Worthen, Warthen, Wathen, Wortham, Wathin, Warren, Watten
John WORTHEN died 1641
Spouse: Margaret ___ died 1644, inventory of estate 7/20/1644
Children: Ezekiel born 1636
Ezekiel WORTHEN born 1636, 8/6/1716 Probate, went from Salem with Samuel Foote, of Salisbury & Amesbury
Spouse: Hannah MARTIN born 2/21/1633-4, daughter of George, blacksmith, of Salem & Amesbury; died 6/29/1730 at house of son-in-law Samuel Fowler
Children: Hannah born April 21 1663 married December 5 1684 Samuel Fowler; John born February 12 1664 married December 30 1689 Mary Hadlock; Thomas born October 31 1667 married Hannah Annis; George born December 15 1669 married Ann Curmac alias Charles; Ezekiel born May 18 1672 married December 26 1704 Abigail Carter; Margerite born September 24 1674 married George Weed; Samuel married November 17 1701 Deliverance Heath; Dorothy married October 5 1702 Joseph Hoyt; Judith married February 19 1707 08 Abraham Page; Deborah born December 9 1686 married November 15 1714 Eliezer Wells
Dorothy WORTHEN married 10/5/1702
Spouse: Joseph HOYT born 7/14/1666, she married (2) Daniel Flanders published 1724
Children: John born 7/2/1703 married Mary Eastman; Mehitable born 11/25/1703 married Jeremiah Flanders; Joseph born 1/10/1707-8 married Ann Pettingill; Ezekiel born 1/7/1709-10 married Rebecca Brown; Judith born 2/22/1711-2; Nathan born 2/16/1714 married Mary Pettingill; Moses born 3/23/1716 married Mary Buswell & Anna ___; Dorothy born 8/23/1718
The old families of Salisbury and Amesbury, Massachusetts: with some related ... By David Webster Hoyt
Genealogical and personal memoirs relating to the families of ..., Volume 3 edited by William Richard Cutter: I John Worthen immigrant ancestor was born in England. Savage thinks he was the father of Ezekiel mentioned below. He died in 1641, and being in debt to Walter Price for his passage money, Price was appointed administrator and had his estate in payment. Margaret presumably his widow, called a widow in the records, died in 1644. Administration was granted to Charles Gott and John Horne, the deacons of the Salem church and about the same time the court apprenticed her son Ezekiel to Thomas Abre (Avery) to serve until twenty years of age. Her inventory was dated July 20 1644 and presented to the court August 27 following. There was but one other early settler of this name. George a proprietor of Salem in 1640 admitted to the church May 23 1641. John Worthen of Portsmouth New Hampshire appears to be the same as John of Salem though Savage gives the date of the administration there as 1654. II Ezekiel Worthen son of John and Margaret Worthen was born in 1636. When his widowed mother died he was eight years and a half old and seems to have had no near relatives left though he signed the inventory of the estate of his kinsman Thomas Worthen June 30 1658. He was still in Salem in 1662 but removed to Amesbury Massachusetts about 1663. He received land in Amesbury that year and had a seat in the meeting house in 1667. He took the oath of allegiance at Amesbury in 1677 and signed the petition of 1680. He went from Salem with Samuel Foote. Both married daughters of men who became commoners at Amesbury. Worthen married December 4 1661 Hannah Martin who died at the house of her son in law Samuel Fowler June 29 1730. She was born February 21 1633 34 daughter of George Martin of Salem and Amesbury blacksmith commoner settling west of the Powow river as early as 1649 and an original lot layer and commoner of Salisbury in 1654-55. Worthen died in 1717. His will was dated May 5 1715 and proved August 6 1716. Children of Ezekiel and Hannah Worthen 1 Hannah born April 21 1663 married December 5 1684 Samuel Fowler; 2 John born February 12 1664 married December 30 1689 Mary Hadlock; 3 Thomas born October 31 1667 married Hannah Annis; 4 George born December 15 1669 mentioned below; 5 Ezekiel born May 18 1672 married December 26 1704 Abigail Carter; 6 Margerite born September 24 1674 married George Weed; 7 Samuel married November 17 1701 Deliverance Heath; 8 Dorothy married October 5 1702 Joseph Hoy; 9 Judith married February 19 1707 08 Abraham Page; 10 Deborah born December 9 1686 married November 15 1714 Eliezer Wells
Contributions of the Old Residents' Historical Association, Lowell ..., Volume 3 By Old Residents' Historical Association of Lowell: Ezra Worthen was descended from Ezekiel Worthen who was one of the thirty six freemen who in 1666 were residents of that part of Salisbury Mass which was then incorporated as Amesbury. Of his parentage and the place and date of his birth little is known with certainty. It is believed that he was the son of the Widow Watten that and Wathen being early modes of spelling the name to whom reference is made in the Essex County Records of 1644 when her estate was settled and her son Ezekiel then a child of eight and a half years was put out as apprentice to Thos Abie till twenty years old. The name of his father is not certainly known but in the Essex County Court Records in 1640 the name of George Wathen is found in the case of Wm Peturs vs George Wathen. The latter was a member of the church in Salem in 1641. The name George is frequently found in different generations of the Worthen family and it is very probable that George Wathen of Salem in 1640 was the father of Ezekiel Worthen and the ancestor of the Worthens of Salisbury and Amesbury. The next fact known concerning Ezekiel Worthen was his marriage in 1661 to Hannah Martin of Salisbury. He then fixed his residence in that part of the town then and till the present time known as Pleasant Valley.
Genealogical and family history of the state of New Hampshire: a ..., Volume 2 By Lewis publishing company, Chicago: This name seems to have under gone a slight modification since its arrival in America. It was early located in the Massachusetts Bay Colony and has sent out worthy descendants throughout New England and the United States. It has been identified with the pioneer development of New Hampshire and still furnishes worthy citizens to the commonwealth. The name first appears in Amesbury Massachusetts as Wathen or Wathin but the present form has been in use for centuries and will be uniformly used in this narrative. We find an inventory of the estate of Margaret Wathen a widow of Salem recorded July 20 1644. The first mention of the family appears to be in 1631 when the first child of George Wathen was recorded. He was a member of the Salem church in 1641 and his last child was recorded in 1645. The record appears of Ezekiel Wathen in June 1656 when he was apprenticed by the court until he was of age to Thomas Avery. History gives the name of Captain George Worthen killed at the battle of Bunker Hill. There is in the Bunker Hill monument two relics a sword and flintlock musket said to have been the property of this George Worthen. I Ezekiel Worthen of Amesbury Massachusetts received land in that town in 1663 and is recorded as having a meeting house seat in 166.7 He subscribed to the oath of allegiance in 1677 signed petition in 1680 and made his will there May 5 1715. This will was probated August 6 of the following year and it is presumable that his death occurred 1716. He was married December 4 1661 to Hannah daughter of George and Hannah Martin. She was born February 1 1644 in Salisbury and survived her husband about fourteen years dying June 29 1730 at the home of her son in law Samuel Fowler. Their children were Hannah, John, Thomas, George, Ezekiel, Mary, Samuel, Dorothy, Judith, Deborah, Ezekiel and descendants are mentioned at length in this article.
New England Families, Genealogical and Memorial: A Record of the ..., Volume 4 edited by William Richard Cutter: The surname Worthen is of ancient English origin but is variously spelled in the early records. The first settlers in New England lived at Salem, Gloucester, Lynn and Portsmouth and were all related. Thomas Worthen of Gloucester son of Edmund Worthen was in this country in 1648 went to England and was a soldier in the civil war dying in battle with Prince Rupert. Rebecca Joy, a little related to him, asked for the appointment of William Sergent of Gloucester, his father's sister's son a cousin, as administrator September 27 1652 and presented an inventory dated June 1653. Another inventory was presented by Ezekiel Worthen mentioned below. I John Worthen the immigrant ancestor was born in England died in 1641. Margaret his widow died in 1644. Administration was granted to Charles Gott and John Horne the deacons of the Salem church and about the same time the court apprenticed her son Ezekiel to Thomas Abre Avery to serve until twenty years of age. The inventory of her property was dated July 20 1644 and it was presented to the court August 27 following. II Ezekiel Worthen son of John Worthen was born in 1636. He was in Salem in 1662 but removed to Amesbury Massachusetts about 1663. He received land in Amesbury that year and had a seat in the meeting house in 1667. He took the oath of allegiance at Amesbury in 1677 and signed the petition of 1680. He went from Salem with Samuel Foote. Both married daughters of men who became commoners at Amesbury. Ezekiel Worthen married December 4 1661 Hannah Martin who died at the house of her son in law Samuel Fowler June 29 1730. She was born February 21 1633-34 daughter of George Martin of Salem and Amesbury, blacksmith commoner, settling west of the Powow river as early as 1649 and an original commoner of Salisbury in 1654-55. Ezekiel Worthen died in 171 5 or 1716. His will was dated May 5 171 5 and proved August 6 1716. Children Hannah born April 21 1663; John February 12 1664; Thomas October 31 1667; George December 15 1669; Ezekiel mentioned below; Margerite September 24 1674; Samuel married 1701 Deliverance Heath; Dorothy married 1702 Joseph Hoyt; Judith married 1707 08; Abraham Page; Deborah born December 9 1686. III Ezekiel 2 Worthen son of Ezekiel 1 Worthen was born May 18 1672 at Salisbury Massachusetts. He married December 26 1704 Abigail Carter. Children born at Salisbury. Mary November 2 1705; Jacob January 21 1707; Ezekiel March 18 1709; Thomas February 3 1711 12; Abigail May 14 1714; Hannah July 25 1716; Martha; Mehitable June 4 1722; Anne November 24 1724; Samuel March 31 1727; Ephraim August 28 1728.
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