Nathaniel Rust, Sr.

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Nathaniel Rust, Sr.

Birthplace: Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts
Death: Died in Coventry, Tolland, Connecticut
Immediate Family:

Son of Israel Rust, Sr. and Rebecca Rust
Husband of Mary Mercy Rust and Mary Rust
Father of Experience Gurley; Nathaniel Rust, Jr.; Margaret Rust; Lydia Rust; Samuel Rust, Sr. and 6 others
Brother of Infant Rust; Samuel Rust; Sarah Allen; Experience Rust; Israel Rust, Jr. and 5 others

Occupation: Tavern keeper, captain of the train band
Managed by: Gwyneth McNeil
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About Nathaniel Rust, Sr.

Nathaniel Rust

  • Birth: Nov 17 1671 - Northampton, Hampshire, MA
  • Parents: Israel Rust, Rebecca Clark
  • Wife: Mary (or Mercy) Atchison, widow Mary Rose

The first house in Coventry, CT was said to have been built near the shore of Lake Wangumbaug by Nathaniel Rust, a Hartford, CT man, originally of Northampton, Massachusetts. The entire Rust family is said to have made their final move to Coventry from Massachusetts in a group of a dozen families in 1709. Along with Nathaniel Rust, the names of some of the earliest settlers were David Lee, Thomas Root, Samuel Gurley, Ebenezer Searl, Joseph Petty, Benjamin James and Benjamin Carpenter. Four other settlers were also of Northampton, MA and two from Reading, MA. [1]


  • "Incorporated in 1712, Coventry was given to early settlers by a Native American satchem referred to as "Joshua". 
  • Tavern keeper
  • built the 1st house in Coventry. "the records of the town show a residence there of Nathaniel's descendants as late as 1792, and the land records show that some of the family were there as late as 1806. * "Nathaniel and his wife, Mary had ten children, seven who lived into maturity."
  • Captain of the train band
  • 2nd marriage at almost 83 years of age


  1. Record of the Rust Family: Embracing the Descendants of Henry Rust, who Came from England and Settled in Hingham, Mass., 1634-1635 (Google eBook) Albert Dexter Rust. A. Rust, 1891 - 527 pages. Page 39-43. "William Rust lived where Wm. O. Gardner now resides and kept tavern for many years."


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Nathaniel Rust, Sr.'s Timeline

November 16, 1671
Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts
November 4, 1693
Age 21
Coventry, Tolland, CT, USA
December 16, 1695
Age 24
Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts, USA
May 11, 1698
Age 26
Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts, USA
November 20, 1700
Age 29
Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts, USA
May 10, 1703
Age 31
Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts, USA
July 7, 1705
Age 33
Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts, USA
July 24, 1708
Age 36
Coventry, CT
February 18, 1711
Age 39
Coventry, Tolland, Connecticut, USA