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Nicholas White (b. 1618, d. 1698)Nicholas White (son of Walter White and Mary Browne) was born 1618 in Rochester, Kent, England, and died 1698 in Dorchester,Suffolk County, Massachusetts.He married Susanna Humphrey.
Notes for Nicholas White:
The book entitled, Pioneers of Massachusetts, by Charles Henry Pope and published in 1986, lists Nicholas White from Weymouth, proper, May 10, 1643. He was a resident at Dorchester, 1653 proper.
New England Families Genealogical and Memorial, by William Richard Cutter, A.M., Third Series, Volume II, has the following: Nicholas White, the immigrant WHITE ancestor, came from England and is first found mentioned in Dorchester, in1643, when he was made a freeman (note: a freeman was one who had bestowed a leadership position within the community). He married about the same time, and very likely was around 25 years of age, and had been here long enough to gain the confidence of the settlers.
In 1647 he purchased land in the part of Dorchester then called Uncaty, now Milton, and built a house there. Before he had lived there he was sued by a Mr. Hutchinson who claimed a prior title. Mr. Hutchinson obtained judgment. White sued Woolcot, from whom he had bought the land, and obtained judgment against him, and Woolcot gave bills to satisfy it. Unknown to White, at the same time he petitioned the general court for a stay of proceedings and the annulment of the bills and the petition was granted. White then sent a petition stating the facts of the case, but the outcome of this is not known, though it is likely that White regained possession of the property, from records in 1659 and 1663, which mentioned White's land.
In 1652 he mortgaged a part of his land to John Gill, of Dorchester, and at that time he was living in Dorchester. In October, 1655, he was a resident of Taunton, and in 1657, he took the oath of Fidelity. He was very early an owner in Taunton Iron Works and was prominently connected with them for many years. He also owned a quarter of a saw mill on Mill River. This mill caused annoyance by preventing free passage of fish up the river, and the court ordered that the owners make sufficient passage of the herring.
He was one of the original 16 purchasers of Block Island, or New Shorham, in 1661. In 1668 White was one of the company which purchased the tract of land north of Taunton, called the Taunton North Purchase, embracing the present town of Easton, nearly all of Mansfield and a large part of Norton. In 1672 he was among those who bought the Taunton South Purchase, consisting of Dighton and part of Berkley. Through his energy and frugality, he became well-to-do and was a large owner in Taunton's industries. He died in 1697, and in 1698 his estate was divided among his children.
George Faber Clark's book, entitled History of the Town of Norton, also lists the purchase of the North land. Mr. Clark's book was published in 1859. The company was formed and the land purchased on June 6, 1668.
Clark's book also lists Nicholas White, from England, as a church founder. A covenant dated October 4, 1714, was signed by Nicholas White. The footnote has: "The original draught of the covenant, with the autographs of the first members, is not to be found. It was undoubtedly the composition of Mr. Avery. The oldest copy was have found, the one before the ready, is mostly in the handwriting of Col. George Leonard; a few blank spaces being filled in the handwriting of Mr. Avery. The reader will perceive that there is very little theological doctrine in it. It was probably intended to be truly a covenant, and not a creed; for Mr. Avery was not a man who wished to enslave the human mind." The signing of a covenant is a preliminary step to the full and complete organization of the church about 3 weeks later.
Nicholas was listed in the book, Passengers of the Mary & John 1620-1643, Volume 14, page 71. Worth states he came by 1643.
Father: Walter WHITE b: 1592 in England
Mother: Mary BROWNE b: 1596
Marriage 1 Susanna HUMPHREY b: BET 1612 AND 1615 in Wendover, Bucks, England
Married: ABT 1643 in Dorchester, Suffolk County, Massachusetts
Children of Nicholas White and Susanna Humphrey are:
- +Joseph White, b. 1645, Dorchester,Suffolk County, Massachusetts, d. March 23, 1705/06, Mendon, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
- Elizabeth White, b. June 09, 1643, Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts, d. Abt. 1707, Taunton,Suffolk, Massachusetts.
- Nicholas White, b. Abt. 1645, Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts, d. January 18, 1727/28, Taunton,Suffolk, Massachusetts.
- John White, b. 1649, d. September 03, 1726.
- Joseph White, b. Abt. 1652, Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts, d. March 23, 1705/06, Taunton,Suffolk, Massachusetts.