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Peter Worden

Male 1609 - 1680  (71 years)


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  • Name Peter Worden  [1
    Born 1609  Clayton, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Male 
    Died 11 Jan 1680  Near, Yarmouth, Barnstable, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Worden Cemetery, Dennis, Barnstable, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~worden/index.htm

      Peter Worden of the Towne of Yarmouth in the Collonie of New Plymouth in New England in America about seaventy one years of age being weak in body yett in perfect memory doe make this my last will and testament.

      Firstly. I bequeath my soule to God that gave it and my body to the earth to be decently buryed when Gods time is to remove mee out of this world by death.

      Secondly. I make my son Samuell Worden my whole and sole executor to whom I give all my lands upon the neck called Equinett (?) necke with all the priviledges therto belonging to him and his heires and assignes forever with eight acrees of land att the south sea, to the said neckesoe likewise.

      I give to my son Samuell Worden all my housing and land that I now live upon after his mothers decease both upland and marsh and orchyard and the land I bought to Mr. Allin, with all other lands due to mee from the Towne not yett layed out or from the Country as procured by the late warr with the Indians.

      Soe likewise I give to my son Samuell my best bedsteed and my trundle bedsteed.



      The last will and Testament of Peter Worden of Yarmouth the elder Deceased proved at the genrall Court held at Plymouth the fift day of March in the xiiijth yeare of the Raigne of our Souraigne Lord Charles King of England &c 1638 by the oathes of mr Nicholas Sympkins Heugh Tillie & Giles Hopkins. as followeth vizt:

      Be it knowne unto all men to whom this doth or may concerne That I Peter Worden of Yarmouth in New England in Plymouth Patten being very sick in this yeare of our Lord 1638 and on the ninth day of ffebruary do make my last will to testyfy unto all that I Peter Worden doe give and bequeath unto Peter Worden my onely sonne & sonn & heire and in the presence of Nicholas Sympkins Hugh Tillie & Giles Hopkins I do make him my whole Executr to whom I doe give all my lands Leases Tennements wth goods moveable and unmoveable in the Towne of Clayton in the County of Lankester likewise I doe give unto Peter my sonne all my goods wch I have at this prsent in New England My will is my sonne is to give John Lewis one Nate Goate also my will is my sonn is to give my Grandchild such money as is due for the keepeing of Goates and Calves untill this day and that my sonn is wth the money to buy John a Kid or dispose it otherwaies for his use also one bed or boulster three blanketts also my sonn is to have the tuition of my grandchild untill he be at the age of one and twenty yeares of age also my will is he shall fynd him with meate drinke and cloathes and at the three last yeares of the xxjtie years also to have fourty shillings the year after & above for to add to his stock wth a sowe pigg when the sowe piggs

      In witnesse we present set our hands
      Peter (his seale) Worden

      Nicholas Simpkins
      Hugh Tilly H marke
      Giles Hopkins G

      mr Nicholas Sympkins Heugh Tilly and Giles Hopkins weer all deposed (in open Court) to this will the fift day of march 1638 xiiijto Caroli Rs

      Thirdly. I give to my daughter Martha the wife of Joseph Severns a peece of marsh about three acrees be it more or lesse lying att the head of the Marsh above John Burgis his ditch, during her naturall life and after I give it to my son Samuell Worden to whom I likewise give all the cattle that hee hath bine possessed of by mee excepting two oxen.

      Fourthly. I give to my loveing wife Mary Worden the proffitts and improvements of my housing and lands and orchyards that I now live upon during her naturall life, both upland and marsh with the land I bought of Mr. Allin and all my household goods and cattle for her support during her life and my will is that what of my goods and cattle are left after my wife dies shall be equally divided betwix my three daughters Mary, Marcye and Martha.

      Fifthly. I give to my son Samuell Worden all my estate in old England both land and other estate that came by my wife.

      Sixthly. I give to my daughter Mary the wife of John Burgis, the one halfe of my forty acres of upland at the head of the lotts to her, her heires and assigns forever.

      Seventhly. I give to my daughter Martha the wife of Joseph Severens all the cattle and goods, shee is alreddy possessed of my mee with one cow more att my decease and after her decease my will is that what of the mare left shall fall to her two daughters now living.

      Lastly. I give to my son Samuell Worden my Chist and my cloak.

      Peter Worden

      and a seal

      Signed and sealed before us this 9th day of January 1679

      John Freeman senior

      Silas Sards

      This 29th day of July 1680 I Peter Worden yett remaining in perfect memory though weake in body doe add this to my will as a further explanation.

      Firstly that my wife have att her owne disposall what ever she can raise of my land and cattle in the improvement of them, during her life, for her support and if there be any overpluss, to dispose of it to my children as shee shall see need.

      Whereas I have in my will given to my son Samuell all the cattle that hee hath bin possessed of by mee, excepting two oxen my will is that as my son Samuell hath them principally for to do the worke of family plowing and carting ec. so likewise that hee keepeth three steers more of my cattle, and when he hath brought two of them to work suitable to supply the rome of those above said two oxen. Then I give one of the old oxen to my wife and the other to my son Samuell, and the third steer my son Samuell shall keep to the halves, hee to have one halfe and his Mother the other half.

      and my will is that my son Samuell still breake other of my steers during my wifes life to be in Reddynes to doe the worke as abovesaid, and att my wifes decease my will is that the two oxen that be then in Improvement shall Goe to my son Samuell with the house and land that mywife liveth on.

      likewise I give to my son Samuell my Gun and all my takleing for plowing and Carting and husbandry after my wifes decease and my son Samuel is to provide his Mother with fier wood dureing her life and likewise to provide hay for my Cattle during his Mothers life that is to say To Gett the hay mowed and made and Stacked and have the oxen and Cartin a Reddynes for that end the stocke of Cattle to pay for the geting of theire hay excepting Cart and oxen for draught. further whereas my son Kanelme Winslow oweth mee forty shillings I Give him twenty shillings of it, and whereas my son John Burge oweth mee thirty shillings I give him twenty shillings of it, and likewise I give my Indian servant to my son Samuell after my wife decease.

      as Witness my hand and seale the day and yeer above said

      Peter Worden and a seale

      Memorandum I except one Cow and Calfe that I have in Samuells hand.

      Signed and sealed in the presence of us

      John Freeman. Assistant

      Silas Saers [3]


    • (Research):Order of the Crown of Charlemagne

      In the United States of America


      Lineage Claim Prepared by:

      Tracy Ashley Crocker


      Peter Worden of Clayton co. Lancashire, England.


      13. Peter (Werden) Worden of Clayton, Lancs born at: on: ca. 1576 died at: Yarmouth, MA on: bet: 09 Feb and 05 Mar 1638/39 married on: bef: 3 Aug and 8 Oct 1607 to: Margaret (widow of Anthony Wale) Grice born at: England on: ca. 1568 died at: on: married at:

      Proof [s]

      "Preston Guild roll in" (see letter Sarah Doherty-NEHGS dated 23 June 2004 and John Schuerman dated 24 June 2004)

      Actual rolls, which are in the Archives of the Preston Corporation ~ Transcription in Rolls of Burgesses at the Guilds Merchant of the Borough of Preston 1397-1682, Record Society of Lancashire and Cheshire, v. 9 (1884). For the record, these are the relevant entries:

      Roll of the Guild Merchant of 24th Elizabeth (a.d. 1582):(under Burgens' fforins' p. 42):
      Willms Werden de Clayton filius Robti Werden
      Jacobus Werden frater eius
      Petrus Werden frater eius

      Roll of 1602, under Burgens' forens', p. 57:
      Willms Werden de Claiton Jur'
      Petrus Werden frater eius Jur'
      Jacobus Werden frater eius Jur'
      ... Werden filius eius

      Roll of 1622, under Burgens' forens' p. 87:
      Will'ms Worden de Clayton gen'
      Jacobus Worden filius eius
      Will'm's Worden frater eius
      Ric'us Worden frater eius
      [several intervening irrelevant entries] Petrus WeardenPetrus Wearden filius eius

      There are no entries for Peter in later Rolls.

      "Lancashire Halls and Houses (www.lancshalls.co.uk/Chorley/oldwordenhall.htm)

      "Chorley and District Historical and Archaeological Society
      (www.boyd.harris.btinternet.co.uk/hist/sys2004.htm)

      Count List 88 Ordnance Survey Grid
      ref. SD 5392 2084

      Lancashire Record Office (ref. DDKE/3/30) Writ of elegit and inquisition;

      Peter Wordens Will (MD Vol. 3 April 1901 No. 2 p.75)



      The said: Peter Worden was the child of:
      14. Isabel Worthington born at: bapt. at Standish church on: aft 1564 died at: on: married on: c. 1570 to: Robert Werden of Clayton, Lancs born at: on: c. 1534 died at: on: bef.1582 married at: Lancashire

      Proof [s]

      "The Worthington Families of Medieval England" by Philip Michael Worthington, Phillimore (1985) p. 119, 127, 171-175, 283



      The said: Isabel Worthington was the child of:
      15. Peter Worthington of Blainscough, Lancs born at: on: c. 1514 died at: on: 19 Sep 1577, bur Standish Church 20 Sep 1577 married on: to: Isabel Anderton of Euxton, Lancs born at: on: died at: on: 1572/3, bur 12 Oct at Standish Church married at:

      Proof [s]

      "The Worthington Families of Medieval England" by Philip Michael Worthington, Phillimore (1985) p. 119, 127, 136-139



      The said: Peter Worthington was the child of:
      16. Agnes (Rusheton or Rushton ) Rishton born at: on: aft.1470 died at: prob. Blainscough, co. Lancaster on: aft. 1556 married on: bet. 1505-1513 to: Richard Worthington of Blainscough, Lancs born at: on: died at: Blainscough, Lancs on: 22 Dec 1526 married at: Lancashire

      Proof [s]

      "The Worthington Families of Medieval England" by Philip Michael Worthington, Phillimore (1985) p. 119, 127, 131-135

      "An History of the Original Parish of Whalley, and Honor of Clitheroe" by Thomas Dunham Whitaker, V. II Part 1, George Routledge and Sons, The Broadway, Ludgate, and Lynch Conway Gent. 1876, p. 298

      "Remains Historical and Literary Connected with the Palatine Counties of Lancaster and Chester, v. 85-New Series, Chetham Society 1926, p.57



      The said Agnes (Rusheton or Rushton) Rishton was the child of:
      17. Nicholas Rushton of Dunkenlalgh born at: on: aft.1454 died at: on: bef. 7 Aug 1508 married on: mar. deed 20 Jun 1471 to: Margaret Radcliffe born at: of the Tower on: died at: on: married at:

      Proof [s]

      "The Worthington Families of Medieval England" by Philip Michael Worthington, Phillimore (1985) p. 119 & 132

      "An History of the Original Parish of Whalley, and Honor of Clitheroe" by Thomas Dunham Whitaker, V. II Part 1, George Routledge and Sons, The Broadway, Ludgate, and Lynch Conway Gent. 1876, p. 298

      "Dunkenhalgh Deeds c. 1200-1600" edited by G. A. Stocks and James Tait, Printed for the Chetham Society, 1921, p. 93

      "Remains Historical and Literary Connected with the Palatine Counties of Lancaster and Chester, v. 85-New Series, Chetham Society 1926, p.57 & Pedigree of Rishton of Rishton, Dunkenhalgh and Powthalgh



      The said: Nicholas Rushton was the child of:
      18. Agnes Sherburne born at: on:
      died at: on: aft. 1471 married on: contracted in marriage1448 to: Henry (Rishton) Rushton of Dunkenenhalgh born at: on: died at: on: aft. 1471& bef 1490 married at:

      Proof [s]

      "An History of the Original Parish of Whalley, and Honor of Clitheroe" by Thomas Dunham Whitaker, V. II Part 1, George Routledge and Sons, The Broadway, Ludgate, and Lynch Conway Gent. 1876, p. 298;

      "Dunkenhalgh Deeds c. 1200-1600" edited by G. A. Stocks and James Tait, Printed for the Chetham Society, 1921, p. 34 & 90

      "A History of Lancashire" VCH v. 6 p. 420;

      "Remains Historical and Literary Connected with the Palatine Counties of Lancaster and Chester, v. 85-New Series, Chetham Society 1926, p.57 & Pedigree of Rishton of Rishton, Dunkenhalgh and Powthalgh





      The said: Agnes Sherburne was the child of:
      19. Richard Sherburne of Stonyhurst, Lancs born at: on: died at: on: bur: 25 May 1441 married on: to: Matilda [shown also as Maud or Alice] Hamerton born at: Wicklisworth, co. York-of Hammerton, co. York on: died at: on: married at:

      Proof [s]

      "A History of Lancashire" VCH v. 6 p. 420;

      "Remains Historical and Literary Connected with the Palatine Counties of Lancaster and Chester, v. 85-New Series, Chetham Society 1926, p.57

      "The History of the County Palatine & Duchy of Lancaster" ~ "Sherburne, of Stonyhurst", by: Edward Baines, 1836, v. 3 Chart Between pp. 23 +24

      "A History of the Family of Sherburne, p.16-17 (NY Public Library)



      The said: Richard Sherburne was the child of:
      20. Richard (formerly) de Bayley (alias) de Sherburne of Stonyhurst,Lancs born at: on: 12 Oct 1381 died at: Stonyhurst, Lancashire on: 29 May 1441 married on: to: Agnes Harrington born at: on: died at: on: married at:

      Proof [s]

      "Pedigrees of Charlemagne's Descendants", by J. Orton Buck and Timothy Field Beard, GPC, 1988 V. III p. 248;

      "The Royal Descents of 600 Immigrants to the American Colonies or the United States" by Gary Boyd Roberts, GPC, 2004, p. 416

      "The History of the County Palatine & Duchy of Lancaster" ~ "Sherburne, of Stonyhurst", by: Edward Baines, 1836, v. 3 Chart Between pp. 23 +24

      "Who were the parents of Richard Sherburne's wife Agnes, and of Isabel (Sherburne) Towneley and Agnes (Sherburne) Rishton?" by Douglas Hickling May 24, 2004

      "A History of the Family of Sherburne" p. 12,13,16 (NY Public Library)



      The said: Richard (formerly) Bayley (alias) Sherburne was the child of:
      21. Margaret Sherburne born at: Aighton, Lancashire on: died at: on: married on: c. 1377 to: Richard de Bayley of Stonyhurst, Lancs born at: on: c. 1358 died at: Stonyhurst on: by 1388/89 married at:

      Proof [s]

      "Pedigrees of Charlemagne's Descendants", by J. Orton Buck and Timothy Field Beard, GPC, 1988 V. III p. 248;

      "The Royal Descents of 600 Immigrants to the American Colonies or the United States" by Gary Boyd Roberts, GPC, 2004, p. 416

      "The History of the County Palatine & Duch of Lancaster" ~ "Sherburne, of Stonyhurst", by: Edward Baines, 1836, v. 3 Chart Between pp. 23 +24

      "A History of the Family of Sherburne" p. 12,13,16 (NY Public Library)



      The said: Margaret Sherburne was the child of:
      22. Alice (Alicia) Plumpton born at: on: died at: on: aft. 21 Mar 1400 married on: (1st) 1352 to: Sir Richard Sherburne, Knt., of Aighton, Lancs born at: on: died at: on: 1361 married at:

      Proof [s]

      "Pedigrees of Charlemagne's Descendants", by J. Orton Buck and Timothy Field Beard, GPC, 1988 V. III p. 248;

      "The Royal Descents of 600 Immigrants to the American Colonies or the United States" by Gary Boyd Roberts, GPC, 2004, p. 416

      "The History of the County Palatine & Duchy of Lancaster" ~ "Sherburne, of Stonyhurst", by: Edward Baines, 1836, v. 3 Chart Between pp. 23 +24

      "AR" Weis, GPC, seventh edition1992, 170/30

      "MCS 1215" Weis, GPC, fifth edition 1999, 116/6



      The said: Alice Plumpton was the child of:
      23. Sir William de Plumpton of Plumpton, York born at: on: died at: on: 1362 married on: c. 1338 to: (2nd) Christian Mowbray born at: on:
      died at: on:1365 married at:

      Proof [s]

      "PCD" v. III p. 248

      "AR" 170/29

      "MCS 1215" 116/5







      The said: Sir William de Plumpton was the child of:
      24. Lucy (Lucia) de Ros born at: on: died at: on: married on: 1307 to: Sir Robert de Plumpton of Plumpton, York born at: on: died at: on: 1325 married at:

      Proof [s]

      "PDC" v. III p. 247

      "AR" 170/28

      "MCS 1215" 116/4



      The said: Lucy (Lucia) de Ros was the child of:
      25. Sir William de Ros of Ingmanthorpe, York born at: on: died at: on: c. 28 May 1310 married on: 1268 to: Eustache, dau. and hr. of Ralph Fitz Hugh born at: on: died at: on: married at:

      Proof [s]

      "PDC" v. III p. 247

      "AR" 170/27

      "MCS 1215" 116/3



      The said: Sir William de Ros was the child of:
      26. Sir William de Ros of Helmsley, York born at: on: died at: on: 1264/5 married on: to: Lucy FitzPiers, dau of Piers Fitz Herbert of Brecknock born at: on: died at: on: aft. 1266 married at:

      Proof [s]

      "PDC" v. III p. 247

      "AR" 170/26

      "MCS 1215" 116/2



      The said: Sir William de Ros was the child of:
      27. Isabel (natural dau. of William the Lion, King of the Scots) born at: on: died at: on: married on: 1191 to: Robert de Ros of Helmsley in Holderness, York, Magna Charta Surety, Knight Templar born at: on: ca 1172 died at: on: bef. 23 Dec. 1226 married at: Haddington

      Proof [s]

      "PDC" v. III p. 247

      "AR" 170/25

      "MCS 1215" 116/1



      The said: Isabel (natural dau. of William the Lion, King of the Scots) was the child of:
      28. William, The Lion, King of Scots born at: on: 1143 died at: Stirling Castle, Stirling, Scotland on: 4 Dec 1214 married on: to: by Isabel (?), daughter of Richard Avenal born at: on: died at: on: married at:

      Proof [s]

      "PDC" v. III p. 247

      "AR" 170/24



      The said: William, The Lion, King of Scots was the child of:
      29. Ada de Warenne born at: on: died at: on: 1178 married on: 1139 to: Henry, Earl of Huntingdon & Northumberland, Prince of Scotland born at: on: 1114 died at: on: 12 Jun 1152 married at:

      Proof [s]

      "PDC" v. III p.247

      "AR" 170/23 and 89/25



      The said: Ada de Warenne was the child of:
      30. Isabel(Elizabeth) de Vermandois, Countess of Leicester, former wife of Robert de Beaumont, lst Earl of Leicester born at: on: died at: on: 13 Feb 1131 married on: 1118 to: William de Warenne, 2nd Earl of Surrey born at: on: died at: on: 11 May 1138 married at:

      Proof [s]

      "PDC" v. III p. 247

      "AR" 89/24, 50/24,& 83/24



      The said: Isabel(Elizabeth) de Vermandois was the child of:
      31. Adlelaide (Adelheid) Countess of Vermandois and Valois born at: on: c. 1062 died at: Meulan, France on: c. 1120/24 married on: aft.1067 to: (1st) Hugh Magnus, Duke of Frand and Burgundy, Marquis of Orleans, Count of Amiens, Chaumont, Paris, Valois, and Vermandois, a leader of the 1st Crusade; born at: France on: 1057 died at: Tarsus, Asia Minor on: 18 Oct 1101 married at:

      Proof [s]

      "PDC" v. III p. 247

      "AR" 50/23

      "Royalty for Commoners" by Roderick W. Stuart, GPC, fourth edition, 2002, 143/29, 239/30





      The said: Adlelaide (Adelheid) Countess of Vermandois and Valois was the child of:
      32. Herbert IV, Count of Vermandois and Valois born at: on: c.1032 died at: on: c. 1080/1096 married on: bef. 1068 to:

      Adele de Vexin, Countess of Valois & Vexin born at: on: by 1043 died at: on: married at:

      Proof [s]

      "PDC" v. III p. 247

      "AR" 50/22

      "RC" Stuart 239/31 &268/32



      The said: Herbert IV, Count of Vermandois and Valois was the child of:
      33. Otho (Otto, Eudes) Count of Vermandois born at: on: c. 1000 died at: on: 25 May 1045 married on: to: Parvie born at: on: died at: on: married at:

      Proof [s]

      "PDC" v. III p. 246

      "AR" 50/21

      "RC" Stuart 239/32



      The said: Otho (Otto, eudes) Count of Vermandois was the child of:
      34. Herbert III, Count of Vermandois born at: on: c. 955 died at: on: c. 1000 married on: 997/1000 to: (2nd) Irmgard (Ermengarde) born at: on: c.970 died at: on: aft. 1035 married at:

      Proof [s]

      "PDC" v. III p. 246

      "AR" 50/20

      "RC" Stuart 239/33

      "Caroli Magni Progenies, by Siegfried Rosch, Neustadt, 1977, p.149



      The said: Herbert III, Count of Vermandois was the child of:
      35. Albert I, the Pious, Count of Vermandois born at: on: c. 920 died at: on: 987/8 married on: bef. 954 to: Gerberga of Hainault and Lorraine born at: on: c. 935 died at: on: married at:

      Proof [s]

      "PDC" v. III p. 246

      "AR" 50/19

      "RC" Stuart 239/34 & 207/36

      "CMP" Rosch, pp.124,129,149





      The said: Albert I, the Pious, Count of Vermandois was the child of:
      36. Herbert II, Count of Vermandois and Troyes born at: Vermandois on: c. 880-890 died at: St. Quentin on: c. 943 married on: to: Liegarde or Hildebrante of Neustria born at: on: 887 died at: on: 943 married at:

      Proof [s]

      "PDC" v. III p. 246

      "AR" 50/18

      "RC" Stuart 239/35 & 169/36

      "CMP" Rosch pp.105, 124



      The said: Herbert II, Count of Vermandois and Troyes was the child of:
      37. Herbert I de Vermandois, Count of Vermandois, Seigneur de Senlis, Peronne and St. Quentin born at: on: c. 840 or c.850 died at: on: murdered c. 900-907 married on: to: prob. Liegardis born at: on: died at: on: married at:

      Proof [s]

      "PDC" v. III p. 246

      "AR" 50/17

      "RC" Stuart 231/37

      "CMP" Rosch pp. 86, 105



      The said: Herbert I de Vermandois, Count of Vermandois, Seigneur de Senlis, Peronne and St. Quentin was the child of:
      38. Pippin of Peronne, Count of Senlis, Peronne and St. Quentin. born at: Servalis on: 817/8 died at: on: aft. 840 married on: to: born at: on: died at: on: married at:

      Proof [s]

      "PDC" v. III p. 246

      "AR" 50/16

      "RC" Stuart 231/38

      "CMP" Rosch pp. 74, 86,



      The said: Pippin of Peronne, Count of Senlis, Peronne and St. Quentin. was the child of:
      39. Bernard, King of Italy born at: on: c. 797 died at: Milan, Italy on: 17 Apr 818 married on: to: Cunigunde (Kunigunde) born at: on: died at: on: 15 Jun 835 married at:

      Proof [s]

      "PDC" v. III p. 246

      "AR" 50/15

      "RC" Stuart 231/39

      "CMP" Rosch pp. 67, 74



      The said: Bernard, King of Italy was the child of:
      40. Pippin, King of Lombardy born at: Aachen, Rhineland, Prussia on: Apr. 773 died at: on: 8 July 810 married on: to: Chrothais born at: on: died at: on: married at:

      Proof [s]

      "PDC" v. III p. 246

      "AR" 50/14

      "RC" Stuart 231/40

      "CMP" Rosch pp. 63, 67



      The said: Pippin, King of Lombardy was the child of:
      41. Charlemagne, King of France, Emperor of the West born at: Ingelheim on: 2 April 742 died at: Aix La Chapelle on: 28 Jan 813/14 married on: c. 771 to: Hildegarde of Swabia born at: on: c. 758 died at: on: 30 Apr 783 married at:

      Proof [s]

      "PDC" v. III p. 246

      "AR" 50/13

      "RC" Stuart 231/41

      "CMP" Rosch pp. 48,64




      Damned Spots and other Notable Events in the Ancestry of Peter Worden I

      By John R. Schuerman

      reprinted from Wordens Past February 2004

      The publication of Royal Descents of 600 Immigrants by Gary Boyd Roberts (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 2004) opens up entirely new vistas on the ancestry of the immigrant, Peter Worden I. Peter was born in about 1576 in Clayton, Lancashire, England. He immigrated to Cape Cod and died in 1638 in Yarmouth, Massachusetts. Peter's life in England and Massachusetts has been well described in previous articles in Wordens Past, notably in pieces by George Bolton. Bolton has identified Peter's father, Robert Worden (b. about 1534; d. 1580, Clayton-le-Woods, Lancashire) and grandfather, William Worden (b. 1500, Leyland, Lancashire; d. about 1574). To my knowledge, ancestors of William Worden have not been definitively traced.

      Peter Worden I's mother was Isobel Worthington (d. 1580). This Worthington family has been traced back to Robert de Worthington (d. before 1213) by Philip M. Worthington in The Worthington Families of Medieval England.

      Roberts has shown that Peter Worden I descended from William I, King of Scotland, through Isobel Worthington. Roberts's book also shows that four presidents of the United States are descendents of William: George Washington, Rutherford B. Hayes, and the two Presidents Bush. Hence, descendents of Peter are distant cousins of these presidents. Through an examination of the sources cited by Roberts and other sources, it is possible to identify many more ancestors of Peter, including a number of other kings of Scotland, kings of England before the Norman Conquest in 1066, and a couple of saints.

      King William's great-great-grandfather was King Duncan I, who was murdered and succeeded by Macbeth in 1040. Macbeth was not an ancestor (he had no recorded children), although he was related to Duncan. Macbeth was subsequently killed in 1057 by Duncan's son who became King Malcolm III, also an ancestor of Peter Worden. Most of these early kings of the Scots and kings of England met violent deaths, after having engaged in a lot of mayhem themselves. As for saints, Malcolm III's second wife was Saint Margaret (d. 1093) who tried to make the Scottish church (and Scottish society) more Anglicized and European (to move away from its Celtic influences). Margaret was the daughter of Edward Aethling, known as "the Exile" because he was forced to go abroad when Cnut invaded England from Denmark. Edward Aethling wound up in Hungary where he married princess Agatha. Margaret's brother was Edgar Atheling, who asserted himself as King of England in 1066 but was brushed aside by William the Conqueror. This family descended from early Kings of England and of Wessex (based in what is now southwestern England), including Alfred the Great (d. 899) and going back to King Egbert of Wessex (d. 839). Margaret's maternal grandfather was Saint King Stephen (d. 1038) who is credited with having created Hungary. Also in the ancestry of King William I of Scotland are Scandinavian royalty (including King Sweyn Forkbeard, Cnut's father, d. 1014) who frequently attacked Scotland and England.

      In this article, I want to focus on King William I of Scotland and his family. He was the brother of King Malcolm IV and the son of Henry, who was not a king. William was known as "the Lion" although that label was applied many years after his death. The ancestry from Peter Worden I to William is as follows:

      Peter Worden I < Isobel Worthington (d. 1580) < Peter Worthington (d. 1577 Lancashire) < Agnes Rushton < Nicholas Rushton (d. 1508) < Agnes Sherborne < Robert Sherburne (d. 1485) < Richard Sherburne (d. 1441) < Richard Bayley (alias Sherburne) (d. 1448/9) < Margaret Sherburne < Alice Plumpton < Sir William Plumpton (d. 1362) < Lucy de Ros < Sir William de Ros < Sir William de Ros (d. 1310) < Isabel of Scotland < William I, the Lion, King of Scotland (d. 1214).

      It should be noted that other ancestors of each of the individuals in this line, the Rushtons, the Sherburnes, the Plumptons, and the Roses can be traced further, but we focus here on King William.

      Isabel was an illegitimate daughter of William, by an unnamed woman who was the daughter of Richard Avenal. William had a number of illegitimate children, apparently by various women. He also had legitimate children by his wife Ermengarde de Beaumont, including King Alexander II, his successor. In any event, it appears that William fully acknowledged his illegitimate offspring and with regard to Isabel, blessed her two marriages (probably having arranged them) to Robert de Brus and Robert de Ros. Robert de Ros, the father of Sir William de Ros above, was a Magna Charta Surety, which means that he was one of the gentlemen who witnessed King John's signing of the Magna Carta and pledged to assure that he would adhere to it, although John had no intention of doing so and civil war ensued.

      King William was descended from other kings of the Scots, going back to Kenneth I (d. 858), thought of as the first king of the Scots, since he united the Picts in the north with the Scots in the south. Kenneth was descended from the first Scots, who were Irish (Celtic) invaders of the west coast of what is now Scotland in the fifth century (then called Dalriada). The early kings of Scotland seem to have been constantly engaged in warfare, with the Picts, the Scandinavians who frequently invaded, and the Northumbrians and other English tribes. Sometimes they were the invaders, sometimes the invaded. Sometimes the violence was intrafamilial.

      William was King of the Scots from 1165 to 1214, a hundred years after William the Conqueror had united England under his rule. By this time, the primary external threat to Scotland was the English monarchs, who attempted (as they had before the Conquest) to assert authority over Scotland. The Scottish isles continued under the control of Norway.

      William's grandfather, King David I, reigned over most of Scotland plus the northern part of what is now England. David granted the Earldom of Northumberland to William in 1152. The border counties, including Northumberland, were lost to King Henry II of England in 1157. Attempting to regain his foothold in northern England, William invaded Northumberland and Cumberland in 1173. He was captured at Alnwick and was forced to recognize Henry as the superior lord of Scotland by the treaty of Falaise. After Henry's death in 1189, William petitioned King Richard I to be relieved of his treaty obligations. Needing to raise cash for the third crusade, Richard accepted payment of about 6,500 and released William from allegiance. But King John brought a large army to Norham (seven miles west of Berwick-on-Tweed) in 1209 and forced William to make a large payment and turn over his two elder daughters for marriage into the English royal family. Although Scotland was nominally independent, William continued his submission to the English crown.

      William's reign saw considerable development, including new towns outside the heartlands of the country. He died at Sterling and was buried in Arbroath Abbey, which he founded in honor of St. Thomas Becket.

      Sources: Much of the research for the connection between Peter Worden I and King

      William reported in Roberts was done by Sara Doherty of the New England Historic Genealogical Society. For Worthington, see Philip M. Worthington, The Worthington Families of Medieval England (Chichester, Sussex, England: Phillimore, 1985). The most authoritative works on Rushton (Riston, Rishton, and other spellings) are Dunkelhalgh Deeds, edited by G. A. Stocks and J. Tait (Manchester: The Chetham Society, 1921, vol. 80 of the Society's Remains, new series) and Richard Trappes-Lomax, A History of the Township and Manor of Clayton-le-Moors, co. Lancaster (Manchester: The Chetham Society, 1926, vol. 85 of the Society's Remains, new series). For Sherburne, see Thomas D. Whitaker, An History of the Original Parish of Whalley and Honor of Clitheroe, 4th ed. (London: G. Routledge, 1876; LDS films 924245, 924245 Items 1-2) and Thomas D. Whitaker and A. W. Morant, History and Antiquities of the Deanery of Craven in the County of York, 3rd Ed., (Leeds: J. Dodgson, 1878; LDS film 476217, Item 1). These two Whitaker volumes also have information on other families including Rushton. For Plumpton, see Plumpton Correspondence, edited by Thomas Stapleton (London: The Camden Society, 1839, vol. 4 of the Society's publications). For Ros see George E. Cokayne, Complete Peerage (London: St. Catherine Press, 1910-1998, 14 Vols) and Frederick Lewis Weis, Magna Charta Sureties, 5th ed., additions by W. L. Sheppard, Jr. (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999). Other sources for the Lancashire families mentioned here are Edward Baines, History of the County Palatine and Duchy of Lancaster (there were at least three editions of this, I have consulted the four volume 1836 edition, London: Fisher, Son & Co. and the five volume 1883-1893 edition, edited by James Croston, London: John Heywood, the two editions have different genealogical information) and the eight volume Victoria History of the County of Lancaster, William Farrer and J. Brownbill, eds. (London: Constable, 1906). Also of use are the various visitations of Lancashire and Yorkshire in the 16th and 17th centuries.

      Much of our knowledge about ancient kings of Scotland and England comes from chronicles, some of which are contemporary descriptions and others composed many years later (scholars frequently argue about just when they were written and their veracity). There are translations (from Latin, Celtic, and Old English) and compilations of some of these chronicles. One that I have found useful is Early Sources of Scottish History, edited by Alan Orr Anderson (London: Oliver and Boyd, 1922). I have found the Oxford Companion to British History (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997) invaluable for discussions of English and Scottish kings, other notables, battles, and places. There is also A. A. M. Duncan, Kingship of the Scots, 842-1292 (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2002). For general history, Norman Davies' The Isles, A History (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999) is lively and argumentative. Also helpful is Philip A. Crowl, The Intelligent Traveler's Guide to Historic Scotland (New York: Congdon & Weed, 1981) which, besides giving a lot of history, will show you how to find the places in your heritage. Crowl has also written The Intelligent Traveler's Guide to Historic Britain but I have not looked at that.



      John R. Schuerman, Ph.D., is Emeritus Professor in the School of Social Service Administration and Faculty Associate in the Chapin Hall Center for Children at the University of Chicago. He does research on programs for children and is the author of books and papers on research and statistical methods and child welfare programs. He is the great-great-grandson of Naomi Worden, a descendent of Peter Worden I.






      Line as given by Gary Boyd Roberts (watch for more details here and in Wordens Past where an exciting new article about the subject, contributed by John Schuerman, will be published in February)



      1.William I the Lion, King of Scotland, d. 1214=Ermemgrde de Beaumont

      2. (illegitimate by a daughter of Richard Avenal) Isabel of Scotland=Robert de Ros, Magna Charta Surety

      3. Sir William de Ros=Lucy St. John

      4. Sir William de Ros=Eustache FitzHugh

      5. Lucy de Ros=Sir Robert Plumpton

      6. Sir William Plumpton=Christiana Mowbray

      7. Alice Plumpton=(1) Sir Richard Sherburne; (2) Sir John Boteler

      8. (by 1) Margaret Sherburne=Richard Bayley

      9. Richard Bayley alias Sherburne=Agnes Stanley

      10. Richard Sherburne=Matilda Hamerton
      11. Robert Sherburne=Joanna Radcliffe
      12. Agnes Sherburne=Henry Rushton (Rishton)

      13. Nicholas Rushton=Margaret Radcliffe
      14. Agnes Rushton=Richard Worthington
      15. Peter Worthington=Isabel Anderton
      16. Isabel Worthington=Robert Worden (Werden)
      17. Peter Worden of Mass=Mrs. Margaret Grice Wall
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    Father Peter Worden,   b. Abt 1576, Clayton, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Mar 1639, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 63 years) 
    Mother Margaret Grice,   b. 1568-1572, Of, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1612, , , England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 40 years) 
    Married 1603-1604  , , England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F219661  Group Sheet

    Family Mary,   b. 1609, , Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Mar 1687, Yarmouth, Barnstable, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years) 
    Married 9 Feb 1638  Yarmouth, Barnstable, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Mary Worden,   b. 10 Feb 1639, Yarmouth, Barnstable, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1723, Yarmouth, Barnstable, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
    +2. Mercy Worden,   b. 1640, Yarmouth, Barnstable, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Sep 1688, Dennis, Barnstable, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 48 years)
     3. Martha Worden,   b. 1643, Yarmouth, Barnstable, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1725  (Age 82 years)
     4. Samuel Worden, M.D.,   b. 1646, Yarmouth, Barnstable, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1716, Stonington, New London, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)
     5. Esther Worden,   b. 10 Feb 1648, Yarmouth, Barnstable, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Young
    Last Modified 15 Sep 2006 
    Family ID F219665  Group Sheet

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1609 - Clayton, Lancashire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 9 Feb 1638 - Yarmouth, Barnstable, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 11 Jan 1680 - Near, Yarmouth, Barnstable, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S305] Burgess Genealogy - Hiam, Katharine W. Hiam, (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1997), Page 79 (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S7751] Yarmouth Massachusetts Vital Records, Yarmouth (Massachusetts) Town Clerk, (Salt Lake City : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1973), Vol I, Page 25 (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S311] Mayflower Descendant, (Wheat Ridge, CO: Search & Research Publishing Corporation, 1996), v3 (Reliability: 3).