At his father’s death, Nathaniel was around 28 years old, and yet unmarried, an Englishman with steel blue eyes, strong of body, trained by his father to build homes and perform his skills of carpentry.
Father was gone, but in the midst of their sorrow the whole family perhaps realized the fullness that was brought forth in the midst of his death, with five children from two marriages and six adult grandchildren from Patience seeing each other perhaps for the first time.
I suspect it was both a sad yet joyous gathering that took place despite John’s death. The prayer service, burial and the reading of the will took place. As we expected John was proclaimed heir to the estate. Patience received 3 pounds British from the estate. Nathaniel received the same 3 pounds in addition to what John had already given him (unknown), and in addition Nathaniel was entrusted with his father’s Musket a .75 Caliber Brown Bess Flintlock Rifle, a cherished possession to hunt, protect and defend the family and town. Patience went back to Falmouth with her husband and children. There was nothing left for Nathaniel in Newbury as his elder brother John was master of the estate. Patience had a son, also named Nathaniel, among others who were just a year older than Nathaniel of Newbury.
After that gathering, Nathaniel of Newbury vanished without a trace from any local records whatsoever.
End of Part 1
(Editor’s Note: Ed Hale resides in Plaistow, with his family. He is a lifelong genealogy enthusiast. You may contact him at email@example.com).