Family:John Converse and Abigail Sawyer (1)

Facts and Events
Marriage[1] 22 May 1699 Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States
Aft 1786
  1. Johnson, Edward F. Woburn Records of Births, Deaths, and Marriages . (Woburn, Massachusetts: Andrews, Cutler & Co., 1890-1919)

    John Converse and Abigail Sawyer, May (?) 22, 1699.

  2.   Vinton, John Adams; Franklin Richardson; and Isaac Richardson. The Richardson Memorial: Comprising a Full History and Genealogy of the Posterity of the Three Brothers, Ezekiel, Samuel and Thomas Richardson, Who Came from England and United with Others in the Foundation of Woburn, Massachusetts in the Year 1641; of John Richardson of Medfield, 1679; of Amos Richardson of Boston, 1640; of Edward and William Richardson of Newbury, 1643; with Notices of Richardsons in Endland and Elsewhere. (Portland, Maine: Brown Thurston & Co., 1876)

    Abigail Saywer, d/o Joshua Sawyer, m. John Convers, s/o Major James Convers.

  3.   FHL Film 386061: Files 4907-4997, in Massachusetts. Probate Court (Middlesex County). Probate records, 1648-1924. (Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1964-1967)
    File 4932: Abigail Converse & al 1721, File 4933: James Convverse & al 1716, File 4934: Joshua Converse 1718.

    7 May 1716: Bond of Joshua Sawyer of Woburn as Guardian unto James & John Minors & sons of ye late John Converse (James of 16 John of 14 years) late of Woburn in the County of Midd'x Deceased
    22 Dec 1718: Bond of Josiah Converse of Wooburn as guardian to Joshua Converse a son of the late John Converse of Wobourn in ye s'd County dec'd at ye choice of the s'd minor being in his fifteenth year of his age
    22 Mar 1721: Bond of Josiah Converse as Guardian of Abigail in her sixteenth year & to Patience in her fourteenth year of age respectively, by & with the Consent of their mother; two daughters of the late John Converse of Woburn afores'd dec'd intestate.

  4.   Source:Johnson, Edward Francis. Notes on the Family of Deacon Edward Convers puts an apparently fictitious Josiah in this family: Children of John Convers and Abigail Sawyer: [listed last] Josiah [#62]. He lived in Leicester. m. (1) Hannah ---, m. (2) 1732 Eleanor Richardson. He must have been confused by Josiah Converse acting as guardian for Joshua, Abigail and Patience in 1718 and 1721, but a Josiah old enough to do this would have had to have been born before John and Abigail married, probably John's brother, their uncle.

    There is no birth record for Josiah, he is not mentioned at all in his father's probate, and Johnson does not give the basis for thinking this family had a son Josiah. The marriage indicated is attributed by other sources to other Josiah's, who do have evidence supporting their existence (e.g., see Family:Josiah Converse and Eleanor Richardson (1), which also has a more detailed discussion). So everything suggests this purported son Josiah is merely Johnson being confused because he did not bother to adequately study the family of Allen Converse.