Nicholas Elsey signed the fundamental agreement of New Haven in 1639, therefore would have been born before 1618 and probably considerably before that. Nicholas' father, Nicholas, had adult grandchildren in 1649. He also signed the Oath of Fidelity in 1644.
In 1643, there were two persons living in the Elsey household, his estate was valued at £30, he had about 28 acres and paid a rate of 5s 1d. About 40 years later, Dec 1680, at the third division of land Nicholas Ellfye had two persons living in his household, an estate valued at £70 and 22 acres. He must have disposed of some land, and he had also purchased 7 acres of meadow from Lt. Budd in June 1657.
Nicholas was a cooper. He took in young boys to teach them the trade of coopering. He agreed to accept the Bunnell boy into his home at the request of Goodman Wilmot, Bunell's grandfather. Nov 1658, he took in Stephen Pierson for 4 years, but declined to take John Hill, son of John Hill, in Sep 1663.
As early as 1644, the Colony of New Haven realized the necessity of having a standard for weights and measures. In that year Nicholas and others "shall see thatt all the measures in the towne be made according to the stander sent from the Bay" and 16 June 1645 "that a standard of weights and measures shall be made and that everyone who has such go to the meeting house in twoo weeks at 8 a clock and those with great weights the committee Rich Miles Joshua Atwater and Nicholas Elsey shall go to them and be paid by the treasurer" 19 May 1656, the town, chose him to view those measures.
All able bodied men served in the New Haven Trainband for military protection of the town if needed. Nicholas was late a couple of times (1643 & 1648) and fined once.
Nicholas also served as fenceviewer, and public meat packer, as juryman and as townsman for the town of New Haven.
Nicholas had a first wife, known only as Goodwife Elsie or Sister Elsey in the Colony records, mentioned when she and Nicholas were assigned seats in the meeting house.
He married Hannah, daughter of Matthew Mitchell, and widow of Robert Coe, between the death of her husband in 1659 and the birth of their child in 1668. She died 2 Apr 1702.
↑ record Oct 1651 when Bunnell Sr was complaining about it
↑ The record says he took him for a two week trial. It doesn't say what happened after two weeks.
↑ Jacobus, Donald Lines (compiler). Families of Ancient New Haven, Vol I-VIII. and Index Vol IX New Haven: 1931. Reprint, Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1974, 1981, 1997. Originally published as New Haven Genealogical Magazine, Volumes I-VIII. Rome, NY and New Haven, CT 1922-1932. 594
↑ 8.08.1 Savage, James. A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England Showing Three Generations of Those Who Came Before May, 1692. Vol. I-IV. Boston, MA, USA: 1860-1862.
↑ 9.09.1 Vital Records of New Haven 1649-1850 Part I. Hartford: The Connecticut Society of the Order of the Founders and Patriots of America, 1917
Bartlett, J. Gardner. Robert Coe, Puritan, his ancestors and descendants, 1340-1910 : with notices of other Coe families. Boston: Bartlett, 1911. Page 81 and 87