About Ezekiel Wentworth
In Wentworth Genealogy by John Wentworth, p. 204, it says, "John, son of Ezekiel and Elizabeth Wentworth, married (by Rev. John Pike) Martha, daughter of Richard and Grace Miller of Kittery, Me., 24 Dec. 1703."
On Dover, NH tax list in 1687, he was a selectman of Dover in 1702 and an assessor in 1705. He was a Representative in Legislature from Dover in 1711.
- 'The Wentworth genealogy, comprising the origin of the name, the family in England, and a particular account of Elder William Wentworth, the emigrant, and of his descendants (1870)
- The first mention of him in the Alford register is in the record of his marriage, which took place the 28th of November, 1614, when, if our theory be correct, he would have been about thirty years of age. The name of his wife is given as Susanna Fleming. She was, however, a widow; and an examination of the register, confirmed by various wills, reveals the following facts: Her maiden name was Carter, and so far as can be ascertained, she was the daughter of Edward Carter, of Well, a small village two miles southwest from Alford, who was probably a small farmer. On the 1st of July, 1613, she was married at Alford to Uther Fleming, son of Robert Fleming, of Alford, and his wife Jane. This Robert Fleming, who died in 1599, calls himself, in his will, a shoemaker. From the character and extent of his bequests, it is evident that he was what would be called in England, a "well-to-do tradesman." Uther Fleming lived but little more than six months after his marriage, as he was buried at Alford on the 22d of January, 1613-14; and on the 29th of May following, their only child, a posthumous daughter named Anne, was baptized. (This child was buried at Alford, the 27th of November 1619.) Six month later, the young widow married William Wentworth.
- According to the Alford registers, their eldest child was baptized on the 15th of March, 1615-16, and was named William, after his father. On the 18 of January, 1617-18, another son was baptized, named Edward, doubtless after his maternal grandfather. A third son was baptized at Alford, on the 4th of June, 1620, and was named Christopher, in all probability after his father's father.
- XXI. William Wentworth, who it is believed, was identical with the New England emigrant, afterwards known as Elder Wentworth. As has been seen, he was baptized at Alford on the 15th of March, 1615-16, and, assuming the identity, it is a curious fact that he died on the eighty-first anniversary of his baptism, viz: the 15th March, 1696-7.
- The circumstantial evidence touching the iedentity mentioned may be summed up as follows: ....
- Dr. Belknap describes him thus:
- William Wentworth was one of the first settlers at Exeter; and after the breaking up of their "Combination" for a government he removed to Dover, and became a ruling Elder in the church there.
- In 1689, he was remarkably instramental of saving Heard's garrison. After this, he officiated several years as a preacher, at Exeter and other places, and died at a very advanced age, at Dover, in 1697, leaving a numerous posterity. From him the several sovernors of that name are descended. He was a very useful and good man.
- If there were two wives and the name of one was not Elizabeth, the first must have died prior to 18 November, 1666-7. There is a family tradition that when he was quite advanced in years he married a second wife, who was very young even to be married, and that he had children by both wives.
- We first find Elder William with a wife Elizabeth in 1666-7. The same tradition that gives Elder Wentworth a second wife also gives Elizabeth as her first child, and Timothy as the last child of the previous wife; and also that he had children after he had had grandchildren. The first grandchild whose birth has been found recorded was born 1666; so it may be inferred that if he had a second wife he married her between 1660 and 1665, and that Mrs. Elizabeth Tozer and sons Ephraim and Benjamin were her children.
- The order of the birth of the prior chldren would seem to be as follows: Samuel, John, Gershom, Ezekiel, Paul, Sylvanus, and Timothy. We know he had a child in 1640; and there is every probability that Ephraim and Benjamin were born after 1670, making a difference of over thirty years in the births of children, and creating a probability that there were two wives. And there may have been other children. Indeed under the head of the "Daughters of Elder William," the claims of Sarah, wife of Benjamin Barnard, to be his daughter, upon the ground that her children, left fatherless, call Paul Wentworth their uncle, are canvassed.
- Children of Elder William Wentworth
- 2. I. Samuel, born in 1640.
- 3. II. John.
- 4. III. Gershom.
- '5. IV. Ezekiel.
- 6. V. Paul.
- 7. VI. Sylvanus.
- 8. VII. Timothy.
- 9. VIII. Elizabeth, married Richard Tozer, jr. (54 after Timothy.)
- 10. IX. Ephraim.
- 11. X. Benjamin.
- 'Ezekiel (5. IV.) son of Elder William Wentworth, must of been among the eldest of the famly.* If he was but twenty-one years of age in 1672, when his name appears on the tax list in the defective records of Dover, N. H., he must have been born as early as 1651.
- 'The first mention of his wife, whose name was Elizabeth, was in 1676, and we thus learn that she survived him. Besides this, we have only the will of Ezekiel Knight, and a quitclaim of 1715, regarding her.
- 'There was one other and only one other, Elizabeth Wentworth, of Cochecho, at this time, viz: Elizabeth, wife of Elder William Wentworth. Which Elizabeth was the daughter of Ezekiel Knight, there has yet been found, after the most thorough search, not the slightest evidence.
- 'There is much uncertainty as to the number and ages of the children of Ezekiel. The following is the best list which can now be furnished:
- 30. I. Thomas. 
- 31. II. John. 
- 32. III. Paul. 
- 33. IV. Benjamin. [159, after Paul]
- 34. V. Gershom. 
- 35. VI. Tamson, married, 1st, James Chesley; 2d, John Hayes. 
- 36. VII. Elizabeth, married Nathaniel Brown. 
- 'A genealogical and biographical account of the descendants of Elder William Wentworth : one of the first settlers of Dover, in the state of New Hampshire (1850)
- 'Genealogical and personal memoirs relating to the families of ..., Volume 1 By William Richard Cutter
- Pg. 494
Ezekiel Wentworth's Timeline
Dover, Strafford, New Hampshire
July 20, 1679
Dover, Stratford County, NH
May 6, 1712
Dover, New Hampshire, United States