NameJohn Langworthy (ca 1664)105,106
Birth Dateca 1664106
Birth PlaceNewport, Rhode Island
Death Datebef Sep 30, 1700106
FatherAndrew Langworthy (ca 1630) (ca1630->1695)
MotherRachel Hubbard (1642->1699)
Birth DateMar 15, 1663108,109
Death Dateca 1733107
FatherJosiah Witter (1638-ca1690)
MotherElizabeth Wheeler (1648-1672)
ChildrenJohn (ca1692-1748)
Notes for John Langworthy (ca 1664)
The 1692 rolls of the Sabbatarian Church of Newport, RI, show John and Elizabeth Langworthy as members. Because Rachel (Hubbard) Langworthy was a founding member of this church, this is taken as evidence that John was Rachel's son (Elizabeth was John's wife).

As William Franklin Langworthy (WFL) said in 1940, not much is known about John Langworthy of Newport or about his descendants. Here’s a summary:

* John was probably born ca 1664, given that Samuel was born ca 1662, and that John’s wife (see below) was born ca 1663. WFL argued for an earlier date based on his belief that this was the same John Langworthy who was at the garrison at Westfield, MA in 1676, but in my opinion, that’s unlikely:
- In 1676 John would have been under16. The records show that on July 24, 1676, John was the ONLY soldier at Westfield, and this was the first record of a garrison there. It seems very unlikely to me that a twelve year old from Rhode Island would be sent alone to start a garrison in Massachusetts.
- Boston records show that a John Langworthy was on the tax list for 1674 and witnessed a deed in 1675, so this John Langworthy must have been born before 1654. This John, or his relative, is a better candidate for the man at Westfield. You can find more about John Langworthy of Boston at "Immigrants to America before 1750".

* John’s wife was Elizabeth Witter. This comes from an old account book that’s been passed down in the Witter family, and is reprinted in NEH&GR (V81, p.357):
“Elizabeth Married a Langworthy afterward a Crandal Bare Children by Langworthy & Died about the year 1733 In the 72nd year of her Age.”
From this statement we learn that Elizabeth was born ca 1662, and that John and Elizabeth had children. This site follows the assumption that John Langworthy of Westerly was one of these children, though there’s no proof of that.

* John died before Sept 30, 1700, when a committee of the Sabbatarian church was “appointed to visit Elizabeth Langworthy, John’s widow, to enquire into her state and proceed therein as the Lord shall direct”.
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