Born during reign of Queen Elizabeth I (1558-1603) 1582- Peter Worden is a Burgess of Preston, Lancashire, England 1602- Peter Worden is again Burgess of Preston. 1613-The Harolds visit: The Pedigree is established and registered in the college of arms. May have left England to escape the Plague in Preston. Hatter by trade. Came to America on the ship "The Ann"
The Worden family was in Dennis before 1639, when the official settlement began under the proprietorship of Anthony Thatcher, John Craweand, and Thomas Howes.
Peter Worden lived in Lynn, MA among the early settlers of Cape Cod. Will dated Feb. 9, 1639. First of England to die there. First white man to die and be buried in what is now the town of Dennis--then East Yarmouth.
Peter Werden came to the United States in very early colonial times, probablyin the late 1620s. He settled first in Lynn, New Plymouth Colony (Massachusetts), but later moved to Yarmouth (now East Dennis).
We have little official records of Peter except his will dated Yarmouth, February 9, 1938, proven in Plymouth, March 5, 1638. In the calendar of those days, the new year began March 25. This Last Will & Testament was published in the "Mayflower Descendents" Volume 3, 1901, page 75. Yarmouth was established in 1637. A partial quote from the Dennis-Yarmouth Register published in 1891 states, "Old Werden was doubtless the first Englishman who died and was buried in town. The region ofhis settlement was in East Dennis. This grave is in the ancient burial placesoutheast of the Hall, named for him."
The cemetary has in recent years beencalled the Homer Hall Cemetary instead of the Worden-Winslow Cemetary. The Winslow part of the name coming from Mercy Werden's marriage to Kenelm Winslow.They and many of their descendents are buried there. In 1970, a brass plaquewas placed on Peter's grave by the Dennis Cemetary Commission. To quote the Cape Cod Standard Times, "The final resting place was honored with a suitable plaque in simple ceremonies and the ancient cemetary of the Werdens will be preserved as one of the historical spots of Dennis."
Directly across Route 6A in a pasture is a small foundation said to be the house of Peter. The houseof Peter II was said to have been on the foundation that now holds the barn.Worden Hall, after a varied career, was purchased by an artist, handsomely restored - the name Worden Hall in gold leaf - and is now a home and art gallery. It is interesting to note that no Worden has ever lived there. It was built in 1866 and named in memorial of Peter I, the first European land owner in East Dennis.
WORDEN HALL ART GALLERY 1841 Old King's Highway (Route 6A), East Dennis, Cape Cod, Mass. Nancy and Donn Devita, Artists in Residence. Tel. (385-9289)
He may have left England to escape the Plague in Preson.
Grave in Cape Cod, Massachusetts in Worden Cemetery http://www.capecodgravestones.com/denpixweb/word39dw.html
More About Peter Worden Sr.: Baptism (LDS): 17 December 1932476 Burial: Aft. 05 March 1639, Worden-Winslow Cemetary (Now Homer Hall Cem.), E. Dennis, Barnstable, Massachusetts, USA. Endowment (LDS): 31 March 1933, SLAKE.476 Record Change: 13 March 2006 Sealed to parents (LDS): 30 May 1991, SGEOR.477
More About Peter Worden Sr. and Margaret Grice: Marriage: Abt. 1590, Clayton, , Lancashire, England.478, 479 Sealed to spouse (LDS): 26 October 1995, BOUNT.480
Marriage Notes for Peter Worden Sr. and Margaret Grice: ref 28 says bef 1609
Children of Peter Worden Sr. and Margaret Grice are:
+Eleanor Worden, b. June 1598, Droitwich, St. Peters.Worcester, England, d. 05 December 1681, Marshfield, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA.