Batchelder; Bachiler, Batchiller, Bachelour, Batchelor

Reverend Stephen BATCHELDER born circa 1561, originated from South Stoneham Hampshire, matriculated about 1581 Oxford at St. John's College, received BA 3 Feb 1585/6; arrived Cambridge MA 1632  on William & Francis;  first Residence was Lynn, removed to  Ipswich (supposedly) 1636, Yarmouth 1637/8, Newbury 1638, Hampton 1639, Portsmouth 1644;  first Congregational minister & leader of settlement of Hampton NH 1638; 4/20/1647 was living in Strawberry Banks Portsmouth; returned to ENG late 1650-1 where he died and was buried 31 Oct 1656 at All Hallows Staining, London; A non-conformist; he referred to Puritan doctrine as that "experiment fraught with evil." Age 20 entered St. Johns College Oxford, matriculated 11/17/1581 admitted as BA 1585-6. Excommunicated from the church  but reinstated. 

Spouse: (1) Ann ____ (closely related to Rev. John Bate) died in England 1610  - 1624  (2) Christian Weare, widow 3/2/1623-4 died before 26 March 1627 (3) Helena Mason married 3/26/1627  "a lusty, comely woman" per Winthrop born circa 1583 ; (4) Mary Beedle of Kittery, she soon left him and went to live with George Rogers of Kittery; Stephen went alone to England

Children: Children of 1st wife: Nathaniel born circa 1590 married Hester Mercer; Deborah born circa 1592 married by 1611 Rev. John Wing; Stephen born circa 1594 matriculated Oxford 18 June 1610 from Magdalen College age 16, ordained deacon at Oxford 19 Sep 1613, with his father accused of circulating slanderous verses; Samuel born circa1597 was a chaplain in Gorcum, Holland in 1620, had wife and children; Anne born circa1601 married (1) John Samborne (2) Henry Atkinson;  Theodate born circa 1610  married by circa 1635 Christopher Hussey; 


Nathaniel BATCHELDER born 1590, merchant of Southhampton, Eng, died 1645, did not go to New England 

Spouse: Hester MERCER or LeMercier; he married (2) by 1645 Margery ____ 

Children: Stephen; Anna; Francis; Nathaniel born in 1630 ; Benjamin


Nathaniel BATCHELDER born circa 1630 England died 12/17/1710 aged circa 80

Spouse: (1) Deborah Smith born circa 1641 Hampton NH married 12/10/1656 daughter of John Smith and Deborah Parkhurst of Nantucket/Martha's Vineyard died 3/8/1675-76 (2) Mary CARTER Wyman born 5/13/1648 Woburn MA married 10/31/1676 Woburn, died 1688, cousin of Deborah Smith (3) Elizabeth [Foss?] widow of John Knill married 10/23/1689

Children: By wife (1) Deborah born 10/12/1657 married Joseph Palmer; Nathaniel born 12/24/1659 married Elizabeth Foss died 6/14/1745; Ruth born 5/9/1662 married Deacon James Blake of Dorchester; Hesther/Esther born 2/22/1664-5 married Deacon Samuel Shaw; Abigail born 12/28/1667 died 11/14/1736 married Deacon John Dearborn; Jane born 1/8/1670-1 married Benjamin Lamprey; Stephen born 7/31/1672 died same year; Benjamin born 9/19/1673 married Susanna Page; Stephen born 3/8/1675-6 married Mary Dearborn; By wife (2) Mercy born 12/11/1677 married Samuel Dearborn; Mary born 9/18/1679 died young; Samuel born 1/10/1680 married 4/1/1706 Elizabeth Davis; Jonathan born circa 1683 married Sarah Blake; Theodate born circa 1684 married Morris Hobbs; Thomas born circa 1685 married Mary Moulton (2) Sarah Tuck; Joseph born 8/9/1687 married Mehitabel Marston; Mary born 10/17/1688 died young


Samuel BATCHELDER born 1/10/1680 Hampton, Rockingham, NH

Spouse: Elizabeth DAVIS born 4/27/1687 of Newbury MA, marriage published 4/1/1706 

Children:  Judith born 1/23/1707-8 married Nathan Blake; Henry born 10/30/1709 married Mary Marston; Mary born 10/30/1711 married Nathaniel Dearborn; Samuel born 8/1/1713 married Sarah Drake; Elizabeth born 5/10/1716 married Benjamin Brown; Zachariah born 12/14/1717 died unmarried; Hannah born 10/23/1720 married Jedcediah Prescott; Ruth born 10/29/1722 married Joshua Lane; Mercy born 9/14/1724; Carter born 10/31/1726 married Hukdah Moulton (2) Hannah Lane; Patience born circa 1729 ; Nathaniel born 3/2/1731 married Ruth Sanborn 


Mercy BATCHELDER born 9/14/1724 Hampton Rockingham NH 

Spouse: John JAMES born 2/12/1718 Hampton Falls Rockingham NH died 1/28/1751 Hampton Falls

Children: Benjamin; Susanna; Samuel; Elizabeth; John

The Great Migration. Stephen Bachiler. Origin: South Stoneham, Hampshire. Migration: 1632 on William and Francis [WJ 1:93].  First Residence: Lynn. Removes: Ipswich (supposedly) 1636, Yarmouth 1637/8, Newbury 1638, Hampton 1639, Portsmouth 1644.  Return Trips: To England permanently by late 1650 or early 1651. Occupation: Minister. Church Membership: Member of Lynn, Newbury and Hampton churches during his ministry in those places (but see Comments for further discussion).  Freeman: 6 May 1635 [MBCR 1:371].  Education: Matriculated about 1581 at Oxford from St. John's College, and received his B..A. 3 Feb 1585/6 [Foster 1:53].  Offices: On 28 June 1641 at Saco four men were chosen as arbitrators in a dispute between George Cleeve, and John Winter, and in case those four men could not agree, Stephen Bachiler was to be "an umpire for the final ending of the said controversies" [Trelawny Papers 269-72, 319].  Estate: Many secondary sources state that Bachiler was granted fifty acres at Ipswich in Feb 1636, but evidence of this has not been found in the town or colony records. On 6 July 1638 Bachiler was granted land at Newbury [Newbury Town Records].  "Steven Bachiler sometimes of Hampton" was granted seven parcels of land at Hampton: nine and a half acres of upland for a houselot; five acres of upland added to the houselot; four acres of swampy ground; eleven acres of meadow; four acres of meadow; two hundred acres of upland, meadow & marsh for a farm; and eight acres of upland in the East Field [NEHGR 46:160-61, citing Hampton town records].  On 20 Apr 1647 "Steven Bachiler late of Hampton in the County of Norfolk in New England & now of Strabery Bank for ... love and affection towards my four grandchildren John, Stephen & William Samborn & Nathaniell Batchiller all now or lately of Hampton" deeded to grandson John Samborne "all of my dwelling house & land or ground whether arable, meadow & pasture or other ground with their appurtenances together with all the buildings, commons, profits, privileges & immunities whatsoever to the same or any part thereof belonging or in any wise appertaining, the greater part thereof being now or lately in the tenure, possession or occupation of the said John Samborn & other part thereof not yet particularly appointed by the town &c. (excepting out of this grant the land with the appurtenances which I formerly sold to William Howard & Thomas Ward)," said John Samborne to pay 20 apiece to each of the other three grandchildren [NH Provincial Deeds 13:221].  Birth: About 1561 (aged 70, 23 June 1631 [Waters 520]; aged 71, 5 June 1632 [WJ 1:93]; about 76, late March 1636/7 {WJ 1:313]).  Death: Buried 31 Oct 1656 at All Hallows Staining, London [NHGR 8:14-17].  Marriage: (1) By about 1590 [Anne?] ___, who was closely related in some way to Reverend John Bate, Bachiler's successor as vicar of Wherwell [See Comments]; she died sometime between about 1610 and 1624. (Although this first wife's given name is stated to be "Anne" by many authorities, there is no record evidence to support this.) (2) Abbots Ann, Hampshire, 2 Mar 1623/4 Christian Weare, widow [GDMNH 81]; she died before 26 Mar 1627.  (3) Abbots Ann, Hampshire, 26 Mar 1627 Helena Mason, widow (of Reverend Thomas Mason) [GDMNH 81] she was aged 48 in 1631, so born about 1583 [Waters 520]; died by 3 May 1647 ]WP 5:153].  (4) by 14 Feb 1648 Mary (____) Beedle, widow of Robert Beedle [Kittery Hist 95-96]; she soon left her husband, and cohabited with George Rogers at Kittery (see below).  Children: With first wife - i.. Nathaniel, b. say 1590; m. (1) Hester Mercer or LeMercier [Batchelder Gen 110-15; NEHGR 27:368, 47:510-15]; m. (2) by 1645 Margery ____ (on 9 April 1645 "Margerie Batchellor" the widow of Nathaniel Bacheler of Nathaniel Bacheler of Southampton, Hampshire, was granted administration on his estate [PCC Admon. Act Book 1645, f. 22]); he did not come to New England, but his son Nathaniel did, and resided at Hampton. ii. Deborah, b. about 1592 (aged 32, 22 Jun3 1624 [Waters 520]); m. by 1611 John Wing [Waters 519-20]; she and her children came to New England in the late 1630s and resided at Sandwich.  iii. Stephen, b. about 1594; matriculated at Oxford 18 June 1610 from Magdalen College, aged 16, son of a minister, from Southampton [i.e., Hampshire] [Foster 1:53]; "Stephen Bachiler of Edmund Hall" was ordained deacon at Oxford 19 Se 1613 [Bishop's Register, Diocese of Oxford]; with his father, accused in 1614 of circulating slanderous verses [see Comments]; no further record.  iv. Samuel, b. say 1597; lived at Gorcum in Holland, where he was a minister, and had a wife and children.  v. Ann, b. about 1601 (aged 30 in 1631 [Waters 520]); m. (1) by about 1620 _____ Samborne; m. (2) Stood, Kent, 20 Jan 1631/2 Henry Atkinson.  vi. Theodate, b. say 1610; m. by about 1635 Christopher Hussey.  Associations: Richard Dummer of Roxbury and Newbury married first Jane Mason, a daughter of Rev. Thomas Mason, and resided late in his life at North Stoneham, Hampshire; Stephen Bachiler married as his third wife Helena Mason, widow of Rev. Thomas Mason, and resided just before his departure for New England at South Stoneham, Hampshire. These marriages made Bachiler the step-father-in-law of Dummer, and explains their close connection in the activities of the Plough Co.  Comments: Stephen Bachiler led a most interesting life, filled with unusual twists and turns far beyond the norm. In the ensuing paragraphs we take a chronological tour of his nine decades, attempting along the way to resolve certain problems of interpretation.  As noted above, Stephen Bachiler entered college about 1581, and received his BA in 1586. On 17 July 1587 he was presented as vicar of Wherwell, Hampshire, and remained at the parish until he was ejected in 1605 [NEHGR 46:60-1, citing Winchester diocesan records].  Bachiler began his long career of contrariety as early as 1593, when he was cited in Star Chamber for having "uttered in a sermon at Newbury very lewd speeches tending seditiously to the derogation of her Majesty's government" [NEHGr 74:319-20].  Upon the accession of James I as King of England, nearly a hundred ministers were deprived of their benefices between the years 1604 and 1609, and among these, as noted above, was Stephen Bachiler [Kenneth Fincham, Prelate as Pastor: The Episcopale of James I (Oxford 1990), p. 326].  Bachiler was living at Wherwell late in 1606 when he was a legatee in the will of Henry Shipton [NEHGR 74:320j].  A case in Star Chamber in 1614 still refers to Bachiler as of Wherwell, and adds much other useful information about the family. George Wighley, a minster and Oxford graduate, accused Stephen Bachiler of Wherwell, clerk, Stephen Bachiler, his son, John Bate of Wherwell, clerk, and others of libelling him, by means of verses ridiculing him. In the course of the complaint Wighley quotes John Bate as saying he would keep a copy of the poem "as a monument of his cousin's the said Stephen Bacheler the younger his wit, who is in truth his cousin" Star Chamber Proc. James I 297/25, 1614]. Another suit, this time in the Court of Requests, although not entered until 1639, bears directly on many points in Stephen Bachiler's life in England, and will be treated here, out of chronological order. In 1639 Henry Atkinson of London, gent., complained that five or six years before John Bate, gent., living in Holland, had borrowed 4 from "Samuel Bachiler late of Gorcem [i.e., Gorcum] in Holland aforesaid Minister," after which Bate instructed Bachiler to collect the debt from Dorcas Bate, mother of John, and widow of Rev. John Bate, minister, deceased. Bahciler assigned the debt to Atkinson, who had married Bachiler's sister, and Atkinson was unable to collect the debt from Dorcas Bate. John Bate had also borrowed money from "Nathaniell Bachiler of Southampton Merchant (one other of the brothers of your subject's wife)" and this debt had also been assigned to Atkinson to collect from Dorcas Bate. The latter was abetted in avoiding payment of the debt by her son Gabriel Bate, and her son-in-law and daughter Robert and Anne Southwood. Atkinson noted that his wife's father [i.e., Rev. Stephen Bachiler] had obtained the living of Wherwell for John Bate the father, and that the latter had refused to pay to the former twenty marks a year out of the living or benefice, as had been agreed [PRO REQ2/678/64].    On 28 Apr 1614 Stephen Bachiler was a free suitor of Newton Stacey at the view of frankpledge of the Barton Stacey at the court of 2 Oct 1615.  On 19 Feb 1615[/16?] Edmund Alleyn of Hatfield Peverell, Essex, bequeathed 5 to "Mr. Bachelour," and Stephen Bachiler was one of the witnesses [Waters 518-19].  On 11 June 1621 Adam Winthrop, father of Gov. John Winthrop, reported that "Mr. Bachelour the preacher dined with us" at Groton, Suffolk [WP 1:235]. Although this might conceivably be the younger Stephen Bachiler, who had been ordained as a deaon late in 1613, the man referred to in these records is more likely the elder Stephen. Since he is well recorded as a resident of Newton Stacey both before and after this time, he must have made occasional visits to East Anglia.  The Hampshire feet of fines show that "Stephen Bachiler, clerk," acquired land in Newton Stacey in 1622 and 1629, and sold it in 1630 and 1631 [Batchelder Gen 76-77].  While at Newton Stacey (a village within the parish of Barton Stacey)  Bachiler had managed to incite the parishioners of Barton Stacey to acts that came to the attention of the sheriff, who petitioned for redress to the King in Council; the complaint described Bachiler as "a notorious inconformist" [NEGHR 46:62, citing Domestic Calendar of State Papers, 1635].  In summary, while there are gaps in the English career of Bachiler, it would appear that he lived at Wherwell for most of the years from his induction there in 1587 until 1614, and that he then resided in Newton Stacey from 1614 until 1631, shortly before his departure for New England.  Bachiler apparently lived briefly at South Stoneham, Hampshire, after disposing of his land at Newton Stacey, for that is the residence he gave for himself and wife on 23 June 1631 when he was applying for permission to travel to Flushing in Holland "to visit their sons and daughters" [Waters 520].  At about the same time Stephen Bachiler allied himself with a group of London merchants to form the Plough Co., which had obtained a grant of land in the neighborhood of Saco. The Plough Co. managed to send two groups of settlers to New England, in the Plough in 1631 and the William & Francis in 1632, but they were never able to occupy their patent, and the company soon failed.   (For a full account of this ill-starred enterprise, see V.C. Sanborn, "Stephen Bachiler and the Plough Company of 1630," The Genealogist, New Series, 19 [1903]: 270-84, and the sources cited there.).  Shortly after his arrival in New England in 1632, Stephen Bachiler settled at Saugus (later to be called Lynn), where he immediately began to organize a church. Over the next four years Bachiler and a portion of his congregation were repeatedly at odds with the rest of the congregation and with the colony authorities, and by early 1636, Bachiler had ceased tp ,omoster at :umm [GMN 1:20].  In addition to this ongoing conflict (which became a recurring feature of Bachiler's career in New England), two stories of dubious validity are associated with his stay at Lynn. First, a fictional diary describes at length Bachiler's physical appearance, to the extent of informing us that he had "an unseemly wen on the side of his nose which presses that member in an unshapely way", this is just part of the imaginative invention of Obadiah Redpath (a pseudonym of James R. Newhall, whose non-fictional writings were not much more reliable) [Lin: or, Notable People and Notable Things in the Early History of Lynn ... (Lynn 1890, earlier editions of which carried the title Lin: or, Jewels of the Third Plantation), p. 65].  Second, this same source, and others, relate the following story: "On the first Sunday at Lynn, four children were baptized. Thomas Newhall, the first white child born in Lynn, was first presented. Mr. Bachiler put him aside, saying "I will baptize my own child first," meaning Stephen Hussey, his daughter's child, born the same week as Thomas Newhall" [NEHGR 46:158].  There is, in the first place, no contemporary evidence for this event. Then, in the brief list of baptisms apparently performed by Bachiler at Lynn, Newbury, and in his early days at Hampton, the earliest entry is for John Hussey, son of Christopher and Theodate (Bachiler) Hussey, whereas if the above story were true we would expect  Stephen Hussey to be at the head of this list. This story would seem to be a typical nineteenth century creation. After his departure from Lynn, Bachiler is supposed to have resided in Ipswich, and to have received a grant of land there in 1636 or 1637, but no contemporary evidence for this has been found. Bachiler's next adventure occurred in the winter of 1637/8, for Winthrop tells us in his journal, in an entry made in late March of that year, that "Another plantation was now in hand at Mattakeese [Yarmouth], six miles beyond Sandwich. The undertaker of this was one Mr. Batchellor, late pastor of Sagus, (since called Lynn), being about seventy-six years of age; yet he walked thither on foot in a very hard season. He and his company, being of poor men, finding the difficulty, gave it over, and others undertook it" [WJ 1:313].  Bachiler then resided for about a year at Newbury, where he received a grant of land on 6July 1638. Bachiler also seems to have been able to organize a church at Newbury (or to keep in existence the church that he had earlier organized at Lynn).  In a letter dated 26 Feb 1643/4 the minister, recounting his various experiences in New England, told how "the Lord shoved me thence [i.e., after his arrival in 1632, and the failure of the Plough Co.] by another calling to Sagust, then, from Sagust to Newbury, then from Newbury to Hampton" [WP 4:447].  Later in 1644 Winthrop pointed out that "Mr. Batchellor had been in three places before, and through his means, as was supposed, the churches fell to such divisions, as no peace could be till he was removed" [WJ 2:26-17]. These records indicate that Bachiler headed churches in three towns (Lynn, Newbury and Hampton),  or possibly that the church organized in Lynn had a continuous existence as it moved to Newbury and then to Hampton [see GMN 4:20-21 for a more detailed discussion of these possibilities].  In the summer of 1639 Stephen Bachiler and some other families, many of them from Newbury, began the settlement of Hampton, and Bachiler was soon joined there by Rev. Timothy Dalton, who shared the pulpit with him. As had happened throughout his life, controversy soon arose. In 1641 Winthrop reported that Bachiler "being about 80 years of age, and having a lusty comely woman to his wife, did solicit the chasity of his neighbor's wife" [WJ 2:53], and this led to an attack on him by Dalton and a large portion of the Hampton congregation. These charges were apparently not resolved at the time, but in 1643-4, when the town of Exeter invited Bachiler to be their minister, the affair was raised again, and this was sufficient to prevent his removal to that church [GMN 4:21-22].  At about this time Bachiler's ministry at Hampton ceased, and he soon moved to Strawberry Bank [Portsmouth], where he remained until his return to England.  On 9 Apr 1650 at a Quarterly Court held at Salisbury, "Mr. Steven Bacheller [was] fined for not publishing his marriage according to law." At the same court it was ordered "that Mr. Bacherler and Mary his wife shall live together, as they publicly agreed to do, and if either desert the other, the marshal to take them to Boston to be kept until next quarter Court of Assistants, to consider a divorce.... In case Mary Bacheller live out of this jurisdiction without mutual consent for a time, notice of her absence to be given the magistrates at Boston" [EQC 1:191].  On 15 Oct 1650 at a court at York "George Rodgers & Mrs. Batcheller [were\ presented upon vehement suspicion of incontinency for living in one house together & lying in one room" [MPCR 1:146]. At a court at Piscataqua [i.e. Kittery] on 16 Oct 1651 the grand jury presented "George Rogers for, & Mary Batcheller the wife of Mr. Steven Bacheller minister for adultery"; George Rogers was to have forty strokes, and Mary Bachiler "for her adultery shall receive 40 strkes save one at the first town meeting held at Kittery six weeks after the delivery & be branded with the letter A" [MPCR 1:164].  This child born late in 1651 or early in 1652 was apparently the Mary Bachiler who later married William Richards, and even though the Dover Court on 26 MR 1673 awarded him administation of the estate of Stephen Bachiler [NHPP 40:287], she would not have been his daughter. (See MA Arch 9:28 and NHGR 8:14 for more on Bachiler's fourth wife.)   Stephen Bachiler returned to England after thee events, and most secondsry ources claim that he made the tip in 1654 when his grandson Stephen Samborne returned to England. On 2 Oct 1650 "Steven Bachiler" witnessed a deed between Christopher Hussey (grantor) and Steven Sanborn and Samuel Fogg (grantee) [NLR 1:19] this is the last certain record of Bachiler in New England (unless the "Mr. Batchelder" who was presented at court on June 1652 for being illegally at the house of John Webster is our man [NHPP 40:87-88].  Although a number of records in New England between 1651 and 1654 mentioned Stephen Bachiler, none of them necessarily implies that Bachiler was still in N.E., and a fe indicate that he was not in close proximity to the courts in question. In a court held at Hampton on 7 Oct 1651, Francis Pebodie sued Tho[mas] Bradbury for "issuing an illegal execution, for or in behalf of Mr. Batcheller, against the town of Hampton" [EQC 1:236].  On 14 oct 1651 the MA Bay General Court ordered that "in answer to a petition preferred by several of the inhabitants of Hampton, for relief in respect of unjust molestation from some persons there pretending power for what they do from Mr. Batchelor, it is ordered, that whatsoever goods or lands have been taken away from any of the inhabitants of Hampton, aforesaid, by Edward Calcord or Joh[n] Sanbourne, upon pretence of being authorized by Mr. Batchelor, either with or without execution, shall be returned to them from whom it was taken, & the execution to be called in, & no more to be granted until there appear sufficient power from Mr. Batchelor to recover the same, to the County Courts, either of Salsbury or Hampton" [MBCR 3:253].  Apparently John Sanborn and others were pursuing the interests of Stephen Bachiler in his absence, but without a proper power of attorney. It might be argued that he was in Strawberry Bank [Portsmouth], but unable to come to Hampton, but there is no indication that he was ill or unable to travel at any time in his long life, and the more likely explanation is that he was already in England by Oct of 1651. At a court held at Hampton on 3 Oct 1654 "Mr. Batcheller's letter of attorney to Mr. Christopher Hussic [was] approved" [EQC 1:372].  Most secondary sources state that Bachiler died at Hackney in England in 1660, but more recent research has shown that Stephen Bachiler died in London and was buried on 31 Oct 1656 [NHGR 8:14-17].  Among many remarkable lives lived by early New Englanders, Bachiler's is the most remarkable. From 1593, when he was cited before Star Chamber, until 1654, when he last makes a mark on N.E. records, this man lived a completely independent and vigorous life, never acceding to any authority when he thought he was correct. Along with Nathaniel Ward of Ipswich, Stephen Bachiler was one of the few Puritan ministers active in Elizabethan times to survive to come to N.E.  As such he was a man out of his times, for Puritanism in Elizabethan times was different from what it became in the following century, and this disjunction may in part account for Bachiler's stormy career in New England [Simon P. Newman, "Nathaniel Ward, 1580-1652: An Elizabethan Puritan in a Jacobean World," EIHC 127:313-26].  But Nathaniel Ward did not have anything like as much trouble, and most of Bachiler's conflicts may be ascribed to his own unique character.  Savage includes among the children of Stephen Bachiler sons Francis and Henry, for whom there is no evidence. These phantom sons derive in part rom a misinterpretation of a 1685 letter from Stephen Bachiler to Nathaniel Bachiler [Batchelder Gen 110-11] which refers to "our brother Francis Bachlir". As the two correspondents are grandsons of the Reverend Stephen (sons of his son Nathaniel) and not sons, it follows that Francis Bachiler was also a grandson. Of the known children of Stephen Bachiler, only Theodate and Deborah came to N.E.. Christopher Hussey is supposed to have married Theodate Bachiler in England and to have sailed to N.E. in 1632 with his faather-in-law, but, as will be analyzed in more detail in the treatment of Hussey himself, there is no evidence that he was in N.E. before 1633, and it may be that his marriage to Theodate did not occur until 1635. Deborah Bachiler married John Wing, and after his death came to N.E. with her children, in the late 1630s. Ann Bachiler married a Samborne, and eventually her  three Samborne sons joined their grandfather at Hampton, although the date of their arrival is not known.  Stephen's son Nathaniel did not come to N.E., but Nathaniel's son Nathaniel did. The Rev. Stephen's two other sons, Stephen and Samuel, did not come to N.E., nor, apparently, did any of their children.  Biographic Note: ...,

History of Hampton NH: I. Rev. Stephen Bachiler was the progenitor of all the Hampton families of this name, the first pastor of the church and minister of the town. He was born in England in 1561 ; came to this country, 1632 ; founded the town of Hampton in 1638, and built his first home here, where Mr. Isaac Emery now lives. He had then a second wife, named Helena. (It is thought that her last name was Mercer.) Mr. Bachiler had children, grown up and married long before he migrated to America. Of these, only one, Mrs. Hussey, is known to have come to Hampton. There came also, grandsons, the Sanborns (1) (2) (3) and Nathaniel Bachiler, or Batchelder, as he was accustomed to write his name, and as it is now commonly written. Mr. Bachiler's wife, Helena, died , and he married, third, probably about 1648, Mary After a residence of more than twenty years in America, he returned to England, where he died at Hackney, in 1660, in the one hundredth year of his age. [See Chap, xix.] Children, from whom Hampton families are descended : A dau., who m. John Sanborn, and prob. d. in Eng. A son, the father of Nathaniel (3). Theodate, m. Christopher Hussey (2) ; d. Oct. 16, 1649. 
II. Bachiler, or Batchelder, the father of Nathaniel, though he did not come to Hampton, is noticed here, as through him the subsequent generations are to be traced back to their first American ancestor. 
III. Nathaniel Batchelder, son of the preceding, born in England ; came to Hampton early in life ; married, first, Deborah, daughter of John Smith, of Martha's Vineyard, sister of John (2) [and niece of Ruth Dalton (1)?], Dec. 10, 1656. She died Mar. 8, 1676 ; married, second, Oct. 31, 1676, Mary Wyman, of Woburn, Mass., widow of John Wyman and daughter of Rev. Thomas Carter [and cousin of his first wife?]; third, Oct. 23, 1689, Elizabeth, widow of John Knill, who survived him. He died suddenly, Jan. 17, 1710, aged about eighty years. The following anecdote is told of him : When, after the death of his first wife, he had determined to many again, he resolved to be governed in his choice b} T the direction in which his staff, held perpendicularly over the floor, should fall, when dropped from his hand. The experiment being tried, the staff fell towards the southwest, and in that direction he bent his steps. Having travelled as far as Woburn, he called on the widow Wyman, and offered her his hand, stating: that he was going to Boston, and would call for her answer, on his return. Mr. Batchelder settled first on the house-lot now in possession of Joseph Snider; but later in life, where Walter J. Palmer now lives. He was twice, at least, chosen constable ; was one of the selectmen nine years. Children : Deborah, b. Oct. 12, 1657; m. Joseph Palmer (3). Nathaniel (4), b. Dec. 24, 1659; m. Elizabeth Foss; d. 1745. Ruth, b. May 9, 1662; in. Dea. James Blake, of Dorchester, Ms.; d. Jan. 11, 1752. Esther, b. Feb. 22, 1665 [m. Samuel Shaw (4)?]. Abigail, b. Dec. 28, 1667; m. John Dearborn (5) ; d. Nov. 13, 1736. Jane, b. Jan. 8, 1670; m. Benjamin Lamprey (2). Stephen, b. July 31, d. Dec. 7, 1672. Benjamin (5), b. Sept. 19, 1673; m. Susanna Page; d. Jan. 12, 1718. Stephen (6), b. Mar. 8, 1676; m. Mary Dearborn; d. Sept. 19, 174S. Mercy, b. Dec. 11, 1677; m. Samuel Dearborn (6). Mary, b. Sept. 18, 1679; d. young. Samuel (7), b. Jan. 10, 1681; m. Elizabeth Davis. Jonathan (8), m. Sarah Blake. Theodate, m. Morris Hobbs (8). Thomas (9), b. ab. 1685 or '86; m., 1st, MaryMoulton; 2d, Sarah Tuck; d. Feb. 10, 1764. Joseph (10), b. Aug. 9, 1687; m. Mehetabel Marston; d. Oct. 26, 1750. Mary, b. Oct. 17, 1688.
VII. Samuel Batchelder, son of Nathaniel (3), married Elizabeth Davis, of Newbury, Mass. (published, Apr. 1, 1706) ; lived where Arthur Batchelder lives, in North Hampton. Children : Judith, b. Jan. 23, 1708; m. Nathan Blake (10) ; d. Dec. 4, 1789. Henry (14), b. Oct. 30, 1709; m. Mary Marston. Mary, b. Oct. 20, 1711; m. Nathaniel Dearborn, son of Samuel (6). Samuel (15), b. Aug. 1, 1713; m. Sarah Drake. Elizabeth, b. May 10, 1716; m. Benjamin Brown, son of William (5). Zechariah, b. Dec. 14, 1717; d., unm., Nov. 9, 1793. Hannah, b. Oct. 23, 1720; m. Jedediah Prescott, son of John (5) ; d. 1809. Ruth, b. Oct. 29, 1722; m. Joshua Lane (8). Mercy, b. Sept. 14, 1724[prob. the Mercy Batchelder whom. John James (4)]. Carter (16), b. Oct. 31, 1726; m., 1st, Huldah Moulton ; 2d, Hannah Lane; d. July 16, 1806. Patience, b p. Dec. 27, 1729. Nathaniel (17), b. Mar. 2, 1731; m. Ruth Sanborn; d. Feb. 22, 1802.

Genealogical Dictionary of ME & NH: Batchelder, Bachiler, Rev. Stephen, b 1561, matric. St. John's Coll., Oxford 11/17/1581 BA 2/3/1586-7, vicar at Wherwell, Hants, 7/17/1587 until deposed in 1605, but liv there in 1614. Of So. Stoneham, co. Hants. in 1631, he was lic. to visit his children in Holland, but having taken up with the company of merchant adventurers called the Plough Co., he came to NE arriving at Cambridge in the William & Francis 6/5/1632 ag 71. He preached at Lynn the first yr and was made freeman there 1635; of Ipswich in 1636 and Yarmouth 1637, failing settlement at both; Newbury 1638. In 1638-39 he was the leader in the settlement of Hampton and is said to have named the town; excommunicated there but restored. In 1641 he was "umpire" in an important reference case in ME. In 1644 he was called to Exeter but was prohib from preaching there by the Genl Ct. 4/20/1647, he eas late of Hampton now of Strawberry Bank. His 1st wife may have been a Bate, a rel. to Rev John Bate, vicar at Wherwell, who called Stephen jr. cousin. He m 2d at Abbots-Ann 3/2/1623-4 Christian Weare, wid; 3d at Abbots-Ann 3/26/1627 Helena Mason, wid. +-48 in 1631, who d bef. 5/3/1647, when Portsm as he wrote, assigned "an honest neighbor (a widow) to help care for his fam; 4th unhappily the widow, Mary Beedle of Kittery with whom in 1650 he was ordered to live. The same yr he was charged with marrying without bans. 10/16/1651, she and George Rogers were convicted; 10/14/1652 she was presented for entertaining idle people on the Sabbath. She asked for divorce in 10/1656, alleg he had gone to England many years since and mar again, herself and two invalid ch destitute on her hands. The date of his return to Eng is unkn his PA to Christopher Hussey was approv by Hampton Ct in Nov 1654. He d at Hackney near London ab 1660. Ch by 1st w: Theodate b 1588 m Christopher Hussey. Nathaniel b 1590, merchant of Southhampton Eng d 1645. By w Hester (Mercer) had 5 kn ch; Stephen Anna, Francis, Nathaniel, Benjamin. Deborah b 1592 m Rev John Wing. Stephen b 1594 liv with f at Wherwell in 1614, having been expelled from Magdalen Coll as the author of libellous verses. Samuel b 1597, a minister, late of Gorcum, Holland, in 1640. Ann b 1600 m 1st one Sanborn 2d bef 1640 Henry Atkinson of London. Mary Batchelder, ch of his 4th w 21 in 1671 had m by 3/26/1673 William Richards whom the court on his petn, after delib app adm of S. B's est.

Genealogical Dictionary of ME & NH: Batchelder, Nathaniel, +- 70 in 1700, grson of Rev. Stephen, s of Nathaniel and Hester (Mercer) who did not come, lived in Hampton. Deed from his grfr in 1647. In 1653 N. B. and Nathl Drake wit John Redman to Saml Fogg. Const in 1683, 9 yrs selectman, gr j 1683, 92, 94, 95, 98, 99. He m 1st 12/10/1656 Deborah Smith, dau of John and Deborah (Parkhurst), d 3/8/1675-6; 2d 10/31/1676 Mary (Carter) Wyman, wid of John of Woburn, d 1688; 3d 10/23/1689 Elizabeth widow of John Knil. He d 12/17/1710. Ch by 1st w: Deborah b 10/12/1657 m 1/24/1677 Joseph Palmer; Nathaniel b 12/24/1659; Ruth b 5/9/1662 m  7/8 1684 Dea James Blake of Dorchester, he d 10/22/1732, she 1/11/1652. Ch. Hester b 2/22/1664-5 m Dea Samuel Shaw; Abigail b 12/28/16567 m Dea John Dearborn; Jane b 1/8/1670-1 m 11/10/1687 Benjamin Lamprey; Stephen b 7/31 d 12/7/1672; Benjamin b 9/19/1673; Stephen b 3/8/1675-6 m 8/25/1698 Mary Dearborn; he d 9/19/1748. 7 ch by 2nd wife: Mercy b 12/11/1677 m Samuel Dearborn; Mary b 9/18/1679 d.y.; Samuel born 12/10/1680 m 4/1/1706 Elizabeth Davis of Newbury. Liv No Hampton, 12 ch; Jonathan b 1683 m 12/2/1708 Sarah Blake liv Hampton 1 ch rec; Theodore b 1684 m 11/18/1703 Morris Hobbs; Thomas b 1685 m 1st 3/14/1712 Mary Moulton dau of Benj, d 5/22/1716, 2d 1/16/1718 Sarah Tuck dau of Dea John d 2/15/1764. He liv on father's homestead d 2/10/1774. 9 ch by 2d w; Joseph b 8/9/1687 m Mehitable Marston; Mary b 10/17/1688 dy.

John Whittier by W. S. Kennedy: Stephen Batchelder had  black eyes & a swarthy Oriental complexion.

Pioneers of MA: Smith, John, Hampton, about 1640; rem to Nantucket. Mentioned in H. records as J.S. of Nantucket. His son John remained in H and m. Deborah __; had dau. Deborah who became the wife of Nathaniel Bachelier. 

Henry Batcheler of Wimmering in County South, March 14, 1612, proved March 23,1612 at Winchester, sick. The Cathedral church of Winchester, and the parish church of Wimmering. To the poor of the parish of Wimmering, of Portsea and of the town of Porchester. My two servant maids, Avis Myles and Sara Woodman. My two men servants, Thomas Spereinge and Isaac Woodes. Leedye Hemslowe of Kingston. To John Coale of Hylsea in County South. To all my grandchildren except Richard Andrewes. To John Prise of Kingston. The the children of John Prise. To thomas Balch's children of Kingston. To the two children of Richard Oliver of Sutton. To thomas Page of Hylsye, the writer hereof. To William Wheeler and John Wheeler the former [word omitted] of William Wheeler of Wimmering, late deceased, to each of them 5, to be paid unto them at their full age of 21 years. To my nephew John Westbrook, my sister's son, all my free lands with a house and barn thereon (excepting one pcell of land lately purchased of John Prise) in Kingston wthin the liberty of Portsmouth. And if it shall happen that any of my lands shall be incumbered for want or that may be recovered for them shall be due and payable unto the said John Westbrook at his lawful age of 21 years. In case of failureof John Westbrook's issue then the lands were to go to Thomas Brown of Hylsie, half brother unto the said John Westbrook./P/ If Robert Martin of Alverstock and Francis Martin of the pish of Wimmering shall not stand unto their first bargain about the exchange of my land at Porchester then I give unto my goddaughter, the daughter of Steeven Batchiller of Porchester 2 1/2 acres of land wch lieth adjoining unto the backside of the house of the said Steven Batcheller in Porchester aforesaid, any gift before mentioned to my kinsman John Westbrook to the contrary not wthstanding. If Robert & Francis Martin stand to their bargain then John Westbrook was to pay 20 to the said goddaughter in lieu of the 2 1/2 acres. And if the said Robert & Francis Martin do not stand to their bargain then Steven Batcheller aforesaid shall have the use of my land at Porchester at 8 a year until my heir cometh of age. Brother Robert Batcheller's three children. If my kinsmen John Westbrook and Thomas Brown shall die without issue then my free lands shall go to young John Boulton, and his heirs, the son of John Boulton of Hilsea in Wimmering. To Elizabeth Boulton, daughter of John Boulton of Hilsea 5 to be paid out of my lease at Hanksworth. To John Boulton's three children wh he now hath, 5 a year during the term of the lease of Hanksworth. Residue to wife Elizabeth, who is named as executrix. Overseers, John Hently of Behampton 
and Stephen Stears of Hiltsea. with power to sell the land lately bought of John Price to pay 100 which testator owes to Richard Wilkines of Southweek and 45 to John Hoocker of Hillsea and 20 to Richard Shoute of Weekham. = Hampshire Registry.

Founders and Patriots of America: Batchelder, Stephen (1561-1660) m. (1) Anna Bate; ... (2) Helen ...) NH X, 99; XVII, 150; XX 83; XXI, 16, 17, 176, 177; XXV, 295; XXII 54; XXXIII, 254, 255.