Nathaniel Covell is my 9th great-grandfather on my Grandmother Millie (Booth) Rollins’ side of the family. Nathaniel’s father, also Nathaniel, was of Chelmsford, Essex Co., England, so that could be where Nathaniel was born. He died when Nathaniel was a boy. Nathaniel the younger came to Boston on 26 August 1653. He was a saddler by trade. He was an indentured servant to Edward Winslow of Marshfield for seven years after arriving in New England. Part of that time he spent in service of Winslow's son-in-law Peregrine White. For his servitude he received his passage over, his support during his indenture and 10 pounds in goods and commodities, 13 bushels of Indian corn, and a “double good apparel” at end of his time. He came to Yarmouth, Mass., soon after his end of service.There is a lack of records for early Chatham, so Nathaniel's story is incomplete.
I have read that this Covell family was among the early merchant adventurers, being on the list of share-holders in the Virginia Company 1608-1624, but it’s not something I have looked into.
Transcription of Nathaniel’s indenture:
An Indenture appointed to bee Recorded
This Indenture made the eighteenth Day of Aprill in the yeare of our Lord God one Thousand six hundred fifty and three Between Nathaniell Covell sonne of Nathaniell Covell late of Chelmesford in the County of Essex yeoman Deceased on the one pte; And Edward Winslow of Marshfeild in New England gentleman in New England on the other pte Witnesseth that the said Nathaniell Covell the son of Nathaniell Covell Doth heerby covenant promise and graunt to and with the said Edward Winslow his exequitors and assignes from the
Day of the Date heerof untill his first and Next arivall in New England aforsaid and after for and During the tearme of seaven yeares to serve in such service and Imployment as hee the said Edward Winslow or his assignes shall there Imploy him according to the Costome of the Countrey in like kind; In Consideration wherof the said Edward Winslow Doth heerby for him selfe his exequitors and assignee Covenant and graunt to and with the said Nathaniell Covell to pay for his passage and to find and allow him meat Drinke apparrell and lodging with other nessesaries During the said Tearme and att the end of the said Tearme to pay unto the said Nathaniell Covell the sonne the vallue or worth of ten pounds of lawfull money of England in such goods and Comodities as the Countrey affords and alsoe thirteen bushels of good Indian Corn; and then alsoe to provide for and Deliver unto him the said Nathaniell Covell good Double apparrell in Witnesse wherof the said pties above mencioned to these Indentures have Interchangaby sett theire hands and seales the Day and yeare first abovewritten
Sealed and Delivered Nathaniel Covell (seale)
in the prsence of us
Edw: Wolrich Scr:
These are to signify that Mr Edward Winslow by a letter sent to mee bearing Date the 2cond of May 1653 gave mee power in his name to assigne over the pty within Named (Nathaniell Covell) to Mr Perigrine White his sonneinlaw to serve him according to this Indenture and the full time therof the which I have now Donne this 16th of September 1653 they both appeering before mee at this time;
By mee Willam Bradford Governor
Alsoe the said Mr Perigrine White Doth heerby bind himselfe his heires exequitors and assignes to pforme the Covenants within specifyed to this his servant mencioned in this Indenture and Discharge Mr Edward Winslow of the same and for that end hath heerunto put his hand;
Nathaniell Covell Arived Att Boston 26 of August 1653
Nathaniel married Sarah Nickerson between 15 Jan 1662 and 4 July 1663 at Yarmouth, Barnstable Co., Mass.. Sarah was born about 1644, the daughter of William and Anne (Busby) Nickerson. One to two years later they moved to Monomoit, now Chatham, near Alewife River and Ryder's Cove. Sarah was given land by her father who was the founder of Chatham.
|Map showing early settler's homes in Chatham|
Children, births not recorded so not all a sure thing:
Daughter whose first name unknown, possibly Sarah who married Benjamin Phillips/Phelps
I descend through Elizabeth who married Jehosophat Eldredge (one of my favorite ancestor names!)
Nathaniel served as deputy constable for Chatham in 1674,to serve under Eastham constable.
Sarah received 50 acres of land by deed from her father 11 Feb 1673/4. An April 1677 deed shows William Nickerson sold parcel of woodland to Nathaniel Covell on the east side of Great Hill. William Nickerson purchased Monomoit lands from Indians in 1656 (PC Records IV, 51).
A Deed Appointed to bee Recorded
To all people to whom these prsents shall come Timothy hatherley of Scittuate in the Govrment of New Plymouth in New England in America gent: sendeth greet &c: Know yea that I the aforsaid Timothy hatherley for and in consideration of a full and valluable satisfaction to mee in hand paied by Thomas Ensinge of Scittuate aforsaid in the Govrment aforsaid planter wherwith I the aforsaid Timothy hatherley Doe acknowlidg my selfe fully Satisfyed contented and fully paied and therof and of every pte and pcell therof Doe exownerate acquite and Discharge the aforsaid Thomas Ensinge hee his heires exequitors Adminestrators and assignes for ever by these prsents have freely and absolutly bargained and sold enfeofed and Confeirmed and by these prsents Doe bargaine sell enfeofe and Confeirme from mee the said Timothy hatherley and my heires; to him the said Thomas Ensinge and his heires Exequitors Adminnestrators and assignes for ever All that my three pcells of upland and all that my whole Tract or pcells of meadow land lying and being in Scittuate neare Scittuate harbour being by estimation thirty and three acres of upland mor or lesse the marsh is by estemation twenty acres more or lesse all which said land is bounded in mannor and forme following viz: that is to say four acres more or lesse of the aforsaid three pcells of upland is bounded towards the East to the way neare the harbour towards the West to the land of John hollett Towards the North to the land of Richard Sealis and towards the south to the highway likwise Nine acres more or lesse of the sd three pcells of upland is bounded towards the East to the way neare the harbour towards the North to the land of Goyen White towards the west to the land of Goyen White towards the North another pte of the North border bounds to Goyen White towards the West ffor another pte of the west border bounds to the land of John hollett and towards the south it bounds to the land of Richard Sealis likwise twenty acres more or lesse of the aforsaid three pcells of upland which said twenty acres is there knowne by the name of the first Clift and all the Marshes adjoyning as aforsaid; which said upland and Marshes is bounded towards the East to the sea towards the west to the Mayne Creeke where vessels goe to the harbour towards the North to Scittuate harbours mouth and towards the south its halfe the way to the 2Cond Clift bounding a little on that land that was the land of Mr Thomas Tart to the south to a great Creeke with all and singulare the appurtenances and privilidges therupon belonging and appertaining to all and every pte and pcell of the said three pcells of upland and Tract or pcells of Marsh; To have and to hold the aforsaid Tract or pcells of Marsh unto the aforsaid
Thomas Ensinge hee his heires and assignes for ever to the proper use and behoofe of him the said Thomas Ensinge hee his heires and assignes for ever to bee holden according to the mannor of East Greenwich in the Countey of Kent in free and Common Soccage and not in Capite nor by Knights Service by the Rents and service therof and therby Due and of Right accustomed and Warranting the sale and title of the aforsaid land against all people whatsoever in by through or under mee the said Timothy hatherley or by my Right or title Claiming any Right title or Interest of or in the prmises or any pte or pcell therof; And The said Timothy hatherley; Doth [p. 152] Doth alsoe Covenant promise and graunt that it shall and may bee lawfull to and for the said Thomas Ensinge either by himselfe or his Attorney to Record or enrowle these prsents to cause them to bee Recorded or enrowled in the Records of Conahassett land or in any other place of Records according to the usuall Mannor of Recording or enrowling evidences in such Case provided; To and for the true pformance of the prmises I the said Timothy hatherley bind mee my heires executors adminestrators and asignes feirmly by these prsents in witness wherof I the sd Timothy hatherley have. heerunto sett my hand and Seale This twentieth Day of June Anno: Dom 1654
Signed Sealled and Timothy hatherley (seale)
Delivered in the prsence of
the Interlining alsoe
made in the prsence
Memorandum that these words in the seaventh line in the originall Deed viz: [all that my whole tract or] and in the fivfteenth line therof [To the harbour] and in the seaventeenth line therof [ to the south to a great Creeke] and in the eightenth line therof [Tract or] and in the same line [Tract or] were Interlined before the sealing and Delivery heerof;
The abovsaid Deed was enrowed on the seaventh of May 1655
|Nathaniel is listed on the pioneers of Chatham plaque|
Nathaniel died before 1687 when Sarah is mentioned as a widow when her father deeded her all of his land. Unfortunately Nathaniel died in the prime of life, leaving a large family.
In 1699 Sarah Covell divided her property between her four sons, so she died after that time.
Nickerson Family Assoc.,The Nickerson Family: The Desc. of Wm. Nick. 1604-89, First Settler of Chatham, MA, Part 1, first Four Generations with vital statistics of 5th Generation, 1973
William C. Smith, A History of Chatham, Mass. Formerly the Constablewick or village of Monomoit," 1909
James Hawes, Library of Cape Cod History and Genealogy, No. 90, Covel, 1912
Vernon R. Nickerson, From Pilgrims and Indians... manuscript