Nathaniel came to New Haven in 1638 and was one of the original signers of the New Haven Covenant in 1639. The Early List of Estates published by the New Haven Church in 1640 lists Nathaniel Turner with seven people in his household with an estate valued at 800 pds. He was a Captain and ranking officer in the New Haven militia. Capt. Turner acted as the agent of New Haven in July 1640 to purchase all the lands belonging to the Sagamores, represented by Ponus the sagamore of Toquams and Wascusse the sagamore of Shippan, with the exception of a piece of land reserved by Ponus for the tribe to plant on..
The consideration was 12 coats, 12 hoes, 12 hatchets, 12 knives, 2 kettles, and four fathoms of wampum. The liberty of hunting and fishing was reserved by the tribe. This land comprised the Stamford territory. It was bought, in part, to counter the expansion of Connecticut along the Sound. In the same year he purchased the large tract of land in New Jersey on Delaware Bay along with the current site of Philadelphia in what turned out to be an ill fated venture for the merchants of New Haven due to resistance by the Dutch and Swedish neighbors. (more on the Swedes)
In August 23, 1640, the New Haven court of ordered that Captain Turner shall have his choice lot of upland and meadow so that he may attend the service of the town which his place requires. He was chosen a deputy of the court in Aug. 29, 1640. He was chosen Deputy again in Oct. 22, 1645. In the second division of land, the court again ordered that Nathaniel should have his choice of land for his best convenience to best attend the public service of his military office. In 1643, his estate was valued at 800 pds, only ten others had higher valued estates at the time.
In 1646, the merchants of New Haven, in an effort to ensure the independence of the colony sent a ship with a cargo of 5,000 pds. to London to secure a colonial charter from Parliament, the king deposed as a result of the English Civil War. Nathaniel went on the trip but the ship sank in route and Nathaniel died at sea, along with all the others and the cargo was lost. He had kept up relations with many in Lynn so many there mourned his fate, along with those in New Haven. (The story is concluded tomorrow)