Beginnings of New England


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NICHOLAS WORTHINGTON




     The first mention of the above Nicholas is found in the following letter:

Amherst, Aug. 3, 1849.

                 Mr Drake,

     Dear Sir, I have recently found in the county recorder's book at Hatfield (Mass) a list of « all persons 16 years old and upwards » in the towns of Hadley, Northampton and Hatfield, taken Feb. 8, 1678, O. S., but probably 1679, N. S. As it will undoubtedly be interesting to many of your readers. I send you a copy for publication.


                                     Yours truly,
                                                       Lucius Manlius Boltwood.


     « The oath of alleagence which by order from our honored Gen'll Cort was to be taken by all persons from 16 years old and upwards within this countie and accordinglie was administered Febr. 8th 1678, by ye worshipfull Major Pynchon and by them was taken viz; by the inhabitants and others as afore sayd in Hadley whose names are here after written. (Then follows a long list of names.) Here foloweth likewise the names of ye persons yt took oath of alleagence as abovesd in Hatfield. Feb. 8th 1678.— Nich. Worthington.

     Tradition says of Nicholas that he came from Liverpool and settled at Saybrook. (The above extracts are taken from the New-England historical and genealogical Register.)
     Nicholas Worthington, married Susannah White, widow of John white and daughter of Thomas Bunce. He died at Hatfield, Mass, about 1683. His widow married Jonathan Ball of Springfield, Mass, February 1684. »






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