Nathaniel Bancroft1683 - 1753 (69 years)
Name Nathaniel Bancroft Born 24 Oct 1683 of Enfield, Hartford, Connecticut, United States Gender Male Died From 3 Dec 1752 to 20 Jan 1753 Springfield, Hampshire (now Hampden), Massachusetts, United States Person ID I2195 Petersen-de Lanskoy Last Modified 21 Jan 2014
Father Thomas Bancroft, b. Abt 1625, of Chellaston, Derbyshire, England , d. 14 Dec 1684, Enfield, Hartford, Connecticut, United States (Age ~ 59 years) Mother Hannah Gardner, b. Abt 1647, of Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut, United States , d. 1711, of Springfield, Hampshire (now Hampden), Massachusetts, United States (Age ~ 64 years) Married 22 Nov 1676 Hadley, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States Family ID F980 Group Sheet | Family Chart
Family Ruth Hale or Heald, b. 19 Dec 1687, Stow, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States , d. Aft 1753, of Springfield, Hampshire (now Hampden), Massachusetts, United States (Age > 67 years) Married Abt 20 Nov 1708 Springfield, Hampshire (now Hampden), Massachusetts, United States Last Modified 22 Oct 2015 Family ID F1151 Group Sheet | Family Chart
1. Today's Hampden County of Massachusetts was originally Middlesex County until it was split off in 1662 and named Hampshire County. Hampden County was formed from Hampshire County in 1812. At the time of these early Bancrofts, Enfield, now in Conn., was then part of Springfield, Mass. The border between Massachusetts and Connecticut fluctuated.
2. Henry R. Stiles, "The History and Genealogies of Ancient Windsor, Connecticut," 1892, v. 2, p. 41:
"Thomas Bancroft (son of John), at Springfield, Mass., 8 Dec 1653; in 1654 res. there at 'lower wharf,' now Thompsonville (Enfield), Conn., as see 'S. Rec. of Possessions.' His cattle-mark was 'ye top of both ears cut off and a little piece cut out of ye off eare.' He m. (1) Margaret (dau. Samuel) Wright of S., 8 Dec 1653; m. (2) ___ (John M. Bancroft [the author's source for much on the Bancrofts] thinks that the Hannah (dau. Samuel) Gardner of Hadley, who (acc. to Boltwood's 'History Hadley,' p. 497) m. Nathaniel Bancroft, 1675, really m. this Thomas Bancroft, and was the 2d wife, who m. (2) John Barber.) He was a farmer; while at Westfield a selectman; (see his affidavit in regard to his bro.-in-law, John Griffen, p. 477, Vol. I.); in 1668 he was at Westfield; sold farm there in 1680, Mar 20; returned to Enfield, where he d. 14 Dec 1684; will dated in Nov. of that year and upon rec. at S.; gave son Thomas, Jr., 15 acres of land on S. side of Woxonoak river, belonging to Springfield; to sons Samuel, John, and Nath'l, equal shares at Enfield; ₤7 each to daughters Anne and Rebecca; house, etc. to his loving wife. The will, being unsigned, could not be estab., and estate was not settled until 3 Feb 1703/4, before which time the widow had m. (2) John Barber of S.
Children (b. probably at Enfield), the first seven by 1st wife:
A. Lydia, b. 6, 2d mo., 1655.
B. Margaret, b. 16, 8 mo. 1656; d. probably unmarried 3 Feb 1703/4.
C. Anna, b. 1, 7 mo., 1658; bu. 30, 6 mo., 1659.
D. Thomas, b. 21, 11 mo., 1659; was living at time of father's death, and (presumably) at the sett. of his estate, 1703-4, when he is thus mentioned; to the eld. s., Thomas B., Jr., or to his issue, a double portion, ₤10.12.4.' From 'North. Rec.': 'Nath'l Edwards and Thos. Shelding of N., for securing (Thos. Bancroft) an offender, a day and a night, was allowed 3d, apiece, and Isiah Shelding one shilling on sd. allowance, as Sam'll Strong for his mare to Westfield to apprehend ye sd. Bancroft, as also pd. to John Taylor, who went to Windsor after said Bancroft - to be pd. as aforesaid.' Among others, he was an early settler at Cape May, N.J., and had located or purchased a lot there prior to 1700 - Beasley's 'Early History Cape May Co., N.J.' Samuel B. (presumably his son) m. Margaret Miller at Easthampton, Long Island, 1717; had one or more ch. there; soon after, was at Cape May; and abt. 1750 d., leaving wid. Margaret and numerous ch., from whom desc. can be traced to present day. Prob. Thomas Jr. was a seafaring man.
E. Anna, b. 5 May 1663; m. James Sexton; was living 1703-4.
F. Lydia, b. 6, 2 mo., 1665.
G. Julia, 'dau. Thos. and Marg't B.,' d. 30 Jul 1666. - 'Springfield Rec.'
H. Samuel (Lieut.), b. 25 Jan 1667.
I. Ruth, b. 29 Aug 1670, at Westfield; m. John Stiles of W., and, after being a mother 13 times (twice with twins), d. in childbirth, 1714. 'Pres. Stiles's MS,' says, 'being left an orphan at an early age, was given to Mr. Fowler of Westfield, to bring up; when of age she lived with Rev. Mr. Glover of Springfield, and was in the fortified house when it was besieged by Indians, 1675.' This does not say she was of age when living in the fort-house. Rev. Peletiah Glover sett. as S. 1661, and d. there 29 Mar 1692.
J. John, d. Enfield, 26 Feb 1684; mentioned in father's will.
K. Rebecca, b. Enf., 23 Feb 1680; m. ___ Gillett.
L. Nathaniel, b. 24 Oct 1683; m. Ruth Haile; res. W. Springfield; desc. in Granville, Mass., and Ohio."
[Note: Stiles's book from which the above was taken does not have entires for Gardner, Miller, Haile (or Heald), or Gilbert.]
3. 1 Jan 2008 Worldconnect database ":252229" of Douglas Huggett
"Nathaniel,the son of Thomas, was born 24 October 1683 in Enfield, Connecticut (Freshwater Brook, Springfield, Massachusetts, at that time.) He was a resident of Springfield in 1708, and West Springfield, Massachusetts. He was mentioned in his father, Thomas' will in 1684, and at the settlement of the estate in 1703-1704. He married Ruth Haile (daughter of Gershome and Ann (Hale) Haile; intention recorded 20 November 1708. There is a quaint record at Springfield that reads 'November 20, 1708, Nathaniel Bancroft doth enter his intention of his marriage with Ruth Haile, both of Springfield and their publishment was posted the same day.' Nathaniel Bancroft and his wife Ruth of Springfield sold 3 parcels of land in Enfield, adjoining that of Thomas Bancroft, to Israel Phelps, December 1714. He resided at West Springfield briefly, where the births of part of his children are recorded. November 1, 1728, father in law Gershome Haile, sold to Nathaniel Bancroft of Springfield, 4 acres of land west of the Connecticut River and south of the Agawam River. Will recorded at Northampton, Massachusetts is dated 3 December 1752, that was probably probated 20 January, 1753, thus fixing the date of death about Christmas time. This fixes his death between these two dates. Ruth, the widow, joined the church in 1753 and was living in 1753."
4. Author: Jacobus, Donald Lines and Edgar Francis Waterman: "Hale, House and Related Families," Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, MD 1978, p. 263: "Children of Gershom and Ann (Vinton) Hale, the first five born at Concord, Mass.:
A. Dorothy, b. 9 Mar 1673/4.
B. john, b. 24 mar 1675/6; d. 4 Apr 1761.
C. Dorcas, b. 14 Apr 1679; d. 28 Jan 1769, age 89 (gravestone, West Haven); m. at Springfield, 22 Jan 1702, Obadiah Cooley, b. 1 Aug 1678, d. 6 Oct 1764 (gravestone), son of Obadiah and Rebecca (Williams) Cooley.
D. Ann (Hannah), b. 5 Jan 1681/2; d. 13 Mar 1724, age 43 (gravestone, West Haven); m. at New Haven, Conn., 30 Dec 1702, Joseph Smith, b. at New Haven...
E. Gershom, b. 5 Feb 1684/5; d. 1777.
F. Ruth, b. at Stow, Mass., 19 Dec 1687; m. at Springfield (intention, 20 Nov 1708, Nathaniel Bancroft, b. at Enfield, 24 Oct 1683, d. at Springfield, between 3 Dec 1752 and 20 Jan 1753, son of Thomas and Hannah (?Gardner) Bancroft.
G. Susannah, b. abt. 1693; d. at West Haven, Conn., 21 Feb 1776, age 84; m. at New Haven, 25 Feb 1719/20, Stephen Beecher, b. at New Haven, 10 Mar 1695, d. at West Haven, in 1750, son of Eleazer and Phebe (Prindle) Beecher...
H. Samuel, b. abt. 1695; d. after 2 Feb 1752.
I. Benjamin, b. 17 Aug 1698; d. at Suffield, Conn., 21 Jul 1769..."