Nicholas Mosher and Elizabeth Audley From Massachusetts to Rhode Island

Nicholas Mosher (1666-1747) and Elizabeth Audley (1669-1747)

Born and Raised in Massachusetts

Nicholas Mosher was born in 1666 in Dartmouth, Bristol County, Massachusetts. He was the son of Hugh Mosher and Rebecca Maxson.

Nicholas married Elizabeth Audley on 14 Aug 1687, probably in Dartmouth. She had been born in 1669 in Newport, Newport County, Rhode Island. She was the daughter of John Audley and Martha Holmes.

It is not known what Nicholas did for a living but his father had been both a preacher and a blacksmith. Perhaps Nicholas followed in his father’s footsteps.

Dartmouth, Bristol County, Massachusetts

First settled in 1652, Dartmouth (named after the town in England) was incorporated in 1664, just two years before Nicholas’s birth. The land was purchased with trading goods from the Wampanoag chiefs, Massasoit and Wamsutta, by elders of the Plymouth Colony. It was sold to the Religious Society of Friends (or Quakers), who wished to live outside the laws of the Puritans. There are still Quaker meeting houses in Dartmouth.

The land that is now Bristol County was part of the Plymouth Colony, but part of the county was divided to form Bristol County. Nicholas and Elizabeth would spend much of their lives in either Dartmouth, MA, or Tiverton, Rhode Island, in neighbouring Newport County.

Ten children

Nicholas and Elizabeth lived in Dartmouth during the years that Elizabeth was giving birth to their ten children.

A move to Tiverton, Rhode Island

After spending many years in Dartmouth, Nicholas and Elizabeth moved to Tiverton, Rhode Island, in Newport County. This is a small town not far from Dartmouth (Massachusetts) and an area that Nicholas was no doubt familiar with since his father had been minister of the Baptist Church there.

Nicholas died there on 14 Aug 1747. Elizabeth died just four months later on 29 Dec 1747. He was 81; she was 78. They had lived together as man and wife for 60 years.

This page written and researched by Susan Overturf Ingraham, wife of Robert Philip Ingraham, a descendant of Nicholas Mosher and Elizabeth Audley.

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