Thursday, September 25, 2014

52 Ancestors: # 38 Content Nye (1693-1775)

Content Nye, my seventh great grandmother, was born on this date in 1693, in Sandwich, Massachusetts (the oldest town on Cape Cod), the fourth of ten children born to Nathan Nye and Mary Mercy, and their fourth daughter.

This is my direct line to Content:

Her grandfather, and my ninth great grandfather, Benjamin Nye, was one of the first settlers of Sandwich, and there is a memorial to Benjamin and his wife, Katherine Tupper, in Sandwich today.

Content married John Landers on June 4, 1719, in Sandwich. Beyond that, I know very little about Content's life.  However, I have found some very good resources which I plan to delve into in the near future. Of particular note is the website of The Nye Family of America Association, Inc.

My research will begin with a trip to Cape Cod next month, with a brief off-season stop in Sandwich.

Photo credits:

Map of Barnstable County, Massachusetts

Memorial to Benjamin Nye and Katherine Tupper

Sources: Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2011.

Dodd, Jordan, Liahona Research, comp. Massachusetts, Marriages, 1633-1850 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2005.

Genealogies of Mayflower families, Vol. III, p. 41.

Nye, George Hyatt, et al. A genealogy of the Nye family (Cleveland: The Nye family of America Association, 1907).

Vital records of the towns of Barnstable and Sandwich: Sandwich, Vol. XXX (1932), p.151.


This is the 38th in a series, “52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks,” coordinated by Amy Johnson Crow at

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