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Nathaniel Treadway

Birthplace: Colchester, Essex, England
Death: June 15, 1689 (70-79)
Watertown, Middlesex Co, Massachusetts
Place of Burial: Old Burying Place, Massachusetts, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Nathaniel Treadway, Sr. and Mary Treadway
Husband of Sufferance Treadway
Father of Jonathan Treadway; Mary Hawkins; James Treadway; Elizabeth Hapgood (Treadway); Lydia Jones and 2 others

Occupation: A weaver, selectman, highway surveyor, and member of the meeting house, he immigrated to America in 1639., Landed at Mass Bay. Lived at Sudbury, then at Watertown. A weaver
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About Nathaniel Treadway


  • NATHANIEL(1) TREADWAY, born England say 1615; died Watertown, MA 20 July 1689 (WVR 1:62); married Watertown say 1639 SUFFERANNA(1) HAYNES, born say 1618, died Watertown 22 July 1682 (WVR 1:51), daughter of WALTER HAYNES and possibly his wife ELIZABETH (Unknown).
  • Nathaniel(1) Treadway was son of NATHANIEL(A) TREADWAY, bom say 1585; died England probably before 1630; married St Botolph, Colchester, Essex, England 21 September 1614 MARY HOWE, baptized Boxted, Essex, England 23 January 1591/2, daughter of EDWARD and ANN (LUMPKIN) HOWE of Boxted, England.
  • Children: Jonathan, Mary, James, Elizabeth, Lydia, Josiah, Deborah
  • He did not have a sister Anne who married John Stone. see TAG 70:171. He has no other recorded siblings.
  • For the best sketch of this family with sources see: Dean Crawford Smith, The Ancestry of Eva Belle Kempton, 1878-1908, Part I: The Ancestry of Warren Francis Kempton, 1817-1879 (Boston 1996) 1:451+ and Smith, Dean Crawford. The English Origins of the Howe and Treadway Families of Watertown, Massachusetts. American Genealogist (D.L. Jacobus). (Jul 1995), 70:171@178.


Nathaniel Treadway was a weaver by trade and a member of the Massachusetts Bay Colony that came from England to Massachusetts in 1630. He first went to Watertown and then he located at Sudbury, Massachusetts. In 1639 Nathaniel was an original grantee of the Sudbury Plantation in Sudbury, Massachusetts.

He owned a house and lot on East Street between John KNIGHT and John STONE, who was married to a daughter of Elder Edward HOWE. He first drew five acres, second he drew ten acres and third he drew seven acres. In 1640 he drew sixteen and one half acres. Elder Howe died in 1644, and Nathaniel returned to Watertown where he inherited most of his uncle's property. He also inherited property from Deacon Stone's estate. He was appointed selectman at Watertown in 1653, 55, 64, 66, 69, 70 and 72. Nathaniel was also town officer at Watertown.

Nathaniel Treadway died July 1689 in Watertown, Massachusetts. His will dated 25 June 1687 mentions sons, Jonathan, James and Josiah; Mary Hawkins' children, Jonathan Fisher and Mary H; Children of daughter Hayward by her husbands Hapgood and Hayward; sons in-law Josiah Jones and Joseph Goddard; Kinsman John Jacobs.

The Will of Nathaniel Treadway

Admitted to Probate: 1 Oct 1689. Record # 22,774, Middlesex County, Massachusetts. Submitted by Hazel Roche [date?]

I Nathaniel Treadaway of Watertowne in the countee of Midlesix in ye Massachuchets collonie in New England being under the afflicting hand of god by reason of bodely weakenes and old age allso being upon mee so yt I am dayly waiting tell my change shall be: and throw the goodnes of god I am sound in my memory and understanding and of a disposing mind I doe declare this to be my last Will and testament in maner of forme as followeth:

I returne my sperit to god yt gave it and my bodie to ye earth from whence it was taken: hoping at ye last and great day of the resurection: throw ye merits of ye Lord Jesus my Redemer to have a gloriouse resurection both of bodie and soule my will is that after my descease; my whole Estate both of houseing and Land and moveables of what kind or nature so ever it be of or where ever it shall be be devided into eight equall parts.

I give unto my son Jonathan Treadaway one eighth part of my said Estate:

and I give unto my son James Treadaway one eighth part of my said Estate: proved he pay six pound as shall be afterwards ordered and unto whome:

I give unto my son Josiah Treadaway two eighth parts of my said Estate:

I give unto my grandchildren ye children of my daughter Mary Hawkins, namely Jonathan Fisher and Mary Hawkins one eighth part of my said Estate to be divided equally between them:

I give unto my grandchildren: the children of my daughter Haward: both to those children which she had by her husband Hapgood and allso to those children which she have had by her husband Haward on eighth part of my said Estate to be devided equally between them:

I give unto my son in law Josiah Jones one eighth part of my said Estate:

I give unto my son in law Joseph Goddard one eighth part of my said Estate:

I give unto my kinsman John Jacues three pounds to be paid out of the six pounds my son James is to pay: and the other three pounds being part of ye six pounds my son James is to pay my will is it be paid to my executors:

further my will is that it shall be at ye libertee of my two sonns namly Jonathan Treadaway and Josiah Treadaway and Allso my son in law Josiah Jones to injoy all my houseing and Lands that shall remain after my descease: they paieing to the rest of my legatees afore mentioned theire severall parts and proportions as is all redie expressed: they themselves keeping to ye rule before given for theire proportion:

I doe nominate and apoynt my well beloved sonn Josiah Treadaway and my son in law Josiah Jones to be executors to this my Will: and I doe request my trusted friends Simon Stone and William Bond senior boath of Watertowne to be overseers to this my will to see that it be truly performed to all intents and purposes according to the true intent and meaning thereof.

If at any time there should arise any matter of doubt or question among any of sd children or grandchildren or other before mentioned yt stands any waies related to ye devision of my Estate after my descease: I doe hereby authoriz and impowre my overseers to answare and resolve any such doubt or question as fully as I my selfe weare alive and present to doe it: and my will is that my overseers aforesaid shall be satisfied for all theire trouble and pains that they may be put to in or aboute what they are betrusted and impowered withall as is before mentioned: furder my will is that my sonn Jonathan Treadaway shall besids what is aore given him shall have all my weareing cloaths: and for the decent and comly burieng of my bodie I leave that to ye discression of my executors afor spoken of.

And for a full confirmation of this my Last will and testament I the aforesaid Nathaniell Treadaway have set to my hannd and seall this five and twentieth day of June sixteen hundred eightee and seven. As Witnesseth.

the marke of NATHANIELL Witnessed by: William Bond, Sr., John Chadwick, and Nathaniel Coolidge, Jr.

The Children of Nathaniel and Sufferance

1. Jonathan, b. 11 Nov. 1640; d. 28 May 1710; m. Judith Thurstone, 1 March 1666 Medfield, Norfolk County, Massachusetts 2. Mary, b. 1 Aug 1642; d. 17 May 1677; m.1st. John Fisher, 12 Sept. 1665, m.2nd Tim Hawkins ( b. Watertown 30 December 1639) 21 Jul. 1675. 3. James, b. 20 Nov 1644 d: 12 Feb 1685/86 4. Elizabeth, b. 3 Aug. 1646; m. 1st 21 Oct 1664, Sudbury, Shadrack Hapgood, b.1642 in England, d. 2 Aug. 1675; m. 2nd Joseph Hayward 23 Mar 1676/77 5. Lydia, b. 1 Sept 1649, d. 18 Sept 1743 ; m. 2 Oct. 1667, Capt. Josiah Jones of Watertown, Massachusetts. 6. Josiah, b. 7 May 1652 ; m. 1st. 9 Jan 1673/4, Sarah Sweetman, d. 5 Mar. 1696/7; m. 2nd, Oct. 1699, Dorothy Cutler. 7. Deborah, b 2 Aug. 1657; d. 8 June 1714 m. 25 Mar 1680, Joseph Goddard. 1

Source: _________________________


The theory that Sufferance wife of Nathaniel Treadway was a Howe has been disproven by the The New England Historical and Genealogical Register. She was a Haynes. Please consider the article below:

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Treadway, Haynes, Howe.—That Nathaniel Treadway's wife, Sufferana, was the daughter of Walter1 Haynes of Sudbury, and not of Elder Edward Howe of Watertown, as stated in 1860 by both Savage and Bond, is the inevitable conclusion from a study of the case in its various aspects.

Mrs. Alice Haynes of Semley, Wilts, in her will dated 2 March 1620-1, mentioned her son Walter Haynes, his son Thomas and daughter Elizabeth, and Sufferaine and Marie Haynes, her granddaughters (register, vol. 39, pp. 263-4).

Walter Haynes with his wife Elizabeth, sons Thomas, John, and Josias (under 16), and daughters Suffrana and Mary, came in the Confidence in 1638 (Drake's Founders of New England, p. 57).

Both Walter1 Haynes and Nathaniel1 Treadway had settled in Sudbury by 1639, as they are found in the list of " 1638 or 1639 " given by Hudson (History of Sudbury, p. 26). That they were, comparatively, near neighbors is seen by the map of the early settlement (Ibid, p. 76).

The next definite fact regarding Suffranny* Haynes is found in the will of Walter' Haynes, dated 25 May 1659, "signed again by mee"4 March 1663-4, and proved 4 April 1665, who mentions his wife Elizabeth, his four children now in New England, John Haynes, Josiah Haynes, Suffrany [or Suffrans] Treddoway, and Mary Noyes; also his son-in-law Thomas Noyes, son-in-law Boger Gourd and daughter Gourd in England, and "lands in Sudbury which were sometime owned by my son Thomas Haynes" (Middlesex Co. Probate, No. 10939).

Thomas Noyes of Sudbury, by his will made 20 August 1C64 and proved 2 April 1667, left " twenty shillings apiece unto ye two eldest daughters of brother Tredaway." To each of his three sisters he left twenty shillings, and. except two other small legacies, all the rest of his estate, real and personal, to his wife Mary. Overseers : Mr. Joseph Noyes and Josiah Haynes. Witnesses : Joseph Noyes, Mary Treadway, Thomas Battelle, Ralph Day. (Middlesex Co. Probate. No. 16084.)

Savage tells us that Sufferana2 Haynes married J A somewhat extended search, Including probate, land, and court records of Middlesex and Suffolk counties, the printed records of the Colony, the lists of early emigrants, Pope's Pioneers, and the lists of early proprietors printed in the histories of Sudbury and Watertown, fails to reveal any evidence of a Josiah Treadway in the Colony until the birth In 1650 of Josiah' (Nathaniel1).

Nathaniel Treadway was married by 1639 or the early part of 1640. for his first child, Jonathan, was born at Sudbury 11 November 1640. Mary, daughter of Nathaniel and Suffrany Treadway, was born at Sudbury 1 August 1642. Their daughter Elizabeth was born at Watertown 3d of the 2d mo. 1646, and Deborah, 2d of the 6th mo. 1657. The other children, James, Lydia, and Josiah, mentioned in their father's will, were not recorded. Nathaniel Treadway died at Watertown 20 July 1689, and Sufferana his wife died there 22 July 1682".

A comparison of the Christian names of Nathaniel Treadway's children with those of the Haynes family is highly suggestive. Sufferana Haynes's mother was Elizabeth. She had sisters Elizabeth and Mary, and a brother Josiah. The latter named a daughter Deborah, and John1 Haynes named a son James.

Nathaniel Treadway of Watertown, with John Haynes, Josiah Haynes, and Thomas Noyes, all of Sudbury, purchased a tract of 3200 acres of land at " Quansicamug" Pond in 1664 and 1665 (Middlesex Co. Deeds, yols. 3, p. 69, and 7, p. 194; Mass. Bay Records, vol. 4, pt. 2, p. 293; Hudson's Sudbury, p. 163).

From the foregoing it is seen that Sufferana Haynes was of the right age; that she married a man named Treadway; that she had more than two daughters by 1664; that Nathaniel Treadway lived near her in Sudbury; that he was married to a Sufferana not long after her arrival from England; that his children's names are, with two exceptions, found also in the Hayncs family; that he had gained the confidence of her brothers and brother-in-law to a degree which led to their business association twenty years after his removal from Sudbury; and that there must have been visiting between the families, as big eldest daughter was a witness to Thomas Noyes's will.

When it is also considered that not only can there be found no Josiah Treadway, but no other in the Colony of the name except Nathaniel Treadway, until Nathaniel's sons were born, it seems almost superfluous to consider the Howe statement at all.

Elder Edward Howe of Watertown made his will 13 June 1644, giving to Nathaniel Treadaway about thirteen acres of laud, an equal Interest with Mr*. Margaret Howe ye " Anne Stonne ye wife of John Stonne of Sudbury " in the wlers and in money due from Mr. Thomas Mayhew, and, after his wife Margaret's death, whatever estate, real or personal, might be left, except that " Anne Stonne shall haue one third part of all the Cattle " (Suffolk Co. Probate, vol. 1, p. 81; Keoistkr, vol. 8, p. 77).

Widow Margaret How of Watertown made her will " The eight of the Second 1647." It was proved 18 December 1660, before which time she had become Sirs. George Bunker. She gave one half of her whole estate to Nathaniel Treadaway, one third to John Stone, and one sixth to her sifter Mary Rogers, widow, and her children John and Elizabeth Rogers in England, if living at time of her decease, otherwise this sixth to be divided by Treadway and Stone, three fifths to the former and two fifths to Stone. (Middlesex Co. Probate, No. 12074.)

In neither of these wills is Nathaniel Treadway called son or son-in-law, while Snfferana is not even alluded to in either ; nor is Ann Stone's relationship to either Howe expressed. Several deeds are recorded in which some of the land received by Nathaniel Treadway under Howe's will was disposed of. It is described as "land which Sometime was Elder Howe's," ' laud commonly Called by ye name of Hows field," and " laud originally granted to Elder How of Watertown." On 4 July 1728, Josiah Treadway of Charlestovvn sold "all my right ... in Common or undivided lands in the Township of Watertown . . . that is to Say the right of Mr Edward How formerly of said Town given by him (with his other Estate) in his last will ... to my father Nathaniel Treadway and by him conveyed to me" (Middlesex Co. Deeds, vol. 20, p. 102). Whether Nathaniel Treadway and Ann Stone were brother and sister and Edward Howe was their uucle, or the kinship was more remote, or they were his wards, may later be settled, but at preseut it is matter for speculation only.

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Nathaniel Treadway's Timeline

Colchester, Essex, England
Age 25
November 11, 1640
Sudbury, Massachusetts
August 1, 1642
Sudbury, Massachusetts Bay Colony
- 1646
Age 28
Watertown, Massachuttes
November 20, 1644
Framingham, Middlesex, MA, USA
April 3, 1646
Watertown, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
September 1, 1649
Watertown, Middlesex County, Massachusetts
May 7, 1652
Watertown, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony