Richard Nason1

7th great-grandfather of Ruth Minerva Fairfield.
9th great-grandfather of Laura Jane Munson.
Family Background:
Fairfield and Allied Families
Appears on charts:
Pedigree for Ruth Minerva Fairfield
     Richard Nason married first Sarah.1 He married second Abigail, widow of Nicholas Follett, after 1663.1
     Richard Nason was from Rainsford Island, England.2 He was one of the founders of Kittery, York County, Maine, which then embraced South Berwick, and at which place his brothers Joseph, John and Benjamin also settled.2 Richard was a militant Quaker who was constantly in difficulty after Massachusetts took over the government.1

Additional Data
Richard Nason was on the Coroner's jury in 1647; jury in 1649 and 1653; ensign 1653; town commissioner 1654; a trustee for Gorges 1662; selectman 1659, 1666, 1667, 1668 between 1647 and 1668.1

Richard Nason, was made freeman by appearing before the commissioners at Kittery and submitting to the government of Massachusetts on 16 November 1652.3,1

Richard Nason was disenfranchised for entertaining travelling Quakers in 1653.1

In 1655, Richard Nason was charged with blasphemy. He was in danger of losing his life, but the General Court decided that he was not so guilty that he ought to die.1

Richard Nason was in court for absence from meeting 1655, 1663, 1670, 1671, 1675, as were four of his sons in 1685.1

Richard Nason was elected a Deputy to the General Court in 1656, but was not allowed to sit and the town was censured for choosing him.1

Richard Nason was rejected as Selectman in 1669.1

Richard Nason was charged with being abusive toward officers in 1678.1

In 1694, Richard Nason deeded the homestead to sons Benjamin and Baker.1

Richard Nason made his will on 14 July 1694 mentioning his wife, though not by name, children, John, Joseph, Benjamin, Baker, Sarah Nason, and others.1,4 Click to view image

Children of Richard Nason and Sarah (—?—) (Nason)


  1. [S749] Charles Thornton Libby, compiler, Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire (Portland, Maine: The Southward Press, 1928), 505.
  2. [S761] The New England Historical and Genealogical Register; (Online database:, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2001), (Orig. Pub. New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, MA. The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, 148 vols., 1847-1994) 43:20.
  3. [S761] NEHGR, 3:192.
  4. [S751] Maine Historical Society, compiler, Maine Wills, 1640-1760 (n.p.: Maine Historical Society, 1887), 111-113, Probate Office, I, 32.