Nicholas (described as Nicholas Streete of Somerset, gent.) matriculated at Broadgates Hall at Oxford on 2 November 1621 at the age of 18. He received his B.A. from Pembroke College at Oxford on 21 February 1624/5.
After a gap of about a decade, Nicholas went to Cambridge and received his M.A. from Emmanuel College in 1636. Emmanuel College was originally intended for training Protestant ministers.
Residency near Taunton, England
Nicholas's father's will granted him the "ancient estate in Rowbarton near Taunton & lease of Huntspill." It seems that Nicholas moved to that estate. According to Robert Charles Anderson's "The Great Migration Directory," Nicholas's last place of residence before he emigrated from England was Norton Fitzwarren, which is a village just west of Rowbarton and no doubt the location of the estate that Nicholas had inherited from his father in his will.
Based on Nicholas's date of baptism (January 1603/4) and the estimated date of birth of his eldest child (Susanna, about 1629), Nicholas probably married his first wife about 1628. Based on his probable date of emigration (1637), they were almost certainly married in England. Based on the fact that Nicholas had lived in Bridgewater, Somerset growing up and later lived near Taunton, Somerset, Nicholas and his first wife were very likely married somewhere in Somerset.
As discussed in her profile, the identity of Nicholas' first wife is unknown and there is no reliable evidence that her first name was Alice or that her maiden name as Pool.
According to Robert Charles Anderson's "The Great Migration Directory," Nicholas immigrated to New England in 1637 on the ship Elizabeth. This date of immigration is consistent with the fact that Nicholas graduated from Emmanuel College in 1636 and the consensus that he was at what-became Taunton by 1638 or 1639.
Ministry in Taunton, Plymouth Colony
Nicholas served as minister of the church of Taunton from 1638-9 to November 1659. It is reasonably believed by some that he was at least partially responsible for the town being named Taunton in 1639. His house was on the corner of Spring and Summer Street, two houses down from Mr. Poole's estate. Nicholas sold his property in Taunton for 150 pounds pursuant to a deed made made by his attorneys James Wyatt and George Macye in 1658.
Nicholas and his first wife had the following children:
Susannah, b. perhaps about 1629 probably in Somerset, England, m. about 1650 George Macey at Taunton, d. after 16 Apr 1696
Hannah, b. perhaps about 1631 probably in Somerset, England, m. about 1652 Henry Andrews at Taunton, d. before 1659
Sarah, b. perhaps about 1639 at Taunton, about m. 20 Nov 1662 James Heaton at New Haven
Abiah, b. about 1641 at Taunton, m. 28 Sep 1664 Daniel Sherman at New Haven
Ministry in New Haven, Connecticut Colony
In November 1659, Nicholas moved to New Haven in the Connecticut Colony to serve as a colleague with Rev. John Davenport. He was ordained teaching elder there in November 26, 1659. Nicholas was on a committee with Governor Newman, Deputy Governor Treat and Mr. Davenport in 1660 for the establishment of what became the Hopkins School, and, with Mr. Davenport, represented the Colony in 1662 and 1663 in its various disputes with the troublesome Dr. Bray Rossiter. After Rev. Davenport removed to Boston in 1668, Nicholas served as the sole minister of the church of New Haven until his death.
Nicholas's unidentified first wife died before or soon after his removal to New Haven. Nicholas married, second, Mary Newman, widow of Gov. Francis Newman of New Haven, who died in November 1660.
Nicholas made his will on 14 April 1674. In his will, he described himself as "Teacher of ye Church of Christ in New Haven" and made bequests to son Samuel, daughters Susannah Mason (sic; Macey), Sarah Heaton and Abijah Shearman, grandchildren Samuel Street and Hannah Andrews, Sarah Allsup, and his wife (unnamed). He appointed his wife as sole executrix and friends Mr. James Davids and Mr. Nicholas Augar as assistants.
Nicholas died on 22 April 1674 in New Haven. A cenotaph for him and certain descendants can be found at at Hillside Cemetery Cheshire, New Haven County, Connecticut.
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It may be possible to confirm family relationships with Nicholas by comparing test results with other carriers of his Y-chromosome or his mother's mitochondrial DNA.
Y-chromosome DNA test-takers in his direct paternal line on WikiTree: