Nathaniel Batcheller, Jr
M, #1879, born 1630
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- Nathaniel Batcheller, Jr, was born in 1630.
He married Dec. 10, 1656, Deborah Smith, dau. of John Smith of Martha's Vineyard, sister of John, niece of Ruth Dalton: d. March 8, 1675: m. 2d, Oct. 31, 1676, Mrs. Mary (Carter) Wyman, dau. of Rev. Thomas Carter and wid. of John Wyman of Wodburn; b. July 24, 1648, d. in 1688: she was cousin of his first wife: m. 3rd, Oct. 23, 1689, Elizabeth B. Knill, wid. of John: she survived him: she was admitted a member of the Charlestown church, Sept. e, 1677. He was always a resident of Hampton, and held many offices of trust and honor in the town and church. He was for some time constable, and and for nine years a selectman. Nathaniel Bachelor of Hampton made a desposition Dec. 9, 1680, and was then about 50 years of age. His province rate was the fifth in size in 1680 of a list of 150 inhabitants of Hampton. He was constable in 1863. The following anecdote is told of him: When, after the death of his first wife, he was determined to marry again, he resolved to be governed in his choice by the direction in which his staff, held perpendicularly over the floor, should it fall, when dropped from his hand. The experiment being tried, the staff fells towards the southwest, and in that direction he bent his steps. Having traveled as far as Wodburn, he called on the Widow Wyman and offered her his hand, statinf he was going to Boston and would call for her answer on his return. It was favorable, for they were at once married. His widow, Elizabeth, and children, made an agreement Marcgh 17,1710, in addition to his will, which dated Feb. 14, 1706-7. The parties were the widow, Nathaniel, ect, ect. More in the book: Batchelder, Barcheller Genealogy. Descendants of Rev. Stephen Bachiler, of England, By Frederick Clifton Pierce.
- Nathaniel Batcheller, Jr, and Deborah Smith were married on 10 December 1656.
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Rev Stephen Bachiler
M, #1883, born 1561, died 1660
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Spouse/Partner: Helen died 1642
- Rev Stephen Bachiler was born in 1561 in England.
Rev. Stephen Bachiler, b. In England in 1561: m. _____ _____: she d. In England: m. 2d, in England, Helen _____, b. 1583, d. 1642: m. 3d, about 1648, Mary _____.
NOTE: someone hand wrote in the book that is was Helen Mercer.
Rev, Stephen Bachiler was born in 1561, matriculated at St. John's College, Oxford, in 1581, and in 1586, at the age of twenty-six, was presented by Lord de la Warr to the living of Wherwell ("Horrell"), a pretty village in Hampshire, on the Kingsclere, Burghclere and Highclere (a few miles from Wherwell), a large family of Bachilers; and at Upper Clatford in 1571 there died a Richard Bachiler whose will Mentions several family names early found in Hampton, N.H. While Stephen Bachiler was at Wherwell, there was living at Andover and Weyhill, a few miles away, Rev. James Samborne, whose son, * Rev. James Samborne, Jr., was rector of Grately (near by) in 1604, and of Upper Clatford from 1610 to 1628. Anne Samborne, a cousin of Rev. James Samborne, Sr., married Rev. Anthony Gattonby, rector from 1572 to 1605 of Goodworth Clatford, the next parish to Wherwell. These Sambornes were of a Berkshire family which derived its Hampshire connection from a marriage with the Bracas family of Beaurepaire (a few miles east of Wherwell) and the Rogers family of Freefolk (the next parish east of Wherwell). This Rogers connection made the Sambornes heirs to the estates of the Lisles of Thruxton, a parish near Andover, and thus associated the Samborne family with Hampshire. In 1605 Mr. Bachiler was "deproved" of his benefice, presumable for Calvinistic opinions, and by order of the commission appointed by James I. To investigate religious opinions. One member of this commission was Lord de la Warr, a son of the nobleman who was presented Mr. Bachiler to the living Wherwell. Mr Bachiler is said to have taken refuge in Holland, as the Plymouth Pilgrims did in 1608, but no record of his life there is found. His son-in-law, Rev. John Wing, was the first pastor of an English church at Middleburgh in Holland, from 1620 onward; and it is curious to note that a Mr. Samuel Bachiler, minister in Sir Charles Morgan's + fighting regiment in Holland, was the same year called to a pastorate in Flushing, but declined. May it not be that this was a son of Stephen Bachiler? Samuel Bachiler was the author of a book called "Miles Christianus" ++ (perhaps the same volume which Mr. Bachiler sent to Margaret Tyndall, Governor Winthrop's wife, in October, 1639, from Hampton).
* Sanborne Genealogy, by V.C. Sanborn, La Grange, Ill.
+ It seems worth noting that another Morgan, Sylvanus by name, in his "Sphere of Gentry," gives a coat of arms (which I cannot verify) for Rev. Stephen Bachiler. - Vert, a plow in fesse; in the base the sun rising or. [Sanborne Genealogy.]
++ Miles Christianus, or the Campe Royal, Set forth in briefe Meditations on the Words of the Prophet Moses , Duet. XXIII, 9-14, hereunder the following: "When the host goeth forth against thine enemies, then keep thee from every wicked thing. . . For For the Lord thy God walketh in the Midst of thy camp, to deliver thee, and to give up thine enemies before thee. Preached in the armie at Danger-Leager, profitable for all sorts of men to reade; and published for thee genralll good for all that willreade, By Samuel Bachiler, Preacher To the English at Gorinchem. Amsterdam Printed by R.P. in the Yeare MDCXXV." (There is a manuscript inscription.) "To the honorable Gentablemen Mr. Ashley his worthy friend, the Authour wisheth all happiness." The above is the title-page of the Bachiler's book; it is a thin, small, quarto bound in vellum.-55 pages in all, - a sermon, rather dull apparently. There is a three-page preference address "To all my deare and loving Countrimen in service to the States of the United Provinces, the honourable officers, and all honest souldiers of the English nation residing in the Netherlands, and specially (as service bindeth me) to those of the Gorcum in Holland, S B. Wisheth all happie successes," ect. There is also "an Admonitorie Postscript," to "the Reader whoever" Gorcum, in Dutch Gorinchem, is a fortified town of 11,000 people in South Holland, about twelve miles east of Dort, through which you pass in going by rail from Antwerp to Rotterdam and Amsterdam. I did not go there, nor is it now so important as in the time of the Spanish wars, when it was one of the keys to the province of Holland. There is no other work by Samuel Bachiler on the catalog of the British Museum.
In this letter Mr. Bachiler mistakes Mrs. Winthrop's Christian name, calling her "Alice" instead of Margaret; but that was pardonable, for John Winthrop had three wives before he was thirty-four years old, and a patriarch of seventy-eight, like Bachiler, could hqardly be expected to recall them all. But he had dined with this Mrs. Margaret Winthrop, at Groton, Eng., June 22, 1621, and no doubt on other occasions, and could properly address her as "Auncient & Christian Frende." He went on to say:
"I present my great respect abd thankfulness unto you in a little token. And thought it to be little in itself, yet doth it contain greater weight of true worth than can easily be comprehended but of the spirtual man . . . Looking among some special reserve books, and lighting on this little treatise * of one of mine own poor children, I conceived nothing might suit more to my love, nor your acceptance. As God gives you leisure to read anything that may further your piety, and hope of a better life than this, if you shall please to vouchsafe a little part of that time to read this by degrees, I shall judge it more than a sufficient satisfaction to my love and desire of furthering in my way of grace."
I suppose this "Christian Soldier" Samuel Bachiler to have been a sermon on the religious life, suggested by his experience with the English volunteers in Holland, and perhaps preached there, and even printed, as many Puritan works were, outside of England, in order to escape the prohibition of the archbishop's licenser, for Laud, for 1635 onward, was very strict to keep back Calvinistic books from circulation in England. If Stephen Bachiler brought many copies of it to New Hampshire, as he may well have done, they were probably burned, with his library, a few years later; since he mentions, in a letter to Winthrop in 1644, he has "had a great loss by fire, well known, to the value of £200, with my whole study of books" in Hampton. In the same letter, written when he was proposing to settle in Exeter, he tells Winthrop that "I procured the plantation for them [at Hampton] and have been at great charges in many ways since, for the upholding of furthering of the same; yet I never had any maintenance from them hitherto."
Assuming that Stephen Bachiler was in Holland for a time, it seems probable this was between 1607 and 1620, although no record has yet been found concerning him in the church, town, or military register of Middleburgh or Flushing, where his kindred were. But when in London (June 23, 1631), and while he was making preparation to come to New England, permission was granted to him and his wife Helen, with his daughter, "Ann Sandburn, widow" - the latter described as living in the Strand, London - to go to Flushing for two months to visit his sons and daughters there. Flushing is in Zealand near Middleburgh, and was garrisoned by English soldiers for more than half a century, beginning in 1572. It was easy of access from England, even in time of war; and war was going on in Holland during all the early years of the seventeenth century. Probably Mr. Bachiler's children and grandchildren were on the island of Walcheren, which contains Flushing and Middleburgh.
Soon after leaving Wherwell, Mr. Bachiler settled in Newton Stacy, the nearest hamlet on the east. There he bought and sold land from 1622 to 1631, as Mr. Waters and founf in the "Fett of Fines" for Hampshire, which contains the following: +
"Paschal Term, 1622: Stephen Bachiler, clerk, bought of George Hunter and Dorothy his wife, and Edward Abbott, one garden, one orchard, 44 acres of land, one acre pasture - all in Newton Stacy, Hants."
"Paschal Term, 1629: Stephen Bachiler, clerk, bought of H. Holloway on cottage, two gardens, two orchards, 40 acres of land - all in Newton Stacy, Hants."
These purchases gave a considerable property, all of which was turned into money by Mr. Bachiler before sailing for Boston in the William and Francis, March 9, 1632 - as these entries show:
"Michaelmas Tern, 1630: W. Houghton, Thomas Roberts et al. Bought of Stepehn Bachiler, clerk, and Helen his wife, two gardens, two orchards, 80 acres of land - two acres of pasture - all in Newton Stacy, Hants ++
* In 1626 Samuel Bachiler published another treatise on religious questions, mixed with politics, entitled "The Dangers Hanging over Head of England and France," but it is not likely this was the book sent to Mrs. Winthrop.
+ V.C. Sanborn.
++ Autograph, Stephen Bachiler.
"Trinity Term, 1631: Thomas Mann bought of Stephen Bachiler clerk, and Helen his wife, certain land in Newton Stacy."
About 1629 a colonizing society (the "Plow Company") was organized in England, to settle the so-called "Plow Patent" in Maine (Casco); and Mr. Bachiler, then sixety-eight years old, was its pastor. His son-in-law, Christopher Hussey, of Dorking (but perhaps the kinsman of Christopher Hussey, mayor of Winchester in 1609, 1618 and 1631), emigrated to New England in the Summer of 1630, and settled at Lynn, where Mr. Bachiler joined the family two years later. The Plow Company failed, "by false dealing of those entrusted by us with Plough's ship and our goods therein;" and Mr. Bachiler formed a small church in Lynn - baptizing first his grandson, Stephen Hussey, born 1630. He had come over in the William and Francis, with his other grandchildren, John, William and Stephen Samborne, landing in Boston June 5, 1632. When neither his wife nor the widow Samborne seems to have come. He d. Hackey, England in 1660; res. Lynn, Mass., Hampton, N.H., and Hackey, now a part of London England.
All the known children of Rev. Stephen Bachiler married in Hampshire or the neighboring countries.
Taken from the book: Batchelder, Barcheller Genealogy. Descendants of Rev. Stephen Bachiler, of England, By Frederick Clifton Pierce.
- Rev Stephen Bachiler died in 1660 at age ~99 in Hackney, England.
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