Birth Date: September 21, 1592.
Birth Place: Shalford,Colchester, Essex, Eng,
Death: Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut
Burial: November 20, 1644 In Wethersfield,
Marrage: Elizabeth Deming
In January of the year
1616 in Colchester, Essex, England.
Children: Seven Children
Generation: First Generation In America
was our No. 1 Ancestor in America, who was born September 21, 1592 in Shalford Colchester Esses, England. He was the son of Robert Foote of Shalford, County of Essex, A Yoeman and grandson of John Foote of Royston.
Royston is located near Colchester England. Nathaniel s mother's name was Joan (Brooks). She was the daughter of John and Elizabeth Brooke of London. He resided in Shalford Parish, county Essex and St Mary Bothaw Parish, London.
Nathaniel Foote The Settler resided in Shalford Parish, county Essex and St Mary Bothaw Parish,
London. Nathaniel, was fifteen years old when Robert, his father died in 1608; Robert Jr, thus became the head of the house.
At the age of sixteen Nathaniel was apprenticed on 21 September, 1608 for a term of 8 years or until his 24th birthday in the year 1616, to Samuel Croyle of Colchester, a grocer and free burgess. [A wholesale merchant, or as often called in those days "a grosser," was one who sold by the gross instead of by the pound or small quantity. Nathanial then brought a message from Beatrice Barker, Esq., located on East Street, St James Parish, Colchester. He was a grocer himself as of 18 Oct 1619.
A Short time after he finished his
apprenticeship training, he was married to Elizabeth Deming (In January of the year
1616) in Colchester, Essex, England. She was the sister of John Deeming, who was for many years
the one of the magistrates of the "Colony of the Connecticut"
and one of the Patenees named in it's charter.
The Movement to America
As far as can be determined from available publications and sources the majority of the Foote families of America are all descended with few exceptions from either Nathaniel Foote of Colchester England, who initially settled Watertown, Mass, or Pasco Foote who settled in Salem Mass.
There were two brothers, Richard (the elder) and William Foote descended out of Cornwall, England who were dispatched by their father Nicholas (who was a London merchant) to Stafford, King George County, Virginia. Richard and William are not thought to be related to Nathaniel or Pasco.
The Footes' Arrival
(source: "Foote History and Genealogy" - Book 1
By Abram Foote, Published 1907)
Accepted data from the period indicates that only a few colonists arrived in New England in the years immediately following the arrival of the Mayflower. As an example, It is known that in the spring of 1630, about 1500 people crossed the Atlantic in one expedition organized and led by John Winthrop, first Governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony.
Soon after Governor Winthrop's 1630 expedition Nathaniel Foote, his family, and Pasco Foote decided to seek their fortunes in the New World. According to tradition, they left their homes in Colchester and sailed to Plymouth Massachusetts on the brig, "Fortune".
Sometime before the year 1633 the family moved from London England to Boston, Massachusetts. He settled first, upon arrival in the New World, at Watertown, Mass.; where he took the freeman's oath 3 Sep 1633.
Source: The Foote Family or the Descendants of Nathaniel Foote,
by Nathaniel Goodwin, Hartford Press of Case, Tiffany and Company, 1849.)
On the banks of the Connecticut, twenty miles below its last rapid 's and forty miles above its mouth, at one of those graceful bent which the river makes while winding through meadows which it beautifies and nourishes, stands the ancient town of Wethersfield,the eldest born** of the many sweet villages which adorn this valley.
** This is the tradition, and the Rev. Mr. Mix, of Wethersfield, in his manuscripts, says," Wethersfield is the eldest town on the river." Trumbull's History of Connecticut, Vol I, p. 49.
Note: From the Wethersfield Records it appears, that there was a body of land next east to the home lots on the east side of Broad Street, designated in the first conveyances as " Adventurers Land,"-and from the proceedings of the Court of Magistrates held at Watertown, [Wethersfield) September 1, 1636, and November 1, of the same year, that Sergeant Seeley recovered against the town, on an award, (made by Mr. Hooker, Mr. Welles and Mr. Webster,) "one hundred and fifty bushels of corn," in the right of William Bascome, "as an adventurer."
From these items, and from the local traditions, it would appear, that a portion of the territory, prior to a distribution of the town among the settlers in 1636, had been appropriated to themselves by a company of men known as Adventurers, and that the rights of these men were judicially recognized.
To this spot, then known as Pyquag, the English colonist first turned his steps in, or prior to, 1635, attracted doubtless by its fertile soil, its pure and navigable waters, and its supposed facilities for internal trade in furs and other traffic with the Indians.
And to this spot, one year later, came a portion of that " goodly company" who left the jurisdiction of Massachusetts and their newly acquired homesteads and farms in Watertown, and other settlements in the neighborhood of Boston, in pursuit of territory " further west," where they might " better maintain their ministers," "find larger accommodations for their cattle," and welcome " more of their friends from England" who were suffering for the faith once delivered to the Saints.
Among those who voluntarily placed a wilderness of one hundred miles between themselves and the settlements on the coast, and whose ashes now repose in the burying ground on which the shadow of the first meeting house fell, we find the names of:
Nathaniel Foote, Samuel Boardman, James Boosey, Enoch Buck, Clement Chaplin, Leonard Chester, John Deming, Robert Francis, John Goodrich, William Goodrich, John Hollister, John Nott, John Robbins, John Stoddard, Richard Treat, Thomas Welles, Thomas Wright, and others.
These are names which their descendants, and all the friends of civil and religious freedom, should hold in everlasting remembrance. Some of their descendants, from generation to generation, have continued to reside on their ancestral farms, and in the old town,* whilst others early left the mother hive for land "still further west," until some of the same name and lineage are to be found in every State between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.
Wherever they are to be found, in prosperous or adverse fortune, their hearts still fondly turn to this fountain head of their family on this Continent, all proud to trace back their genealogy to the heroic age of New England, and to this quiet resting place of their fathers on the banks of the beautiful Connecticut.
Nathaniel's Land Grant
A short time after arriving in Wethersfield in 1635, Nathaniel received (According to the records of "The Original Distribution of Lands Around Wethersfield" recorded in 1640 )"Nathaniel Foote" received:
"An home stall of sixteen acres by estimation, bounded ye north and northwest with ye highway, the south and southwest with Jeremiah Norcross, granted to him."
"Two acres of marsh by estimation, bounded ye south with ye river, the north with Henry Curtis. The east with John Firmin, and the west with John Smith, granted to him."
a ten acre house lot on the east side of Broad Street. This land was near the south end of the street. This land was purchased directly from the Wongunk Indians at a place located along the Connecticut River that was called Pyguaq, later renamed Wethersfield.
Additionally, he became the owner of several other tracts laying in part in the great meadow east of his house and containing close to 400 acres of land. In 1641, he was appointed a delegate to the General Court. He was a juror in 1643 and 1644.
Note: Part of his land is now a public park at the foot of Broad Street.
Note: Part of his land is now a public
park at the foot of Broad Street.
"NEHGR", Vol. IX, 1855, p.272, "Pedigree of Foote", compiled from Goodwin's
Genealogy of the Foote Family.
"Foote Family, comprising the Genealogy and History of Nathaniel Foote of Wethersfield, Conn.", Vol. I, Abram W. Foote, 1907.
"Footenotes", newsletter of The Foote Family Association of North America,
Vol. XI, p.9, October, 1992.
"New England Families", Vol. I, pp.279-281, William Richard Cutter, Woburn,
World Family Tree, Vol. 2, chart 861.
Even though Nathaniel's main profession in England was that of a Crocher, he became a farmer. He was also active in the public trusts of the town. He was appointed as a delegate to the "General Court" in the year 1644.
Nathaniel Foote was the first cousin
of Sir Thomas Foote, Sheriff of London in 1649 and Lord Mayor of London
in 1650. Sir Thomas Foote was the son of John Foote of London who was the
brother of Robert Foote of Shalford, who was Nathaniel's Father.
Records show that Nathaniel Foote died
in Wethersfield, Connecticut in November, 1644 at the age of 51. He was buried
in the burying ground in the rear of the town meeting house, where nine
generations are buried. Nathaniel was survived by his wife, two sons, and
The probate record for Nathaniel includes a complete
inventory; it is recreated here with the spelling as found in the original:
To The Children:
Other Possession s
- Nathaniel Foote, about 24 years, to have #148
- Robert Foote, about 17 years, to have #74
- Frances Foote, about 15 years, to have #74
- Sarah Foote, about 12 years, to have #74
- Rebecca Foote, about 10 years, to have #74
- The Wyddow of sd. Nathaniel Foote Adms. her portion, #212
- Imprs His purse and apparrell, #7-16-00 It.
- In neat Cattel and in Hay, #93-00-00 It.
- in horsse fleshe, #34-00-00 It.
- in hoggs, #66-60-00 lt.
- in debts, #29-03-04 It.
- In Englishe Corne, #70-00-00 It.
- in goats, #3-15-00 It. in Carts, ploughs, etc. #6-00-00 It.
- in nayles, #1-10-00 Ite.
- Indean Corne, #8-00-00 It.
- in old Wheat and pease, #6-06-00 It.
- for certain things in the chamber, #2-00-00 It.
- for ammunition, #5-00-00 Ite.
- for fouer beds with the furniture, #13-06-08 It.
- in fyne lynen, #5-10-00 Ite. 2 table boards, 2 chests, 1 Trunke, with
other Implts. #5-00-00 It. pewter & brasse and other vseful vessells, #12-00-00 It.
- in husbandry tooles, #3-00-00 It. in beife, butter, and cheese and other necessary provision for the howse, #8-10-00 It.
- in poultry, #1-00-00
Ten acres of home
lotts with one dwelling howse and 2 barnes with other buildings thereuppon
Land Devided to The Widow
- 4 acres of home lotts
- 6 acres of meadow with an acre of swampe
- 20 acres of plaine fenced in being 14 ac. broke vp
- 7 acres of plaine meadow plowed vp
- 20 acres in the great meadow of hay ground
- 4 acres in bever meadow
- 27 acres of Swampe Ground
- 81 Acres of Vpland in the Weste field 32 Rod broad beyond the River, being 3 Miles in length
Land Devided to The Eldest Sonne
- 4 a-c house lott wherr her house is
- The hoseing
- 2 ac Unsubdued
- 7 ac plaine brok
- 3-1/2 plaine med:
- 14 ac meadow
- 3 ac plaine not broaks up
- 30 ac upland in Westfield
Land Devided to The youngest Sonne
- 3 ac home lot next her
- 2 ac unsubdued
- 7 ac plaine broke up
- 3-1/2 of meadow
- 3 ac in great med:
- 4 ac in beavermed:
- 27 ac swampe
- 3 ac not broke up
- 30 ac upland West Field
- Halfe the east side
The age of the 5 children
- 3 ac homelott
- 6 ac med: in the swamp
- 21 ac West Field
- halfe of the east sd.
Dewelling with their mother.
- Nathaniel Foote - 24 years
- Robert Foote - about 17 years
- Francis - about 15 years
- Sara - about 12 years
- Rebecka - about 10 years.
The widdowe of the said Nath: ffote is admitted to administer the Estate, and the eldest sonne is to have the lands before mentioned as they are valued at 1261. 10s wch is to be made uppe 1481, and the youngest sonne the particular landes above mentioned for him at 651. wch is to be made uppe 741, and the daughters disposed in merrage are to have 301 .8 peece wch they have receevede made uppe 741. and the other children are to have 741. a peece provided it is left at the dispose of their mother to etacte from any of them if she sees just cause 51. of the portion here sett downe and to adde yt to such of the other as best desearve yt.
The Will was endorsed by the inventorers, Richard Trott, Samuel Smith, and Nathaniel Dickinson
Note: The Generation Numbers used in the decendants under the ancestor's name above come from The book "Foote Family, Genealogy and History of Nathaniel Foote, (Vol II)" by Abram W. Foote, published 1932