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William Worcester

Birthplace: Cheddington, Buckinghamshire, England
Death: Died in Salisbury, Essex, Massachusetts
Place of Burial: Salisbury, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Joseph Worcester, elder of Rugby and Alice Mutton
Husband of Sarah Worcester and Rebecca Symonds
Father of Susannah Stacy; Samuel Worcester; Sarah Worcester; Timothy Worcester; Moses "Old Contrary" Worster and 8 others
Brother of Ann French; Joseph Worcester; Alice Cave and Susanna Mason

Occupation: 1st Minister of Salisbury MA; vicar of Olney
Managed by: Dani M Worster
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About Rev. William Worcester

William Worcester Rev was the first Minister of Salisbury MA. He was baptized on 5 October 1595 in Watford, Northanto, England.1 He married Sarah Pickering circa 1634 in England.2 William Worcester Rev married Rebecca Suayne on 22 July 1650. William Worcester Rev died on 28 October 1662 in Salisbury, Essex, MA.1 He was buried on 31 October 1662 in Colonial Cemetary, Salisbury, Essex, MA.


William Worcester, served as a vicar of Olney, Buckinghamshire; from 27 Jul 1624 until 1636, when he refused to read the "Book of Sports" from the pulpit and was suspended. After three years of ecclesiastical difficulties, he moved his family first to Lynn and then to Salisbury, MA; where the "reverend and graciously godly Mr. Woster" served as minister until his death on 28 Oct 1662.

  • - Ref: Sarah Alice Worchester: "The Descendants of Rev. Wm. Worcester"; [private, Edw. Worcester]; Boston; 1914.

-------------------- From The Worcester Family - The First Generation

No. I-1

WILLIAM WORCESTER - Rev. William Worcester came from England and was settled pastor of the church first gathered in Salisbury, Mass., sometime between the years 1638 and 1639. Although not conclusive, good and persuasive evidence exists to strongly suggest that he was the son of Joseph Worcester of Rugby, Warwickshire, England, and was born abt. 1602, probably at Rugby, Warwickshire or West Haddon, Northamptonshire. (See Introduction) He matriculated at St. John's College (Cambridge University) in 1620. He was ordained deacon at Peterborough Cathedral on Dec. 21, 1622. He was made Vicar of Olney July 26, 1624 - which office he retained till 1636, when on account of refusing to comply with the command of his superiors to read to his congregation from the King's book those portions which allowed sports and recreations after service on the Lord's day, he was suspended from his office of Vicar. He came to America a year or two later. He and others petitioned the General Court of Massachusetts to establish a new settlement. The settlement was called Colchester and later renamed Salisbury. Here he continued in the ministry till his decease, Oct. 28, 1662. His grave in the old cemetery in Salisbury, is covered by a flat stone upon which a bronze tablet was placed June 21st, 1913, with the following inscription, -

Here lies buried the body of Rev. William Worcester, the first minister of Salisbury, who came from England about 1639 and died 1662. This stone was laid on his grave to prevent disinterment by wolves. This tablet is affixed by his descendants, 1913.

He married 1st, Sarah _____, b in England, d in Salisbury, Apr. 23, 1650; m 2d July 23, 1650, Mrs Rebecca Hall, d in Ipswich, Mass., Feb. 21, 1695, ag. 78. (Rebecca had been twice married before she became the consort of Wm. Worcester: 1st to Henry Bylie; 2d, Apr. 3, 1641, to John Hall. She married for a fourth husband, Samuel Symonds, Deputy Governor of the Colony.)


Following are the names of the original settlers, all having received land in the first division. A brief outline as to their birthplace, occupations etc., is also given. Much of this information, too, is compiled from Hoyt's "Old Families of Salisbury & Amesbury."

2. William Worcester, Rev., first minister of the Salisbury Church. It is supposed that he was a preacher in England before coming to this Country in 1639. He married the widow of Mr. John Hall (died 1647).


  • The pioneers of Massachusetts: a descriptive list, drawn from records of the colonies, towns and churches and other contemporaneous documents. By Charles Henry Pope ...Published 1900 by C.H. Pope in Boston . Written in English. Page 86
  • Ancestry of Priscilla Baker : who lived 1674-1731, and was wife of Isaac Appleton, of Ipewich (1870).  Page 70.
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Rev. William Worcester's Timeline

October 5, 1595
Cheddington, Buckinghamshire, England
Age 32
Chedington, Buckinghamshire, England
November 20, 1629
Age 34
Chedingham, Buckinghamshire, England
May 5, 1634
Age 38
Cheddington, Buckinghamshire, England, United Kingdom
August 14, 1636
Age 40
April 4, 1641
Age 45
Salisbury, Essex County, Massachusetts, United States
May 14, 1642
Age 46
Salisbury, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
November 10, 1643
Age 48
Salisbury, Essex, Massachusetts
June 22, 1646
Age 50
Salisbury, Essex County, Massachusetts, United States