Capt. Nathaniel Thomas, Jr.

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Nathaniel Thomas, Jr.

Birthplace: Marshfield, Plymouth Colony
Death: Died in Marshfield, Plymouth County, Province of Massachusetts
Place of Burial: Green Harbor, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Capt. Nathaniel Thomas, Sr. and Mary Thomas (Appleton)
Husband of Elizabeth Thomas (Wilkie); Elizabeth Thomas and Deborah Thomas (Jacobs)
Father of Nathaniel Thomas, of Marchfield; Joseph Thomas, Sr.; Deborah Croade; Dorothy Otis; William Thomas and 4 others
Brother of William Thomas; Mary Ray; Elizabeth Matson; Bethia Little; Dorothy East and 2 others

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About Capt. Nathaniel Thomas, Jr.

Added by Elwin C. Nickerson about my Great Grandfather: Appointed Captain - Light Horse Afoot Troops " King Philips War" Ensign Jonathan Sparrow (LT. second in command). . Plymouth colony Records/ Family Bibles- Married (3) Times-(1) Deborah Jacob (2) Elizabeth Wilkie (3) Elizabeth Wade. After the War Purchased 250 Acres of land from Native Americans of which the Present town of Hanson Massachusetts was formed. Erected the First SAWMILL on the Indian Head River in town of HANSON, Massachusetts in 1695. I have added a connection to a vedio of the rebuilt Sawmill below. -------------------- Biography

Captain Nathaniel Thomas, Junior, was baptized at Marshfield, Plymouth Colony, on 26 November 1643. His parents were Capt. Nathaniel Thomas Sr. and his wife Mary.

Nathaniel Thomas married for the first time at Marshfield on 19 January 1663/64 Deborah Jacob, the daughter of Nicholas Jacob and his wife Mary Gilman, who was baptized at Hingham, Massachusetts, on 26 November 1643 (His Hing 2:372).

Nathaniel Thomas, a leading citizen of Plymouth Colony, held many important positions in government. He was elected representative from Marshfield in 1672, and for seven years thereafter. He served in King Phillip's War as captain of a company of Light Horse troops on the first outbreak. He was a member of Plymouth Colony's Council of War in 1681, and again in 1685. When Plymouth County was created in 1686 he was made Clerk of County Court. He served the county as judge of Probate Court for 16 years, judge of County Court for 23 years, and judge of Superior Court for 6 years. After Plymouth and Massachusetts Bay Colonies were united under one jurisdiction in 1692, he again represented Marshfield, and sat on the Massachusetts Council for ten years.

In 1694/5 Nathaniel Thomas purchased 250 acres from the Indians in what is now the center of Hanson. He built a dam across the Indian Head River and erected a saw mill. Nathaniel Thomas was one of thirteen male members of the Congregational Church of Marshfield when Edward Tompson became pastor in 1696 (MD 11:37).

Nathaniel's first wife, Deborah, died at Marshfield on 17 June 1696 (VR Marsh 19), in her 53rd year, and was buried the same day at Winslow Cemetery, Marshfield.

Captain Nathaniel Thomas Junior married for the second time at Marshfield on 3 November 1696 (VR Marsh 22). Cotton Mather presided at this, his marriage to Elizabeth (Wilkie)(Condey) Dolberry. It was her third marriage. ELIZABETH WILKIE was born about 1652/53, based on her age at death, daughter of John Wilkie and his wife Elizabeth. She had first married Captain WILLIAM CONDEY about 1681. After his death she married, at Boston, Massachusetts, on 31 December 1689, ANDREW DOLBERRY. Elizabeth (Wilkie) (Condey) (Dolberry) Thomas died at Marshfield on 11 October 1713 (MD 10:49), in her 61st yr.

Captain Nathaniel Thomas married for the third time in 1714, to widow Elizabeth (Dunster) Wade. A daughter of the Reverend Henry Dunster, ELIZABETH DUNSTER was born at Charlestown, Massachusetts, on 7 February 1637. She had first married JONATHAN WADE, who died on 24 November 1689.

Nathaniel Thomas died at Marshfield on 22 October 1718 (VR Marsh 38), in his 75th year, and he was buried at Winslow Cemetery. Nathaniel's widow Elizabeth died at Medford, Massachusetts, in 1729.


Nathaniel Thomas and his first wife, Deborah Jacob, had the following children:

NATHANIEL THOMAS b. at Marshfield on 18 October 1664 (VR Marsh 7,17) Religion. Congregational at Marshfield on 1 May 1698 (admitted to church) (MD 11:38) d. at Plymouth, MA, on 24 February 1738 m (1). at Ipswich, MA, on 20 June 1691 MARY APPLETON (by Mr. John Rogers, Minister) (VR Marsh 19) b. at Ipswich on 15 April 1673 d. at Marshfield on 7 October 1727 (MD 10:50) m (2; her 2d). at Norton, MA, on 3 September 1730 ANNA TISDALE (VR Nort 269) b. at Taunton, Ply. Col., on 27 January 1672 (MD 20:52) Child of John Tisdale and Anna Rogers d. at Norton in September 1733 (VR Nort 396) m (her 1st). at Taunton on 4 July 1695 George Leonard (VR Taun 2:291) b. at Taunton on 18 April 1670/71 (VR Taun 1:252) Child of Thomas and Mary (Watson) Leonard d. at Norton on 5 September 1716 (in 46th yr) (VR Nort 381) m (3; her 2d). at Plymouth on 8 November 1734 MARY DOTY b. at Plymouth on 9 July 1671 (MD 1:143) Child of Edward Doty Jr. and Sarah Faunce m (her 1st). at Plymouth on 21 December 1699 Joseph Allen (MD 13:207) b. at Barnstable, Ply. Col., on 7 April 1671

JOSEPH THOMAS b. at Marshfield on 25 August 1666 (VR Marsh 17) d. at Marshfield on 13 July 1690 (VR Marsh 17)

DEBORAH THOMAS b. at Marshfield on 28 September 1668 (VR Marsh 18) d. at Plymouth on 14 June 1741 m. at Marshfield on 1 December 1692 JOHN CROADE (MD 4:126) b. at Salem, MA, on 14 June 1663

DOROTHY THOMAS b. at Marshfield on 6 November 1670 (VR Marsh 18) d. at Montville, CT, on 10 January 1755 m. at Marshfield on 20 November 1688 JOSEPH OTIS (by Mr. Thomas Mighell, Minister) (VR Marsh 19) b. at Scituate, Ply. Col., in 1665 bp. at Hingham, MA, on 3 June 1666 Child of John Otis Jr and Mary Jacob d. at Montville, CT, on 11 June 1754

WILLIAM THOMAS b. at Marshfield on 4 December 1672 (VR Marsh 18) d. at Boston on 27 December 1746 Occ. sea captain m (her 2d). at Boston on 4 June 1701 ABIGAIL RUCK b. at Boston on 5 June 1664 d. at Boston on 4 May 1717 m (her 1st). bef 1694 Hezekiah Henchman d. at Boston on 1 May 1694 (Samuel Sewall’s Diary in GR 6:75)

ELISHA THOMAS b. at Marshfield on 20 February 1674/75 (VR Marsh 14,17) d. bef October 1718

JOSHUA THOMAS b. at Marshfield on 17 August 1677 (VR Marsh 17,15) d. at Boston bet 11 November 1742 and 16 May 1744 (between will and probate (Suffolk Co.)) m. ANN

CALEB THOMAS b. at Marshfield on 11 October 1680 (VR Marsh 18,11) d. bef 27 March 1723 m (her 1st). at Topsfield, MA, on 21 September 1708 PRISCILLA4 CAPEN (Joseph3, John2, Bernard1) b. at Topsfield on 1 September 1685 Child of Joseph Capen and Priscilla Appleton d. bef 11 September 1747 m (her 2d). at Topsfield on 27 March 1723 Deacon Nathan Peabody b. at Boxford, MA, on 21 July 1682 d. at Boxford on 4 March 1733 m (her 3d). at Boxford on 1 June 1736 Job Tyler b. at Rowley, MA, on 16 December 1675 d. at Rowley in 1754

Lt. ISAAC THOMAS b. at Marshfield on 19 October 1682 MARY THOMAS b. at Marshfield in April 1686 (VR Marsh 18) d. at Weymouth, MA, on 27 January 1746 (VR Wey 2:274) m (1). bef 1739 The Reverend JAMES GARDNER Ordained. at Marshfield on 14 May 1707 (MD 11:123) b. at Scotland d. at Marshfield on 14 September 1739 (MD 9:184) m (2; his 2d). at Boston on 12 July 1743 JOHN GOOLD (GR 143:45) b. probably at Hull, MA, about 1672 (GR 143:45) d. at Hull on 16 November 1762 (aged 90) (GR 143:45) m (his 1st). at Hingham on 17 January 1698/99 Lydia Jacob (GR 143:45) b. at Hingham on 18 April 1681 (GR 143:45) Child of Capt. John Jacob and Mary Russell d. at Hull on 28 January 1741/42 (GR 143:45)

Prior to her marriage to Nathaniel Thomas, Elizabeth (Wilkie) Condey and her husband William had the following child: (a son) Condey b. at Boston on 2 January 1682/83


Information on this family can be found in the following:

Lincoln, George. History of the Town of Hingham, Massachusetts. Hingham, Ma.: Published by the Town, 1893. vol. 2, p. 372. (His Hing) Pane-Joyce, David. Scituate Genealogies. Raymond, John Marshall. Thomas Families of Plymouth County, Massachusetts. Itasca, Ill.: Thomas Family Publications, Harlan Carter Thomas, pub., 1980. pp. 249,272. Richards, Lysander Salmon. History of Marshfield. Plymouth, Mass.: Memorial Press, 1901-1905. pp. 86-87. Savage, James. Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England. Boston, 1860. vol. 4, pp. 281-82. Smith, Ethel Farrington, "Seventeenth Century Hull and Her People," New England Historical and Genealogical Register 143:45. (GR)

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Capt. Nathaniel Thomas, Jr.'s Timeline

November 26, 1643
Marshfield, Plymouth Colony
January 19, 1664
Age 20
Marshfield, (Present Plymouth County), Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts), (Present USA)
October 18, 1664
Age 20
Marshfield, (Present Plymouth County), Plymouth Colony, (Present USA)
August 25, 1666
Age 22
Hingham, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
September 28, 1668
Age 24
Marshfield, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA
Age 26
Marshfield, Plymouth Colony
December 4, 1672
Age 29
Marshfield, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA
August 17, 1677
Age 33
Marshfield, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA
October 18, 1680
Age 36
Marshfield, (Present Plymouth County), Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts), (Present USA)
October 19, 1682
Age 38
Hingham, Plymouth, MA