Ebenezer Converse

Brief Life History of Ebenezer

When Ebenezer Converse was born on 16 December 1688, in Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America, his father, Maj. James Converse, was 43 and his mother, Hannah Carter, was 37. He died on 9 November 1693, in Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States, at the age of 4, and was buried in First Burial Ground, Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

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Family Time Line

Maj. James Converse
Hannah Carter
James Converse
John Converse
Elizabeth Converse
Ralph Convers
Robert R Converse
Henry Convers
Hannah Converse
James Convers
Josiah Converse
Joanna Convers
Josiah Converse
Abigail Convers
Patience Converse
Ebenezer Converse
Ephraim Convers

Sources (5)

  • Ebenezer Converse, "Massachusetts, Births and Christenings, 1639-1915"
  • Ebenezer Converse, "Find A Grave Index"
  • Ebenezer Convers, "Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001"

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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