Colonel Nathaniel Meserve
- H. Colonel Nathaniel Meserve1704 - 1758
- W. Mary OdiorneAbt 1712 - 1759
m. aft. 1747
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Nathaniel Meserve (1704–1758) was an American shipbuilder.
Meserve was born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, to Clement Maserve and his wife Elizabeth Jones.
On December 16, 1725, aged 21, he married Jane Libby and together they had ten children. Nathaniel Meserve would become a shipwright in his native Portsmouth, a hub of early American shipbuilding.
In 1749 he was hired by the Royal Navy to build a 50 gun warship HMS America at his shipyard. During King George's War Nathaniel was a lieutenant colonel in the New Hampshire Militia regiment at the 1745 capture of Fortress Louisbourg on Cape Breton Island. His shipbuilding experience allowed him to build sleds to transport the cannon over the marshy ground. During the French and Indian War Colonel Meserve led the New Hampshire Provincial Regiment in 1756 to Fort Edward New York and in 1757 to garrison Halifax, Nova Scotia.
In 1758 Col. Nathaniel Meserve was with General Amherst in another attack on Fortress Louisbourg because of his service in the 1745 capture of the fort. Here he contracted smallpox and died along with his eldest son.
- ↑ Tuttle, Charles W. Tuttle Family of New Hampshire. The New England Historical and Genealogical Register. (New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1867), Transcript, 1867.
"... Col. Nathaniel Meserve, who distinguished himself at the taking of Louisburg in 1745, and afterwards at Crown Point, in the war with France, and who died at the second siege of Louisburg in 1758. His son George, who was Collector of Portsmouth, and Stamp Officer under the Stamp Act for New Hampshire, had dau. Sarah, who mar. Hon James Shaefe, U.S. Senator of Portsmouth."
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Nathaniel Meserve, in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia.
- Hammond, Otis G. (Otis Grant); Henry Harrison Metcalf; and Albert Stillman Batchellor. Probate Records of the Province of New Hampshire. (New Hampshire: varies, 1907-1915), 5:450.
Will of "Nathanael Meserve of Portsmouth in the Province of New Hampshire Esq'r being bound on the Expedition against Crown Point", dated 28 May 1756, proved 18 Aug 1758, mentions "Mary my beloved Wife for the bringing up my Children which are under Eighteen Years of Age", "my Son John", "my Son Nathanael", "my Son George", "my Son Hanson", "my Daughter Annah Wills", "my Daughter Sarah Odiorne", "my Daughter Mary Batson", "my four youngest Daughters viz. Esther, Jane, Elizabeth & Ann", the children's "Uncle George Libbey".
Personal property divided between Anna Wells, heirs of John Meserve, Sarah Odiorne, George Meserve, Hanson Meserve, Mary Batson, Ann Meserve, Elizabeth Odiorne, Jane Merserve and Esther Meserve.
[Note: confirming the way the above documents read, NEHGR, p. 23:203, identifies Anna who m. Joseph Wells of Portsmouth as a different child than Ann who never married. Sarah m. Jotham Odiorne Jr., Sarah m. Stephen Batson, and Elizabeth m. William Odiorne Jr..]
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