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Nathaniel Foote

Nicknames: "Nathaniel Foote "the Settler""
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Shalford, Colchester, Essex, England
Death: Died in Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut
Place of Burial: Wethersfield Village Cemetery, Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Robert Foote, of Shalford and Joane Foote
Husband of Elizabeth Deming and Elizabeth Welles
Father of Elizabeth Churchill; Nathaniel Foote, II; Mary Stoddard; Lieut. Robert Foote; Joanna Kellogg and 3 others
Brother of Robert Foote; Elinor Brooke; Mary Hewes; Frances Newell; Elizabeth Foote and 7 others

Occupation: farmer and magistrate of Colony of Ct., 1st settler of wethersfield, 1636/ Deputy to General Court
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About Nathaniel Foote

Birth: 1593 Shalford Essex, England Death: Nov. 20, 1644 Wethersfield Hartford County Connecticut, USA

Nathaniel arrived in Watertown in 1634. He died after August 1, 1644, but before Nov 20, 1644 when his inventory was presented at Hartford.

He was the son of Robert Foote Jr and Joan (Brooke) Foote of Shalford, Co.Essex.

His wife was Elizabeth Deming. She was a sister of John Deming of Wethersfield. After Nathaniel Foote's death, she married Thomas Welles (Governor of Connecticut 1655-1658).

Children: Elizabeth Foote Churchill, Nathaniel Foote Jr, Mary Foote Stoddard Goodrich Tracy, Robert Foote, Frances Foote Dickinson Barnard(whose second husband was Francis Barnard), Sarah Foote Judson, and Rebecca Foote Smith Cook.


Family links:

Parents:
 Joan Brooke Foote (1560 - 1634)

Spouse:
 Elizabeth Deming Foote Welles (1600 - 1683)*

Children:
 Elizabeth Foote Churchill (1616 - 1700)*
 Nathaniel Foote (1620 - 1655)*
 Mary Foote Tracy (1623 - 1685)*
 Sarah Foote Judson (1632 - 1673)*
 Rebecca Foote Smith Cooke (1634 - 1701)*
  • Calculated relationship
 

Burial: Wethersfield Village Cemetery Wethersfield Hartford County Connecticut, USA Plot: Buried in Unmarked Grave


Maintained by: Kevin Avery Originally Created by: Ryan Curtis Record added: Aug 07, 2008 Find A Grave Memorial# 28849438

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Nathaniel Foote "the settler" was born on 21 Sep 1592 in Colchester, Essex, England. Nathaniel arrived at Watertown, Middlesex Co., MA in 1630 and removed to Wethersfield, Connecticut, where he was among the first ten settlers, and was the largest landholder there. He died after August 1, 1644, but before Nov 20, 1644 when his inventory was presented at Hartford.

This most reputable Conn. family, commenced its American history in Weth., yet, owing to an apparently inconquerable migratory tendency in its earlier representatives, the name had entirely disappeared form the town by the end of the third generation. Through its various early intermarriages with other Weth. families, however, the history of these early generations possess Colchester, Conn., and Hadley, Hatfield, Deerfield and other old towns in Western Mass. The family has also been fortunate in having had its history wirtten by a competent lad, half a century ago. [The Foote Family, by Nathaniel Goodwin, 1849.]

Family

  • son of Robert Foote of Shalford & Joan Brooke

Nathaniel Foote The Settler resided in Shalford Parish, county Essex and St Mary Bothaw Parish, London. at the age of sixteen was apprenticed on 21 September, 1608 to Samuel Croyle of Colchester, a "Grocer" and "Free Burgess", for a period of 8 years or until his 24th birthday in the year 1616. when he brought a message from Beatrice Barker, Esq., located on East Street, St James Parish, Colchester. He was a grocer himself as of 18 Oct 1619.

A short time after he finished his apprenticeship training, he was married to Elizabeth Deming (In January of the year 1616) in Colchester, Essex, England. She was the sister of John Deeming, who was one of the first settlers of Wethersfield Conn. in the year of 1615. John Deeming was for many years the one of the magistrates of the "Colony of the Connecticut" and one of the Patenees named in it's charter. She was the daughter of Jonathan Deming (411) (ca 1574-) & Elizabeth Gilbert, in Colchester, Essex, Eng. Born in Oct 1595 in Shalford, Essex, England. Elizabeth died between 16 Aug 1682 adn 3 Sep 1683 in Wethersfield, CT.4

That Elizabeth “was a woman of character and a good wife, is evidenced by the fact that her first husband (Foote) dying intestate, she was by the Particular Court to whom the inventory of his estate was presented, ‘admitted to administer the estate;’ and by the will of her second husband (Welles) ‘she was to enjoy and improve’ his whole estate, so long as she remained a widow, ... ‘that she may keep the better hospitality.’”167

7 children include:

  • 4031 i. Elizabeth Foote (16 Jan 1617-8 Sep 1700)
  • 4032 ii. Nathaniel Foote (ca 1619-1655)
  • 4033 iii. Mary Foote (ca 1622-)
  • 4034 iv. Lieut. Robert Foote (8 Dec 1627-1681)
  • 4035 v. Frances Foote (ca 1629-ca 1681)
  • 4036 vi. Sarah Foote (ca 1632-1673)
  • 4037 vii. Rebecca Foote (ca 1634-6 Apr 1701)

Events

Nathanield brought from England his wife Elizabeth and children Nathaniel, Elizabeth, Mary, Robert, Frances, and Sarah; had REbecca, born probably at Watertown. Freeman 3 Sep 1634, then removed to Wethersfield 1636, where he was rep. 1641-44.

Nathaniel was admitted freeman 3 Sep 1634, a proprietor of Watertown in 1642. Previous to this date, he went to Wethersfield, CT, where he was deputy 1641, and juror 1743-1644.11 When Nathaniel was 15 he was an apprentice to Samuel Croyle, grocer of Colchester. He arrived at Watertown, MA, in 1630, a freeman there in 1634. He removed to Wethersfield, CT, in 1636.

“A conspicuous feature in the history of the first generations of the Foote family, is the deaths, sufferings and captivities of its members, and of those connected with them by marriage, at the hands of the Indians.

“>It is by no means certain that Mr. Foote, as some have asserted, was the first settler at Weth., but it is probably true that he was one of the first ten men, known as ‘adventurers,’ who absolutely first settled here; and that he was the largest holder of so-called ‘Adventurer’s lands.’ In the original lay-out of the town, 1640, he received a home-lot of ten acres, at South End of Broad St., East side, and gradually became the owner of other pieces of ld., partly in the Great Meadow, east of his home-lot, amounting in all to over 400 acres. ... In 1641-2-4, he represented the town in the General Court, an evidence of the respect and confidence in which he seems to have been held by his fellow-townsmen. In May 1637, when the little army under Capt. John Mason was being provisioned for the memorable Pequot campaign, it was ‘ordered yt that there shalbe 1 hogg prvided att Wythersfeild for the design in hand, weh. [i.e. the hogg, not the expedition] is conceived to be Nathaniell Footes’—a compliment, certainly form the Col. authorities, to Mr. Foote’s ability in raising good pork!”167

Will

Will: A DIGEST OF THE EARLY CONNECTICUT PROBATE RECORDS.

   1635 to 1650.
   Page 461 Name: Nathaniel Foote Location: Wethersfield
   Invt. £380-17-00. Taken 20 November, 1644, by Richard Tratte, Samuel Smith and
   Nath: Dickinson.
   £ s d
   The Children: Nathaniel Foote, about 24 years, to have 148-00-00
   Robert Foote, " 17 " " " 74-00-00
   Frances Foote, " 15 " " " 74-00-00
   Sarah Foote, " 12 " " " 74-00-00
   Rebeckah Foote, " 10 " " " 74-00-00
   The Wyddow of sd. Nathaniel Foote Adms. her portion. 212-00-00
   £ s d
   Imprs His purse and apparrell. 7-16-00
   It. In neat Cattell and in Hay, 93-00-00
   It. in horsse fleshe. 34-00-00
   It. in hoggs, 66-60-00
   It. in debts, 29-03-04
   It. in Englishe Corne. 70-00-00
   It. in goats, 3-15-00
   It. in Carts, ploughs, etc. 6-00-00
   It. in nayles, 1-10-00
   Ite. Indean Corne, 8-00-00
   It. in old Wheat and pease, 6-06-00
   It. for certain things in the chamber. 2-00-00
   It. for amunition, 5-00-00
   Ite. for fouer beds wth the furniture. 13-06-08
   It. in fyne lynen, 5-10-00
   Ite. 2 table boards, 2 chests. 1 Trunke. wth other Implts. 5-00-00
   It. pewter & brasse and other vseful vessells. 12-00-00
   It. in husbandry tooles, 3-00-00
   It. in beife, butter, and cheese and other necessary prvision for the howse. 8-10-00
   It. in poultry. 1-00-00
   somm: £380-17-00
   The Land:
   Ten acres of home lotts wth one dwelling howse and 2 barnes
   wth other buildings therevppon,--
   4 acres of home lotts,--
   6 acres of meadow wth an acre of swampe,
   20 acres of plaine fenced in being 14 ac. broke vp.
   7 acres of plaine meadow plowed vp.
   20 acres in the great meadow of hay ground.
   4 acres in bever meadow.
   27 acres of Swampe Ground,
   81 Acres of Vpland in the Weste field 32 Rod broad beyond the River, being 3 Miles
   in length, Richard Trott, Samuel Smith, Nathaniel Dickinson.
   Court Record, Page 115--11 December, 1644. Mr. Heynes & Mr. Willis are desired
   to consider of the Estate of Nath: Foote, decd, and to take in what helpe they please
   fro any of the neighbours to advise how yt may be disposed of, and to report their
   apprehensions to the next Court.

Sources

  1. Donald Lines Jacobus and Edgar Francis Waterman, Hale, House and Related Families Mainly of the Connecticut River Valley, Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford, 1952.
  2. Genealogies and Biographies of Ancient Wethersfield.
  3. Robert Charles Anderson, The Great Migration, New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston,.
  4. Henry Bond, Genealogies of the Families and Descendants of the Early Settlers of Watertown, Massachusetts, NEHGS, Boston, 1860.

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Nathaniel arrived at Watertown, Middlesex Co., MA in 1630, and was a freeman there Sep. 3, 1634. He had a homstall of 16 acres and 2 acres of Marsh at Watertown but they were acquired by Henry CUTTRIS by 1636. Nathaniel removed to settle at Wethersfield, Hartford Co., CT in 1636. He was deputy to the CT General Court twice in 1641, and once in 1642 and 1644. Nathaniel's estate was inventoried Nov. 20, 1644 at £380 17s, plus land totaling 211 acres, with distribution to his widow and unmarried children, named as "Nath[aniel] Foote, 24 years," "Rob[ert] Foote. about 17," " Frances, about 15," "Sarah, about 12," and "Rebecka, about 10." Married about 1615, England.

Nathaniel Foote "The Settler" - came to New England with his wife Elizabeth. He was one of the first ten settlers (known as "adventurers) in Wethersfield, Connecticut. Elizabeth was the sister of Mr. John Deming, also one of Wethersfield's first settlers.

In the original layout of the town, 1640, Nathaniel received a home-lot of ten acres, and gradually over the years he became owner of over 400 acres. He represented the town in the General Court - this is evidence that he was held in respect and confidence by his fellow townsmen.

In May 1637, when the little army under Capt. John Mason was being provisioned for the memorable Pequot campaign, it was "ordered y that there shalbe 1 hogg p'vided att Wythersfeild for the design in hand, wch is conceived to be Nathaniell Footes"----a compliment, certainly from the Col. authorities, to Mr. Foote's ability in raising good pork!

From an abstract of the record of the apprenticeship agreement of our Nathaniel Foote from the Court Rolls of the Borough of Colchester is as follows: "Nathaniel Foote aged 16 years, son of Robert Foot of Shalford in Com. Essex yeoman doth put himself apprentice to Samuel Croylye of Colchester, aforesaid grocer and Free Burgess from the Feast of St. Michael the Archangel last past for the term of eight years. Dated 21 Sept. V James I (1608). Sealed and delivered in the presence of me Robert Foot and of me George Lumpkin."

Nathaniel Foote was one of those named in the charter of patentees of Wethersfield. The Foote family became one of the leading families of the little Connecticut Colony. He became a magistrate, a leading land owner, eventually owning more than 500 acres of land in Wethersfield, some of the great meadow, and his home on the south end of the green, next to the present Broad Street.

The family was saddened by Nathaniel's death at age 51. Elizabeth was so respected that she was allowed to be executor of his estate. Elizabeth was left a wealthy widow, but did not remain in that status for long. In 1646 she married Thomas Wells who was a widower with several children from his first marriage. Thomas Wells served as Governor of Connecticut Colony for two terms, 1655-1658. When he was not serving as governor he was a Deputy Governor. He died during his last years of being deputy governor, 14 January 1659/1660.

Walter G. Ashworth 7th Great grandson

-------------------- Son of Robert Foote Of Shalford (Third Direct Ancestor In England) (First Direct Ancestor In America)


Birth Date: September 21, 1592. Birth Place: Shalford,Colchester, Essex, Eng, Christening: Unknown. Death: Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut Burial: November 20, 1644 In Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut Children: Seven Children

Generation: First Generation In America

Father: Robert Foote of Shalford

Mother: Joan Brooke

Our No. 1 Ancestor in America, was born September 21, 1592 in Shalford Colchester Esses, England. He was the son of Robert Foote of Shalford, County of Essex, A Yoeman and grandson of John Foote of Royston. Royston is located near Colchester England. Nathaniel s mother's name was Joan (Brooks). She was the daughter of John and Elizabeth Brooks of London. He resided in Shalford Parish, county Essex and St Mary Bothaw Parish, London. Marriage: A Short time after he finished his apprenticeship training, he was married to Elizabeth Deming (In January of the year 1616) in Colchester, Essex, England. She was the sister of John Deeming, who was one of the first settlers of Wethersfield Conn. in the year of 1615. John Deeming was for many years the one of the magistrates of the "Colony of the Connecticut" and one of the Patenees named in it's charter.

Children of Nathaniel and Elizabeth Foote No. Ancestor's Name Parent Birth Death Wife (22) Elizabeth Foote (10) 1616 1700 Josiah Churchill (23) Nathaniel Foote (10) 1618 1655 Elizabeth Smith (24) Mary Foote (10) 1623 1687 John Stoddard (25) Robert Foote (10) 1627 1681 Sarah Potter (26) Frances Foote (10) 1629 1673 John Ickinson (27) Sara Foote (10) 1632 1672 --- (28) Rebecca Foote (10) 1634 1701 Phillip Smith Nathaniel's Apprenticeship Nathaniel Foote The Settler resided in Shalford Parish, county Essex and St Mary Bothaw Parish, London. at the age of sixteen was apprenticed on 21 September, 1608 to Samuel Croyle of Colchester, a "Grocer" and "Free Burgess", for a period of 8 years or until his 24th birthday in the year 1616. when he brought a message from Beatrice Barker, Esq., located on East Street, St James Parish, Colchester. He was a grocer himself as of 18 Oct 1619.

A short time after he finished his apprenticeship training, he was married to Elizabeth Deeming (In January of the year 1616) in Colchester, Essex, England. She was the sister of John Deeming, who was one of the first settlers of Wethersfield Conn. in the year of 1615. John Deeming was for many years the one of the magistrates of the "Colony of the Connecticut" and one of the Patenees named in it's charter.

The Movement to America Sometime before the year 1633 the family moved from London England to Boston, Massachusetts. He settled first, upon arrival in the New World, at Watertown, Mass.; where he took the freeman's oath 3 Sep 1633. According to the records of "The Original Distribution of Lands Around Wethersfield" recorded in 1640, a short time after arriving in Wethersfield in 1635, Nathaniel received a ten acre house lot on the east side of Broad Street. This land was near the south end of the street. This land was purchased directly from the Wongunk Indians at a place located along the Connecticut River that was called Pyguaq, later renamed Wethersfield. Additionally, he became the owner of several other tracts laying in part in the great meadow east of his house and containing close to 400 acres of land. In 1641, he was appointed a delegate to the General Court. He was a juror in 1643 and 1644.

Note: Part of his land is now a public park at the foot of Broad Street.

Sources: "NEHGR", Vol. IX, 1855, p.272, "Pedigree of Foote", compiled from Goodwin's Genealogy of the Foote Family.

"Foote Family, comprising the Genealogy and History of Nathaniel Foote of Wethersfield, Conn.", Vol. I, Abram W. Foote, 1907.

"Footenotes", newsletter of The Foote Family Association of North America, Vol. XI, p.9, October, 1992.

"New England Families", Vol. I, pp.279-281, William Richard Cutter, Woburn, MA., 1913.

World Family Tree, Vol. 2, chart 861.

Nathaniel's Profession Even though Nathaniel's main profession in England was that of a Crochet, he became a farmer. He was also active in the public trusts of the town. He was appointed as a delegate to the "General Court" in the year 1644.

Nathaniel Foote was the first cousin of Sir Thomas Foote, Sheriff of London in 1649 and Lord Mayor of London in 1650. Sir Thomas Foote was the son of Robert Foote of Royston and the brother of Robert Foote of Shalford, who was Nathaniel s Father.

Records show that Nathaniel Foote died in Wethersfield, Mass in November, 1644 at the age of 51. He was buried in the burying ground in the rear of the town meeting house, where nine generations are buried. Nathaniel was survived by his wife, two sons, and five daughters.

Nathaniel's Will The probate record for Nathaniel includes a complete inventory; it is recreated here with the spelling as found in the original:

To The Children:

Nathaniel Foote, about 24 years, to have �148

Robert Foote, about 17 years, to have �74

Frances Foote, about 15 years, to have �74

Sarah Foote, about 12 years, to have �74

Rebecca Foote, about 10 years, to have �74

The Wyddow of sd. Nathaniel Foote Adms. her portion, �212

Other Possession s Imprs His purse and apparrell, �7-16-00 It. In neat Cattel and in Hay, �93-00-00 It. in horsse fleshe, �34-00-00 It. in hoggs, �66-60-00 lt. in debts, �29-03-04 It. In Englishe Corne, �70-00-00 It. in goats, �3-15-00 It. in Carts, ploughs, etc. �6-00-00 It. in nayles, �1-10-00 Ite. Indean Corne, �8-00-00 It. in old Wheat and pease, �6-06-00 It. for certain things in the chamber, �2-00-00 It. for ammunition, �5-00-00 Ite. for fouer beds with the furniture, �13-06-08 It. in fyne lynen, �5-10-00 Ite. 2 table boards, 2 chests, 1 Trunke, with other Implts. �5-00-00 It. pewter & brasse and other vseful vessells, �12-00-00 It. in husbandry tooles, �3-00-00 It. in beife, butter, and cheese and other necessary provision for the howse, �8-10-00 It. in poultry, �1-00-00 somm: �380-17-00

The Land: Ten acres of home lotts with one dwelling howse and 2 barnes with other buildings thereuppon 4 acres of home lotts 6 acres of meadow with an acre of swampe 20 acres of plaine fenced in being 14 ac. broke vp 7 acres of plaine meadow plowed vp 20 acres in the great meadow of hay ground 4 acres in bever meadow 27 acres of Swampe Ground 81 Acres of Vpland in the Weste field 32 Rod broad beyond the River, being 3 Miles in length

Land Devided to The Widow

4 a-c house lott wherr her house is The hoseing 2 ac Unsubdued 7 ac plaine brok 3-1/2 plaine med: 14 ac meadow 3 ac plaine not broaks up 30 ac upland in Westfield

Land Devided to The Eldest Sonne 3 ac home lot next her 2 ac unsubdued 7 ac plaine broke up 3-1/2 of meadow 3 ac in great med: 4 ac in beavermed: 27 ac swampe 3 ac not broke up 30 ac upland West Field Halfe the east side

Land Devided to The youngest Sonne 3 ac homelott 6 ac med: in the swamp 21 ac West Field halfe of the east sd.

The age of the 5 children Dewelling with their mother. Nathaniel Foote - 24 years Robert Foote - about 17 years Francis - about 15 years Sara - about 12 years Rebecka - about 10 years.

The widdowe of the said Nath: ffote is admitted to administer the Estate, and the eldest sonne is to have the lands before mentioned as they are valued at 1261. 10s wch is to be made uppe 1481, and the youngest sonne the particular landes above mentioned for him at 651. wch is to be made uppe 741, and the daughters disposed in merrage are to have 301 .8 peece wch they have receevede made uppe 741. and the other children are to have 741. a peece provided it is left at the dispose of their mother to etacte from any of them if she sees just cause 51. of the portion here sett downe and to adde yt to such of the other as best desearve yt. The Will was endorsed by the inventorers, Richard Trott, Samuel Smith, and Nathaniel Dickinson


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-------------------- Very little is known of the Deming family before they left England. Since the first Puritans left England to secure a better place to practice their religion. It might be assumed that the Demings left England for similar reasons.

That they held strong religious convictions is evident in the records they left in Connecticut. Elizabeth was born in England in the last part of the 16th century. In January of the year 1616, a short time after he finished his apprenticeship training, she married Nathaniel Foote in Colchester, Essex, England.

After the birth of their sixth child Nathaniel decided to sell his grocery business in Colchester and immigrate to the New World. By some he is considered to be the first settler of Wethersfield.

Whether or not that is true we do not know. We do know he was one of ten men who settled along the bank of the Connecticut River and named their settlement, Wethersfield. They are know as the "Ten Adventurers"

Elizabeth was the sister of John Deeming, who was one of the first settlers of Wethersfield Conn. in the year of 1630. John Deeming was for many years one of the magistrates of the " Colony of the Connecticut " and one of the patentees named in it's charter.

Since Elizabeth Deming married Nathaniel Foote who spent his early life in Shalford, Colchester, England, it can be assumed that

(1.) John and Elizabeth lived in the same area of England.

(2) Elizabeth and Nathaniel were known to have been in the Colony of Massachusetts Bay and residing in Waterton when it is recorded Nathaniel took the oath of a freeman.

(3.) The Foote family must have joined with the Demings in feeling some dissatisfaction with the manner of life in Watertown and joined with others in making the 100 mile trek in 1635 through the forests of the New World until they arrived at Pyquag on the shores western shore of the beautiful Connecticut River.

Nathaniel Foote was one of those named in the charter of patentees of Wethersfield. The Foote family became one of the leading families of the little Connecticut Colony. He became a magistrate, a leading land owner, eventually owning more than 500 acres of land in Wethersfield, some of the great meadow, and his home on the south end of the green, next to the present Broad Street.

The family was saddened by Nathaniel's death at age 61.

Source http://www.langeonline.com/ and the article "The Descendents of Gov. Thomas Welles of Connecticut, of Connecticut 1590-1658, By Donna Holt Siemiatkoski, Gateway Press, Inc, Baltimore, Maryland 1990 pp 11-13

In the original layout of the town, 1640, Nathaniel received a home-lot of ten acres, and gradually over the years he became owner of over 400 acres. He represented the town in the General Court - this is evidence that he was held in respect and confidence by his fellow townsmen.

In May 1637, when the little army under Capt. John Mason was being provisioned for the memorable Pequot campaign, it was "ordered y that there shalbe 1 hogg p'vided att Wythersfeild for the design in hand, wch is conceived to be Nathaniell Footes"----a compliment, certainly from the Col. authorities, to Mr. Foote's ability in raising good pork!

From an abstract of the record of the apprenticeship agreement of our Nathaniel Foote from the Court Rolls of the Borough of Colchester is as follows: "Nathaniel Foote aged 16 years, son of Robert Foot of Shalford in Com. Essex yeoman doth put himself apprentice to Samuel Croylye of Colchester, aforesaid grocer and Free Burgess from the Feast of St. Michael the Archangel last past for the term of eight years. Dated 21 Sept. V James I (1608). Sealed and delivered in the presence of me Robert Foot and of me George Lumpkin."

This family, as a whole, had a large share in the tragedies of that early day for Philip Smith, husband of Rebecca Foote, was announced to have been "murdered with an hideous witchcraft";

Trouble with Indians: 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.

Sir Thomas Foote, who was Lord Mayor of London in 1649, was a first cousin of Nathaniel Foote, the settler. Sir Thomas Foote was buried in the parish church of All Saints of West Ham, now a part of the City of London. He lived to the great age of ninety-six years. There is a very pretentious monument to his memory erected in the church.

Ancestral chain: b. 1592 Nathaniel FOOTE “the Settler” and Elizabeth DEMING; Frances FOOTE and John DICKENSON; Hannah DICKINSON and Samuel GILLETT; Hannah GILLETT and John TAYLOR; Mary TAYLOR and Joseph BRONSON; David BRONSON and Jerusha COOLEY; Sylvanus BRONSON Esther REMINGTION; --------------------

  1. _FA1: 1630 Came to America to Watertown, MA 1
  2. _FA2: 1636 Went to Weathersfield, CT 1
  3. _FA3: 1634 Was a freeman in Mass. 1
  4. _FA4: 1642 Proprietor at Watertown 1
  5. _FA5: 1641 Served as deputy in Weathersfield 1
  6. _FA6: BET 1643 AND 1644 Served as juror in Weathersfield 1
  7. Reference Number: 1347
  8. Note:
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   Age 16 and a apprentice to Samuel Croyle, grocer of Colchester, on September 21, 1608. Nathaniel arrived at Watertown, MA in 1630, and was a freeman there in 1634. He removed to settle at Wethersfield, CT in 1636.
   701. Nathaniel Foote (Robert, John)(1543) was born in St. Buttolph, Billingsgate, London, England, September 21, 1592.(1544) Nathaniel died 1644 in Wethersfield, Hartford, CT, at age 51.
   He married Elizabeth Deming January 1614/1615 in Colchester, Essex, England.(1545)
   Conflicting evidence states that Nathaniel was born 1593 in Shalford, Colchester, England.(1546) Nathaniel's will was probated November 20, 1644 in Wethersfield, Hartford, CT.(1547)
   The probate record for Nathaniel includes a complete inventory; it is recreated here with the spelling as found in the original: The Children: Nathaniel Foote, about 24 years, to have £148 Robert Foote, about 17 years, to have £74 Frances Foote, about 15 years, to have £74 Sarah Foote, about 12 years, to have £74 Rebeckah Foote, about 10 years, to have £74 The Wyddow of sd. Nathaniel Foote Adms. her portion, £212 Imprs His purse and apparrell, £7-16-00 It. In neat Cattel and in Hay, £93-00-00 It. in horsse fleshe, £34-00-00 It. in hoggs, £66-60-00 It. in debts, £29-03-04 It. in Englishe Corne, £70-00-00 It. in goats, £3-15-00 It. in Carts, ploughs, etc. £6-00-00 It. in nayles, £1-10-00 Ite. Indean Corne, £8-00-00 It. in old Wheat and pease, £6-06-00 It. for certain things in the chamber, £2-00-00 It. for amunition, £5-00-00 Ite. for fouer beds with the furniture, £13-06-08 It. in fyne lynen, £5-10-00 Ite. 2 table boards, 2 chests, 1 TGrunke, with other Implts. £5-00-00 It. pewter & brasse and other vseful vessells, £12-00-00 It. in husbandry tooles, £3-00-00 It. in beife, butter, and cheese and other necessary prvision for the howse, £8-10-00 It. in poultry, £1-00-00; somm: £380-17-00
   FOOTE.
   Nathaniel Foote was in Watertown 1634; went to Wethersfield in 1636, where he became the richest landholder of his day. He was born in England in 1593. Died shortly before November 20, 1644. He married Elizabeth Deming (sister of John), 1615. She was born 1595 and died July 28, 1683. She married second, Governor Thomas Welles, about 1646.
   '''Nathaniel Foote was Deputy 1641, 1643, 1644. When the Pequot War was determined upon his name was mentioned in the Colonial records as one from whom supplies were to be purchased for the commissary service.'''

"Nathaniel Foote, belongs, not to that class of men who fill a large place in the world's history because called by some great emergency into positions of power and influence,--but to that more meritorious class of pious and excellent persons, who walk meekly along the paths of common life, perform every duty, public or private, love and help their fellowmen, and act always as if in their great Task Master's eye. It is to such men that society owes at once its peace, stability and progress,--yet history takes no note of such, and hence, 'The world knows nothing of its greatest men.'"--Nathaniel Goodwin in the Foote Genealogy.'

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Our No. 1 Ancestor in America, was born September 21, 1592 in Shalford Colchester Esses, England. He was the son of Robert Foote of Shalford, County of Essex, A Yoeman and grandson of John Foote of Royston. Royston is located near Colchester England. Nathaniel s mother's name was Joan (Brooks). She was the daughter of John and Elizabeth Brooks of London. He resided in Shalford Parish, county Essex and St Mary Bothaw Parish, London. Marriage: A Short time after he finished his apprenticeship training, he was married to Elizabeth Deming (In January of the year 1616) in Colchester, Essex, England. She was the sister of John Deeming, who was one of the first settlers of Wethersfield Conn. in the year of 1615. John Deeming was for many years the one of the magistrates of the "Colony of the Connecticut" and one of the Patenees named in it's charter.

Children of Nathaniel and Elizabeth Foote No. Ancestor's Name Parent Birth Death Wife (22) Elizabeth Foote (10) 1616 1700 Josiah Churchill (23) Nathaniel Foote (10) 1618 1655 Elizabeth Smith (24) Mary Foote (10) 1623 1687 John Stoddard (25) Robert Foote (10) 1627 1681 Sarah Potter (26) Frances Foote (10) 1629 1673 John Ickinson (27) Sara Foote (10) 1632 1672 --- (28) Rebecca Foote (10) 1634 1701 Phillip Smith Nathaniel's Apprenticeship Nathaniel Foote The Settler resided in Shalford Parish, county Essex and St Mary Bothaw Parish, London. at the age of sixteen was apprenticed on 21 September, 1608 to Samuel Croyle of Colchester, a "Grocer" and "Free Burgess", for a period of 8 years or until his 24th birthday in the year 1616. when he brought a message from Beatrice Barker, Esq., located on East Street, St James Parish, Colchester. He was a grocer himself as of 18 Oct 1619.

A short time after he finished his apprenticeship training, he was married to Elizabeth Deeming (In January of the year 1616) in Colchester, Essex, England. She was the sister of John Deeming, who was one of the first settlers of Wethersfield Conn. in the year of 1615. John Deeming was for many years the one of the magistrates of the "Colony of the Connecticut" and one of the Patenees named in it's charter.

The Movement to America Sometime before the year 1633 the family moved from London England to Boston, Massachusetts. He settled first, upon arrival in the New World, at Watertown, Mass.; where he took the freeman's oath 3 Sep 1633. According to the records of "The Original Distribution of Lands Around Wethersfield" recorded in 1640, a short time after arriving in Wethersfield in 1635, Nathaniel received a ten acre house lot on the east side of Broad Street. This land was near the south end of the street. This land was purchased directly from the Wongunk Indians at a place located along the Connecticut River that was called Pyguaq, later renamed Wethersfield. Additionally, he became the owner of several other tracts laying in part in the great meadow east of his house and containing close to 400 acres of land. In 1641, he was appointed a delegate to the General Court. He was a juror in 1643 and 1644.

Note: Part of his land is now a public park at the foot of Broad Street.

Sources: "NEHGR", Vol. IX, 1855, p.272, "Pedigree of Foote", compiled from Goodwin's Genealogy of the Foote Family.

"Foote Family, comprising the Genealogy and History of Nathaniel Foote of Wethersfield, Conn.", Vol. I, Abram W. Foote, 1907.

"Footenotes", newsletter of The Foote Family Association of North America, Vol. XI, p.9, October, 1992.

"New England Families", Vol. I, pp.279-281, William Richard Cutter, Woburn, MA., 1913.

World Family Tree, Vol. 2, chart 861.

Nathaniel Foote was in Watertown 1634; went to Wethersfield in 1636, where he became the richest landholder of his day. He was born in England in 1593. Died shortly before November 20, 1644. He married Elizabeth Deming (sister of John), 1615. She was born 1595 and died July 28, 1683. She married second, Governor Thomas Welles, about 1646.

Nathaniel Foote was Deputy 1641, 1643, 1644. When the Pequot War was determined upon his name was mentioned in the Colonial records as one from whom supplies were to be purchased for the commissary service.

"Nathaniel Foote, belongs, not to that class of men who fill a large place in the world's history because called by some great emergency into positions of power and influence,--but to that more meritorious class of pious and excellent persons, who walk meekly along the paths of common life, perform every duty, public or private, love and help their fellowmen, and act always as if in their great Task Master's eye. It is to such men that society owes at once its peace, stability and progress,--yet history takes no note of such, and hence, 'The world knows nothing of its greatest men.'"--Nathaniel Goodwin in the Foote Genealogy.

Age 16 and a apprentice to Samuel Croyle, grocer of Colchester, on September 21, 1608. Nathaniel arrived at Watertown, MA in 1630, and was a freeman there in 1634. He removed to settle at Wethersfield, CT in 1636.

701. Nathaniel Foote (Robert, John)(1543) was born in St. Buttolph, Billingsgate, London, England, September 21, 1592.(1544) Nathaniel died 1644 in Wethersfield, Hartford, CT, at age 51.

He married Elizabeth Deming January 1614/1615 in Colchester, Essex, England.(1545)

Conflicting evidence states that Nathaniel was born 1593 in Shalford, Colchester, England.(1546) Nathaniel's will was probated November 20, 1644 in Wethersfield, Hartford, CT.(1547)

The probate record for Nathaniel includes a complete inventory; it is recreated here with the spelling as found in the original: The Children: Nathaniel Foote, about 24 years, to have £148 Robert Foote, about 17 years, to have £74 Frances Foote, about 15 years, to have £74 Sarah Foote, about 12 years, to have £74 Rebeckah Foote, about 10 years, to have £74 The Wyddow of sd. Nathaniel Foote Adms. her portion, £212 Imprs His purse and apparrell, £7-16-00 It. In neat Cattel and in Hay, £93-00-00 It. in horsse fleshe, £34-00-00 It. in hoggs, £66-60-00 It. in debts, £29-03-04 It. in Englishe Corne, £70-00-00 It. in goats, £3-15-00 It. in Carts, ploughs, etc. £6-00-00 It. in nayles, £1-10-00 Ite. Indean Corne, £8-00-00 It. in old Wheat and pease, £6-06-00 It. for certain things in the chamber, £2-00-00 It. for amunition, £5-00-00 Ite. for fouer beds with the furniture, £13-06-08 It. in fyne lynen, £5-10-00 Ite. 2 table boards, 2 chests, 1 TGrunke, with other Implts. £5-00-00 It. pewter & brasse and other vseful vessells, £12-00-00 It. in husbandry tooles, £3-00-00 It. in beife, butter, and cheese and other necessary prvision for the howse, £8-10-00 It. in poultry, £1-00-00; somm: £380-17-00

-------------------- Nathaniel Foote, b 21Sep1592, Colchester, Essex, Eng, d 1644, Wethersfield, CT.12 Admitted freeman 3Sep1634, proprietor of Watertown in 1642. Previous to this date, he went to Wethersfield, CT, where he was deputy 1641, & juror 1743-1644.11 This CT family, commenced its Am history in Weth, yet, owing to apparently inconquerable migratory tendency in its earlier representatives, name had entirely disappeared from town by end of 3rd generation. Thru its various early intermarriages w/other Weth. families, however, history of these early generations possess Colchester, CT, & Hadley, Hatfield, Deerfield & other old towns in Western MA. [Foote Family, by Nathaniel Goodiwn, 1849]. Conspicuous feature in history of 1st generations of Foote family, is deaths, sufferings & captivities of its mbrs, & of those connected by marriage, at hands of Indians. It is by no means certain Mr Foote was 1st settler at Weth, but probably true he was 1 of 1st 10 men, known as ‘adventurers,’ who absolutely 1st settled here; & he was largest holder of so-called ‘Adventurer’s lands.’ In original lay-out of town, 1640, he rec'd home-lot of 10 acres, at South End of Broad St, East side, & gradually became owner of other pieces of land, partly in Great Meadow, east of his home-lot, amounting to over 400 acres..1641-2-4, he represented town in Gen'l Court, evidence of respect & confidence in which he was been held by his fellow-townsmen. May 1637, when little army under Capt John Mason was being provisioned for memorable Pequot campaign, it was ‘ordered yet that there shalbe 1 hogg prvided att Wythersfeild for the design in hand, weh. [i.e. the hogg, not the expedition] is conceived to be Nathaniell Footes’—compliment, certainly form Colonial authorities, to Foote’s ability in raising good pork! 167 When Nathaniel was 15 he was apprentice to Samuel Croyle, grocer of Colchester. He arrived at Watertown, MA, in 1630, freeman there in 1634. He removed to Wethersfield, CT, in 1636. Nathanield brought from Eng wife Elizabeth & children Nathaniel, Elizabeth, Mary, Robert, Frances, & Sarah; had Rebecca, b prob at Watertown. Freeman 3Sep1634, then removed to Wethersfield 1636, where he was rep 1641-44.2 Will: Digest of Early CT Probate Records 1635 to 1650. P 461 Name: Nathaniel Foote Loc: Wethersfield Invt. £380-17-00. Taken 20 Nov, 1644, by Richard Tratte, Samuel Smith & Nath: Dickinson. £ s d Children: Nathaniel Foote, about 24 yrs, to have 148-00-00 Robert Foote, " 17 " " " 74-00-00 Frances Foote, " 15 " " " 74-00-00 Sarah Foote, " 12 " " " 74-00-00 Rebeckah Foote, " 10 " " " 74-00-00 The Wyddow of sd. Nathaniel Foote Adms. her portion. 212-00-00 £ s d Imprs His purse & apparrell. 7-16-00 It In neat Cattell & in Hay, 93-00-00 It in horsse fleshe. 34-00-00 It in hoggs, 66-60-00 It in debts, 29-03-04 It in Englishe Corne. 70-00-00 It in goats, 3-15-00 It in Carts, ploughs, etc. 6-00-00 It in nayles, 1-10-00 Ite Indean Corne, 8-00-00 It in old Wheat and pease, 6-06-00 It for certain things in chamber. 2-00-00 It for amunition, 5-00-00 Ite for fouer beds wth furniture. 13-06-08 It in fyne lynen, 5-10-00 Ite 2 table boards, 2 chests. 1 Trunke. wth other Implts. 5-00-00 It pewter & brasse & other vseful vessells. 12-00-00 It in husbandry tooles, 3-00-00 It in beife, butter, & cheese & other necessary prvision for the howse. 8-10-00 It in poultry. 1-00-00 somm: £380-17-00 Land: 10 acres of home lotts wth 1 dwelling howse & 2 barnes wth other buildings thereupon,-- 4 acres of home lotts,-- 6 acres of meadow wth an acre of swampe, 20 acres of plaine fenced in being 14 ac. broke up. 7 acres of plaine meadow plowed up. 20 acres in great meadow of hay ground. 4 acres in bever meadow. 27 acres of Swampe Ground, 81 Acres of Upland in the Weste field 32 Rod broad beyond the River, being 3 Miles in length, Richard Trott, Samuel Smith, Nathaniel Dickinson. Court Record, p 115--11 Dec, 1644. Mr Heynes & Mr Willis are desired to consider of Estate of Nath: Foote, decd, & to take in what helpe they please from any of the neighbours to advise how yt may be disposed of, & to report their apprehensions to the next Court. Jan 1615 Nathaniel m Elizabeth Deming, dtr of Jonathan Deming (411) (c1574-) & Elizabeth Gilbert, in Colchester, Essex, Eng, b Oct 1595, Shalford, Essex, Eng. Elizabeth d bet 16Aug1682 & 3Sep1683, Wethersfield, CT. Elizabeth was woman of character & good wife, evidenced by 1st husband (Foote) dying intestate, she was by Particular Court to whom inventory of his estate was presented, admitted to admi estate; & by will of her 2nd husband (Welles) she was to enjoy & improve his whole estate, so long as she remained widow...she may keep better hospitality. Their children: Elizabeth Foote (16Jan1617-8Sep1700) Nathaniel Foote (c1619-1655) Mary Foote (c1622-) Lt Robert Foote (8Dec1627-1681) Frances Foote (c1629-c1681) Sarah Foote (c1632-1673) Rebecca Foote (c1634-6Apr1701) Francis Foote. Joshua Foote d Oct 1655 in Providence, RI. Occ: ironmonger. Joshua, citizen & ironmonger of London, & emigrant to Toxbury, MA, 1653. Joshua m Elizabeth [Foote]. Elizabeth d aft Jun 1658. 17Jul1617 Elizabeth m Thomas Jennings in St James, Clerkenwell, Middlesex, Eng. Thomas d 1658. Joseph Foote. Joseph d 1639. Bur Sep 1639 in Shalford, Essex, Eng. Joseph m Anne [Foote]. Anne d 1645. Bur 26Jan1645 in Shalford, Essex, Eng. Children of Joseph & Anna Foote: Robert, Anna, Mary (m William Cornell), Elizabeth, Leonard, Joseph, & Robert. Mary Foote. 14Feb1602 m John Hewes in Shalford, Essex. John d 1621. Occ: chandler. John Hewes of Royston, Hertfordshire. Their children: Elizabeth Hewes (c1603/4-2Feb1686) Joshua Hewes (c1612-25Jan1675/6) Anne Hewes Phebe Hewes (-28Feb1678/9) Sources: Donald Lines Jacobus & Edgar Francis Waterman, Hale, House & Related Families Mainly of CT River Valley, CT Historical Soc, Hartford, 1952. Genealogies & Biographies of Ancient Wethersfield. Robert Charles Anderson, Great Migration, New Eng Historic Genealogical Soc, Boston,. Henry Bond, Genealogies of Families & Descendants of Early Settlers of Watertown, MA, NEHGS, Boston, 1860. Nathaniel Foote b 1593, m 1615, d 1644 Nathaniel arrived at Watertown, Middlesex Co, MA 1630, Nathaniel Foote The Settler resided in Shalford Parish, Essex Co & St Mary Bothaw Parish, London. at age 16 apprenticed 21Sep1608 to Samuel Croyle of Colchester, Grocer & Free Burgess, for period of 8 yrs or until his 24th birthday in 1616. when he brought message from Beatrice Barker, Esq, located on East St, St James Parish, Colchester. He was grocer himself as of 18Oct1619. Short time aft he finished apprenticeship training, he m Elizabeth Deming (Jan 1616) in Colchester, Essex, Eng. She was sis of John Deeming, 1 of 1st settlers of Wethersfield, CT in 1615. John Deeming was for many yrs 1 of magistrates of CT & 1 of Patenees named in it's charter. Nathaniel arrived at Watertown, Middlesex Co, MA in 1630, & was freeman there Sep 3 1634. He had homstall of 16 acres & 2 acres of Marsh at Watertown but they were acquired by Henry Cuttris by 1636. Nathaniel removed to settle at Wethersfield, Hartford Co, CT in 1636. He was deputy to CT Gen'l Court twice in 1641, & once in 1642 & 1644. Nathaniel's estate was inventoried Nov 20 1644 at £380 17s, plus land totaling 211 acres, w/distribution to his widow & unmarried children, named as Nath[aniel] Foote, 24 yrs, Rob[ert] Foote. abt 17, Frances, abt 15, Sarah, abt 12, & Rebecka, abt 10. Married c1615, Eng. Nathaniel Foote "Settler"-came to New Eng w/wife Elizabeth. He was 1 of 1st 10 settlers (known as "adventurers") in Wethersfield, CT. Elizabeth was sis of John Deming, also 1 of Wethersfield's 1st settlers. In original layout of town, 1640, Nathaniel rec'd home-lot of 10 acres, & gradually over yrs he became owner of over 400 acres. He represented town in Gen'l Court-evidence he was held in respect & confidence by his fellow townsmen. May 1637, when little army under Capt John Mason was being provisioned for memorable Pequot campaign, it was "ordered y that there shalbe 1 hogg p'vided att Wythersfeild for the design in hand, wch is conceived to be Nathaniell Footes"--compliment from Colonial authorities to Foote's ability in raising good pork! From abstract of record of apprenticeship agreement of Nathaniel Foote from Court Rolls of Borough of Colchester as follows: Nathaniel Foote aged 16 years, son of Robert Foot of Shalford in Com. Essex yeoman doth put himself apprentice to Samuel Croylye of Colchester, aforesaid grocer & Free Burgess from the Feast of St Michael the Archangel last past for the term of 8 years. Dated 21 Sept. V James I (1608). Sealed & delivered in the presence of me Robert Foot & of me George Lumpkin. Nathaniel Foote was named in charter of patentees of Wethersfield. Foote family became 1 of leading families of little CT Colony. He became magistrate, leading land owner, eventually owning 500+ acres of land in Wethersfield, some of great meadow, & his home on south end of green, next to present Broad St. Family was saddened by Nathaniel's death at age 51. Elizabeth was so respected she was allowed to be executor of his estate. Elizabeth was left wealthy widow, but did not remain in that status for long. In 1646 she m Thomas Wells who was widower w/several children from his 1st marriage. Thomas Wells served as Gov of CT Colony for 2 terms, 1655-1658. When he was not serving as gov he was Deputy Gov. He d during his last yrs of being deputy gov, 14Jan1659/1660. -------------------- Nathaniel "The Settler" Foote came from England with his brothers, Pasco and Caleb, prior to 1630. -------------------- Book of his descendants: http://www.archive.org/stream/thefootefamily00goodrich#page/n5/mode/2up

Website to his honor: http://www.footefamily.org/nathno1a.htm

Foote Family Association, Spring 1999: Very little is known of the Deming family before they left England. Since the first Puritans left England to secure a better place to practice their religion. It might be assumed that the Demings left England for similar reasons.

That they held strong religious convictions is evident in the records they left in Connecticut. Elizabeth was born in England in the last part of the 16th century. In January of the year 1616, a short time after he finished his apprenticeship training, she married Nathaniel Foote in Colchester, Essex, England.

After the birth of their sixth child Nathaniel decided to sell his grocery business in Colchester and immigrate to the New World. By some he is considered to be the first settler of Wethersfield.

Whether or not that is true we do not know. We do know he was one of ten men who settled along the bank of the Connecticut River and named their settlement, Wethersfield. They are know as the "Ten Adventurers"

Elizabeth was the sister of John Deeming, who was one of the first settlers of Wethersfield Conn. in the year of 1630. John Deeming was for many years one of the magistrates of the " Colony of the Connecticut " and one of the patentees named in it's charter.

Since Elizabeth Deming married Nathaniel Foote who spent his early life in Shalford, Colchester, England, it can be assumed that

(1.) John and Elizabeth lived in the same area of England.

(2) Elizabeth and Nathaniel were known to have been in the Colony of Massachusetts Bay and residing in Waterton when it is recorded Nathaniel took the oath of a freeman.

(3.) The Foote family must have joined with the Demings in feeling some dissatisfaction with the manner of life in Watertown and joined with others in making the 100 mile trek in 1635 through the forests of the New World until they arrived at Pyquag on the shores western shore of the beautiful Connecticut River.

Nathaniel Foote was one of those named in the charter of patentees of Wethersfield. The Foote family became one of the leading families of the little Connecticut Colony. He became a magistrate, a leading land owner, eventually owning more than 500 acres of land in Wethersfield, some of the great meadow, and his home on the south end of the green, next to the present Broad Street.

The family was saddened by Nathaniel's death at age 61. Elizabeth was so respected that she was allowed to be executor of his estate. Elizabeth was left a wealthy widow, but did not remain in that status for long. In 1646 she married Thomas Wells who was a widower with several children from his first marriage. Thomas Wells served as Governor of Connecticut Colony for two terms, 1655-1658. When he was not serving as governor he was a Deputy Governor. He died during his last years of being deputy governor, 14 January 1659/1660.

Elizabeth was again a widow, having two families instead of one. She was in control of a large estate from both husbands.

Elizabeth Welles was a tenacious and feisty old woman. She had not only survived a perilous voyage from England but while tending to six exuberant children and a husband, she had made a new life for herself and her family in a world they knew nothing about. This world was inhabited by Indians who were not always friendly with those pale face people. The rigors of life and managing a household did not daunt her.

Things went quite well through the intervening years since arriving on shores of the newly discovered continent, until she reached old age. In 1676 as she approched the age of 80 years, she ran into trouble with one of her step-grand children.

This was Robert Welles, a favorite of grandfather, Governor Thomas Welles when the governor was alive. Robert had arrived at the Governor's home, there to be taken care of and educated.

But now his grandfather was dead and Robert and his step-grandmother disagreed. Maybee she did not think him old enough to be married at age 24. Never-the-less it was 1676 when Elizabeth brought Robert Welles to court, because he "...hath dammyfield her Barne by Parting with the other part of the Barne that did adjoin to it."

Exactly what he did to her barn is not clear. The court's decision was clear. He was ordered to repair the barn and also to pay his step-grandmother rent for it. Elizabeth made sure the barn incedent was not here last word.

Two years later, in 1678, she made sure all of the Welles were taken care of when she made her will. She left them nothing. She stated someone outside the family would be executor of her will. Everything she had she left to her own family. That is the family she and Nathaniel has raised and nurtured. The Welles family got nothing.

Elizabeth died in 1683, at the age of 88. The estate was devided among the Footes. One of the documents in the Probates Court was that of the final disposition, that during that same year Robert Welles won a lawsuit against his step-grandmother's will that he would have to be paid by those who had been named in the will. -------------------- Nathaniel was age 16 on 21 September 5 James I (1608) when he signed as an apprentice to Samuel Croyle of Colchester, grocer and free burgess, 8 years from the Feast of St. Michael the Archangel last past. Parke says that he married in England Elizabeth Deming, sister of John Deming who served the town of Wethersfield many years as Deputy and 1662 was one of the Patentees of the Royal Charter. Nathaniel was older than many of the colonists when he came to New England with his wife and children children Nathaniel, Elizabeth, Mary, Robert, Frances and Sarah. He first appears in Watertown MA in 1633 when he was made a freeman of Massachusetts Bay. He was granted a homelot of 16 acres in Watertown MA, and two acres of marsh along the river. Rebecca was probably born here. He removed to Wethersfield about 1636. In the 1640 original distribution of lands in Wethersfield, Nathaniel was assigned a house lot of ten acres on the east side of Broad Street, near the south end of the street. He became the owner of several others tracts of land, partly in the Great Meadow east of his house lot, upwards of 400 acres. He was a farmer, one of the largest landowners in Wethersfield, and across the Connecticut River in Glastonbury. He served as Deputy in 1641 and 1644. He died intestate at Wethersfield in 1644. Inventory amounted to L380-17-00, and was taken 20 November 1644 by Richard Tratte, Samuel Smith and Nath: Dickinson. The Children are listed: Nathaniel Foote, about 24 years, to have L148-00-00; Robert Foote about 17 years to have L74-00-00; Frances Foote about 15 years to have L74-00-00; Sarah Foote about 12 years to have L74-00-00; Rebeckah Foote about 10 years to have L74-00-00. (Two other children were already married.) The Wyddow of sd. Nathaniel Foote Adms. her portion L212-00-00. The inventory included his purse and apparell, meat cattell and hay, horses, hogs, English corn, goats, carts, ploughs, Indian corn, old wheat and pease, ammunition, four beds with the furniture, fine linen, and other household goods and about 200 acres in various plots of land. He was buried in the ancient burying ground in the rear of the Meeting House. -------------------- Born in England about 1593, married to Elizabeth Deming in England about 1615. They had seven children, most being born in England . He was among the first ten settlers of Wethersfield , Ct. and was the largest landholder there. He died in 1644. --------------------

Nathaniel settled in Watertown, MA. He took the freeman's oath in 1633. He removed to Wethersfield, Ct where he was one of the first settlers. In 1640, he had a home lot of ten acres on the east side of Broad Street. He was a farmer. In 1644, he was a deputy to the general court. His wife's brother, John Deming, was one of the first settlers of Wethersfield.

Check these references in TAG for Nathaniel’s ancestry: 53:193-206, 54:99-101, 55:193-206, and 58:165-167. -------------------- Nathaniel Foote, the first settler. He was born about 1592 or 1593; married in England about 1615, Elizabeth Deming, sister of John Deming, who was one of the first settlers of Wethersfield. She was born about 1595. He died about 1644. She re married about 1646, to Thomas Welles. He was magistrate, afterwards Governor of the colony.

From all that can be learned Mr. Foote came from Shalford, In Colchester, England. and setted in Watertown, Mass. The first mention I find made of his name is in the Records of the Grants and Possession of the Lands in Watertown. " (in which town Mr. Foote first located himself) the folliwng entry is made:

"1. An homstall of sixteen acres by estimation, bounded ye north and northwest wit ye highway, the south and southwest with Jeremiah Norcross, granted to him......."

-------------------- 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. -------------------- FOOTE FAMILY, Comprising the GENEALOGY and HISTORY of NATHANIEL FOOTE of Wethersfield, Conn., and His Descendants by Abram W. Foote (1907) http://books.google.com/books?id=f1dMAAAAMAAJ&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q&f=false

"With very few exceptions, the Footes in America all descended from either Nathaniel Foote, of Colchester, England, who came to Watertown, Mass., about 1630, or Pasco Foote, who settled in Salem, Mass., soon after, or from Richard Foote, of Cornwall, England, and later of Stafford Co., Va. That the first two were nearly related, if not brothers, there can be very little doubt. ... "It is very difficult to connect these emigrants with their ancestors in the Mother Country."

(from the Preface)

"NATHANIEL FOOTE, one of the first settlers of Wethersfield, Ct., belongs, not only to that class of men who fill a large piece in the world's history, because called by some great emergency into positions of power and influence,--but to that more meritorious class of pious and excellent persons, who, born to the great inheritance of labor, walk meekly along the paths of common life, perform every duty, public or private, love and help their fellow men, and act always as if in their Great Task Master's eye. It is so much men that society owes at once its peace, stability and progress, and yet history takes no note of such, and hence 'The world knows nothing of its greatest men.'" (p. 17) -------------------- Nathaniel arrived in Watertown in 1634. He died after August 1, 1644, but before Nov 20, 1644 when his inventory was presented at Hartford.

He was the son of Robert Foote Jr and Joan (Brooke) Foote of Shalford, Co.Essex.

His wife was Elizabeth Deming. She was a sister of John Deming of Wethersfield. After Nathaniel Foote's death, she married Thomas Welles (Governor of Connecticut 1655-1658).

Children: Elizabeth Foote Churchill, Nathaniel Foote Jr, Mary Foote Stoddard Goodrich Tracy, Robert Foote, Frances Foote Dickinson Barnard(whose second husband was Francis Barnard), Sarah Foote Judson, and Rebecca Foote Smith Cook.

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Nathaniel Foote "the Settler"'s Timeline

1592
September 21, 1592
Shalford, Colchester, Essex, England
1592
City of London, Greater London, UK
1593
1593
St Botolph's London, Middlesex, England, United Kingdom
1615
January 1615
Age 22
Shalford, Essex, Colchester, England
1616
September 8, 1616
Age 23
Colchester, Essex, England
1619
March 5, 1619
Age 26
Colchester, Essex, England
1623
1623
Age 30
Shalford, Essex, England
1627
December 8, 1627
Age 35
Ipswitch, Suffolk, England
1628
April 1, 1628
Age 35
Buckland, Braunton, Devon, England
1629
1629
Age 36
East Bergholst, Suffolk, England