Friday, May 30, 2014


Fellow geneablogger Amy Johnson Crow of No Story Too Small has issued the
52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge. Basically, we have to post something every
week on a different ancestor, whether a story, picture, or research problem. For
this prompt I've tried to concentrate on ancestors I haven't researched as much
as I have others in my family tree. I'm following up on my previous posts about
Ruth Endicott and her father Samuel Endicott. with this one about her grandfather
Nathaniel Felton. Nathaniel is my 9x great grandfather

Once again I've found a bunch of information on Googlebooks, mostly from this
Felton family genealogy by descendant Cyrus Felton:

Nathaniel Felton was the venerable patriarch of the family in Massachusetts, whose descendants are compiled in this genealogy.

Nathaniel Felton came to Salem in 1633, when 17 years of age; he made a voyage to England in 1634, and returned to Salem in 1635; the next year, 1636, had 20 acres given

to him.In 1643, he sold to William Brown Sen., "the Lott southeast of Rev. Mr. Skelton's Lott, with an old house upon it." About 1645, he settled near Felton Hill, Salem, the part afterwards called Danvers,—now Peabody. He said in 1700, he had lived there 55 years. Nathaniel Felton was a juryman in 1655, grand juryman in 1676, 1679 and 1683; a constable in 1657. He was chosen Ensign in 1679, and Lieut. 1681. He became a member of the church in 1648, and his oldest two children were baptized that year.

He was a witness to many wills, deeds, agreements, etc. Rev. Dr. Felt, author of annals ot Salem, says, "He was a man of good faith- and jndgment. He was frequently called to give his testimony about litigated estates." In 1674, he was overseer of the estate of his deceased brother-in-law, John Marsh. In 1676, he was overseer and appraiser ot the estate of his brother-in-law, Christopher Waller. In 1684, he was overseer and appraiser of Dr. Zerubbabel Endicott's estate, son of the then Gov. John Endicott.

Nathaniel Felton was overseer of several other estates. Beside those named above, he was an appraiser of the following estates: Rebecca Bacon in 1655; Ann Fuller in 1662; Wm. Cantlebury in 1663; Henry Bullock in 1664; Thos. James in 1666; Ralph Tompkins in 1666; Richard Bishop in 1675; Henry Coleborne in 1676; Isaac Goodale in 1679; Isaac Gould in 1679; John Tompkins Sen. in 1681; Edward Bridges in 1682; Thomas Goldthwaite in 1683; John Bowden in 1683; Edward Beacham in 1684; Thomas Rix in 1685; Wm. Babb in 1691; probably this list is not complete.-

A Genealogical History of the Felton Family: Descendants of Lieutenant Nathaniel Felton, who Came to Salem, Mass., in 1633; with Few Supplements and Appendices of the Names of Some of the Ancestors of the Families that Have Intermarried with Them. An Index Alphabetically Arranged, of the Felton Families ... (Google eBook) Pratt Brothers, printers and publishers, 1886

His  family information is given as:


(1.) i. NATHANIEL FELTON, b. about 1615, came from England to Salem, Maws., 

in 1633,  where he lived about 72 years, He married Mary Skelton, daughter ot Rev. Samuel Skelton, the first minister of Salem. Mrs. Mary Felton died May 8, 1701, aged about 75 years. He died about 4 years afterwards, July 30,1705, aged 90 years. His will dated October, 1703, proved May, 1706, mentions sons Johu and Nathaniel, daughters, Elizabeth, a widow, Ruth and Hannah. Their children were:
2f. i. John, b. about 1645 ; m. in 1670 Mary Tompkins.
3f. ii. Ruth, bapt, Oct. 29, 1648; m. James Houlton, of Salem.
4. iii. Mary, bapt. April 6, 1651; died young.
5f. iv. Elizabeth, b. Mar. 18,1652 ; m. Thomas Watkins.
6. v. Nathaniel, bapt. Oct. 28,1654; died young.
7f. vi. Nathaniel2, b. Aug. 15, 1655; m. Anne Horn.
8. vii. Mary, b. Jan. 15, 1657; bapt. May 30, 1658.
9f. viii. Hannah, bapt. June 20, 1663; m. in 1684, Samuel Endicott.
10. ix. Susanna, bapt. Mar. 29, 1665.


Now I already have a Skelton family connection through my Ellingwood line. This
one from from Nathaniel Felton and his wife Mary Skelton comes through my Barker
line. This means my grandparents Floyd E West Sr and Cora B Barker were Skelton cousins, albeit very distant.

So I suppose my next entrance in this 53 Weeks series should be on Reverend Samuel


Frances Elizabeth Schwab said...

My husband is a Felton descendant.

Do you know about Nathaniel's connection to the Witch Trials?

I wrote a little about it here:

Bill West said...

Hi Frances!
I just discovered that document on line last week and plan to write about it before I blog about my Skelton line. Several people on it are relatives.

Glad you liked this post!@