Lieutenant Nathaniel Wilder

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Lieutenant Nathaniel Wilder, son of Thomas Wilder and Anna Eames, was born at Charlestown, Suffolk Co., Massachusetts, 3 November 1655.1 He died at Lancaster, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, 31 July 1704.2,1,3

Nathaniel married Mary Sawyer, daughter of Thomas Sawyer and Mary Prescott, at Lancaster 24 January 1673.2,4,5

During King Philips War in 1676, Lieutenant Nathaniel Wilder and Daniel Hoar were sentenced to be hung for killing an Indian who had surrendered. However, they were pardoned, 11 October 1676:
Upon the humble peticon of Daniel Hoare & Nathaniell Wilder, presented to this Court, acknouledging the justice of this Court, & begging pardon for their lives, the Court have granted their petition, and accordingly doe remitt the sentence of death passed against them, and order, that they pay prison chardges and tenn pounds apeece money, half towards the charge of wittnesses, to be paid to the Tresurer of the country, and the other halfe to Andrew Pittime, & Swagon, ye Indians prosecuting against them; on payment whereof they are dischardged.

He was driven from Lancaster during the war, and lived in nearby Sudbury for some years.

Nathaniel was killed by Indians when Nathaniel was shot in the thigh. The Indians killed his cattle, six oxen, five cows, three calves, sixteen sheep, twele swine, and burnt his barn and twelve loads of good English hay. He did not leave a will. The administration file includes five documents:
a bond, by which Mary Wilder, widow of Nathaniel Wilder, late of Lancaster deceased intestate, with Ephraim Wilder, eldest son of said deceased, were appointed co-administrators, with Samuel Wright, of Sudbury, and Jacob Stevens, of Stow, as sureties, 7 September 1704; Ephraim signed; Mary made her mark;

the inventory, which states that Nathaniel died "ye Last day of July 1704," made by John Goodenow Sr., Thomas Wilder and "Peter Joslin," total of £404 12s. 05d., attested by Mary, the widow, and her eldest son, Ephraim, 11 September 1704;

the administrators account, exhibited by Mary, 15 December, and by Ephraim, 5 December 1705;

distribution of the widow's dower, 1 April 1709, calling the decease a "Leut.," stating he left eight children, and that the eldest is to have a double share of the property. It is further cited that the widow of Jonathan Wilder had consented and theat Ephraim said he would produce legal deeds of those two shares assigned to him by the Committee besides his own double portion in the names of "his Bror in Law Simon Stephens & of his Bror in law John Bowers," 16 November 1709; return, same date;

commission for division of real estate, April 1709 to the widow, to eldest son, Ephraim, to son Jonathan deceased; to Nathaniel, a son; to Oliver, a son; to Eunice Wilder, ye youngest daughter; return 8 November 1709.

A deed recorded in 1724 appears to be an estate conveyance whereby Ephraim, Joseph, Oliver, Thomas, James, and Ebenezer Wilder jointly convey to E. Broughton.

Oliver Wilder was the only "child" to have a guardian appointed:
30 March 1709, Mary Wilder, with Ephraim Wilder, both of Lancaster, as her surety, was appointed guardian to her son, Oliver Wilder, in his sixteenth year; father's name not cited; she signed by mark; wit: Nathaniel Wilder and Daniel Gould. 16 June 1713, Oliver, son of the late Nathaniel Wilder of Lancaster, deceased, a minor in his twentieth year, appoints his loving brother, Ephraim Wilder of the same, his guardian; signs. Same day, Ephraim Wilder is bonded in that trust with Thomas Brintnal as his surety, both sign.6,7


Mary Sawyer b. 4 Jan 1652/53, d. abt. Dec 1740
  • Nathaniel Wilder1 b. 1675, d. 19 May 1679
  • Ephraim Wilder1 b. 16 Apr 1677
  • Mary Wilder1 b. 12 May 1679
  • Elizabeth Wilder1 b. 14 Feb 1680/81
  • Jonathan Wilder1,8 b. 20 Apr 1682, d. 17 Aug 1707
  • Dorothy Wilder1 b. abt. 1684
  • Nathaniel Wilder+1 b. 1686, d. 9 Jun 1775
  • Eunice Wilder1 b. abt. 1688
  • Oliver Wilder1 b. abt. 1694, d. 16 Mar 1765
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  1. [S245] Winfred Lovering Holman, Ancestry of Colonel John Harrington Stevens and his wife Francis Helen Miller Vol 2 (Concord, New Hampshire: Rumsford Press, 1952), 45-46, further cited as W. L. Holman, Stevens Ancestry Vol 2.
  2. [S790] Claude W. Barlow, "The Children of Thomas Sawyer of Lancaster," The American Genealogist 30 (Jan 1954): 74-78, further cited as Barlow, "Sawyer Children."
  3. [S907] Henry Stedman Nourse, The Birth, Marriage, and Death Register, Church Records and Epitaphs of Lancaster, Massachusetts, 1643-1850, two vols. (Clinton, Massachusetts: W. J. Cooper, Printer, 1890), 1:17, further cited as Nourse, Vital Records of Lancaster.
  4. [S907] Nourse, Vital Records of Lancaster, 1:14.
  5. [S1872] Clarence Almon Torrey, New England Marriages Prior to 1700, 3 vols. (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2011), 1671, further cited as Torrey, New England Marriages (2011).
  6. [S16] Mary L. Holman, Ancestry of Colonel John Harrington Stevens and His Wife Francis Helen Miller (Concord, New Hampshire: Rumsford Press, 1948), 45-46, further cited as Holman, Stevens-Miller Genealogy.
  7. [S674] Moses Hale Wilder, Edwin M. Wilder, Harold K. Wilder and Justin E. Wilder, The Book of the Wilders (Revised): A Further Contribution to the History of That Branch of the Wilders Who Immigrated to Massachusetts about 1638, 3rd printing (Goshen, Indiana: Justin E. Wilder, 1998), Thomas Line: 3, further cited as Wilder, et al, Book of the Wilders (Revised).
  8. [S907] Nourse, Vital Records of Lancaster, 1:15.