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John Wentworth

Birthdate: (69)
Birthplace: Wells, York County, Maine, Colonial America
Death: October 6, 1716 (65-73)
Canton, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, Colonial America
Immediate Family:

Son of William Wentworth (Elder) ~ Immigrant and Elizabeth Wentworth
Husband of Martha Wentworth
Father of John Wentworth; Abigail Jordan; Charles Wentworth; Shubael Wentworth; Elizabeth Wentworth and 1 other
Brother of Samuel Wentworth; Gershom Wentworth; Ezekiel Wentworth; Elizabeth Tozier; Paul Wentworth and 2 others
Half brother of Ephraim Wentworth; Sarah Winch and Benjamin Wentworth

Occupation: gov-n.h., Major, Colonial Governor
Managed by: Peter Douglas Olson
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About John Wentworth

William Wentworth and his first and/or second wife had eleven children, birth dates of the children not known, but estimated by assuming they were at least 21 years old when recorded as taxed:

John, b. ca. 1647; m. Martha Stewart [or Dummer]

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Added by Gr. Grandson Elwin Nickerson- NOTE Location of property given to john Wentworth and wife(Martha?), by Chiefs - Very Unlikely they would have given him their Burial ground without a Reason! Left fleeing the Indian problem in New Hampshire/"Massachusetts"(Maine) only to Join them again next door and live among them in Massachusetts?? Note Location on Map- Burr Lane Indian Burial Ground-*Simon George*/John Wentworth. /ECN/

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              John 3 Wentworth moved from New Hampshire to York, Maine, which was continually ravaged by Indian massacres. He left York to settle in what is now Canton, Mass.

  • '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 identity 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
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John Wentworth's Timeline

Wells, York County, Maine, Colonial America
Age 30
York, York County, Maine, United States
Age 35
Stoughton, Norfolk, MA
Age 37
York, York, ME, USA
Age 42
Stoughton, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, Colonial America
Age 46
Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts
Age 48
October 6, 1716
Age 69
Canton, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, Colonial America