Introduction, Part 1 to the Life & Works of
Sir John Wentworth
Though there have been attempts to link the American Wentworth clan to the powerful Wentworth family of Yorkshire in England, it is more likely that the American Wentworths were descended from a Lincolnshire branch.1 William Wentworth was one of the first English settlers who came to America. He was to make a success of himself as a merchant and shipmaster and made for himself a "handsome fortune."2 Many of William's descendants were to become prominent citizens in the then British colony of New Hampshire. William's grandson, John Wentworth was appointed lieutenant governor in 1717. The father of John Wentworth, our subject, was Mark Hunking Wentworth, whose brother, Benning Wentworth (1696-1770), was appointed Governor of New Hampshire in 1741.
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