Deacon Josiah Convers

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Josiah Convers

Also Known As: "Deacon Josiah /Converse/"
Birthplace: Sheffield, Essex, England, (Present UK)
Death: February 03, 1690 (71)
Woburn, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
Immediate Family:

Son of Deacon Edward Convers and Sarah Converse
Husband of Esther Danforth
Father of Josiah Converse, Jr
Brother of Lt. James Converse; Sarah Converse and Mary Sheldon
Half brother of Sgt. Samuel Converse

Occupation: Deacon
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About Deacon Josiah Convers

Deacon Josiah Convers was born in England, probably in 1618, as he testified in April 1660 that he was aged forty one years and his gravestone states that he was aged seventy two at his death, which took place in Woburn 3 February 1689-90. He came with his father to New England in 1630; abode awhile at Charlestown, and went with his father to Woburn to dwell about 1641; deacon of the Church of Woburn in 1674; one of the Selectmen of Woburn; executor of his father's estate. He died intestate; administration to his son Josiah Converse 15 April 1690; inventory of estate £646 8s. 6d. He married, 26 March 1651, Esther, daughter of Richard Champney of Cambridge, Mass., a ruling elder of the Church there in 1658. She survived her husband, and married, 17 November 1690, Jonathan Danforth, Sr., of Billerica, and died 5 April 1713.


Children of Deacon Edward4 and Sarah (Parker) Convers, all except Mary baptized at South Weald, were as follows:

  • i. JOSIAH5 CONVERS, bp. South Weald, 30 Oct. 1618; m. Woburn, Mass., 26 Mar 1651, ESTHER CHAMPNEY.
  • ii. JAMES CONVERS, bp. (as John) South Weald 29 Nov. 1620; m. 1st Windham County, Conn., 24 Oct 1643, ANNA LONG; m. 2nd Cambridge, Mass., 22 Aug. 1691, ANNA SPARHAWK COOPER. He died on 10 May 1715 at age 94.
  • iii. SARAH CONVERS, bap. South Weald 2 June 1623, and buried at South Weald, 30 Dec. 1623.41
  • iv. MARY CONVERS, b. abt. 1625.

Will of Edward Convers

  • Dated August, 1659: Entered and Recorded: 7: 8th: 1663
  • Mentions: wife Sarah Convers
  • Sons: Josias, James, Samuel
  • Grandson: Edward, son of James
  • To the children of his daughter Mary Thompson, Samuel's share should he have no heirs.
  • Daughter: Mary Sheldon[19] Inventory[20]
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Deacon Josiah Convers's Timeline

October 30, 1618
Sheffield, Essex, England, (Present UK)
March 15, 1660
Woburn, MA, United States
February 3, 1690
Age 71
Woburn, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)