Ebenezer NIMS

Male 1687 - 1766  (78 years)

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Generation: 1

  1. 1.  Ebenezer NIMS was born 14 Mar 1687, Deerfield, Massachusetts (son of Godfrey NIMS and Mary MILLER); died 1766, Deerfield, Massachusetts.


    Excerpts from e-mail from Donna McCool, dtd 06-23-2012: Ebenezer Nims was born March 14, 1687 in Deerfield MA. He was the son of Godfrey Nims and Godfrey's first wife Mary Miller Williams, the widow of Zebediah Williams. Nims family tradition says that Godfrey's roots go to Nimes, France and a Huguenot family. No trace of Godfrey's birth has been found and the family is currently going further afield in search of his origins. Godfrey is the first of his family name in America and it is believed that all Nimses in America are descendants of Godrey. He is first heard of in Northampton, MA in 1667 and in 1685 was granted his first land in Deerfield.

    Ebenezer was 17 years old at the time of the 1704 raid, was captured and taken to Lorette. Tradition says that priests were putting pressure on Sarah Hoyt to marry a French officer convert, and that she outsmarted the priests by finally saying she would marry a fellow captive if one would have her. Ebenezer Nims stepped forward and the two were married.

    Ebenezer — Sarah HOYT. Sarah (daughter of David HOYT and Mary WILSON) was born 06 May 1686; died 11 Jan 1761, Deerfield, Massachusetts. [Group Sheet]

    1. Ebenezer NIMS was born abt. 1712.

Generation: 2

  1. 2.  Godfrey NIMS died Bef 11 Jan 1708/9, Deerfield, Franklin Co., Massachusetts.

    Godfrey — Mary MILLER. Mary died 27 Apr 1688. [Group Sheet]

  2. 3.  Mary MILLER died 27 Apr 1688.
    1. Rebecca NIMS was born Aug 1678; died Aug 1678.
    2. John NIMS was born 14 Aug 1679; died 29 Dec 1762, Deerfield, Franklin Co., Massachusetts.
    3. Rebecca NIMS was born 14 Aug 1679; died 1704.
    4. Henry NIMS was born 20 Apr 1682; died 1704, Slain.
    5. Thankful NIMS was born 29 Aug 1684.
    6. 1. Ebenezer NIMS was born 14 Mar 1687, Deerfield, Massachusetts; died 1766, Deerfield, Massachusetts.