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William Wentworth

William Wentworth

Male 1616 - 1697  (81 years)

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  • Name William Wentworth  [1, 2
    Born 15 Mar 1616  Alford, Lincolnshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4, 5, 6
    Gender Male 
    Baptised 15 Mar 1616  Alford, Lincolnshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 4, 5, 6, 7
    Died 15 Mar 1697  Dover, Strafford, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 4, 5, 6, 7
    Person ID I4863  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of TNH
    Last Modified 21 May 2019 

    Father William Wentworth,   b. Bef 8 Jun 1584, Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 16 Mar 1642  (Age > 58 years) 
    Mother Susanna Carter,   d. Aft 1641 
    Married 28 Nov 1614  Alford, Lincolnshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 4, 5, 6, 7
    Family ID F1027  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Elizabeth Knight,   b. Abt 1626,   d. Aft 1678  (Age ~ 53 years) 
    Married Abt 1644  [6
    Children 
    +1. Ezekiel Wentworth,   b. Abt 1649, Dover, Strafford, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 30 Oct 1711 and 6 May 1712  (Age ~ 62 years)
    Last Modified 19 Sep 2015 
    Family ID F4915  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Elder William Wentworth's signature
    Elder William Wentworth's signature

  • Notes 
    • Arrived in New England sometime in the 1630s. One of TNH's four "gateway ancestors," albeit one about whom the scholarly consensus has been very much in flux. That the William Wentworth of New England was the man baptized in Alford seems extremely probable. That the man baptized in Alford had many gentry and aristocratic ancestors seems indisputable. That he had a provable "royal ancestry" seems very much at issue. Booth, Reed, and Taylor (citation details below) indicate that his descent from William "the Lion", king of Scotland, currently shown in this database, is invalid, and that this will be demonstrated in an upcoming article. They also appear to believe that Wentworth has other, more plausible, royal lines. We look forward to further installments of their TAG article, and to the other future articles to which they refer.

      "William Wentworth (1616-1697) was a follower of John Wheelwright, and an early settler of New Hampshire. Coming from Alford in Lincolnshire, he likely came to New England with Wheelwright in 1636, but no records are found of him in Boston. When Wheelwright was banished from the Massachusetts Bay Colony for his role in the Antinomian Controversy, he established the settlement of Exeter, New Hampshire, and Wentworth followed him there and then to Wells, Maine. After Wheelwright left Wells for Hampton, New Hampshire, Wentworth went to Dover, New Hampshire, and this is where he lived the remainder of his life. He was the proprietor of a sawmill, and held several town offices, but is most noted for being an elder in his Dover church for nearly 40 years. He had 11 children with two wives, and has numerous descendants, including many of great prominence." [Wikipedia]

      He was a signer of the Exeter Combination.

      His near descendants included his grandson John Wentworth, Lieutenant Governor of New Hampshire 1717-1730, and New Hampshire governors Benning Wentworth (governor 1741-1767) and Sir John Wentworth (governor 1767-1775); also John Wentworth, Speaker of the New Hampshire House 1771-1778.

      A book-length biographical study of him is William Wentworth, Puritan Preacher by Susan Ostberg; Lincoln, Nebraska: iUniverse, 2006.

  • Sources 
    1. [S162] The Royal Descents of 600 Immigrants to the American Colonies or the United States, With a 2008 Addendum, Coda, and Final Addition, by Gary Boyd Roberts. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 2008.

    2. [S2667] Terry J. Booth, Paul C. Reed, and Nathaniel Lane Taylor, "The English Ancestry of William Wentworth of New Hampshire: Male-Line Ancestry for Five Generations." The American Genealogist 90:161, Jul 2018, and 90:263, Oct 2018.

    3. [S119] Ancestors and Descendants of Andrew Lee and Clarinda Knapp Allen, by Gerald R. Fuller. Esther Fuller Dial, ed. The Andrew Lee Allen Family Organization, 1952.

    4. [S170] The Wentworth Genealogy, English and American, by John Wentworth. Boston: Little, Brown, 1878.

    5. [S159] Joseph Lemuel Chester, "A Genealogical Memoir of the Wentworth Family of England, From its Saxon Origin in the Eleventh Century to the Emigration of One of its Representatives to New England About the Year 1636." The New England Historical and Genealogical Register 22:120, April 1868.

    6. [S662] The New England Ancestry of Alice Everett Johnson, 1899-1986: Memoirs, and Bollenbach Genealogy, by W. M. Bollenbach, Jr. Baltimore: Gateway Press, 2003.

    7. [S418] The English Ancestry of Anne Marbury Hutchinson and Katherine Marbury Scott, by Meredith B. Colket. Philadelphia: Magee Press, 1936.