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