Piscataqua River Basin (NH)





FROST, NICHOLAS was b. in Tiverton, Engl. on 25 Apr 1585. He m. Bertha Cadwalla of Tavistock, Devon in Jan 1630. She was b. 14 Feb 1610. Nicholas Frost first appeared in America at Damariscove, Maine in 1632. In c.1634 he was given land in Kittery (now Eliot ) by Thomas Wannerton. He was appointed constable by the General Court in 1640. Charles Thornton Libby says of him, "an efficient and aggressive man; he laid the foundation of this family's fortune." Most of the property of Nicholas Frost was acquired during the 1650's. This was his most active period in local govt. Selectm. 1647/48, 1652/53, and 1661. He was a memb. of  juries in 1647, 1659, and 1662. He was a commissioner to determine the Kittery - York boundary in 1653, the Kittery - Dover boundary in 1654, and the Kittery - Wells boundary in 1658. Nicholas Frost d. bef . 1663; in that yr an inventory of his estate was presented to the court by his son, Maj. Charles Frost.  Sources: NLD, John E.  Frost,  The Nicholas Frost Family ; GMB. Wpf

Homesite: Nicholas Frost's hom e was the first permanent residence of Eliot. It was located on the shore of the Piscataqua River on River Rd. near the intersection of Laurel Lane and North Crescent Drive. The site is marked by a tablet commemorating the separation of Maine from Mass. at the Everett Tavern. Nicholas later liv. at the head of Sturgeon Creek (map p.106, KITT). This property was often referred to as Frost Garrisons, and it became the home of his son, Maj. Charles Frost. It is located in the area of Goodwin Rd., Eliot.


    1. Maj. Charles, b. 30 Jly 1631 in Tiverton, Devon; m. Mary Bolles in 1666 in Wells, Maine. She was b. at Wells 7 Aug and d. 11 Nov 1704, dau. of Joseph and Mary Anna (Gambill) Bolles. Maj. Charles d. 4 Jly 1697, 10 ch. Maj. Charles Frost was active in the militia in King Philip 's War until 1676 and King William's War in 1688-93. While returning from church in Berwick on 4 Jly 1697, he was killed by Indians in reprisal for his participation with Maj. Waldron in the capture of over 200 Indians in Dover, N.H. The event is commemorated by a tablet on Ambush Rock, Goodwin Rd. Eliot.

    2. John, b. 7 Aug 1633; m. lst Mehitable Buttolph, dau. of Thomas and Anna (Harding) Buttolph of Boston. She was b. 26 Oct 1651; m. 1 June 1668, d. 15 Dec 1678. John m. 2nd Mary Davis, dau. of Hon. William and Huldah (Symes)  Davis of Boston, on 24 Aug 1680. She was in Boston 3 Dec 1656, d. 15 Feb 1748/49 in Boston. John d. 16 Nov 1687, 3 ch by 1st wife; 3 ch. by 2nd wife.

    3. Katherine, b. 1633/34, d. 15 Aug 1715, m. 1st William Leighton, June 1656. He d Sep 1666 in Eliot. She m. 2nd Maj. Joseph Hammond on 5 Jly 1670. He was b. at Wells, Maine c.1647, d. 20 Feb 1709/10 in Kittery, 4 ch. by 1st husband; 4 ch. by 2nd husband.

    4. Elizabeth, b. 10 May 1640, m. William Gowen 14 May 1667. He was b. 1634, d. 2 Apr 1686. She was still liv. in 1733, 8 ch. 

    5. Nicholas, b. 1647, d. unm. at Limerick, Ireland, Aug 1673. He was a mariner or merchant.

Note: There is some confusion about the birth dates of the ch. Norman Frost.  Frost Genealogy in Five Families states that sons, Charles and John were b. in Engl. He lists a dau. Anna, b. 17 Apr 1635, as captured by Indians along with her mother on 4 Jly 1650. He gives 25 Dec 1637 as date of birth for Katherine. wpf