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Peter Worden, V[1]

Male 1728 - 1808  (79 years)


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  • Name Peter Worden 
    Suffix
    Born 5 Jun 1728  Westerly, Washington, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 21 Feb 1808  Cheshire, Berkshire, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Jenks Cemetery, East Parish, Cheshire, Berkshire, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I14  Schuerman-Wood-Worden
    Last Modified 9 Sep 2001 

    Father Peter Worden, IV,   b. 1697, Harwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1745, Westerly, Washington, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 48 years) 
    Mother Rebekah Richmond 
    Married 26 May 1720  Westerly, Washington, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    _STAT MARRIED 
    Family ID F10  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary "Mercy" Moon,   b. 10 Nov 1723, N. Kingston, Washington, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Dec 1805, Cheshire, Berkshire, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years) 
    Married 18 Aug 1749  Coventry, Kent, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    _STAT MARRIED 
    Children 
     1. Esther Worden,   b. 19 Apr 1753, Warwick, Kent, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Lucinda Worden,   b. 21 May 1754, Warwick, Kent, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Richmond Worden,   b. 28 Apr 1758, Coventry, Kent, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Rufus Worden,   b. 1759/1760, Coventry or Warwick, Kent, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 May 1812, Brutus, Cayuga, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 52 years)
     5. Judah Worden
     6. Peter VI Worden
    Last Modified 22 May 2017 21:59:30 
    Family ID F9  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 5 Jun 1728 - Westerly, Washington, Rhode Island Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 18 Aug 1749 - Coventry, Kent, Rhode Island Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 21 Feb 1808 - Cheshire, Berkshire, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Jenks Cemetery, East Parish, Cheshire, Berkshire, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Gravestone of Peter Worden V
    Gravestone of Peter Worden V

  • Notes 
    • Oliver Norton Worden, Some Records of Persons by the Name of Worden:
      Celebrated Baptist minister. p. 122, b. June 6, 1728, ordained May 1751, Warwick, R.I. Minutes, Shaftsbury Baptist Association for 1808, p. 124: d. Feb 21, 1808, Eld. Peter Worden of Cheshire.
      Children listed include Rufna. pp. 122-124, extracts from Eld. John Leland's Funeral Discourse.

      History of Berkshire County quotes a biographical sketch from the writings of Elder John Leland: "Elder Worden was born June 6, 1728, and ordained to the work of the ministry at Warwick, R.I., May 1751 . . ." A description of his ministry follows, including an encounter with a condemed man. [This is also in ONW, p. 122] The minutes of the Shaftesbury Baptist Association for 1808: "Died February 21st, 1808, Elder Peter Werden, of Cheshire, in the 80th year of his age . . ."

      Ancestry and Descendents of Elder Peter Worden of Cheshire, Newberry E7.W894: Excerpts from Leland's funeral discourse. Rufus listed as child.

      Pat Worden:
      Referencing tombstone: b 6 Jun 1728; buried Jenks Cem., Cheshire, MA
      Referencing Rex Worden: b. Westerly, Washington, RI; d 21 Feb 1808 Cheshire, Berkshire, MA
      Referencing ONW: m 18 Aug 1749 Coventry, Kent, RI; 1756 of Warwick, sold lands in Wechatacourt
      Referencing Bahn Studies: 1770-1780 Cheshire, MA, 1790-1800 Adams, Berkshire, MA
      Referencing will: will dated 18 Apr 1804, proved 1 Mar 1809
      Children from Pat Worden.

      Vital Records of Rhode Island 1636-1850, James N. Arnold Newberry E6975.1 Vol 5, Washington Co (1874):
      Westerly Births: Peter Worden not found. Elizabeth of Peter Jr. and Rebecca Mar 29, 1721; Marriages: Peter Worden Jr and Rebecca Richmond May 26, 1720.
      Vol 1, Kent County, Warwick births: Worden, Esther of Peter and Mercy Apr 19, 1753; Lucinda of Peter and Mercy May 21, 1754; Coventry Marriages (p. 60): Worden, Peter and Mary Moon m. by Eld. David Sprague Aug 18, 1749; Coventry Births: Worden, Abigail of Peter and Mary Sept 19, 1750, Worden, Richmond of Peter and Mary Apr 28, 1758.

      1800 Massachusetts Census:
      Worden, Peter Berkshire, 155, line 17 00001-01--1-00
      Worden, Peter Jr, 155, line 13 22111-10211-00

      1810 MA Census, Cheshire, Berkshire:
      p. 290 (old pagination) Peter Werdun, 01301 22202

      Cheshire Town Records, FHL Film 1903037:
      Records marriages by Elder Peter Werden beginning in 1796 (p. 18) and continuing through 1802 (pp. 21, 26, 33 and others). Death not found (no deaths in this record).

      From R.I. Vital Records, on NEHGS website: From Providence Gazette of March 5, 1808: Worden, Peter, formerly elder of a Baptist Church at Coventry, R. I., died at Adams, Mass., in his 80th year, to where he and his company removed in 1764-5.

      Participated in the Revolutionary War.

      Rex Warden has provided a picture of his grave. Rex says:

      The grave of Peter Worden V is in a small cemetery in the hills above Cheshire, Berkshire Co., MA. The church where he preached was located there at one time but is long gone. Col. Peter Worden VI is buried next to his father and their gravestones are identical. There is no stone for Mercy but she must also have been buried there. The epitaph, written by him, reads as follows.
      Here lies the body of Peter Werden, late pastor of the Church of Christ in Chesire. He was born June 6 1728 converted by the mighty power of God to the Lord Jesus Christ May 8th 1748 In the month of May 1751 he was ordained to the work of the ministry in Warwick and continued measurably faithful in his Pastoral charge to the close of his which was February 21, 1808.
      His soul to God he ask to send
      To cry for grace for foe and friend
      But blessed be the God of Love
      His soul is now with Christ above
      This crumbling sculpture keep the clay
      That used to house his noble mind
      But at the resurrection day
      A noble body he shall find

      If you look closely at the stone you will notice that there are three different sizes of the lettering. I always wondered if that was planned or if the person who engraved the stone decided he was running out of room and had to size down the lettering.

      Rex Warden has also provided a photocopy of his will:

      In the name of God Amen.
      I Peter Werden of Cheshire in the County of Berkshire and State of Massachusetts Elder being of ??? mind and memory and considering of Death as certain and the time when uncertain do make and ordain this my last will and testament that is to say principally and first of all, I give and Recommend my soul into the hands of God that gave it, in hope of Eternal life through the merrits [?] of his dear son Jesus Christ, and my body to be decently intered at the discretion of my executor in hope of a joyfulk Resurrection at the last day, and as for such worldly estate as it hath pleased God to bless me with in this life, I give and dispose of the same in the following manner and form ----
      In premis [?] I will that all my just debts and funeral charges be paid by my executor--Whereas my beloved wife Mercy is reduced in her rational & animel [?] powere so that she is not corporble [?] of taking care of herself, my will is that my executor shall provid for Mercy and take care of her in the best manner by night and by day until her discease, this is in lew of her wright of dower and thirds.
      I will that my wairing aparrel and watch be equally divided between my four sons, viz, Judah, Richmond, Peter and Rufus
      [missing line]
      is due to me from him except sixty dollars which is to be equally divided between my other three sons.
      I will is to give my son Judah one good cow and four sheep
      I give to my beloved son Rufus the farm that he now lives on, to be to him his heirs & assigns forever, with one good cow and four sheep.
      I will to give my indone [?] moveables including one fetherbed with an old tickin that my daughter Mercy Dean hath rec'd and one new tickin with feathers in it enough to make it weigh sixteen pounds that my daughter Deliverance Richardson hath rec'd divided into five equal part one fifth part to each of my surviving daughters viz, Abigail, Esther, and Luendy [?] one fifth part to my grandaughter Anthy [?] Richardson, and one fifth part to my four grandaughters, children of my daughter Mercy Dean disceased, reserving the use of so much of the household goods as is necessary for the comfort of my wife as long as she lives.
      I give all my books and pamflets, equally divided into nine parts, one part to each of my surviving children one part to my daughter Deliverance Richardson [?] children, one part to my daughter Mercy's children.
      I give and bequeath to my son Peter, the farm on which I now live to be to him, his heirs and assigns forever with all of the Personal Estate that I have not disposed of otherways - - -
      And further my wills
      [again perhaps some missing lines]
      presents constitute and appoint my son Peter my whole and sole executor to execute this my last will and testament in whtness whereof I have here unto set my hand and seal this eighteenth day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and four and twentyeighth year o American Independence signed sealed delivered published and [?] by the said Peter Werden to be his last will and testament.

      Peter Werden

      Stephen Carpenter
      Oliver Franklin [?]
      Jona Richardson

      Also the inventory of his estate, which begins with a farm valued at $1475; total of inventory: $2040.68.

      Copy of legal document binding son Peter Werden as executor.

  • Sources 
    1. [S7] Some Records of Persons by the Name of Worden, Worden, Oliver Norton , (1868: Lewisburg, PA: Railway Press, Reprinted by Tuttle Antiquarian Books, Rutland, VT).

    2. [S155] Washington County, R.I. Marriages from Probate Records, F87.W3.B41., p. 288.
      Rebecca Richmond of John and Elizabeth AND Mr. Worden mentioned will dated 1739/40, Westerly 3A: 216.
      Orig. vol. 2, p. 111

    3. [S49] Vital Records of Rhode Island 1636-1850, Washington Co., Arnold, James N. , (1874), E6975.1., Marriages, p. 54.

    4. [S49] Vital Records of Rhode Island 1636-1850, Washington Co., Arnold, James N. , (1874), E6975.1., Vol 1, p. 60, Coventry Marriages.
      Orig. vol 1, p. 21