Nathaniel Pease I

Nathaniel PEASE I (1700 – 1771) was Alex’s 8th Great Grandfather;  one of 512 in this generation of the Miner line.

Nathaniel Pease was born 3 Oct 1700 in Enfield, CT.  His parents were Robert PEASE – The Later and Hannah WARRINER.  He married Miriam PEASE on 24 Dec 1730 in Enfield, CT.  Nathaniel died in 1771 in Stephentown, Rensselaer, NY.

Like his grandfather, Nathaniel Pease was a weaver

Miriam Pease was born 27 Oct 1711 in Enfield, CT.  Her parents were Robert PEASE Jr. and Hannah SEXTON.  Miriam died in 1765.

Children of Nathaniel and Miriam:

Name Born Married Departed
1. Nathaniel PEASE II 10 Sep 1732
Enfield, CT
31 Oct 1751
Died at sea in Suawesi Tengah, Indonesia.
2. Miriam Pease 5 Nov 1733
Enfield, CT
[__?__] Jones
3. Hannah Pease 6 Oct 1735
Enfield, CT
Job Gleason
28 Feb 1754
Enfield, CT
David Wheeler
17 Nov 1767
Lanesborough, Berkshire, Mass
Lanesborough, Berkshire, Mass
4. Joel Pease (Details may be another Joel born in 1737, son of Abraham Pease and Abigail Warren) 18 Oct 1737
Enfield, CT
Elizabeth Campbell 17 Nov 1828
Lyons, Wayne, NY
5. Levi Pease 02 Sep 1739
Enfield, CT
Hannah Sexton
Enfield, Hartford, CT
28 JAN 1824
Shrewsbury, Mass.
6. Abel Pease 19 SEP 1741
Enfield, CT
New Hartford, Litchfield, CT
7. William Abel Pease 19 Sep 1741 – Enfield, Hartford, Connecticut Viola (Violet) Cadwell
25 May 1769 Hartford, Hartford, CT
New Hartford, CT
8. George Pease c. 1745 Enfield, CT
9. Eleanor Pease 22 Jan 1746
Danbury, Fairfield, CT
[__?__] Holcomb
Samuel Potter
c. 1772
Canaan, Columbia, NY

Nathaniel Pease was born in Enfield.  Like his grandfather, he was a weaver by trade. In 1759 he settled in Blandford, Massachusetts, where for several years he carried on a public house in connection with farming, and for three years was a member of the board of selectmen. In 1771 he sold his tavern to his son Levi and is said to have removed to Stephentown, New York, where he died December 24 1730.

He married Miriam Pease, daughter of Robert, the latter a grandson of John Pease Sr.  of Salem, previously referred to as having emigrated with his brother Robert (II).

Blandford, Hampden, Massachusetts

Blandford was first settled in 1735 by Scots-Irish settlers and was officially incorporated in 1741. Settlement came to Blandford and other “hilltowns” some 75 years after more fertile alluvial lowlands along the Connecticut River where tobacco and other commodity crops were cultivated. In contrast farming in the hilltowns was of a hardscrabble subsistence nature due to thin, rocky soil following Pleistocene glaciation and a slightly cooler climate, although upland fields were sometimes less subject to unseasonal frosts. Initial settlement in the nearby Pioneer Valley was by EnglishPuritans whereas Blandford’s Scots-Irish settlers were Presbyterian and their English was still somewhat influenced by Gaelic. Thus there were significant ethnic, religious, economic, and linguistic differences between these adjacent regions of settlement.

Population density in Blandford and other hilltowns was limited by outmigration by about 1800 as more productive land in Western New York and the Northwest Territories became available, however emigrants were typically young men and women, while the older generation and usually one or two children usually remained in place and farms were not yet abandoned.

Stephentown was first settled around 1765. The town was formed in 1788, from the East Manor of Rensselaerwyck District. The Stephentown pioneers were from New England, primarily Rhode Island and Connecticut, and arrived from the southeast.

Stephentown, Rensselaer, New York


1. Nathaniel PEASE II (See his page)

3. Hannah Pease

Hannah’s first husband Job Gleason was born 28 Jan 1731 in Enfield, Hartford, Connecticut.  His parents were  Isaac Gleason and Mary Prior.  Job died in 28 Jul 1796 in Grafton, Windham, Vermont.

Job Gleason Revolutionary War Service, not sure if the father or son. Source: Vermont Men in the Revolutionary War

Hannah and Job had the following children

i. Job Gleason b. 21 Dec 1754 in Enfield, Hartford, Connecticut; d. 2 Jan 1832 in Fairfax, Franklin, Vermont

ii. James Gleason (1756 –

iii. Hannah Gleason (1759 –

iv. Benoni Gleason v. 1760 in Enfield, Hartford, Connecticut; d. 28 Aug 1819 in Benson, Rutland, Vermont

iv. Elzie Gleason (1761 –; nm

v. Jane Gleason b. 23 Feb 1763 in Enfield, CT.  Jane died 17 Sep 1843 in Moriah, NY; m. 11 Mar 1783 to Jonathan II Tarbell

Hannah’s second husband David Wheeler was born 13 Sep 1739 in Fairfield, Litchfield, CT. His parents were Ensign Caleb Wheeler and Martha [__?__].  David died in 1818 in Dalton, Berkshire, Mass.

4. Joel Pease

(Details may be another Joel born in 1737, son of Abraham Pease and Abigail Warren)

Joel’s wife  Elizabeth “Betsey” Campbell was born on 01 Oct 1736 in Voluntown, New London, CT. Her parents were Robert Campbell and Mary [__?__]. Elizabeth died on 19 Aug 1803 in Stillwater, Saratoga, NY.

Children of Joel and Elizabeth

i. Bethia Pease b. Apr 12, 1760 d. Apr 29, 1800

ii. Abel Pease b. Oct 20, 1762 d. Feb 02, 1839 Clark Co, IN

iii. Asa Pease b. ca. 1764 d.

iv. Eleanor Pease b. Sep 13, 1765 d. Jan 13, 1844 Ovid, NY

v. Miriam Pease b. ca. 1766 d.

vi. Joel Pease b. ca. 1770 d.

vii. Betsey Pease b. ca. 1772 d.

viii. George Pease b. ca. 1774 d.

ix. Nathaniel Pease b. ca. 1776 d.

x. Louisa Pease b. ca. 1778 d.

5. Captain Levi Pease

Levi’s wife  Hannah Sexton was born in 24 Jul 1739 in Enfield, Hartford, CT. Her parents were Daniel Sexton and Mary Douglas  Hannah died 26 May 1800 or  14 Jun 1832 in Shrewsbury, Mass.

Levi learned the blacksmith’s trade, which he followed to some extent, and when a young man went to Stephentown, New York, but returned in 1770 or 1771, bought his father’s tavern in Blandford and carried it on for some time. At the breaking out of the Revolutionary War he was enrolled in a Blandford company of Minutemen. but instead of serving in the field was assigned individual duties. For some time he was employed by General John Thomas on the northern frontier as a postrider, and displayed much courage and discretion in eluding capture while conveying important despatches. He subsequently proved exceedingly useful to General Jeremiah Wadsworth, who as commissary-general employed him to purchase beeves and other supplies for the army. In these transactions he was often entrusted with large sums of money, for which no receipt was required by the General, who had implicit confidence in his integrity, and he never betrayed that confidence. Upon the arrival of the French fleet and troops at Newport, Pease was employed by the Continental government to procure horses for the purpose of conveying the artillery to Yorktown, and he was afterward engaged in foraging for the army. He was always referred to as Captain, but there is no record of his ever having been commissioned.

Shortly after the close of the war he established a stage line between Somers and Hartford (26 miles), and for many years was engaged in that business. In 1786 he removed to Boston, where he kept the New York stage house, some three or four years, and operated a stage line from that place to Hartford (100 miles). His business expanded into large proportions, and at one time he conducted a stage line from Portsmouth, New Hampshire, to Savannah, Georgia (1,080 miles), which carried the United States mail.

For a long time he held numerous important mail contracts, many of which he sub-let to others, holding himself responsible for their conduct, and at that time he was the only mail contractor in New England known to the postoffice department. He was the first person to procure from the commonwealth a charter for the construction and maintenance of a turnpike road, which superseded the former almost impassable highway through Palmer and Wilbraham to Springfield, and while the public acquired the advantages of a good thoroughfare, its public-spirited projector lost heavily by the undertaking through the subsequent depreciation in value of its capital stock, the major portion of which was owned by Captain Pease. About the year 1794 he established his residence in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, purchasing the farm and tavern stand of Major Farrar. and carrying on both for several years afterward in connection with his stage lines. He outlived all of his children, and died in Shrewsbury, 14 Jun 1832, aged ninety-three years.

More about Levi Pease's Stage from A genealogical and historical record of the descendants of John Pease, Senior by Rev. David Pease and Austin Pease 1869

Levi Pease's Stage 2

Children of Levi and Hannah:

i.  Hannah Pease, married Thomas H. Kimball, of Roston. 1796.

ii. Levi Pease.  b. 1768; d. 20 Jun 1808, Northboro, Massachusetts; m. Mary Gill

Levi Pease Jr Headstone -- Mountain View Cemetery Shrewsbury, Worcester, Mass

iii. Lemuel Pease, born in Blandford. December 16, 1771 ; died married, in Shrewsbury, 1816.

iv. Lory Pease, born in Blandford, October 4. 1774; d. 1811, Shrewsbury; m. Rebecca Bruce, Mar 1798.

v. Mary Pease, born May 11. 1779; m. 1807 Perry Chapin, of Worcester, and died there. 1807.

vi. Jeremiah Pease, born in Somers, Connecticut. January 12. 1781 ; probably died young.

7. William Pease

William’s wife Violet (Viola) Cadwell was baptized 1 May 1748 Hartford First Church, Hartford, CT. Her parents were Elijah Cadwell and Rebecca Burr.

In 1770 William resided at Blandford, Mass, but subsequently settled in New Hartford, Litchfield, CT.

William responded to the Lexington alarm as private in Capt. Seth Smith’s company from New Hartford, CT.   He was engaged as a teamster in the Revolutionary War under the direction of Commissary General Jeremiah Wadsworth.

Children of William and Violet

i. William Pease (1770 – ) m.  his first cousin Stala Hickok of Lanesboro, Mass. where for a time he carried on the trade of blacksmith.  He later moved to Charlotte, Addison, Vermont.

ii. Elijah Pease (1770 – 1850

iii. Walter Pease (1772 –

iv. George Pease (1784 –

9. Eleanor Pease

Eleanor’s second husband Samuel Potter was born about 1745 in Coventry, Kent County, Rhode Island. His parents were Capt. Abel Potter b: 18 Dec 1702 in Providence, RI and Sarah Lockwood b: ABT 1710 in Coventry, Kent, Rhode Island. Samuel died 22 Jun 1808 in Canaan Township, Columbia County, New York

Child of Eleanor and Samuel

i. Abel Potter b: 1773 in Coventry, Kent County, Rhode Island

ii. Joel Potter

iii. Samuel Potter

iv. Thomas Potter

v. Meriam Potter

vi. Betsey Potter


Genealogical and personal memoirs relating to the families of the …, Volume 3 edited by William Richard Cutter, William Frederick Adams

A genealogical and historical record of the descendants of John Pease, Senior  by Rev. David Pease and Austin Pease 1869 (This book includes the story of Nathaniel Pease II dying at sea and includes Nathaniel Pease III b. at Enfiield December 28, 1753 History unknown.  The footnote for this information refers to Dr. John C. Pease.

Dr. John C. Pease - Bio

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  8. Maria (h) Coxon says:

    looking for parents of Daniel Pease and his ancestry. would like to connect him to either the
    Enfield, CT or Salem, MA lines or both. I have 3 or 4 pease lines in my family.

  9. Clarke Moore says:

    This has some interesting information about Nathaniel and Levi Pease. I will also do some looking around for you regarding Nathaniel III as I live in the area.

    • markeminer says:

      Thanks Clarke,

      I have just seen one reference about how Nathaniel Pease, (born 10 Sep 1732 Enfield, CT) died at sea in Suawesi Tengah, Indonesia and am curious to learn more. If true, he was probably a seaman on a New England whaling ship.

      Let me know if you find anything, thanks again,


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