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Paul Wentworth

Birthdate: (95)
Birthplace: Rowley, Essex, Massachusetts
Death: 1750 (91-99)
Norwich, New London, Connecticut
Immediate Family:

Son of William Wentworth (Elder) ~ Immigrant and Elizabeth Wentworth
Husband of Katherine Wentworth
Father of Sylvanus Wentworth; Paul Wentworth; Ebenezer Wentworth; Aaron Wentworth; Moses Wentworth and 6 others
Brother of Samuel Wentworth; John Wentworth; Gershom Wentworth; Ezekiel Wentworth; Elizabeth Tozier and 2 others
Half brother of Ephraim Wentworth; Sarah Winch and Benjamin Wentworth

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About Paul 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:

Paul, b. ca. 1659; m. Catherine Stewart.

ch: William, Sylvanus, Paul, Ebenezer, Martha, Mercy, Aaron, Moses, Mary, Katherine, Sarah, Benjamin, Edward Wentworth

supporting data

  • 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)
  • XX. William Wentworth, who was baptized at St. Peter at Gowts, in the City of Lincoln (where his parents were married the preceding year), on the 8th of June, 1584, and who was mentioned as such, and still living, in his father's will, in 1628.
  • Down to this point, every step in the descent from the first Saxon Wentworth is abundantly substantiated, and we have as positively traced the last representative named, Christopher Wentworth, till his death at or near Alford. Feeling confident that there must have been some special reason for ending his days in that neighborhood, the writer set earnestly about the task of discovering it; and to that end spent several weeks in a close examination of the Parish registers of that place and of the towns immediately adjacent, as well as of the Transcripts in the Bishop's Registry at Lincoln, whenever the originals were defective; and although, perhaps, unable to adduce what would be required at evidence in a court of law, believes that a chain of circumstances so strong and clear can be presented that there need be little hesitation in adopting his conclusions.
  • The Alford parish registers show that a William Wentworth was living there certainly from 1614 to 1620, and those of Rigsby that he was of that parish in the following year; and the object is now to show that he was identical with this William, eldest son of Christopher Wentworth and Catharine Marbury.
  • 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 iedentity 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.
    • She was certain of hearing the family talk over about the second wife's youth, her inexperience, and her making no preparation for the birth of her first child, and that her own ancestor Timothy, was a child of the first wife. She thought Mrs. Elizabeth Tozer ws one of the children of the last wife. This Mary married Samuel Bracket, of limington, Me., and had a daughter Phebe Bracket, who assured the author, during the lifetime of her mother, as follows:
    • From the first time I consulted mother about the daughter of Ezekiel Knight, of Wells she thought she was the second wife of Elder William, and the more she has thought of it the more she has thought that she was a Knight; but she will not allow me to say for a certainty. Yet she is certain that Elder William had a second wife.
    • 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.
      • Paul Wentworth's wife was Catherine __; nothing else in known. If the following account of the Barnard family is correct, she could not have been a sister of Benjamin Barnard, who was son of John Barnard, of Watertown, Mass.:
    • Children of Elder William Wentworth
      • 2. I. Samuel, born in 1640.
      • 3. II. John.
      • 4. III. Gershom.
      • 5. IV. Ezekiel.
      • 6. V. Paul.
      • 7. VI. Sylvanus.
      • 8. VII. Timothy.
      • 9. VIII. Elizabeth, married Richard Tozer, jr. (54 after Timothy.)
      • 10. IX. Ephraim.
      • 11. X. Benjamin.
      • Paul (6. V.), son of Elder William Wentworth, was the last son, so far as any accounts exist, to died. He was also among the elder of Elder William's children. If twenty-five years of age when his first child was born, in 1680, Paul would have been born in 1655.
      • Paul died, probably, in 1750, not far from ninety-five years of age.
      • All efforts to find the name of Paul's wife before marriage have proved unsuccessful. Perhaps the following may yet lead to it, although so far it has failed:
      • Paul Wentworth, of Rowley, Mass., is made guardian, 19 December 1705 of Sarah Barnhard, in her fifteenth year, and Benjamin Barnard, in his therteenth year, children of Benjamin (deceased) and Sarah Barnard, of Watertown, Mass. Benjamin Barnard, senior, died 12 January, 1694; and his widow married, 12 January, 1698-9, Samuel Winch, of Framingham, Mass. Paul is called, in the papers on file, the uncle of these children. Bond's History of Watertown give the names of the sisters of Benjamin Barnard, but there is no Catherine among them. Paul's wife Catherine, therefore, must have been a sister to Barnard's wife Sarah; or, Barnard's wife Sarah must have been a sister of Paul Wentworth. This question has been considered in connection with the daughters of Elder William.
      • Paul's wife wife was living in 1726; but doubtless deceased before 1746, when Paul gave property to his son Benjamin.
      • The births of Paul's children were all recorded (as below) at one time, - sometime between 1718 and 1721. There is an evident error somewhere in the dates given to the first two children, but the author in unable to correct it, and follows the record.
      • Paul and Catherine Wentworth had children:
        • 37. I. William, born 25 December, 1680 [184]
        • 38. II. Sylvanus, born 28 February, 1681. [185]
        • 39. III. Paul, born 10 May, 1682. [187]
        • 40. IV. Ebenezer, born 18 Jun, 1683. [191]
        • 41. V. Martha, born 9 February, 1684 [5?] married in Kittery, Me., Samuel Lord. [198]
        • 42. VI. Mercy, born 18 July, 1686; baptized, in Rowley, Mass., May, 1697; married, 5 April 1707, John Chapman, of Rowley. Nothing more is known.
        • 43. VII. Aaron, born 1 January, 1687. [204]
        • 44. VIII. Moses, born 17 April, 1689; baptized, may 1697. Nothing found of him afterwards.
        • 45. IX. Mary, born 25 December, 1692; married Joseph Chapman, of Rowley. [213]
        • 46. X. Katherine, born 28 July, 1694; married Daniel Chapman. [221]
        • 47. XI. Sarah, born 8 April, 1697; married Colen Ffresior. [232]
        • 48. XII. Benjamin, born 28 December, 1698. [234]
        • 49. XIII. Edward, born 20 June, 1700. [241]


  • A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England: Showing ... (1862) Vol. 4
  • WENTWORTH BENJAMIN, Dover, s. prob. youngest of William, by w. Sarah Allen, m. a. 1697, had William, b. 14 Aug. 1698; Sarah, 16 Apr. 1700; Tamasin, 4 Jan. 1702; Benjamin, 5 Dec. 1703; Ebenezer, 9 Sept. 1705; Susanna, 9 Dec. 1707; Joseph, 22 Dec. 1709; Eliz. 8 June 1712 ; Dorothy, 26 July 1714 ; Martha, 25 July 1716 ; Abra, 14 Feb. 1718; and Mark, 30 May 1720; and was drown, in the summer of 1728. EPHRAIM, Dover, br. perhaps youngest, of the preced. m. Mary, d. of Ephraim Miller, had sev. ch, but the geneal. in the Reg. IV. 327, owing to the lateness of bapt. in that ch. of sev. adults, so that gr.childr. seem to he confu. with childr. was exceeding, difflcult, and elud. the persever. dilig. of Hon. John W. of our day, wh. suppos. him to be the man, whose will of 16 Mar. 1738, was pro. 29 June 1748. EZEKIEL, Dover, perhaps fourth s. of Elder William, by w. Eliz. thot. confident, to be d. of Ezekiel Knight of Wells, was taxable at D. 1672, had six s. and two ds. prob. the foll. Paul, Thomas, John, Gershom, Eliz. Tamosine, William, and Benjamin, wh. is presum. to be the youngest, bapt. Sunday, 25 Nov. 1722, as capt. Benjamin W. and d. 1714. GERSHOM, Dover, perhaps third s. of William, taxable 1670, m. 18 Mar. 1696, Hannah French of Salisbury, there had Mary, b. 14 May 1697; Samuel, 5 Dec. 1699; soon aft. went again to D. there had Ezekiel, 4 Feb. 1702 ; and Gershom, 4 Apr. 1705 ; and John, wh. was k. by the Ind. at Rochester, with three others, 27 June 1746. He was deac. 1717, had good est. and d. 2 Mar. 1731, at Somersworth. JOHN, Dover, perhaps sec. s. of Elder William of the same, tax. 1668, sw. fidel. next yr. with his elder br. rem. 1675, or earlier, to York, there m. Martha, d. of Ephraim Miller of Kittery, had sev. ch. but where b. or when, can hardly be made out with any satisfact. From York he rem. to Falmouth, and betw. the first and sec. destr. of that town, i. e. a. 1685, his s. Charles was b. but an elder one, John, had been b. perhaps at Kittery or York, some time a. 1677. From the doomed Falmouth, in the gr. East. war, he had rem. to Dorchester, and spent the resid. of his days in the part since call. Canton, and there Edward, Shubael, Eliz. and Abigail, or most of the four may have been b. He was d. bef. Jan. 1710, when his wid. Martha, gave receipt in full to Judge Sewall, for all she had ever done for the Punkipaug Ind. Compare the discord. reports that the unwearied genealog. of the fam. (the Mayor of Chicago) had to encounter in Reg. IV. 327, VI. 213, and VIII. 246. PAUL, Dover, s, of William of the same, tax. there 1682, sold his est. at D. says the fam. acco. 15 Apr. 1696, then call. hims. of Newbury, but Mr.
  • Coffin omits him. He belong, to Rowley at that time, where eleven of his ch. by w. Catharine were bapt. 17 May 1696, said Farmer, but only ten had been b. at that time. However, he had thirteen, as he caused them to be put upon rec. at Norwich, whither he had rem. from New London, if Farmer be right, as he gives him recommend. from R. to that place, June 1707 ; but prob. Miss Caulkin's would not have been silent on so good a point, and we may presume his change was only from R. direct to Norwich. The ch. may have been b. at Dover, Newbury, or Rowley; but more import. is the name and date of ea. William, 25 Dec. 1680; Sylvanus, 28 Feb. 1682; Paul, 10 May 1682 (wh. or the two preced, must be wrong); Ebenezer, 18 June 1683; Martha, 9 Feb. 1685; Mercy, 18 July 1686; Aaron, 13 July 1687; Moses, 17 Apr. 1689; Mary, 25 Dec. 1692; Catharine, 28 July 1694; Sarah, 8 Apr. 1697; Benjamin, 28 Dec. 1698; and Edward, 20 June 1700. He was liv. May 1746 (but his w. was then d.), and d. bef. Jan. 1751. See Reg. VII. 265. SAMUEL, Dover, eldest s. of William of the same, tax. 1659, sw. fldel. 1669, freem. 1676, by w. Mary, whose fam. name was prob. Benning, and perhaps she was d. of Ralph, had Samuel, b. 9 Apr. 1666; Daniel, 21 Oct. 1669, d. at 21 yrs.; John, 16 Jan. 1672, wh. was made Lieut.-Gov. of the Prov.; Mary, 5 Feb. 1674; Ebenezer, 9 Apr. 1677 ; Dorothy, 27 June 1680 ; and Benning, 28 June 1682, d. young ; and the f. d. at Portsmouth, 25 Mar. 1690, of smallpox. In 1681 the Treasr. of Mass. was direct, to pay him £30. but the serv. is not ment. Rec. V. 317. His wid. m. next yr. Richard Martin, as his third w. SYLVANUS, Dover, one of the younger s. of Elder William of the same, it is said, m. at Rowley, 7 Nov. 1685, Eliz. Stewart, possib. d. of Duncan, but why the est. on wh. he was liv. 1693, was then giv. by his f. to s. Benjamin, unless he took dislike to Sylvanus, may be hard to conject. nor is any thing more told of him in the fam. acco. See Geneal. Reg. IV. 327 and VI. 213. TIMOTHY, Dover, br. of the preced. m. Sarah Cromwell, perhaps d. of Philip of Dover, tho. by extrav. tradit. she has been by some equal, ignorant and credul. thot. d. of Richard, Lord Protector, for short time, of Eng. rem. aft. 1702 to Berwick, there d. 17 July 1719, aged 70, says Geneal. Reg. VI. 213, but on the same p. a little lower, the writer wild. says 1748, and at Dover. His will of 3 May, pro. 8 July in that yr. 1719 as my memo. reads, ment. w. and ch. Timothy, Samuel, Mary, and Sarah. But his w. d. near the same time with him, it is said, and was bur. in the same gr. WILLIAM, Dover, rul. Elder, had first been at Exeter, 1639, in the orig. combina. with thirty-four others, and it may be that he had accomp. his fr. John Wheelwright across the ocean in 1636. He had foll. him from E. fo Wells, where he was made constable 1648, but in 1650 seems to have fix. his resid. at D.
  • where he was selectman 1665, as resolute for Mass. jurisdict. as he had been against it ; preach. in 1666, had w. Eliz, and ch. Samuel, b. 1641, perhaps at E perhaps at W.; John; Gershom; Ezekiel; Timothy ; Paul ; Sylvanus , Ephraim; and Benjamin ; yet the order of success. is conject. d. 16 Mar 1698, aged near 90, it is thot. His only d. Eliz. whose date of b. is uncert. but suppos. a. 1663, m Richard Tozer the sec. A plausible case for ano. d Sarah, was furnish. in Geneal. Reg. VII. 304, because Paul W. being guardian of those ch. by their own choice, as appears in Bond, 14, is call. uncle of Sarah and Benjam Barnard, ch. of Benjamin and Sarah B. To this in the next vol. of Reg. p. 48 is repl. that perhaps the w. of Paul was a Barnard sis. of their f. and again it may be equal. prob. that their mo. was sis. of the w. of Paul ; so that the chance is two to one against the suppos. Six of this fam. as Farmer notes, had been gr. at Harv.





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Paul Wentworth's Timeline

Rowley, Essex, Massachusetts
December 25, 1680
Age 25
February 28, 1681
Age 26
Newbury, MA, USA
May 10, 1682
Age 27
Dover, Strafford, New Hampshire, United States
June 18, 1683
Age 28
Rowley, Essex County, Massachusetts, United States
January 1, 1686
Age 31
Rowley MA
April 17, 1689
Age 34
Rowley, Essex, Massachusetts
December 25, 1692
Age 37
Rowley, Essex County, Province of Massachusetts
July 28, 1694
Age 39