This page was inspired with the finding of
a Warden DNA match in the Ancestry.com DNA study.
This is the Winslow story, as I know it.
Your return trip to ...
Information for this part of the story is taken from
Warden, The Ancestry of Minetta R Warden.
The Worden family were occupying land in the Town of Clayton (now
Clayton-le-Woods) Lancashire, England as early as 1190, according to
Place Names of Lancashire, by Eilert Ekwall. TheCockersand Abbey
land rental records indicate that Henry Werden was occupying land in
the Town of Clayton in 1451. The earliest surviving Court Rolls of
Clayton Manor (1574) contains the name William Werden and his son
and heir, Robert Werden (William died that year). A William Werden
was included in the Preston Guild Rolls of 1459, and Peter Werden
and his son Peter Werden were on the Preston Guild Rolls as late as
1622. William Werden and his son Robert Werden were the grandfather
and father of Peter Worden--the first of the Worden line in America.
PETER WORDEN, the son of Robert Worden (b. 1534, d. 1580) and
Isabel Worthington, was born about 1576 in Clayton-le-Woods,
Lancashire, England during the reigh of Queen Elizabeth I (1558 to
1603). He died in February 1639 at Yarmouth, Massachusetts. He was
the first of the English to die in Yarmouth. He married Margaret
Grice, daughter of Thomas and Alice Grice, and widow of Anthony
Wall, about 1603, according to a 1607 Palatine Chancery Court action
(PRO-PL6/1, No. 37). She was born between 1566 and 1571, probably in
Warrington, Lancashire. She died early in 1612. She had five
children by her first husband, who died in 1601.
was listed as "Gentleman" in several documents, and he was a member
of the Town Council of Preston, Lancashire, England, which is
located about five miles from Clayton. He was a "Foreign (outsider)
Burgess" in Preston, and he leased a shop in the Guild hall, located
next to the Preston Market Place, on 01 October 1617. He was last
recorded in Preston on 21 January 1629, when, according to the early
archives of Preston Borough, he loaned 8 shillings to the Borough
for a project concerned with common lands.
In 1630 the
Plague, which had already ravaged London, struck Preston, and 1069
people out of a population of 3000 died within the year. Peter
Worden, his son, and their families probably left Preston because of
the plague, as did many of the other survivors, because he next
appears in the American Colonies in the mid 1630s. He was probably
one of those who came "On Their Perticulers" (not belonging to any
general group of emigrants from England sharing a common sectarian
religion--such as the Pilgrims.)
Our Worden Lineage
Peter Worden (1568-1639)
The following is partially from the
The Ancestry of Minetta R Warden. ...
It is believed that Peter Worden was
first in Lynn, Massachusetts before moving to Yarmouth in 1639. In
The History of Old Yarmouth, by Charles F. Swift, is the following:
"At the extreme easterly part of the Town, Peter Worden [sic] the
elder and younger have established themselves, in spite of the
opposition of some of their associates, and here the former died the
first year of settlement."
Peter Worden's will was probated
on 05 March 1639. It is the first will printed in the Plymouth Court
Records. A copy of the will remains in the Barnstable Probate Court.
In his will Peter Worden left most of his real and personal property
in both England and America to his son, Peter Worden. Both he and
his son are buried in the Worden Cemetery, overlooking Cape Cod Bay.
The cemetery is located on the south side of Route 6A in the Town of
Dennis near the border of the Town of Brewster. Directly across
Route 6A, in a pasture, is a small foundation said to be from the
house of the elder Peter Worden. The barn in the pasture is said to
be built on the original foundation of the house of his son, Peter
PETER WORDEN (1609-1680)
The following is
partially from the
The Ancestry of Minetta R Warden. ...
PETER WORDEN, the
son of Peter Worden and Margaret (Grice) Wall, was born in 1609 in
Clayton-le-Woods, Lancashire, England. he died in 1681 in Yarmouth,
Massachusetts. He married Mary in England. She died about 1681.
Worden was first recorded in New England on 02 June 1640. In 1643 he
and fifty-one other men of the Yarmouth Company, all sixteen to
twenty year old males capable of performing military duties, were
directed to establish a place of defense against sudden assault. On
05 March 1667, he was fined 10 shillings for causing a disturbance
at the meeting house at Yarmouth on the Lord's Day. The disturbance
consisted of sitting in a corner of the meeting house and conversing
in a low tone during the service. On 05 April 1669, he bought a
parcel of land from William Twing of Eastham, which he transferred
to his son-in-law Kenelem on the same day--apparently as a dower for
his daughter Mercy. Peter Worden was assessed a war tax (King
Philip's War) of 8 pounds, 2 shillings, 3 pence in 1676--one of the
largest in the Town.
Worden's will, dated 09 January 1680 with a codicil dated 29 July
1680, was proved on 03 March 1681. His only son, Samuel, was named
executor. The will is lengthy and detailed. his wife, Mary, survived
him by six years. Her will is dated 06 March 1686. She left her
Indian sqauw servant to her son, Samuel. She died on 25 March 1687
in Yarmouth. Both Peter Warden and his wife, Mary, are buried in the
Worden Cemetery in the Town of Dennis on Cape Cod (formerly the east
end of Old Yarmouth).
Peter and Mary had 5 children.
Mary, born in
1639 in Yarmouth, died in 1723 in Yarmouth, buried in the Worden
Cemetery on Cape Cod, married John Burge on 08 September 1657 in
1641 in Yarmouth, died 22 September 1688 in Yarmouth, buried in
the Worden Cemetery on Cape Cod, married Kenelem Winslow, 2nd.,
on 23 September 1667.
about 1643 in Yarmouth, died in 1725, married Joseph Severance.
about 1646 in Barnstable (now East Dennis), died 26 August 1716
in Stonington, Connecticut, buried in Wequetequoc Cemetery in
Stonington, married Hopestill Holley.
born on 10 February 1648.
Mercy Worden (1639 - 1688)
Mercy would be my 8th great grandmother. She married Kenelm Winslow.
For a continuation of their family see
The Winslow Family Line
This chart shows the relationship between myself and Peter Worden & Margaret
Grice my 9th great grandparents.
Cousins & Stuff
The Ancestry.com DNA matched me to a cousin only known to me as "nedersl".
Oddly, the match incorrectly identified our nearest common ancestor as being
Mercy Worden showing us as 8th cousins. Our actual relationship is 9th
cousins and our closest common ancestors are my 8th great grandparents,
Peter Worden & Mary Magdalene Winslow. See
Relationship Chart. The error had me baffled for
a while and took a couple days to unravel. At first I thought that Mercy
Worden had two marriages but if that were true, based on the births of the
children of those marriages and the dates of death of the husbands, they
existed concurrently. And ... no woman could possibly have that many
children! Then I saw it ... Ancestry had "assumed" that Mercy and Mary were
the same. They were actually sisters with different husbands. Mercy was my
ancestor and Mary was the ancestor of my cousin. Their parents were our
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January 15, 2013
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