Birth Date: September 21, 1592.
Birth Place: Shalford,Colchester, Essex, Eng,
Death: Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut
Burial: November 20, 1644 In Wethersfield,
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 Brooks of London. He resided in Shalford Parish, county Essex and St Mary Bothaw Parish,London.
A Short time after he finished hisapprenticeship training, he was married to Elizabeth Deming (In January of the year1616) in Colchester, Essex, England. She was the sister of John Deeming, who was one of the first settlersof Wethersfield Conn. in the year of 1615. John Deeming was for many yearsthe one of the magistrates of the "Colony of the Connecticut"and one of the Patenees named in it's charter.
Nathaniel's Apprenticeship Nathaniel Foote The Settler resided in Shalford Parish, county Essex and St Mary Bothaw Parish,London. at the age of sixteen was apprenticed on 21 September, 1608 to Samuel Croyle of Colchester, a "Grocer" and "Free Burgess", for aperiod of 8 years or until his 24th birthday in the year 1616. when he 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 hisapprenticeship training, he was married to Elizabeth Deeming (In January of the year1616) in Colchester, Essex, England. She was the sister of John Deeming, who was one of the first settlersof Wethersfield Conn. in the year of 1615. John Deeming was for many yearsthe one of the magistrates of the "Colony of the Connecticut"and one of the Patenees named in it's charter.
The Movement to America 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. According to the records of "TheOriginal Distribution of Lands Around Wethersfield" recorded in 1640,a short time after arriving in Wethersfield in 1635, Nathaniel received a ten acre house lot onthe east side of Broad Street. This land was near the south end of thestreet. 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 layingin part in the great meadow east of his house and containing close to 400acres 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 publicpark at the foot of Broad Street.
Sources:"NEHGR", Vol. IX, 1855, p.272, "Pedigree of Foote", compiled from Goodwin'sGenealogy 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,MA., 1913.
World Family Tree, Vol. 2, chart 861.
Nathaniel's Profession 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 wasappointed as a delegate to the "General Court" in the year 1644.
Nathaniel Foote was the first cousinof Sir Thomas Foote, Sheriff of London in 1649 and Lord Mayor of Londonin 1650. Sir Thomas Foote was the son of Robert Foote of Royston and thebrother of Robert Foote of Shalford, who was Nathaniel s Father.
Records show that Nathaniel Foote diedin Wethersfield, Connecticut in November, 1644 at the age of 51. He was buriedin the burying ground in the rear of the town meeting house, where ninegenerations are buried. Nathaniel was survived by his wife, two sons, andfive daughters.
The probate record for Nathaniel includes a completeinventory; 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