Dea. Edward/1 Converse

M, #24081, (30 January 1590 - 10 August 1663)
Last Edited:7 Aug 2017

Children with Sarah (–?–):

  • Phineas/2 Converse2 b. say 1614
  • John/2 Converse2 b. say 1616
  • Dea. Josiah/2 Converse+23,24 b. circa 1619, d. 3 Feb 1689/90
  • Lt. James/2 Converse25,24 b. circa 1621, d. 10 May 1715
  • Mary/2 Converse26 b. say 1622
  • Samuel/2 Converse24 b. 12 Mar 1637/38, d. 20 Feb 1669/70
Findagrave.com, memorial #36121036. Photo by BobBoston.
Dea. Edward/1 Converse (Convers in the original spelling) was born 30 Jan 1590 at Waverly, Northamptonshire, according to a grave marker placed by The Converse Family in America.1 Probably then of Shenfield, Essex, he married, in England, Sarah (–?–).2,3 Edward Converse, Mrs. Sarah Converse, and family members Phineas, John, Josiah and James came with the Winthrop Fleet in 1630 to Massachusetts Bay, landing at Salem on the 12th of June, and settling at Charlestown.2,4 Edward was included on a list of "such as desire to be made ffreemen" of Massachusetts Bay," 19 Oct 1630, and so admitted 18 May 1631.5 On 14 Jun 1631, he was licensed by the court to operate a ferry between Charlestown and Boston.6 2 Jun 1640, he was fined 10s "because the ferry had bene neglected."7 5 Nov 1640, the Church of Charlestown chose seven men, Edward Convers among them, as commissioners or agents for the erection of a church and town upon the recent grant of Charlestown Village, which became the town of Woburn.8 His house, which was adjacent to the town's first bridge, was probably the town's first built dwelling.9 He was one of the seven men who constituted the church of Woburn at its gathering, Aug. 14, 1642; and afterwards, with Dea. John/1 Mousall, one of its two original deacons till his decease.10
     17 Jun 1651, Edward Converse of Woburn, yeoman, sold to Henry/1w Brooks of Woburn seven acres.11,12 Edward Converse, about 68, was a witness in the slander suit brought by Captain Edward Johnson, Dec 1658, against Ensign John Carter.13,14
     "His place of residence at Woburn was at the mill once called by his name in the South Village, now Winchester, and there, and in the vicinity, several of his numerous posterity continued to dwell for many years."15
     Edward's wife Sarah died at Woburn 14 Jan 1661/62.16 There he married (2), 9 Sep 1662, Mrs. Joanna Sprague, widow of Ralph, of Charlestown17, and there he died 10 Aug 1663, a. 73.18 His widow died his relict at Charlestown 24 Feb 1680.19
     "There is evidence that indentured servitude was known among at least one generation of Converses (the family of the first house-builder). The will of Samuel Converse (1637-1669) includes a 'man servant' as part of his estate. This is probably not an African slave, since he is not identified as a Negro and since a time period of 'about a year' is specified in connection with this servant."20
     See The Great Migration Begins, 1634-35, 461, and Woburn Records, 3:325–331, "Notes on the Family of Dea. Edward Convers" by Alfred C. Vinton.11

Local Notes:

ElectedWoburn, MASelectmen. | Edward Convers, 1644, 5, 6, 7, 9, 50, 51, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 921
Property10 Mar 1662, Woburn, MAB. 2, P. 197: — Edward Converse, aged 73 years, and John Mousall aged about 66 years, being sworn do say and depose … March 10, 1662. …22

Source Citations/Notes:

  1. [S148] Findagrave.com, memorial #36121036.
  2. [S97] Charles Edward Banks, Planters of the Commonwealth, 71, Winthrop Fleet.
  3. [S210] Edward P. Johnson, Woburn Records, 4:8, Deacon Josiah Conuers, epitaph & notes.
  4. [S210] Johnson, Woburn Records, 4:8, Deacon Josiah Conuers, epitaph & notes; 4:18, Lieut. James Conuers, epitaph 59 & notes.
  5. [S222] Lucius R. Paige, "Massachusetts Freemen," 10, 11, Edw. Converse.
  6. [S1590] Nathaniel B. Shurtleff, Records of the Massachusetts Bay, 1:88-89.
  7. [S1590] Nathaniel B. Shurtleff, Recs. of the Massachusetts Bay, 1:297.
  8. [S522] Samuel Sewall, The History of Woburn, 1:11.
  9. [S522] Samuel Sewall, Hist. Woburn, 1:14.
  10. [S522] Samuel Sewall, Hist. Woburn, 1:71-2.
  11. [S520] Anderson, Sanborn and Sanborn, The Great Migration, 1634–1635, 461, Edward Converse.
  12. [S1640] Edward F. Johnson, Early Woburn Deeds, 5, Converse/Brooks (Book 1, Page 90).
  13. [S210] Johnson, Woburn Records, 3:284, footnote to Tottingham.
  14. [S298] Cutter & Loring, Brooks Family of Woburn, 3-4, Henry (1.) Brooks.
  15. [S522] Samuel Sewall, Hist. Woburn, 1:72.
  16. [S210] Johnson, Woburn Records, 2:39, Sarah Converse d.
  17. [S210] Johnson, Woburn Records, 3:59, Edward Converse/Joanna Sprague m.
  18. [S210] Johnson, Woburn Records, 2:39, Dea. Edward Converse d.
  19. [S210] Johnson, Woburn Records, 2:39, Joanna Converse d.
  20. [S1290] Ellen Knight, "Slavery Was Part of Winchester History," Daily Times Chronicle, Winchester Edition (24 Feb 2000). Hereinafter "Slavery."
  21. [S522] Samuel Sewall, Hist. Woburn, 2:578, Selectmen.
  22. [S1640] Edward F. Johnson, Early Woburn Deeds, 7-8, Converse/Mousall deposition (Book 2, Page 197).
  23. [S210] Johnson, Woburn Records, 4:8, Deacon Josiah Conuers, epitaph 1 & notes.
  24. [S1640] Edward F. Johnson, Early Woburn Deeds, 5-7, Richardson/Henshaw (Book 1, Page 1).
  25. [S210] Johnson, Woburn Records, 4:18, Lieut. James Conuers, epitaph & notes.
  26. [S522] Samuel Sewall, Hist. Woburn, 1:73.

Dea. Josiah/2 Converse

M, #24082, (circa 1619 - 3 February 1689/90)
Father*Dea. Edward/1 Converse1,2 b. 30 Jan 1590, d. 10 Aug 1663
Mother*Sarah (–?–)1,2 d. 14 Jan 1661/62
Last Edited:10 Feb 2016

Child with Esther/2 Champney:

Findagrave.com, memorial #7725854. Photo by Jan Franco.
Dea. Josiah/2 Converse, born in England circa 16191, came to Massachusetts Bay with his parents in the Winthrop Fleet of 1630.3,4 He lived at Charlestown until about 1641, when he and his father settled at Woburn5, where he married, 26 Mar 1651, Esther/2 Champney, daughter of Elder Richard/1 Champney and Jane (–?–).6
     Josiah Converse, about 40, was a witness, Dec 1658, in the slander suit of Captain Edward Johnson against Ensign John Carter.7,8 In 1673, "To Josiah Conuers for the Iron for the houer glasse, £00 : 04 : 00."9 Chosen deacon of the First Church, 1674.10 9 Jun 1676, appointed one of Woburn's tithingmen, "who by law are to haue the oversight of their naighbours, and see that they keepe good orders in their howses."11 He died at Woburn 3 Feb 1689/90.1

Source Citations/Notes:

  1. [S210] Edward P. Johnson, Woburn Records, 4:8, Deacon Josiah Conuers, epitaph 1 & notes.
  2. [S1640] Edward F. Johnson, Early Woburn Deeds, 5-7, Richardson/Henshaw (Book 1, Page 1).
  3. [S97] Charles Edward Banks, Planters of the Commonwealth, 71, Winthrop Fleet.
  4. [S210] Johnson, Woburn Records, 4:8, Deacon Josiah Conuers, epitaph & notes; 4:18, Lieut. James Conuers, epitaph 59 & notes.
  5. [S522] Samuel Sewall, The History of Woburn, 2:605.
  6. [S210] Johnson, Woburn Records, 3:59, Josiah Converse/Esther Champney m.; 4:8, Deacon Josiah Conuers, epitaph 1 & notes.
  7. [S210] Johnson, Woburn Records, 3:284, footnote to Tottingham.
  8. [S298] Cutter & Loring, Brooks Family of Woburn, 3-4, Henry (1.) Brooks.
  9. [S522] Samuel Sewall, Hist. Woburn, 1:85.
  10. [S522] Samuel Sewall, Hist. Woburn, 2:589.
  11. [S522] Samuel Sewall, Hist. Woburn, 49.
  12. [S210] Johnson, Woburn Records, 1:57, Josiah Converse b.

Elder Richard/1 Champney

M, #24086, (circa 1604 - 26 November 1669)
Last Edited:6 Aug 2017

Children with Jane (–?–):

  • Esther/2 Champney5
  • Mary/2 Champney6 b. Oct 1635
  • Samuel/2 Champney7 b. circa 1636/37
  • Sarah/2 Champney8 b. May 1638, d. 21 Aug 1661
  • Mary/2 Champney6 b. Nov 1639
  • John/2 Champney9 b. 28 May 1641
  • Capt. Daniel/2 Champney10 b. 9 Mar 1644, d. 19 Nov 1691
  • Lydia/2 Champney11 b. say 1646
Elder Richard/1 Champney had a wife Jane (–?–) whom he married in England.1 Richrd Champnes of Cambridge was one of a committee, appointed by the towns of Boston and Cambridge, Massachusetts, to settle their boundaries, which reported its findings to the General Court 7 Oct 1641.2 He was ruling elder of the church at Cambridge3, where he died 26 Nov 1669.4

Source Citations/Notes:

  1. [S308] Thomas W. Baldwin, Vital Records of Cambridge, Massachusetts, To the Year 1850, 2:71, Richard Champny/Jane ____ m. England.
  2. [S1590] Nathaniel B. Shurtleff, Records of the Massachusetts Bay, 1:342.
  3. [S210] Edward P. Johnson, Woburn Records, 4:8, Deacon Josiah Conuers, epitaph 1 & notes.
  4. [S308] Cambridge VR, 2:500, Richard Champney d.
  5. [S210] Johnson, Woburn Records, 3:59, Josiah Converse/Esther Champney m.
  6. [S308] Cambridge VR, 1:126, Mary Champne b.
  7. [S308] Cambridge VR, 1:126, Samuel Champne b.
  8. [S308] Cambridge VR, 1:126, Sarai Champne b.
  9. [S308] Cambridge VR, 1:126, John Champne b.
  10. [S308] Cambridge VR, 1:127, Daniel Champney b.
  11. [S308] Cambridge VR, 1:127, Lydia Champny bp.