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Nathaniel Saltonstall

Male Abt 1639 - 1707  (~ 68 years)


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Generation: 1

  1. 1.  Nathaniel Saltonstall was born Abt 1639, Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts (son of Maj. Richard Saltonstall and Muriel Gurdon); died 21 May 1707.

    Nathaniel married Elizabeth Ward 28 Dec 1663. Elizabeth (daughter of Rev. John Ward and Alice) was born 9 Apr 1647; died 29 Apr 1741. [Group Sheet]

    Children:
    1. Elizabeth Saltonstall was born 17 Sep 1668; died 8 Jul 1726, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts.

Generation: 2

  1. 2.  Maj. Richard Saltonstall was born Bef 1 Oct 1610, Almondbury, Yorkshire, England (son of Richard Saltonstall and Grace Kaye); died 29 Apr 1694, Hulme, Lancaster, England.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate birth: 1610, Woodsome, Yorkshire, England
    • Baptised: 1 Oct 1610, Almondbury, Yorkshire, England

    Notes:

    One of John Turner Sargent Jr.'s ten proven "gateway ancestors."

    He went to New England with his father in 1630, the first of at least eight Atlantic crossings in his lifetime. He was a man of many interests and offices, both in New England and during England's commonwealth period. Notably, back in New England after the Restoration, Richard Saltonstall donated £50 to support the fugitive regicides William Goffe and Edward Whalley, and he was one of the few people who knew where in New England they were hiding.

    Maj. married Muriel Gurdon 4 Jul 1633, All Hallows, Honey Lane, London, England. Muriel (daughter of Brampton Gurdon and Muriel Sedley) was born Abt 1613; died 1688. [Group Sheet]


  2. 3.  Muriel Gurdon was born Abt 1613 (daughter of Brampton Gurdon and Muriel Sedley); died 1688.

    Notes:

    One of John Turner Sargent Jr.'s eleven proven "gateway ancestors."

    She went to New England with he husband in 1635, but by 1643 it was evident that colonial life was taking a serious toll on her health. On 10 May 1643 Richard Saltonstall was granted permission to leave the Massachusetts General Court due to her illness. They returned to England late in 1645; he then went immediately back to New England.

    "There is no evidence that Muriel Saltonstall was ever in New England again. Henry Newcome saw the Saltonstalls at Hulme in Lancashire on 19 June 1667, and reported that she was very weak. She died in 1688. Newcome preached her funeral sermon at Didsbury. Muriel Saltonstall's dislike of New England apparently extended to a desire that her portrait should not be sent to Massachusetts after her death." [Abandoning America, citation details below.]

    Children:
    1. 1. Nathaniel Saltonstall was born Abt 1639, Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts; died 21 May 1707.


Generation: 3

  1. 4.  Richard Saltonstall was born Bef 4 Apr 1586, Halifax, Yorkshire, England (son of Samuel Saltonstall and Anne Ramsden); died Bef 25 Oct 1661, Crayford, Kent, England.

    Other Events:

    • Baptised: 4 Apr 1586, Rookes Hall, Highcliffe in Hipperholme, Halifax, Yorkshire, England
    • Alternate death: Abt 1658, England
    • Alternate death: Sep 1661, Crayford, Kent, England

    Notes:

    From Abandoning America (citation details below):

    Sir Richard Saltonstall, a London lawyer, was first elected an assistant of the Massachusetts Bay Company in England on 23 March 1628/9. [...] In 1629, he sent servants and cattle ahead of him to New England. Saltonstall sailed to New England in 1630, as a widower, with five of his six children. He settled at Watertown. He attended all the meetings of the Massachusetts Bay Company in New England between 22 August 1630 and 22 March 1630/1.

    He left New England on the Lyon, 1 April 1631, and arrived in London on 29 April. He was elected an assistant in Massachusetts in 1633, in his absence, but never returned. Saltonstall continued to take an interest in New England. He defended Massachusetts against the charges of Philip Ratcliffe, Thomas Morton and Sir Christopher Gardiner. He diverted his attention to fresh colonising ventures by Lord Saye and Sele and Lord Brooke, outside the boundaries of Massachusetts, but made heavy losses. In 1639 he handed over his New England interests to his son Robert, who had returned there c. 1638. Saltonstall spent time in the Netherlands, 1643–4, where Henry Saltonstall joined him. From 1649 he controlled the sales of crown property, and this profitable post helped him to boost his fortunes. In 1650 he and his son Richard became members of the High Court of Justice, commissioned by the Rump Parliament to try the crimes of the Commonwealth's enemies. From 1658 he lived near Wrexham, and associated with the congregationalist Vavasor Powell. He criticised Massachusetts for its intolerance: he wrote to John Wilson and John Cotton c. 1652, advocating freedom for Quakers.

    From the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography:

    Saltonstall opposed the crown in the civil wars, and his fortunes recovered with the parliamentarian victory. In March 1650 he was appointed a commissioner of the high court of justice, set up to punish opponents of the regime. From 1649 he held lucrative posts controlling the sales of crown property, and by 1658 he could afford to buy Brymbo Hall, near Wrexham, Denbighshire. After the Restoration, however, he was forced to flee arrest as a 'seditious person', and died at Crayford, Kent, in 1661, probably in September.

    Richard married Grace Kaye 28 Nov 1609, Almondbury, Yorkshire, England. Grace (daughter of Robert Kaye and Anne Flower) was born Bef 3 Sep 1579, Huddersfield, Yorkshire, England; died Bef 27 Jun 1625; was buried 27 Jun 1625, Wragby, Lincolnshire, England. [Group Sheet]


  2. 5.  Grace Kaye was born Bef 3 Sep 1579, Huddersfield, Yorkshire, England (daughter of Robert Kaye and Anne Flower); died Bef 27 Jun 1625; was buried 27 Jun 1625, Wragby, Lincolnshire, England.

    Other Events:

    • Baptised: 3 Sep 1579, Huddersfield, Yorkshire, England

    Children:
    1. 2. Maj. Richard Saltonstall was born Bef 1 Oct 1610, Almondbury, Yorkshire, England; died 29 Apr 1694, Hulme, Lancaster, England.

  3. 6.  Brampton Gurdon was born 1566, of Assington, Suffolk, England (son of John Gurdon and Amy Brampton); died Bef 2 Apr 1650; was buried 2 Apr 1560, Assington, Suffolk, England.

    Notes:

    Burgess to Parliament for Sudbury, Suffolk, 1620. Sheriff of Suffolk, 1628-29.

    From the History of Parliament:

    Gurdon's grandfather bought the Suffolk manor of Assington, four miles from Sudbury, in 1556, and his father represented the borough in 1571. Gurdon himself was committed to the Fleet by lord chancellor Ellesmere (Thomas Egerton) in 1606 for an unknown offence. He was elected for Sudbury in January 1621, although the return was backdated to the previous November. Gurdon may have been responsible for the election of his colleague, Edward Osborne, whose sister-in-law married (at an unknown date) Gurdon's younger son Robert. Gurdon appears only once in the surviving records of the third Jacobean Parliament, when he was appointed to the committee for the bill for catechizing children (16 May 1621).

    In January 1626 Gurdon successfully proposed (Sir) Robert Naunton as one of the knights of the shire for Suffolk, recruiting his friend and neighbour the future governor of Massachusetts John Winthrop to canvass prominent members of the Suffolk gentry, such as Sir Robert Crane. Like Winthrop, Gurdon was a puritan, and when the anti-Calvinist Matthew Wren took control of Norwich diocese in 1636, it was reported that 'Mr. Gurdon is questioned for not bowing and kneeling at burial prayers'. On 11 Apr. 1637 Gurdon wrote gloomily to Winthrop in New England: 'I would I could write you anything like to give comfort to any honest English mind for church or commonwealth'.

    Gurdon's eldest son John represented Ipswich in both the Short and Long Parliaments. Gurdon himself served on the county committee during the Civil War, although it is difficult to distinguish him from his younger son Brampton, who, like him, was an active supporter of Parliament. Gurdon drew up his will on 17 Oct. 1647, leaving an imposing collection of silver and furnishings to his second wife, together with 500 marks, his best coach, five horses, and a musket. Her son Brampton, who had been returned for Sudbury as a recruiter, inherited property in Norfolk, and the local clergy and servants received monetary bequests. The poor of Assington were to receive £20 and those of Sudbury £5. Gurdon was buried at Assington on 2 Apr. 1650. His eldest son moved up to represent the county in the first Protectorate Parliament, and sat for Sudbury in the Convention.

    Brampton married Muriel Sedley 8 Jul 1606, St. Peter's, Morley, Norfolk, England. Muriel (daughter of Martin Sedley and Abigail Knyvet) was born Bef 20 Apr 1583, Morley, Norfolk, England; died 22 Aug 1661, Letton, Norfolk, England; was buried , Letton, Norfolk, England. [Group Sheet]


  4. 7.  Muriel Sedley was born Bef 20 Apr 1583, Morley, Norfolk, England (daughter of Martin Sedley and Abigail Knyvet); died 22 Aug 1661, Letton, Norfolk, England; was buried , Letton, Norfolk, England.

    Other Events:

    • Baptised: 20 Apr 1583, St. Botolph's, Morley, Norfolk, England

    Children:
    1. 3. Muriel Gurdon was born Abt 1613; died 1688.


Generation: 4

  1. 8.  Samuel Saltonstall was born 1562, of Kingston-upon-Hull, Yorkshire, England (son of Gilbert Saltonstall and Isabel); died 8 Jan 1613; was buried , Holy Trinity Church, Hull, Yorkshire, England.

    Samuel married Anne Ramsden. Anne (daughter of John Ramsden) was born 1564; died 1589. [Group Sheet]


  2. 9.  Anne Ramsden was born 1564 (daughter of John Ramsden); died 1589.
    Children:
    1. 4. Richard Saltonstall was born Bef 4 Apr 1586, Halifax, Yorkshire, England; died Bef 25 Oct 1661, Crayford, Kent, England.

  3. 10.  Robert Kaye was born , of Woodsome, Yorkshire, England (son of John Kaye and Dorothy Mauleverer); died Bef 5 Dec 1620, Almondbury, Yorkshire, England; was buried 5 Dec 1620, Almondbury, Yorkshire, England.

    Notes:

    Also called Robert Keaye. Justice of the Peace, and Treasurer for Lame Soldiers under Elizabeth I.

    Robert married Anne Flower. [Group Sheet]


  4. 11.  Anne Flower (daughter of John Flower and Margery Colley).
    Children:
    1. 5. Grace Kaye was born Bef 3 Sep 1579, Huddersfield, Yorkshire, England; died Bef 27 Jun 1625; was buried 27 Jun 1625, Wragby, Lincolnshire, England.

  5. 12.  John Gurdon was born Abt 1544, of Assington, Suffolk, England (son of Robert Gurdon and Rose Sexton); died 21 Sep 1623.

    Notes:

    MP for Sudbury, Suffolk in 1571. Sheriff of Suffolk 1584-85.

    From the History of Parliament:

    The Gurdons were small clothiers and landowners of Dedham, Essex, who by the close of the fifteenth century had risen in status. Gurdon's father made a fortunate marriage, and purchased Assington Hall from Sir Richard Corbet†. Thus, by the beginning of Elizabeth's reign Robert Gurdon had the standing of a country gentleman and was a justice of the peace with a son at an inn of court. It was this son who was returned for the local borough of Sudbury in 1571, but no contribution by him to the business of that Parliament is known.

    After he had succeeded his father, Gurdon was from time to time asked to undertake special duties, as, for instance, to arbitrate in the case of a disputed marriage contract, or to find means of satisfying the creditors of Dr. Sherman, a physician imprisoned for debt, whose professional services could not easily be spared. Gurdon died 21 Sept. 1623. His will, made in December 1621, and proved 10 Oct. 1623, cut out the heir Brampton, who nevertheless inherited the entailed lands. The executor and residuary legatee was a grandson John, Brampton's son by his first wife, but the Norfolk property was to go to the testator's brother Robert. Sir Henry Mildmay was supervisor.

    John married Amy Brampton. [Group Sheet]


  6. 13.  Amy Brampton (daughter of William Brampton).
    Children:
    1. 6. Brampton Gurdon was born 1566, of Assington, Suffolk, England; died Bef 2 Apr 1650; was buried 2 Apr 1560, Assington, Suffolk, England.

  7. 14.  Martin Sedley was born Abt 1531, of Morley, Norfolk, England (son of Martin Sedley and Elizabeth Mounteney); died Abt 1609; was buried 10 Feb 1610, St. Peter's Chapel, Morley, Norfolk, England.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate death: Bef 10 Feb 1610

    Martin married Abigail Knyvet 1577. Abigail (daughter of John Knyvet and Agnes Harcourt) died 15 Dec 1623; was buried , Wacton, Norfolk, England. [Group Sheet]


  8. 15.  Abigail Knyvet (daughter of John Knyvet and Agnes Harcourt); died 15 Dec 1623; was buried , Wacton, Norfolk, England.
    Children:
    1. 7. Muriel Sedley was born Bef 20 Apr 1583, Morley, Norfolk, England; died 22 Aug 1661, Letton, Norfolk, England; was buried , Letton, Norfolk, England.