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Samuel Worden

Birthdate: (70)
Birthplace: Yarmouth, Cape Cod, Plymouth Colony
Death: August 26, 1716 (70)
Stonington, New London County, Connecticut Colony
Place of Burial: Stonington, New London County, Connecticut, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Peter Worden, II and Mary Magdalene Worden
Husband of Frances Minor and Hopestill Worden
Father of Peter Worden, III; Samuel Worden, II; Nathaniel Worden; Mary Wilcox; Rose Partelo and 3 others
Brother of Mary Burgess; Marcy Winslow; Martha Severance; Peter Worden and Esther Worden

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About Dr. Samuel Worden

SAMUEL WORDEN (PETER II, PETER I, ROBERT, WILLIAM) was born about 1645/1646 in Yarmouth, Barnstable Co., MA. He died on 26 Aug 1716 in Stonington, New London Co., CT.94 (Dr.) Samuel was the first male Worden born in America. He was a prominent physician and became a large landowner in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut.

On 28 Oct. 1668 Samuel Worden filed the following complaint in Plymouth Colony, "In reference unto the complaint of Samuell Worden against Edward Crowell and James Maker, for goeing in his absence into his house in the dead time of night, and for threatening to breake up the dore and come in att the window, if not lett in, and goeing to his bed and attempting the chasity of his wife and sister, by many lacious carriages and affrightening of his children, the Court have centenced them, the said Edward Crowell and James Maker, to find sureties for theire good behavior and pay each of them a fine of ten pounds to the use of the collonie and also to defray all the charges of the said Samuel Werden hath bine att in the vindecation of his wifes innosensy or to be severally whipt." Both defendants paid their fines and were released.95

On 6 June 1682 Samuel WORDEN was proposed for freeman, he requested permission to "take his freedom" (move to another town).96 He served on the jury in 1680 and 1681.97 In 1679 Samuel WARDEN, his brother-in-law John Burgess and some others "ere chosen and agreed with" by the Town of Yarmouth "to look out, cut up and secure to the town such whales and whale bone as by God's providence" were cast up between Sawtuckett & Sawsuett harbor marsh. They were paid up to 5 pounds of "blubber or oyle" per whale.98

On 24 Aug. 1689 Samuel and two others inventoried the estate of Thomas Boardman.99 On 12 Feb. 1696/7 Samuel & Hopestill Worden sold land in Yarmouth to Isaac Chapman. This same year Samuel's name, along with the name of his son Samuel Jr can be found on a list of freeman in North Kingston,RI .100 Samuel and his family lived for a time in South Kingston, RI where he gave his name to Worden's Pond, a body of water at the head of the Pawtucket River. This pond is shown on present day maps of the area.

Samuel Worden was in Stonington, CT by 12 May 1709 when he purchased 150 acres of land from James & Dorothy Noyes of Stonington, CT, deed witnessed by Nehemiah Palmer & Joshua Cate, recorded 30 Nov. 1709.101

On 18 Sept 1716 Frances Werden, widow of Samuel Worden, refused to accept the administration of her husband's estate and passed this trust to her step-son Isaac Worden. On 22 Jan. 1716/17 Richard Partlow in right of his wife Rose and Thomas Warden, all of Stonington, CT; Peter Worden, John Holloway in right of his wife Hopestill and Daniel Wilcox in right of his wife Mary, all of Westerly, RI, the said Rose, Hopestill & Mary being daughters of Dr. Samuel Warden late of Stonington, deceased were notified that Isaac Warden, of Stonington, administrator of Dr. Warden's estate was to give an accounting of said estate. On 8 Apr 1718 Rebekah & Thomas Worden & Peter Bolton, all of Stonington with Richard Christopher of Stonington as surety, gave bond in the amount of 100 pounds for the estate of Dr. Samuel Worden of Stonington deceased. Rebekah Worden was the widow of Isaac Worden..102

The following is recorded in Norwich, CT Town Clerk's Office records placed there by Dr. Thomas Worden, Samuel's son: "Aug. 26, 1716 - then my honored father Samuel Werden departed this life and was buried ye 27th - Thomas Werden lst 103

In May of 1665 William Newland, Hopestill Worden's step-father paid the children of Joseph Holly their share or their father's estate and Hopstill is referred to as the wife of Samuel Worden.104

SAMUEL married (1) HOPESTILL HOLLY, daughter of JOSEPH SR HOLLY and ROSE ALLEN, about 1665. Hopestill was born about 1645/1646 in Sandwich, Bristol Co., MA. She died on 13 Sep 1715 in Stonington, New London Co., CT.105

SAMUEL and HOPESTILL had the following children:106

i. PETER III WORDEN was born about 1668 and died on 18 Nov 1732 in Warwick, Rhode Island, married his first cousin Mary Holley on 20 February 1693, she died in 1733.

ii. SAMUEL Jr. WORDEN was born about 1670 and died on 2 Sep 1727. Farmed south of Worden Pond, Rhode Island, married his first cousin Rose Holley in 1700.

iii. ISAAC WORDEN was born about 1673 and died about 1718 in Stonington, married Rebekah.

iv. THOMAS (Dr.) WORDEN was born about 1675 in Yarmouth and died on 6 Nov 1759 in Norwich, Connecticut, married Sarah Butler on 09 December 1708 in Stonington.

v. NATHANIEL (Dr.) WORDEN born about 1678 and died before 22 Jan 1716/17 (or 1738) in Greenwich, Connecticut, married Margaret.

vi. ROSE WORDEN, married Richard Partlow.

vii. HOPESTILL WORDEN died before 25 Jan 1745, married her first cousin John Holley.

viii. MARY WORDEN. Mary married DANIEL WILCOX about 1697. On 23 Mar. 1696/7 the Newport, RI Assembly declared Mary's marriage illegal because the banns were never published. William Gibson was impeached for "marrying Daniell Wilcocks and Mary Wordell of Kingstowne contrary to the law of this Colony." 107

SAMUEL also married (2) FRANCES WEST MINOR. Frances m1 MANASSEH MINOR Stonington, CT 20 Apr 1721 by Daniel Palmer, J.P.108

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Dr. Samuel Worden's Timeline

Yarmouth, Cape Cod, Plymouth Colony
Age 22
Yarmouth, Plymouth Colony
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Yarmouth, Cape Cod, Plymouth Colony
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Yarmouth, Cape Cod, Plymouth Colony
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Yarmouth, Cape Cod, Plymouth Colony
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Yarmouth, Cape Cod, Plymouth Colony
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Yarmouth, Barnstable County, Massachusetts
Age 36
Yarmouth, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States
May 28, 1698
Age 52
Yarmouth, Barnstable, Massachusetts, USA


Some Records of Persons by the Name of Worden, Particularly of Over One Thousand of the Ancestors, Kin, and Descendants of John and Elizabeth Worden, of Washington County, Rhode Island: Covering Three Hundred Years, and Comprising Twelve Generations in America ...

By Oliver Norton Worden
Press of J. R. Cornelius, 1868 - 164 pages



I find no report of the Administration on estate of Dr. Samuel Worden, and no record of his daughters, if any. He had at least four sons—-tho time of birth of two, conjectural.

1 Peter Worden, M, b. in Yarmouth, 1668;

2 Samuel Worden 2d, b. 1670?

3 Isaac Worden, b.1673?

4 Dr. Thomas Worden, b. 1675;