They had only two children, probably because of Mary's age. The first child Reuben was born March 17 1686/7. His birth must have been less than nine months after his parents marriage as they were presented and fined in court for fornication before marriage. Their second child was a girl named Ruth b. Oct 1688.
Nathaniel took the Oath of Allegiance in 1677 in Haverhill and was admitted as a Freeman in 1690.
|Brackett Massacre Burial Ground|
Mary Stevens Osgood Whittier died May 11 1705. Nathaniel married second Mary Brackett Ring, daughter of Captain Anthony Brackett, widow of Joseph Ring of Salisbury. Mary was the grand daughter of Anthony Brackett who was killed in Brackett Lane Massacre on Sandy Beach. She herself had been kidnapped by Indians as a young girl but had escaped. You can't help but wonder what sort of emotional scars were left by all the horror and tragedy of her life.
Nathaniel died July 18 1722, his widow in 1742.
Children of Mary Stevens and John Osgood:
Mary b. 1669 married Philip Favor
Joseph b. April 12 1670
William b. July 30 1673 m. Hannah Colby
John b. July 1 1677 m. Bethia Shepard
Timothy b. May 2 1680 d. Sept 2 1681
Hannah b. Oct 19 1682
This line continues with Reuben Whittier and his wife Deborah Pillsbury.
Hoyt, Old Families of Salisbury and Amesbury, Massachusetts
Records of the Quarterly Court of Essex