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Benjamin Woodworth

Male Abt 1656 - 1729  (~ 73 years)


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  • Name Benjamin Woodworth  [1
    Born Abt 1656  Scituate, Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 22 Apr 1729  Lebanon, New London, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Person ID I1250  My Genealogy
    Last Modified 23 Mar 2019 

    Father Walter Woodworth,   b. Abt 1612, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1686, Scituate, Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 74 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth Rogers,   d. 1676, Scituate ,Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Abt 1640 
    Family ID F550  Group Sheet

    Family 1 Hannah Damon,   b. 02 Dec 1672, Bourne, Barnstable, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 05 Aug 1741, Hingham, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years) 
    Married Bef 1689 
    Children 
     1. Ebenezer Woodworth,   b. 12 Mar 1691, Little Compton, Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1784, Lebanon, New London, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years)
     2. Benjamin Woodworth,   b. Abt 1689, Little Compton, Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Apr 1747, Lebanon, New London, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 58 years)
     3. Ichabod Woodworth,   b. 12 Mar 1691, Little Compton, Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Nov 1768  (Age 77 years)
     4. Hannah Woodworth,   b. Abt 1693, Little Compton, Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Ruth Woodworth,   b. Abt 1695, Little Compton, Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Amos Woodworth,   b. Abt 1696, Little Compton, Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. Ezekiel Woodworth,   b. Abt 1699, Little Compton, Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
     8. Judith Woodworth,   b. Abt 1701, Lebanon, New London, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location
     9. Margaret Woodworth,   b. Abt 1703, Lebanon, New London, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location
     10. Caleb Woodworth,   b. 22 May 1704, Lebanon, New London, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 May 1780, Salisbury Town, Litchfield, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
     11. Priscilla Woodworth,   b. Abt 1706, Lebanon, New London, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID F546  Group Sheet

    Family 2 Deborah ? 
    Married Bef 1682 
    Children 
     1. Elizabeth Woodworth
     2. Deborah Woodworth
     3. Mary Woodworth
    Family ID F549  Group Sheet

  • Documents
    Benjamin Woodworth Will
Lebanon, New London, Connecticut
Page 1
    Benjamin Woodworth Will Lebanon, New London, Connecticut Page 1
    Written 21 Jan 1726/7
    Proved 3 Jul 1728
    Source Citation
    Probate Records, 1719-1918; Author: Connecticut. Probate Court (Windham District); Probate Place: Windham, Connecticut
    Source Information
    Ancestry.com. Connecticut, Wills and Probate Records, 1609-1999 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015.
    Original data: Connecticut County, District and Probate Courts.
    pp 323-6
    Benjamin Woodworth Will
Lebanon, New London, Connecticut
Pages 2 & 3
    Benjamin Woodworth Will Lebanon, New London, Connecticut Pages 2 & 3
    Written 21 Jan 1726/7
    Proved 3 Jul 1728
    Source Citation
    Probate Records, 1719-1918; Author: Connecticut. Probate Court (Windham District); Probate Place: Windham, Connecticut
    Source Information
    Ancestry.com. Connecticut, Wills and Probate Records, 1609-1999 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015.
    Original data: Connecticut County, District and Probate Courts.
    pp 323-6
    Benjamin Woodworth Will
Lebanon, New London, Connecticut
Pages 4 & 5
    Benjamin Woodworth Will Lebanon, New London, Connecticut Pages 4 & 5
    Written 21 Jan 1726/7
    Proved 3 Jul 1728
    Source Citation
    Probate Records, 1719-1918; Author: Connecticut. Probate Court (Windham District); Probate Place: Windham, Connecticut
    Source Information
    Ancestry.com. Connecticut, Wills and Probate Records, 1609-1999 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015.
    Original data: Connecticut County, District and Probate Courts.
    pp 323-6
    Benjamin Woodworth Will
Lebanon, New London, Connecticut
Pages 6 & 7
    Benjamin Woodworth Will Lebanon, New London, Connecticut Pages 6 & 7
    Written 21 Jan 1726/7
    Proved 3 Jul 1728
    Source Citation
    Probate Records, 1719-1918; Author: Connecticut. Probate Court (Windham District); Probate Place: Windham, Connecticut
    Source Information
    Ancestry.com. Connecticut, Wills and Probate Records, 1609-1999 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015.
    Original data: Connecticut County, District and Probate Courts.
    pp 323-6
    Benjamin Woodworth Death
22 Apr 1729
    Benjamin Woodworth Death 22 Apr 1729
    Source Citation:
    Records of births, marriages, and deaths, vols. 1-4, 1700-1915, Vol. 1, p340
    Lebanon, CT, Registrar of Vital Statistics
    FamilySearch.org [database on-line], FHL #007730346, image #193
    Mr Benjamin Father of Ichabod Woodworth died Apr. 22d 1729
    Benjamin Woodworth to John Cushing
23 June 1691
Page 1
    Benjamin Woodworth to John Cushing 23 June 1691 Page 1
    "Massachusetts Land Records, 1620-1986," images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-99Z7-PHGY?cc=2106411&wc=MCB2-GP8%3A361612701%2C361639001 : 22 May 2014), Plymouth > Deeds 1664-1711 vol 1-5 > image 280 of 652; county courthouses and offices, Massachusetts.
    Benjamin Woodworth to John Cusing
26 June 1691
Page 2
    Benjamin Woodworth to John Cusing 26 June 1691 Page 2
    "Massachusetts Land Records, 1620-1986," images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-99Z7-PHGY?cc=2106411&wc=MCB2-GP8%3A361612701%2C361639001 : 22 May 2014), Plymouth > Deeds 1664-1711 vol 1-5 > image 280 of 652; county courthouses and offices, Massachusetts.
    Benjamin Woodworth from John Cushing
23 June 1691
Page 1
    Benjamin Woodworth from John Cushing 23 June 1691 Page 1
    "Massachusetts Land Records, 1620-1986," images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QSQ-G9Z7-PCNB?cc=2106411&wc=MCB2-GP8%3A361612701%2C361639001 : 22 May 2014), Plymouth > Deeds 1664-1711 vol 1-5, Vol 1, p 139 > image 76-7 of 652; county courthouses and offices, Massachusetts.
    Benjamin Woodworth from John Cushing
23 June 1691
Page 2
    Benjamin Woodworth from John Cushing 23 June 1691 Page 2
    "Massachusetts Land Records, 1620-1986," images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QSQ-G9Z7-PCNB?cc=2106411&wc=MCB2-GP8%3A361612701%2C361639001 : 22 May 2014), Plymouth > Deeds 1664-1711 vol 1-5, Vol 1, p 139 > image 76-7 of 652; county courthouses and offices, Massachusetts.

  • Notes 
    • REF: BURLESON/BASAR/WOODWORTH/TAYLOR Tree Jo Ann Riker
      http://worldconnect.genealogy.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=iluvov1

      June 23, 1692, Benjamin sold his land at Scituate, his second wife Hannah signing the deed with him, and he removed to Little Compton, Bristol Co, Mass. Bay Colony, where his brother Isaac had preceded him.

      In 1703, Benjamin removed again to Lebanon, CT (where many of the Scituate people settled) and bought a large tract of land from Phillip Smith for 250 pounds on February 25, 1703, and was admitted as inhabitant of the town on December 22, 1704. His farm was situated in the northeast part of the town, and on account of its remoteness from the church, he with others, petitioned in 1714 for a new church. In 1716 this new church was formed called Lebanon North Parish; later the town of Columbia. In deeds of lands at Lebanon he is described as Benjamin Woodworth of Little Compton, RI.

      There is some confusion about Benjamin. According to some, he was a soldier in Philip's War and lost his life.

      REF: Millard/Miller of Rehoboth Patricia Griffiths
      http://worldconnect.genealogy.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=njpatrn&id=I60686
      Lists six children for Deborah Thomas (1st wife)
      Abigail WOODWORTH b: ABT. 1685
      Robert WOODWORTH b: ABT. 1687
      Mary WOODWORTH b: ABT. 1688
      Benjamin WOODWORTH b: 1689 in Scituate, Plymouth Co., Ma.
      Icabod WOODWORTH b: 12 MAR 1690/91 in Little Compton, Newport Co., R.I.
      Ebenezer WOODWORTH b: 12 MAR 1690/91 in Little Compton, Newport Co., R.I.

      REF: The Wall Family Rick Wall
      http://worldconnect.genealogy.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=rickwall&id=I03398

      On the 23rd day of June 1692, Benjamin sold his land at Scituate, his second wife Hannah signing the deed with him, and he removed to Little Compton, Bristol County, Massachusetts Bay, where his brother Isaac had preceded him.

      In 1703, Benjamin removed again to Lebanon and bought a large tract of land from Phillip Smith on 25 February 1703, and was admitted as inhabitant of the town on 22 December 1704. His farm was situated in the northeast part of the town, and on account of its remoteness from the church, he with others, petitioned in 1714 for a new church. In 1716 this new church was formed called Lebanon North Parish; later the town of Columbia.

      In Lebanon land records [2:469] we find: "Moses Woodworth of Norwich sold to Benjamin Woodworth of Lebanon five acres in Little Compton, Bristol Co., Colony of Mass. Bay, land being one-third of a 15 acre tract which was originally Walter Woodworth's."

      Benjamin deeded land to his eldest son Benjamin in December 1712; to sons Ichabod and Ebenezer 13 February 1717/18 to son Amos 6 May 1720; to son Ezekiel who was "to care for his honored father and mother" 6 May 1723; to youngest son Caleb 21 January 1726/27.

      On 4 November 1714, Benjamin is said to have received land for service rendered in King Philip's War. It is believed that this account may have become confused with a Benjamin Woodward who was killed in that war.

      Children mentioned in Benjamin's Will, but not recorded in Lebanon or Little Compton [Genealogical & Family History of the State of Connecticut, 1911, p. 885].


      Title: The Woodworth Family of America
      Author: Pierce
      Note: FHL
      Call Number: 928368
      Media: Book

      Title: Decendants of Walter Woodworth
      Page: 1901

      Title: Soldiers in King Phillips War
      Media: Book
      Page: 428 & 464

    • Court records
      Plymouth Court Records, 1686-1859. CD-ROM. Boston, MA.: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2002. Copyright, 2002, Pilgrim Society. (Online database. AmericanAncestors.org. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2008.), Vol 1, p 10
      (Sessions/Pleas, 6: 45-46)
      General Sessions and Common Pleas, March 1688/89
      Begun 13 March before Judge Nathaniel Thomas, and Peregren White and John Cushing, JPs.
      Grandjurors: John Soule, Samuel Sebury, Benjamin Bartlet, Jr., Benjamin Woodworth, Job Randall, John Waterman, Timothy Rogers, John Sturtevant, John Nelson, Samuel Edson, John Leonard, John Thomson, Jr., William Barden, Charles Stockbridge, John Morton.

    • Land records
      Scituate, Plymouth Colony, MA
      23 Jun 1691
      "3:11 Benjamin Woodworth of Situate ... Carpenter ... for and in Consideration of other lands and Eleven pounds in money and one Cow by John Cushing, Senr of Situate ... sell ... All that my Housing and Twenty two Acres of marsh ... and Half an Acre of Swamp ... formerly ye lands of my father Walter Woodworth Deceased and by His Last Will ... given unto me ... bounded ... west with the Lands which now Belongs to the heirs of Japeth Turner Deceased ... East and ... north with the upland of Joseph Otis ... 23 June 1691. Benjamin Woodworth
      Samuel Wills
      Sarah Curtis
      Ack. by Benjamin Woodworth and Hannah Woodworth his wife 24 June 1691; rec. 25 Jan 1697/8"
      Mayflower Descendant: A Magazine of Pilgrim Genealogy and History. Boston, MA: Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants, 1899- . (Online database: AmericanAncestors.org, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2010), V54 No 1 Plymouth County, Mass., Records of Deeds, p81-2
      https://www.americanancestors.org/DB407/i/14019/81/34467982

      23 June 1691
      John Cushing transferred to Benjamin Woodworth in consideration of "other lands and housing (see above land transaction) ... several lotts of land lying and being in the township of Little Compton in the county of Bristol ... about fifty acres ... twenty fifth and twenty sixth lotts in number ..." and multiple other lots ... "this twenty third day of June ... 1691". Signed by John Cushing and Sarah his wife (mark), witnessed by Samuel Wills.
      "Massachusetts Land Records, 1620-1986," images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QSQ-G9Z7-PCNB?cc=2106411&wc=MCB2-GP8%3A361612701%2C361639001 : 22 May 2014), Plymouth > Deeds 1664-1711 vol 1-5, Vol 1, p 139 > image 76-7 of 652; county courthouses and offices, Massachusetts.

      Little Compton, Bristol, MA (now part of Rhode Island)
      24 Mar 1692/3 Benjamin along with his three brothers, Isace, Thomas, and Joseph were part of the original 29 proprietors for Little Compton per the Quit Claim deed signed by William Bradford
      "Massachusetts Land Records, 1620-1986," images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-L9ZS-1KRX?cc=2106411&wc=MCBL-13N%3A361612901%2C361840901 : 22 May 2014), Bristol > Deeds 1699-1709 vol 3-5, Vol 5, p 390-1 > image 722-3 of 806; county courthouses and offices, Massachusetts.

      Little Compton, Bristol Co., Rhode Island
      Proprietors records 1672-1755, Film #946836
      LDS records can be viewed only at a LDS library

      Lebanon, New London, Connecticut
      LDS records can only be viewed at a LDS library

    • Probate Records
      Will
      Benjamin's will is dated Lebanon 21 January 1726; proved 3 July 1728.

      Benjamin's Will: "In the name of God amen ye 21st day of January 1726/7. I, Benjamin Woodworth of Lebanon in ye County of Wendham and Colony of Connecticut in New England being very sick and weake in body but of perfect mind and memory - thanks be given unto God therefore called to mind ye mortality of my body and knowing that it is appinted for all men once to dey, do make and ordain this my last will and testament. That is to say princeaply and first of all I give and recomend my sould in to ye hands of God that gave it and my body I recomend to ye earth to be beuried in decent Christian Beuril at ye discretion of my executor - nothing doubting but that at ye generall resurrection I shall receve ye same again by ye mighty power of God - and as touching such wordly estate where with it had pleased God to bless me - with in this life I give demise and dispose of ye same in ye followig maner and form: Imp - I give and bequeath to my well beloved and eldest son Benjamin Woodworth twenty acres of my common right that is laid out joyning to his land that I gave formerly given to him to be first laide out to him beginning at ye highway ye wholl wedth as it is laide out and bounded on record and run so far by and ajoyning to his former land so far as to make twenty acres -

      Item: I give and bequeath unto my sons Benjamin, Ichobod and Ebenezer Woodworths all re remaining part of my common right of land that is laide out ajoynig to that twenty acres above sd given to Benjamin - to be equaly devided to my three sons Benjamin, Ichabod and Ebenezer they paying so much to my daughters as ye sd land shall be appraised at to be paide with in five years after my decease - and in case that my three sons Benjamin Ichabod and Ebenezer do not so cause to take ye sd lands and pay so much: to be devided amongst my daughters heare after named that ye ad lands shall be equaly devided amongst them my daughter.

      Item: I give and bequeath unto my son Amos Woodworth 33 acres and two 3ds of an acre of land ajoyning to that lot of land on Chusnut Hill that I have formarly given to him he paying twenty pounds to my daughtars with in five years after my deceas and in case he shall refuse to pay ye twenty pounds within the five years as afore sd that then the sd 33 acres and two 3ds of an acre of land to be equaly devided amongst them -

      Item: I give and bequeath unto my sons Ezekiell and Caleb Woodworths all thos two tracts or persals of land that I purchased of Capt. Joseph Marsh ajoyning to ye farm where my now dweling hows now stands to be equaly devided between them they paying all my just debts and in case they shall refuse to pay all my debts that then ye sd persels of land shall be sold to pay my just debts.

      Item: I give and bequeath unto my beloved daughtars heare named to wit Debrough Sprage and Hanah Walar and Ruth Owen and Judeth Newcomb and Margret Owen and Precillah Fuller all my moveable estate that I shall dye siezd of except chains cart irons plough irons that my sons now have and one great chain that I use to take up ye mill that I give to my sons Ezekiel and Caleb. With ye mill and my Iron Harrow, I give to be used amongst all my sons so long as it shall last - all my moveables estate both within doars and without as ye stock and ye priece of my common lands laide out - and not laide out and ye 20 that my son Amos is to pay that is to say all but only what I have heare except to be equaly devided amongst my above sd daughtars only I give to ye children of Elezebeth Southard Deced - and ye children of Mary Sprauge Decd - ye heirs of thare own bodyes begoten amongst them half so much as to each of my daughters above named -

      Item: I give and bequeath to my children both sons and daughtars heare named in this my last will and testament all my right of land or aney estate that of right dos belong to me at or within the bounds of Seconet in ye provence of Masachuse Bay and County of Bristoll they all being at equal charge in recovering ye same other wise ye charge to be payde out of ye part in proportion: and I do hearby likewise make and ordain my son Benjamin Woodworth my sole executor of this my last will and testament - heareby I do utterly disalow revoack and disanull all and every other and former testements wills legasies and bequests and executors by me in any ways before named willed and bequeathed ratiefieing and confirmeng this and no other to be my last will and testement. In witness wereof I have heare unto set my hand and seall the day and year first above mentioned."

      Benjamin Woodworth ( Seall )

      Signed sealled published pronounced and declared by ye sd Benjamin Woodworth as his last Will and Testement in presents of us ye subscribars:

      Thomas Root, Nathaniel Dewey and John Woodward

      [taken from "Volume I, The Woodworth Family of America, Descendants of Walter Woodworth of 1630 Through Six Generations", edited by Jeanette Woodworth Behan]


  • Sources 
    1. [S135] The Woodworth Family of America, Volume I, Descendants of Walter Woodworth of 1630 Through Six Generations, Jeanette Woodworth Behan.

    2. [S135] The Woodworth Family of America, Volume I, Descendants of Walter Woodworth of 1630 Through Six Generations, Jeanette Woodworth Behan, 21.

    3. [S256] Records of Lebanon CT, Registrar of Vital Statistics , (FamilySearch.org), FHL #007730346, image #193, Vol. 1, p340 (Reliability: 3), 14 Nov 2017.
      Mr Benjamin Father of Ichabod Woodworth died Apr. 22d 1729