Going so far back in time, there are a few theories out there as to when Nicolas
Wallington was born and who his parents were, but I don’t have a very high confidence in
them at this point. Also, I realize that there are some records and indications of
Nicholas’ various dealings in his life that I have yet to research. The following is
what I know so far.
It looks like as a boy, Nicholas arrived in Boston, Suffolk County, MA from Southampton,
England on April 24, 1638 aboard the Confidence. He was likely a servant to Stephen
Kent, who eventually settled in Newbury, Essex County, MA. Nicholas eventually was no
longer a servant and married Sarah Travers, daughter of Henry and Bridget Travers, on
August 30, 1654 in Newbury.
1663 finds Nicholas and family living in Rowley, Essex County, MA. In 1670, he became a
freeman (not a “free man” from being a servant, but a citizen in good standing
and able to vote). On November 26, 1675, he became co-administrator of his
mother-in-law’s will. I suppose this demonstrates the level of trust that his extended
family had in him.
From what I can gather, Nicholas and Sarah had a great number of children:
- John, born September 16, 1655; died January 6, 1656
- Nicholas, born January 2, 1657; married Elizabeth Palmer, December 4, 1678; died May 10,
- John, born April 7, 1659 in Newbury, Essex County, MA; married Mary Tuttle on December 6,
1687 in Dover, Rockingham County, NH; died 1709
- Sarah, born May 20, 1661; married Caleb Hopkinson, November 25, 1679
- Mary, born August 20, 1663
- James, born October 6, 1665; married Deborah _____
- Hannah, born November 1667
- William, born February 7, 1670
- Joseph, born April 20, 1672
- Elizabeth, born June 23, 1674
- Esther, born June 8, 1676
- Benjamin, born June 27, 1678
- Abigail, born June 24, 1680
The most interesting thing I find about Nicholas is his mysterious death. Every source
tells me that he was taken captive and died at sea. I don’t know what prompted him to
travel or how anyone found out he was taken captive. In any event, his probate was
opened on March 28, 1682 and was not closed until 1703 I suppose that the circumstances
of his death and his large number of children contributed to this long period.
Meanwhile, Nicholas’ wife Sarah moved on in her life. On May 18, 1691, she married
Onesiphorus Marsh as his third wife. Onesiphorus, according to his gravestone, died on
May 15, 1713 and is buried in Pentucket Cemetery in Haverhill, Essex County, MA. I don’t
know where Sarah is buried.
We’ll take one more step back through Sarah’s line just to find another mystery!