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    Nathaniel Rust

    Male 1671 - Bef 1762  (< 90 years)


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    • Name Nathaniel Rust 
      Born 17 Nov 1671  Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
      Gender Male 
      Died Bef 08 Feb 1762  North Coventry, Tolland, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
      Notes 
      • AMOS RICHARDSON of BOSTON AND STONINGTON...APPENDIX D, THE RUST FAMILY OF NEW ENGLAND", by Rosell L. Richardson, 2nd Edition, published by the author, New York, 1906, Re-created by E. H. Maxfield, 1996: Mary, or Mercy, daughter of John and Deliverance Atchison, of Hatfield. Her father was killed by the Indians in 1677.**** He married Mary Rose (widow) in Coventry, Tolland Co., Ct, 9 Sep 1754. Mary died AFT. 1760. "RECORD OF THE RUST FAMILY EMBRACING THE DESCENDANTS OF HENRY RUST, WHO CAME FROM ENGLAND AND SETTLED IN HINGHAM, MA, 1634-1635", by Albert D. Rust, Published by the author, Waco, Texas, 1881: In his early venture from Northampton he followed down the Connecticut River, arriving at Hartford, then a young village in the wilds of the new world. Here, leaving the but lightly beaten path of civilization, he directed his course eastward from Hartford to a wild and unsettled wilderness and there made the first "pitch" in what is now known as Coventry, Tolland county, Connecticut. This was in 1700. Here on the west side of the beautiful little lake in what is now South Coventry, he erected the first house ever built there. Nathaniel was married before he went to Coventry and a part of his children were born in Northampton before his removal thither with his family, which was in 1709. The town records do not show that any of his children were born in Coventry, but it is probable his last two were born there... Nathaniel's father died in Northampton after he removed to Coventry, to wit: 11 Nov., 1712. In the agreement between the widow and surviving children, Dec., 1712, Nathaniel received as his portion of his father's estate, L61 16s 2d. He also owned the "Samuel Parsons place" in Northampton before 1709 when it was bought by Samuel Lancton....summary of service to Coventry: selectman; school committee; highway committee; tavern keep; moderator of town meetings; committees to lay out town plat and define boundaries of Coventry; and more. "HISTORY OF TOLLAND COUNTY, CONNECTICUT", by J. R. Cole, 1888: The names of the first settlers are the following: David Lee, Nathaniel Rust, Thomas Root, Samuel Gurley, Ebenezer Searl, Joseph Petty, Benjamin James, Benjamin Carpenter; four others from Northampton, Mass., and two from Reading, Mass. The township was allotted out to the several proprietors and by them to others who settled in the town. The first colony of settlers, consisting of eleven families, came in 1709...The first death on the records (of Coventry) is that of Margaret Rust, daughter of Nathaniel Rust. This event occurred September 12th, 1718... The act of incorporation of the town of Coventry reads as follows: "May Session of General Court Hartford May 9th, 1706. Wm. Pitkin, Wm. Whiting Joseph Talcott, Richard Lord, and Nathaniel Rust, or any three of them, appointed a committee to lay out the town, admit inhabitants, etc., and in October session 11, 1711, to consult, and continue for procuring and settling of a minister of the gospel in sd. town in the best way and manner as soon as may be, etc. and is ordered and enacted, that this assembly shall call the said town Coventry, ...The committee appointed May 9, 1706, proceeded to lay out the town and reported the town line. "We whose names are underwritten appointed by the General Court of Connecticut a committ. to layout the town of Coventry of the contents of six miles square in a greater tract or parcel of land given by Attawanhood in his last will, to certain men in and about Hartford. We have accordingly laid out the bounds of sd. town as followeth, viz.: "To butt or be bounded by Willimantic river on the E. partly on the bounds of Hebron, and partly on lands given by Joshua, Sachem in his last will to his children on the south etc. is bounded N. & W. by lands given to Hartford gentlemen by sd. Joshua. The sd. town bounded beginning at Willimantic river at a stake & stones set in a field or small enclosure of land made by Samuel Burchard joining the sd. river and thence runs west by the needle of the compass 6 1/2 miles to a heap of stones between two hills; & from that heap of stones it runs N. by the needle to 6 3/4 & 20 1/2 rods to a heap of stones mad on the N. side of a cedar Swamp commonly called Windsor cedar swamp; the sd. heap of stones it runs east by compass to Willimantic River. Signed: Wm. Pitkin, Joseph Talcott, Wm. Whiting, Nathaniel Rust The following is the record of the first town meeting for choice of town officers for the next year, September 5th, 1714 (spelling & punctuation preserved): "Ofesers choos att a Legall Town meeting for the year 1715. for selectmen - Nathan Rust, Timothy allcott, samill parker, david Lea pike. Thomas Root, Town cleark. Ebenezer allenander......john crane, ebenezer edwards - Listors. Benjamin carpenter, william Long inspectors. Nathaniel Rust tavern keeper." ...February 10th, 1726-7: "Voted and appointed Mr Natha. Rust, Mr. Beni carpenter & Leu Peter Buell to inspect and collect sartin sums of money due to ye town upon and acount whatsoever. The earliest white settlers of Coventry mentioned are Nathaniel Rust, Samuel Birchard, Benjamin Howard and a family named Carpenter... Nathaniel Rust (grandson of Henry who came from Hingham, Norfolk Co., England, 1633-35 settled in Hingham, Massachusetts and the son of Israel, who moved to Northampton where he married, deserves credence as one of the builders of the first home in Coventry. ...Nathaniel left Northampton after serving in King William's War (known as the War of Grand Alliance in Europe) 1689-97 as recorded in the History of Northampton Massachusetts, 1898, by James Russell Trumbull. ...The course followed by Nathaniel [from Hartford] was along the Olde Connecticut Path (generally along U.S. Route 44), ...into the territory of Wangumbaug which was renamed Coventry. Finding two closely flowing sizable rivers (Skungamaug and Willimantic), he stopped to reconnoiter the area and finding also a most beautiful lake (Wangumbaug) with its surrounding fertile land,... This was in 1700; on the west side of this beautiful lake he erected the first house ever built there.. **** "HISTORIC SKETCH OF COVENTRY, CONNECTICUT", prepared by Maude Gridley Peterson, Official Program Old Home Week Bicentennial Celebration, August 25-31, 1912: Soon after the settlement of the town, among the other officers elected for the year 1715, Nathaniel Rust was named as tavern keeper. Thus early was arrangement made for the traveling public. The old-time legal requirement for a tavern was a spare bed and stable room for two horses." **** "THE ROOTS OF COVENTRY", by Messier and Aronson, 1987: Nathaniel kept tavern at his house on home lot 59. He was a town selectman for 12 years. We find his signature on a 1716 petition to the CT General Assembly asking for settlement of town boundary disputes. He lived to age 90. He and his wife are buried in Old Coventry Cemetery.**** "AMOS RICHARDSON of BOSTON AND STONINGTON...APPENDIX D, THE RUST FAMILY OF NEW ENGLAND", by Rosell L. Richardson, 2nd Edition, published by the author, New York, 1906, Re-created by E. H. Maxfield, 1996 for the CT GenWeb Project Archives: Capt. Nathaniel Rust, born in Northampton, Nov. 16, 1671, married first, May 17, 1692, Mary, or Mercy, daughter of John and Deliverance Atchison, of Hatfield. Her father was killed by the Indians in 1677. She was born Oct. 30, 1673, and died Jan. 21, 1754. Capt. Rust married second , when he was almost eighty-three years of age, Mrs. Mary Rose, Sept. 9, 1754. He was one of the first settlers in the town of Coventry, Conn. (about 1700), and was one of the proprietors' committee in 1711. At the first town meeting in 1714 his name heads the board of Selectmen elected. He resided where William O. Gardner lived in 1891 and kept a tavern there for many years. He probably was in command of the train band, as his name appears always with the title of Captain on the town records. His will was dated in 1760, but there appears to be no record of his death...
      Person ID I5776  My Family Tree
      Last Modified 15 Feb 2010 

      Father Israel Rust,   b. 12 Nov 1643, Hingham, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Nov 1712, Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years) 
      Mother Rebecca Clark,   b. Feb 1648/49, Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 08 Feb 1732/33, Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 83 years) 
      Married 09 Dec 1669  Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
      Family ID F2439  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

      Family Mercy Atchinson,   b. 30 Oct 1673, Hatfield, Hampshire, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Jan 1754, Coventry, Tolland, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
      Married 17 May 1692  Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
      Children 
      +1. Experience Rust,   b. 01 Nov 1693, Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Jul 1768, Mansfield, Tolland, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
      Last Modified 20 Sep 2018 
      Family ID F624  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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      Link to Google MapsBorn - 17 Nov 1671 - Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts, USA Link to Google Earth
      Link to Google MapsMarried - 17 May 1692 - Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts, USA Link to Google Earth
      Link to Google MapsDied - Bef 08 Feb 1762 - North Coventry, Tolland, Connecticut, USA Link to Google Earth
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    • Sources 
      1. [S226] Records of the Descendants of Hugh Clark of Watert, John Clark A. B., (Printed for the author, Boston, MA, 1866).