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Subject: [GM-L] Those named James Wilder, Lancaster, Mass.
Date: Sat, 22 Dec 2001 16:54:18 EST
Subject: James Wilder, Lancaster
Source: Birth, Marriage & Death Register, Church Records & Epitaphs
of Lancaster, Massachusetts 1643 - 1850
by Henry S. Nourse, A.M., 1890.
James Wilder & Martha Broughton were married Dec ye 24, 1734 by Joseph
James Wilder Jr. of Lancaster & Jemima Johnson of Bolton, declared their
of marriage Jan 10, 1772.
Elisabeth Wilder ye dau of James & Abigail (Gardner) Wilder was born ye 18th
Josiah Wilder ye son of James & Martha Wilder was born Oct ye 19, 1735.
Children of James & Martha (Broughton) Wilder, their births.
Josiah Wilder b. Oct 19, 1735
Martha Wilder b. Feb 23, 1737
Abigail Wilder b. June 22, 1739
James Wilder, Jr. b. June 22, 1741
Josiah Wilder 2d, b. May 27, 1744
Aseph Wilder b. July 20, 1749
Susanah Wilder b. April 23, 1751
Mary, dau of James & Jemima Wilder Jr. b. May 19th 1775.
James Wilder, son of Marcy Wilder, b. May 5, 1763.
James Wilder, Esq. Deceased May ye 13th, 1739.
Josiah Wilder, son of James & Martha Wilder, deceased April ye 4, 1736.
Martha Wilder, wife to Major James Wilder, departed this life March ye 19th,
James Wilder, Jr., died Dec 22nd 1834 aged 40.
Married April 2, 1832, James Wilder Jr. of Sterling to Miss Martha Goss of
James Wilder was one of the First Church of Lancaster's members.
James Wilder was added to the Church of Christ in Lancaster, by John
on April 23, 1710
At a church meeting at the house of Mr. John Beaman, Jan 30, 1728/9 James
accepted in the presence of the Brethren.
Baptized March 28, 1773, James, son of Mr. James Wilder, Jr & his wife.
Death: The widow of Colonel James Wilder died Sept 18, 1761.
Death: March 19th 1774, The wife of Major James Wilder.
Death: May 12th, 1775, the 2nd wife of Col. J. Wilder.
Death: Nov 21, 1793, Mr. James Wilder, Jr. Aged 20.
Death: April 10, 1794, Mr. James Wilder aged 53, consumption.
Death: Dec 22, 1834, Mr. James Wilder, aged 40, Scrofula.
p.373 Deacons of the First Church of Lancaster.
Deacon James Wilder, elected Oct 1, 1742; resigned Sept 9, 1761, paralytic.
Wilder Tombstones, Old Common Burial Ground, Lancaster
When in 1706, after long debate, the third meeting house was built far from
old site, upon the east side of the river, a suitable lot of land across the
highway near it was give to the town for burials by Captain Thomas Wilder, the
second of that name.
"Sacred to the Memory of Thomas Wilder from Lancaster, in England who first
at Hingham in 1641 and came to this town July 1, 1659, and died Oct 23, 1667,
three sons, viz., Thomas, John and Nathaniel Wilder from whom are derived all
name of Wilder in this Town and vicinity."
"Here Lyes Buried ye Body of Capt. Thomas Wilder who deceased August 7th,
ye 70th Year of his Age."
"Here Lies Buried Ye Body of Colonel James Wilder, Esq. who departed this
Life May ye
13th A.D. 1739 & in ye 59th year of his Age."
"In Memory of Mrs. Abigail Wilder, Relict of Col. James Wilder, Esq., Who
on ye 18th Day of Sept. A.D., 1761, AEtatis 80. "O Death, thou'st conquered
I by thy dart are slain; But Christ has conquered thee, And I shall rise
"In Memory of Josiah Son of Capt James & Mrs. Martha Wilder, who died April
1736 Aged 5 mos & 16 Days."
Buried at Middle Cemetery, Lancaster, Mass.
Grave of Mr. James Wilder, died, Dec 22, 1834 AEt. 40.
James Wilder and Abigail Gardner, married October 20, 1709.
James, son of Thomas & Mary Wilder, born at Marlboro, April 28, 1680
Eliabeth, dau of Thomas & Mary Wilder, b. 1687.
Anna, dau of Thomas & Mary Wilder, b. 1689.
Mary, dau of Thomas & Mary Wilder, b. 1691?
Transcribed by Janice Farnsworth
Subject: James Wilder
Source: History of Lancaster, Massachusetts by Rev. Abijah P. Marvin, 1879
In February, 1728/9, a special meeting was called in reference to a "new
county in the
westerly part of the county of Middlesex." The town was now in favor of the
The reasons are obscure, though it seems that a movement was made to break up
County in part, by annexing several towns of Suffolk. James Wilder and
Houghton were chosen agents to act in behalf of the town.
On the 2nd of April, 1731, the General Court erected the county of Worcester.
tion is that Lancaster might have been the shire town of the new county, if
Wilder had given his consent. There were many reasons in favor of fixing the
center of the new county in this place. It was the oldest, wealthiest and
town in the new county. At that time it was near the center of the towns
and about to be settled. Probably also if the center had been fixed in
Lancaster, the towns
in the northwest Middlesex would have been added. If Lancaster had been made
the shire town
the prosperity that has made Worcester the second city in the state would
have been the
fortune of Lancaster. But the town missed its opportunity and it never can be
The reasons given by Judge Wilder, as reported, were that shire towns were
apt to be invested
by gamblers, horse jockeys and drunkards and that therefore, the morals of
the place would be
sacrificed to its increase in numbers and wealth. The reasons were vain,
though motive was
In August, at a town meeting it was voted, "that Mr. James Wilder, delegate
in place of
Josiah White who declined to serve, be directed to pay a regard to his
as becomes the representative of a loyal people; and that he also use his
that no infringements be made on the royal prerogative; nor on any of the
of the people, granted them by the royal charter, and especially by supplying
without appropriation, unless of some small quantity that may be necessry to
seen charges that may require prompt payment." This was a step in the long
the colony and the royal governor in regard to the regular salary of that
Transcribed by Janice Farnsworth