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Nathaniel Turner, Capt.

Birthdate:
Birthplace: New Haven,New Haven,Connecticut,USA
Death: Died in Lamberton, Atlantic, Ocean, New Jersey, USA
Cause of death: Died at sea on Lamberton's ship "The Phantom"
Immediate Family:

Son of John Turner, II and Joan Turner
Husband of Margaret Turner; Elizabeth and Margaret Turner
Father of Mary Yale; Rebecca Mix; Abigail Hudson; Nathaniel Turner 1633; Hannah Hopkins and 1 other
Brother of Humphrey Turner

Occupation: Captain, Military, Soldier, Freeman, Land Assessor
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About Nathaniel Turner, Capt.

Captain Nathaniel Turner

Nathaniel Turner lived on Nahant Street and owned the whole of Sagamore Hill. He applied to be admitted a freeman, 19 Oct. 1630, but did not take the oath until 3 July 1632. He was representative in the first seven sessions of the General Court, and a member of the first County Court at Salem, in 1636. In 1633, he was appointed captain of the militia, and in 1636 and 1637 had a command in several expeditions against the Pequot Indians. In 1637 his house was burned. In 1638, he became a member of the Anciet Artillery Company (he was 12th on the Artillery Roll), and the same year sold his land on Sagamore Hill to Mr. Edward Holyoke, and removed, with others, to Quilipeake, where a new settlement was begun, and called it New Haven (Conn.). His name is preserved in Turners Falls. In 1639 he was one of the seven members of the first church at New Haven. In 1640 he purched for the town of Ponus, the Indian Sagamore, the tract of land which now is the town of Stamford, for which he paid in "Coats, shoes, hatchets, & etc." His active and useful life was soon after termated in a melancholy manner. In January, 1647, he sailed for England, with Capt. Lamberton, in a vessel which was never heard from again. Govenor Winthrop informs us that in June, 1648, the apparition of a ship was seen under full sail, moving up the harbor of New Haven, a little before sunset, in a pleasant afternoon, and that as it approached the shore, it slowly vanished. This was thought to have a reference to the fate of Capt. Lambertons ship.

The following epitaph was written to the memory of Capt. Turner:

Deep in the Atlantic cave his body sleeps, While the Dark sea, its ceaseless motion keeps, While the phantom ships are wrecked along the shore, To warn his friends that he will come no more. But He who governs all with impulse free, Can bring from Bashan and the deepest sea, And when he calls our Turner must return, Though now his ashes fill no sacred urn.

In 1639, Capt. Turner, in connection with Rev. Davenport and 4 others, at New Haven, was appointed to "have the disposing of all house lotts, yet undisposed of about this towne, to such persons as they shall judge meete for the good of the plantation; and thatt none come to dwell as planters here without their consent and allowance , whether they come in by purchase or otherwise." In 1640, Capt. Turner, as agent for New Haven, made a large purchase of land on both sides of the Delware River---sufficient for a number of plantations. The purchase was made chiefly with a view to trade, though the establishment of Purtian churches was an object. Trading houses were erected, and nearly fifty families sent out. In all fundamental matters the Delware colonies were to be under the jurisdiction of New Haven. In the same year he made the purchase of the Indian territory of Rippowams-Stamford--as noted by Mr. Lewis, partly of Ponus and partly of Wascussue, another chief. He gave for the whole, "12 coats, 12 hoes, 12 hatchets, 12 knives, 2 kettles, and 4 fathom of white wampum." In a sale to the people of Wethersfield, a while after, the tract was valued at 30 pounds of sterling. In a list, made in 1643, giving the names of a hundred and twenty-two New Haven planters, with the number of their families, including only parents and children, and the value of their estates, the family of Capt. Turner is put down at seven, and their estate at f800, the latter being as high as any on the list, with the exception of ten. But the land speculations of New Haven do not seem to have turned out in any degree profitable. The Delware trade was not successful; and the Dutch were troublesome at Stanford. And she seems literally to have struck a vein of ill-fortune, in which she was destined to struggle for some time. It was under a desperate effort to retrive her fortunes, that the planters sent to Rhode Island and had a ship of a 150 tons built, hoping to open a profitable foreign trade. By joining their means, the planters were able to freight her in a satisfactory manner. Capt. Turner, with 5 others of the principal men embarked, and she sailed from New Haven in January, 1647. Nothing was ever heard either of the vessel or any on board, unless the apparition which appeared in the harbor, the next June, immediately after a great thunder storm, the renowned "phantom ship", be regarded as tidings. Capt. Turner had kept alive his friendship for the people of Lynn, and while "New Havens heart was sad," there were many here to mourn his fate. -------------------- Nathaniel TURNER - b. England; d. Jan. 1646, aboard ship. Arrived in New England with the Winthrop fleet 1630 and settled at Lynn, MA. He requested to be admitted as freeman on Oct. 19, 1630 and was admitted Jul. 3, 1632. Constable 1632; representative 1634; deputy 1635. Having been a soldier in England, he became an original member of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Boston. Appointed Captain of the Saugus train band 1633, and commanded it during the Pequot War 1636-1637. Moved to New Haven, CT 1637 after his home at Lynn was destroyed by fire, where he was an original signer of the New Haven Agreement and took the oath of fidelity on Jul. 1, 1644. He became a member of the New Haven First Congregational Church; assistant to the Governor 1639; deputy in the Connecticut Assembly; and served on numerous committees both in New Haven Colony and previously in Massachusetts Bay Colony. On Sep. 1, 1640 Nathaniel was appointed Captain of all martial affairs of the New Haven Colony. He was on the ill-fated "Lamberton's Phantom Ship" which sailed from New Haven on a voyage to Europe and was lost with all on board in Jan. 1646. source: http://kinnexions.com/smlawson/olmsted.htm#NTurner -------------------- The Turner Family in America

For information on the immigrant family, refer to The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, Vols. I-III, by Robert Charles Anderson (Boston, 1995).

Capt. Nathaniel and Margaret (Leachland) Turner

Nathaniel TURNER - b. England; d. Jan. 1646, aboard ship.

Arrived in New England with the Winthrop fleet 1630 and settled at Lynn, MA. He requested to be admitted as freeman on Oct. 19, 1630 and was admitted Jul. 3, 1632. Constable 1632; representative 1634; deputy 1635.

Having been a soldier in England, he became an original member of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Boston. Appointed Captain of the Saugus train band 1633, and commanded it during the Pequot War 1636-1637. Moved to New Haven, CT 1637 after his home at Lynn was destroyed by fire, where he was an original signer of the New Haven Agreement and took the oath of fidelity on Jul. 1, 1644.

He became a member of the New Haven First Congregational Church; assistant to the Governor 1639; deputy in the Connecticut Assembly; and served on numerous committees both in New Haven Colony and previously in Massachusetts Bay Colony. On Sep. 1, 1640 Nathaniel was appointed Captain of all martial affairs of the New Haven Colony.

He was on the ill-fated "Lamberton's Phantom Ship" which sailed from New Haven on a voyage to Europe and was lost with all on board in Jan. 1646.

Margaret LEACHLAND - d. before Nov. 1662. As widow of Capt. TURNER, she married Samuel VANGOODENHOUSEN about 1647. They lived at New Haven, CT. (Some sources give Capt. TURNER's wife name as Elizabeth, and some indicate her name is unknown.)

Children of Nathaniel and Margaret Turner

See Notable Cousins for line to: Ernest HEMINGWAY and Linus YALE Mary - d. Oct. 15, 1704, New Haven, New Haven Co., CT. Married 1645 Thomas YALE (b. about 1616, Plas Grono, Wales; d. Mar. 27, 1683, New Haven, New Haven Co., CT), brother of David YALE, and of Ann YALE (wife of Gov. Edward HOPKINS). David YALE was father of Elihu (b. Apr. 5, 1648, New Haven, New Haven Co., CT; d. Jul. 8, 1721), who married a daughter of Gov. HINMERS, and had three daughters: Catharine married Dudley NORTH (son of Sir Dudley NORTH, merchant, economist, and author); Ann married Lord James CAVENDISH; and Ursula. Elihu was prosperous in the East Indies trade, became Governor of the East India Company, and contributed (£500) for the founding of Yale College. Thomas YALE was the son of Thomas YALE (d. 1619) and Ann LLOYD (d. 1659), who married second Gov. Theophilus EATON of Connecticut (Line 251 of Weis' Ancestral Lines of Sixty Colonists).

Children of Mary and Thomas YALE: 

John married Rebecca; Capt. Thomas married first Rebecca GIFFORDS/GIBBARD, second Sarah NASH, and third Mary BEACH; Mary married Joseph IVES; Nathaniel married Ruth BISHOP; Martha died young; Abigail; Hannah married Enos TALMADGE (ancestors of Ernest HEMINGWAY); and Elizabeth married Joseph PARDEE. Rebecca - b. 1629, Lynn, MA; d. Jun. 14, 1731, New Haven, CT. Married Thomas MIX. Abigail - b. 1631; d. 1693. Married Sep. 2, 1651, New Haven, CT John HUDSON. Nathaniel - b. 1633; d. Jan. 13, 1661/2. No issue. Hannah - bap. Nov. 17, 1639, New Haven, CT. Married on Dec. 5, 1667 at New Haven, CT to Samuel HOPKINS. Isaac - bap. Jun. 7, 1640, New Haven, CT; d. Mar. 27, 1699, New Haven, CT. Married Aug. 19, 1668, New Haven, CT Mary TODD (bap. Sep. 16, 164?; d. May 3, 1676), daughter of Christopher TODD and Grace MIDDLEBROOK. Children of Isaac and Mary TURNER: Isaac married Abigail; Nathaniel married Ruth BUCKINGHAM; Joseph married Sarah HOTCHKISS; and Mary died young. From the files of Stephen M. Lawson -------------------- Immigrated in 1630, with the Winthrop fleet First settled in Lynn, Massachusettes Captain in the militia - fought Pequot Indians in 1636-7 Among the founders of New Haven, Connecticut in 1638 Aboard ship lost at sea -------------------- Families of Ancient New Haven by Donald Lines Jacobus, pg. 1195, 1866 -------------------- On board "The Phantom" out of New Haven CT

Misidentified Birthplace

This profile lists Nathaniel Turner's birthplace as being "New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, USA." This of course is impossible, since it would be some 20 years before the first Pilgrims came to America in 1620, and since New Haven was not settled by Europeans until 1638 (Wikipedia).

As a minor point, please note that "New Haven" at that time was not a part of the Connecticut Colony, but was part of its own colony named "New Haven Colony" (Wikipedia). While it is correct that the town of New Haven is now in the County of New Haven in the state of Connecticut in the United States, it is anachronistic to list Turner's place of residence at that time as having been "New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, USA." At most it was "New Haven, New Haven Colony."

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Nathaniel Turner, Capt.'s Timeline

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New Haven,New Haven,Connecticut,USA
1624
1624
Age 24
England, (Present UK)
1626
1626
Age 26
New Haven , New Haven, CT
1629
1629
Age 29
Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts
1630
1630
Age 30
Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts
1630
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Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts
1630
Age 30
Lynn, Massachusetts
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1631
Age 31
New Haven, New Haven, CT
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1633
Age 33
New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut
1634
1634
Age 34
Constable in Lynn, Massachusetts