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Generation Three: Rev. Samuel Niles

Rev. Samuel Niles (Nathaniel2 , John1 )

Born: May 1, 1674 in New Shoreham, R.I.
Died: May 1, 1762 in Braintree, Mass. (grave information)
Married (1) Elizabeth Thacher 03/22/1700-01 in probably Braintree, Mass., daughter of Peter Thacher and Theodora Oxenbridge. She was born 03/07/1682-83, and died 02/10/1715-16.

Married (2) Ann Coddington 11/22/1716, daughter of Nathaniel Coddington and Susanna Hutchinson. She was born 12/26/1677, and died 10/25/1732.

Married (3) Elizabeth Adams 12/22/1737 in Whendham, daughter of William Adams and Alice Bradford. She was born 02/23/1680-81.

Children of Samuel Niles and Elizabeth Thacher:

  • Elizabeth, b. 05/16/1706, Kingston ; m. Joshua Hayward of Braintree.
  • Sarah, b. 05/20/1708, Kingston; d. 10/22/1738.
  • Samuel, b. 05/14/1711, Braintree, Mass.; d. 04/30/1804, Lebanon, Conn.
  • Mary, b. 05/27/1713, Braintree, Mass.; m. Rev. Atherton Wales
  • Nathaniel, b. 02/02/1715-16, Braintree, Mass.; d. 03/08/1730-31 .

Children of Samuel Niles and Ann Coddington:

  • Elisha, b. 01/08/1717-18, Braintree ; d. 01/11/1718-19, Braintree, Mass.
  • Elisha, b. 07/30/1719, Braintree, Mass.; d. 07/01/1776 ; m. Anna Thayer, 12/07/1752, Braintree, Mass.
  • Susanna, b. 07/30/1719 ; d. 05/09/1754 ; m. Hon. Ebenezer Thayer, 04/03/1746, Braintree, Mass..

Notes for Rev. Samuel Niles:

In the Records of the Town of Braintree, 1640 to 1793, Edited by Samuel A. Bates, Mass.: 742

The Rvd. Mr. Samuel Niel of this town & Mrs. Anne Codington of Newport in Rhoad Island were married ye 22d. Day of November 1716 by Governor Cranson of Rhoad Island.

In the Records of the Town of Braintree, 1640 to 1793, Edited by Samuel A. Bates, Mass.: 751

Marriage Enterd. By Richard Faxon Town Clerk. March 13, 1737 Recd.

The Revd. Mr Samuel Niles of Braintree and Mrs. Elizabeth Whiting of Wendham were married (at Wendham) December 22d. 1737, By ye Revd. Mr. Thomas Clap of sd. Wendham, as by ye Mr. Niles acct to me.

From NEHG Register, Volume 85, April 1931: 149

"Samuel Niles lived at Braintree with his maternal grandparents, James and Sarah Sandys, about 1689. He preached at Kingstown, R.I., 1702-1710, was ordained pastor in that part of Braintree which is now the city of Quincy 11 May 1711, and there baptized about twelve hundred and received into his church three hundred and twelve persons. He was the author of "Tristitiae Ecclesiarum," 1745, "Vindication of Divers Important Doctrines," 1752, and "Doctrines of Original Sin," 1757, and left a manuscript "History of the Wars in New England with the French & Indians," which was written about 1760 and has been published in Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society, Third Series, Vol.. 6."

From Appleton's Cyclopaedia of America, Biography Wilson-Friske, Volume IV Lodge-Pickens: 521

"He was graduated at Harvard in 1699 and preached in a district of Rhode Island called the "ministeral lands," and in Kingston, R.I., from 1702 till 1710. From 1711 until his death he was pastor of the 2d church of Braintree, Mass. In 1759 he received the degree of M.A. from Harvard. He was the author of "Tristitiae Ecclesiarum, or a Brief and Sorrowful Account of the Present Churches in New England" (1745); "God's Wonder-working Providence for New England inthe Reduction of Louisburg," a tract in verse (1747); "Vindication of Divers Important Doctrines" (1752); "The True Scripture Doctrine of Original Sin," in answer to Dr. John Taylor's work on the same subject (1757); and an unfinished "History of the Indian and French Wars," published in the Massachusetts historical collections. His diary, kept for sixty years, containing a complete history of the town of Braintree, is still extant."

Notes for Elizabeth Thacher:

Colonial Families of the United States of America: Volume 5

"Descendt of Phebe (Tilden) Hatch through John Oxenbridge from Edward III of England:

Elizabeth Thacher who m. 22d March, 1701, Rev. Samuel Niles, of Braintree, Massachusetts.

Last Update: January 14, 2015

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