Nicholas  Hodsdon

Nicholas Hodsdon (abt. 1611 - 1704)

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Nicholas Hodsdon aka Hodson, Hodgdon
Born about in Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire, Englandmap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married in Hingham, Plymouth, Massachusettsmap
Husband of — married after [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died in Wells, York County, Maine, Massachusettsmap
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Nicholas Hodsdon (aka Hodgdon) m. 1st on 10 Dec1639, Esther Wines b 1618 d 29 Nov 1647 Hingham, a cousin of Faintnot Wines of Charlestown, as proved: Faintnot Wines, Flaxdresser, inhabitant of Charlestown, Mass., 1635, with wife Bridget.


[2] He d. Feb, 25, 1664. will dated Sept. 1, 1663, proved June 20, 1665. Devised legacies to five of Nicholas Hodgdon's children by his cousin Esther Wines. In Rev. Peter Hobart’s journal is a listing for 1639: “December 10 Nicholas Hodsden married” (15) As the Hobarts and the Wines family had lived in Charlestown and Hingham this seems like an appropriate entry for our Nicholas… too bad Rev. Peter didn’t name Nicholas’ wife!

Wife Esther d. in Hingham, Mass., Nov. 29, 1647, and he m. (2) between May 25, 1648, and Oct. 2, 1650 Watertown Middlesex, MA, Elizabeth Wincoll, She was the dau. of John Wincoll and widow of John Needham d 1648, as proved by Aspinwall Notarial Records.

Nicholas was first at Hingham in 1635(2) and remained there until after his first wife died. The town of Hingham granted him a house lot in the center of town as well as meadowland which was mentioned in a deed by Samuel Ward to Edward Wilder 30 Mar. 1665.(3) He was made a freeman in Hingham 9 Mar. 1636/7.

From the Aspinwall Notarial Records we find the following:

25. 3. 1648, I did testifie unto a Lee of the Attorney made from Eliz. Needham to John Scarlet to receive all such goods as were due or belonging to her husband in Virginia. She being credibly informed of his death.(7)

2. 8. 1650, Nicholas Hodsdon and Eliz. his wife (formeily wife of John Needham) did make ordeine &c : Peter Brackett of Braintre in N. E, theire true & lawful Attorney to ask &c : of Capt. Varvell or any other in whose hands maybe certaine goods of her former husband John Needham, shipped aboard the ship of the said Capt. Varvell to carry to Virginia, of the receipt to give acquittance &c : also to compound &c : & to appear in an Court or Courts &c : & generally to doe all things &c : with power to substitute &c : ratifying &c : (8)

He moved first to Watertown where he was living in 1650 when he along with John Winchester, Thomas Hammond, John Parker, Vincent Druce and others he purchased large tracts of land at Cambridge Hill, now Newton, near the town line between Brookline and Newton.

Nicholas "Hodsdin" at Mr. Hibbins farme in Boston in Suffolk, hath souled to Thomas Hammond and Vincent Bruse (Druce ) both of Hingham, in the same County, a parcell of land containing sixty seaven acres more or less, lying on Cambridge Hill adjoining to John Parker's to the North, Northwest and Northeast of the said John Parker's with thirteen acres more or less of meadow belonging thereunto, the which land was by the Towne of Cambridge given to Robert Bradish. Also sixteen acres in Boston bounds next to Cambridge Hill to the South of it, and to the East and North cast of Mr. Hibbins' land, to have and to hold Dated, Feb. 4, 1650 (4)

Nicholas Hodsdon of Boston to John Parker of Cambridge a just third part of all the lands bought by him of Robert Bradish. Wife Elizabeth gives her consent and yields up her right, Mar. 20, 1651. (5)

He then appears in Kittery being absent from meeting 28 June 1655. He lived at Quamphegan and later near Birch Pt. Brook.

Granted, lotted and layed out by the Selectmen for Kittery unto Nicholas Hodsdon, his heirs and assigns forever, a lot of land above his house, bounded on the South side by Miles Thompson's land as may appear by several marked trees which go upon the line south east and by east unto the woods one hundred and sixty poles unto a tree marked four ways, and from said tree to go upon the line north and south and by east unto a marked tree Standing by the brook of Birchen Poynt and to come down the said brook unto the water or river, which brook is the bounds of said lot. Dated Oct. 15, 1656. (6)

It would look as though Israel Hodsdon and his father as well as some of their neighbors favored the Quakers, who were not popular at that time, for we find 12 Nov. 1659, in company with John Hoard of Kittery, Nicholas was ordered to appear at the second session of the General Court, to be held at Boston, and answer to the charge of entertaining Quakers. To this Nicholas plead not guilty, but it was ordered that he be admonished by the Governor. He himself was often absent from meeting both he and his wife were absent in 1675.

On 13 Dec. 1669 Nicholas received another grant of land from the town of Kittery, this lot being sixty poles in length, and adjoining Birchen Point Brook. This lot was laid out in Jan. 1672. In 1673, Nicholas received still another grant of land from the town, which was for 100 acres of land. This grant however was not laid out during his lifetime, but was sold by his descendants at various times.

Nicholas and his wife aged 40 years and upwards testified 18 Apr. 1670 that Thomas Spencer gave Daniel Goodwin one half of the mill and timber, being a quarter part of the whole of his part:

The deposition of Nicholasse Hodesden and his wife, aged 40 years and upwards. These deponents being sworne saith that fifteene or sixteene yeares agoe that Thomas Spensecr being at Quamphegon at the house wee lived in sayd, that he had given the one half part of the mill & timber thereunto belonging, being one quarter part of the mill unto Daniell Goodin for his dafters portion. Nicholas Hodsden & his wife replied & said, neybouer Spenser I wish you well to consider what you doe. for you had many children & every one would have a littcll and you cannot give every one such a Portion, and he answered & said, that she was the eldest dafter & hee had don yt & farther saith not… this 18th day of Aprill 1670 (16)

I John Wincoll of Kittery… in consideration of Thyrty & five pounds… received of Nicho : Hodgsden… do… sell… one dwelling house, with upland & Marsh Contayneing by estimation about Thyrty Acres… bounded with the Land of Miles Tomson… the River… & Burch brooke… & the high way that Leadeth towards Sturgeon Cricke wch house & land was… bought of John Heard…this sixteenth day of June… One thousand six hundred seaventy & foure…
John Wincoll
In the Prsence of
Isacke Stocks his
Marke X
William Ash his
Marke A (12)

In 1673 he purchased forty acres from Peter Wittum: I Peter Wittum of Kittery… Planter… for the some of Eleaven pounds tenn shillings to mee in hand payd by Nicho : Hodgsden… doe sell… fourty Acers of Land, swampe & upland butting upon the land of the sayd Nicho Hodgsdens & Miles Tomson… unto the Rocky Hills… Adjoyneing to John Morralls Land… this… was a grant given to Peter Wittum by the select men of kittery, January 2 : 1665 : wrin there is 2 acers of Land not sould… to Nicho : Hodgsden… this seavententh day of Septembr1673…
Peter Wittum
His marke PM
Riddigoe Wittum
Her marke R

In Consideration of Two sheepe wch I have received of Nicho : Hodgsden of Kittery… I Peter Wittum do… sell… parcel of upland… being twe Acers adjoining to the other fourty acers of upland this day sould by mee unto the sayd Nicho : Hodgsden… this seaventeenth day of Septembr 1673
Peter Wittum his
Marke PM
Reddigoe Wittum
Her marke R (14)

The farm which Nicholas occupied the latter part of his life, is undoubtedly the one just mentioned as having been purchased of John Wincoll in 1674. It is situated upon the easterly side of the Piscataqua river, which divides Kittery from Dover. It is located in the extreme southerly part of South Berwick, and is bounded on the North by Birchen Point Brook, and on the south by the farm formerly owned by Miles Thompson. This last mentioned farm was bounded on the south by Thompson's Brook, which Brook divides the towns of Eliot and South Berwick.

Nicholas Hodgsden of Kittery… with the Consent of Elizabeth his wife… in reference to a marrage some years since consummated between John Morrall… & Saraih the daughter of the sayd Nicho : Hodgsden & Elizabeth his wife & out of that tender affection the sayd Nicholas & Elizabeth his sayd wife beareth unto the sayd Morrall & Saraih his wife & to theire children… given out of the Estate of the sayd Nicho : Hodgsden… part of the homestall of the sayd Nicholas Hodgsden… bounded with burch point… & part of a Cove… & the Land of the sd Nicholas HOdgsden… contaynes about seaven acres of Land… reserveing unto him selfe the free uss of the water of the sayd spring with Lyberty… for men or cattle to come to the water The aforesd Tract of Land hath been for diverse years past given into the possession of the sayd Morrall & built upon & Improved & now by the sayd Nicholas Hodgden & Elizabeth his wife… this 3d day of Decembr 1674…
Nicho Hodgsden his marke H
In the Presence of
William Hackeley(13)

John and Sarah then swapped this property with Abraham Conley:

Wras Nicholas Hodgsden of… Kittery… husbandman & Elizabeth his now wife by yr deed beareing date the 3d day of December… 1674 did for & in Consideration of that tender affection that they bore unto John Morrall & Saraih his wife, daughter of the sd Nicho : Hodgsden to yr children as alsoe in reference & full satisfaction of the sd Saraihs Marriage portion Give… seaven Acres of Land wch was formerly part of the homestall or farme of the sd Nicho: HOdgsdens on wch Land the sayd Jon Morrell hath built an house & barne & now dwelleth in it… alsoe… the Town of Kittery… did grant unto the sayd John Morrall three severall Lotts or Tracts of Land… one a grant of fourty Acers… another the second grant is the Tenn Acres of swampe… and the 3d is a grant of Twenty Acers of Land Joyneing to his former Grant of 40 acres… all which Lotts… bounded… by lands sometyms Peter Wittums & now purchased & in the possession of Nicho : Hodgsden…by the Lands of Olive Playstead Widdow Called birch point… in Consideration that Abra : Conley of Kittery… Confirmed unto him the sayd John Morrall… all yt Lott… Called by the name of Coole Harbour wch the sd Conley purchased Lately of James Emery… the Twenty eight day of July… 1676…
John Morrall
Saraih Morrell
her marke H
In ye Prsence of us
Andrew Searle
James Emery
Miles Tomson (17)

In Oct. 1678 he deeded the homestead to his son Benoni for support of his wife and himself and on Dec. 9 he made an agreement with him about carrying on the farm both were living on:

Agreement… on the ninth Day of December… sixteen hundred seaventy & eight by & between Nicholas Hodsden of ye Town of Kittery… husbandman of the one Party & Benoni Hodsdon, sonn of ye said Nicholas… of the other party… the sayd Bennony… shall from tyme to tyme… dureing the natural life of the sayd Nicho : Hodsden have… in Partnership togeather with his sayd father all that Farme y thee the sayd Nicholas now & for several years late past hath and now doth possess & dwell on togeather with all that hafendeale of the houses, either, dwelling houses, or other houses, as barnes, stables, or other structures, now already built or to bee built on the sayd farme… togeather with all lands, Meddows, Oarchards, Marshes, Gardens & all the privileges… thereunto belonging or in any wise appertaining without any devission of Lands or houses, but in partnership… to hould it dureing the Natural life of the sayd Nicholas.

Item The sayd Nicholas doth hereby Covenant acknowledge, that all the Neate Cattle, Labour, horses, or other horse kind, swine, Hoggs, tame fowles, or any other living Creaturs that are now living, pastureing or feedeing on the sayd farme… are now… the one halfe the sayd Nicho : his goods & the other halfe the sayd Bennonys…

Item the sayd Bennoni doth… promiss his father Nicholas… that hee shall & will to the best of his knowledge & ability manure the sayd farme & Cattle for the best Advantage dureing the sayd Tearm in partnership & all Charges, servants, wages, taxes, & provisions for ye family to bee payd out of the produce of the fruits which shall arise of the sayd farme with & by gods blessing to be equally divided every year…

It is agreed after the death of Nicholas the goods and implements of the farm shall belong to Benoni…
the marke of Nicholas Hodgsden H
Bennonie Hodgsden
In the Prsence of us
The marke of Nathan Lord
Junior O
The marke of Hannah
Curtis H
Andrew Searle (9)

I Nicholas Hodgsden of the Town of Kittery… husbandman… in Consideration of the full some of one & thirty pounds… payd by Bennoni Hodgsden my sonn… alsoe that the sayd Benony hath Covenanted to find & providesufficient & Convenient meate & drinke for Elizabeth my now wife dureing her natural life And alsoe to pay her six pounds yearly dureing her Life If shee happen to survive & out live mee…. As alsoe for & in Consideration that the sayd Bennony shall live & dwell on my farme with mee soe that with gods blessing on his Endeavors hee Mannageing & Improveing the sayd Farme with mee dureing my Life with that stocke of goods that… may bee on the sayd Farme which I now live & dwell upon both I & my wife together with him the sayd Benony & his family may have sufficient & Convenient foode & Rayment with other Convenient necessarys… out of the produce of the sayd Farme… do… sell… unto the sayd Bennony… all that my Mansion, or dwelling house or houses and all barnes buildings structurs & aedifices now standing on or belonging unto the sayd ffarme with all Oarchards, Gardens, Meddows, Marshes upland & Tillage Land… which I… purchased of one John Wincoll… contayneing… fourty Acres… and alsoe fivety six Acres of Land long since granted unto mee by the Town of Kittery… bounded with the great River of Pischataqua… excepting out of this Prsent grant bargane & sayle one Little Tract of Land given… unto Jon Morrall & Saraih his now wife which is my daughter & was formerly was part of the home farme It being by Estimation seaven Acres… the sayd John Morrall hath built a dwelling house & barne & other structurs And was formerly a part of that home farme Which I purchased of John Wincoll… Immediately after the death & decease of mee the sayd Nicho: Hodgsden… may grant… unto him the sayd Bennony Hodgsden my sayd sonn… the sayd Estate… the Two & twentieth day of October… 1678…
The Marke of Nicholas Hodgsden H
In Psence of
Andrew Searle
Richard Walden Junior (10)

In 1680 the 40 acres purchased from Wittum were deeded to Timothy Hodsdon:

I Nicholas Hodgsden of the Town of Kittery… with the Consent of Elizabeth my now wife… in Consideration of the summe of Tenn pounds… payd mee… by… Timothy Hodgsden my sonn… all them too tracts of Land that I heretofore purchased of one Peter Wittum of Kittery being… the one fourty acres & the other two Acres… butting upon the land of the sd Nicholas & on Miles Thompsons Land… & runneth backe unto the rocky Hills… adjoineing unto John Morralls land… being upland & swampe Containing fourty two acres… ye Twenteth day of Febru: In the yeare of or Ld god sixteene hundred seaventy nine…
The marke of NIcolas Hodgsden H
The marke of Elizabeth Hodgsden E
In the presence of us
Bennonie Hodgsden
The marke of Nathan
Lawde Junior X
Andrew Searle (11)

The place and date of death of Nicholas and Elizabeth is unknown. They were probably buried in the graveyard which was laid out on a portion of the homestead, to which reference is made in the deed given May 17, 1828. Reserving and excepting from this conveyance one eighth of an acre on the homestead first above mentioned, which has been heretofore used as a place of burial by our ancestors.

[3] Nicholas Hodsdon.

[4] [5] alive in Feb 1679. Wife and children in Hingham in 1634-5 , later Watertown moved to Newton, MA abt 1650 Resident of Kittery, Maine between 1651-1656

Spouse: Esther Wines 1618 – 1647 Children: Joseph Hodsdon – 1691 Lucy Hodsdon – 1725 Esther Hodsdon 1640 – 1721 Mehitable Hodsdon 1641 – 1681 Mehitable Hodsdon 1641 – 1694 Jeremiah Hodsdon 1643 – 1716 Jeremiah Hodsdon 1643 – 1716 Elizabeth Hodsdon 1646 – 1663 Israel HODSDON 1646 – 1675 Benoni Hodsdon 1647 – 1718 Sarah Hodsdon 1649 – 1710 Sarah Hodsdon 1650 – 1710 Timothy Hodsdon 1652 – 1719 John Hodsdon 1654 – 1734 Hannah Hodsdon 1659 – 1674 2nd Spouse & Children Elizabeth Wincoll 1628 – 1686 Mehitable Hodsdon 1641 – 1681 Mary Hodsdon 1642 – Jeremiah Hodsdon 1643 – 1716


  1. Genealogy of the descendants of Nicholas Hodsdon-Hodgdon of Hingham, Mass., and Kittery, Maine. 1635-1904] Author: Andrew Jackson, Hodgdon, 1837. Editor; Almira Larkin White. Publisher: Haverhill, Mass., Press of Nichols, "the printer" 1904.
  2. VIRKUS, FREDERICK A., editor. Immigrant Ancestors: A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1964. 75p. Repr. 1986.
  3. Find A Grave]
  4. jvu.txt
  5. Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and NH


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