William Nickerson

M, b. 1698, d. before 9 May 1761
FatherLieut. Thomas Nickerson b. c 1670, d. b 3 Aug 1736
MotherMary Bangs b. 14 Apr 1671, d. b Jul 1745
     William was born in 1698 in Chatham, Barnstable County, Massachusetts. William married Tabitha (?) circa 1719 in Chatham.1 William and Tabitha had a son John [1720]. William married Bethia Harding circa 1725 in Chatham, Barnstable County, Massachusetts. William and Bethia had children: Hatsel [1722-3/11/1793] [m. 3/22/1744 Hannah Myrick], Tabitha [1723-1753], Nehemiah [1725-1/31/1804] [m. 1/23/1747 Hannah Nickerson], Bethia [1726-4/16/1812] [m. 121/17/1755 Noash Doane], Enos [1728] m. 10/17/1769 Elizabeth Ellis]. William's wife, Bethia, died before 1729 in Chatham leaving him a widower. William may have married 3rd. a woman whose name is unknown [possibly Sarah] and had childfren: Dinah, Abijah, Sarah [-11/06/1780] m. 12/28/1779 David Rockwell. William married Sarah Bassett circa 1752 at Danbury, Fairfield County, Connecticut. William and Sarah had children: William [ca.1753], Iranah [ca. 1755] [m. Joyce Taylor], Barach [ca. 1757] [m. 12/14/1779 Rebecca Morehouse] & Johnathan [1759] [m. Sublimity Blackmore].2 William made his will on 27 February 1759. The will of William Nickerson of Ridgefield names John, his eldest son, the next eight children, "my last wife Sarah, executor . . . our three children William, Iranah and Barach — and if she have any more, it shall have it's equal portion with my other children by my first and present wives . . . and Dinah's share to be divided equally among her children . . . wife to have "surplus of whole after debts are paid". William departed this life in Ridgefield, Fairfield County, Connecticut. He was survived by his wife and 8 of 12 children. His will was probated on 9 May 1761.

Family 1

Tabitha (?)

Family 2

Bethia Harding b. 1701, d. b 1729

Family 3

Sarah Bassett


  1. [S290] Nickerson Family Association, The Nickerson Family, page 57.
  2. [S506] Note: The Nickerson Association notes these three children as being of Bethia Harding. However, Bethia's father, Joseph, when listing her children [Bethia being deceased] in his will does not include them. It is therefore concluded that there was an unknown third wife and Sarah Bassett was the fourth wife.