Abt 1610 - 1688 (~ 78 years)
||Byram, Nicholas [1, 2, 3, 4, 5] |
||I Dr |
||13 Apr 1688
||Bridgewater, Plymouth, MA, USA [3, 6]
||31 Mar 2017 |
||Shaw, Susanna, b. Abt 25 May 1617, Northowram, Halifax, Yorkshire, Eng , d. Abt 1698, Bridgewater, Plymouth, MA, USA (Age ~ 80 years) |
||Massachusetts, USA 
| ||1. Byram, Deliverance, b. Abt 1636, Weymouth, Norfolk Co., Massachusetts, USA , d. 30 Sep 1720, Weymouth, Suffolk, Ma (Age ~ 84 years) |
| ||2. Byram, Abigail, b. Abt 1637, Weymouth, Norfolk Co., Massachusetts, USA , d. 1712 (Age ~ 75 years) |
| ||3. Byram, Nicholas, b. 1640, Plymouth , d. 20 Sep 1727, E Bridgewater, Plymouth Co., MA (Age 87 years) |
| ||4. Byram, Ebenezer, b. Abt 1642, Weymouth, Norfolk Co., Massachusetts, USA |
| ||5. Byram, Experience, b. 1649, Massachusetts, USA , d. Abt 1712 (Age 63 years) |
| ||6. Byram, Susannah, b. 1648, Weymouth, Norfolk, Massachusetts, USA , d. 1743, Bridgewater, Plymouth, MA, USA (Age 95 years) |
| ||7. Byram, Mary, b. 1650, Weymouth, Norfolk Co., Massachusetts, USA |
||31 Mar 2017 21:29:03 |
||Group Sheet | Family Chart
Nicholas Byram of Bridgewater made his will 13 January, 1687. Bequests were as follows:
"I Ratifie unto my brother John Shaw of weymouth my whole Interest in the North adition which was granted by the Court to Bridwater Town & on lot of Meadow in a Place Called Poor meadow Joyning to the Meadow of William Brett . which he hath Possesed severall yeares" "to Each of my Children what land I formerly Gave unto them." "the Rest of my Estate .... I give [p. 17] give unto .... wife Susana" "I leave my aforesd wife Susana sole Executrix" The witnesses were Samuel Allen, Sr., William Brett and John Whitman.
The executrix presented the will at the court held 13 June, 1688, and it was probated on the testimony of Samuel Allen, Sr., and William Brett.
NICHOLAS BYRAM'S INVENTORY
"The Inventory of Nicholas Byram of Bridgwater who deseaced the thirteenth day of Aprill 1688" was taken by "his wife Susana byram" who signed by a mark.
It was witnessed by Samuel Allen, Sr., and William Brett. "Susana Byram the wife of Nicholas Byram deceased" made oath to the inventory 16 June, 1688, before John Willis, Sr. "by Dedemus Potestatem Directed to the abovesd John Willice from the Inferiour Court of Comon Pleas held at Plimouth" 13 June, 1688, "the said John Willis was Impowered to adminester the oath abovesd to the above sd Susana Byram"
Plymouth Colony: Its History and People 1620-1691
Part Two: Topical Narratives
Chapter 13: Everyday Life and Manners:
As time went on, Plymouth Colony resolved some old problems and acquired new ones. The court could not satisfy all complaints. Though people were frequently punished for slander, in 1677 when Captain
Goulding, David Lake, and Thomas Lake complained that they were meeting with opposition and threatening speeches from neighbors to disturb them in their peaceful enjoyment of lands granted them by the court, the court said it would maintain their title to the lands, "but as for words, they must beare with them when they meet with them." In 1670 the court ordered that profits from fishing with nets at Cape Cod would go to provide a free school for the training of youth in literature for the good and benefit of posterity, and in 1678 it gave £5 from fishing profits to the schoolmaster at Rehoboth, and it
expressed an intention to have a grammar school in each town of the colony. People complained of high taxes, and some towns were using tax methods that the court found odd. In 1668, at the complaint of Mr.
Nicholas Byram that Bridgewater was overtaxing people with dormant lands and undertaking those who used the town's common lands, the court told the town to find some more equitable way. In 1670 the
court, in answer to the complaint of land owners at Rehoboth, ordered the town not to tax them more than thirty shillings for a £40 rating.
Plymouth Colony: Its History and People 1620-1691
Part Three: Biographical Sketches
... Moses Simonson arrived on the Fortune in 1621. Though not on the 1633 freeman list, he became a freeman no later than 7 March 1636/37 (PCR 1:53). He was in Leiden with the Separatists, and Winslow called him a member of the Dutch Church who could speak English and who took communion with the Separatist Church (Hypocrisie Unmasked, p. 63). He also went by the name Moses Simons, and on 13 December 1660 Moses Simons of Duxbury and his wife Sarah sold his right of lands in Bridgewater to Nicholas Byram (MD 34:85). He dated his will 17 June 1689, calling himself "aged and full of decay," and his inventory was taken 10 September 1691 (MD 31:60). He mentioned his sons Aaron and John; and his daughters Mary, wife of Joseph Alden; Elizabeth, wife of Richard Dwelly; and Sarah, wife of James Nash. He also had a son Moses, Jr. of Scituate, who predeceased him (Ply. Colony PR 3:2:62-63).
Byrams in America, John Arnold Byram, 1988, pages 1-2
The exact reason or event which brought Nicholas to America will probably never be know. Aaron G. Byram, who documented the first Byram family genealogy, "The Byram Pamphlet" drew upon the writing of the family legend as written by the Honorable Nathan Mitchell in his "History of Bridgewater". Aaron wrote"Nicholas Byram was the son of an English gentleman who removed about the time of the birth of his son to Ireland. At sixteen his father sent him to visit his friends in England, in charge of a man who betrayed his trust, robbed him of his money, and sent him to "West Indies" (probably the island of Barbados) where he was sold to pay his passage. After his time of servitude expired, by the help of a few pieces of gold, said to have been sewd into one of his garments by his mother, he took passage to New England and married Susanna Shaw of Weymouth." Mark Bennett Byron III in his book "THE BYRAM CHRONICLE" writes: "The author does not question Nicholas' going to Weymouth MA or his
marriage to Susanna Shaw but believes that he has uncovered the record of his early arrival in America whether he came directly from England or via Barbados. In either event he landed in Virginia with Thomas Edghill and received 50 acres of land. Possibly the religious climate of Massachusetts Colony was more to his liking than that of Virginia where the established church was firmly entrenched. For this reason Nicholas probably traded his 50 acres of land in Virginia for passage to the MA colony.,"
He also states that the Virginia Colony have a land grant showing that on 23 Oct. 1637 - Thomas Edghill received 100 acres, Isle of Wight County. Upon a creed running SW of maine creek in the Pagan Baye,
adjoining next to John Walker's devdt. Westward toward the head of Vaster's Neck. 50 acres due to his personal adv. and 50 acres of 1 servant called Nicholas Byram."
Then in Northcumberland County Records, on 5 Feb. 1651 - John Hawkin's will gives land to Abraham Byram and a yearling to Abraham's son, Thomas. "From the above, it would seem that a Nicholas and
Abraham were about the same age, possibly brothers and probably the grand children of Nicholas Byrom, the Cheshire Barrister.
Mark also gives a statement that Helen Byrom Griggs said. "Father also said that there was a tradition in the family tha the young son of some early Byrom has been kidnapped by a sailor's press gang and had been taken to Barbados from wence he never returned but suggested his origin his origin in kent might have been mistaken for Kenion where the Byroms were established."
Nicholas may have taken the ketch "Increase" which sailed from Barbados to Boston but was damaged in a storm and arrived in Peqout (New London) Conn. From there he must have gone to MA. Nicholas settled in Weymouth, MA.
He was made a freeman by the Court, May 2, 1638. The term freeman was sort of an Aristocracy in New England. By 1670 there were only 1,100 Freemen out of a population of 25,000. They were voting members of their colony. A Freeman was required to have a certain amount of land of an income equivalent to the income received from that amount of land. He had the title "Mister", and could wear costly garments with ornaments of silver, gold, or lace threads.
In 1662 Nicholas purchased of Moses Simmons, Phillip Delano and of George Soule 3 shares, or the original purchase rights, of a tract of land which became Bridgewater. This amounted to seven square miles. He was the second settler. The purchase of "Duxbury Plantation" (Bridgewater) was made on March 23, 1640 by Miles Standish, Samuel Nash and Constant Southworth acting as commissioners appointed to make this purchase.
It would be interesting to learn where Nicholas acquired the cash for such a purchase. It is possible that the sale of this home in Weymouth, MA provided means to purchase the undeveloped land to the west. This trend, to move west to gain cheaper land continued for many generations and helped distribute the Byram family throughout America. Nicholas took an active part in the government of Bridgewater. He was elected a member of the grand inquest under Thomas Prince in 1664. He was appointed by the Court as one of the selectman of Bridgewater in 1666. He was appointed, with Samuel Edson and John Willis, Councillor of War with the Military Officers of the town in 1667 and he held other civil posititions.
- [S61] BYRAM-CRAWFORD AND ALLIED FAMILIES GENEALOGY, Eunice Byram Roberts,.
- [S180] HISTORY OF WEYMOUTH MASSACHUSETTS; 1923, George Walter Chamberlain,.
- [S62] BYRAMS IN AMERICA: 1988, John Arnold Byram,, (Name: Gateway Press Inc., 1001 N. Calvert Street, Baltimore, MN 21202, Baltimore, MD;).
- [S392] U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900, Yates Publishing, (Name: The Generations Network, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2004;), Database online.
Record for Nicholas Byram
- [S633] U.S., Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970, Ancestry.com, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2011;), Database online.
Record for Nicholas Byram
- [S356] Vital Records of Bridgewater, Massachusetts, to the year 1850, 2 Vols, page 182.
Calvin, ch. Ebenezer and Mary, May 22, 1757