Person Sheet


Name Nathaniel BEARDING
Birth abt 1597, Edworth, Bedfordshire, England
Death 14 Sep 1674, Hartford, Connecticut
Occupation planter, surveyor of highways, townsman
Private Note Came by 1636. Name on Hartford's Founders Monument
Spouses
Children Sarah (~1623-1685)
Notes for Nathaniel BEARDING
From: http://awt.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=clarkrm&id=I0507

The first New England records that I have found mentioning Nathaniel Bearding, show him at Hartford, Connecticut, where in 1636, he was listed as a after planter at Hartford and received land by: "the townes Courtefie w liberty to fetch wood & keep Swine or Cowes by proportion on the commons." At this time, he was allowed six (6) acres of land near the top of what is now called, "Asylum Hill."
The following is taken in verbatim from a February, 1639 record kept by the Connecticut Historical Society which reads: "several Parcell of land in Hartford vpon the river Connectott belonginge to Nath Bardin & his heires forever. VIZ, 1 Parcel for Dueling House, 2 acres, 2 rods, 1 Parcel, 2 acres in the Pinefield, 1 Parcell, 2 acres, East of Great River: 1 Parcell, 3 acres of swamp West of great river, 1 Parcell, 4 acres 2 rods, at the ""Coupofluer," He also bought the following land: "1 Parcell he bough of John Marsh 2 acres West on the westfield abutting the Hwy, 1 Parcell he bought of Peeter Bufocer, which was 2 acres East of Richard Lords land"
In 1649, Nathaniel was fined 10 shillings for falling asleep while on guard duty. At a later date, Hartford records of February 1, 1655 list him purchasing "the old home lot of Nathaniel Ward and Edward Stebbins and ten acres more."
The following excerpts are from a December 4, 1657 "complaint of Nathaniel Bearding and others of the Church (1st. Ch. of Hartford) against Mr. Webster and others of the dissenting brethern; presented to the General Court." As it is recorded, Mr. Webster's group had been in a long-lived feud with the Rev. Samuel Stone and the church of Hartford, and had sent letters of defamation on him to other churches in the area. This infuriated Nathaniel and his associates who were staunch Puritans of the Hartford church, who, in his complaint stated, in part; "1st; that they violated their covenant with the church. 2nd; that they had withdrawn from communion without a convincing reason with God and the church; that they had pretended that Mr. Stone had transgressed against them, also that Mr. Stone and followers were not worthy of communion of the Saints. 3rd; that if the persons wishing to depart are allowed to do so, without just cause, will not this cause divission and subsivissions of churches in several towns?"
Thomas Spencer and seven others of the Rev. Stone's followers also signed this complaint. The dissenters merely wanted to be able to worship with all the rituals they believed in, the very reason the Puritans had fled England for. Such actions by these church members must have the blessings of the authorities and provided that they be conducted in a manner that did not offend the delicate senses of the Puritan theocracy.
Hartford records show that Nathaniel Bearding became a "Townsman" in 1658 and his name is found on the mill rates assessed each man. His name then becomes silent until 1671 when it is found on a tax rate of inhabitants. In 1672 he received lot number fifty-three (53), a portion of previously undivided land near Windsor, Connecticut.
On January 7, 1674, Nathaniel drew up his will. In it he mentions his wife Abigail and daughter Sarah and her children. Also John and Thomas Andrews, children of his wife's first marriage. His estate was inventoried on Sept 14, 1647 to the value of 282. He makes his grandson Jarred Spencer sole executor of his willAfter his wife's death in 1683, her remaining estate was valued at 19, 10s.

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1. Title: Colonial History of Hartford, CT
Author: W. Love
Note: ABBR Colonial History of Hartford, CT
Page: 125
2. Title: Genealogies of Connecticut Families
Author: G. B. Roberts
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Media: Book
Page: 367 of vol.2
3. Title: Colonial Families of the United States
Page: 8 of vol. 5
4. Title: The Compendium of American Genealogy:
Author: Vircus
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Page: 882 of vol. 7
5. Title: Collections of the Connecticut Historical Society
Publication: Hartford, CT 1870
Note: Primary
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Page: 81 of vol. 2 - 38-40, 495, 549, 552 of vol. 14
6. Title: Memorial History of Hartford County
Author: J. H. Trumbull
Note: Primary
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Page: 230 of vol. 1
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Author: G. B. Roberts
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Page: 367 of vol. 2
8. Title: Church of Later Day Saints, Utah
Note: ABBR L.D.S Records
Last Modified 27 Aug 2002 Created 18 Sep 2002

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