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Esther (Middlebrook) Wigglesworth (1606 - aft. 1655)

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Esther (Hester) Wigglesworth formerly Middlebrook
Born in Batley, Yorkshire, Englandmap
Wife of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died after in New Haven, New Haven Colonymap [uncertain]
Profile last modified | Created 3 Oct 2012
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Categories: New Haven, New Haven Colony | Puritan Great Migration.

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Hester (Middlebrook) Wigglesworth migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640).
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Esther Middlebrook was the daughter of Michael Middlebrook and Grace ____.[1]

She married at Wrawby, Lincolnshire, 29 Oct 1629 Edward Wigglesworth, who may be the child bpt, Scotton, Lincolnshire 6 August 1603, son of William.[1]

Esther and Edward settled at New Haven, Connecticut, in 1638.[1] Their son, Michael, in his memoirs says:

These Godly parents of mine meeting with opposition & persecution for Religion ... remove themselves to New England, ... Leaving dear Relations friends & acquaintace, their native land, a new built house, a flourishing Trade, to expose themselves to ye hazzard of ye seas, and to ye Distressing difficulties of a howling wilderness, that they might enjoy Liberty of Conscience & Christ in his ordinances. And the Lord ... Landed them at Charlstown, after many difficulties and hazzards, ... After about 7 weeks stay at Charls Town, my parents removed again by sea to New-Haven in ye month of October. In or passage thither we were in great Danger by a storm which drove us upon a Beach of sand ... but God carried us to or port in safety.[2]

There, in New Haven, they spent the first winter in a cellar covered with earth.[2]

Goodman and Goodwife Wigglesworth were members of the church. In 1646 he was assigned a place in the 4th row middle seats, and she was assigned a place in the 8th row of middle women's seats.[3]

Her husband became early afflicted with a progressive paralysis, which would have made her life doubly hard.[4]

She was alive and mentioned in her husband's will in 1653. She was mentioned still living 10 Sept 1655 in her son's diary.[1] She was not listed in the Feb 1655/56 seating at the New Haven meeting house.[5] Her death is unknown, she may have died in New Haven, or moved to Massachusetts, with her son, or even remarried.


  1. Michael Wigglesworth b. 18 Oct 1631; m. his cousin Mary Reyner[1]
  2. Abigail Wigglesworth bp. at New Haven 1 Dec 1640; d. by 22 May 1722 (husband's remarriage); m. (1) Benjamin Sweetser; m. (2) Ellis Callender[1]


Christening: Date: 1606 Batley, Yorkshire, England[citation needed]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Stansell, Maxine. “The Middlebrook sisters: Mother and Mother-in-law of Michael Wigglesworth." New England Historical and Genealogical Register 156:309-321. Boston: NEHGS, 2002.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Dean, John Ward . Memoir of Rev. Michael Wigglesworth: Author of The Day of Doom J. Munsell, 1871 beginning on p. 136
  3. Hoadley, Charles J, MA. (editor) Records of the Colony and Plantation of New Haven, From 1638 to 1649. Hartford: Case, Tiffany and Company, 1857. pp. 302/3
  4. See her husband's profile
  5. Atwater, Edward Elias, and Lucy M. Hewitt, and Bessie E. Beach. History of the Colony of New Haven to Its Absorption Into Connecticut Meriden, Connecticut: 1902 pp 547/8

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