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Elder William Wentworth

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Elder William Wentworth

Posted: 26 Oct 1999 6:00AM GMT
Classification: Biography
Edited: 31 Mar 2006 2:57PM GMT
Surnames: WENTWORTH, CARTER, BENNING, TOZIER, CROMWELL, MILLER, ALLEN
Elder William Wentworth was christened 15 Mar 1615-16 in Alford, Lincolnshire, England, the son of William Wentworth and Susannah Carter. He married first Elizabeth Kenny and had two children.

1. Samuel Wentworth, born 1641; married Mary Benning; died 1690-1
2. John Wentworth, born 1650; married Martha ___ (see his biography on this board)

William married second, Elizabeth Knight and had 9 children.

3. Gershom Wentworth
4. Ezekiel Wentworth, born 1651 in Dover, NH; married Elizabeth ____; died 1712
5. Elizabeth Wentworth, born 1653; married Richard Tozier, III
6. Paul Wentworth, born 1655 in Rowley, MA; married Catherine ____; died c. 1750
7. Sylvanus Wentworth
8. Timothy Wentworth, born in Dover, NH; married Sarah Cromwell; died 1719
9. Sarah Wentworth
10. Ephraim Wentworth; married Mary Miller; died 1748
11. Benjamin Wentworth; born 1670; married Sarah Allen in 1697; died 1728

--from "New England Historical & Genealogical Register", S.G. Drake, 1850, Boston
"He migrated from the County of York, in England, to Boston, in America, in the year 1628 and removed subsequently to New Hampshire. He was one of the parties to the deed of four Indian sagamores, to Rev. John Wheelwright, William Wentworth, and three others, made May 17, 1629. Probably left Exeter with Wheelwright, or about the same time and removed to Dover, where he remained until his death. As a preacher, he was occasionally employed aboad, and officiated in that capacity in Exeter when he was about 80 years of age. In March 1693, the town agreed with him to supply the pulpit one whole year, if he be able, and to pay him 40 pounds for his services.

Mentioned in "History of New Hampshire" by Belknap as follows. "William Wentworth was one of the first settlers at Exeter, and after the breaking up of thier combination for government, he removed to Dover, and became a ruling Elder in the church there. In 1689, he was remarkably instrumental of saving Heard's garrison [At this same massacre, Christine, daughter of Richard Otis, by his second wife, Grace Warren, was taken captive to Canada, described in the history of the Otis family, in April number, 1850, and July No. 1848, of this work, whose descendants (Christine's) married into one branch of the Wentworth family,] as is related in the proper place. After this he officiated for 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 have the several governors of that name descended. He was a very useful and good man."

The Wentworth Genealogy, by John Wentworth, 1878, describes in more detail the events of 1689 in which Heard's garrison was attacked by Indians. "Elder William Wentworth was still living in Dover in 1689. The remarkable manner in which Heard's garrison was saved from destruction by the Indians on the 28th of June 1689 by his instrumentality, has been preserved. Although it was a time of profound peace, the unusual number of Indians gathered at Cocheco, which was a trading post, excited the suspicions of the people. It was noticed also that many strange faces were among them. the confidence of Major Richard Walderne somewhat allayed their doubts, but many gathered into the garrisons, of which there were five at Cocheco. Elder Wentworth was in Heard's garrison, about amile from his house. In the evening of the 27th, squaws requested leave to sleep by the kitchen fire in the several garrisons, which was not unusual. they were admitted into four, including Heard's. In the darkest hour before the morn, the squaws opened the doors to admit the Indians. Elder Wentworth was awakened by the barking of a dog. Suspicious, he hastened to the door and found the Indians entering. Alone, and seventy-three years of age, he pushed them out, shut the door, and falling on his back held it until the inmates came to his assistance. While he was lying in this position, two bullets passed through the door and over him. It was the only garrison saved. Twenty-three persons were killed and twenty-nine carried away captive."

Elder William Wentworth died 15 March 1696-97 in Exeter, NH, at the age of 81. He left no will.
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