshole alias Wellingsly in Plymouth which was the land of Samuel Jenney. On the identical day Thomas Southworth offered to Manasses Kempton of Plymouth, yeoman, land in similar location. Kempton in flip deeded it to Abraham Jackson of Plymouth [Nathaniel Morton’s son-in-law]. In March 1663 the record of householders of land on Puncateeseet Neck included lot 34 of Manasses Kempton and Nathaniel Morton. 

Nathaniel was additionally granted land by the city and colony. In September 1638 he acquired meadow land known as Log Poynt (offered in 1652 to Expertise Mitchell). January 1638/9 ten acres towards the pinnacle of his lot subsequent to Richard Higgins. November 1640 six acres on the South Meadows towards Agawam, Colebrook Meadows. October 1642 4 acres “if or not it’s there available” of North Meadow by Jones River (which he swapped in 1664 for land within the decrease south meadow). February 1648[/?9], an acre of meadow “mendacity above Mr. Atwood.” March 1651/2 a “small Moyety of land mendacity betwixt the freeway by his home and the waterside or creeke generally known as and knowne by the hobshole alias Wellingsley. The mentioned smale moiety being compassed on the one facet with the aforesaid gap or creeke and on the opposite facet with the brooke operating into the mentioned creeke which makes it a necke…” October 1662 fifty acres of upland on the additional finish of Manomet Ponds close to the Indians. Jan. 1665[/6] one acre meadow on the North facet of the cove. June 1665, one share in 24 shares of land, about 30 acres per share, west facet of Namasskett River. August 1672 the entire of the swamp of Wellingsly was granted to the “neighbors there” together with Nathaniel Morton Sr and Abraham Jackson. In June 1675 Nathaniel requested the court docket for liberty to “search out for some lodging of land for himself and within the behalf of the posteritie of his brother, John Morton, deceased, as being descended of Mr. George Morton, deceased, who served the nation this a few years.”

In March 1645 Nathaniel Morton purchased from Nicholas Snow an acre of upland at Wellingsley Brook for 10 shillings to be paid in merchantable corn on the subsequent harvest.

In March 1647 the Plymouth church deacons offered to Nathaniel Morton for five kilos to be paid in corn or cattle, a home and 4 acres at Weelingsly Creek. On 2 April 1659, Nathaniel was one in all 26 males who bought from Wamsutta and Tatapanum all of the tract of upland and meadow mendacity on the easterly facet of Taunton River starting or bounded in the direction of the south with the river known as the falls or Quequetteand, extending northerly till it involves slightly brook known as Stacyes Creeke by the English, out of the woods into the marshes and bay of Assonett shut by the narrowing Assonett Neck. In September 1659, he and John Morton of Plymouth offered to Daniel Wilcockes of Portsmouth for 40 kilos land generally known as Cushena and Acoacksett, and February 1660 Ephraim Morton of Plymouth quitclaimed his rights to the land of George Morton, deceased, at Acushena Coaksett and locations adjoining generally known as the Buy land to [his brothers] Nathaniel Morton and John Morton. In April 1685 Nathaniel Morton Sr of Plymouth offered for 50 shillings in weaving of material to John Wooden alias Atwood of Plymouth “all that my backyard place within the city of Plimouth aforesaid, within the New Road…lyeing unto the backyard place or homestead of Thomas Lettice.” 

The world the place Nathaniel lived is known as Wellingsley, Jabez Nook, and Hobs Gap. He lived on the north facet of Wellingsley Brook aka Hobs Gap Brook, positioned on Sandwich Road a few mile south of Plymouth heart. Right this moment Jabez Nook is unremarkable to take a look at, with Bradford Liquors and a comfort retailer (with an indication saying it’s the oldest regularly operated grocery retailer in America), however it’s not removed from the ocean.

Nathaniel Morton about 1613 to twenty-eight June 1685, of Leiden and Plymouth Receive US Obtain US
Jabez Nook right now

Nathaniel wrote his will 22 April 1685 (Ply Col PR 5:350). He specified that he needed to be buried close to his first spouse, Lydia Morton. His widow Ann to be executrix with Nathaniel’s brother Ephraim Morton and kinsman William Harlow as supervisors. Witnesses Eliezar Churchell and John Churchell. 

Bequests from his will:

  • Spouse Ann to have no matter home items she introduced along with her, which he took a listing of and left in his little painted field, plus two of his greatest cows, 5 of greatest ewe sheep, half of the swine and all the poultry, a mare colt about two years previous, one-third of all of the corn or grain, his inexperienced worsted rug and pair of his greatest blankets. So long as she remained his widow, she was to obtain three kilos silver cash yearly and to dwell in his home at Plymouth with use of the orchard and the little piece of land on the finish of orchard for backyard. He additionally left Ann a guide entitled “the Complete Armour of God.” 
  • To daughter [Remember] Jackson he gave the “nice bible In response to her moms want” 
  • To daughters Hannah Bosworth and Joanna Value the guide “Mr. Burrows upon the Three First Chapters of Hosea” to be shared equally after which to belong to the longer liver of them
  • To daughter Lidia Ellison two small books entitled “Mr. Wigglesworth’s Verses” and the opposite penned by (Grey) a Scottish man (guide of sermons)
  • Sisters Endurance and Sarah every ten shillings
  • To grandson Nathaniel Bosworth son of his son-in-law Nathaniel Bosworth [and Nathaniel’s late daughter Elizabeth] two small plenty of land each upland and meadow mendacity at or about Pocassett close to Swanzy [Swansea], supplied that Nathaniel Bosworth or his associates pay 10 shillings a yr to his widow Ann
  • To 2 grandsons Eliezer Dunham and Nathaniell Dunham [sons of his late daughter Mercy] the land their father lived on at Wellengsly in Plymouth
  • To kinsman Nathaniell Harlow [his foster son] a younger cow and calf, his mare, currently fallen [born] and the following foal or colt his mare has bridle and saddle, a small parcel of land mendacity on southerly facet of Wellingsly Creeke beneath John Drewe’s home and beneath the freeway by the fishing phases, and slightly gun
  • He gave all his property actual and private of all types and sorts to his daughter Bear in mind Jackson one half, daughter Lydia Elliston one half, daughter Hannah Bosworth one half, daughter Joanah Prince one half, and Eliezer and Nathaniell Dunham one half, in all 5 components or shares, which in case Nathaniell Bosworth doe pay his ten shillings in silver to my spouse, with my sd daughters will make up three kilos to my spouse yearly abovesaid. 

Nathaniel Morton died 28 June 1685 at Plymouth: June 28 [1685] dyed our Brother Mr. Nathaniel Morton within the 73d yr of his age, he was a honest christian, very religiously tender & cautious in his commentary of the Sabbath day & of talking fact, he had divers instances spoken in publick to edification within the absence of the minister & emptiness of the ministry; he took a lot paines to document the Dispensations of God as seems within the former a part of this guide.”(Ply Ch Recs 1:160) He’s doubtless buried at Burial Hill however no stone for him survives. 

Nathaniel Morton about 1613 to twenty-eight June 1685, of Leiden and Plymouth Receive US Obtain US
Burial Hill, Plymouth

The stock of Nathaniel’s property was taken in July 1685. It contains books valued at 3 kilos however they don’t seem to be itemized. Actual property included “Home & barne & Cellar & homestead (40 kilos), 20 acre lot between land of George Morton and Joseph Churchell (15 kilos), land beneath the Kings Street bounded on southeast facet by land of Elizabeth Churchell and on northwest by lot known as Wellingsly (10 kilos), 11[? ] acres of upland meadows in decrease south meadow, two acres meadow in higher south meadows, one acre of contemporary meadow in __?__ meadow (14 kilos), parcel mendacity on easterly facet of Assawamsett pond (20 kilos), small lot of land mendacity on westerly facet of Nangakett River along with one other parcel mendacity and Namagakott known as “sixteen shilling buy” (16 kilos), 2 small tons at Ponchatossott (22 kilos), small parcel between the above’s homestead and the land of Jno Drewe. Money owed due property included 20 bushels of Indian Corne due from Yarmouth for “salloroy” (3 kilos) and half a yr’s saloroy due from the County (10 kilos). Ann Morton filed her account on 7 July 1685. 

On 20 November 1686 Abram Jackson and Remembrance his spouse, George Elliston and Lidia his spouse, Isaac Cole and Hannah his spouse, Joseph Prince and Joanna his spouse “all sons-in-laws and daughters of Mr. Nathaniel Morton late of Plimouth deceased” offered for 28 kilos to George Morton of Plimouth all the land their father bequeathed to them.

Sources not included above :

Nathaniel Morton, The New-England’s Memorial, or A Temporary Relation of the Most Memorable and Outstanding Passages of the Windfall of God, Manifested to the Planters of New-England , in America with Particular Reference to the First Colony Thereof, Known as New Plymouth, 1669

Eugene Aubrey Stratton, Plymouth Colony It’s Historical past and Folks 1620-1691, 1986

Alicia Crane Williams, Early New England Households 1641-1700, NEHGS Research Mission, 2013

Robert Charles Anderson, Mayflower Descendant, “Plymouth Colony Information of Deeds,”vol 39, July 1989

Bradford Kingman, Epitaphs From Burial Hill, Plymouth, Massachusetts,  1892 (Genealogical Publishing Reprint, 1977)

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