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James (Convers) Converse (son of Edward Convers and Sarah Smith)1 was born Bet. 1619 - 1620 in Sheffield, Essex, England1, and died May 10, 1715 in Woburn, Middlesex, MA1. He married (1) Hannah Carter. He married (2) Anna Sparhawke. He married (3) Annie Long on October 24, 1643 in Charlestown, Suffolk, MA, daughter of Robert Long and Sarah Taylor.

 Includes NotesNotes for James (Convers) Converse:
On 24 Oct 1643 Anna married Lieut. James Converse, son of Dea. Edward Converse (-10 Aug 1663) & Sarah [Converse] (-14 Jan 1662).12 Born ca 1620. James died on 10 May 1715 in Woburn, MA.12

From the Converse Family:36 James "came to this country with his father in 1630, sat down first at Charlestown, and thence removed to Woburn, Mass., in 1641, where he died 10 may 1715, aged 95, surviving his son Major James Convers. He was Sergeant 1658 to 1672, Ensign 1672 to 1688, and Lieutenant 1688 to 1715. As Lieutenant he served with the Woburn company in garrison there during King Philip's War. He was one of the Selectmen of Woburn, a Commissioner of the Rate, and one of the leading members of the Woburn Church. He was Deputy to the General Court, 1679, 83, 84, 85, 86 and 89. Sewall's History of Woburn says of him-'Through a long life he was a very valuable and highly esteemed citizen; was repeatedly honored by the town with the principal offices it had to confer, and ... in his will, dated Aug. 28, 1712, he bequeathed as follows:-"To my Reverend Pastor, Mr. John Fox, twenty shillings; and to the church of Christ in Woburn twenty shillings to purchase a large flagon withall." The lasty twenty years of his life were spent in retirement. But he was not one who under any circumstances could live without care or concern for the good of others. As indicative of this, the following anecdote respecting him seems worth preserving. As Hon. Judge Sewall was once journeying homeward from Newbury to Boston he took the road through Andover and Woburn, then adjoining towns. His passage through Woburn he notices in his diary thus:-'1702, August 12.-Right [Wright] conducts me to Wooburn through the Land of Nod [in which he was largely interested]. This is y^e first time I have seen it. Got late to Fowl's at Wooburn. Sick there, which made me uneasy. Aug. 13. Visit Mr. Fox. View y^ Hop-Yards. Come home. Very hot. Met Mr. Converse, the Father, and discours'd him under a Shady Tree. Won't give his Grandchildren till after his death, for fear of giving offence. Expressed his Grief that Gov^r Dudley put men in place that were not good.'"

Epitaph: "Here lyes the body/ of Lieut. James Conuers/ who departed this life/ May the 10th 1715/ in ye 95th year/ of his age/ 'The memory of the just is blessed'"36
(source: 36. Charles Allen Converse, Some of the Ancestors and Descendants of Samuel Converse, JR., of Thompson Parish, Killingly, Conn., Major James Convers of Woburn, Mass., Hon. Neman Allen, M. C. of Milton and Burlington, Vermont, Captain Jonathan Bixby, Sr. of Killingly conn., Eben Putnam Publ., Boston, two volumes.)[Feb2004.FTW]

On 24 Oct 1643 Anna married Lieut. James Converse, son of Dea. Edward Converse (-10 Aug 1663) & Sarah [Converse] (-14 Jan 1662).12 Born ca 1620. James died on 10 May 1715 in Woburn, MA.12

From the Converse Family:36 James "came to this country with his father in 1630, sat down first at Charlestown, and thence removed to Woburn, Mass., in 1641, where he died 10 may 1715, aged 95, surviving his son Major James Convers. He was Sergeant 1658 to 1672, Ensign 1672 to 1688, and Lieutenant 1688 to 1715. As Lieutenant he served with the Woburn company in garrison there during King Philip's War. He was one of the Selectmen of Woburn, a Commissioner of the Rate, and one of the leading members of the Woburn Church. He was Deputy to the General Court, 1679, 83, 84, 85, 86 and 89. Sewall's History of Woburn says of him-'Through a long life he was a very valuable and highly esteemed citizen; was repeatedly honored by the town with the principal offices it had to confer, and ... in his will, dated Aug. 28, 1712, he bequeathed as follows:-"To my Reverend Pastor, Mr. John Fox, twenty shillings; and to the church of Christ in Woburn twenty shillings to purchase a large flagon withall." The lasty twenty years of his life were spent in retirement. But he was not one who under any circumstances could live without care or concern for the good of others. As indicative of this, the following anecdote respecting him seems worth preserving. As Hon. Judge Sewall was once journeying homeward from Newbury to Boston he took the road through Andover and Woburn, then adjoining towns. His passage through Woburn he notices in his diary thus:-'1702, August 12.-Right [Wright] conducts me to Wooburn through the Land of Nod [in which he was largely interested]. This is y^e first time I have seen it. Got late to Fowl's at Wooburn. Sick there, which made me uneasy. Aug. 13. Visit Mr. Fox. View y^ Hop-Yards. Come home. Very hot. Met Mr. Converse, the Father, and discours'd him under a Shady Tree. Won't give his Grandchildren till after his death, for fear of giving offence. Expressed his Grief that Gov^r Dudley put men in place that were not good.'"

Epitaph: "Here lyes the body/ of Lieut. James Conuers/ who departed this life/ May the 10th 1715/ in ye 95th year/ of his age/ 'The memory of the just is blessed'"36
(source: 36. Charles Allen Converse, Some of the Ancestors and Descendants of Samuel Converse, JR., of Thompson Parish, Killingly, Conn., Major James Convers of Woburn, Mass., Hon. Neman Allen, M. C. of Milton and Burlington, Vermont, Captain Jonathan Bixby, Sr. of Killingly conn., Eben Putnam Publ., Boston, two volumes.)

More About James (Convers) Converse and Annie Long:
Marriage: October 24, 1643, Charlestown, Suffolk, MA.

Children of James (Convers) Converse and Annie Long are:
  1. Anna Converse, b. July 15, 1644, Woburn, Middlesex, MA1, d. January 20, 1644/45, Woburn, Middlesex, MA1.
  2. James Converse, b. November 16, 1645, Woburn, Middlesex, MA1, d. July 08, 1706, Woburn, Middlesex, MA1.
  3. +Deborah Converse, b. April 26, 1647, Woburn, Middlesex, MA1, d. date unknown.
  4. Sarah Converse, b. April 21, 1649, Woburn, Middlesex, MA1, d. February 20, 1691/92, Ipswich, Essex, MA1.
  5. Rebeccah Converse, b. May 15, 1651, Woburn, Middlesex, MA1, d. 17331.
  6. Lydia Converse, b. March 08, 1652/53, Woburn, Middlesex, MA1, d. May 20, 1655, Woburn, Middlesex, MA1.
  7. +Edward Converse, b. February 27, 1654/55, Woburn, Middlesex, MA1, d. July 28, 1692, Woburn, Middlesex, MA1.
  8. Mary Converse, b. December 29, 1656, Woburn, Middlesex, MA1, d. November 06, 1691, Charleston, Suffolk, MA1.
  9. Abigail Converse, b. October 13, 1658, Woburn, Middlesex, MA1, d. January 25, 1689/90, Charleston, Middlesex, MA1.
  10. Ruth Converse, b. February 12, 1660/61, Woburn, Middlesex, MA1, d. date unknown.
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