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
1645–1706
Hannah Carter
1651–1723
James Converse
1670–1682
John Converse
1673–1709
Elizabeth Converse
1675–1694
Ralph Convers
1675–
Robert R Converse
1677–1736
Henry Convers
1679–
Hannah Converse
1680–1748
James Convers
1682–
Josiah Converse
1683–1683
Joanna Convers
1684–
Josiah Converse
1684–1771
Abigail Convers
1686–
Patience Converse
1686–1707
Ebenezer Converse
1688–1693
Ephraim Convers
1690–

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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