Nicholas Auger

Male Abt 1646 - 1677  (~ 31 years)


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  • Name Nicholas Auger  [1, 2
    Born Abt 1646 
    • Estimate: This birth date is an estimate based on the birth dates of nearest relatives or contemporaries, or based on other clues such as christening date, marriage date, birth order, etc.
    Gender Male 
    Died 1676-1677 
    Person ID I5787  Alger
    Last Modified 18 Nov 2015 

    Father Auger,   b. Abt 1624,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Family ID F2172  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Shipwrecked 1676

      ?Very Memorable was the Providence of God towards Mr. Ephraim How of New Haven in New England, who was for an whole twelve Moneth given up by his Friends as a dead man, but God preserved him live in a desolate Island where he had suffered Shipwrack, and at last returned him home to his Family???..On the 25 of August in the year 1676. the said Skipper How with his two eldest Sons set sail from New Haven for Boston in a small ketch, Burden 17 Tun or thereaboutd: After the Dispatch of their Business there, they set Sail from thence for New Haven again, on the 10th of September
      following: but contrary winds forced them back to Boston, where the said How was taken ill with a violent flux, which Distemper continued near a Moneth, many being at that time sick of the same Disease, which proved mortal to some. The merciful Providence of God having spared his life, and restored him to some measure of health; lie again set Sail from Boston, October 10. By a fair Wind they went forward so as to make Cape Cod; but suddenly the Weather became very Tempestuous, so as that they could not seize the Cape, but were forced off to Sea; where they were endangered in a small Vessel by very fearful Storms and outragious Winds and Seas. Also, his Eldest Son fell sick and died in about eleven dayes after they set out to Sea. He was no sooner dead, but his other Son fell sick and died too. This was a bitter Cup to the Good Father. . . . . . . .Yet now their outward distress and danger was become greater, since the Skipper's two sons were the only help he had in working the Vessel. Not long after, another of the Company, viz Caleb Jones son to Mr. William Jones one of the Worthy Magistrates in New-Haven) fell sick and died also, leaving the World with comfortable manifestations of true Repentance towards God, and Faith in Jesus Christ. Thus the one half of their Company was taken away. none remaining but the Skipper himself, one Mr. Augur and a Boy. He himself was still sickly, and in a very weak estate, yet was fain to stand at the Helm 36 hours, and 24 hours at a time; in the mean time the boisterous Sea overwhelming the Vessel so that if he had not been lasht fast, he had certainly been washed overboard. In this Extremity, lie was at a loss in his own thoughts, whether they should persist in striving for the New England Shore, or bear away for the Southern Islands. He proposed that question to Mr. Augur, they resolved that they would first seek to God in Prayer about it, and then put this difficult case to an issue, by casting a Lot.? So they did; and the Lot fell on New England. By that time a Moneth was expired, they lost the Rudder of their Vessel, so that now they had nothing but God alone to rely upon. In this deplorable state were they for a fortnight. The Skipper (though infirm as has been expressed) yet for six weeks together, was hardly ever dry; nor had they the benefit of warm Food for more then thrice or thereabouts. At the end of six weeks, in the Morning betimes, the Vessel was driven on the Tailings of a ledge of Rocks, where the Sea broke violently; looking Out they espied a dismal Rocky Island to the Leeward, upon which if the Providence of God had not by the Breakers given them timely warning, they had been dashed in pieces. And this extremity was the Lords opportunity to appear for their deliverance; they immediately let go an Anchor, and get out the Boat. and God made the Sea calm. The Boat proved leaky; and being in the midst of fears and amazements they took little out of the Vessel. After they came ashoar they found themselves in a rocky desolate Island (near Cape Sables) where was neither Man nor Beast to be seen, so that now they were in extream danger of being starved to Death. But a Storm arose which beat violently upon the Vessel at Anchor, so as that it was staved in pieces; and a Cask of Powder was brought ashore (receiving no damage by its being washed in the Water) also a Barrel of Wine, and half a Barrel of Molasses, together with many things useful for a Tent to preserve them from cold. This notwithstanding, new and great distress attended them. For though they had Powder and Shot there were seldom any Fowls to be seen in that Dismal and Desolate place, excepting a few Crows, Ravens and Culls. There were so few as that for the most part, the Skipper shot at one at a time. Many times half of one of these fowls with the Liquor made a meal for three. Once they lived five dayes without any Sustenance, at which time they did not feel themselves pincht with hunger as at other times. the Lord in mercy taking away their appetites, when their Food did utterly fail them. After they had been about twelve Weeks in 'this miserable Island, Mr. How's dear Friend and Comfort Mr. Augur died; so that he had no living creature but the Lad before mentioned to converse with: And on April 2, 1677, that Lad Died also, so that the Master was now left alone upon the Island, and continued so to be above a quarter of a year, not having any living Soul to converse with. In this time he saw several Fishing Vessels Sailing by, and some came nearer the Island than that which at last took him in; but though he used what means he could that they might be acquainted with his Distress, none came to him, being afraid: for they supposed him to be one of those Indians who were then in Hostility
      against the English. . . . . . . . . . . Immediately after this, a Vessel belonging to Salem in New England providentially passing by that island, sent their Boat on Shore, and took in Skipper How, who arrived at Salem, July 18, 1677, and was at last returned to his family in New Haven."

      Compiled and edited by Allen Alger, Alger Family Historian - e-mail: alger@alum.mit.edu [1]

  • Sources 
    1. [S82] Alger files - Alger, Paul Dale, Paul Dale Alger, Email received from Paul Dale Alger 3 Mar 2002 (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S168] Alger e-files - Hervey, Michael, Michael Hervey, Bridgewater, MA - Alger (Reliability: 3).


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