Peter Werden II [1609-1680]

The first official record we have of Peter Worden II is in the Plymouth Court Record, Volume 1, page 156, on the 2nd of June in 1640. It pertains to the granting of a warrant to attach and divide the goods of one Phillip Woodall.

In 1643, Peter II and fifty-one others of Yarmouth are enrolled with those required "to provide a place of defence against sudden assult." Between 1643 and 1658, he was prominent in all public affairs and was repeatedly named as juror. He sold twelve acres in the West Field to Robert Dennis.

In 1651, he was appointed on the Grand Jury and was fined for not serving. He was opposed to the prevailing order of things and in 1667 was fined for creating a disturbance in the meeting house on the Lord's Day, which consisted in speaking his mind audibly about theological matters. The fine being ten shillings to the use of the colony, Plymouth Court Records, Volume 3/4.

In 1675, Gov. Josiah Winslow of Plymouth led the trainbands against the Narragansett Indians and in 1676, King Phillip (Narrangansett Chief) was slain. The war tax of 1676 was very burdensome and Peter's was one of the largest, 8 pounds 2 shilling 3 d.

Peter's Will is dated January 9, 1680 and proved March 3, 1681.

Peter was buried beside his father on his own land. To quote Oliver Newton Worden in 1888, "The graveyard lies on a gentle elevation of the highway, sloping northward, with a fine view of Cape Cod Bay and the town to the north east."

His wife, Mary, survived him by six years. Her will is dated March 6, 1686 and is to be found in the "Mayflower Descendents" Volume 3, Page 201, and the Barnstable County probate records.

Source: Obtained from Worden Hall, E. Dennis, Cape Cod, Mass.

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