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Nicholas Frost

Birthplace: Tiverton, Devonshire, England
Death: Died in Kittery, York, ME
Immediate Family:

Son of John Frost, of Carnbre Hill & Tiverton and Anna Frost
Husband of Bertha Frost
Father of Maj. Charles Frost; Katherine Hammond; John Frost; Anna Frost; Elizabeth Gowen alias Smith and 1 other
Brother of John Frost, II; Anna Frost; Charles Frost; Samuel Frost; Elizabeth Frost and 1 other

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About Nicholas Frost

  • New England family history .. (1907) Vol. 1
  • I. John Frost, born Nov. 17, 1558, near Carnbre Hill, Cornwall, England, married Anna Hamden, May 10, 1582. She was born near Caer Bran, Cornwall, Oct. 8, 1565.
  • Children all born at Tiverton, England.
    • 1. John, born July 10, 1583.
    • 2. Nicholas, born Apr. 25, 1585.
    • 3. Anna, born Oct. 11, 1587.
    • 4. Charles, born Dec. 15, 1588.
    • 5. Samuel, born Jan. 28, 1591.
    • 6. Elizabeth, born Feb. 12, 1593.
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  • History of Strafford County, New Hampshire and representative citizens (1914)
  • HON. GEORGE SEWARD FROST was born at the Frost homestead, on the west side of Oyster River, July 4, 1844. He was son of William Pepperrell and Mary (Hoole) Frost. His maternal grandmother was of the distinguished Prince family of Massachusetts, and a lineal descendant of Elder William Brewster, the Pilgrim minister. The ancient spelling of the name was Ffrost, and was so used by the generations down to Judge George Seward Frost, who dropped the use of the small "f."
  • Judge Frost is seventh in descent from the immigrant ancestor, Nicholas Ffrost, who was born in Tiverto, "April ye 25th, 1585," and came to New England in 1632. In an old family Bible is the record of his parents in England, which says; "John Ffrost, Borne Nov'br ye 17th, 1558, near Carnbre Hill, Cornwall, Anna Hamden, Borne Oct'r ye 8th, 1565. John and Anna Married May ye 10th, 1587."
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Nicholas Frost born: April 25, 1585 in Tiverton, Devonshire, England died: July 20, 1663 in Kittery, York, Maine

Nicholas Frost married: January 1, 1630 in Devonshire, England to: Bertha Cadwalla born: Feburary 14, 1610 in Tavistock, Devon, England died: July 4, 1650 in Sturgeon Creek, Kittery, York, Maine

The founder of Robert Frost's line in America was the Puritan, Nicholas Frost, who may have been on the lower coast of Maine as early as 1632, but who certainly landed with his Devonshire wife, Bertha Cadwalla Frost (b. 1610) and his two sons, John and Charles [ancestor of Robert Frost] -- from "ye Shipp Wulfrana. Alwin Wellborn, Master from Plimouth, Devon" -- in June, 1634, at Little Harbor, now Rye, New Hampshire.

After his daughter, Anna, was born there in April, 1636, Nicholas pushed up to the head of Sturgeon Creek, acquired a goodly acreage of land, and settled for life in what is now Eliot, Maine. Despite the fact that he was for the most part illiterate -- he signed a petition to Oliver Cromwell with his mark, a combination of N and F -- he served as one of old Kittery's first selectmen.

On July 4, 1650, his wife and daughter were captured by Indians according to Norman S. Frost, whose Frost Genealogy in Five Families, together with Everett A. Stackpole's Old Kittery and Her Families, is the authoritative work on the genealogy of the Frosts on this side of the Atlantic -- "and taken to a camp at the mouth of Sturgeon Creek. Nicholas and his son, Charles, were at York at the time, and on their return, attempted to rescue them, but were unsuccessful. Charles, however, killed a chief and a brave. The next day Charles, his father, and some of the neighbors went back to the camp but were too late. The camp was deserted, only the bodies of Bertha and Anna were found there."

Nicholas died a natural death in 1663 . . .

- excerpt from Newdick's Season of Frost: an interrupted biography of Robert Frost

  • ___________________ p41 states Nicholas b @ 1595, arrived @ 1635. If so, children Charles & Catherine likely born in England

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Nicholas Frost's Timeline

April 25, 1585
Tiverton, Devonshire, England
July 30, 1632
Age 47
Tiverton, Devon, England
August 7, 1633
Age 48
Kittery, York, Maine, American Colonies
Age 47
Kittery, York, Maine, United States
April 17, 1635
Age 49
New Hampshire
May 10, 1640
Age 55
Kittery, York, Maine
May 30, 1645
Age 60
Bristol, Devon, England
July 20, 1663
Age 78
Kittery, York, ME