Patricia: I have been researching the Nova Scotia Churchills for 12 years and have considerable information on the descendents of Jerusha's grandfather Lemuel Churchill mrd. Abigail Ryder. At this time in the history of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, it was in the earlier settlement period of the area. All families were associated with the sea and heavily dependent on it as well as owned small farms.. A descendant of Lemuel and Abigail was the largest shipbuilder in the province having built over 100 large sailing vessels. No doubt Nathaniel was familiar with the sea but I have never turned up any actual documents to that effect. CFA ( Churchill Family in America ) states that all of Nathaniels children were born in Yarmouth, N.S. This may have been an assumption by the original researcher over 100 years ago. I would put more faith in Dennis's reply to you this date. I had in my note that Nathaniel received a land grant in New Brunswick in 1782. Jerusha was born in 1787. I think the Betsey Foster was a transcription error. It has been well documented as Betsey Ryder ( Elizabeth ) ( Rider ) in several places. There were many inter-marriages with the Ryders in this family group of Churchills.