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Nathaniel Wilder

Male 1650 - 1704  (53 years)


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  • Name Nathaniel Wilder 
    Born 3 Nov 1650  Charleston, Worcester, MA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 31 Jul 1704  Lancaster, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Age 53 years 
    Person ID I3531  stewartsny.com
    Last Modified 15 Sep 2021 

    Family Mary Marie Sawyer,   b. 4 Jan 1653, Lancaster, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1741, Lancaster, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years) 
    Married 24 Nov 1673  Lancaster, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    Married: 1x1. Nathaniel Wilder,   b. 1688  [natural]
    Married: 3x2. Mary Howe,   b. 15 Jun 1677,   d. 2 Mar 1745  (Age 67 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 15 Sep 2021 
    Family ID F1120  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Information below from: http://pharmacy.isu.edu/~cady/genealogy/PS07/PS07_234.HTM

      Notes for Nathaniel Wilder Lt
      From History of Town of Lancaster by Rev. Ahijah Marvin. He was a lieut. in the Indian wars. His house in Lancaster was one of 2 garrisons. At the first onset of an attack he was killed while in the yard. In 1686 he relieved Cyprian Stevens who was licensed to retail wine, beer, aile, cyder, rum ect The Court ordered the town to pay Nathaniel Wilder for the 16 wolves that he had killed in 1684/5. In 1688 Nathaniel Wilder was paid 40 shillings for killing two wolves and an Indian was paid 10 shillings for killing one wolf. ----------------------------------------------------------------- Nathaniel Wilder of Lancaster was perhaps the youngest son of Thomas Wilder of Charleston Was perhaps the soldier under sentance of death in 1676 who had showed his hatred for some Indians.in the King Philip;s war. An Indian had surrendered and was murdered by Nathaniel Wilder and Daniel Hoar.They were sentanced to hang but were discharged by the General Court on payment of cost which was 10 lbs each His youth was his excuse He had been driven to Sudbury by the Indian war in which Lancaster was destroyed. There he and Mary had three children. then went back to Lancaster where he may have had more children before he was killed by Indians in July 1704. ----------------------------------------------------------------- Archive records which lists the source of the Wilder Family by M.H. Wilder Pg
      15.16.77.145.146 Marriage Lancaster Town Records Middlesx Register pg 14 Death Lancaster Town records Pg 17 Killed by assault by Indians and French July 31, 1704,
      Lieutenant Nathaniel Wilder aged 54 years. ----------------------------------------------------------------
      From The Book of the Wilders FHL 929273 W645 wi Vol 1; Thomas line pg 2 " in the time of the Indian attacks upon their settlement an Indian who had surrendered to the people, was treacherously murdered by this young Nathaniel Wilder and David Hoar, who were tried , condemned and sentanced to be hung in Oct.1676, acknowledging the justice of their conviction and asking for pardon. Their request was granted, on the condition that they paid 10 pounds each, half to be given to the Indian who had prosecuted them, and also that they pay the expenses of their imprisonment and trial, which was done and they were set at liberty. Nathaniel was a brave and active, useful citizen and a Captain in the malitia He was killed by an Indian near the gate of his garrison. on the 10 th day of August 1704 early in the morning the day of the first onset. He was shot in the thigh of which he died the same day. The Indians killed five of his cattle, six oxen, five cows,three calves, sixteen sheep, twelve swine and burnt his barn and 12 loads of good English hay ----------------------------------------------------------------- In 1686, Nathaniel Wilder of Lancaster was licenced " for retailing of Wine, Beer,Ale and Cider, Rum ect" He continued to be the only inn keeper until his wife, Mary, retained the business. ---------------------------------------------------------------- BIRTH ARCHIVE RECORD which lists sources as the Wilder Family by H.M. Wilder pgs 15.15.77.145. 146 Marriage Lancaster Town records Middlesex Register pg 14 FHL 974.43/L3 v 2B Death from Lancaster Town Records pg 17, killed by assult of French and Indians, July 31, 1704 Lieutenant Nathaniel Wilder, aged 54 years. -----------------------------------------------------------------From HISTORY OF THE PRAYING INDIANS by Gookin. The victums were two squaws, wives of two of our Indian soldiers, the one named Andrew Pittine, the Captain of the Indians, and the other, his sister and one young woman, and three children whereof one was a nursing infant, and all the children of Thomas Speen. The scene of the murders was at a place about four miles from Watertown, Mass. The women were missed by their friends and after a long search the bodies were found not far from one another cruely murdered, some shot through the head, others their brains beat out with hatchets. The four murderers were seized tried and condemned and two of the four were executed and the other two pardoned by the general court. Nathaniel Wilder was one of the two pardoned. ----------------------------------------------------------------
      Not only was he killed by Indians on his own place but the Indians killed 6 oxen, 5 cows, 3 calves, 16 sheep, twelve swine and burned his barn together with 12 loads of good English hay. Of his children Oliver, Jonathan, Ephraim and Nathaniel were captured by the Indians.
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      From THE STORY OF COLONIAL LANCASTER by Marion Fuller Safford
      Daniel Govle was one of four English soldiers who, in August, had surprised and murdered three Indian women and three children near Hurtelbury Hill in Concord With him was Stephen Goble , Daniel Hoar and Nathaniel Wilder: the last being one of the most promising young men of Lancaster. the stern hand od the law reached them and the four were sentenced to death. The victims in this case were two squaws, wifes of two Christian Indian soldiers, the one named Captain od the Indian Company and the other his sister. Their bodies were found not far from one another some shot others their brains beat out with hatchetss. At the trial it was proven that Nathaniel Wilder and Daniel Hoar were guilty of " being present and seeing the act done and consenting " yet did not take part in the murders. For them the sentence of death was remitted upon paying prison charges and heavy fines of 10 pounds apiece - half to the two witnesses and half to the two Indians who prosecuted the white men.
      The Goble brothers were the ring leaders in the attack and were hanged the same day with the captive Indian chiefs who had planned and carried out the destruction of Lancaster.-
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      From EARLY RECORDS OF LANCASTER, MASS.1643 " July ye 31 st of 1704 ye Indians besett the town in several places and particularly Lieutenant Nathaniel Wilders garrison where early in ye morning one of ye Indians shott him in the thigh of which wound he dyed ye same day, and ye Indians killed of his cattell six oxen five cowes 3 calves sixteen sheep 12 swine and burnt his barn and about 12 loads of good English hay."

      LANCASTER MARRIAGES
      1673 - Nov 24 - Nathaniel Wilder and Mary Sawyer

      LANCASTER BIRTHS AND DEATHS

      1704 - July 31 - Lt. Nathaniel Wilder, killed by Indians, age 54

      Wilder
      to Nathaniel and Mary(Sawyer) -
      Nathaniel, 1675*
      Mary, Feb.12 , 1679* in Sudbury
      Elizabeth, Feb 14, 1680* in Sudbury
      Jonathan, Apr 20, 1682**
      Jonathan, Apr 20, 1685**
      Dorothy, 1686**
      Nathaniel, 1688***
      Oliver, June 20, 1693***