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Jane Niles (unknown)

Also Known As: "Reed"
Birthdate: (43)
Birthplace: Possibly, St. Peter's, Canterbury, England
Death: March 15, 1654 (39-47)
Braintree, Norfolk, Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Jane Niles' father and Jane Niles' mother
Wife of John Niles, II
Mother of Hannah Niles; John Niles, III; Joseph Niles, I; Capt. Nathaniel Niles; Lt. Samuel Niles and 2 others

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About Jane Niles

His wife, the mother of six sons and a daughter, whose names appear on Braintree Records, was JANE ------;

  • she d. May 15, 1654.
  • Whether he was ever married again is not quite certain;
  • but I find the following in Marshall’s Diary: "Old goodwife Niles died Jan. 31, 1702-3."
    • The wife of neither of the sons would thus be spoken of, when not over the age of sixty.
  • It seems quite probable, then, that John Niles, the emigrant, had a second wife;
    • that her name was HANNAH;
    • that she was the mother of Isaac, below; (9) and
    • that she d. as above, Jan. 31, 1702-3. "Old John Niles, aged about 91 years, died Feb. 8, 1693-4." (Braintree Records." (The Vinton Memorial, p. 344)
      • His second wife Hannah was the widow of William Ames.

Tradition has it that John 1 Niles' first wife was Jane Reed born ca.1611 at Maidstone or St Peters at Canterbury, County Kent, England, the daughter of Wm & Lucy (Henage) Reed.

  • No proof of her birth nor record of her marriage to John Niles has been found in the records of England or Colonial New England.
  • Her name does not appear in the Reed families who emigrated to New England.
  • It seems unlikely they would even have met while in England considering the distance between Kent & Dorset Counties.
  • She may have come over on the same ship with another family and made the acquaintance of John during the voyage.
  • It seems unlikely they were married much before 1 Sep 1634 when John received his first grant of land at Dorchester, Mass.
  • Otherwise, their first child born here would have likely been born sooner than 16 Feb 1636/7.
  • Jane's surname remains a mystery. (From Allen D. Niles)

John Niles married (1) by 1636, Jane ____. She died at Braintree on 15 May 1654. They had 7 children: Hannah, John, Joseph, Nathaniel, Samuel, Increase, & Benjamin. Source: Anderson's Great Migration Study Project.

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Jane Niles's Timeline

St. Peter's, Canterbury, England
February 16, 1636
Age 25
Braintree, Norfolk County, Massachusetts
March 4, 1639
Age 28
Braintree, (Present Norfolk County), Massachusetts Bay Colony
August 15, 1640
Age 29
Braintree, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States
August 16, 1642
Age 31
Braintree, Massachusetts Bay Colony
May 12, 1644
Age 33
Braintree, Suffolk County (Present Norfolk County), Massachusetts Bay Colony
December 16, 1646
Age 35
Braintree, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States
March 11, 1651
Age 40
Braintree, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States
March 15, 1654
Age 43
Braintree, Norfolk, Massachusetts