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Thomas Nelson[1]

Male 1675 - 1755  (79 years)


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  • Name Thomas Nelson  [2
    Born 17 May 1675  Barnstable, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Male 
    Died 28 Mar 1755  Assawompet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I4342  Main
    Last Modified 30 Sep 2009 

    Father William Nelson,   b. 1645, Plymouth, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Mar 1717/18, Middleboro, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years) 
    Mother Ruth Foxwell,   b. 25 Mar 1641, Barnstable, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Sep 1726, Middleboro, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years) 
    Family ID F1743  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Hope Huckins,   b. 10 May 1677, Barnstable, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Dec 1782, Barnstable, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 105 years) 
    Married 24 Mar 1696/97  Barnstable, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Children 
    +1. Hannah Nelson,   b. 10 Apr 1699, Middleboro, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1738, Middleboro, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 39 years)
    Last Modified 30 Sep 2009 
    Family ID F1733  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 17 May 1675 - Barnstable, MA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 24 Mar 1696/97 - Barnstable, MA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 28 Mar 1755 - Assawompet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Mary Beth Wheeler notes:

      Thomas Nelson was one of the earliest settlers in Middleboro, having originally purchased land in 1714 and settled there in 1717. He was one of the first of the Calvinist Baptist denomination in Middleboro, being a member of the Swansey Church, the first Baptist Church in America. ("The Peirce Family," Ebenezer W. Peirce, 1870). His wife was Hope "Higgins," according to this text.

      From William Richard Cutter, New England Families Genealogical and Memorial, First Series, Vol. I, (NY: 1913; repr. Baltimore: 1996, 1997 for Clearfield Company, Inc. by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc.), pg. 855:

      "Thomas, son of William (2) Nelson (one account makes him son of John, brother of William), was born June 6, 1675 (also given May 7). He was perhaps the first white settler in Lakeville, part of Middleborough. He bought the homestead on Assawaupet Neck and moved thither in 1717. When he was a baby he was taken to Plymouth with the family in 1675 to escape the horrors of the Indian war. He joined the Swansea church and every Saturday used to travel twenty miles with his family, returning Monday morning. While at Swansea he occupied a small house that he built for the purpose. He is said to have been the first Baptist church member to live in Middleborough. Part of his farm is still in the possession of descendants, between Long Pond and Assawamscott. When he located there Indians owned the land on each side of his farm.

      "He married Hope Hutchins, a woman of strong character. Once when she was alone in the house, hearing a noise in the cellar, she descended in the dark and caught an Indian who was glad to escape from her grasp with no worse injury than torn clothing, after a frantic struggle with his unknown assailant. She joined the Baptist church at Swansea, August 5, 1723, and afterward became a member of the Baptist church of Middleborough, where she attended communion in her one hundred and fourth year. Among her three hundred and thirty-seven descendants when she died were three Baptist ministers. Thomas Nelson died March 28, 1755." [4]

  • Sources 
    1. [SAuth] John Spencer Howell, Jr., John Spencer Howell, Jr., (http://www.jhowell.com/ jhowell@jhowell.com).

    2. [S996] Frank Ripley, Frank Ripley, http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=frankripley&id=I251 (Reliability: 0).

    3. [S996] Frank Ripley, Frank Ripley, http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=frankripley&id=I252 (Reliability: 0).

    4. [S1003] Mary Beth Wheeler, (http://www.thewheelers.com/), http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=mbwheeler&id=I32354 (Reliability: 0).