|Baptism||23 Mar 1589||Navestock, Essex Co., England [5, 6]|
|Birth||30 Jan 1590||Navestock, Essex Co., England|
|Death Note||Will of Deacon Edward Convers|
Family Record of Deacons James W. Converse and Elisha S. Converse
by Wm. Hill, 1887, page 107
In the name of God, Amen, I, Edward Convers, of Wobourne, in the Coun. of Midd. Massachusetts Collony in New England, being in p-fect memory though weake of Body, do make this my last will and testamt, to disose of my lands, goods, and chattles, that the Lord hath leut unto mee, dureing my natural life, which my Will is shall be disposed of in mannr as followeth.
Imp. I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Sarah Convers ten pounds pr. a year, to be payd unto Her from yeare to yeare during her naturall life, that is to say, five pounds a yeare out of my soone Josias Convers his house, and ye other five pounds a year out of the Mill. Also my will is that my wife shall have such roomes to live in dureing her life in the house that I now live in, as She shall make choyce of for Her use, and one of the gardens before the house, which she shall make choyce of for her use, and ten of the apple trees in the old orchard dureing her life which she shall make choyce of. Also my will is that my wife shall have a fourth part of all my moveable goods and chattels when my debts and legacyes and my funail be discharged. Also I give unto my sonne, Josias Convers, the House where in He now liveth and the barnes and outhouses and the orchard before the house, with the yards and other appurtenances to the same belonging, and the land the lyeth in the great field, and all that meadow that lyeth in the west side of the brooke in bucke meadow. My Will is that my sonne Josias shall enjoy all these houses and lands, with the other appurtenances above specified, for Him and his heyres lawfully begotten of his body, and for want thereof, to my sonne James Converse, his sonne Edward Convers, and to his Heyres lawfully begotten of his body, and for want thereof my Will is that it shall be divided between the rest of my sonne James his children equally, or to the nex Heyre according to law, and for the field called the sheep-pasture, I give to my sonnes Josiah and Samuel together with my mill and millhouse and the appurtenances to them belonging, to be possessed by the longest liver and his Heyres. Also I give to my sonne Samuel Convers my house wherein I now dwell and all the land lying behind the house to the brow of ye Hill northward, and all the land that is plowable lying on the north side of the blind bridge, together with all the meadow that lyeth on the east side of the rode, next to the mill pond betweene the aforesaid blynd Bridge, and my dwelling house. Also I give to my sonne Samuel all ye meadow ye lyeth on ye east side of the river in Bucke meadow, and my English pasture that is fenced in on the other side of the mill river, and my will is that for all the rest of ye land that is not plowable lying on the north side of blind Bridge, together with all the rest of my pasture lands, shall be equally divided betwen my three sonnes, Josiah, James and Samuel, only reserveing the timber that is upon the said pasture lands from my sonne James, who shall have no part therein, but it shall be injoyed by my other to sonnes Josiah and Samuel and their Heyres. Also my will is that my sonne Samuel shall dy without Heyres lawfully begotten of his body, that the estate that I have given to Him shall be divided between ye children of my daughter Mary Thompson. Also I give to my sonne James Convers the sume of thirty pounds and I give to my daughter Mary Sheldon the sume of twenty marks. And I give to my kinsman Allin Convers the sume of ten pounds, and I give to my kinswoman Sarah Smith the sumeof five pounds. Also I give to my kinsman John Parker the sume of forty shillings, and for these legacyes my will is that they sall be paid within three years after my decease as by Executors shall see meete and are able to pay the same. and for all that land that lyeth comon betwen the houses my will is that is shall ly common for perpetuity, and for all my movealbel goodes and chattels that remainth of what is given to my wife, I give to thirds of the same to my sonne Josiah and othe other third to my sonne Samuel. and for the legacyes that I have given my will is that they shall be payd in Corne and cattle, or either of them. Also my will is that my sonne Josiah and my soone Samuel shall be sole executors. Also my will is that my soone James Convers and my kinsman Allin Convers, and my kinsman John Parker shall be the overseers of this my Will. My will also is that all my moveable goods shall be aprised distinctly.
Signed and subscribed the ---- day of August, 1659
Edward Convers (his hand written signature)
In the presence of us, Allin Convers, Jno. Parker
My Will is that my soone Josiah shall have the meadow that is fenced in on the other side of the mill brook, lying next unto my soone James his meadow for him and his Heyres, as the rest of the land within expressed.
Cambridge, 7, 8th, 1663.
At the Coun Court, then sitting at Cambridge, Allin Convers and John Parker appearing in Court, do on their oath given them say that Edward Convers deced being of a dispoeingmind, they saw Him signe, seale, and publish this insturmet as his last Will and testament, and that they know of no other.
Entered and Recorded, 7, 8th, 1663
Thomas Danforth, Recorder
|Discover/Founder||Signed the Town Orders that created Woburn, Middlesex Co., Mass., on 18 Dec. 1640. The town was incorporated Sept., 1642, by Edward with 6 others, including Samuel and Ezekiel Richardson, Edward Johnson, John Mousall and Thomas Graves.|
Deacon Edward was among the first 7 settlers of the town of Woburn, Mass., in Sept. 1642. He lived in the first house built in Woburn, in an area that is now the heart of Wilmington. The bridge over the Mystic River was known as Convers Bridge and Edward was the proprietor of the first mill. Another of the first 7 settlers was Samuel Richardson. [7, 8]
|Immigration||12 Jun 1630||England to Salem, Mass., with the Winthrop Fleet [4, 5]|
|Died||10 Aug 1663||Woburn, Middlesex Co., Mass. [4, 5]|
|Buried||Woburn, Middlesex Co., Mass.|
|Person ID||I2874||Owings Stone Genealogy, Ancestry & Heritage|
|Last Modified||16 Oct 2004 00:00:00|
|Father||ALLEN CONVERSE, of Navestock, b. Bef 1568, England|
|Mother||JOANNA <>, b. Bef 1568, England|
|Family ID||F5998||Group Sheet|
|Family 1||SARAH PARKER, b. Abt 1596, England|
|Married||29 Jun 1614||Great Burstead, England |
|Family ID||F1972||Group Sheet|
|Family 2||Sarah <>, b. Bef 1612|
|Married||14 Oct 1632||Boston, Suffolk Co., Mass. |
|Family ID||F3233||Group Sheet|
|Family 3||Joanna Warren, Sprague, b. Bef 1642|
|Family ID||F3232||Group Sheet|
|Headstones||Converse, Deacon Edward (1590-1663) - Memorial tablet|
Status: Located. Bronze tablet reads In memoriam Deacon Edward Converse Born Wakerly, County of Northampton, England January 30 1590. Landed Salem, Mass. June 12, 1630, in company of Governor Winthrop. Died Woburn, Mass., August 10 1663. Founder: City of Woburn, Mass and First Church, Woburn. Forefather of the Converse Family in America. Erected in his memory by his descendants the Converse family in America 1962.
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