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Nathan Birdsall

Birthplace: Norwich, Norfolk, England
Death: 1696
Oyster Bay, Nassau County, Province of New York, Colonial America
Immediate Family:

Son of Henry Birdsall, of Salem and Agnes Birdsall
Husband of Temperance Birdsall
Father of Daniel Birdsall; Stephen Birdsall; William Birdsall, Sr.; Nathaniel Birdsall, Jr.; Samuel Birdsall and 3 others
Brother of Judith Cook and Anne Birdsall

Occupation: nathan's relative was the "Winthorpe Woman" (Anya Seton Chases's book of 1900's) ... her great great granddaughter married Jacob Birdsall of 1722.
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About Nathan Birdsall

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Nathan Birdsall. Born ca Sep 1620 in Norwich, Norfolk. Nathan was baptized in St. Andrew’s, Norwich, on 3 Sep 1620. Nathan died in 1696 in Oyster Bay, Nassau Co., NY.

Nathan was an early inhabitant of Matinecock also spelled Matincock, Long Island, named after the Mantinecock Indians from whom land was purchased in 1653 by Peter Wright, Samuel Mayo, and William Leverich which included the present village of Oyster Bay.

Nathan married Temperance [Birdsall].

(Temperance’s surname is often given as Baldwin, but it is unclear why. Perhaps someone confused her with Temperance Baldwin (dau. of Richard & Elizaberth Baldwin) who married Nathan Burwell in 1682.)

Nathan and Temperance’s children were born from the late 1640s to the early 1660s.

Their children include:

  1. Mercy Birdsall
  2. Benjamin Birdsall (-1719)
  3. Stephen Birdsall (-24 Apr 1723)
  4. William Birdsall
  5. Nathaniel Birdsall
  6. Nathan Birdsall
  7. Samuel Birdsall (-ca 1725)
  8. Henry Birdsall (-aft 1699)


Nathan Birdsall was born about 1611. Nathan died about 1696 in Nassau Cty, Long Island, NY at age unknown.

"He emigrated from England with his father and sister between 1628 and 1632 and settled in Salem. He married around 1645 and had a son Benjamin a year later. Removed to Long Island in 1653 and bought land in Southold, East Hempstead and Matinecock." - Elizabeth Harris


Nathan Birdsall, ......., d. 1696; settled in Long Island, N.Y., in the middle of the 17th century. Mary Powell Bunker in her book "Long Island Genealogies" 1895, suggests that he came originally from New Haven, Conn., settling first in the north end of East Hampton, L.I. where he was living in 1657. In 1666 he purchased from Mark Meggs, land at Matinecock, L.I. near Oyster Bay, his name being given as Nathan Burcham. In 1667-8, writing his name as Nathan Birdsall, he bought land from the Indians at Matinecock. In 1678, Nathan Birdsall, Matthew Prior, Christopher Hawxhurst and Samuel and Joseph Weeks were allowed to have "the great meadow and half the little meadow," exact location not clear but probably near Matinecock. In the same year Nathan Birdsall, Capt. John Underhill, Matthew Prior, James Cocks and John Feaks formed the neighborhood of Killingworth, at or near Oyster Bay, L.I. In 1679, Nathan Birdsall bought land of Lawrence I. Mott lying near Jerusalem (Little Brittain), L.I., and in the same year bought land of Thomas Ireland called Birdsall's swamp. The name is spelled Birdsall in early Long Island records and Burdsall in early New Jersey records. Later generations in New Jersey used the spelling Birdsall which is the form that will be used herein.

NATHAN2 BIRDSALL, (Henry), was born 1611 and removed to New Haven, CT by 1643 when he was accused of stealing £13 from his master's house. He m. ca. 1645 when he was about 34 years old but we have no record of the name of his wife. He removed again in 1653 to East Hampton, LI where he purchased land. He was next of Southold and then of East Hempstead. In the fall of 1665 he and six other men decided to buy land at what is now called Matinecock. Nathan died about 1698.


Long island genealogies: Families of Albertson, Andrews, Bedell, Birdsall ... By Mary Powell Bunker, Mrs. Mary Powell (Seaman) Bunker


Sylvester Baldwin, m. Sarah Ryan, he d. in 1638, while on a voyage to America with his family. His son Richard, b. 1622, m. Elisabeth Alsop. Richard was in New Haven in 1639. His dau. Temperance Baldwin between 164050, m. Nathan Burchell (or Birdsall), at New Haven.

In 1657, Nathan1 Birdsall lived on the east side of B street, near the north end in East Hampton, L. I., left there soon.

1666. Mark Meggs sells to Nathan1 Burcham five acres at Matinecock on which N. B. do now live.

1667-8. Indians sold land at Matinecock to Nathan Birdsall.

1678. Agreement that Nathan1 Birdsall, Matthew Pryor, Christopher Hawxhurst and Samuel and Joseph Weeks shall have the great meadow and half the little meadow.

Capt. John Underhill, Nathan Birdsall, Matthew Pryor, James Cock and John Feaks formed the neighborhood of Killingworth Oysterbay, L. I.

1679. Nathan Birdsall bought of Lawrence I. Mott, land lying near a tract of land called Jerusalem, (Little Britain).

1679. Thomas Ireland sold to Nathan Birdsall land at Jerusalem, called Birdsall1s Swamp.

Children of NATHAN1 Birdsall, he d. 1696.

  1. Samuel' m. 1690, Jane Langdon.
  2. Benjamin,2 m. Mercy Forman dau. of Samuel and Miriam (Harcourt).
  3. Stephen2 m. Mary.
  4. Nathaniel2 m. Mary.
  5. William, m. Mary.
  6. Henry2 m. and had dau. Mary, m. John Dorland.
  7. Nathan2 m.

Hofstra University Library Special Collections Department/Long Island Studies Institue Carman Family Collection, 1679-1942, pg 10: Birdsall, Nathan – born in Yorkshire, England, c.1611; died c.1696. He arrived in Boston with his father, Henry Birdsall, in 1632. He was living in East Hampton, L.I., in 1657, and in 1666 he relocated to Matinecock, Town of Oyster Bay, L.I. In 1679, he purchased land in Jerusalem (present-day Wantagh, L.I.), Town of Hempstead, N.Y., where some of his grandchildren later settled. He married Temperance Baldwin (c.1620-1674) and they had seven sons: Samuel; Benjamin (c.1646-c.1730), who married Mercy Forman (1659-?) around 1683; Stephen; Nathaniel; William; Henry; and Nathan.

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Nathan Birdsall's Timeline

September 3, 1620
Norwich, Norfolk, England
September 3, 1620
Norwich, Norfolk, England, United Kingdom
September 3, 1620
St. Andrew, Norwich, Norfolk, England
September 3, 1620
St. Andrew, Norwich, Norfolk, England
Age 14
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States
Age 27
Oyster Bay, Nassau, New York, United States
Age 29
Oyster Bay, Nassau, New York, USA
Age 33
Oyster Bay, Nassau, New York, United States
Age 35
Oyster Bay, Nassau County, New York