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Nathaniel Saltonstall

New London, New London County, Connecticut, USA
Death 1748 (aged 40–41)
New London, New London County, Connecticut, USA
Burial New London, New London County, Connecticut, USA
Memorial ID 67496389 · View Source
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Nathaniel was born to Governor Gurdon's second wife,Elizabeth.His early years appear to be unremarkable,according to historical records.Hempstead's Diary confirms his marriage to Lucretia Arnold in 1733. The Saltonstall Genealogy states that the couple removed to the southern colonies. Additional records indicate no children were born to them.

To challenge the "southern colony" residency, Hempstead's Diary shows a Nathaniel residing in New London from 1734-1748,but does not clarify which Nathaniel Saltonstall. F.M. Caulkins' "History of New London" records Nathaniel Saltonstall with John Curtis,Jeremiah Miller,John Richards and Thomas Prentiss,in January 1740,preparing a petition for the governor. It addressed New London's unpreparedness should any military action be taken against them.Furthermore, after Nathaniel's death,Lucretia married John Proctor. She is buried in New London.

Who was the "younger" Nathaniel Saltonstall,born in New London in 1727, before the 1733 marriage of Lucretia and Nathaniel?? The New London Court of Probate, dated May 2,1744, appointed Daniel Starr as guardian of a Nathaniel Saltonstall, an illegitimate under the care of the town.Since there were no other Nathaniels born to Gurdon, the perpetuation of the name suggests the possibility that he was the son of Nathaniel(Sr.)and grandson to Gurdon.

What of the younger Nathaniel's mother?? Unsubstantiated family records indicate the last name of Mayhew, with no first name. Further research reveals a John Mayhew,mariner,living in New London during that time. He had several daughters. Therein lies the mystery!! Colonial America was still a society that judged people's worth by who their father's were and whom they married. The Saltonstall family had pedigree and position.

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 67496389
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Nathaniel Saltonstall (1 Jul 1707–1748), Find A Grave Memorial no. 67496389, citing Ancient Cemetery, New London, New London County, Connecticut, USA ; Maintained by Kate (contributor 47351718) .