Birth: 21 SEP 1592 St. Botolph's, Billingsgate, London,
Details: When Nathaniel was 15 when Robert, his father, died. Robert, Jr.,
thus become head of the house and he was an apprenticed his younger brother, Nathaniel, to
Samuel Croyle, wholesale merchant in Colchester, or as often called in those days, "a
grosser," or one who sold by the gross instead of by the pound or small quantity.
Marriage: ABT 1615 to Elizabeth Deming
Colchester, Essex, England
Birth of Daugher: 08 SEP 1616
Name: Elizabeth Foote
Place: Shalford, Essex, England
Birth of Son: 05 MAR 1619 (baptized)
Name: Nathaniel Foote
Birth of Daugher: ABT 1623
Name: Mary Foote
Birth of Daugher: ABT 1626
Name: Joanna Foote
Birth of Son: 05 MAR 1627
Name: Robert Foote
Birth of Daugher: ABT 1629
Name: Francis Foote
Birth of Daugher: 12 FEB 1632
Name: Sarah Foote
Place: Shalford, Essex Co, England
Immigration: ABT 1633
Place: from England to Watertown
Details: Nathaniel arrived with Sir Richard Saltonstall being in the brig
"Annie," and settling at Watertown, Mass.
Place: Colony of Massachusetts Bay
Land Rec: An homestall of sixteen acres by estimation,
bounded ye north and northwest wth ye highway, the south and southwest with Jeremiah
Norcross, granted to him.
Land Rec: Two acres of marsh by estimation, bounded ye south wth
ye river, the north with Henry Curtis. the east with John Firmin, and the west with John
Smith, granted to him.
Birth of Daugher: ABT 1634
Name: Rebecca Foote
Place: Wethersfield, Hartford Co, CT
Moved to: Spring 1635
Details: In the spring of 1635 the General Court gave its approval
for the removal of people from Watertown "to any place they shall think meet to make
choice, provided they continue still under this Government". Nathaniel,
Nathaniel Jr's father-in-law, Lt. Samuel Smith, and others from the Watertown Bay Colony
joined John Oldham who had started a new settlement which was first called Pyquag and
later became Wethersfield.. In Wethersfield, he became the richest landholder of his
Note: An early map of Wethersfield (1634-44), "the most
ancient town for the valley" and the oldest permanent settlement in Connecticut,
shows the homesteads of both the Smith and Foote families. Here the early colonists raised
corn and rye in the rich valley soil and grazed their cattle on the green pasture lands.
Nathaniel's name is found in the first records describing the first distribution of land.
A 1640 record states that Nathaniel was assigned a house lot of ten acres on the east side
of Broad street. His land holdings expanded and it was said that he was one of the richest
landholders of his day. Nathaniel was an "intelligent, pious and industrious
farmer". He was a Deputy in 1641, 1643 and 1644 and was selected by his neighbors to
be a delegate to the General Court in 1644.
Note: ABT 1637
Details: When the Pequot War was determined upon his name was mentioned in the
Colonial records as one from whom supplies were to be purchased for the commissary
Note: Perhaps he took part in the first public election by
American people held in Wethersfield, April 11, 1640. "This was in defiance of the
Royal Courts of the Crown and a demonstration of American liberty and independence, 135
years before its declaration at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania."
Deputy: 1641, 1643, 1644.