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Nicholas 'Rev., the Puritan' Danforth (b. Mar 01, 1588/89, d. Apr 08, 1638)Nicholas 'Rev., the Puritan' Danforth (son of Thomas Danforth and Jane Sudbury) was born Mar 01, 1588/89 in New Street Farm, Framlingham, Suffolk, England, and died Apr 08, 1638 in Cambridge, Middlesex, MA.He married Elizabeth Symmes on Feb 11, 1616/17 in Aspall, Suffolk, England, daughter of William 'Rev.' Symmes and Mary Crawley.
Notes for Nicholas 'Rev., the Puritan' Danforth:
Nicholas Danforth was the son of Thomas Danforth (? - April 20, 1620), grandson of Nicholas Danforth (? - November 12, 1585), and the fifth generation of William Danforth, all of whom were born, died, and were buried in Framlingham, Suffolk, England. He also was born in Framlingham in 1589, was baptized there on March 1, 1589 and died in Cambridge, Massachusetts in April 1638. He married Elizabeth (Symmes?), who died February 22, 1628, and was buried in Framlingham.
Cotton Mather in his Memorablia,II 59, describes him as "a gentleman of such
estate and repute in the world that it cost him a considerable sum to escape the
knight-hood which King Charles I imposed on all of so much per annum; and of
such a figure and esteem in the church that he procured that famous lecture at
Framlingham, where he had a fine manour; which lecture was kept by Mr. Burroughs
and other noted ministers in their turn; to whom especially he proved a Gaius,
and especially when the Laudian fury scotched them."
In Framlingham the parish register and records indicate that Nicholas was one of
its leading citizens and that he became a church warden in 1622. This was a most
important position as these wardens made the assessments on all properties of
the townspeople, collected the taxes, and performed many other secular duties
now carried out by local governmental bodies. He also was a member of the "Court
Baron of Burrough Lect Jury," according to the records for the year 1629.
In 1937, Dr. Edward P. Danforth, of White Plains, New York, while doing
postgraduate work in England spent a weekend at the old Danforth home-site,
being received by the townspeople with great interest and a warm reception. He
reports: "The old Danforth manor house, with a now dry moat around it, still
stands, and was, at that time, being occupied by a retired brewer and his
family. He was a bit of a country gentleman farmer with several tenant farm
houses on the estate..."
In the summer of 1969, Mr. Charles Danforth Saggus, of Augusta, Georgia, made a
two day visit to Framlingham, conferred with the present Rector of Saint
Michael's Church and called on Miss Hilda Fulcher, who owns the old sixteenth
century New Street Farm, which he was told had been the former property of
Nicholas Danforth. Apparently this farm was one of the "tenements" of "closes,"
of which Nicholas owned several.
In 1634, when 45 years of age, Nicholas Danforth left Framlingham, England, and
arrived at Boston, Massachusetts on the good ship Griffin, accompanied by his
three sons, Thomas, Samuel, and Jonathan and his three daughters, Anna, Lydia,
and Elizabeth, all of whom had been born and baptized in Framlingham. His
reasons for leaving England are not known but it is surmised that he was
influenced by the death of his wife five years before; the desire to escape the
knighthood offered by King Charles !; and because, he being a Puritan, the heat
was on him and those other non-conformists, who could not stomach the manner in
which the church was being administered by the powerful bishops, supported by
the Popish kings.
Nicholas Danforth left Boston soon after his arrival and took up residence at
Cambridge, Massachusetts, where at once he became prominent in the affairs of
the community. He is mentioned in the town records of 1635 as a proprietor and
freeman (meaning eligible for Colonial office and to vote on matters of general
government). The same and the following year he purchased several parcels of
land. He made his house on what is now Bow Street, near Mount Auburn Street.
"He was chosen a deputy or representative of the General Court in 1635." On
March 3, 1635-36 he was with others deputed to set out the bounds of the newe
plantacon above Charles Ryver (Concord). The Committe made its report April 13,
1636. In September following he was appointed to a similar duty to measure and
sett the boundaries of Roxbury and to sett those between Dedham and Dorchester.
When the important committee to take order for a college at Newtown, November
20, 1637, Mr. Danforth was one of those selected. Another land boundary was
submitted to him with associates, 6 (1) 1637-38. He was also one of eleven men
(one to a town_ whom the Court, by its vote of March 12, 1637-38, allowed to
sell wine and strong water----. No one else to sell by retail without liscence
from the council, so great was pressure to provide places where these articles
could be bought and so many the abuses of the retail traffic, that they sought
to place the traffic in the hands of their first citizens."
The Society of Colonial Wars in its publication (New York 1898) lists Nicholas
Danforth (1585-1638) as a captain in the Pequot War of 1637.
The disposition of Nicholas Danforth's property is not clearly revealed by the
records but minutes of the proprietors and the recorded wills of his sons
indicate that his children were the principal heirs
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More About Nicholas 'Rev., the Puritan' Danforth and Elizabeth Symmes:
Marriage: Feb 11, 1616/17, Aspall, Suffolk, England.
Children of Nicholas 'Rev., the Puritan' Danforth and Elizabeth Symmes are:
- +Anne 'Anna' Danforth, b. Abt. Aug 1622, Framlingham, Suffolk, England, d. Dec 02, 1704, Lexington, Middlesex Co., MA1950.