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  • Name Nathaniel HEATON 
    Born 22 Dec 1602  Habrough, Lincolnshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
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    • “NATHANIEL HEATON...a shopkeeper, was baptized at Habrough, Lincolnshire, 22 December 1602. He was iving 14 June 1648, but died evidently not long after that, for by 1650 his widow had remarried and been widowed a second time. He married, as her first husband, 21 April 1630, at Alford, Lincolnshire, ELIZABETH WIGHT, who was baptized at Hareby, Lincolnshire, 2 November 1606, died at Boston, Massachusetts, between 11 March 1671/2 and 27 December 1683, daughter of Robert and Elizabeth (Fulshaw) Wight.
      Elizabeth married second, by 1650, Joseph Pell, a Boston butcher. Pell died by 23 April 1650 and his widow Elizabeth received the bulk of his small estate after debts were paid. From the wording of this probate and of Elizabeth’s subsequent deeds, we assume that she had no children with Pell.
      She married third after 30 August 1650 John Maynard. Hannah and Lydia Maynard were baptized in the First Church of Boston, 26 November 1648 as “the Daughters of John Maynard a Recommended member from the Church at Duxbury being about 4 Dayes old.” He did not baptize any further children in the church, and it is likely that Elizabeth was near the end of her childbearing years when she married him. Maynard died between 8 August 1657 and 7 November 1658.
      Nathaniel Heaton and his family emigrated to America in 1634 between the baptism of their child Leah on the 13th of April in Alford and 2 November 1634 when “Nathaniell Heaton, mercer, and Elizabeth his wife” were admitted to the First Church in Boston.
      Winthrop mentions the arrival of the ship Griffin on 18 September 1634: “...the Griffin and another ship arriving with about two hundred passengers and one hundred cattle...” bringing Rev. Symmes and Rev. Lothrop. Despite the lack of a passengeer list for the Griffin, we have indirect evidence that the Heatons were aboard. Rev. Symmes testified during the trial of Ann Hutchinson about a conversation he had with her on board the ship, thus establishing tht the Hutchinson party was also on the Griffin. Hutchinson and many others were from the Alford area, making it extremely likely that Nathaniel Heaton and his family came with their neighbors to New England in the Griffin in September of 1634.
      Nathaniel was admitted a freeman of the Massachusetts Bay Colony 25 May 1636. On January 1637[8], the town of Boston honored an act of December 1635 granting the “then inhabitants” a houseplot. As one of these inhabitants, Nathaniel Heaton was granted twenty acres, eighty rods long, bounded by James Johnson and Edmund Jackson. Neighbor James Johnson proved to be a lifelong friend to Elizabeth, through three widowhoods.
      In the Boston Book of Possessions, Nathaniel Eaton [sic] is shown as owner of one house and garden bounded by Richard Hogge, Francis East, William Hudson, Sr., and the street. About 31 January 1639/40 Thomas Lechford paid Nathaniel Heaton “for full of writings & cutting wood” 5s.
      As a respected member of Boston’s First Church, Nathaniel Heaton was included in the private discussions held among the senior churchmen following public services on the Lord’s Day. On 20 April 1640, one Richard Waighte, a man who had long been excommunicated becauase of his drinking, keeping bad company, and general sinfulness, was encouraged to confess and be brought back into the church. His lengthy confession focussed on his lustful thoughts about a neightbor, but failed to mention several major offenses. As the day wore on, the minister expressed impatience with Waighte and “Brother Heaton” spoke up, saying, “I desire to judge the best of him.”
      Sargent Hutchinson was not so easily satisfied. He found it very aggravating that Waighte impudently denied having caused trouble for “our Brother Heton.” Waighte had claimed that Heaton falsely charged him, and that Heaton “wuld answer it before god at the greate day of judgment”; Hutchinson wanted Waighte to speak to these offenses, but he did not. The church eventually readmitted Waight, but his offenses aginst Nathaniel Heaton were never spelled out.
      On 15 September 1640, Nathanel Heaton signed his name as one of the twelve men who examined the dead body of William Richards, and determined that Richards had hanged himself in Thomas Buttolph’s outhouse.
      The date of Nathaniel Heaton’s death is unknown, and his estate was not probated in the usual manner. A detailed account of the deeds and court records pertaining to the settlement on his widow and children, as well as a complete list of the grandchildren, may be found in the forthcoming Ancestry of Eva Belle Kempton, Part II: Ancestry of Linda Anna Powers, 1839-1879.
      The will of Elizabeth (Wight) (Heaton) (Pell) Minor [sic - Maynard] outlines the surviving family and provides a puzzling clue to further relationships in the naming of “cousin Mary Bartholomew,” whose significance has not been developed. Elizabeth Minor “being weake in body, but blessed by God of a sound minde,” signed her will on 11 March 1671 before witnesses John Hord, Junior, and Hannah Townsend, making bequests as follows:
      ...though my eldest Son Jabez Eaton [sic] hath had much more than his portion, yet I cannot but manifest my motherly affection to him hoeing & desireing that my dying words may prevailed with him yet at last to live more in the feare of God avoioiding all ill company...I give unto him four foote of land before his house next yt Street with the land his house stands upon & the land behinde his house as far as the old house went and four foote more the same breadth, to enjoy to him during his life and to his heires, forever, my meaning is yt it shall reach to the end of the Fence where the boarden length is, be it four foote or more not exceeding 10,
      ...to my Son Nathaniel Eaton [sic] £10 in money & whereof I lately lent to my Neighbour Thomas Wiborne for which hee gave me his bill, and I give him the said Nathaniel the bill. Also I give him my best Feather bed boulster 3 pillos, Rug blankets, Curtains, and Vallents.
      ...unto my Son Eleazer that peice of gorund of mine yt runs, in breadth from within ten foote of Jabez old house to ye post where ye boarded fence is & to the barne behind the land ordering that Eleazer have a foote path from his land to the great Street this land I give him adjoines, to y land I sold to my Son Barnes [equal to] what I have given to Jabez reserving three foote for a foote path.
      ...to my Cousen Mary Bartholmew all my wearing apparrell not mentioned with a piece of new Cloth,
      ...unto my five grand Children yt came and are by my late daughter Fisher 40s in money to each of them, which £10 is in the hands of Good wife Allen: ...be put into my Son Fishers handsto put out that so my severall Grand Children as they come to age may receive their respective legaties, & increase, & my will is that they bee heires [equally], each to other in case of death before they come to age.
      ...unto my daughter Elizabeth Barnes, the £10 my Son Barnes oweth me for the Land I sold to him, and he not paying it, to her sole use I give that Land to her and her heires. Also I give unto her my best petticoat hat, scarfe and cloake with the small debts are oweing to me, together with the old house that I and my daughter Elizabeth built together Shee having
      £20 in it and that it bee apprised and what it is vallued above £20 my Son Barnes, to allow himselfe in right of his wife one fourth part thereof, and also pay unto the other three Sons of mine the rest pt. & pt. like.
      ...my Son Nathaniel Eaton [sic] to bee sole Executor to this my will and earnestly desire my loving Friends. Edward Rawson and John Maryon to shew me so much favor as to be OverSeers to assist my Executor with their best advice & counsell that my will may bee performed...if any of my Children should prove troublesome one to another that such Child as shall anyways go about to goe to law or not been content with my Executor & Over Seers, determination of what my said Over Seers shall judge to bee just, my will is that such Son or Childe or Grand Child shall onely have 12d as a Legacy and forfit wt I have given to the rest.

      When the will was exhibited by Nathaniel Eaton [sic], the executor on 27 December 1683, Mr Edward Rawson and John Marion Senr. made oath that they were present when Elizabeth Minor signed her will, that it was written by Rawson and that she was of disposing mind.
      At a county Court for Suffolk held at Boston 30 January 1682, full power to administer the estate of Elizbeth M[a]ynard late of Boston widow Deced was granted to Cornelius Fisher and Nathaniel Heaton of Wrentham, “two fo her son’s,” who gave bond and the next day exhibited an iventory taken by John Marion, Senr, and Robert Butcher, that included “Wearing Clothes...02.05.03...wearing linnen and one Scarfe 00.16.00...one Bed and all belonging to it 03.15.00...Household Stuffe 01.04.00 .....in Bills 66.04.00...part of a house 08.00.00...due to the Estate from Jabez Heaton deced 13.00.00 and...a peice of land 15.00.00, for a tota of $110.04.03. Cornelius Fisher and Nathanael Heaton made Oath in Court 1 February 1682 that this was a true Inventory of the Estate of Elizabeth Mynard deced...”««s85»» [1]
    Person ID I6413  Lowell&Block
    Last Modified 15 Jan 2020 

    Father William HEATON,   b. 31 Jul 1567, Habrough, Lincolnshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Jul 1616, Great Limber, Lincolnshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 48 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth SEDGWICK,   b. 24 Feb 1569/70, Riby, Lincolnshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Mar 1649/50, Great Limber, Lincolnshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Married 12 Nov 1592  Habrough, Lincolnshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F4219  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Elizabeth WIGHT,   b. 2 Nov 1606, Hareby, Lincolnshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 11 Mar 1671/2 and 27 Dec 1683, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years) 
    Married 21 Apr 1630  Alford, Lincolnshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Samuel HEATON,   b. 8 May 1631, Alford, Lincolnshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Jabez HEATON,   b. 20 Jul 1632, Alford, Lincolnshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location
    +3. Leah HEATON,   b. 13 Apr 1634, Alford, Lincolnshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Jan 1663/4, Wrentham, Norfolk, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 29 years)
     4. Eleazer HEATON,   b. 22 Sep 1636, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Nathaniel HEATON,   b. 31 Aug 1639, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Elizabeth HEATON,   b. 13 Oct 1643, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 15 Jan 2020 
    Family ID F2406  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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  • Sources 
    1. [S85] English Ancestry of Nathaniel Heaton of Boston, Mass., and His Nephew, James Heaton of New Have, Conn., Richardson, Douglas and Smith, Dean Crawford.