Edward was prominent in the establishment of Woburn in September 1642 and was one of the first two deacons of the Woburn Church. He built the first house within the town limits. Very soon after he built a dam across the Aberjona River and erected a grist mill. He was a farmer and miller, and a prosperous colonist. He was a magistrate, represented Woburn in the General Court and was selectman for nineteen consecutive years until his death in 1663. His estate upon his death was valued a 827 pounds, 5 shillings and 6 pence. He left three sons and several daughters.
After his wife Sarah's death in January 1662, he married Joanne (Corbin) Sprague, widow of Ralph Sprague.
Information in the account of the "Winthrop Fleet" suggests Edward was "..probably from Shenfield, Essex, or vacinity." That he was born about 1589, died 10 Aug 1663, was a Juror in 1630, freeman on 18 May 1631. He was married to Sarah Smith * about 1632 in Wakerley, Northampton, England.
Children of Edward and Sarah Convers were:
i. Josiah CONVERS(24)was born about 1617 in England. He died on 3 Feb 1690 in Woburn, Middlesex Co., MA. Josiah became deacon of the Woburn Church, selectman and chairman of the first board of "tithing men". Their father bequesthed the Converse grist mill to Josiah and his brother Samuel equally. Unfortunately, Samuel was killed in an accident at the mill in 1669.
iii. Mary CONVERS(24)was born about 1622 in England. Mary married first 19 December 1643, Simon Thompson, son of James, he d. May 1658, they had two sons and four daughters. She married second 1 February 1659, John Sheldon of Bellerica, who d. 24 May 1690, they had a son.
iv. Sgt. Samuel CONVERS(24)was born in Mar 1638 in Charlestown Village (Woburn), MA. He was baptized on 12 Mar 1638 in Charlestown Village (Woburn), MA. He died on 20 Feb 1669 in Woburn, Middlesex Co., MA. Samuel was klled accidentally while "cutting ice from the waterwheel of the cornmill....", his head and chest were crushed and he died within the hour.
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