11th & 11th great grandfather Nathaniel FOOTE
- Birth Date: September 21, 1592.
- Birth Place: Shalford,Colchester, Essex, Eng,
- Christening: Unknown.
- Death: Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut
- Burial: November 20, 1644 In Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut
- Children: Seven Children
- Generation: First Generation In America
- Father: Robert Foote of Shalford
- Mother: Joan Brooke
|Our No. 1 Ancestor in America, 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.|
| Marriage: 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 [also our grandfather], who was one of the first settlers of Wethersfield Conn. in the year of 1615. John Deeming 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. |
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 a period 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 his apprenticeship training, he was married to Elizabeth Deeming (In January of the year 1616) in Colchester, Essex, England. She was the sister of John Deeming, who was one of the first settlers of Wethersfield Conn. in the year of 1615. John Deeming 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
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 "The Original Distribution of Lands Around Wethersfield" recorded in 1640, a short time after arriving in Wethersfield in 1635, Nathaniel received 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.
"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, MA., 1913.
World Family Tree, Vol. 2, chart 861.
Even though Nathaniel's main profession in England was that of a Crochet, 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 Robert Foote of Royston and the brother of Robert Foote of Shalford, who was Nathaniel s Father.
Records show that Nathaniel Foote died in Wethersfield, Mass 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 five daughters.
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
Ten acres of home lotts with one dwelling howse and 2 barnes with other buildings thereuppon
Land Devided to The Widow
The Will was endorsed by the inventorers, Richard Trott, Samuel Smith, and Nathaniel Dickinson. [These men are all our uncles named after our grandfathers.]Ancestry Chain 1: Nathaniel FOOTE Settler b.1593, Frances FOOTE b.1629, Sarah DICKINSON b.1657, Samuel LANE b.1680, Abigail LANE b.1716, Elijah REMINGTON b.1743, Esther REMINGTON b.1772, Mary BRONSON b.1806, Martin Luther ENSIGN b.1831, Harriett Camilla ENSIGN b.1859, George Ensign SMITH b.1898, Camilla SMITH b.1926, Lark, TR.
Ancestry Chain 2: Nathaniel FOOTE Settler b.1593, Hannah DICKINSON b.1648, Hannah GILLETT b.1674, Mary TAYLOR b.1708, David BRONSON b.1733, Sylvanus BRONSON b.1769, Mary BRONSON b.1806, Martin Luther ENSIGN b.1831, Harriett Camilla ENSIGN b.1859, George Ensign SMITH b.1898, Camilla SMITH b.1926, Lark, TR.