Hatevil Nutter of Dover, NH




There is an acquittance for £12 from Richard Browne of Sawley, Yorkshire, yeoman to Henry Nutter of the Hayhowses for 12 oak trees for Mr. Nutter, Dean of Chester, dated 2 Aug. 1591. It was witnessed by George Nutter, Thomas Croke, William Nutter, Nicholas Stevenson, John Nutter of Bulhoe and Edmund Stevson.(1) Another aquittance dated 28 Feb. 1592/3 from Hugh, son of Richarde Hargreaves of Higham Deyne, decd., to John Nutter, rector of Sepheton and Deane of Chester (by James Hartley, clerk, his attorney), for quitclaim of properties in Higham Deyne called the Over Felds, Bent and Backe Feelde, in the tenure of Hugh Hargreaves and Jenet, his mother, witnessed by Edmund Starkie, Richard Wodroff, John Nutter, and Henry Nutter. There is another acquittance for £70 from Blaze Hargreves of Heigham, yeoman and Hughe his son and heir, to John Nutter, Dean of Chester (by Edmond Starkie of Huntrode, gent.) for a quitclaim of properties in Higham Denye called the Over Felds, Bent and Backe Feelde, in the tenure of Hugh Hargreves and Jenet his mother, dated 8 May 1593 and witnessed by Edmund Starkie, Henrye Nutter, William Nutter, and Richard Cople.(2)


  • I. John- m. 6 June 1596 Mirfield, Yorkshire, Agnes Helay. There is an exchange of property in Mirfield dated 1605, between Richard Lee, clothier and John Nutter, carpenter, both of Mirfield, Yorkshire. Witnessed by Thomas Rodes and William Walker.(3) John had several children bpt. in Mirfield between 1599 and 1613.
  • II. Anthony- m.1. 26 Aug. 1589 Holy Trinity, Coventry, Jane Hinman, 2. ?28 Mar. 1619 St. Michael, Macclesfield, Cheshire, Ann Sumner (living in Macclesfield in 1643). This is probably the marriage of his nephew Anthony, son of his brother George, to Ann Sumner.

    "In the name of God Amen I Anthony Nutter of Woodkirke Clerke and the unworthy minister of Christ beinge weake in body and yett of good and perfect memory praised be god for diverse causes and considerations me thereunto moveinge doe make Constitute and ordyne this my last will and Testament in manner and forme followinge;

    ffirst of all I bequeath my soule into the hands of Almighty God my lord and only redeemer and my body to be buried in the Church or Churchyard of Woodkirke And for that small part of temporall goods which it hath pleased god to bestow upon me I ordayne as followeth

    ffirst I give and bequeath unto Adam the sonne of my oldest brother John and hath Two sonnes the some of ffower pounds ten shillings to be devided equally amongest them; and if my said Cozen Adam have a daughter I give unto her Thirty shillings;

    And whereas my brother William his sonne Isaacke hath divers Children I doe give unto them as followeth. to his three sonnes John Isaacke and Abraham every one of them Twelve pence; and the rest of the said Isaack Children I give ffower pounds to be devided equally amongst them;

    Item I give to the daughter of my brother William and sister sister to the said ould Isaccke Twenty shillings

    Item I give and bequeath to my Cozen Anthony sonne of my brother George and to the Children of the said Anthony the somme of Eight pound to be devided equally amonge them;

    Item I give unto my brother Robert wife fforty shillings and to his Children the somme of six pounds to be devided equally amonge them;

    Item I give unto John my brother William his supposed sonne the some of fforty shillings;

    Item I give to my brother Edmund his wife and Children the somme of six pounds thirteene shillings ffower pence and alsoe I give unto hatill his sonne for whome I was Witness at his Baptisme the somme of Three pounds over and above his parte in the foresaid somme of six pounds thirteen shillngs ffower pence;

    Item I give to me Cozen Elizabeth Newman the some of forty shillings over and abode her parte in the said some of six pounds Thirteen shillings and ffower pence;

    Item I give to Pete Mazel the sonnet of the said Elizabeth Newsman the some of Three pounds six shillings Eight pence part in blokes and part in money;

    Item I give to Sarah my Cozen Anthonyes daughter the some of forty shillings;

    Item I give to my servant Grace hewley forty shillings; I give to Jane Smith Twenty shillings; Item I give to the pooer of the parrish of Woodkirke Twenty shillings and to the poore of Morley Tenn shillings;

    Item I give unto Anthony my brother William his sonnet the some of forty shillings

    Item I give to my Cozen Edmund my brother William sonnet Twenty shillings and forgive them the money that they owe unto me;

    Item I given to John Reyner and Thomas Bradley either of them Twenty shillings; and doe make the said John Reyner and Thomas Bradley Executors of this my last will and Testament In Testimony whereof I have sette my hand and seale the Nineteenth day of January and in the yeare of the Raigne of our Soveraigne Lord Kinge Charles Annoqs dmi One Thousand six hundreth Thirty and Three.

    The rest of my goodes and Chattells heretofore not given and bequeathed my funerall expenses discharged I give and bequeath unto Anthony Notter of Maxfeild in Chesshier and Pete Mousonne of Aderston Be'holler and to my sisters Edmonds wife of Edingtonn in Warwickshire and to James Rigley Clarke Minister of Woodkirke to be equally devided amongest them;

    Memorandum that these wordes Item I give to the daughter of my brother William and sister to the said ould Isaacke Twenty shillings were Interlined before the sealinge hereof

    Witness Thomas Burghe Martha Whitehead Thomas dymond John Reyner Eijd die et Anno seivo secamd cert: Se probatione hmor testiptesti at iurat comissaq fuit Ado bonor eiuld defunct Johanni Reyner ret viri execut in eod teste noiat pruvi aixut salvo iure cuiusiungs refervata potestate consilem Adnem committend paltem Execut meod testo noiat cu venerit rand in forma iuris petitur et in se suitepturi (4)

  • III. William-
  • IV. George- bur. 11 Jan. 1615 Macclesfield, Cheshire
  • V. Robert- probably d. before 1633
  • 2VI. EDMUND- m. ELIZABETH ______ (bur. 4 Dec. 1638 Mancetter, Warwickshire), d. before 1634


    (1) Lancashire Record Office- DDM 11/9
    (2) Ibid- 11/11
    (3) West Yorkshire Archive Service- Calderdale- KM/595
    (4) Yorkshire Probate Records- Family History Center- Vol. 42, 1632-1637, film No. 0099518

    The English Origin of Elder Hatevil Nutter of Dover, New Hampshire: With an Account of His Uncle, the Reverend Anthony Nutter, Puritan Minister of Fenny Drayton, Leicestershire, and Woodkirk, Yorkshire- John C. Brandon- TAG- Vol. 72 (1997), pp. 263-84


    m. ELIZABETH ______ (bur. 4 Dec. 1638 Mancetter, Warwickshire)
    d. before 1634

    Holy Trinity Church- Ettington, Warwickshire

    In Anthony's will, Elizabeth is listed as living in Ettington, Warwickshire. There is a Thomas Nutter living in Mancetter who married Dorothy Richardson and was probably Edmund and Elizabeth's son. I suspect Elizabeth went there to live with him after Edmund's death.

    St. Peter's Church- Mancetter, Warwickshire

    It is interesting to note that John Alcock, who settled in York in 1635, and his sister Anne and her husband Nicholas Needham who settled in Exeter were also from Mancetter.


  • I. Thomas- m. 24 Feb. 1613 Hugglescote, Leicestershire, Dorothy Richardson (b.c.1592 Hugglescote, bur. 14 Feb. 1641 Mancetter, Warwickshire)
  • II. Elizabeth- b.c. 1593, m.1. c. 1615, Thomas Moushall, 2. 22 Sept. 1628 Mancetter, John Newman (bur. 9 Aug. 1667 Mancetter)
  • III. Ellen- bpt. 12 Jan. 1595/6 Fillongley, Warwick
  • 3IV. HATEVIL- b.c.1603, m.1. ?, 2. Anne Ayers, will 28 Dec. 1674- 30 June 1675


    The English Origin of Elder Hatevil Nutter of Dover, New Hampshire: With an Account of His Uncle, the Reverend Anthony Nutter, Puritan Minister of Fenny Drayton, Leicestershire, and Woodkirk, Yorkshire- John C. Brandon- TAG- Vol. 72 (1997), pp. 263-84


    m.1. ?
    2. Anne Ayers
    will 28 Dec. 1674-30 June 1675

    In the will of Anthony Nutter of Woodkirke (now West Ashley), dated 19 Jan. 1633, "Clerke and the unworthy minister of Christ" made a bequest of "thirteene shillings ffower pence and alsoe I give unto hatill his sonne for whome I was Witness at his Baptisme the somme of Three pounds over and above his parte in the foresaid somme of six pounds thirteen shillings flower pence." Anthony also gave 20/ to John Reyner who became the sixth minister in Dover.(7)

    Hatevil did not come over with the first lot of imigrants to Dover, NH in 1633 but, arrived in 1635.(1) In 1637 he bought a lot from Captain Thomas Wiggin which was bounded in 1640 as follows: "Butting on ye Fore River, east; and on ye west by High street; on ye north by ye Lots of Samewell Haynes; and on ye south by Lots of William Story." His house stood on the east side of High St. on Nutter's Hill about 15 or 20 rods from the north corner of the meeting house lot yet, another authority states that he lived below the falls along the river Sligo below James Stackpole.

    He was involved in a lawsuit in 1640 and was called proprietor in 1642. "A Record of ye 20 Acker loets as theay waer in order given and layed out to ye inhabetance hoes names are here under menshened with the nomber of the loet to each pertickler man. As it was fowned Recorded by William Walden in a Pec of paper in ye yeir 42, wich lots as in Breadth at ye water sied 40 poell and in lenketh 80 poll into ye woods... Hatabell Nutter, 20."(2)

    Hatevil was appointed along with Edward Starbuck 28 May 1642 by the Dover court to sell the goods, pay the debts and return the surplus, if any, of the estate of John Phillips of Dover, proprietor.

    On 6 Dec. 1645 "Hattevill Nutter" was mentioned in the mortgage between William Ballou of Dover and Christopher Lawson who had mortgaged his home in Boston to Bellou for "thirty thousand pipe staves". Ballou had acknowledged "satisfaction (according to Mr. Nutter's agreement)" and the release was in "the hand of Hattevill Nutter."(8)

    In 1647 Hatevil and his company made an agreement with the selectmen of the town to set up a sawmill on the Lamprey River. He was one of the wealthy men of the colony and was largely engaged in the lumber business and in ship building, his ship-yard being on the shore of the Fore River.

    Assignment of lots at "Cochecho Marsh" 16 June 1648 "11- Mr. Nutter, 6 yeckeres- This 11th lot is exchanged with Edward Colcord for his 6 acer lote of the marsh at the Great Bay."(2)

    In 1648 in town meeting- "A town rate of 4d on a pound was made 19th 10 mo., on the following persons;... Hatevil Nutter 78-6-0."(2) He was on the tax list of 1650: "Elder Nutter 1-15-6." He was on the grand jury in Maine in 1649 and was one of three men designated "Mr.". He was a deputy to the General Assembly at Portsmouth in 1650 and a selectman in Dover in 1655 as well as town moderator in 1659. He also served as a Justice of the Peace in 1661-2.

    "The deposition of Hateevil Nutter taken the 18th of the 8th month 1652.

    Deponent sayeth that in the year 1636 the land about Lampreel River was in the posession of the inhabitants of Dover on both sides of the River both for fishing & plantinge & feling of timber.

    Hateevil Nutter sworne, who affirmed upon his oath that the primeses was trew.

    Sworne before me, George Smyth."

    Hatevil signed a petition to the General Court of Boston 18 March 1653 to obtain: "necessarie meanes to withstand any forraine forces".(3) For this purpose they were given three guns. Also in 1653 there is an order from Elder Nutter to Thomas Canny to "lay out 1000 acres of land on the Newichawannock River for Simon Bradstreet and Capt. Wiggin".(9) Hatevil and Edward Shattuck are referred to as "surveyors" in a later record where they were ordered to lay out another 200 acres to Thomas Wiggin on the Back River.(10)

    Petition to the General Court- 1653

    "Rate maed the 12th 8th, 58 for Mr. Raynes his prevetions... Elder Nutter 0-14-6."(2) Hatevil was one of the first Elders of the First Church and helped organize it in Nov. 1638. The first meeting house was on the summit of Nutter's Hill on Dover Neck near Hatevil's home. He remained a zealous and generous supporter of the Church and of the Rev. John Reyner. When the Quaker Missionaries, Anna Coleman, Mary Tomkins, and Alice Ambrose, created a disturbance in 1662 he vigorously opposed them contending they had no right to come to Dover and make a disturbance. He believed the Quakers were wrong and their teachings pernicious as set forth by the women missionaries. He was active in the defense of the minister when the Quaker women beset him in times of public worship and in his private residence. He wrote a petition "humbly craving relief against the spreading & the wicked errors of the Quakers among them." The Quakers had liberty to go elsewhere, as they did not exercise that liberty Elder Nutter believed it was right to force them to go and they went but, they came back. The Constables John and Thomas Roberts of Dover then seized the women:

    "To the constables of Dover NH, Hampton, Salisbury NH, Newbury, Rowley, Ipswich, Lynn, Boston, Roxbury, Dedham, and until these Vagabond-Quakers are carried out of this jurisdiction:

    YOU, and every one of you, are required in the King’s Majesty’s Name, to take the Vagabond-Quakers, Ann Coleman, Mary Tompkins, Alice Ambrose, and make them fast to the cart’s tail, and driving the cart through your several towns, to whip them on their backs, not exceeding ten stripes apiece in each town, and so convey them from constable to constable till they come out of this jurisdiction, as you will answer it at your peril; and this shall be your warrant.

    Per me, RICHARD WALDRON"(11)

    George Bishop described the event: "Deputy Waldron caused these women to be stripped naked from the middle upwards, and tied to a cart, and after awhile cruelly whipped them, whilst the priest stood and looked and laughed at it." The Quaker historian, Sewall, states that "All this whipping of the Quaker women by the Constables (in front of the meeting house) was in the presence of one Hate-Evil Nutwell (Nutter) a Ruling Elder who stirred up the Constables (John and Thomas Roberts) to this wicked action and so proved that he bore a wrong name (Hate-Evil)..."(4)

    "New England Judged by the Spirit of the Lord" states:

    "SO, on a very cold day, your deputy, Walden, caused these women to be stripped from the middle upward, and tied to a cart, and after a while cruelly whipped them; which some of their friends seeing testified against, for which Walden put two of them in the stocks. Having despatched them in this town, [Deputy Richard Walden] made way to carry them over the waters and through the woods to another. The women denied to go unless they had a copy of their warrant. So your executioner sought to set them on horseback, but they slid off. Then they endeavored to tie each to a man on horseback; that would not do either, nor any course they took, till the copy was given them; insomuch that he was almost wearied with them. But the copy being given them, they went with the executioner. And through dirt and snow at Salisbury NH, half-way the leg deep, the constable forced them after the cart’s tail, at which he whipped them. Under which cruelty and sore usage, the tender women traversing their way through all was a hard spectacle to those who had in them anything of tenderness. But the presence of the Lord was with them, in the extremity of their sufferings, that they sung in the midst of them, to the astonishment of their enemies.

    At Hampton, William Fifield, the constable, the next morning would have whipped them before day, but they refused, saying that they were not ashamed of their sufferings. Then he would have whipped them on their clothes, contrary to the warrant, when he had them at the cart. But they said, “Set us free, or do according to thy order,” which was to whip them on their naked backs. Then he spake to a woman to take off their clothes. The woman said she would not do it for all the world, and so did other women deny to do it. Then he said, “I profess, I will do it myself.” So he stripped them, and then stood trembling, with the whip in his hand, as a man condemned, and did the execution in that condition. Now, amongst the rest of the spectators, Edward Wharton, beholding their torn bodies and weary steps, and yet no remorse in their persecutors, could not withhold, but testified against them, seeing this bloody engagement. Whereupon one of your officers said, “Edward Wharton, what do you here?” “I am here,” answered Edward, “to see your wickedness and cruelty, that so if you kill them, I may be able to declare how you murdered them.”

    But the Lord unexpectedly wrought a way at that time to deliver them out of the tyrants’ hands, so through three towns only were they whipped, but cruelly, and then they were discharged."

    Eventually these women returned to Dover and established a Friend's church and after a while over a third of the population of Dover would become Quakers.

    Quaker Meeting House- Dover- 1908

    How They Drove the Quaker Women from Dover
    John Greenleaf Whittier

    The tossing spray of Cochecho's falls
    Hardened to ice on its icy walls,
    As through Dover town, in the chill gray dawn,
    Three women passed, at the cart tail drawn,
    Bared to the waist, for the north wind's grip
    And keener sting of the constables whip
    The blood that followed each hissing blow
    Froze as it sprinkled the winter snow.
    Priest and ruler, boy and maiden
    followed the dismal cavalcade;
    And from door and window, open thrown,
    Looked and wondered, gaffer and crone.

    Hatevil was one of the signers of a petition to the General Court at Boston 10 Oct. 1665.(5)

    Petition to the General Court- 1665

    "A Provetion Rate maed the 2d 10th mo. 1666 for Mr. Raynes at a penny in the pound throwe the hole towneship... Elder Nutter 0-15-10."(2)

    Hatevil deeded to his sons Anthony and John 10 Apr. 1669 land which was granted to him by the town of Dover in 1643 and also to his daughter Elizabeth and her husband Thomas Layton Jr. 13 Feb. 1670.

    "I Hatevill Nutter of Dover in New England Aged about seventy one yeares at p'sent weake in body but havinge in some good meashure (by gods blessinge) the use of my understandinge and memory, Do make this my last will and testament in manner and forme as followeth, hereby abrogatinge all former and other wills by me made, whatsoever

    Com'endinge my soule to my blessed god & saviour, my body to the Dust by christian buriall in hopes of a glorious resurection, I appoint and will my outward estate to be had and held as followeth viz:

    To my p'sent wife Anna I will & bequeath (after my debts payed and funeral expenses defrayed) the use and improvement of my prsent Dwellinge house barne orchard & land thereunto adjoininge with all comons pastures priviledges and appurtenances thereunto belonginge, as also the use & benefit of that marsh which belonges to me in the great Bay, at Harwoods cove, the other halfe whereof I have formerly given to my son Anthony, this also descendinge to him at his mothers Decease, To her also I bequeath the use of two other marshes, the one of them lyinge on the easterne, the other on the western side of the back river, which both fall from her to my Daughter mary Winget To her also my said wife I bequeath the use of my houshold stuff cattle Debtes goodes & all other movables whatsoever; that is to say the above bequeathed partes of my estate I bequeath to her use Duringe her widowhood, but if she shall see meet to marry I appoint that at or before her Marriage, halfe the movables be equally Devided amongst my three children now livinge Viz: Anthony, Mary & Abigaile their heires executors adminstrators or assignes and that then my Daughter Mary receive the marsh on the eastern side of the back river. The other half of the movables, and the house & land & other marshes to continue in her handes and use during her life, and at her Decease to descend as followeth-

    To my sonne Anthony Nutter his heires and assignes I Bequeath (besides what I have formerly made over to him) my mill-graunt at Lamprill River with all my dues and Demands priviledges and apuurtenances thereunto belonginge to be had and held by him or them forever after my Decease. To him also I bequeath one third part of my movables as they fall from his mother at her marriage or Decease as abovesaid. To him I also bequeath my prsent dwelling house barne orchard and land on dover neck with my right in the ox pasture calve pasture sheep pasture on the said neck as also one quarter part of my land graunted to be in the woodes above Cuchecha, with the privledges and apuurtenances belonginge to any and every of them, to be had and held by him or them, his said heires or assignes forever after the Decease of his mother.

    To my Daughter Abigail Roberts I bequeath one halfe of my two hundred acres of Land granted to be in the woodes above cuchecha to be had & held by her heires and assignes for ever after my Decease. Also to her I give one third part of my movables to be received when they fall from her mother at marriage or Decease.

    To my Daughter Mary Winget her heires or assignes I bequeath the other quarter of the abovesaid Land graunted to be above cuchecha to be had & held by her or them for ever after my Decease. To her also I Give my marsh on the eatern side of the back river to be had & held by her heires or assignes forever after the marriage or Decease of her mother. To her also I give the other third part of the movables as they fall from her mother by marriage or decease as abovesaid.

    Lastly I Do by these prsents Constitute and appoint my wife Anne abovesaid and my said sonne Anthony, joint executor and executrix of this my will, during their lives, and the longer liver of them solely after the Decease of either of them. In witness of the p'mises I doe hereunto set my hand & seale this 28th day of Decembr Anno. D. 1674.

    Hatevil Nutter

    Jno Reynr
    John Robearts."

    The inventory of his estate 25 June 1675 showed £398/7/4 and was signed by Henry Langstaff and Peter Coffin.(6)


  • 4I. MARY- m. JOHN (1) WINGATE Sr. (m.2. Sarah Taylor, d. 9 Dec. 1683/4), d.c.1676
  • II. Anthony- b.c.1630, m.c. 1662 Sarah Langstaff (living 14 July 1712)d. 19 Feb. 1685/6 Dover of small pox
  • III. John- d. between 1669 and 1674
  • IV. Elizabeth- m. Thomas Layton Jr. (m.2. Elizabeth ______, admin. 31 Oct. 1677 Dover), d. before 28 Dec. 1694
  • V. Abigail- m. John ROBERTS (d. 21 Jan. 1694/5 Dover), living 28 Dec. 1674


    (1) Mass. Archives- Vol.112, p.46
    (2) "History of Dover, NH"- John Scales
    (3) Mass. Archives- Vol.3, p.212
    (4) Sewall- Vol.I, p.564
    (5) Mass. Archives- Vol.3, p.446
    (6) NH Wills- pp.157-9
    (7) York Registry of Probate- Vol. 42, folio 325
    (8) Suffolk County Registry of Deeds- Vol. I, p. 68
    (9) Mass. Archives- Vol. 45, p. 34
    (10) Ibid- p. 39
    (11) New England Judged by the Spirit of the Lord: Containing a Brief Relation of the Sufferings of the People Called Quakers- George Bishop, T. Sowle, London, 1703

    The English Origin of Elder Hatevil Nutter of Dover, New Hampshire: With an Account of His Uncle, the Reverend Anthony Nutter, Puritan Minister of Fenny Drayton, Leicestershire, and Woodkirk, Yorkshire- John C. Brandon- TAG- Vol. 72 (1997), pp. 263-84
    Hatevil Nutter of Dover, New Hampshire and his descendants- Frederick R. Boyle, C.G., Peter E. Randall Pub., Portsmouth, NH, 1997- pp.1-7
    "Genealogical Dictionary of Maine & New Hampshire"- p.516
    "The Isles of Shoals: A Historic Sketch"- John Scribner Jenness
    "Pioneers of Maine & New Hampshire"- p.151
    "Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England"- Savage, Vol.III, p.301

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