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Nathan Longfellow, Sr
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Birth: Feb. 5, 1690
Essex County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Jan. 15, 1731
Hampton Falls
Rockingham County
New Hampshire, USA

Nathan was the son of William Longfellow II & Anne Sewell.

Nathan was born 02/05/1690 probably while his father was on the expedition to Quebec under Govenor Phipps. He died 01/15/1731 in Hampton N.H. He married Mary Green the daughter of Jacob Green of Hampton Falls N.H. and the grand-daughter of Judge Henry Green, the earliest owner of the falls at Hampton Falls River, where he built and for four generations the family owned a gristmill and a sawmill. It was in the house near these mills that their first child was born. In 1966 the mills were owned by ex-Governor Wesley Powell.

An independent person who was not afraid to voice his opinion he refused to be qualified by taking of ye oath on 03/18/1722 and on 11/30/1726. He dissented against the legality of the meeting at a legal meeting of the inhabitants. He voted against a salary of 120 pounds and the appointment of Rev. Joseph Whipple to settle with us to the works of the ministry.

He left a will that reached Probate 02/02/1731
The Last will and Testement of Nathan Longfellow of Hampton in the Province of New Hampshier in New England being week and in low condition of body;
Imprimis: I give and bequeath to my son Jonathan Longfellow forty acres of land layeing in a place called the New Plantation, which land I bought of Samuel Dow and half of a Twelve acre Lott I bought of Thomas Loveit.
I give and bequeath to my son Jacob Longfellow Sixty acres of land layeing in the New Plantation which land I bought of Samil Dolton and the half of the above mentioned Twelve Acre Lott I bought of said Thomas Loveitt, also my will further is that my said son Jacob Longfellow shall have the improvement of sixty acres of land that I bought of Jacob Stanyan until he comes to be possed of what was given him by his Grandfather Jacob Green of Hampton afore said Deceased; and no longer.
I give and bequeath to my son Seuel Longfellow Two Lotts of Land Layeing in a place called the Grasse Swamp Containing Each Lott Twenty acres, which Lotts I bought of Capt. Joseph Swett and Elehas Chace-as also one half a twenty acre Lott running up the Rad Oak Rige, the other half owned by Joseph Low as also fifty acres of land layeing in the New Plantation which Land I bought of Capt. Joseph Cass.
Igive and bequeath unto my son Nathan Longfellow a home I bought of Caleb Swaine and John Swaine Containing aboute Sixteen or Seventeen acres, as also forty acres of land laid out to me by ye Province Lott Layers and returned to me on this Province Records, and eight acres of land I bought of Jacob Stanyan and a Lott of Land I bought of Jonathan Godfrey Containing aboute Sixteen acres.
I give and bequeath to my daughter Ann Longfellow onehundred acres of land I bought of Thomas Ward layeing in a place called The New Plantation as also the one half of my Common Right I bought of Jethro Tilton and Jacob Moulton.
I give and bequeath unto my daughter Abigiall Longfellow one hundred acres of land I bought of Edward Shaw Layeing in a place called The New Plantation, as also the other half of My Right in the Common that I bought of Jethro Tilton and Jacob Moulton.
I give and bequeath unto My Child as not yet born if it should be well born and live to the age of Twenty One years That Sixty acres of land I bought of Jacob Stanyan or when my Said Son Jacob is to aquit the same by being possed of his Said Grandfather's Estate.
I give and bequeath unto Mary my Dearly and well beloved wife My Dwelling house and barn with all the lands I have, adjoining to them, that I bought of Capt. Joseph Swett, during her natural life, then to return to my above said sons Jonathan and Jacob Longfellow, equally to be divided between them.
My will further is that all my just debts that I do in right and conscience owe to any person or persons to gather with my funeral charges, be truly paid and satisfied out of my personal Estate in Sum Covenant time after my Decease by my Executors hereafter named.
My will further is that those Children of mine that are chargeable for maintenance in their bringing up, that they shall be brought up with an equal proportion of each of my childrens portions above mentioned.
And I do by these presents make constitute and apoint my dear and well beloved wife Mary Longfellow and my well beloved and dutyfull son Jonathan Longfellow to be my sole executors to this, my last will and testement to see that it be performed in every particular and to take special care for my decent and christian burial, and my will further is that if any one of my above mentioned children should meet with any difficulty or disturbance in their respective porticons as above said, then each one of them to bare an equal proportion of all charges and for the confirmation of all above written I the said Nathan Longfellow have hereunto set my hand and seal this Twenty Second day of December annoque domini one thousand seven hundred and thirty and in the fourth year of the reaign of our soveragian Lord George the Second by the grace of God King over Grate Brittian & c.
Nathan Longfellow
Anne Adams
Elizabeth Cram
Richard Young
Proved feb. 2, 1730

Mary is shown residing in Kensington N.H. in 1732, as part of a list of 60 householders representing persons owning homes and living there in 1732.
When Nathan died, Mary was granted guardianship on 03/06/1733 of Ann (then about age 13 years); Jacob (age 11 years), Sewall (age 8 years), Abigail (age 6 years), Nathan (age 4 years) and Green (age 23 mos.) Her bond was granted for this guardianship; however, 2 years later she felt the burden of raising this young family, and guardianship of Ann was granted to Joseph Norton; three years later guardianship of Jacob was granted to his brother Jonathan; and on 12/20/1740 guardianship of Abigail, Nathan and Green was granted to Joseph Wadleigh of Hampton Falls, Yeoman.Mary married 2nd. Salisbury Mass. Joseph Macress 08/27/1733
In 1736 she signed with the consent of her present husband, an indenture of partition between her and son Jonathan that was unrecorded in the registry of deeds, Rockingham County N.H. These Provincial Deeds from 1702-1792 were part of a gift from E. Lawrence Sampter to the Philips Exeter Academy, Exeter N.H. This indenture served to split the real estate inheritance by deed of gift dated 04/11/1726(From her father Capt. Jacob Green) between herself, (Then to her son Jacob upon her death) and Jonathan. The property was real estate in Hampton (Homestead; land at Red Oak Bridge, so called; Crankway Pasture bought of Jona. Fellows; land at Great Hill; Land on town side of Grasshopper Plain, so called; one great lot of salt marsh at George's Wigwam, so called, bought of Thomas Cram; one corn mill in mill river at the falls" The indenture was dated 04/22/1736, and signed only by Joseph and Mary Macress Ackn. Newbury, 04/30/1736, Richard Kent J.P. Mary must have been concerned about the care young Green was getting as he was commited to the care of Timothy Hilliard by Mr. Wadleigh, his guardian. but she may have also been taken seriously ill, close to death, and saw the need for legal advice. On 04/28/1742 (The year of her death) she petitioned The Honorable Richard Waldron Esqr. Judge of ye Probate of wills &c. In and for the Province of New Hampshire in New England" for relief from Green's guardianship order, while stating her concerns. He suffers very much for want of suitable provision as to meat and clothing and proper Instruction & Education so that his health is much impaired and his life rendered very burdensome to him. And his Estate also is much neglected and Great waste and spoil made of ye wood and timber thereupon by sundry persons whether by the indulgence or allowance of his said Guardian I cannot say yr Petitioner therefore humbly prays that the said Minor may have relief under or release from his present servitude and be commited to such as will take more Effectual care for his suitable provision and Education And to that end that yr Honor would please to constitute me (his natural) to be a Legal Guardian of his person and some other meet person, Guardian to his Estate for the better preservation and Improvement of the same if need be so shall yr petitioner ever pray &c"Mr. Wadleigh, as guardian, provided the court a financial accounting for the three children that was allowed 08/25/1742, and which probably strengthens the belief the court granted Mary's Petition. It showed expenditures of L51, AND 12 shillings; and receipts of L73, 18 shillings. A year later guardianship of Nathan, the other younger child was granted Jonathan Gove of Hampton Falls, yeoman, 06/29/1743. By then, his siblings had reached maturity in their guardianship care.

gal habits by often going to the Common Plea Court, held at Portsmouth, New Hampshire, to settle differences with siblings, neighbors, and friends. His wife Mary was the daughter of the respected Judge (Capt.) Jacob Green of Hampton Falls and his wife Sarah, the earliest owners of the mills at Hampton Falls. The mills would burn, but were rebuilt by Capt. Jacob despite the objections of Nathaniel Weare, who operated a mill further up the Falls River. When Nathan died, leaving an estate of 2,630, his widow Mary married Joseph Macress of Salisbury. This marriage led to more legal skirmishes in the Portsmouth court that would not be resolved among this family for many years. The nine children of Nathan and Mary (Green) Longfellow were:

Jonathan, born May 23, 1714
Samuel, born May 8, 1716
Ann, born August 2, 1719
Mehitable, born December 18, 1720
Jacob, born July 20, 1722
Sewall, born October 6, 1724
Abigail, born February 5, 1727
Nathan, born June 8, 1729
Green, born April 3, 1731

The repetition of the given name "Green" found in later Longfellow families can be traced back to Nathan's wife Mary. The name, which was also frequently used by families of Palermo and Kennebec counties, was popular until about the mid-nineteenth century. It was from Nathan2 that the progenitors of the Longfellow name in Maine would spring.

He served in QUEEN ANNE'S WAR, 1702-1713

Family links: 
  Mary Greene Longfellow Macress (1693 - ____)*
  Jonathan Longfellow (1714 - 1774)*
*Calculated relationship
Maintained by: Sandy Vandertol
Originally Created by: Beca
Record added: Sep 12, 2009
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