|Captain Robert Bartlett||Mary (Marie) Walton|
|b. 4 Feb 1638 in Frampton, Dorsetshire, England||b. 14 May 1644 in Marblehead|
|d. 1717 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts||d. bef. 1702 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts|
|Robert Nicholson, Jr.||Martha Bartlett|
|b. abt. 1656 in ?||b. abt. 1678 in Marblehead|
|d. Probate 1751 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts||d. 1736 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts|
|Marriage||10 Oct 1700||Robert Nicholson to Martha Bartlett in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts|
|Children (Events in Marblehead Unless Stated Otherwise)|
|Robert Nicholson bp. 10 Aug 1712; m. 16 Feb 1737 Emma Peach (bp. 4 May 1718, d. 6 Mar 1798); two children: Abigail and Jonah Nicholson; d. 1740|
|John Nicholson bp. 10 Aug 1712; m. 17 Dec 1728 Mary Peach (bp. 11 Feb 1710; d. 11 Nov 1784); ten children: John, Robert, Mary, Mary, Thomas, William, Martha, Emma, Robert, and John Nicholson; d., after 1751|
|Martha Nicholson bp. 10 Aug 1712; m. William Dodd; five children: William, Nathaniel, Thomas, William, and Thomas Dodd; d. aft. 1751|
|Mary Nicholson bp. 10 Aug 1712; m. Thomas Brown; seven children: Thomas, Mary, Elizabeth, Robert, Benjamin, John, and Elizabeth Brown; d. after 1751|
|Elizabeth Nicholson bp. 28 Sep 1712; no further records; d. bef. 1751|
|Benjamin Nicholson bp. 27 Nov 1715; no further records; d. bef. 1751|
|Nathaniel Nicholson bp. 9 Mar 1717-18; no further records; d. bef. 1751|
|Abigail Nicholson bp. 26 Nov 1721; m. 12 May 1742 Joseph Davis; six children: Hannah, William. John, Joseph, Joseph, and Hannah Davis; d. aft. 1751|
|Josiah Nicholson bp. 26 Jan 1723-24; m. 3 Dec 1747 Abigail Merry; six children: Martha, Martha, Abigail, Josiah, Josiah, and Martha Nicholson; d. aft. 1751|
The story of Robert Nicholson's life begins with the mystery of his origins. He is designated as a "Jr.," so he probably shared his father's name. In researching our Maine ancestors, the Bonythons, I found that Winifred Bonython married Robert Nichols or Nicholson. He was in Marblehead when his parents were attacked and killed by Indians. The European settlers sought refuge in various places in New England during the Indian Wars, many in Marblehead. Exact dates of birth are not available, but the timing is close enough that our Robert could have been the son of Robert and Winifred.
Martha Bartlett's proof of ancestry comes through the will of her father and several of her mother's siblings who left bequests to her father, Captain Robert Bartlett. He in turn also mentioned her married name in his will. Her father was one of four siblings who settled in Marblehead. Her aunt Magdaline Bartlett probably lived with her family or that of her uncle John.
The Nicholson children had baptism records, and those who were alive when Robert's will was probated in 1751 have marriage records. None of them have death records nor Find-a-Grave listings, so their dates of death are listed as before or after 1751. Robert outlived his wife by 15 years.
Proof of relationship is established in the wills and vital records.
The goal of this project is to trace every line of ancestry to the arrival of its first immigrant to America. The basic information of each couple is considered complete when we know the dates of birth, marriage, and death for both spouses. their parents' names (or whether they were the immigrant), and the child or children in our ancestry line.
The research on this family is incomplete until Robert's parentage can be determined..
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