Saturday, February 07, 2015


Continuing along my paternal grandmother Cora B Barker's Tay family line:
My 7x great grandfather Nathaniel Tay, son of William and Grace(Newell)Tay seems to
have been a wealthy man thanks to his inheritance from his father"

II) Nathaniel Tay, son of William Tay (1), born at Boston, February 23, 1654, died at Woburn, April 18, 1724; married May 30, 1677, Bathsheba Wyman, born October 6. 1658, died July 9, 1730, daughter of Lieutenant John and Sarah (Nutt) Wyman, of Woburn, Massachusetts. He was a soldier in Captain Isaac Johnson’s company in the Narragansett campaign of 1675, where his name appears as Nathaniel Toy, credited with twelve shillings for wages under date of September 3. 1675. His wife distinguished herself in the same war in connection with Lieutenant John Wyman’s (her father) difficulty with Constable John Sears, in Woburn, in 1676, published in “Woburn Men in the Indian and other Wars.” pp. 11-14. He was a mariner, and after dwelling for a time in Billerica, where he inherited lands from his father, appears to have removed with his family to Woburn, where several of his children were born. He evidently was of Woburn before December 17, 1701. when he sold to John Lillie certain land next adjoining to his (Tay’s) garden and his own land before his house, the edifice occupied later by his descendant Major Samuel Tay, and now still standing, No. 907 Main street, North Woburn. This land was sold with the intent of enlarging said Lillie’s garden; Lillie’s house is also still standing in good condition. Children: 1. Nathaniel, born June 17, 1678. 2. Sarah, born April 15. 1680; married July 18, 1 706. Thomas Jones; she was a widow. and residing in Boston in 1733. 3. Bathsheba, born March 30, 1682, married James Haywood. of Woburn. Massachusetts. 4. Elizabeth, born March 15, 1683, died young. 5. Grace, born April 20, 1686, died young. 6. Mary, born March 16, 1688; married January 13. 1708. James Barnes, of Boston. 7. Isabel, birth unrecorded: married August 20, 1718. George Skinner. of Boston. 8. Elizabeth, birth unrecorded; married November 13, 1719, Joseph Chamberlain, of Hull, Massachusetts. 9. William, born October 25, 1700, see forward. 10. Grace, born May 18, 1704: married December 24. 1724. Benjamin Walker, of Woburn. -p334

William Richard Cutter Genealogical and Personal Memoirs Relating to the Families of Boston and Eastern Massachusetts, Volume 1 (Google eBook) 
Lewis historical Publishing Company, 1908 (Boston, Ma.)

I've found Nathaniel's probate file and will at the Middlesex County, MA: Probate File Papers, 1648-1871
In it he leaves his youngest daughter Grace twelve acres of land in Billerica. Since Grace, who is my 6x great grandmother, wasn't married yet at the time of his death, this may have been his way of ensuring she had a dowry to bring to her future husband. Nathaniel died  April 1724; Grace married Benjamin Walker eight months later in December.

That line in the above excerpt about some trouble over a horse intrigued me, and I'll
discuss it in my post about Bathsheba Wyman's father John Wyman.

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