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William Barden (abt. 1624 - abt. 1692)

William Barden
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Husband of — married Feb 1660 in Massachusetts Baymap
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Died about in Middleborough, Plymouth, Massachusetts Baymap
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William Barden migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640).
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William Barden ... came to America from England in the year 1638 as a covenant servant of Thomas Boardman.

According to the Pioneers of Massachusetts by Pope, William was bound for seven years' service, and on December 1, 1638, after having served Boardman for only seven months, he was transferred to John Barker of Marshfield for the rest of the period, to learn the trade of a brick-layer. He was classified as being able to bear arms in 1643 [Pope]. His service with Barker terminated in 1645, indicating that William was 21 years of age that year. After the expiration of his apprenticeship, he went to Concord, then a mere settlement. In Feb 1660/61 William Barden married Deborah Barker, daughter of John, his former master ... soon after their marriage, Deborah and William went to Middleborough and then to Barnstable, where they remained about 20 years. There they had nearly all of their children. From Barnstable they removed to Middleborough, his wife being dismissed from the Barnstable Church to Middleborough in 1683.

Birth 1633 Middleboro, Plymouth, Massachusetts
Death 1692/1693 Middleboro, Plymouth, Massachusetts

Note conflicting information about his birth place, see Sources, below.


1692/3 Middleborough, Plymouth, Massachusetts


FEB 1660 OR FEB 1661
Husband: William Barden


  • The Mayflower Descendant (Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants, Boston, 1901) Vol. 3, Page 51
  • The First Settlers of Barnstable, MS., The New England Historical & Genealogical Register (New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, Mass., 1848) Vol. 2, Page 65
  • Per "Immigrants to America Before 1750": Came from England probably June, 1638. Settled at Plymouth, Mass., where he was apprenticed to Thomas Boardman to learn the trade of carpenter, but January 10, 1639, his apprenticeship to was sold to John Barker (d. 1652) as a bricklayer (father of his future wife), as William evidently wished to learn that trade; removed to Marshfield, Mass., 1643; to Concord, Mass., after 1645; then to Duxbury, Mass.; lived in Barnstable when first children were born; removed to Middleboro, Mass. abt. 1683; m. Feb., 1660/1661, Deborah Barker (b. 1617 - will made May 18, 1721, proved Mar. 7, 1722), dau. of John and Anna (Williams) Barker, of Marshfield;
  • Find A Grave: Memorial #34277496
Spouse: Deborah Barker Barden (1639 - 1721)
Children: Mercy Barden Miller (1662 - 1713)
Children: Stephen Barden (1669 - 1691)
  • Birth and death from The Barden/Bardeen Genealogy by William A. Bardeen, 1993 and from Middleborough MA VR; marriage from the Vital Records of SE MA Vol. 3 Barnstable and Sandwich

WILLIAM BARDEN, of Marshfield, 1643, removed to Barnstable, Mass. Married, Feb. 1661, Deborah Barker, and had Mercy, Deborah, John, Stephan, Abra- ham, 1674, Joseph, 1675, Ann.

References:— Amer. Ancestry, II, 6; Savage's Gen Die. I, 114; His. Richmond, N. H, 299 ; Cleveland's His Yates County, N. Y., 184, Essex Inst. Coll. VII, 213.

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Given their dates of birth assigned here, its not possible that Deborah Barker could have been the mother of William, Content or Nathaniel, or Sarah. Deborah would probably stopped having children by 1680 when she was about 41 y.o.
posted by Thomas Moody
Barden-4 and Barden-445 appear to represent the same person because: enough of the known data are identical
posted by Stephen Pratt Ph.D.
Barden-523 and Barden-4 appear to represent the same person because: Same wife, some of same children. Given that his apprenticeship was terminated in 1645, showing that he was 21, 1624 is probably a good estimat4e of his birth year.
posted by Vic Watt

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