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Philip Nelson (1635 - 1691)

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Captain Philip Nelson
Born in Cottingham, Yorkshire, Englandmap
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Husband of — married (to before ) in Rowley, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colonymap
Husband of — married (to ) in Rowley, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colonymap
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Died in Rowley, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Provincemap
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January 22, 1634/5 (i.e., 1635) -- Phillip Nelson was born at Cottingham, Yorkshire, England. [1]

Philip Nelson emigrated from Yorkshire, England to Massachusetts Bay Colony with his father, Thomas Nelson. [2]. They first were at Salem, Massachusetts Bay Colony before moving soon to Rowley. [3]

Thomas Nelson making a voyage into Old England (where he died in August, 1648) made his will dated December 24, 1645, giving his wife Joane, for her natural life, his Mill, mill house, with the appurtenances etc. with the remainder or reversion of which mill, etc. To my his son Phillip, a double portion. He further indicated that Richard Bellingham and his uncle Richard Dummer, to have the education of sons Phillip and Thomas, and the proportion of their estates both of lands and goods for their education and maintenance, till they reach age 21 they to receive their estates.

Mr. John Pearson had a lease on the mill in 1667. In 1678, the estate of Thomas Nelson was divided among his heirs and Mr. Pearson refused to relinquish possession of the mill. In 1687/1688 Philip recovered judgment for possession of this mills. [4]

  • Philip Nelson graduated from Harvard College in 1654. [5](p. 387)[4]
  • He was a Justice of the Peace. [5] (p. 160)[4]
  • He was a Selectman at Rowley. (Appendix p. 8) [4]
  • 1667: Philip Nelson was among those granted a portion of the Hog Island marshes. (p. 150/1) [4]
  • 1667: Philip Nelson was among those granted a portion of the Hog Island marshes. (p. 150/1) [4]
  • 1670: Merrimack Lands: To Mr. Philip Nelson: 483 acres, 67 rods, wide at the river and wider at the Rowley line. (p. 347) To Mr. Philip Nelson; 127 acres, 15 rods wide at river. (p. 348) [4]
  • By 1687 he had the following lands in Rowley: house, barn, orchard, and fourteen acres of upland; a certain tract of arable land of about six acres; another of eight acres; fourteen acres of salt marsh; five acres of fresh meadow; three score and six acres of woodland; and a certain property consisting of a Mill, and the houses and edifices thereto belonging; and land adjoinning; of about forty six acres. (p. 163)[4]
  • After his death on Aug. 19, 1691, Capt Philip Nelson was buried in Rowley Burial Ground, Rowley, Essex, Massachusetts [6]


1673: Appointed Lieutenant of the Rowley Foot company during the Indian hostilities. (p. 179) [4][5]

He was lieutenant 1675, and captain of a company in Sir William Phipps expedition against Quebec 1690. He died August 19, 1691. Married second wife Elizabeth Lowell, Jan. 1 1667.

Captain Philip Nelson commanded the company from Rowley, and by the petition of Joseph Jewett Jr. to the Governor and Council, under date of April 22, 1691, and with a part of his men at least on board of Mr. Burringten's brigantine, Mr. Bradlow Commander, were driven off to Barbadoes where Mr. Jewett's man Wiliam Lyncoln was left and perhaps others with him. (p. 198/9) [4] (p. 1141) [7]


Philip married first, June 24, 1657 (p. 531) [8] , Sarah Jewett, of Rowley who died February 14, 1665. (p. 831) [9] (p. 355; p. 597) [10] Sarah, born about 1639 at probably at Rowley, MA was the daughter Joseph Jewett and his first wife Mary Mallison. (p. 13;[5]

He married second, Elizabeth Lowell of Newbury born Feb. 16, 1646, daughter of John Lowell (p. 354)[10] (p. 531) [8] Elizabeth died Dec. 14, 1731 at Rowley, MA (p. 275/6) [1] (p. 832)[9]


Children of Philip and Sarah:

  1. Philip born April 16, 1659 (p. 144)[10]; married Sarah Hobson. [5]
  2. Mary born March 22, 1662 (p. 144)[10]; married John Hazeltine. [5]

Children of Philip and Elizabeth:

  1. John born June 30, 1668. (p. 143) [10] (p. 832)[9]
  2. Jeremiah born Nov. 23, 1670 (p. 143) [10] ; died young. (p. 832)[9]; buried Jan. 18, 1670. (p. 496) [10]
  3. Elizabeth born Jan. 27, 1671. (p. 142)[10] Jan. 27, 1672. (p. 832)[9]
  4. Jeremiah born Nov. 15, 1674. (p. 143) [10](p. 832)[9]
  5. Martha born Oct. 30, 1677. (p. 143)[10] (p. 832)[9]
  6. Ruth born Aug. 20, 1680. (p. 144) [10] (p. 832)[9]
  7. Joseph born Nov. 28, 1682 (p. 143) [10]; married Hannah Brocklebank. (p. 832/3)[9]
  8. Jemima born Oct. 22, 1686. (p. 143) [10] (p. 832)[9]
  9. Lucy born Jan. 14, 1689. (p. 143) [10] (p. 832) [9]

[NOTE: a Sarah Nelson, d. Philip, baptised June 8, 1673 at Rowley. CR1. (p. 143) not sure if she is the daughter of Capt. Philip or his son]

August 19, 1691 -- Captain Phillip Nelson died at?? [11]

Research Notes

Will of Philip Nelson of Rowley, dated 9th April, 1691.

" Know all men by these presents that I Philip Nelson, of Rowley, in the County of Essex, in New England, who am goinge out under the command of Sr. William Fhipps who is goinge against the French at Nova Scotia." mentions eldest son Philip Nelson, son John over twenty-one years, mentions children he had by his last wife, daughter Mary Hascltinc, appoints wife Elizabeth ex'tx, and his brother Nehemiah Jewett of Ipswich. witnesses, William Browne, William Searle, Solomon Wood, John Cheney and John Nelson, probate, Sept. 29th, 1691. deceased 20th. 6th 1691.
Inventory of above estate taken Sept. 23, 1691, by Joseph Jewett Jun'r, and Samuel Platts, amounting to £500, returned Sept. 29, 1691.

Baptism Date: 22 JAN 1634/5 at Cottingham, Yorkshire, England[12]

  • S104. Charles Henry Pope. The Pioneers of Massachusetts: A Descriptive List. (Boston: CHARLES HENRY POPE, 1900). Repository #R21 Page: 326

Mr. Thomas, gent., the wealthiest of the Yorkshire men who founded Rowley.

Came first to Boston. Lent money on mortgages to Richard Evered of Cambridge. [L.]

Was one of the chief town officers of Rowley from 1638. Deputy, com. of Court, etc. Built mills in 1640-2; [see Holmes, Richard.]

He went to England on business, and died there.

He m. tirst — , who came with him and d. soon. He m. 2, Joane, dau. of Mr. Thomas (and niece of Mr. Richard) Dummer. Contract in Es. Files 3, 67, dated 15 (12) 1641. Ch. Philip and Thomas came with him; Mercy b. 26 (12) 1643, Samuel.

He made will here, adding to it when about to start for home; dates, Dec. 4, 1645, and 6 (6) 1648; prob. 21 Feb. 1050. Beq. to eldest sou Philip a double portion; to sons Thomas and Samuel and dau. Mercie. Refers to his aunt Katharine Witham, and to a legacy she had left to Philip; Richard Bel lingham and Richard Dummer execs, and to have charge of the education of the three eldest children; to wife Joane his mill, mill-house and lands in Rowley for her life; the reversion to his children. The commissioners of the estate found in Mr. D.'s hands (pounds) 1685-14-09. Division of the houses and lands was agreed upon Sept. 16, 1670, between the sons Philip and Thomas and John Stocke who had married their sister Mercy, his attorney, Benjamin Alford, acting for him. The prob. account shows that the admin, went to York and Hull to collect moneys due the est.; and proved the will and had it recorded in Eng. William, Plymouth, before 1630; land grant 3 Aug. 1640, atba. 1643. Juryman, NELSON, cont. 1648. He m. 29 Oct. 1640, Martha Ford; ch. Joane b. 28 Feb. 1650. Will dated 31 Oct. 1679, prob. 5 March, 1679-80, beq. to wife Martha, sons John and William; dau. Martha Cobb. Inv. of the widow's est. was taken 7 March, 1683-4.

[Note: Thomas Nelson is listed on the "John of London" Passenger List that sailed from Hull England to Salem, Massachusetts during the summer of 1638. Didn't see children on this passenger list.] [13]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Douglas Richardson. Plantagenet Ancestry: A Study In Colonial And Medieval Families. 2nd Edition. Volume 3. 2011. Page 275. [1]
  2. "John of London" Passenger List.
  3. Society of Colonial Wars in the State of Illinois. Charter and By-laws of the Society of Colonial Wars in the State of Illinois: List of Officers and Members. Volume 4.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 4.8 4.9 The History of Rowley: Anciently Including Bradford, Boxford, and Georgetown, from the Year 1639 to the Present Time by Thomas Gage, Publ. by Ferdinand Andrews, Boston 1840
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 Frederic Clarke Jewett., History and Genealogy of the Jewetts of America, Volume I, The Grafton Press, New York, 1908. Pgs. 28-9.
  6. Find A Grave, Rowley Burial Ground, Rowley, Essex, Massachusetts, USA.
  7. History of Essex County, Massachusetts: With Biographical Sketches of Many of Its Pioneers and Prominent Men, Volume 2 by Duane Hamilton Hurd, J. W. Lewis & Company, 1888
  8. 8.0 8.1 New England Marriages Prior to 1700 By Clarence Almon Torrey, Elizabeth Petty Bentley, Genealogical Publishing Com, Jan 1, 1985
  9. 9.00 9.01 9.02 9.03 9.04 9.05 9.06 9.07 9.08 9.09 9.10 The History of Sutton, New Hampshire: Consisting of the Historical Collections of Erastus Wadleigh, Esq., and A. H. Worthen, Volume 2, Republican Press Association, 1890
  10. 10.00 10.01 10.02 10.03 10.04 10.05 10.06 10.07 10.08 10.09 10.10 10.11 10.12 10.13 Vital Records of Rowley, MA to the End of the Year 1849, The Essex institute, 1928
  11. Blodgette, George Brainard, Early Settlers of Rowley, Massachusetts Revised, Edited and Published by Jewett, Amos Everett. Newcomb & Gauss Co., Printers, Salem, Massachusetts, USA, 1933. Reprinted by the New England History Press, Somersworth, New Hampshire. 1981. Pg. 243
  12. #S15 Page: 685
  13. John of London passenger list

See also:

  • Thomas Gage. The History of Rowley: Anciently Including Bradford, Boxford, and Georgetown, from the Year 1639 to the Present Time. Ferdinand Andrews: Boston. 1840.
  • History and genealogy of the Jewetts of America a record of Edward Jewett, of Bradford, West Riding of Yorkshire, England, and of his two emigrant sons, Deacon Maximilian and Joseph Jewett, settlers of Rowley, Massachusetts, in 1639.
  • Duane Hamilton Hurd. History of Essex County, Massachusetts: With Biographical Sketches of Many of Its Pioneers and Prominent Men. Volume 2. J. W. Lewis & Company. 1888
  • Clarence Almon Torrey and Elizabeth Petty Bentley. New England Marriages Prior to 1700. Genealogical Publishing Company. January 1, 1985.
  • The History of Sutton, New Hampshire: Consisting of the Historical Collections of Erastus Wadleigh, Esq., and A. H. Worthen. Volume 2. Republican Press Association. 1890.
  • Vital Records of Rowley, MA tto the End of the Year 1849, The Essex institute, 1928
  • Vital Records of Newbury Massachusetts to the End of the Year 1849, The Essex Institute, Salem, 1911.
  • #S15 Page 685
  • NEHGS, (1986) 140: 207. He married first Sarah Jewett, 24 Jun 1657, Rowley, MA.


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Philip Nelson is listed in Magna Carta Ancestry as a Gateway Ancestor, but is not currently in a trail to a Magna Carta Surety Baron that has been reviewed/approved by the Magna Carta project. See Base Camp for more information about Magna Carta trails. ~ Noland-165 06:32, 24 November 2018 (UTC)
Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, Royal Ancestry series, 2nd edition, 4 vols., ed. Kimball G. Everingham (Salt Lake City, Utah: the author, 2011), Vol I, pp xxiii-xxix

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On 24 Nov 2018 at 06:34 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:

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