| John Niles
Born: 1603 in perhaps England*.
Died: February 8, 1693/94 in Braintree, Norfolk Co., MA, age about
Married: (1) Jane [?Reed] 1635 in Braintree, MA.
Married (2) Hannah Ames ABT 1655
John Niles is generally accepted as the original progenitor
of the majority of families by that name in North America.
Children of John Niles and Jane are:
- Hannah, born February 16, 1636/37 in Braintree, Norfolk Co.,
MA; married (1) Peter Shooter; married (2) Nathaniel Mott, December
25, 1656 in Braintree, Norfolk Co., MA.
- John, born March 4, 1638/39 in Braintree,
Norfolk Co., MA; died September 7, 1683/4 in New Shoreham, Washington
- Joseph, born August 15, 1640 in
Braintree, Norfolk Co., MA; married Mary Micall (or McCall)
November 2, 1662. (d. September 07, 1683)
- Nathaniel, born August 16,
1642 in Braintree, Norfolk Co., MA; died December 22, 1727 in
Braintree, Norfolk Co., MA; married Sarah Sandys 14 February
1670/71 in New Shoreham, Washington Co., RI.
- Samuel, born 12 May 1644 in Braintree, Norfolk Co., MA; died
September 5, 1724 in (Braintree); married Mary Billings 20 April
- Increase, born December 16,
1646 in Braintree, Norfolk Co., MA; died 01 September 1693.
married Mary Purchase December 4, 1677.
- Benjamin, born February 11, 1650/51 in Braintree, Norfolk
Co., MA; died 1712 in Lyme, New London Co., CT; married Ruth
( ) Niles.
Child of John Niles and Hannah Ames:
- Isaac, born April 20, 1658.
John Niles, of Dorchester and Braintree,
Mass., ancestor of all of this surname in the northern part
of the United States, as far as the name has been traced,
was born, probably in England, about 1603, and died at Braintree
8 Feb. 1693/4, the entry of his death in the town records
calling him "Old John Niles" and giving his age as "about
91." He married first, probably in 1636, Jane [?Reed] of
Braintree, who died 15 May 1654; and secondly Hannah (___)
Ames, widow of William Ames. She survived John Niles, and
died 31 Jan. 1703. John Niles was at Dorchester in Sept.
1634, and settled at Braintree in 1636. (Source: Taken from
the New England Historic Genealogical Register, Volume 85,
In 1634 Dorchester, Mass. towns first
book of records, p. II: John Niles, Francis Tuthill, John
Leavitt, Thomas Rawlines, and others have 3 acres apiece
upon the Neponsett. 3 Nov. 1634: It is ordered that John
Niles, Francis Tuchine, John Leavitt, Thomas Rawlines and
others, shall each of them have six acres of land granted
them for their small and part lots at Neponsett betwixt
Indian Field and the Mill. (Source: Descendants of John
Leavitt the Immigrant, by Emily Leavitt Noyes)
* The notion that John 1 Niles was born in Wales is only a family tradition. The evidence now points to his being born in Beaminster, County Dorse, England (Allend D. Niles).
1 Samuel Bates, "The Records of Braintree 1640 to 1793",