Peter Worden

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Peter Worden, son of Robert Worden and Isabel Worthington, died at Yarmouth, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts, before 5 March 1638/39, when his will was proved.1

Peter married, as her 2nd husband, Margaret Grice, daughter of Thomas Grice and Alice (…), between 1603 and 1604.1,2

Peter Worden appears in the guild rolls of 1582, 1602, and 1622. In the last, he appears with his son Peter as well.3

For some time Peter lived and worked in Preston, Lancashire, engaged in some aspect of the textile business. His stall was in the Moothall of Preston, and was active in civic affairs as a burgess, member of the Town Council, and sometimes as juror in estate settlements. About 1625 he was an inspector of cloth for the county. By 1636 he had apparently returned to his birthplace, Clayton, for in a court proceeding that year, he referred to his home in Clayton where he then resided.4

Peter left a will dated 9 February 1638/39, and proved 5 Mar 1638/9:
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 ffebruarty do make my last will to testify unto all that I Peter Worden doe give and bequeath [*****] unto Peter Worden my only sonne & 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, Leaases Tennements with 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 ahve 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 [*****]with the money to buy [*****] john a kid or dispose it otherwise for his use also one bed or boulster three blankets also my sonn is to have the tuition [guardianship] 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 xxjth yeare also to have fourty shillings the year after & above for to add to his stock with a sow pigg when the sow piggs.5


Margaret Grice b. bt 1566 - 1571, d. 1612
  • Elizabeth Worden1 d. 1635
  • Bridget Worden1 d. 1628
  • Peter Worden+1 b. 1609, d. bef. 20 Jan 1680/81
This person was last edited on28 Jun 2019


  1. [S1947] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families (Five vols., Salt Lake City, Utah: s.p., 2013), 5:396 (Worden 19), further cited as Richardson, Royal Ancestry.
  2. [S1872] Clarence Almon Torrey, New England Marriages Prior to 1700, 3 vols. (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2011), 1595, further cited as Torrey, New England Marriages (2011).
  3. [S144] Waite W. Worden, Worden (East Burke, Vermont: p.p., 1992), 21-23, further cited as Worden, Worden.
  4. [S144] Worden, Worden, 26.
  5. [S144] Worden, Worden, 32-35.