|Birth: ||Jan. 30, 1590|
|Death: ||Aug. 10, 1663|
Edward was a son of Mary Halford and Christopher Converse.
He immigrated from England with Governor Winthrop's Company, landing in Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts on 12 June 1630.
He had married (1) prior to 1614: Jane Allen Clarke of Theckenham Hamlet, Worcestershire, England. She died in England.
He married (2) Sarah Smith Parker, 29 June 1614, of Sheffield, Essex, England and she accompanied him to America with their three children; Josiah, born 1618; James, born 1620; Mary, born 1622; their fourth, Samuel, was born in Massachusetts, 1637 and Edward Jr. in 1639.
Historical researchers disagree, not only on his lineage and a possible marriage to another Sara/Sarah, but this biography is based on Woburn Town Records and burial records of Woburn, Massachusetts.
He was an early Puritan settler in the Massachusetts Bay Colony.
After Sarah's death, he married (3) Johannah Warren Sprague, 9 September 1662, at Woburn.
Edward Sr. was known as "Deacon" and was the founder of the town of Woburn.
He built the first house and first mill in Woburn. He was active in town affairs, and served as one of its first selectmen. He also helped establish Charlestown and was one of the colony's wealthy landowners.
Edward founded the First Church of Charlestown, and established the first ferry from Charlestown to Boston.
He holds the title of "Forefather of The Converse Family in America".
Sarah Parker Converse (1592 - 1661)
Josias Converse (1618 - 1689)*
James Converse (1620 - 1715)*
Samuel Converse (1638 - 1669)*
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Created by: history4sure
Record added: Apr 20, 2009
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