Notes for Nathaniel Holcomb: Capt. Nathaniel Holcombe was born on 25 October 1696 at Simsbury (now Granby), Hartford Co., CT, USA.7 He was the son of Lt. Nathaniel Holcombe and Martha Buell. Capt. Nathaniel Holcombe was baptized on 5 December 1697 at Simsbury, Hartford Co., CT, USA.7,8 He married Thankful Hayes, daughter of George Hayes and Abigail Dibble, on 9 October 1717 at Simsbury, Hartford Co., CT, USA.9,10 Capt. Nathaniel Holcombe married Mary Buttolph, daughter of Sgt. David Buttolph and Mary Buck, on 14 December 1771 at Simsbury, Hartford Co., CT, USA.4,11 Capt. Nathaniel Holcombe died before 18 December 1782 at Salmon Brook Ecclesiastical Society, Simsbury, Hartford Co., CT, USA.
On October 9, 1717, Nathaniel Holcomb III, eldest son of Nathaniel Holcomb Jr. and Martha Buell, married Thankful Hayes, fifth daughter of George Hayes and Abigail Dibble. He was twenty, she was seventeen. The second generation of the Euro-Americans at Salmon Brook was marrying earlier in life than the first had, and this may explain the tendency for the young couples to continue to live a few years in their parents' households before moving on to their own homesteads. It was not until the fall of 1719, a year after the birth of their first child, Hannah, that they had a house of their own next to "Crooked Brook" at the foot of Bushy Hill (now 45 Bushy Hill Road). There in the winter of 1720, Thankful would give birth to Nathaniel IV. This house was recognized in 1986 as the oldest house in Granby.
Nathaniel and Thankful did not become wealthy, but they did manage to pay off their debts and build a substantial farm. Now in September, 1733, Isaac Dewey of Westfield and Nathaniel Higley purchased the land. They built their new homestead on an 11-acre upland lot just west of their meadow lands, as part of Thankful's inheritance from her father's estate.
Nathaniel would clear the stumps of huge trees, begin his orchard, and build a barn for the animals he hoped to raise. Thankful would keep her garden, process and prepare foods, probably with only a few utensils, and share in the care of the animals. Over the next twelve years she would give birth to five more children in the little borning room in the back south corner of the house. In their next house she would have six more, for a total of thirteen.
Within a year, they would have a few neighbors - all young people they had grownup with at Salmon Brook. Thankful's brother Samuel had married her friend Elizabeth Willcockson in 1719 and her brother George would marry another friend, Jane Matson, in 1722. Both of these couples received lots just south of the Holcomb's. Farther down the path toward Barn Door Hills her sister Sarah and husband John Gossard would soon build a house, and just to her north, her friend Mary Matson and husband Ebenezer Lamson had a new houselot.
After the 1740 marriage of their son Nathaniel to Margaret Gossett, the children of the father and son are confused. For example, both Lydia and Theodosia were born in the same year, as were Roger and Hulda, Ruth and Margaret. Roger can be included with this family because his birth listed his father as Capt. Nathaniel and there was only one Capt. Nathaniel. All other births just listed Nathaniel 3rd or 4th, and the numbers changed when the fathers died.
Kathy Fenton notes in her Nutmegger article that the births of the children for Nathaniel and Thankful are not properly recorded because of "the turmoil within the Simsbury church during that period, a time during which either such events were not recorded or the records have been subsequently lost or misplaced. Apparently for some time before the establishment of the second and third church societies in 1736, residents of Salmon Brook (i.e., Granby) had assembled for services at the home of Daniel Hayes (Nathaniel's brother-in-law) . . "
During Kathy's research they located Nathaniel's probate packet at the Connecticut State Library in Hartford. This provided indisputable proof of the names of all children of Nathaniel who survived to adulthood.
Some authors have listed two other children that are probably children of other Holcombe families, or grandchildren of Nathaniel and Mary.
Zaccheus, who was born in Simsbury, January 14, 1744 or 1745; died July 19, 1762. Seaver does not mention this child. McCracken notes he died at age 17. Bowman and Kathy Fenton both suggest this is the Zaccheus who is the son of Nathaniel IV.
Ruth, the second daughter of this name mentioned by Bowman.
As "Thankful Holcomb," Thankful signed in 1734 with other heirs of her father, George Hayes, deed to part of land of his estate to her half-brother, Daniel Hayes.12
More About Nathaniel Holcomb and Thankful Hayes: Marriage: 09 Oct 1717, Simsbury, Hartford, Connecticut, USA.
Children of Nathaniel Holcomb and Thankful Hayes are:
+Amos H Holcombe, b. 01 Jun 1732, Simsbury, Hartford, Connecticut, USA, d. May 1814, Isle La Motte, Grand Isle, Vermont, USA.