Saturday, March 10, 2012

Jacob Worthen and Mary Brown of Candia, New Hampshire

Jacob Worthen was the son of Ezekiel Worthen (3) and Hannah Currier.  The Worthen lineage in my family is as follows: Jacob, Ezekiel, EzekielEzekiel, George. Jacob is the last male Worthen in my family tree.  I  am descended through his daughter Rachel who married Enoch Rowell.

Jacob was born 20 March 1734 in Amesbury, Massachusetts.  His great grandfather Ezekiel had settled there as a young man and the family remained there until Jacob's father moved the family into Kensington, New Hampshire sometime between the birth of his daughter Rachel in 1637 and his daughter Sarah in 1639.  Rachel was born in Amesbury, Sarah in Kensington. 

Jacob and his brother Samuel settled in Candia, New Hampshire.  Their sister Sarah also became a resident of Candia, she married Major Jesse Eaton. The area was first settled in 1743 and was originally part of the town of Chester.  Candia separated and was incorporated in 1763. The Rowell family followed a similar course, leaving Amesbury and moving into Chester and Candia, New Hampshire. Jacob and Samuel's name appear on the original plat map of Candia as does their brother in law Jesse Eaton. 

Jacob married Mary Brown, daughter of Nehemiah and Anna Longfellow Brown on 28 September 1756. Nehemiah and Mary also moved to Candia around 1765. They had at least ten children.  

 1.Sarah b. 1757 Kensington m. Jesse Eaton, Major d. 1801 Candia

 2. Rachel b. 1758 in Kensington, m. Enoch Rowell
 3.  Mary b. 1761 in Kensington, married John Morrison, one of their sons moves to      Palermo,  Maine
 4. Isaac b. 1762 m. Judith Currier 1781, served in the Navy during the American Revolution moved to Palermo, Maine d. 1843 (Judith was the gggrandaughter of Deacon Thomas Currier) He was given a Revolutionary War land grant in Palermo
  5. Jacob Jr. b. 1765 also moved to Palermo Maine, m. Elizabeth Healy d. 1832
  6. Enoch b. 1767 d. Oct 4, 1856, Prisoner of war, War of 1812 d. in Candia
  7. Anna b. 1770 m. Benjamin Eaton
  8. Hannah b. 1772 m. Elisha Huntoon d. Candia
  9. Jonathan b. 1775 in Candia, m. Betsy Huntoon, d. Candia 1849
10. Nathan b. 1779

Samuel Worthen, brother of Jacob, also moved to Candia.  He married Sarah Clifford d. in Candia 1796.  Enoch, their brother stayed in Kensington and married Jemima Quimby.

revolution Of course the all consuming topic of this period must be the American Revolution.  Life did happen despite the turmoil going on around it.  Candia, despite its relative youth, was engaged in the current events and preparing for the inevitability of war.  In 1775 on May 11th Dr. Samuel Moores was chosen to represent Candia in the Provincial Convention that was held May 17th in Exeter, New Hampshire.  Jacob Worthen, Moses Baker, Abraham Fitts, Samuel Towle, Stephen Palmer and Nathaniel Emerson were chosen a committee to give general instructions to Dr. Moores. 

At that Provincial Congress it was voted to raise 2000 men, in 3 regiments, lead by John Stark, James Reed and Enoch Poor under the command of Major General Nathaniel Folsom. The regiment immediately left for Cambridge, Massachusetts. In April of 1776 the Association Test was given. All the Worthen's signed it. In 1778 Jacob and his brother Enoch served during the battle of Rhode Island.  The battle occurred in August and the New Hampshire Volunteers under the command of Joseph Dearborn took up the call and traveled south to participate in the battle.  The battle of Rhode Island was a great victory for the Americans.  They fought not only British but Hessian as well as  other trained German soldiers in the battle. 

Jacob also served at Fort Washington in the Portsmouth Harbor. He was part of a group of men who petitioned to get paid in full for their service in the defense of the fort.  He was first an Ensign, promoted to Lieutenant and then Captain in the war. His son Isaac also served during the American Revolution, along with his brothers Samuel and Enoch and Ezekiel. His daughter Rachel married Enoch Rowell who also served in the war. His daughter Mary married John Morrison who fought at the Battle of Bunker Hill.  In fact, few men of the time did not serve if they were able.  And of course his own father who had served so ably throughout his life continued to serve his new country during the American Revolution. 

Here is a letter written by John Morrison (husband of Mary Worthen) to Henry Clark of Candia.  He mentions Isaac his brother in law and his sweetheart, they are at Ft. Washington.  It's a sweet letter and a reminder that life goes on, even in war.

Forte Woshingtun June 27 day ye 1777. Sir I rite to you to let you now how we all do, we are well and in good helthat Present, a short note concerning Love. John Clark remembers his love to mrs marthe paton. Isaac worthen remembers his love to mrs dorothy bagley. Theophylus Clough remembers his love to mrs mary rowel, wiginge Evens remembers his expressive Love to mrs albina Langue. Sir I hear very bad news about you and if the news be so I am afraidit will never do for I heir that the chief you do is gallanting the garls, and if this be the case I am shewer its very bad and if you would but leive of your bad tricks I shud be glad So no more at Present. JOHN MORRISON
The girls above named were all young at the time, although John applies the term "mrs" to them no doubt through mistake. The writer was probably much satisfied, as he folded the note among his merry comrades; with the severe rallying he had given "Henery," on his undue attentions to the fair sex

Jacob's wife Mary  died sometime before 1781 when he remarried Love Sleeper Blake, widow of John Blake of Kensington, Tavern Keeper.  She must have been a good woman as several of her step children named daughters after her. Jacob died in 1801 aged 67. Love died on May 15, 1818.

my Worthen line with links:
My Worthen Line with links:
George Worthen and Margery Hayward
Ezekiel Worthen and Hannah Martin
Ezekiel Worthen and Abigail Carter
Ezekiel Worthen and Hannah Currier
Jacob Worthen and Mary Brown
Rachel Worthen and Enoch Rowell

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