Nathaniel FOOTE

Male 1592 - Bef 1644  (< 52 years)


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  • Name Nathaniel FOOTE  [1, 2
    Born 21 Sep 1592  Colchester, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Birth Abt 1593  England Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Emigration 1633  [1
    Death 20 Nov 1644  Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Fact 20 Nov 1644  Inventory of estate taken. Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Died Bef 11 Dec 1644  Intestate Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Buried Wethersfield, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Notes 
    • Excerpt from "The Descendants of Nathaniel Foote Sr. & Elizabeth Deming" by Ellwood Count Curtis:
      From all that we an learn Mr. Foote came from Shalford, in Colchester, England, and settled in Watertown, Massachusetts. The first mention I find made of his name is in the Records of the Colony of Massachusetts Bay, in 1633, when he took the oath of freeman.........
      Mr. Foote married in England, about the year 1615, to Elizabeth Deming, sister of Mr. John Deming, who was one of the first settlers of Wethersfield, and for many years one of the magistrates of the Colony of Connecticut, and one of the patentees named in its charter. His children were all born in England, except perhaps the youngest. Mr. Foote died in 1644, aged about 51 years, and was buried in the ancient burying ground in the rear of the Meeting House, where are gathered together the ashes of nine generations. He left behind him, surviving, a widow, two sons and five daughters. He left no will. At a Particular Court held at Harford, 20 November 1644, the following inventory of his property and distribution of his real estate were exhibited, and an order of court granting distribution of his estate and directing a distribution to be made, was passed.
      "An inventory of the good and lands of Nathaniel Foote, of Wethersfield, deceased, being truly taken and indifferently apprised by Richard Treat, Samuel Smith, and Nathaniel Dickinson. The estate was valued at over L380."

      Excerpt from "Dawes-Gates Ancestral Lines": Nathaniel, with his wife and probably six children, emigrated to New England where he became a freeman of Watertown, Massachusetts,on September 3, 1634, owned a homestead of sixteen acres and a two-acre marsh and was still a proprietor as late as 1642, but removed before that date to Wethersfield, Connecticut, probably with the first group of its settlers in 1634-6.
      In this new home he was the wealthiest man and the largest holder of the so-called "Adventurers' lands." He held a ten-acre home lot and gradually added various other tracts including the southern part of "Pennywise Island." In 1639 he laid out a road two rods wide which ran east from the Connecticut River "to the Wilderness" through his "3 mile lot." Farming was his occupation and, apparently, he established a good reputation as a stock raiser, or else he had superior breed of swine, for in May 1637, when the time "army" of ninety men under Captain John Mason was being provisioned to go against the Pequots, the Colonial authorities specified that "there shalbe 1 hogg provided att Wythersfield for the designe in hande, wch is conceiued to be Nathanial Footes.........."
      He acted as Representative to the General Court from 1641-4 and served the community in other useful capacities.
      This family, as a whole, had a large share in the tragedies of that early day for Philip Smith, husband o Rebecca Foote, was announced to have been "murdered with an hideous witchcraft"; among the members of the early generations, Nathaniel Foote had, (a), a daughter-in-law and two of her children taken captive by the Indians and another child killed; (b), a daughter and three of her children killed, while (c), her husband and two other children were made captives; and (d), two more of her children wounded; and Frances Foote lost two husbands by the Indians as well as one son-in-law killed and another, with four of his children, taken into captivity.
      Nathaniel, aged about fifty-one, died intestate before December 11, 1644.
    Person ID I22782  Main Tree

    Family Elizabeth DEMING,   b. Abt 1595, Colchester, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Jul 1683, Wethersfield, Hartford Co., Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 88 years) 
    Married Abt 1615  England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3
    Children 
     1. Elizabeth FOOTE,   b. 08 Sep 1616, Colchester, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 08 Sep 1700, Wethersfield, Hartford Co., Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)  [Birth]
     2. Nathaniel FOOTE, Jr.,   b. Abt 1620, Colchester, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jun 1655, Hadley, Hampshire Co., Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 35 years)  [Birth]
     3. Mary FOOTE,   b. Abt 1623, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft Aug 1685, Wethersfield, Hartford Co., Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 62 years)  [Birth]
     4. Lieut. Robert FOOTE,   b. 08 Dec 1627, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1681, Branford, New Haven Co., Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years)  [Birth]
     5. Frances FOOTE,   b. 1629, East Berghoist, County Suffolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [Birth]
     6. Sarah FOOTE,   b. Abt 1632, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1673, Stratford, Fairfield Co., Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 41 years)  [Birth]
     7. Rebecca FOOTE,   b. 03 Sep 1634, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 06 Apr 1701, Hadley, Hampshire Co., Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years)  [Birth]
    Last Modified 19 Mar 2016 
    Family ID F08533  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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  • Sources 
    1. [S00084] "The Descendants of Nathaniel Foote Sr. & Elizabeth Deming" Compiled by Ellwood Count Curtis.

    2. [S01931] Caleb Benton and Sarah Bishop by Charles E. Benton 1906.

    3. [S02018] Dawes-Gates Ancestral Lines Volume II by Mary Walton Ferris.