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John Nutting, II

Birthplace: Kent, England
Death: Died in Groton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of John Nutting, I and Elizabeth G. Nutting (Rawlings)
Husband of Sarah Elizabeth Nutting and Mary Nutting
Father of John G. Nutting, III; James Nutting, I; Mary Howe (Nutting); Deborah Taylor; Sarah Holden Farnesworth and 3 others

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About John II "The Founder" Nutting

A Gruesome Death for Dear John Nutting (by Wallace Nutting)

"John Nutting came from England in 1639 as John Winthrop's land steward, and settled in Groton, MA, where, at the door of his house, gun in hand, he was killed when the town was burned in King Philip's War, just a hundred years before American Independence."

According to historian John Townsend, III, "John Nutting owned about seventeen acres in Groton next to the meeting house and he also owned more land in Pepperell and Baddycook. He, [John Nutting] was killed by Indians during a raid against Groton and his head was severed and put on a pole by the Indians to discourage others from settling in the area."

Source: Both exerpts taken from the Wallace Nutting Library online.

John Nutting was born about 1620-25 in Kent, England, the son of John Nutting and Elizabeth Rawlings, and died at Groton, Mass., March 13, 1676. He married Sarah Eggleston, daughter of Stephen and Elizabeth Jane Eggleston, at Woburn, Mass., August 28, 1650. The dates of Sarah's birth and death are not known.


  1. John, born August 25, 1651.
  2. James, born June 30 1653.
  3. Mary, born January 10 (or 16), 1655. Probably married about 1678 Samuel Howe of Concord, Mass. and Plainfield, Conn., born at Concord October 14, 1654; died at Plainfield, Conn., December 29, 1724. Mrs. Mary (Nutting) Howe died at Plainfield, Conn. September 1, 1727. Her children were Samuel, Sarah, Hannah, Deborah, John, Josiah, Abigail and Elizabeth.
  4. Josiah, born June 10, 1658; died December 10, 1658.
  5. Sarah, born January 7, 1659; died young.
  6. Sarah, born March 29, 1663, at Groton; married first Matthias Farnsworth who died 1693 at Groton; second December 16, 1698, John Stone, son of Simon and Mary (Whipple) Stone of Watertown, Mass. She had at least six children.
  7. Ebenezer, born October 23, 1666.
  8. Jonathan, born October 17, 1668
  9. Deborah, (not recorded), married Jacob Taylor of Concord, Mass. before February 1728-9.

There is said to be among the Winthrop papers, a copyhold deed to 'John Nutton (Nutting) a lifelong tenant of one moiety of the lands of Groton Manor,' given at the time when John Winthrop - later the governor of Massachusetts - succeeded his father, Adam Winthrop, Esq., as lord of the manor of Groton, in Suffolk, England. The date of the deed is 1618. The grantee is called John Nutton, Senior. This implies a John Nutting Jr., living in 1618, and of age. It is said that his house was a fortified garrison, to which the people might go in times of danger from the Indians.

Groton was on the frontier at that time, and such danger was real. The house was perhaps built like a blockhouse, with projecting upper story, loopholes in the walls for musketry, and a stockade about it. John Nutting would be obliged to defend the house in case of attack. It was this obligation that led to his death. The Indian war known as King Phillip's War, began in the early spring of 1676, after long preliminary warnings. Trouble began at Groton, March 2, 1676. On March 13 a force of four hundred Indians attacked Groton by stealth, as was their habit. Nutting's house and others were captured and John Nutting was shot to death in its defense. It is said that his head was severed and put upon a pole. The women and children escaped safetly to Parker's house, not far away. Nutting's wife and children escaped with the others later to the safer settlements.

The eldest son was married at this time and cared for his own. He and his brother James returned to Groton. Mrs. Nutting probably went to Woburn where her mother was living. Her mother, Mrs. Jane Cole, widow of Stephen Eggleston, married (2) James Briton, and married (3) Isaac Cole, died at Woburn, March 10, 1687. Her sister Ruth, wife of Samuel Blodgett, may have lived at the same place.

Source: Supplement II to Three Hundred Colonial Ancestors, pages 17-18.

  • John Nutting was freeman on 30 May 1660.
  • Selectman in 1663
  • Selectman in 1667
  • Constable in 1668
  • Selectman in 1669.
  • Surveyor of Highways in 1673.
  • Fence viewer in 1673
He died on 13 March 1675/76 at Groton, Middlesex, MA, USA.


Research notes for John Nutting 1660"s , Massachusetts Original Proprietor of Groton

17 acre right, land on northerly side of James Brook

House stood near the site of Liberty Hall

Married Sarah Eggleston 28 Aug 1650 at Woburn, Massachusetts

One son, John perhaps, born at Woburn.

John, James and Mary baptized at Chelmsford.
Mary born at Chelmsford 16 Jan 1656; the tree were baptized 3 Aug 1656

Sarah b. 7 Jan 1660 but died soon after

One of the petitioners to form the town of Chelmsford. Probably removed from there to Groton where three more children were born:

Sarah 29 May 1663

Ebenezer 23 Oct 1666

Jonathan 17 Oct 1668


Compiled by Homer W. Brainard; Collaborated and Privately Printed by Walter M. Nutting, Faribault, Minnesota


John Nutting left no will. At a court held at Cambridge, April 1, 1684, administration was granted to John and James Nutting on the estate of John Nutting, late of Groton, deceased. On December 4, 1716, James Nutting of Groton, yeoman, Ebenezer Nutting of Medford, “practioner of physic”, Jonathan Nutting of Cambridge, locksmith, John Stone of Groton and Sarah Stone, alias Nutting, his wife, and Jacob Taylor of Concord, husbandman, and Deborah Taylor, alias Nutting his wife, children of John Nutting of Groton aforesaid, deceased and intestate, for L60 paid by our brother, John Nutting, of Groton, husbandman, conveyed to him all their interests in the estate of John Nutting lying in Groton. (Middlesex County Deeds, Volume 18, Page 290.)

This deed is evidence for his legal heirs that were living December 4, 1716.


Wallace Nutting Library Entry for John Nutting Wallace Nutting's Paternal Line: Wallace Nutting writes of his ancestors, "John Nutting I came from England in 1639 as John winthrop's land steward, and settled in Groton, [MA], where, at the door of his house, gun in hand, he was killed when the town was burned in King Philip's War, just a hundred years before American Independence." Historian John Townsend, III, elaborates a bit more on the death of John Nutting, Sr. According to Mr. Townsend, "John Nutting owned about seventeen acres in Groton next to the meeting house and he also owned more land in Pepperell and (Baddycook). He, [John Nutting] was killed by Indians during a raid against Groton and his head was severed and put on a pole by the Indians to discourage others from settleing in the area." This was the beginning of the Nutting family in America.

Albion Nutting, (1828) was Wallace Nutting's father Seth Nutting, (1806) was Wallace Nutting's paternal grandfather. Abel Nutting, (1758) was Wallace Nutting's paternal great-grandfather. Daniel Nutting, Jr., (1716) was Wallace Nutting's paternal grt-grt-grandfather. Daniel Nutting, Sr., (1691) was Wallace Nutting's paternal grt-grt-grt-grandfather. John Nutting, Jr., (1651) was Wallace Nutting's paternal grt-grt-grt-grt-grandfather. John Nutting, Sr., (1625) was Wallace Nutting's paternal grt-grt-grt-grt-grt-grandfather.

John Nutting, Sr. Born: 1625, Sufolk, Cty, England Died: March 13, 1676

Father: John Nutton Mother:

Married: Sarah Eggleston, August 28, 1650 in Woburn, MA

Children: John Nutting, Jr. August 25, 1651 in Woburn, MA James Nutting, June 30, 1653 in Groton, MA Mary Nutting, Janury 10, 1655 in Groton, MA Josiah Nutting, June 10, 1658 in Groton, MA Sarah Nutting, January 7, 1659 in Groton, MA Sarah Nutting, March 29, 1663 in Groton, MA Ebenezer Nutting, October 23, 1666 in Groton, MA Jonathan Nutting, October 17, 1668 in Groton, MA Deborah Nutting, in Groton, MA


  1. Nutting genealogy. A record of some of the descendants of John Nutting, of Groton, Mass (1908) by John Keep Nutting, published in Syracuse, N.Y., C. W. Bardeen, Not in copyright

John Rawlings Nutting Memorial Photos Flowers Edit Share Learn about removing the ads from this memorial... Birth: 1620, England Death: Mar. 13, 1676 Groton Middlesex County Massachusetts, USA

He was the son of John Nutting and Elizabeth Rawlings. He married Sarah Eggleston on August 28, 1650 in Woburn MA

John Rawlings Nutting first married Mary Parker in Woburn in 1645. He held a lot of property and a home large and sedure enough to be a garrison in the defense of Groton during King Philip's War. Under attackMarch 13, 1676, he apparently opened the door to defend the "garrison" and was immediately killed, his body taken, decapitated and head placed on a pole. Several others were killed that night and it is the date we have for his wife's death as well. However, there is also a story that she instead merely relocated that night to her sister Ruth in Woburn and never returned.(Thank you Pia for this biography)

Family links:

 John Nutting
 Elizabeth Nutting

 Sarah Eggleston Nutting (1633 - 1687)

 Deborah Nutting Taylor*
 John Nutting (1651 - 1731)*
 James Nutting (1653 - 1732)*
 Mary Nutting Howe (1655 - 1727)*
 Josiah Nutting (1658 - 1658)*
 Sarah Nutting (1659 - ____)*
 Ebenezer Nutting (1666 - 1723)*
 Jonathan Nutting (1668 - 1735)*
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Burial: Unknown

(Soldier’s in the King Philip War, Chapter 6, Part 11)

On March 9th the Indians again appeared at Groton, doing some mischief, and again on the 13th in full force, and destroyed all the houses in town except the garrison houses, and one even of these, from which, however, the people had escaped. I think that Major Willard marched up from Watertown with Capt. Cook's force on the 12th or 13th, and arrived at Groton on the 14th, as the Indians retired on that day, apparently aware of the approaching force. The people got safely within their garrisons before the attack, and but one man, John Nutting, was killed. The town was abandoned within a few days, and the inhabitants removed to the towns nearer the coast. Major Willard, with his family, removed to Charlestown. It is likely that he had removed his family some time before the destruction of his house, on the 13th, as that stood in an exposed position, and his son Samuel Willard, the minister of Groton, had another of the garrisoned houses.

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John II "The Founder" Nutting's Timeline

August 20, 1620
Kent, England
Age 24
Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States
Age 29
Woburn, MA, USA
August 25, 1651
Age 31
Woburn, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States
April 30, 1653
Age 32
Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States
January 16, 1656
Age 35
Chelmsford, Middlesex, MA, USA
June 10, 1658
Age 37
Age 41
Groton, Middlesex, Massachusetts
May 29, 1663
Age 42
Groton, Middlesex, MA
October 23, 1666
Age 46
Groton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States