Person:Nicholas Batt (1)

m. 1595
  1. Nicholas Batt1612 - 1677
  • HNicholas Batt1612 - 1677
  • WLucy Unknownbef 1613 - 1678/79
m. bef 1633
  1. Ann Battest 1633 - 1716
  2. Mary Battest 1637 - 1709/10
  3. Sarah Batt1640 - 1714
Facts and Events
Name Nicholas Batt
Gender Male
Birth? 9 Nov 1612 Devizes St. John the Baptist, Wiltshire, EnglandCitation needed
Marriage bef 1633 Based on estimated date of birth of eldest known child.
to Lucy Unknown
Will[3] 18 Jun 1674 Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
Death? 6 Dec 1677 Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
Probate[3] 12 Dec 1677 Inventory Taken by Richard Dole and John Dole.

Nicholas Batt appears in the list of those who departed on the James of London in 1635. He was a linen weaver who settled at Newbury.

Will & Probate

In his dated, 18 June 1674, he makes bequeaths to his daughter, Mary Elithorp; two grandchildren, Nicholas Webster and Nicholas Mihill (Mighill); 3 granddaughters, Sarah Webster, Mary Elithorp, and Sarah Mighill; and his wife. He names daughters Anne Webster (wife of John), Mary & Sarah.

The will was proved Mar. 26, 1678 with an objection made by his son-in-law, John Webster. The issue was the lands and homestead, which his son-in-law thought would be given to him and his wife. Nicholas had left all lands to his widow, except for certains lands already given to John Webster. After his wife's decease, the estate was to be divided "Shall be equally devided into five equall parts, and yt my daughter Anne Webster, Shall have two parts : and ye other three parts. Shall be equally devided, betwen my two daughters, mary and Sarah, or thaier haiers, allwaies provided yt John Webster, or his haiers being my daughter ann's Children, Shall have liberty to buy the land of both my other Children, that is, thaier parts, if he or his haiers will give full as much for it,"

"Deposition of John Emery, Sr. and Mary his wife, that in 1653 John Webster married Ann Batt, daughter of Nicolas Batt and in consideration of their marriage Nicolas Batt promised to give to the said John Webster with his daughter Ann his house he then lived in and all his lands that he had with all the priviledges belonging unto them after his and his wife's decease, and did immediately give to the said Ann possession of part of it in lieu of the whole and John Webster hath enjoyed it as his own proper estate to this day without molestation; furthermore Nicolas Batt promised to weave all the cloth that she made for nothing. Sworn in Ipswich court Mar. 26, 1678."

It appears that the Court did not find in his favor for in April, John Webster made another petition to the Court:

"Petition to the Ipswich court Apr. 30, 1678, of John Webster of Newbury, showing that Nicolas Batt late of Newbury did before the marrage of the petitioner to his daughter Ann, freely promise his house and lands with the priviledges thereto belonging, after his own and his wife's decease as a portion to his said daughter, yet notwithstanding, the said Mcolas Batt made his will and disposed of his land as his other estate, (which your petitioner conceives was not bequeathable being before disposed of to him on the marriage of his daughter) and the petitioner is debarred from the possession of the said land till after the death of the relict of the said Nicolas, who being made executrix of the will offereth the land to sell, whereby the petitioner is endangered to be defeated of his just rights and he asks that the land may be secured and not alienated, or at least to accept this address into the public records of the court as a testimony of the petitioners continued claim. - The Court Apr. 30, 1678 ordered that it may be recorded."S3

  1.   Nicholas Batt, in Anderson, Robert Charles; George F. Sanborn; and Melinde Lutz Sanborn. The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635. (NEHGS, 1999-2011).

    Of The Devizes, Wiltshire.
    Birth: By about 1608 based on estimated date of marriage.
    Death: Newbury 6 Dec 1677.
    No known relationship with Christopher Batt of The Devizes. "Examination of [the records from St John the Baptist, The Devizes] has not uncovered any information about Nicholas Batt."

  2.   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), Vol. 1:140.

    NICHOLAS, Newbury, perhaps br. of the preced.[Christopher] came in the James from Southampton, with w. Lucy, arr. at Boston 3 June 1635, is call. in the ship's clearance, "of the Devizes, linen weaver," had Sarah, b. 12 June 1640, and two more ds. He d. 6 Dec. 1677; and his wid. Lucy d. 26 Jan. 1679.

  3. 3.0 3.1 Nicholas Batt, in Massachusetts, Probate Court (Essex County). The Probate Records of Essex County, Massachusetts. (Salem, Massachusetts: The Essex Institute, 1916, 1917, 1920), 3:187-191.

    will dated "this eighteenth day of June Anno Dom: onethousand. Six hundred, Seaventy fouer" - Witness : Richard Dole, Jno. Dole. - Proved in Ipswich court Mar 26, 1678 by the witnesses. - Inventory taken Dec. 12, 1677, by Samuell Ploumer and Benjamin Rolef

The James of London (1635)
At least two ships called the James sailed in 1635 from England to New England. The passenger list for this one refers to the "James of London." It lists only the men and boys, but indicates that wives and children accompanied them.
Sailed: 26 Apr 1635 from London, England under Master William Cooper
Arrived: 3 Jun 1635 at Boston, Massachusetts.

53 men plus families
(men without descendants listed on the category page).
Maurice Anglis - Thomas Antram - Edmund Balter (servant John Smale) - Nicholas Batt - Thomas Browne - Thos Carpenter - Augustine Clement - Thomas Colman - Zacheus Coutris - Thomas Duryes - John Emery - Anthony Emery - John Euered Alias Webb - Robert Field - John Greene - Edmund Hawes - Peter Higdon - Nicholas Holte - Maudit Ingles - John Knight - Ris Knight - Anthony Morse - William Morse - John Musselwhite - John Parker - John Pithouse - William Paddey - John Pike - Sampson Salter - Michael Shafflin - Thomas Smith - George Smythe - Anthony Thetcher - Josuah Verren - Phillip Varren - Richard Walker - Hercules Woodman

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