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Nicholas Desborough
Birth: Jun. 16, 1612
Death: Aug. 31, 1683
Hartford County
Connecticut, USA

Nicholas Desborough (Disborough, Disbrow, Disbroe, Disbrowe) was a founding father of Hartford Connecticut. He married his first wife Mary Brownson March 01, 1639/40 in Hartford Connecticut. Their known children are Mary, Sarah, Hannah, Phebe, and Abigail Disborough. He was later married to Elizabeth Shepard.

Nicholas served in the Pequot Indian War in 1637. On May 11, 1671, he received 50 acres of land for his military service.

Nicholas' home was on the east side of the road to the cow pasture (North Main Street). He was chimney viewer for the years 1647, 1655, 1663, 1669; surveyor of highways 1665.

Nicholas was also charged with witchcraft in 1683, as Cotton Mather told a story of molestations in Desborough's house by invisible hands. This included things being thrown at Nicholas while he was in his house (stones, indian corn). The case was dropped prior to Nicholas' death.

Nicholas was also a fine carpenter, and made dressers, and chairs. Some of his works are still on display in museums across the country.

The Ancient Burying Ground is the oldest historic site in Hartford, and the only one surviving from the 1600s. From 1640, four years after the arrival of the first English settlers, down until the early 1800s, it was Hartford's only graveyard. During that period anyone who died in town, regardless of age, gender, race, ethnic background, economic status, or religious faith, was interred here.

Rest in Peace Nicholas.

Family links: 
  Mary Bronson Desborough (1623 - 1670)*
  Mary Disborough Spencer (1641 - 1709)*
  Sarah Desborough Eggleston (1642 - 1690)*
  Hannah Desborough Kelsey (1645 - 1718)*
*Calculated relationship
Ancient Burying Ground
Hartford County
Connecticut, USA
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Record added: Aug 07, 2007
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My 8x GGF Nicholas Desborough died the same year he was falsely accused of witchcraft, by Rev. Cotton Mather. I pray Nicholas didn't die because of the stress brought on by this accusation. Rest in peace, Grandpa.
- Dianna S. Radford
 Added: Nov. 6, 2016
The Salem Witch Trials (1692-93) occurred 10 yrs. after Nicholas was falsely accused by Cotton Mather. Mather's "spectral" obsessions denied him the presidency of Harvard University. 23 innocent people died in 1692-93 because of unholy thugs in authority.
- Dianna S. Radford
 Added: Nov. 6, 2016
In Memory of my 8th great grandfather
- Vicki McKee Logee
 Added: May. 7, 2016
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