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Nathaniel White (1650) / Elizabeth (unknown surname) White

Name: Nathaniel White

Birth: About 1629, Messing, Essex, England (NEHGS, CBRMC)

Emigration: With his parents and siblings from England June 22, 1632 on the ship Lyon, arriving at Boston, Mass. September 16. To Hartford with family as part of Thomas Hooker group in 1636.(Memorials of Elder John White/Kellogg, 1860). To Middletown by November 1653.(FFS)

Death: August 27, 1711 (MVR, BCVR)

Occupation & Public Service: "He became a resident of Middletown in 1653, when he was chosen Townsman. He later held the offices of Constable, Rate Maker, and Grand Levy Man. "He was one of the committee appointed by the town to secure successors to the first and second ministers. In 1669, he was one of the committee appointed to superintend the building of the new meeting house. In 1679, with two others, he was appointed to take charge of the military stores in town; in 1685 was named as one of the patentees of the town,; and in 1696 was appointed Recorder to act during the absence of John Hamlin. In miliary life he held the position of Ensign, Lieutenant, and Captain. His most important duties were as Deputy to the General Court for 114 sessions from 1659 to 1710, and as Commissioner or Justice of the Peace from 1659 until his death, except during the Andrus usurpation."(FFS)

Marriage: m.(1) Elizabeth (unknown surname; possibly Bunce), about 1651, Hartford or Middletown, Conn. (b. about 1625, England; d. 1690, Middletown, Conn.). She may have been the daughter of Thomas Bunce of Hartford, Conn. (Memorials of Elder John White/Kellogg, 1860). m.(2) Martha (Coit) Mould, about 1692, Middletown, Conn. (b. about 1643, Salem, Mass.; d. April 14, 1730, Middletown, Conn.). She was the widow of Hugh Mould of New London, Conn.; and the daughter of John Coit & Mary (Jenners) Coit of Chopstowe, Wales, and later Salem, Mass. and New London, Conn.

Children: 8 children between 1652-1667 (MVR, BCVR, Memorials of Elder John White/Kellogg, 1860) (See in-depth profile in Member Area for details.)


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The First Meeting House, Middletown, Conn. The engraving below by W.C. Butler was a fanciful illustration for David Field's Centennial Address published in 1853. In 1939 the image was used on the title page of The Log Cabin Myth by Harold R. Shurtleff. Surrounding the engraving are signatures of some of the first settlers as found on wills and deeds by Charles C. Adams in preparation of Middletown Upper Houses (1908).