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Descendants of John Niles


16. PENELOPE3 NILES (JOHN2, JOHN1) was born Abt. 1669 in New Shoreham, Block Island, Washington Co., Rhode Island, and died Bef. 1750 in problably Westerly, Washington Co., Rhode Island. She married (1) WILLIAM TOSH, JR. Abt. 1687 in New Shoreham, Block Island, Washington Co., Rhode Island, son of WILLIAM TOSH and JAEL SULLIVAN. He was born 1665, and died December 03, 1691 in Drowned off Block Island, Washington Co., Rhode Island. She married (2) EDWARD MOTT December 09, 1695 in New Shoreham, Block Island, Washington Co., Rhode Island, son of NATHANIEL MOTT and HANNAH NILES. He was born May 11, 1673 in Braintree, Norfolk Co., Massachusetts33, and died May 26, 1734 in Westerly, Washington Co., Rhode Island.

Notes for P
ENELOPE NILES:
She was alive at Westerly RI 25 May 1735, when she was granted administration of the estate of her deceased husband Edward Mott.

Notes for E
DWARD MOTT:
Edward & Penelope 3 (Niles) Mott removed before 1714 from New Shoreham to Westerly, Washington Co RI where Edward died in 1735. Penelope prob died at Westerly RI not Block Is.
     
Child of P
ENELOPE NILES and WILLIAM TOSH is:
59. i.   PENELOPE4 TOSH, b. Abt. 1690, New Shoreham, Block Island, Washington Co., Rhode Island; d. November 20, 1773, Exeter, Washington Co., Rhode Island.
     
Children are listed above under (14) Edward Mott.


17. ABIGAIL3 NILES (JOHN2, JOHN1) was born Abt. 1675 in New Shoreham, Block Island, Washington Co., Rhode Island, and died Bef. March 22, 1738/39 in problably Lyme, New London Co., Connecticut. She married CONSIDER TIFFANY May 27, 1696 in New Shorham, Block Island, Newport Co., Rhode Island, son of HUMPHREY TIFFANY and ELIZABETH UNKNOWN. He was born June 14, 1675 in Milton, Norfolk Co., Massachusetts, and died Abt. January 07, 1707/08 in New Shoreham, Block Island, Washington Co., Rhode Island.
     
Children of A
BIGAIL NILES and CONSIDER TIFFANY are:
60. i.   ELIZABETH4 TIFFANY, b. February 23, 1696/97, New Shoreham, Block Island, Washington Co., Rhode Island; d. Abt. 1741, Lyme, New London Co., Connecticut.
  ii.   SARAH TIFFANY, b. March 05, 1698/99, New Shoreham, Block Island, Washington Co., Rhode Island; d. Unknown; m. EBENEZER DAY, February 03, 1717/18; b. August 01, 1694, Colchester, New London Co., Connecticut; d. 1751.
61. iii.   NATHAN TIFFANY, b. June 14, 1701, New Shoreham, Block Island, Washington Co., Rhode Island; d. June 14, 1750, Lyme, New London Co., Connecticut.
  iv.   SILENCE TIFFANY, b. Abt. 1708, Lyme, New London Co., Connecticut; d. August 28, 1750, Lyme, New London Co., Connecticut; m. SAMUEL COMSTOCK, 1729, Lyme, New London Co., Connecticut; b. 1703, Lyme, New London Co., Connecticut; d. Abt. 1787, Lyme, New London Co., Connecticut.


18. JOHN3 NILES (JOHN2, JOHN1) was born Abt. 1680 in New Shoreham, Block Island, Washington Co., Rhode Island34, and died Abt. 1768 in Colchester, New London Co., Connecticut. He married MARY ELY Abt. 1716 in Colchester, New London Co., Connecticut (Most Likely), daughter of RICHARD ELY and MARY MARVIN. She was born November 29, 1689 in Lyme, New London Co., Connecticut, and died 1778.
     
Children of J
OHN NILES and MARY ELY are:
62. i.   JOHN4 NILES, b. March 25, 1718, Colchester, New London Co., Connecticut; d. February 01, 1805, Berne, Albany Co., New York.
63. ii.   REV. NATHAN NILES, b. February 20, 1719/20, Colchester, New London Co., Connecticut; d. January 26, 1782, Colchester, New London Co., Connecticut.
  iii.   SAMUEL NILES, b. March 13, 1721/22, Colchester, New London Co., Connecticut; d. August 26, 1722.
64. iv.   NATHANIEL NILES, b. May 07, 1724, Colchester, New London Co., Connecticut; d. Abt. 1781, Coventry, Grafton Co., New Hampshire.
65. v.   MARY NILES, b. June 26, 1726, Colchester, New London Co., Connecticut; d. September 1793, Hebron, Tolland Co., Connecticut.
66. vi.   REV. THOMAS NILES, b. September 28, 1728, Colchester, New London Co., Connecticut; d. May 1782, Rumney, Grafton Co., New Hampshire.
67. vii.   ABIGAIL NILES, b. September 04, 1730, Colchester, New London Co., Connecticut; d. Unknown.
68. viii.   DAVID NILES, b. Abt. 1733; d. 1812.
69. ix.   BARNABAS NILES, b. June 12, 1735, Colchester, New London Co., Connecticut; d. 1789, Coventry, Grafton Co., New Hampshire.
70. x.   AMBROSE NILES, b. March 30, 1741; d. 1809.


19. AMBROSE3 NILES (JOHN2, JOHN1) was born November 28, 1683 in New Shoreham, Block Island, Washington Co., Rhode Island34, and died Bef. March 24, 1724/25 in Lyme, New London Co., Connecticut. He married MARY BROCKWAY MOTT Unknown in Lyme, New London Co., Connecticut, daughter of SAMUEL MOTT and MARY BROCKWAY. She was born March 10, 1692/93 in Lyme, New London Co., Connecticut, and died June 20, 1765 in Lyme, New London Co., Connecticut.
     
Children of A
MBROSE NILES and MARY MOTT are:
71. i.   MARY4 NILES, b. Abt. 1718, Lyme, New London Co., Connecticut; d. March 09, 1812.
72. ii.   REV. BENJAMIN NILES, b. Abt. 1720, Lyme, New London Co., Connecticut; d. 1763, Groton, New London Co., Connecticut.
  iii.   ELIPHALET NILES, b. Abt. 1722, Lyme, New London Co., Connecticut; d. Unknown.
73. iv.   AMBROSE NILES, b. November 08, 1723, Lyme, New London Co., Connecticut; d. August 30, 1793, Lyme, New London Co., Connecticut.


20. JOHN3 NILES (JOSEPH2, JOHN1) was born Abt. 1671 in Braintree, Norfolk Co., Massachusetts34, and died March 06, 1748/49 in Braintree, Norfolk Co., Massachusetts. He married CATHERINE VINTON Abt. 1695 in Braintree, Norfolk Co., Massachusetts. She was born Unknown, and died Unknown.

Notes for J
OHN NILES:
He is called John Niles Sr., or carpenter, in the records. His homestead was on North St., Randolph opposite Liberty St. just north of the R.R. bridge and Central Cemetery. The cellar hole on a little knoll is still (1950) plainly visible. He was elected constable 1727 but declined to serve. John Niles (probably he) was surveyor of highways 1746.
     
Children of J
OHN NILES and CATHERINE VINTON are:
  i.   HANNAH4 NILES, b. February 14, 1695/96, Braintree, Norfolk Co., Massachusetts35; d. Unknown.
  More About HANNAH NILES:
Baptism: November 10, 1725

  ii.   SUSANNAH NILES, b. January 18, 1698/99, Braintree, Norfolk Co., Massachusetts35; d. Unknown.
74. iii.   JOSEPH NILES, b. May 01, 1700, Braintree, Norfolk Co., Massachusetts; d. Abt. October 1767, Braintree, Norfolk Co., Masachusetts.
75. iv.   DEBORAH NILES, b. September 20, 1702, Braintree, Norfolk Co., Massachusetts; d. March 12, 1724/25, Braintree, Norfolk Co., Massachusetts.
76. v.   SARAH NILES, b. September 20, 1702, Braintree, Norfolk Co., Massachusetts; d. Aft. February 1775.
77. vi.   JOHN NILES, b. June 29, 1706, Braintree, Norfolk Co., Massachusetts; d. Abt. November 1757, Braintree, Norfolk Co., Massachusetts.
  vii.   JANE NILES, b. October 04, 1710, Braintree, Norfolk Co., Massachusetts36; d. Unknown.
78. viii.   CATHERINE NILES, b. October 10, 1712, Braintree, Norfolk Co., Massachusetts; d. Unknown.
  ix.   ABIGAIL NILES, b. July 07, 1714, Braintree, Norfolk Co., Massachusetts37; d. Unknown; m. JOHN REED, December 28, 1738, Abington, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts38; b. Unknown; d. Unknown.


21. BENJAMIN3 NILES (JOSEPH2, JOHN1) was born January 02, 1674/75 in Braintree, Norfolk Co., Massachusetts39, and died February 26, 1724/25 in Braintree, Norfolk Co., Massachusetts39. He married (1) RUTH SCANT May 19, 1698 in Braintree, Norfolk Co., Massachusetts39, daughter of WILLIAM SCANT and SARAH BROWN. She was born Abt. 1678, and died Unknown. He married (2) LYDIA SECOMB January 17, 1715/16 in Braintree, Norfolk Co., Massachusetts39. She was born Abt. 1685, and died Abt. 1716 in Randolph, Norfolk Co., Massachusetts. He married (3) ELIZABETH JORDAN November 14, 1717 in Dorchester, Suffolk Co., Massachusetts, daughter of JOHN JORDAN and ELIZABETH UNKNOWN. She was born Aft. 1685 in Milton, Norfolk Co., Massachusetts, and died Unknown.

Notes for B
ENJAMIN NILES:
Benjamin son of Joseph & Mary Nyles deceased, baptized Jun. 10, 1694 & owned the covenant then and was admitted to full communion Oct. 20, 1695. Town record error calls him Benjamin White at marriage. His homestead was on Liberty St., Randolph, north side about midway between North St. & No. Main St. where Charles Tileston lived in late 19th century. He sold it in 1724 to his brother in law Philip Liscum of Dorchester (S.D. 38-143) except 25 acres sold in 1723 to son David Niles.

More About B
ENJAMIN NILES:
Burial: February 27, 1724/25, Braintree, Norfolk Co., Massachusetts40

More About R
UTH SCANT:
Baptism: May 26, 1695, Braintree, Norfolk Co., Massachusetts41
     
Children of B
ENJAMIN NILES and RUTH SCANT are:
79. i.   DAVID4 NILES, b. October 20, 1700, Braintree, Norfolk Co., Masachusetts; d. Abt. 1766, Middleboro, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts.
  ii.   RUTH NILES, b. Bef. September 27, 1703, Braintree, Norfolk Co., Massachusetts42; d. Unknown.
  More About RUTH NILES:
Baptism: September 26, 1703

80. iii.   MARY NILES, b. September 07, 1706; d. Unknown.
81. iv.   REBECCA NILES, b. Bef. October 24, 1714, Braintree, Norfolk Co., Massachusetts; d. Unknown.
     
Child of BENJAMIN NILES and LYDIA SECOMB is:
  v.   REBECCA4 NILES, b. Abt. 1716; d. Abt. 1716.
  More About REBECCA NILES:
Burial: 1716.


22. NATHANIEL3 NILES (JOSEPH2, JOHN1) was born Abt. 1680 in Braintree, Norfolk Co., Massachusetts, and died Bef. July 1758 in West Greemwich, Kent Co., Rhode Island42. He married (1) JANE LITTLEFIELD Abt. 1700 in Boston, Suffolk Co., Massachusetts, daughter of CALEB LITTLEFIELD and MARY ALLEN. She was born 1681, and died Abt. 1701. He married (2) TABITHA GARDINER Abt. 1707 in Kingston, Washington Co., Rhode Island, daughter of GEORGE GARDINER and TABITHA TEFFT. She was born February 02, 1686/87 in Kingston, Washington Co., Rhode Island, and died February 02, 1760 in Cranston, Providence Co., Rhode Island.

Notes for N
ATHANIEL NILES:
Joseph 2 Niles was married to Mary (Farr) Mycall. Evidence points to him having an unrecorded son born c1680 named Nathaniel. He is thought to be the Nathaniel whom was in Kinsstown RI c1712 & who purchased 100 acres in west part of East Greenwich in the area later set off as West Greenwich. The 1712 deed refers to him as the sonne of Joseph Niles. Deed probably written that way to distinguish him from Capt. Nathaniel 2 & Capt Nathaniel own son Nathaniel 3 who by then were also at Kingstown from Block Island. Nathaniel 3 (son of Joseph) married Tabitha Gardiner b Feb 1687, dau of George & Tabitha (Tefft) Gardiner. No record of the marriage found but George Gardiner's will mentions Nathaniel Niles as his son. Nathaniel & Tabitha (Gardiner) Niles were the progenitors of the West Greenwich RI Niles families. Most reseachers are unaware of Nathaniel link to Joseph.



Notes for J
ANE LITTLEFIELD:
Jos 2's youngest son, Nathaniel 3 Niles, m (1) Boston MA c1700 Jane Littlefield, an out of wedlock dau of Caleb Littlefield & Mary Allen. Nathaniel 3 Niles impregnated Jane Littlefield c1700 and they had a son Nathaniel 4 Niles. They were married before Jane appeared before the Boston Court of General Sessions in Oct of 1700. Jane probably died at Braintree in 1701. Nathl 3 moved to RI where he married 2nd Tabitha Gardiner. [TAG, Jane Littlefield, A New Wife for Nathaniel 3 Niles of East & West Greenwich RI, by Anne Mckee Niles (2000)]. Nathl 3's brother John named his daughter Jane born in 1710 perhaps in Jane Littlefield's honor. The name Jane appears in Nathl 4's line but not in the lines for his half-brothers & sister. (from Allen D. Niles)

Marriage Notes for N
ATHANIEL NILES and JANE LITTLEFIELD:
The following is a grand jury presentation to the Court of General Sessions of the Peace held in Boston, the first Thursday of October 1700: "We present Nathaniel Niles and Jane Littlefield now Jane Niles both of the Town of Braintrey for fornication she being delivered of a living child about four months after marriage Witness, Sarah Gurney, Midwife." (Records held at the Massachusetts Historical Society)
     
Child of N
ATHANIEL NILES and JANE LITTLEFIELD is:
82. i.   NATHANIEL4 NILES, JR., b. Abt. 1700, Braintree, Norfolk Co., Massachusetts; d. Bef. May 28, 1785, West Greenwich, Kent Co., Rhode Island.
     
Children of NATHANIEL NILES and TABITHA GARDINER are:
83. ii.   TABITHA4 NILES, b. Abt. 1706, Kingstown, Washington Co., Rhode Island; d. 1795, West Greenwich, Kent Co., Rhode Island.
84. iii.   CAPTAIN JOHN NILES, b. Abt. 1711, West Greenwich, Kent Co., Rhode Island; d. Unknown.
85. iv.   JOSEPH NILES, b. Abt. 1715, Kingston, Washington Co., Rhode Island; d. May 24, 1791, West Greenwich, Kent Co., Rhode Island.
86. v.   SAMUEL NILES, b. February 08, 1719/20, East Greencwich, Kent Co., Rhode Island; d. October 03, 1778, West Greenwich, Kent Co., Rhode Island.


23. REV. D. D. SAMUEL3 NILES (NATHANIEL2, JOHN1) was born May 01, 1674 in New Shoreham, Block Island, Washington Co., Rhode Island43, and died May 01, 1762 in Braintree, Norfolk Co., Massachusetts44. He married (1) ELIZABETH THACHER May 29, 1701 in Milton, Norfolk Co., Massachusetts45, daughter of PETER THACHER and THEODORA OXENBRIDGE. She was born March 07, 1682/83 in Milton, Norfolk Co., Massachusetts45, and died February 10, 1715/16 in Braintree, Norfolk Co., Massachusetts46. He married (2) ANN CODDINGTON November 22, 1716 in Newport, Newport Co., Rhode Island46, daughter of NATHANIEL CODDINGTON and SUSANNA HUTCHINSON. She was born December 26, 1677 in Block Island, Newport Co., Rhode Island, and died October 25, 1732 in Braintree, Norfolk Co., Massachusetts. He married (3) ELIZABETH ADAMS December 22, 1737 in Braintree, Norfolk Co., Massachusetts46, daughter of WILLIAM ADAMS and ALICE BRADFORD. She was born February 23, 1680/81 in Dedham, Norfolk Co., Massachusetts, and died December 27, 1760 in New Haven, New Haven Co., Connecticut.

Notes for R
EV. D. D. SAMUEL NILES:
In 1699 he graduated from Harvard - the first from Rhode Island. In 1700 he began missionary work in Kingston, Rhode Island. On May 23, 1711 he was ordained at Braintree Second Church. His third wife Elizabeth was the widow of Rev. Samuel Whiting.

Samuel Niles lived with his maternal grandparents about 1689. He was graduated from Harvard in 1699 and preached in the district of Rhode Island called the ministrial lands, and he preached at Kingston, Rhode Island 1702-11, was ordained pastor in that part of Braintree which is now the city of Quincy, 1711, and there baptized around 1200 and received into his church 312 persons. From 1711 until his death, he was the pastor of the 2nd Church of Braintree, MA. In 1759 he received the degree of MA from Harvard. He was the author of " Tristiae Ecclasiarium", 1745," Vindication of Divers Important Doctrines", 1752, and " Doctrines of Original Sin", 1757 and left a manuscript " Histories of the Wars in New England with the French and Indians", which was written about 1760 and has been published in "Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society, Third Series, Vol 6.

"He graduated at Harvard College 1699, was the author of several published works and a manuscript History of the French & Indian War, his best known work, later published in the Mass. Hist. Soc. Collections, Third Series, Vol.6. He was also tutor to a number of young students or wards. He resided on Elm St. just east of the present church building of the First Congregational Church where his descendants remained until about 1690, but he also had a large farm called Beersheba on the location of the present Norfolk County Hospital at Braintree Highlands which he purchased in 1713." (Spague- 3543R)

"Rev. SAMUEL NILES,3 son of Capt. Nathaniel2 and Sarah (Sands) Niles, b. on Block Island, May 1, 1701; (According to his gravestone, he was b. May 1, 1671). (In his Indian Wars he says he was born on Block Island, and feelingly describes the depredations committed by the French privateers, in 1689, in his youth, while he resided there. The statement, therefore, made in the Am. Quar. Register for Aug., 1835, that he was b. in Braintree is unfounded.)

m. 1, ELIZABETH THACHER, b. March 7, 1682-3, dau. of Rev. Peter Thacher of Milton, (b. 1651; H. C., 1671; d. Dec. 17, 1727,) who was son of Rev. Thomas Thacher, b. in Old Sarum, Eng., 1620; settled at Weymouth; first pastor of the Old South Chh., Boston, where he was installed Feb. 16, 1670; d. Oct. 15, 1687. (Mrs. Elizabeth Niles’s mother was Theodora Oxenbridge, dau. of Rev. John Oxenbridge, b. in Daventry, Eng., 1609; educated at Oxford; inst. pastor of First Church in Boston, April 10, 1670; d. Dec. 18, 1674, a. 65. Mrs. Niles on her death bed earnestly commended to her mournful consort, Mrs. Ana Coddington, as the (future) mother of her children, and wife of her husband. "Her memory is dear, and her example for piety above most." (MS. of Rev. Samuel Niles.) Mrs. Niles d. in child-bed, Feb. 10, 1715-16, a. 33; buried 13th; was the first person interred in the Old Cemetery in the present town of Braintree, opposite Dr. Storr’s meeting-house. (Grave-stone.)

m. 2. Nov. 22, 1716, ANN CODDINGTON, dau. of Hon. Nathaniel Coddington of Newport, R. I., by his wife Susanna Hutchinson of Boston. They were m. by Gov. Samuel Cranston of Rhode Island (Mr. Niles "was accompanied to the wedding by Rev. Nathaniel Fells, (his class-mate, H. C., 1699; of Sciluate; pastor there 46 years. 1704-1730; d. Aug. 25, 1750, a. 72) and Mr. Samuel Fiske (son of Rev. Moses Fiske of First Chh. Braintree; H. C., 1708; pastor in Salem from 1718 to 1745; d. April 10, 1770, a. 81;) who, with sundry gentlemen, all accompanied us home, where we found my much honored father, Rev. Mr. Thacher of Milton, with many others. (on our arrival) Nov. 30, 1716" (MS. of Rev. Samuel Niles.) She d. Oct. 25, 1732, a. 55.

m. 3. Dec. 22, 1737, ELIZABETH (ADAMS) WHITING, b. Feb. 23, 1680-1, wid. of Rev. Samuel Whiting, pastor at Windham, Connecticut, to whom she was m. Sept. 4, 1696, and who d. 1725. She was dau. of Rev. William and Alice (Bradford) Adams of Dedham. Her father grad. H. C., 1671; ord. pastor First Church, Dedham, Dec. 3, 1673; d. Aug. 17, 1685. Her mother was dau. of Major William, who was the son of Gov. William Bradford of Plymouth. (“We came home (from the wedding) attended with gentlemen and friends; and a great number met us at my house; and with her came her son Nathan Whiting, who was received from the church n Windham to the church in Braintree, Jan. 8, 1737-8.” (Ibid.)) Mrs. Niles d. 1700, a. 80.

Mr. Niles in his youth, and particularly in 1689, lived with his aged grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Sands, on Block Island, and took care of them. He was taken by the crew of a French privateer, in a descent made by them on that Island in July of that year, but escaped. In consequence of the ravages committed by them on the property of his relatives, he was, as he says, kept from school six years; so that he was 22 when he entered college; and was the first student, who entered college from Rhode Island. He grad. H. C., 1699; studied divinity, probably, with his father-in-law, Rev. Mr. Thacher of Milton; began to preach at Kingston, R. I., then the residence of his father in 1702; removed thence with his family to Braintree in 1710; was ordained pastor of the Second Church (now First) in Braintree, May 23, 1711; the pastor elect preaching on the occasion, as was then the custom, from Romans, 15:30. "Strive together with me in your prayers to God for me." ("Rev. Joseph Belcher of Bedham, proceeded with the church in my admission, being then dismissed from the Church of Christ in Milton, where I had stood related for divers years. viz. twelve years and about four months. Rev. Peter Thacher of Milton, (his father-in-law.) gave the Charge; Rev. John Danforth of Dorchester, the Right Hand of Fellowship; Rev. Peter Thacher of Milton, Rev. Mr. Belcher, and Rev. Peter Thacher (son of Thomas Thacher of Boston. He was pastor at Weymouth, 1707-1718; of New South Church, Boston, 1723-1739.) of Weymouth laid on hands." (MS. Rev. Samuel Niles.) It was customary at that period for ministers to be admitted members of the churches, previously to assuming the pastoral office over them.

His ministry was a long, an active, and a useful one. According to a Record which he kept, he administered the ordinance of the Lord’s Supper 301 times; baptized about 1200 persons; and received 312 to full communion in his church. He continued to preach, without a colleague, till the last Sabbath of his life; and died on his birth-day, May 1, 1762, a. 88. the sermon at his funeral was delivered by Rev. William Smith of Weymouth (grandfather of J. Q. Adams,) from 1 Sam., 15:1. "And Samuel died." He d. "in the firm belief of the great doctrines of grace, which he had faithfully preached, and publicly defended." (Grave-stone.)

He took the degree of Master of Arts in 1759, at Harvard College, sixty years after he first graduated. He was a man of much talent, and strength, and worth of character. President John Adams, though differing from him in many points of his religious belief, characterized him as :an honest, virtuous, and pious man.” His publications were -- "Tristine Ecclesiarum; A Brief and Sorrowful Account of the present state of the Churches in New England," 1745; "Vindication of Divers Important Doctrines, against the misrepresentation contained in a late printed discourse of Rev. Lemuel Bryant" (of Quincy,) 8 vo., 1752; "Scripture Doctrine of Original Sin, in answer to Taylor," 8 vo. 1757; 320 pages. Besides these works, Mr. Niles composed near the close of his life, or in 1760, a History of the Wars in New England with the French and Indians. This was prepared for the press, but no printer would undertake the publication. The MS. slumbered in an old trunk, and was long supposed, by some who had known of its existence, to be irrecoverably lost. It was found at length, about seventy years afterwards, in a box of papers, bequeathed by Rev. Dr. Freeman, of Boston, to the Massachusetts Historical Society, and was printed in the sixth volume, third series, of their collections.

It is now ninety-five years since he died; and the pastorates of two ministers, his successors, Rev. Ezra Weld, (ord. Nov. 17, 1762,) and Rev. Richard Salter Storrs, (ord. July 3, 1811,) have filled up nearly the whole of this long period. (Rev. Mr. Niles in his will, dated April 19, 1762, recorded Suff. Prob., 60:186, disposes of considerable property, and along with it of three negro slaves. The will divides the slaves among the sons, and makes no provision for their liberty.)" (The Vinton Memorial; pp. 346-348)

The cemetery where Rev Sam, his father Nathl, and 1st wife Elizabeth are buried is now known as the Elm Street Cem, Quincy MA. Quincy was established from the North Precinct of Old Braintree. ( For what it's worth, I'm not positive Rev Sam was granted a degree in 1699. He wrote a letter requesting his degree but may have not been given one. The MA degree in 1759 may have been bestowed by Harvard upon recognition of his contributions. Silby's book lists graduates of Harvard. Someday I would like to look up the class of 1699! Interestingly, Harvard only graduated about 8 or 9 students per year in those days. I note Rev Sam was not ordained until c1710, but don't know if that had anything to do with when or if he actually graduated. He did preach from about 1700 to 1710 among the Indians near his father's home in RI before going to Braintree. You would have insight on the requirements for ordaination. ) Rev Sam also wrote, "New England's Victory at Louisburg, Nova Scotia," in 1747, describing in verse the defeat of the French at Louisburg by an American ground and British naval force of over 4,000 men led by LGEN Peperrell of Maine. The defeat ended France's attempts to colonize the America northeast as a French Colony. Niles' epic poem was published in 1747 in newspapers. No doubt he took particular delight in writing it, recalling his trials at the hands of the French in his youth at Block Is. (from Allen D. Niles)
     
Children of S
AMUEL NILES and ELIZABETH THACHER are:
87. i.   ELIZABETH4 NILES, b. May 16, 1706, Kingston, Washington Co., Rhode Island; d. Abt. 1770.
88. ii.   SARAH NILES, b. May 20, 1708, Kingston, Washington Co., Rhode Island; d. October 22, 1738, Braintree, Norfolk Co., Massachusetts.
89. iii.   JUDGE SAMUEL NILES, b. May 14, 1711, Braintree, Norfolk Co., Massachusetts; d. April 30, 1804, Lebanon, New London Co., Connecticut.
90. iv.   MARY NILES, b. May 27, 1713, Braintree, Norfolk Co., Massachusetts; d. Unknown.
  v.   NATHANIEL NILES, b. February 02, 1715/16, Braintree, Norfolk Co., Massachusetts46; d. March 08, 1730/31, Braintree, Norfolk Co., Massachusetts47.
     
Children of SAMUEL NILES and ANN CODDINGTON are:
  vi.   ELISHA4 NILES, b. January 08, 1717/18, Braintree, Norfolk Co., Massachusetts48; d. January 11, 1718/19, Braintree, Norfolk Co., Massachusetts49.
  vii.   ELISHA NILES, b. July 30, 1719, Braintree, Norfolk Co., Massachusetts49; d. July 01, 1776, Braintree, Norfolk Co., Massachusetts49; m. ANNA THAYER, December 07, 1752, Braintree, Norfolk Co., Massachusetts49; b. January 31, 1721/22, Braintree, Norfolk Co., Massachusetts49; d. Unknown.
  Notes for ELISHA NILES:
He held "many offices of public trust, as town Clerk & Treasurer he served twenty three years successively and continued in said offices till the day of his death which was July 1,1776" says the town record. He resided at his father's farm "Beersheba" at the present site of Norfolk Co. Hospital until his father's death in 1762 after which he probably resided in the former parsonage on Elm St. some of the time. Since he was buried at Dyer Hill Cem. he was evidently residing in Braintree Highlands at his decease. The old house there was standing until near 1900. The site is now marked by huge lilac bushes to the right of the front entrance to the hospital buildings (1950). Dr. Alden says he lived where John Holbrook who married his step daughter Anna Wild lived afterwards. No Children. (Sprague)

91. viii.   SUSANNAH NILES, b. July 30, 1719, Braintree, Norfolk Co., Massachusetts; d. May 09, 1754, Braintree, Norfolk Co., Massachusetts.


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