Rev. NOYES Nicholas, Jr.

Rev. NOYES Nicholas, Jr.[1, 2, 3, 4]

Male 1647 - 1717  (69 years)

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  • Name NOYES Nicholas 
    Prefix Rev. 
    Suffix Jr. 
    Born 22 Dec 1647  Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15
    Gender Male 
    Graduation 1667  Harvard College, Boston North, Middlesex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 6, 12, 13, 14, 16, 17
    • (A.B. [Sibley 2:239-46]).
    Occupation 19 Dec 1675  [3
    Chaplain of Connecticut Regiment 
    • Great Swamp fight.
    Ordained 14 Nov 1683  Salem, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 14
    • First Church
    _UID 1F5E0D38EB9ED5118A06444553540000F16C 
    Died 13 Dec 1717  Salem, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 12, 13, 14, 16, 18, 19
    • Ae. 70 y. wanting 8 days.
    Notes 
    • Nicholas Noyes Rev. Born 22 Dec 1647, in Newbury, Massachusetts. Died 13 Dec 1717, in Salam, Massachusetts. Nicholas graduated at Harvard, 1667 (A.B.) and was made freeman 13 May 1669. He was Chaplain of Connecticut regiment at Great Swamp Fight, 19 Dec 1675. He preached 13 years at Haddam, Connecticut and became the seventh minister in Salem, Massachusetts 23 Oct 1682-83 with a salary of £80 and 20 cords of wood annually, and was ordained over the First Church 14 Nov 1683. He officiated as clergyman at the hanging of the witches, 22 Sep 1692, and later in life he repented of his part in the witchcraft persecutions, and did what he could to assist the dependent families. In 1698 he preached the election sermon, and about 1702 wrote the memoir of his uncle Rev. James Noyes, in Mather's Magnalia. Rev Nicholas never married.

      Savage, Vol. 3, p.298: NICHOLAS, Salem, son of the preceding Nicholas preached many years at Haddam, but having in 1682 a call to Salem to assist the venerable John Higginson, he became his colleague ordained 14 Nov. 1683, was one of the promoters of the horrible delusion of 1692, and yet his cousin Sarah Noyes, wife of his noble colleague, Rev. Samuel Hale, was one of the accused. It is related of her that when accused of witchcraft, in 1692, that "her worth was so well known, her husband and all the people were convinced that the accuser had perjured herself, and reasoned if so in her case, what not in other cases! From that time, they looked at things from a new side, and the spell was broken. He died not altogether lose his faculties, as his letter to Mather of the character of his uncle, which is certain, one of the best parts of the strange, compound of materials in the Magnalia; as also a good epistle to John Higginson in London, preserved in 3 Mass. Hist. Coll. VII. 212, will prove. He died 13 Dec. 1717, unmarried.

      According to "Col. Fam.,"...freeman 13 May 1669; Chaplain of Conn. Regt. at the Great Swamp Fight, 19 Dec. 1675."

      Also, a witness at the hanging of at least 4 "witches" in Salem.

      Hist. of Salem, Vol III, p.127: The largest library in Salem at this period belonged to Rev. Nicholas Noyes, which was valued at the time of his death at £88, eighteen shillings and eight pence. Books had greatly increased in numbers, and a variety of subject matter. Religious books were not in the great majority that they had been.

      Hist. of Salem, Vol III, p.408: After the death of Mr. Higginson, Rev. Nicholas Noyes was the sole pastor of the First Church. It appears that he wished to have George Corwin, as a colleague, soon after Mr. Higginson's death. At length, in May, 1711, he was invited to become a colleague of Mr. Noyes over the First Church here.

      "Nicholas Noyes at Salem (Mass?) before 1685 wrote this homely, yet sensible
      quatrain :
      They who write histories
      Write many things they see with others' eyes ;
      'Tis fair, where nought is feigned, nor undigested,
      Nor ought but what is credibly attested."
      Unquote.
      (Nought (naught) means nothing, and ought (aught) means anything in the above verse.
      Nought, naught, nothing has changed in 318 years regarding confirmation of data.

      Reminiscences: Preached at Haddam, Conn., thirteen years, ordained over the first society in Salem, Nov. 14th, 1683.

      Sam Sewall’s diary: 1697 Mr. Noyes of Salem wrote a treatise on personal wigs.

      1704 paid 17£ 10s 6d for subsistence of men in block house CU 525

      Rev Nicholas Noyes was given £5 in will of widow Experience Flint of Salem EIHC Vol 3 p 156

      Nov. 10, 1698 Joseph Green was ordained in Danvers; Mr. Noyes gave right hand of fellowship Reg 1838 321

      Rev Mr. Nicholas Noyes ordained Mr. Samuel Parker 19-9-1689 1858 -127

      In Perley’s History of Salem I find these references: -

      Rev Nicholas Noyes bought the house of Ezekiel Cheever from his brother Thomas Cheever April 14, 1684. This was on Washington St on a part of the site of the Masonic Temple

      Vol 3. Having been pastor of the church in Haddam, Conn., for thirteen years Nicholas Noyes came to Salem as assistant to Mr. Higginson in 1681. He was so well received that Oct. 23, 1682, the town voted to give him a call to be helpful to them in the ministry with the result that he was installed as assistant pastor Nov. 14, 1683. (55).

      He was very active in the witchcraft persecutions; July 19, 1690, as Mrs. Sarah Good, stood upon the ladder at the very time of her execution, Rev. Mr. Noyes assistant pastor of the Salem church told, her “You are a witch and, you know you are a. witch”: “You are a liar” was her indignant reply. “ I am no more a witch than you are a wizard, and if you take my life God will give you blood to drink.” (278). Twenty-five years later, the Rev. Nicholas Noyes died of internal bleeding, choking on his own blood.

      Sarah Churchill said that if she told Mr. Noyes but once that she had set her hand to the book he would believe her but if she told him the truth and said she had not set her hand to the book a hundred times he would not believe her. (284).

      Among the accused was Rebecca Nurse, excommunicated from the Church by Rev. Noyes.

      Martha Corey was badgered by Hathorne, badgered by Corwin, badgered by Rev. Mr. Noyes, badgered by the many all and others. (290).

      Sept. 22, 1690, after the execution of Mrs. Corey and her seven companions, Rev. Nicholas Noyes of Salem turned towards the suspended bodies of the victims and said "What a sad thing it is to see eight fire-brands of hell hanging there." (292).

      In 1698, he preached an Election Sermon on New England's Duty and Interest to be an "Habitation of Justice and, a Mountain of Holiness." (385).

      In November 1697, he with, Rev. John Hale of Beverly, held a meeting at the house of Deacon Edward Putnam on a day appointed for fasting and prayer "for a pastor for the church at Salem Village" to succeed Mr. Parris and on June 18, 1701, made the prayer at service of thanksgiving. (361-362).

      He wrote an elegy upon the death of Mr. Higginson who died Dec. 5,1708, and it was printed. (384).

      He was sole pastor of the First Church in Salem at the time of Mr. Higginson's death until Mr. George Corwin was ordained his assistant May 19, 1714.

      He wrote an Epitaph on Mr. Joseph Green pastor of Salem Village church who died Nov. 26, 1715.

      At the time of his death he had the largest library in Salem appraised at 8£:18s:8d (127)

      April 14, 1718, Cutting Noyes and James Noyes were appointed attorneys for the heirs of Rev. Mr. Nicholas Noyes late of Salem to sell real estate etc. Thomas Noyes Sarah her / mark Pettingell Peter Moers Peter Cheney Joseph Danford Timothy his X mark Noyes Sarah her mark Moers John Cheney Bethiah Danford Eldad Cheney Richard Pettingell John Pemberton Mary her X mark French Lionel Chute James Jackman John his X mark Lull Rachel Jackman Mary her / mark Worcester John Noyes for himselfe Martha her mark Pemberton and attorney for Nicholas and Samuel Noyes Hannah Chute John Noyes Jemima Pettingell.

      Nathaniel Noyes Lydia Lull Mary Noyes Judith Noyes Joseph Eaton Mary Noyes Edward French 33:218 E.D.
    Person ID I1004  Noyes Family Genealogy
    Last Modified 3 Dec 2019 

    Father Deacon NOYES Nicholas,   b. Abt 1616, Cholderton, Wiltshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Nov 1701, Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 85 years) 
    Mother CUTTING Mary,   b. 1622, London, City of London, Greater London, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1700, Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 77 years) 
    Married 17 May 1637  Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [8, 10, 13, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27
    • (Unk (not in Newbury v.s.))
    Family ID F553  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 22 Dec 1647 - Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsGraduation - 1667 - Harvard College, Boston North, Middlesex, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOrdained - 14 Nov 1683 - Salem, Essex, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 13 Dec 1717 - Salem, Essex, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Nicholas Noyes Signature
    Nicholas Noyes Signature

  • Sources 
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    3. [S48] CD-NEHG Register - Noyes Pedigree, p37.

    4. [S1890] CD-Mary Adams Rolfe Papers, Disc Six Morse, Rev. James Noyes, Nicholas Noyes, Pearson.

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    6. [S149] Book-Savage, Vol. 3, p.297.

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