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Nathaniel Church III (1698 - 1778)

Nathaniel Church III
Born in Scituate, Plymouth, Massachusetts Baymap
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Husband of — married 24 Mar 1719 in Scituate, Massachusetts Baymap
Husband of — married 2 Nov 1758 in Scituate, Plymouth, Massachusetts Bay Colonymap
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Died in Scituate, Plymouth, Massachusetts Baymap
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Nathaniel Church III was born 07 March 1698 in Scituate, Plymouth, Massachusetts[1]. He was the eldest son of Nathaniel Church Jr and the grandson of Nathaniel Church Sr. His mother was Judith Bosworth Church.

Aged 21, he married Jerusha Perry on 24 March 1719 in Scituate[2]. Their first child, Thomas, was born 20 Jan 1720, just nine months later. They went on to have 12 more children together[3], all born in Scituate.

Jerusha died at some point after the birth of their last child in December 1743 and before Nathaniel remarried.

Nathaniel married Mary Faunce Curtis, the widow of Amos Curtis, on 2 November 1758 in Scituate. They had two children together, Mary in 1760 and Nathaniel in 1763. The fifteen children Nathaniel had span a remarkable 43 years, from his 22nd year to his 65th year.

Nathaniel died in 1778 in Scituate[3].

On 21 December 1778, his eldest son Thomas Church and his widow Mary Church were appointed to administer the estate of Nathaniel Church of Scituate, yeoman. The 27 April 1780 division went to widow Mary Church; eldest son Thomas Church; sons Constant, Lemuel, and William Church; children of Nathaniel Church dec'd; heirs of Charles Church dec'd; daughters Lydia Palmer wife of Ezekiel Palmer of Hanover; Abigail Briggs, wife of Seth Briggs of Pembroke; Sarah Lathrop, wife of Josiah Lathrop of Bridgewater; Jerusha Briggs, widow of Cornelius Briggs late of Scituate; and Mary Church the youngest daughter.


  1. "Massachusetts Births and Christenings, 1639-1915", database, FamilySearch ( : 15 January 2020), Nathanial Church, 1698.
  2. "Massachusetts Marriages, 1695-1910", database, FamilySearch ( : 24 January 2020), Nathanial Church, 1719.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Descendants of Richard Church of Plymouth, Mass. by Church, John A. (John Adams), 1843-1917 Publication date 1913 page 72

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I have changed his date of death to 1778. There is a surfeit of Nathaniel Churches about... This Nathaniel is the son of another Nathaniel Church and he has two more Nathaniels as sons. The death in 1755 is the eldest of these two sons. The second of these sons was born to his second wife in 1763. See for details.
posted by Stephen Trueblood
Excellent, Stephen, thanks for the changes. I note that his estate was probated in 1778:

Administration on the estate assigned to Thomas Church, yeoman, and Mary Church, widow, both of Scituate 21 Dec 1778. Plymouth County Probate File #3974.

posted by Bobbie (Madison) Hall
Thanks, Bobbie! Going to tackle his biography next. Anyone who has 15 children over a 43 year period deserves some sort of genealogical medal. There is actually a WikiTree flag that comes up if a persons eldest and youngest are separated by more than 40 years; I had not seen that before!
posted by Stephen Trueblood
That's wonderful, thank you Stephen! Give a shout if you need help with finding any source records.
posted by Bobbie (Madison) Hall