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  • ID: I33768
  • Name: Geoffrey or Godfrey NIMS OR NIMBS
  • Given Name: Geoffrey or Godfrey
  • Surname: Nims or Nimbs
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: Abt 1650 in Massachusetts, possibly Northampton 1
  • Death: Bet 1704 and 1705 in Massachusetts 1
  • _TAG2:
  • Reference Number: 36148
  • Occupation: Shoemaker 2
  • Event: Godfrey was a soldier in King Philip's War Military 3
  • _UID: 264E5DB9E840437D9B2E02D47EAFD396A79B
  • Change Date: 24 Aug 2013 at 06:48
  • Note:
    The background of Godfrey Nims of Deerfield, Massachusetts , common ancest or of those with the name of Nims, is shrou ded in mystery. One family trad ition has it that he wa s a Huguenot, came to America as a lad, at first sp elled h is name Godefroi de Nismes, but changed the spelling to sui t the co lonial pronunciation. Yet some support is also ava ilable to suggest he w as of English birth, though perhap s with French ancestry. No documentary e vidence has been f ound to verify any country of origin despite efforts ma d e over the years.

    Regardless of his birthplace, the first official record o f Godfrey Nims ap pears on September 24, 1677, in a Springf ield, Massachusetts court recor d.

    "James Bennet, Godfrey Nims & Bénoni Stebbins, young lads o f Northampton b eing by Northampton Commissionrs bound oue r to this Corte to answer for di verse crimes & misdemeanr s comitted by them, were brought to this Cor te by ye Const able of yt Towne wch 3 lads are accused by Robert Bartlet t f or that they gott into his house two Sabbath dayes whe n all the family we re at the Publike Meeting: On ye firs t of wch tymes, they vizt. 24 shillin gs in silver & 7s i n Wampum with the intention to run away to the ffrenc h: A l which is by them confessed, wch wickedness of theires hat h also be en accompanyd with frequent lying to excuse & jus tify themselves especial ly on Nims his pt, who it seemes h ath been a ringleader in their vilainy s: ffor all wch thei r crimes and misdemeanors this Corte doth Judge yt t he sai d 3 lads shalbe well whipt on their naked bodys vizt, Nim s & Benn et with 15 lashes apeece & Bononi Stebbins with 1 1 lashes. And the said Ni ms & Stebbins are to pay Robert B artlett the summe of 4L being counted tre ble according t o law for what goods he hath lost by their meanes. "

    Archival records of Massachusetts list Godfrey Nims as on e of many from No rthampton who signed a petition in 1668 r equesting relief from taxati on on goods brought into the c olony's ports. He also appears with others w hen taking th e Oath of Fidelity to the government on March 25, 1672/ 3 , at the County Court at Northampton. Again, family traditi on tells us th at Godfrey soon came to Deerfield, Massachus etts around 1670, perhaps as e arly as the third settler . A deed dated 1679 gives the first written indic ation tha t Godfrey settled at Deerfield, where he later shared in th e hold ing of public offices, including constable, tax coll ector, selectman, a nd later, as a member of the school com mittee. The present White Church, t own office, town hall , and Memorial Hall all stand on land formerly own ed by Go dfrey. J. R. Trumbull's History of Northampton, Massachuset ts desc ribes Godfrey as "the owner of considerable propert y and...an honored a nd respected citizen."

    In 1667, Godfrey married Mary Miller Williams, widow of Zeb ediah Willia ms who had been killed earlier by Native Ameri cans. Following the dea th of Mary in 1688, Godfrey marrie d Mehitable Smead Hull in 1692, wid ow of Jeremiah Hull. H e had six children with Mary and five with Mehitabl e, in a ddition to caring for two stepchildren each that the widow s broug ht to the marriages. As the records demonstrate, Go dfrey Nims joined the P uritan society in the Connecticut V alley, learned to make his livi ng as a cordwainer (shoemak er) as well as a farmer, and raised a large fam ily. Like o ther settlers, he shared the work and faced tragedies and d ange rs common to the area. The greatest blow came on Febru ary 29, 1704, when a bout 2 hours before day "ye French & N ative American enemy made an attaq ue upon Derefield, enter ing ye Fort with Little discovery thou gh it is sd ye watc h shot of a gun & cryed Arm, weth verry few heard." T he at tackers burned most buildings and killed or took captive mo st of t he settlers. Godfrey died within a year, and it i s from the four survivi ng children, John, Ebenezer, Thankf ul and Abigail, that members of the Ni ms family are descen ded.

    Source: The Nims Family Association (http://www.nimsfamily. com/GodfreyNims .htm)




    Marriage 1 Mary MILLER
    • Married: Bef 1678 4
    • Change Date: 24 Aug 2013
    Children
    1. Has No Children Rebecca NIMS OR NIMBS b: 12 Aug 1678 in Deerfield, Massachusetts
    2. Has No Children John NIMS OR NIMBS b: 14 Aug 1679 in Deerfield, Massachusetts
    3. Has No Children Rebecca NIMS OR NIMBS b: 14 Aug 1679 in Deerfield, Massachusetts
    4. Has No Children Henry NIMS OR NIMBS b: 29 Apr 1682 in Deerfield, Massachusetts
    5. Has No Children Thankful NIMS OR NIMBS b: 29 Sep 1684 in Deerfield, Massachusetts
    6. Has No Children Ebenezer NIMS OR NIMBS b: 14 Mar 1687 in Deerfield, Massachusetts

    Marriage 2 Mehitable SMEAD b: 2 Jan 1668 in Northampton, Massachusetts
    • Married: 27 Jun 1692 in Deerfield, Massachusetts 5 6 1 7
    • Change Date: 24 Aug 2013
    Children
    1. Has No Children Thomas NIMS OR NIMBS b: 6 Nov 1693 in Deerfield, Massachusetts
    2. Has No Children Mehitable NIMS OR NIMBS b: 16 May 1696 in Deerfield, Massachusetts
    3. Has No Children Mary NIMS OR NIMBS b: 28 Feb 1699 in Deerfield, Massachusetts
    4. Has No Children Mercy NIMS OR NIMBS b: 28 Feb 1699 in Deerfield, Massachusetts
    5. Has Children Abigail Marie Élisabeth NIMBS b: 11 Aug 1700 in Deerfield, Massachusetts

    Sources:
    1. Abbrev: Genealogie -Québec - Complement a Jetté
      Title: Genealogie -Québec - Complement a Jetté
      Author: Denis Beauregard
      Publication: Internet http://www.francogene.com/dgo/dgo-qr.php#lettre_r
      Repository:
        Name: Not Given
    2. Abbrev: Fichier Origine
      Title: Fichier Origine
      Publication: Internet (Names are standardized per Jetté)
      Repository:
        Name: Not Given
    3. Abbrev: Early New England Settlers, 1600s - 1800's
      Title: Early New England Settlers, 1600s - 1800's
      Publication: Genealogy.com
      Repository:
        Name: Not Given

      Page: 387
      Quality: 3
    4. Abbrev: The Nims Family Association
      Title: The Nims Family Association
      Author: http://www.nimsfamily.com/GodfreyNims.htm
      Repository:
        Name: Not Given
    5. Abbrev: PRDH - Programme de recherche en démographie historique
      Title: PRDH - Programme de recherche en démographie historique
      Author: University of Montréal
      Publication: Montréal, Québec via internet subscription (names standardi zed per Jetté)
      Note:
      Excellent
      Repository:
        Name: Not Given

      Text: does not give date or location
    6. Abbrev: Fichier Origine
      Title: Fichier Origine
      Publication: Internet (Names are standardized per Jetté)
      Repository:
        Name: Not Given

      Text: does not give date or location
    7. Abbrev: A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England
      Title: A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New Engl and
      Author: Savage
      Repository:
        Name: Not Given (See Notes)
        Note:
        Ancestry.com

      Page: VOL. 2, P. 493
      Text: 1692
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