Capt. Nathaniel Niles

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Capt. Nathaniel Niles

Birthplace: Braintree, Massachusetts Bay Colony
Death: December 22, 1727 (85)
Braintree, Suffolk County, Province of Massachusetts
Place of Burial: Braintree, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of John Niles, II and Jane Niles
Husband of Sarah Niles
Father of Jeremiah Niles; Reverend Samuel Niles, D.D.; Nathaniel Niles; Elisha Niles; Ebenezer Nash Niles and 3 others
Brother of Hannah Shooter/Mott; John Niles, III; Joseph Niles; Lt. Samuel Niles; Increase Niles and 4 others
Half brother of Isaac Niles

Occupation: Cooper; Justice of the Peace; Grand Juror & Overseer of the poor in 1687
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About Capt. Nathaniel Niles

From: : He was a Cooper by profession. Nathaniel was a Captain of Militia in King Phillips War, Justice of the Peace, Grand Juror and Overser of the poor in 1687, and a member of the Rhode Island assembly in 1705. He was mad a a freeman in Kingstown, Rhode Island in 1710.

He owned plantations in South Kingston and Block Island, RI. "He resided at Block Island in early life, and owned land at Lyme, Conn., and Kingston, R.I. where some of his children settled, but after his son Samuel became minister at Braintree he came here and died here and was buried in Elm St. Cemetery where he has a large stone which calls him "Capt. Nathaniel Niles, formerly of Block Island" ("formerly of South Kingstown, R.I." - town record). (Sprague - 3538)

"He seems to have resided for a time at Dorchester, and to have removed thence to Block Island some time previous to 1673; removed to South Kingston, R. I.; and finally came back and died in Braintree, Dec. 22, 1727, in the 86th year of his age. Rev. Samuel Niles, his son, says he was 87; but the Braintree Town Record is consistent with itself, in giving his age as I have now quoted it. How many children Capt. Nathaniel had, and what were their names, we are not informed, and are sure only of the following -- . . . " (The Vinton Memorial; p. 345)

Nathaniel 2 Niles. Nathl 2 was also a town council member at Kingstown RI. He moved to Kingstown c1693 from New Shoreham (Block Is) and built an estate called Dale Carlia, comprising most of the present town of Peace Dale. Over the following years the estate employed upward of 30 Negroes & Indians. The last remnants of the mansion house (its chimney, was still standing in 1933). The site is now a shopping mall. He deeded his lands to his sons before his death. He died at Braintree where he had probably gone on a visit to his son Rev Sam 3 Niles. His wife Sarah had died the year before at Cow Neck, L.Is. (now called Sands Point, a well known area on Long Is.). Vinton's quote gives the impression his children names are not certain. Parsons visited New Shoreham and listed the children's names in a TAG article of his. They are as you have them except there were two Catherines. The first one was born in 13 Mar 1680 and died 21 Dec 1680 at New Shoreham. The 2nd one was born in 1690 and married Robert Hannah. Elisha was born 1682 & died 1685. Ebenezer died at Stonington CT (not Lebanon). (from Allen D. Niles)

"He was a Captain of Militia in King Phillips war, Justice of Peace, Grand Juror 1687, member of the Rhode Island Assembly 1705. Owned plantations at South Kingston and on Block Island. By deeds and Will, he distributed his large estate to his children. He died December 22, 1727 at Braintree, Mass. His Will was proved in Rhode Island, February 12, 1727. "

"Digging Up The Past: Archaeology at the Old Quaker Meetinghouse" 

...After the war [King Phillip's], the settlement of Pettaquamscutt was rebuilt and English settlement of the region long-known as the "Narragansett Country" began with renewed vigor. Colonial English records indicate that in 1696, Nathaniel Niles bought a part of the Pettaquamscutt Purchase known as the “mill estate” for the sum of ₤200, which included most of the land that is today the village known as Wakefield, which has become the largest commercial center in South County. Based on the name of the purchase, apparently some kind of mill activity was already taking place along the Saugatucket River before Niles made his purchase, likely somewhere between the former textile mills on Main Street near the present day Saugatucket Bridge and Wakefield Elementary School on High Street, though no specific records of this earlier activity exists today. The Niles estate appeared in the 1703 survey of the King's Highway, which is today the Old Post Road or Scenic 1A.

Today Route 1 bypasses this compact area of Wakefield, where in the late seventeenth century and early eighteenth century, the King’s Highway wended down Sugarloaf Hill to end at the western bank of the Saugatucket River. There is no evidence there was bridge over the river at that early date, and travelers forded the usually shallow waters and picked up the road on the far bank. In 1698, about a mile away to the east of the ford Nathaniel Niles donated land for a meetinghouse for the Society of Friends. The meetinghouse was completed around 1700, and by 1710 the local Kingstown meeting was associated with local meetings in Providence, Cranston and Warwick via the monthly Quaker meeting in (East) Greenwich (see Map 1). ~ From blog entry: Tuesday, July 2, 2013

*************************** From: Generation 2     2. NATHANIEL2 NILES (John1) was born on 16 Aug 1642 in Braintree, Norfolk Co, MA. He died on 22 Dec 1727 in Braintree, Norfolk Co, MA. He married Sarah Sands, daughter of James Sands and Sarah Walker on 14 Feb 1672 in New Shoreham, Block Island, RI. She was born in 1654 in Portsmith, Rockingham Co, NH. She died in 1726.

Nathaniel Niles and Sarah Sands had the following children:  

      i. SAMUEL3 NILES was born on 01 May 1674 in New Shoreham, Block Island, RI. He died on 01 May 1762 in Braintree, Norfolk Co, MA.

      3.  ii. NATHANIEL NILES was born on 21 Mar 1677 in New Shoreham, Block Island, RI. He died in 1766. He married MARY HANNAH. She was born about 1680.

     4.  iii. EBENEZER NILES was born on 03 Jan 1683 in New Shoreham, Block Island Co., RI. He died on 01 Apr 1753 in Stonington, New London Co, CT. He married (1) ELIZABETH TUCKER about 1715. She was born about 1700. She died after 1753. He married (2) ABIGAIL HAZARD, daughter of George Hazard and Penelope Allen before 1710. She was born on 19 Mar 1690. She died about 1714.

    iv. TABITHA NILES was born on 22 Jan 1685 in New Shoreham, Block Island, RI. She died on 28 Dec 1717. She married ABRAHAM PERKINS. He was born about 1680.

    v. SARAH NILES was born after 1690 in New Shoreham, Block Island, RI. She died after 1748. She married Rouse Helme in 1709. He was born about 1690.

    vi. CATHARINE NILES was born on 13 Mar 1690 in New Shoreham, Block Island, RI. She died after 1726. She married ROBERT HANNAH. He was born about 1685.


Nathaniel NILES

Birth: 16 AUG 1642 in Braintree,Massachusetts

Death: 22 DEC 1727 in Braintree,Massachusetts

Father: John NILES b: Abt 1603 in England

Mother: Jane REED b: Est 1616 in of Braintree,MA

Married: 14 FEB 1671 in Block Island,Newport Co.,Rhode Island

Wife: Sarah SANDS b: 1651 in New Shoreham,Kings Co.,Rhode Island


  • Samuel NILES b: 1 MAY 1674 in New Shoreham,Kings Co.,Rhode Island
  • Nathaniel NILES b: 21 MAR 1677 in New Shoreham,Kings Co.,Rhode Island
  • Ebenezer NILES b: 3 JAN 1683 in New Shoreham,Washington Co.,Rhode Island
  • Tabitha NILES b: 22 JAN 1685 in New Shoreham,Washington Co.,Rhode Island
  • Sarah NILES b: Abt 1687 in New Shoreham,Washington Co.,Rhode Island
  • Catherine NILES b: 13 MAR 1690 in New Shoreham,Washington Co.,Rhode Island

Burial: Elm Street Cemetery, Braintree, Norfolk County, Massachusetts

Also known as: First Burial Ground of Second Precinct


NEHGR v85, v153, p323- ; Nat'l Society, Daughters of Am. Colonists (v18, p84); Genealogies of Rhode Island Families; R.I. Genealogical Register, v6, No. 1, p82; v8, p181 and v9; Rhode Island Vital Records, v4; Narragansett Historical Register, v2, #3, p241 (film 1,321,086, Item 1); N.E. Marriages Before 1700.

Husband of Sarah (Sandys/Sands) Niles

Husband of Sarah (Sandys/Sands) Niles


@R-2145276565@ U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 Yates Publishing Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2004.Original data - This unique collection of records was extracted from a variety of sources including family group sheets and electronic databases. Originally, the information was deriv 1,7836::0 Source number: 2869.000; Source type: Electronic Database; Number of Pages: 1; Submitter Code: BFO. Name: Nathaniel Niles Birth Date: 1642 Birth Place: MA 1,7836::893985

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Capt. Nathaniel Niles's Timeline

August 16, 1642
Braintree, Massachusetts Bay Colony
May 1, 1674
New Shoreham, Washington , Rhode Island, Colonial America
March 21, 1677
Block Island, Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
January 3, 1682
South Kingstown, Washington County, Rhode Island, United States
January 25, 1685
South Shoreham, Block Island, Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
March 13, 1690
Block Island, Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations