- A sole heir to the property of the Lide family, he sent his older son James to England in 1660 to look after the property.
As one of the early “planters” in Lynn, the town gave him 210 acres of land northwest of Saddler’s Rock (now in Saugus). He was made a deputy to the Massachusetts General Court in 1641. He moved to the new town of Reading where the town gave him 200 acres of land, settling “on the east side of the great pond.” He owned other tracts of land in Reading and Lynn including 327 acres “on the north side of Ipswich River” given him by the town of Reading. In 1650 he was chosen a Commissioner to try small causes, and was a deputy to the Massachusetts General Court for Reading in 1655, 1656 and 1661, during hich years he was also a Selectman. On February 6, 1663, he and his wife Elizabeth joined the First Church of Reading. At his death, his estate was valued at £1232.9s.
Savage says: NICHOLAS, Lynn 1630, as Lewis conject. but I think 7 yrs. too early, s. of Edward, of Inkberrow, 8 ms. from Droitwich, Worcestersh.; freem. 7 Sept. 1638, rep. 1641, rem. to Reading, 1644, and d. 5 Apr. 1673. His eldest s. John went in 1660 to Eng. but came back, and was excor. of the will of 29 Mar. 1673, made by his f. pro. 17 June foll. in wh. Elizabeth other ch. Josiah; Edward, b. 15 Aug 1640; Elizabeth and Joseph, 10 Dec. 1647; possib. ano. Sarah, 26 June 1650, are ment. This fam. had e final.
But note that Savage also says the father-in-law of Hananiah Parker was one “JONATHAN [Brown], Reading, a man of substance, whose d. Elizabeth m. 30 Sept. 1663, Hananiah Parker.” [2, 3]