Person:Nathaniel Morton (1)

m. 22 Jul 1612
  1. Nathaniel Morton1613/14 - 1685
  2. Patience MortonCal 1615 - 1691
  3. John Morton1616 - 1673
  4. Sarah Morton1620 - 1691
  5. Lieut. Ephraim Morton1623 - 1693
  • HNathaniel Morton1613/14 - 1685
  • WLydia CooperAbt 1620 - 1673
m. 25 Dec 1635
  1. Mercy Morton
  2. Remember Morton1638 -
  3. Lydia Morton
m. 29 Apr 1674
Facts and Events
Name[1][2][3][4] Nathaniel Morton
Gender Male
Birth[7] 1613/14 Leiden, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
Alt Birth? Abt 1616 Leiden, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
Immigration[7] 15 Jun 1623 Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United StatesAboard the Anne; landed on 15 Jun
Immigration[5] Jul 1623 Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United StatesAboard the Anne
Marriage 25 Dec 1635 Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United Statesto Lydia Cooper
Marriage 29 Apr 1674 Plymouth, Plymouth, Massto Hannah Pritchard
Death[4] 28 Jun 1685 Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States
Reference Number? Q15441072?

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Nathaniel Morton (christened 161629 June 1685) was a Separatist settler of Plymouth Colony in Massachusetts, where he served for most of his life as Plymouth's secretary under his uncle, Governor William Bradford. Morton wrote an account of the settlement of the Colony, the first historical text published in the United States, and was first to publish a list of signers of the Mayflower Compact as well as an account of the first Thanksgiving.

From Bradford of Plymouth, p.266

MORTON, Nathaniel: "The next year (1635) her (Patience Morton's) brother, Nathaniel, Bradford's secretary, married Lydia Cooper. Nathaniel was clerk of the colony for nearly forty years and author of "New England's Memorial", an important sourcebook of Plymouth history until Bradford's lost manuscript was discovered."

Nathaniel arrived in Plymouth via ANNE--of London (140 tons); and/or LITTLE JAMES (44 tons) in July-August, 1623, along with his parents and siblings. His father, George Morton, died in 1624 -shortly after their arrival. Nathaniel was brought up by his uncles Bradford and Fuller, becoming the former's clerk and agent in 1634. According to Gov. (uncle) William Bradford, Nathaniel was, "very religiously tender & carefull in his observations of the Sabbath day & of speaking truth."

He was secretary of the Old Colony, 1647-79; New England Memorial, 1669; secretary of Pilgrim church, copying many passages of Bradford's 'Of Plimoth Plantations' into church records; was granted many tracts of land for services and died one of the wealthiest men in the colony.

  1. Willison, George F. Saints and Strangers. (New York, United States: Renal & Hitchcock).
  2. Smith, Bradford. Bradford of Plymouth. (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: J. B. Lippincott, 1951)
    page 266.
  3. Savage, James. A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England: Showing Three Generations of Those Who Came Before May, 1692, on the Basis of Farmer's Register. (Boston: Little, Brown, and Co, 1860-1862)

    NATHANIEL, Plymouth, eldest s[on]. of George the first, b[orn[. in Eng. 1613, came with his f[ather]. freem[an]. 1635, and that y[ea]r. m[arried]. Lydia Cooper, had Remember, b[orn]. 1637; Mercy; Lydia; Elizabeth 3 May 1652; Joanna, 9 Nov. 1654; and Hannah; beside Eliezer, and Nathaniel, wh[o]. both d[ied]. in early youth so that descend[ancy]. in [the] male line fail[s]. He was secr[etary]. of the Col[ony]. from 1645 till he d[ied]. 29 June 1685. The first w[ife]. d[ied]. 23 Sept. 1673, and he m[arried]. 29 Apr. 1674, Ann, wid[ow]. of Richard Templar of Charlestown, wh[o]. surv[ived]. him, and d[ied]. at C[harlestown]. 26 Dec. 1690, aged 66. Remember m[arried]. 18 Nov. 1657, Abraham Jackson; Mercy m[arried]. at the same time, Joseph Dunham, and d[ied]. bef[ore]. her f[ather].; Hannah m[arried]. 27 Nov. 1666, Benjamin Bosworth of Hull; Lydia m[arried]. George Ellison; Joanna m[arried]. 7 Dec. 1670, Joseph Prince of Hull; and Elizabeth m[arried]. 7 Dec. 1670, Benjamin Bosworth. He had the benefit of all the MSS. of his uncle, Gov. Bradford, and compiled the well kn[own]. Memorial, of wh[ich]. the fifth d. was illustrat[ed]. by Judge Davis.

  4. 4.0 4.1 Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants. Mayflower Descendant: An Illustrated Quarterly Magazine of Pilgrim Genealogy, History and Biography
    Vol. 15, p. 213 (death).

    Mer nathaniel morton Secretary of plymouth Colony and a pilar in the Church here deceased June 28 * 1685 Being Entered into the Seventy third yeare of his age. * "29" was interlined, apparently in the same hand.

  5. Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States. Plymouth church records, 1620-1859. (Boston: The Society, 1920-1923)
    Vol. I, p. xv.
  6.   Nathaniel Morton, in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Those Carpenter Girls! by Peggy M. Baker, in General Society of Mayflower Descendants (Plymouth, Massachusetts). Mayflower quarterly. (Boston, Massachusetts, United States: General Society of Mayflower Descendants)
    Vol. 79 No. 4 P 328-341, Dec 2013.

    Page 332: "With Juliann, Agnes and Alice now married, children began to arrive. The first born of the new generation was NATHANIEL MORTON, born to Juliann Carpenter Morton in 1613 or 1614. Juliann eventually had five children, the last born in 1623..." Page 334 - sailed on the Anne - landed on 15 Jun 1623

The Anne and The Little James (1623)
The Anne and the Little James left England together, and arrived a week or so apart in Plymouth. Most of the passengers were probably on the Anne, as the Little James was smaller and carried mostly cargo.
Sailed: May(?) 1623 from an unspecified port in England under William Peirce (Master Anne), Emanuel Althan (Captain Little James), and John Bridges (Master Little James).
Arrived: 10 July 1623 (the Anne) and about 10 days later (the Little James) at Plymouth, Massachusetts
Previous Vessel: Weston's ships (Swan, Charity, Sparrow) (1622)
Next Vessel: Jonathan (1623)

~60 (Full List)
Families of earlier immigrants: Patience and Fear Brewster - Elizabeth (Walker) Warren and daughters - Hester (Mathieu) Cooke and her children - Bridget (Lee) Fuller - Margaret Hicks and her children - Wife and daughter of William Hilton - Frances Palmer - Joshua Pratt - Barbara Standish
Other Passengers: Anthony Annable (and family) - Edward Bangs - Robert Bartlett - Mary Bucket - William Bridges - Thomas Clark - Christopher Conant - Anthony Dix - John Faunce - George Morton (and family) - Godbert Godbertson (and family) - Timothy Hatherly - Edward Holman - John Jenney (and family) - Manasseh Kempton - Experience Mitchell - George Morton (and family) - Ellen Newton - Oldham, John, his wife and sister - Christian Penn - Abraham Pierce - Nicholas Snow - Alice (Carpenter) Southworth - Francis Sprague - Stephen Tracy, wife, and daughter - Ralph Wallen

Resources: Primary Sources: Bradford's History of Plymouth Plantation - Mourt's Relation - Pilgrim Hall (wills and other contemporary documents)

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