Esther Converse

Brief Life History of Esther

When Esther Converse was born on 3 October 1688, in Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States, her father, Capt. Josiah Converse Jr, was 27 and her mother, Ruth Marshall, was 26. She lived in Massachusetts, United States in 1688. She died on 7 November 1703, in Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States, at the age of 15, and was buried in Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

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Family Time Line

Capt. Josiah Converse Jr
Ruth Marshall
Ruth Converse
Mary Converse
Esther Converse
Josiah Converse
Timothy Converse
Rebecca Converse
Josiah Converse
Keziah Converse
Dr. Josiah Converse

Sources (6)

  • Esther Convers, "Massachusetts, Births and Christenings, 1639-1915"
  • Hester Convers, "Massachusetts, Deaths and Burials, 1795-1910"
  • Hesther Convers, "Massachusetts, Births and Christenings, 1639-1915"

Name Meaning

English: nickname from Old French convers literally ‘converted’, used to denote someone converted from secular to religious life in adult age, or, earlier, a lay member of a convent. The Cistercian and Augustinian conversi were men living according to a rule less strict than that of the monks or canons, engaged chiefly in manual work, with their own living quarters and their own part of the church. They were numerous among the Cistercians in the 12th and 13th centuries, often outnumbering the monks and were, by rule, illiterate. These lay brothers were employed on the monastic manors and granges, where they were liable to fall into the sin of owning private property. They acquired a reputation for violence and misbehaviour (at Neath, in 1269, they locked the abbot in his bedroom and stole his horses) and they were gradually replaced by more manageable paid servants.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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