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Nathaniel Foote

Male 1647 - 1703  (56 years)

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  • Name Nathaniel Foote  [1, 2
    Born 10 Jan 1646/47  [2
    Gender Male 
    Died 12 Jan 1702/03  Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticutt Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • NATHANIEL FOOTE, son of Nathaniel Foote, and grandson of Nathaniel Foote, the settler, was born at Wethersfield on the 14th of January, 1648. He settled in Hatfield, (Mass.,) and was married to Margaret Bliss, daughter of Nathaniel Bliss, of Springfield, May 2, 1672. After residing in Hatfield two years, he removed to Springfield, where he resided four years. During his residence at Springfield, like almost every householder, he was called into the service of his country against the Indians, and was actively engaged in the bloody and successful attack on their encampment at the falls in Connecticut River, a few miles above Deerfield, since called Turner's Falls, in commemoration of the brave Capt. Turner, who commanded the expedition. From Springfield, Mr. Foote removed to Stratford, where his house lot of one acre was on Main street, directly east of the old burial ground near the present Congregational Church. This lot he conveyed in March, 1680, to Benjamin Lewis, having decided to remove with his family to Branford, where, in February, 1679, he was admitted "a planter" of the town, and a "home lot" was granted to him, "on condition that it should have a tenantable house built upon it within two years, and that he come to settle amongst us, or else the lot to return to the town again." In pursuing his "manifest destiny" to migrate, Mr. Foote conveyed this lot with sundry other lots of which he had become possessed, to Jonathan Pitman, of Stratford, and removed to Wethersfield, where he continued to reside till his death, although he had, previous to that event, planned another removal to a new settlement begun under his enterprize, at "Jeremy's Farm," since and now called Colchester, on the road from Hartford to New-London. An order authorizing a settlement at this place was made by the General Court in October, 1698, and the new settlement was made to embrace the territory bounded north by Twenty Mile river, south by Lyme, west by Haddam and Middletown, and east and north-east by Lebanon and Norwich. This land was conveyed by Owaneco, Sachem of Mohegan, "for the consideration of love and affection," to Nathaniel Foote, to be distributed by him "according to his discretion," except fifty acres to be selected by himself, which he had the privilege of reserving to himself and his heirs forever. The settlement was commenced in 1701, but on account of failing health, Mr. Foote did not remove. He died on the 12th of January, 1703, leaving a widow and nine children,--four sons and five daughters. His widow and four youngest children, three sons and one daughter, subsequently removed to Colchester. Mrs. Foote died the 3d of April, 1745, at the advanced age of 95 years. The children all married, and settled in the neighborhood of each other in the new town.

      Although a house carpenter by trade, and as such was employed to repair the Meeting House at Branford. Mr. Foote, after his return to Wethersfield, appears to have pursued the practice of the Law, his name frequently appearing on the records of the County Court as Attorney in cases before that Court.
    • Not found in "A Digest of the Early Connecticut Probate Records"
    Person ID I1385  Wm L Gann Ancestors
    Last Modified 21 Jul 2017 

    Family Margaret Bliss,   b. 12 Nov 1649, Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Apr 1745, Colchester, New London, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 95 years) 
    Married 2 May 1672  Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Last Modified 22 Jul 2014 
    Family ID F626  Group Sheet

  • Sources 
    1. [S21599] Genealogical Dictionary of New England Settlers, ((Boston: n.pub., 1860-1862)).

    2. [S21654] Foote Family History, Abraham W. Foote, 27, 30.

    3. [S26899] Vital Records of Springfield, MA, The Massachusetts Vital Records Project, comps., (The Massachusetts Vital Records Project, 2005-), bk. 1, p. 15 (Reliability: 3), 05 Dec 2010.