About Ebenezer Warren, Jr.
Ebenezer Warren, who was born in 1714 and settled in Leicester, was with very little doubt a grandson of Peter, but which of Peter's sons was his father is uncertain. It is family tradition, coming through three lines from Ebenezer, of Leicester, that his children were cousins to General Joseph. If they were first cousins, then he was uncle to the General, but it is an established fact that the General's uncle Ebenezer was born in 1699 and died in Roxbury in 1756, while Ebenezer, of Leicester, was not born until 1714, and died in 1800. The family tradition is however, so positive and so general among the descendents, that it must have some foundation in fact, and the most natural solution of the question is hat the father of the General and Ebenezer of Leicester, were cousins instead of brothers, and the children of the later second cousins to the General instead of cousins, a distinction of which Ebenezer's descendants have lost sight.
The name, Ebenezer, is frequent among the descendants of Peter, and is not found in the Wtertown or Plymouth Warren families. There is, therefore, no reasonable doubt that Ebenezer of Leicester, was a descendant, of John through Peter, and the evidence seems to be conclusive that he is a grandson of Peter.
It is worthy of note, in passing, that a well informed member of the family asserts that "none of Ebenezer's descendants used tobacco in any form until 1857 and but few use it now." also that "only one has been arrested for crime, and that was for a minor offense. The name has been well honored."
In 1744 he purchased the tannery now or lately owned by Edward Warren, in Leicester. Besides the tannery he bought with it a house, bark-house, mill-house, beam-house and land. The house was a primitive affair and he built a good house in 1780. The homestead descended to his son Elijah, whose son Henry Elijah took down the old house in 1860.
Ebenezer Warren first appears in Leicester in 1744 at which time he bought of Patrick Watson for 112 10s., three acres of land with a dwelling house, bark house, mill house, beam house and tan yard. The land comprised a portion of the farm now owned by Edwin Warren (1890). In the deed conveying the property he is styled "of Medford" but the records of that town contain no account of him, and it is probable that his residence there had been of short duration. It is not positively known who his parents were. Joseph Warren, of Leicester, grandson of Ebenezer, made a written statement that the latter was born in Charlestown in 1714. This statement is not substantiated by the records of Charlestown, but not evidence has been found to refute it. Very little is known of his life and character beyond the fact that he was a man of great intelligence and of good repute. He was evidently quite successful in business, as he added largely to his possessions, owning, a few years before his death, about one hundred acres of land, besides his dwelling house and tanyard buildings. He died in 1800 and was buried in Leicester, but no gravestone marks the spot.
He married Lydia Harrington of Brookfield, Mass in 1745. Nothing is known concerning her, excepting that she became insane and it was found necessary to secure her with a chain, fastened to a bolt in the kitchen, to prevent her from running away. She died in 1795.
The dwelling house named in the deed was a small one story building situated on the north side of the road to Spencer, a short distance east of the road to Paxton. The tanyard was on the oppositie side of the road, a little farther east. About the year 1780 he built a new house a short distance east of the old one. It was larger than the first, two stories high with an ell of one story in the rear. Upon the death of Ebenezer the house descended to his son Elijah, and from hi to his son Henry Elijah, by whom it was demolished about the year 1860.
Ebenezer Warren, Jr.'s Timeline
March 30, 1702
Milton, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States
November 27, 1750
Leicester, Worcester, MA
February 14, 1755
Leicester, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States