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the preced. d. 1690, leav. wid. Abigail, guard. of a s. and d. not nam.
Among the proprs. in 1713 at M. were seven of his name. SAMUEL,
Milford, s. of the preced. was ens. 1673, m. 14 Mar. 1669, Martha, d. of
the first Benjamin Fenn, had Martha, b. 1671; and Thomas, 1675;
and d. 1708. THOMAS, Fairfield, one of the five first sett. a man of
conseq. chos. rep. to Apr. sess. 1645; had freq. suits at law with his
neighb. and in 1652 charg. with a cap. crime, prob. witchcraft, or other
imagin. offence, he escap. from prison, took refuge with the Dutch, who
believed him innoc. He liv. at Newtown, on L. I. 1656, a purchaser that
yr. of Middleburgh and was a capt. under Stuyvesant. By compact with
the Unit. Cols. of N. E. the Dutch were bound to extradit. of fugit. as
were the members of the Un. among thems. by art. VIII. of the confed.
and in the rec. of the Commissnrs. Haz. II. 229, may be read the instruct.
by Congr. to Newman, Leverett, and Davis, to proceed to New York
and demand his body, and Ib. 236, their claim "of the body of Thomas
Newton, some time a capit. offender in one of the Cols. of N. E." War
was then raging betw. Eng. and Holland, but amicab. relat. wisely were
preserv. on our side of the water; and Stuyvesant issued a warrant, Ib.
238, on the same day; but we may be glad that either cunning or common
sense prevent. its execut. THOMAS, Boston 1688, came from New
Hampsh. is supposed to have been b. 10 Jan. 1661, and was Sect. of
that Prov. until 1690, was controller of the customs at B. judge of the
admir. and Atty.-Gen in the witchcraft prosecut. and aft. d. 28 May
1721. His opinion must have led to the cure of the infernal delusion,
for in Jan. 1693 he wrote to Sir Wm. Phips, the Gov. that of the 52
charg. at Salem that court, the three convicts should have been acquit.
like the rest. Twelve of this name had, in 1827, been gr. at N. E. coll.
exc. Harv. where none.

    NICHOLET, CHARLES, Salem, came, 1672, from Virg. contin. preach.
to 20 Apr. 1676, by vote of the town, with dissatisf. of both the ch. and
its pastor, went to Eng. See Felt, II. 588.

    NICHOLS, ABRAHAM, Woodbury, s. of the first Caleb, m. Dec. 1684,
Rachel Kellogg, sec. d. of the first Daniel of Stratford, in 1706 was
excor. of his br. Caleb; but his fam. is not giv. by Cothren. ADAM,
New Haven 1645 or earlier, m. Ann, d. of John Wakeman, had John,
bapt. 10 Aug. 1645; Barachiah, 14 Feb. 1647; Esther, 10 Mar. 1650;
and Lydia, b. 28 Feb. 1652; in 1655 was of Hartford, rem. 1661 to
Hadley, where his s. John was drown. next yr. His f.-in-law, in his will,
pro. 16 Oct. 1661, ment. these ch. of his d. Ann N. viz: John, Hannah,
Sarah, and Ebenezer, the last three prob. b. at Hartford, and some time
later he had Esther. Next he was of Boston, freem. 1670, if our Secr.
is to be accept. in his Col. Rec. ret. to Hartford, and d. 25 Aug. 1682,