Friday, August 4, 2023

52 Ancestors - Week 491: #886 Ezekiel Worthen (1672-1755) of Amesbury, Massachusetts and Chester, New Hampshire

Ezekiel Wathen/Worthen (1672-1755)  is #886 on my Ahnentafel List, my 7th great-grandfather, who married  #887 Abigail Carter (1686-1752)   in 1704 in Amesbury, Massachusetts.

I am descended through:

*  their daughter #443 Abigail Worthen (1714-????) who married #442 Joseph Colby (1707-1768) in 1736.
*  their daughter #221 Hannah Colby (1745-????), married #220 John Underhill (1745-1816)in 1767.
*  their son, #110 Amos Underhill (1772-1865), married #111 Mary Metcalf (1780-1855) in 1801.
*  their daughter, #55, Mary Ann Underhill (1815-1882) in 1839. married #54 Samuel Vaux (1816-1880) in 1839.
*  their daughter, #27 Abigail A. Vaux (1844-1931), married #26 Devier James Lamphear Smith (1839-1894) in 1861.
*  their daughter, #13 Abbey Ardell Smith (1862-1944), married #12 Henry Austin Carringer (1853-1946), in 1887.
*  their son, #6 Lyle Lawrence Carringer (1891-1976), who married #7 Emily Kemp Auble (1899-1977) in 1918.
* their daughter, #3 Betty Virginia Carringer (1919-2002), who married #2 Frederick Walton Seaver (1911-1983) in 1942.
*  their son, #1 Randall J. Seaver (1943-....)


1)  PERSON (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

*  Name:                        Ezekiel Worthen[1]
*  Alternate Name:        Ezekiell Wathen[2-4]

*  Sex:                           Male

*  Father:                       Ezekiel Wathen (1636-1716)
*  Mother:                     Hannah Martin (1643-1730)

2)  INDIVIDUAL EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

*  Birth:                         18 May 1672, Amesbury, Essex, Massachusetts, United States[2–3]

*  Death:                         before 19 October 1755 (before age 83), will proved; Chester, Rockingham, New Hampshire, United States[1]
*  Probate:                     19 October 1755 (age 83), will proved; Chester, Rockingham, New Hampshire, United States[1]

3)  SHARED EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

*  Spouse 1:                     Abigail Carter (1686-1752)
*  Marriage 1:                  26 December 1704 (age 32), Amesbury, Essex, Massachusetts, United States[2-4]

*  Child 1:                       Mary Worthen 1705-1784
*  Child 2:                       Jacob Worthen 1707-1791
*  Child 3:                       Ezekiel Worthen 1709-1783
*  Child 4:                       Thomas Worthen 1711-1773
*  Child 5:                       Abigail Worthen 1714-    
*  Child 6:                       Hannah Worthen 1716-1750
*  Child 7:                       Martha Worthen 1721-    
*  Child 8:                       Mehitable Worthen 1722-1806
*  Child 9:                       Anne Worthen 1724-    
*  Child 10:                     Samuel Worthen 1727-    
*  Child 11:                     Ephraim Worthen 1728-1763

4)  NOTES (with source citations as indicated in brackets):    

Ezekiel "Wathen" was born 18 May 1672 in Amesbury, Massachusetts, the son of Ezekiel and Hannah (Martin) Wathen[2-3].  His last name changed over time to "Worthen."

On 26 December 1704, Ezekiel Wathen married Abigail Carter in Amesbury, Massachusetts[2-4].  She was the daughter of John and Martha (Brown) Carter of Salisbury, Massachusetts.  They had eleven children, all born and recoded in the Amesbury town records with the surname Worthen:

*  Mary Worthen (1705-1784), married 1726 Samuel Buswell (1702-1795).
*  Jacob Worthen (1708-1791), married 1728 Sarah Lancaster (1708-1794).
*  Ezekiel Worthen (1710-1783), married 1733 Hannah Currier (1710-1782).
*  Thomas Worthen (1712-1773), married 1734 Jane Martin (1712-????).
*  Abigail Worthen (1714-????), married 1736 Joseph Colby (1707-1768).
*  Hannah Worthen (1716-1750), married 1735 Nathan Colby (1710-1759).
*  Martha Worthen (1721-????).
*  Mehitable Worthen (1722-1806), married 1741 Edmund Elliott (1716-1789).
*  Anne Worthen (1724-????)
*  Samuel Worthen (1727-????).
*  Ephraim Worthen (1728-1763).

Abigail (Carter) Worthen died in Amesbury, Massachusetts on 26 September 1752.  Ezekiel Wathen/Worthen probably moved to Chester, New Hampshire before his wife died, perhaps to live with his daughter, Abigail (Worthen) Colby's family.

Ezekiel Worthen of Chester, New Hampshire died before 19 October 1755 when his will was proved in Rockingham County, New Hampshire Probate Court[1].  He wrote his will on 2 October 1752.  The will reads:
In the Name of God Amen. The 2^d Day of Septemb^r In the ^26th^ year of his Majestys Reign A.D. 1752. I Ezekiel Worthen of Chester In the Province of Hamp^s In New England Yeoman being of Perfect mind & Mem^y thanks be to God for it Calling to mind the Mortality of my Body Knowing it is appointed for all Men Once to Die Do make this my Last Will & Testam^t

Principally & first of all I Recommend my Soul Into the hands of Almighty God that Gave it & my Body I Commit to the Earth to be Decently Buried In Christian Like manner Nothing Doubting but I Shall Receive the Same again by the mighty power of God at the Coming of our Lord & Saviour Jesus Christ & as Touching the  Worldly Estate Wherewith it hath Pleased God to Bless me Withal In this present Life I Give Demise & Dispose In manner following.

Imprimus My Will that all my Just & Due Debts Which I Do Owe to any Person or Persons Shall be Duly paid by my Exec^rs after Named In Due Time Out of my Estate as aforesaid & my & my Wives funeral Charges.

Item I Give & Bequeath unto my Son Jacob Worthen all that my Lands Situate In Salisbury In the County of Essex Which Was Conveyed to me by my hon^d father John Carter Late of Salsbury aforesaid Deceased by Deed Bearing Date March y^e 29^th 1726 To Say all Except four acres which my Said Son Jacob have heretofore Purchased of me by Deed of Sale the Said Jacob Paying unto four of my Daughters his Sisters  Namely ^Mary^ Abigail Martha & Mehetabel forty five pounds apeice to Each of them Equal to Bills of Credit of the old Tenor.

Item I Give & Bequeath unto my Son Thomas Worthen Ten Shill^s old Tenor the Reason is I Give ^to^ Him No More is Because I have Otherway Given him heretofore Considerable of my Estate.

Item I Give & Bequeath unto my Son Ezekiel Worthen Twenty pounds Equal to Bills Of Credit of the old Tenor the Reason I Give him no more to my said Ezekiel is Because I have Given him heretofore a Considerable part of my Estate With the Trade of a Joiner.

Item I Give unto my son Ephraim Worthen my Best Suit of apparel from Top To Toe the said Ephraim To Pay unto my Daughter Hannah his sister forty five Pounds Equal to Bills of the old Tenor & unto my Son Ezekiel Worthen Twenty pounds as Before mentioned Equal to Bills of Credit of the old Tenor to be paid by my said Son Ephraim &c all the Before mentioned Bequests to be pay With In three Years Next after my Decease In the aforesaid Bills or in Stock or Other Good pay at the Current price as it then Goes at.

Item I Give & Bequeath unto my Said Son Ephraim Worthen Whom I appoint my Executor to this my Last Will &Testam^t all that my My homestead Living Whereon I Now Dwell With all the appurtenances thereto Belonging & also the Remaining part of my Whole Real Estate In What Place Whatsoever With the addition of all my Implem^ts of husbandry & all Other out Doore Tools or Matters Whatsoever & also that Bed Whereon the said Ephraim now Lodges With the furniture & also my Stock of Creatures of all Sorts Reserving the Use & Benefit of the one half of the above mentioned Premises for & to the Use of my Loving ^Wife^ Abigail During the Term of her Natural Life to be Rendered to Her yearly by my Said Son Ephraim & I Do also Give & Bequeath unto my Said Son Ephraim all Other my Whole Income Profits of What Kind Name or Nature Soever as Bills Bonds Credits &c.

Saving all my Indoore Goods of all Sort I Give & Bequeath unto my forenamed Daughters to be Equally Divided In Equal Proportion to & among them or their Survivors that is to say all that Remains after my Said Wives Decease Before Bequeathed and I Do hereby Revoke & Disallow Any Other former Will by me heretofore made Ratifying & Confirming this &no Other to be my Last Will & Testam^t the day & year aforewritten.

Signed Sealed Published & Declared    }
by the said Ezekiel Worthen as his Last}
Will & Testam^t In the Presence of us  }        Ezekiel Worthen [seal]
Orlando Bagley
Theo^s Foot
Thomas Bagley

Province of    } To all People To Whome these Presents Shall Come 
New Hamp^r } Andrew Wiggins Esq^r Judge of the Probate of Wills &c for Said Prov^e [seal] 
Sendeth Greeting
Know ye that on the 19^th Day of Octob^r 1755 The Instrum^t a Copy of Which is hereby annexed Purporting the Last Will & Testam^t of Ezekiel Worthen Late of Chester In Said Province Yeoman Deceased Was presented for Probate by Ephraim Worthen Son of Said Deceased Sole Exec^r therein Named When appeared Before me Theoph^s Foot & Thomas Bagley two of the Witnesses thereto Subscrib'd Who made Oath that they saw the Said Testator Sign Seal & heard him Declare the s^d Instrum^t to be his Last Will & Testam^t & that they with Orlando Bagley Subscribed their Names Together as Witnesses to the Execution thereof In the Said Testators Presence & that he Was then to their Best Judgment of Sound mind & Memory.

I Do therefore Prove approve & allow of the Said Instrum^t as the Last Will & Testam^t of the Before Named Deceased & Do Commit the Adm^n thereof in all Matters the Same Concerning & of his Estate Whereof he Died Seized & Possessed in Said Province unto the Before Named Exec^r Well &faithfully to Execute the Said Will & to adm^r The Estate of the Said Deceased Who has accepted Said Trust & So make a true & Perfect Inve^y of all the Estate of the Said Deceased & to Exhibit the Same Into the Registry of the Court of Probate for the Province aforesaid at Or Before the Last Wednesday of January Next & he Shall Render an Acco^t of his Proceddings upon When thereunto Lawfully Required. In Testimony Whereof I have hereunto Set my hand & Seal of Office the day & Year afors^d
W^m Parker Reg'r And^w Wiggin.

1. "New Hampshire, Wills and Probate Records, 1643-1982," indexed database and digital images, (, All Counties > Vol. 18-19, 1750-1756, Volume 18, pages 378 to 380 (images 542-3 of 667), Ezekiel Worthen of Chester probate records, 1755.

2. Town of Amesbury, Massachusetts, Vital Records of Amesbury, Massachusetts  to the End of the Year 1849 (Topsfield, Mass. : Topsfield Historical Society, 1913), Births, page 249, Ezekiell Wathen birth entry, 18 May 1672.

3. Joyce S. Pendery, "Descendants of George and Margery Wathen of Salem, Massachusetts," New England Historical and Genealogical Register ( New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, Mass.), Volume 154, Number 3 (July 2000), Pages 325-352, pages 348-349, Ezekiel Wathen family sketch.

4. Topsfield Historical Society, Vital Records of Salisbury, Massachusetts, to the End of the Year 1849 (Topsfield, Mass. : Topsfield Historical Society, 1915), Marriages, page 520, Ezekiel Wathen and Abigail Carter entry, in "Amesbury," 26 December 1704.


NOTE:  Amy Johnson Crow suggested a weekly blog theme of "52 Ancestors" in her blog post 
 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks on the No Story Too Small blog in 2014.  I have extended this theme in 2023 to 520 Ancestors in 520 Weeks.

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