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THIRD GENERATION

 

Samuel Worden

 

"DR. SAM"

 

1646-1716

 

1.   The  earliest  mention   of  Samuel  which I find in the

Plymouth Colony Records is dated 1665. One Joseph Holley, Sr. had died 18 years beforehand (1647) and his widow, Rose, had married a William Newland the' following year. This William Newland was required'by the Court to pay to the children of the deceased Joseph Holley, Sr., the sum of "six

score" (120) pounds, for reasons not clear to me, but which, I believe, was a sort of inheritance from the estate of their late father. Joseph Holley, Sr., and his wife, Rose,

(now Mrs. Newland) had had five children, thus each was to receive 24 pounds. One of the five children was listed as:

 

"Hopestill, wife of Samuel Werden."

 

This is evidence that by 1665 Samuel had already been married. He was nineteen years old, as was his wife, the former Hopestill Holley.

 

2.   In 1668, when Samuel was aged  22, two  men  tried  to

crash into his house during his absence for the purpose of "molesting" his young wife and one of his sisters. The Plymouth Colony Court Record of October 20, 1668, clearly tells what happened (Ref A):

 

"In reference vnto the complaint of Samuell Worden against Edward Crowell and James Maker, for goeing in his absense into his house in the dead time of the night, and for threatening to break vp the dore and come in att the window, if not lett in, and goeing to his bed and attempting the chastity of his wife and sister, by many lacinous carriages, and affrighting of his children, the Court haue centanced them, the said Edward Crowell and James Maker, to find surties for theire good behauior, and pay each of them a fine of ten pounds to the vse of the collonie, and alsoe to defray all the charge the said samuell Worden hath been att in the vindecation of his wifes innosensy, or be seuerally whipt.

 

"And the said Crowell and Maker chose rather to pay the fine and giue, bonds for theire good behauior vntill the Court.of his male to be holden att Plymouth in March next.

 

"Vpon theire humble petition to the Court, they remitted vnto each of them the sume of foure pounds of the ">aid fines.

 


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the

 

"Edward Crowell to owe vnto our sou' lord the Kinge

sume  of                                   40:00:00

And James  Maker....... the sume of....... 40:00:00"

 

3. In 1672 and 1676 other records of an administrative nature indicate that Samuel was still in Yarmouth.

 

4.   On  March  2l, 1680/1, Samuel, with  his

attested to the truth of an inventory of estate.

 

mother, Mary, his father's

 

5.   A  Plymouth Colony Court order of June 7, 1681 (Ref. B)

lists the members of the "Grand Enquest" i.,ho were Si.,orn to duty. There were 24 men 'listed, including Mr. Allexander Standish (*) and Samuell Worden.

 

(*) Alexander Standish, son of Captain Myles Standish, the unsuccessful suitor of Miss Priscilla Mullins; married a daughter of Priscilla and her husband, John Alden.

 

6. On June 6, 1682, the Plymouth Colony Court recorded the names of several men i.,ho "Proposed to take vp The i re Freedom, if approued." That is, these men were petitioning the Court for permission to leave their present towns and to move elsewhere, provided the local governments at their destinations would accept them. (Ref. C.) Samuel Worden was one    of           those         named.  (He  was,     apparently, interested   in

"taking up his freedom" in Rhode Island, as subsequent events would indicate.

 

7. On the 24th of August, 1689, Samuel Werden, Silas Sears and Paul Sears inventoried the estate of Thomas Boardman. (Silas Sears had been one of the witnesses to the will of Samuel's father, Peter II.)

 

8.   The scene now shifts   from  Plymouth,  on  Cape  Cod, to

Rhode    Island.   In   1636, Roger    Williams, who   had  been

banished from the Massachusetts Bay Colony for religious and political views contrary to those of the government there, founded the first settlement in what is now Rhode Island. He gave it the name of Providence (now the state capital) in remembrance of "God's merciful providence in his distress."

 

a. In 1657 a group of men purchased from the Indians a tract of land of perhaps 90 square miles on the western side of Narragansett Bay, roughly equivalent to what is now Washington County. This tract was known as the Pettaquamscot Purchase (variously spelled, as one could imagine). Those who bought it were known as The pettaquamscot Purchasers.

 

b. One of these purchasers was a man named Benedict Arnold, the first of four in direct descent so named, the 4th being his great-grandson (1741-1801), the discredited and traitorous major general of Washington's army in our Revolutionary War.

 


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c. Benedict Arnold (1615-1678) became the first colon­ial governor of Rhode Island. He held the post" three times,

beginning in 1663, when Charles II granted a charter to the province as a whole, bringing together two rival groups. One group was on the mainland, in the plantations of Providence and Warwick. The other consisted of settlements at Newport and Portsmouth, which were on the island of Aquidneck, to be known later as the Isle of Rhodes, or Rhode Island. Thus when the mainland and island groups were brought together under Charles II's charter of 1663, the official designation of the colony was "Rhode Island and Providence Plantations." As a State, it is so known today!

 

9. On July 8, 1695, Samuel'bought 250 acres of land in the pettaquamscot Purchase from the estate of Benedict Arnold, late governor, deceased.

 

10.

 

The deed says in part (Ref. D):

 

      ".... Benedict   Arnold    of Newport on Rhoad Island. ..&

Josiah Arnold of Jeamstown on Cononicott Island (*)... Sons of Benedict Arnold of Newport Afore Sd deceased one of the purchasers of A tract of Land in this Collony Comonly Called pitticomcott & the purchasers there of Called pitticomcott purchasers the Said Land Now going by the Name of pitticon­cott purchase    .as Executors to And in the                          Right  of  Our

Said father Benedict Arnold Deceased for & in Consideration of the Quantaty of two hundred and fifty peaces of Eight (#) or the Sume of Seventy five pounds... to us in hand.. .payd by Samuel Werden of Yarmouth in the county of Barnstable in his majity province of the Massathusetts bay ..have sold... unto the Sd Samuell Warden..." etc. Signed on July 8, 1695 by Benedict Arnold and Josiah Arnold in. the presence of two witnesses.

 

(*) Jamestown, on the island of Conanicut.

 

(#) A "piece of eight" was the Spanish dollar, which consisted of eight "reals", or "bits", each worth l2_<I:, giving rise to the expression "tl-1O bits" as equal to 25<1:.)

 

11. The deed refers to Samuel as "Samuell Werden of Yarmouth in the county of Barnstable in his maiity province of the Massathusetts bay." (Underlines mine.) This is a

significant statement in that it shows Samuel still lives in Yarmouth. But Yarmouth is referred to as a part of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, not of Plymouth Colony. The reason is that Plymouth Colony had only a patent (from the Council

for New England, dated 13 January 1630, signed by Robert [Earl of] Warwick, J_nown as the "Warwick Patent," rather than a Royal Charter, which the Massachusetts Bay Colony did have. Thus in 1692 Plymouth Colony was absorbed into the Massachusetts Bay Colony. The reference to Samuel Werden of

 


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Yarmouth in the Massachusetts Bay (not Plymouth) Colony, was correct in this year of 1695. Plymouth Colony, as such, was no more.

 

12 . The follOl{s:

 

boundaries

 

of

 

these

 

250

 

acres are specified as

 

(1) On the south: (2) On the w_st: (3) On the north:

Brenton.

(4) On the east:

 

by land of Joseph Hull

by a qreat pond. (Underlines mine) by lands laid out to Mr. Jahlell

 

by lands undisposed of at present.

 

13. The entire pettaquamscot purchase included what is now Kingston, Rhode Island. The "Great Pond", as it was so

named, became Worden Pond, and is still }cnown as that today. See a portion of a Rhode Island road map following these pages. (Note also on the map, a road to the north 'of Worden Pond knmvn as "Wa i te I s Corner Road." Interesting!)

 

14. On February 12, 1696/7, seven months after his purchase of this 250 acres of land in Rhode Island, Samuel sold the farm which he had inherited in Yarmouth to one Isaac Chapman, with the exception of one-half acre, with right of way thereto, where lay the bodies of his grandfather and his parents, and some other members of the family.

 

IS.

 

The history of this deed is a story in itself:

 

a. The spelling is atrocious, even when compared to the usual inconsistencies and aberrations typical of the time. It is a rambling document, replete with wordy repetitions, 'IHi tten by the 17th century counterpart of a "Philadelphia lawyer." But it did what was intended - it conveyed the land from Samuel and Hopestill to Isaac Chapman, and preserved forever the cemetery on the family farm.

 

b. Oliver Norton Worden printed its text in his 1868 book (Ref. E) using modern spelling. The deed was recorded some five years later, October 8, 1702, in the Barnstable County Book of Records, 4th Book of Evidences of Land, Folio 43, by Wm. Bassett, Registrar, notation to that effect being on the back of the original deed, which ONW was privileged to see in September 1867, courtesy of Chapman descendants.

 

c. This rare, original document must have lay in the dark for several decades, for a gentleman named Whitfield Johnson, whom I met in 1984, living then on the former Worden/Chapman property (which he had inherited), found it in a hidden compartment of an antique desk which he had inherited along with the property. Mr. Johnson had it preserved in laminated silk, and has deposited it for safe-keeping in the Masonic Museum of National Heritage in Salem, Massachusetts. (Mr. Johnson is a Past Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts, Free and Accepted Masons.)

 


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d. When the Worden Family Association had its first convocation in East Dennis, Massachusetts, in September,

1984, Mr. Johnson retrieved the deed long enough for us to see it during a reception held at his home, which, as stated, is on the old Worden property. It was quite a thrilling experience. Oliver Norton Worden called it the "oldest Worden land deed" that he had found.

 

e. In it, Samuel refers to himself as "Samuell werden of Kings town in the goverment of Rhoad island and provi­

dance plantationes in new england.." He had, therefore, established residence there,' near Worden Pond, on the land which he had bought from the Arnold brothers.

 

d. Samuel's grandfather, father, and mother had been buried on the family farm. When he sole it, he 'carefully stipulated that he was conveying the property to Isaac Chapman                     .

 

,,( except one half a}{or of land 'i'lhich I the so. samuell werden except & rezarve to my selfe and to my fathers posteritie forever for a buring place for my fathers posteretie for ever lying for squere about the plase whear my father 'ilerden was buried out of the fore mentioned farme not withstanding what ever is abov sd to the contorery with free libortie of ingrace & regrace with horse or cart or foote from the common hieliay to the same)..."

 

16. At this point. Samuel had closed out of Yarmouth on Cape Cod. He vas active in the establishment of King's Towne, (now Kingston) Rode Island. The Great Pond became known as Worden Pond, as it is today (see map).

 

17. ONW (Ref. E., p.34) has this to say about Samuel, as one of the four children of Peter II and Mary:

 

          I! Samuel 1vorden, physician and   landholder, b   1646;

Juryman &c. in Yarmouth; in 1695, when 51 (sic) years old,

bought   lands  in  the   Pettiquamscut    purchase, R.  I., of

Benedict and James (*) Arnold; was active in organizing Kingstowne, Dec. 1696; gave his name to Worden's Pond, called "head of the Paucatuck" in the boundary controversy

between  R. I. and  Ct., had  several   sons;  removed   to

Stonington before 1715 and d. 1716, age 71.

 

"His w"ife, Hopestill Holley, b 1646; m. l665? d.17l5, one year before her husband, aged 70."

 

* Should be Josiah.

 

18. In several land transactions, and in the recording of his death in Stonington, Samuel is referred to as "doctor."

 


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19. How did Samuel become a physician? Where did he obtain education in medicine? To my knowledge, no one yet has found the answer. It is possible, of course, that he learned it from medical books imported from England, and/or had apprenticed himself to another physician. There was a Dr. John Fuller in Barnstable (Cape Cod) in 1686. At his death in 1691 his estate inventory included "chirurgeons box of instruments... and chirurgeons chest, vials, glasses and gallipots" all valued at 4 pounds 16 shillings. It is poss­ible that Samuel took instruction from him. Unfortunately there is no record of his will, thus no estate inventory to reveal whether he had any surgical instruments in his effects. Two of his sons, Thomas and Nathaniel, became physicians.   Quite    possibly,  perhaps probably, they were

educated and trained by their father, Dr. Sam, as he is affectionately known these days by Worden genealogists.

 

20.

 

Dr. Sam's Land Transactions:

 

a. ONW (Ref.E) referred to Dr. Sam as a "landholder." We have already seen that he purchased 250 acres in the pettiquamscot Purchase from two sons of the late Gov. Benedict Arnold; and he sold the old farm in Yarmouth.

 

b. On AprilS, 1708.. "Samuel and Isaac Werden, yeom.§.n,

to Edward Greenman of Kingstown for 215 pounds current silver money of New England at 8 shillings per ounce..sold unto Edward Greenman 250 acres, except 50 acres already sold to Joseph Hull.. south of Mink Brook in the Seader Swamp, with     the      house or      houseing       and  fencing  and  all   the

privileges thereto belong. .." Samuel and Isaac delivered the deed which Dr. Sam had obtained from t_e aforesaid Benedict and Josiah Arnold. This transaction was signed by Samuel Werden, Isaac Werden, Hopestill Werden and Rebachah Werden. ("Rebachah" "I'la8 Isaac' 8 "I'li fe, Rebekah - more of 'Vlhom

later in settling two estates at once.) (South Kingston Land Evidences Book 2, P . 131.)

 

c. On the 12th of May 1709 he bought a 50-acre and a 100-acre piece in Stonington, Conn, just a few miles west of Kingston, R. I. A fe"lv months later, 9 February 1709/10,

"for natural affection" he gave 30 acres of the 50-acre piece to his son, Nathaniel. The next month, March 4th, 1709/10, his son, "Nathaniel l\Terden, yeoman (and doctor) sold these 30 acres to his brother-in-law, Richard Partelow, husband of Rose, Samuel's daughter and Nathaniel's sister.

 

d. On August 5, 1714, he gave the balance of the 50-acre piece (20 acres) to his son, Doctor Thomas Werden.

 

e. On December 8, 1715, shortly after Hopestill's death

(and probably? before he married Frances) Dr. Sam deeded "for natural affection to samuel Werden, Jr of Kingstowne 100 acres of upland and swamp on Great Neck bounded west by

 


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the pettaquamscutt Purchase line, north by two walnut trees marked each of them on two sides, east by land of Thomas Greenman, south by the hill lotts."

 

21.

 

Move to Stonington, Connecticut

 

Having sold his Pettiquamscut land in 1708, and, in 1709, having bought 150 acres in Stonington, Conn., 50 of which he subsequently gave to two sons, Samuel and Hopestill seem now to have left only the 100 acres in Stonington, to which they moved'about this time.

 

b. Hopestill died in Stonington, as the Town (page 157) state:

 

Records

 

"Hopestill ye wife of Doctor Samuel Worden deceased in ye 70 year of her age in September 13th, 1715."

 

     c. This sad event caused Dr. Sam to have the following

statement entered in the Norwich, Conn., Town Clerk's book. (Norwich Vital Records, p.306.) Norwich was the home of Dr. Sam's son, Dr. Thomas.

 

"September the Thirteenth day in the year 1715: it was to me that wofull day in which my dear and Tender and Loving Wife departed this Life and was buried on ye 15th: day

 

Samuell Werden."

 

d. Samuel and Hopestill were man and wife in 1665, when they were both 19 years old. Their marriage continued for 51 years, until they were both aged 70.

 

22.

 

Dr. Sam remarries.

 

a. By a probate document, we find that Dr. Sam had remarried within eleven months following Hopestill's death. A probate record discloses that on August 12, 1716:

 

"Samuel and Frances Werden give for love to Isaac Werden the reversion of all my farms of lands, which I now live upon in Stonington with ye dwelling house and all the buildings thereon...containing about 100 acres and is part of a greater quantity I gave to Isaac (after my decease) excepting only if I should marry again, the widow shall have benefit of biggest room in my house half of cellar, and also my son Isaac to keep 2 cows and 1 horse both winter and summer for her use and provide firewood for her."

 

,Dr. Sam died two weeks later, the 26th of August 1716. The deed was recorded the 28th, two days following his death. He had thoughtfully provided for Frances (West), his 2nd wife.

 


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22.

 

Settlement of Samuel's estate.

 

a. Dr. Sam died intestate. His widow, Frances, refused to administer the estate, and asked that Jsaac be appointed administrator. Isaac was so appointed by the probate court in New Loncon. He made an inventory, claiming that the estate had no assets, only debts of one pound, 7 shillings,

and no pence,. His siblings thought it was not a complete report, and complained to the court. Isaac responded that he was ready to present an inventory. The judge made note that the "other side" (Isaac's siblings and their spouses) claimed there was considerable of the estate which had been left out of the inventory.

 

b. Before this was cleared up, Isaac died (1718). RebeJcah, Isaac's widow, now went about the task of clearing up not only her husband's estate, but also t_at of Dr. Sam.

 

c. On August 11, 1718, Rebekah presented the court with an inventory of her husband's estate.

 

d. On Dec. 18, 1718, Rebekah paid over to the court the sum of two pounds, nine shillings and 3 pence "upon the account of _er deceased father, Samuel Worden." (Really her father-in-law, of course, but it was common to refer to in-laws this way. ) This amount represented the net assets of the estate. The whole settlement procedure had ta]:en two years.

 

23.

 

From all of this it appears to me that Dr. Sam:

 

a. was a good family man; 5 long marriage

 

sons, 3

 

daughters, and

 

ab. was successful in his efforts both as a yeoman and a doctor, enabling him to accumulate substantial real estate

 

c. favored Isaac above the other children as indicated by several gifts of land and joint ownership in the sale of 200 of the 250 acres he had bought from Benedict and Josiah Arnold, plus his gift (post-mortem) of 100 acres and a house in Stonington.

 

a. treated his sons veIl in gifts of land.

 

e. perhaps trained two of them in medicine

 

f. purposely cleaned himself out of assets shortly before his death, thus died broke, his net estate amounting to less than three British pounds sterling. Yet provision had been made for the care of his 2nd wife, Frances, with the biggest room in the house, half the cellar, milk from 2

'ows, use of a horse, and lifetime supply of firewood from isaac, except that Isaac didn't last long - two years.

 


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24. Dr. Samuel, in his grief over Hopesti11's death, had recorded his feelings in the Town Clerk's records in Norwich, Connecticut. In the same booJe there follows this:

 

"august the 26th: day in the year 1716: Then my honoured Father, Samuel Werden departed this life and was buried the 27th: day of august.

"Nouember 8th: 1 752: Then ye aboue 1Hi tten Ivas Entred from an antient writing, at ye Desire of Mr Thomas Werden, Junr by me, Isaac Huntington Town ClerJe."

 

The entry concerning his honored father was made by Dr. Thomas Werden, son of Samuel., The entry of November 8, 1752, was entered at the desire of Dr. Thomas' son.

 

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References:

 

A.   Nathaniel  B. Shurtleff, M.D., Editor, Records  of  the

Colony of New Plymouth in New Enqland, Court Orders, Vol. V, page 8.

 

B.

 

Shurtleff, op. cit, Vol. VI, p. 60

 

C.

 

Ibid., page 86

 

D.

 

South Kingston, R. I., Land Evidences, book 2, p. 131

 

E.   Oliver Norton Worden,             Some Records of  Persons by   the

Name of WORDEN, privately printed, Lewisburg, Pa., 1868.

P. 34.

 

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FOURTH GENERATION

 

Peter Worden, III

 

1668-1732

 

1. Peter Worden, 3d, was born in Yarmouth in 1668, the first child of Dr. Samuel and Hopesti11 (Holley) Worden.

 

2.   The Town Records of Sandwich, Massachusetts (on  Cape

Cod, about fifteen miles northwest of Yarmouth) have this entry:

 

"Peeter "Jerden and Mary Holly maryd the 20th Febury '93."

 

Mary Holley was Peter's first cousin.

 

3.   Following,  or perhaps   accompanying   his  father, Peter

settled in sout_west Rhode Island. From 1697 to 1706 he farmed the Rodman lands on the Saugatucket River in South Kingstown.

 

4.

 

Peter and Mary Holley Worden had children:

 

a. Judah, the oldest

b. Peter (IV)

c. Mary, an only daughter.

 

5. Between 1705 and 1713 Peter purchased some of the "vacant lands" in Westerly, Rhode Island. In 1720 he conveyed lands in Westerly to his two sons, Judah and Peter (IV), blacksmith. Before 1728 he was in Warwick, R.I.

 

6. On the 14th of September, 1732, in Warwick, Peter his will, in whic_ he named:

 

made

 

a. His wife, Mary (Holley) Worden

b. His son, Peter (IV)

c. His daughter, Mary

d. Joshua and Mary Worden, grandc_ildren elder son, Judah, deceased.

 

through his

 

7.   Peter died in Warwick on November  18, 1732,  age  64.

His will was proved December 4th. Daughter Mary was the executrix. His wife, Mary, died the following year of 1733.

 

8. ONW (Op. Cit) says, "It is supposed there was a brother, Gideon or Wait." (But brother of whom? Peter himself? Or a brother of his children?).

 

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FIFTH GENERATION

 

Peter Worden, IV

 

1697?-1745

 

1.   The  best   information we have concerning the family of

Peter IV comes from Oliver Norton Worden's 1868 book, previously cited many times. A direct transcription of what he had to say about this family appears to be the best way to start.

 

2. On his page 121 he has the following heading and intro­duction, typed here in the same format as his, including the bold print:

 

Family of Peter Worden, blacksmith, and Rebekah      Richmond.

 

On pp. 38,9 is the first formal (and supposed) complete Worden Family Record I have met. The marriage of Peter Worden, 4th, blacksmith, and Rebekah Richmond, and the birth of their first two children, are of record in Westerly; the other materials are gathered from various sources.

 

3. Turning back to his referreo, we find this:

 

pages

 

38

 

and

 

39, to which he

 

26th May 1720, PETER WORDEN, Jr. (4th) and REBEKAH RICHMOND, were m. in Westerly. They had ten children:

 

Elizabeth, b. Westerly, 29th March, 1721

Gideon, b. Westerly 22 Dec. 1722

John 1st, b. l724?

Constant

Mary Ann

Peter 5th, the celebrated Baptist preacher, b. 1 June 1728, d. 21 Feb. 1808, a. 80

 

Sylvester Ruth Elisha Rebekah.

 

P.W. 4th d. in Westerly, 1745, a. 48? prob. b. in R.I., l697? His widow, Rebekah, was living eight years after his death, and in 1766 one of her name was witness to a Will in Richmond, where her son JOHN was living.

 

4. -Returning to ONW's page 121 there are details of the family of Gideon; (Elder) Peter 5th; Sylvester (1st), Elisha

(1st), and John, (1st) and his wife Dorothy Satterly, with whom we are next concerned.

 

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SIXTH GENERATION

 

JOHN WORDEN, I

 

1724?-1779?

 

1. John Worden, 1st, one of ten children of Peter Worden IV and RebeJcah Richmond, was born in Westerly, Rhode Island, where one of his name was admitted freeman in 1746. He lived in Hopkinton, 'Exeter, Richmond, and Charlestown, (all R. I.) where he died l779? age 55? (Ref. A.)

 

2. He married (1st) DOROTHY ("Dolly") SATTERLY, the mother of his children, who (accord_ng to tradition) died in Rich­mond about 1767, aged 43? (Ref. A.)

 

3. On 1 January 1769 John Worden, Sr., and Susannah, widow

of Caleb Babcock, were married in Richmond by Edwa_d Perry, Justice of the Peace. Susannah administered her husband's estate and returned personal property of 240 pounds. She appears to have died while living with her stepson, John Worden, Jr., (John II) when her own son, John Babcock, settled her estate in 1798, at her age of 74? (Ref. A).

 

4. According to ONW, the only known children of Dorothy Satterly Worden were:

 

John

 

and

 

John 2d, born l747?

Nathan, a Baptist preacher, b. 1749 Joseph, b. 1753

Hannah, b. 1761, the youngest child and who married Major William Miller Vermont.

 

only daughter, of Dummerston,

 

5.   It may be  significant that  ONW  used  the  adjective

"known" in regard to John and Dorothy's children, as it implies that there could have been others whose names he did not Jcnow.

 

6.   ONW also stated that Dorothy ",vas   the  mother  of  his

children", strongly implying that John (I) did not have any children by Susannah, his second wife. This is given cred­ibility by his statements that Susannah's estate was settled in 1798, at her age of 74(?) and that she and John were married on 1 January 1769 in Richmond, R. I. By deduction, she was born about 1724, thus in 1769 was about 45 years old when she married John I, most likely beyond child-bearing age.

 

7.  .ONW observed that by 1 June  1774, w"Qen Rhode  Island

took its first census, "only" seven Worden families remained there, and that they lived in just three towns, Hopkinton, Charlestown, and Richmond, all of which are in today's Washington County (see map at the end of "Third Generation ­

Dr. Samuel Worden.") He observed that other (Worden) famil­

 


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ies had removed to Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, and probably to other colonies.

 

8. Following this observation, ONW presents a chart list­ing the names of these families -- 4 Worden, 3 recorded as "Wording" in the census. Two of them are father and son, John Worden, 1st and John Wording, 2nd.

 

a. The household of John Worden, I, living in town, consisted of:

 

Charles­

 

3 males over 16 3 males under 16

3 females over 16 ,1 female under 16 10 Total in family

 

b. The household of John Wording, 2d, living in another town (Richmond), had:

 

1 male over 16

1 female over 16

2 females under 16 4 Total, in family

 

9. ONW analyzes the family of John I as follows (paren­thetical words and underlines mine):

 

"Besides John 2d, Nathan, Joseph, and Hannah, in the family of John 1st and Dorothy Worden (of Charlestown) are floatinq traditions of a Gideon, Wait, and Peter. Between Joseph (1753) and Hannah (1761) is a gap of eight years. John 2d was married and in Richmond (see _8b, above). The father (John I), Nathan, and Joseph would make the three males over 16; the stepmother (Susannah), 1 of the 3 females

over 16; and Hannah, the 1 female under 16 (then age 13); leaving 3 males under 16 and 2 females over 16, who are not accounted for. The grandmother, Rebekah (Richmond, wife of Peter Worden, IV) may have been there, or some sons now

unknown, or some other relatives, or some domestics -- at any rate, there are 5 of the household of 10 under our great-grandfather's roof of whom I have no definite know­ledge. " (Ref. A.)

 

10.

 

I might add at this point some thoughts of my own:

 

a. Dorothy seemed to have been rather fertile, having given birth to John 2d in l747?; Nathan in 1749; Joseph in 1753; and Hannah in 1761. Since Dorothy is thought to have died "about 1767 at age 43?" she would have been about age 37 in 1761, when Hannah, the youngest child, was born. But in the previous eight years, from Joseph's birth in 1753 to Hannah's in 1761, were there no children born? Or were some born who did not survive long? Birth control in those days was probably nil, so it seems that Dorothy must have had some children in that eight-year period. It appears Eossible

 


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that during that time she could have had a Gideon, Wait and Peter (of the "floating tradition") who could have been the three males under 16 whose names were unknown to ONW.

 

b.Another possibility is that when John I remarried in 1769 (two years after the death of Dorothy) his 2nd wife,

Susannah, brought with her some children of her first marriage. This could account for one or more of the                                    three

males under age 16, as well as the other two females over age 16.

 

c. All that can safely be said from these observations is that there was room for one or more sons of John I and his wife, Dorothy Satterly, who were under age 16 on the census date of 1 June 1774.

 

AN UNCLE OR GREAT-UNCLE WAIT

 

11. Oliver Norton Worden wrote that he "...had heard from his father, or Uncle Wait, something about their having an uncle or great-uncle Wait, in Lyme, Connecticut." He went on to say that this ".. .Wait lived near the town line between ancient Lyme and Waterford." (Ref. B.)

 

12. ONW's father was Jesse Babcock Worden. ONW's Uncle Wait was his father's brother, Wait Rogers Worden. Both were sons of John Worden II.

 

13. Any qreat uncle to Jesse B. and Wait Rogers Worden would have had to be a brother of their grandfather, John I, who was a son of Peter Worden IV and Rebekah Richmond. But Peter IV and Rebekah had ten children, the names of whom are of record:

 

Elizabeth, Gideon, John I, Constant, Mary Ann, Peter V, Sylvester, Ruth, Elisha, and Rebekah. All ten are accounted for, and there is no child named Wait, therefore no qreat­uncle Wait. Thus ONW's doubt as to whether it was a qreat uncle or an uncle of his father is resolved. It was not a qreat uncle. Therefore that relationship can be eliminated.

 

14. If Jesse B. and Wait Rogers Worden had named Wait Worden, that uncle would have had to of their father, John II. And that means that would have had to be a son of John I, and his Dorothy Satterly, "the mother of his children."

 

had an uncle be a brother this uncle first wife,

 

15. Further, ONW said that this uncle or great uncle Wait (of his father) lived on the town line between ancient Lyme and Waterford, "on the Niantic River, Waterford side." The Niantic River is the town line, separating Lyme from Water­ford. My great-great-grandfather, wait Worden, lived exactly at that place, at the very head of the Niantic River, on the Waterford side.

 


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16. This Wait Worden was further identified by ONW as being the father of five named children, one of whom, "Sullivan," was my great-grandfather, John Sullivan Worden. He further stated that the family removed to the Genesee Country (of New York State. My great-great-grandfather, Wait, and his family, did just that.

 

17. Although not proved by documentary evidence, other facts and conclusions believed to be logically drawn therefrom, leave    no' doubt in my mind that the "Uncle Wa it"

(to Jesse Babcoc_ Worden and his brother Wait Rogers Worden) who lived near the town line between ancient Lyme and Waterford, who had  a    son           named "Sullivan"     was     my

great-great-grandfather Wait. And since he was the uncle of Jesse Babcock Worden and Wait Rogers Worden (thus a brother of their father, John II , who was a son of John I) he, Wait, also had to be a son of John Worden I and Dorothy Satterly.

 

18. Despite the lack of acceptahle documentary evidence, I confidently ascribe to my Great-great-Grandfather wait Worden of Waterford, Connecticut, the position of a son of John Worden I and his first wife, Dorothy Satterly, thus to being the seventh generation of Peter Worden, I.

 

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Ref. A. Oliver Norton Worden, Ope cit, pp 39, 40. Ref. B. Ibid, p. 144