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Vital Records: Gloucester, Massachusetts

January 9th, 2011

Vital Records of Gloucester, Massachusetts, To the End of the Year 1849, 3 Volumes (Topsfield, Mass.: The Topsfield Historical Society, 1917).

Births

I: 778

Sarah Woddard, d. Ezekiall and Hannah, Mar. 10, 1703/4.

I: 779

William Wodward, s. Jacob and Elesebeth, Aug 24, 1733.

I: 784

Anne Woodard, d. Ezekiall and Hannah, Dec. 12, 1709.

Beamsly Woodard s. Ezekiell and Hannah, Nov. 4, 1711.

John Woodard, s. Ezekiall and Hannah, Mar. 2, 1713/14.

Sarah Woodard, d. Beamsley, bp. Aug. 13, 1738, C.R.1. [[1st Parish Church]]

I: 791

Abigail Woodward, d. Ezekiel, Jr. and Abigal (Sanders), Oct. 19, 1755.

Beamsley Woodward, s. Beamsley [and Sarah, dup.] July 14, 1738.

Davis Woodward, s. Ezekiel, Jr. and Elisabeth, Sep. 22, 1738.

Davis Woodward, s. Davis and Lucretia, Aug. 27, 1761.

I: 792

Elisabeth Woodward, d. Ezekiel and Elisabeth, Feb. 1, 1723/4.

Elisabeth Woodward, d. Davis, bp. June 12, 1763. [1st Parish Church]

Elizabeth, d. Ezekiel, bp. Feb. 1, 1729/30, [West Parish Church at West Gloucester]

Eunice, d. Moses, bp. June 10, 1764, [1st Parish Church]

Ezekiel Woodward, s. Ezekiel and Elizabeth, May 29, 1726.

Ezekiel Woodward, s. Ezekiel and Elizabeth, Oct. 3, 1731.

Ezekiel Woodward, s. Ezekiel, Jr. and Abigal (Sanders), July 29, 1757

Jacob Woodward, s. Ezekiell and Hanna, Dec. 13, 1705.

Jacob Woodward, s. Jacob and Elizaebth [sic], Sept. 19, 1728.

John Woodward, s. Ezekiel, jr. and Abigail, May 11, 1759.

Joshua Woodward, s. Ezekiel, jr. and Abigail, Jan. 11, 1763.

Lemuel Woodward, s. Beamsley and Sarah, Sept. 16, 1734.

Lemuel Woodward, s. Beamsley and Sarah [bef. 1740? bp. Aug. 13, 1738. [1st Parish Church]

Lucretia Woodward, d. Davis, bp. May 5, 1765, [1st Parish Church]

Margaret Woodward, d. Beamsley and Sarah, July 27, 1740.

Mary Woodward, d. Ezekiell and Hannah, May 5, 1702.

Mary Woodward, d. Ezekiel, jr. and Elisabeth, Feb. 10, 1734/5.

Mary Woodward, d. Ezekiel, jr. and Elizabeth, July 9, 1736.

Moses Woodward, s. Ezekiel, jr. and Elisabeth, Mar. 21, 1739/40.

Moses Woodward, s. Moses and Eunice, Dec. 12, 1762.

Moses Woodward, s. Moses, bp. Feb 15, 1767, [1st Parish Church]

Nathanaell Woodward, s. Ezekiell and Hannah, Dec. 17, 1707.

Nathaniel Woodward, s. Ezekiel, jr. and Elesebeth, Nov. 20, 1732 bp. Oct. 29, West Parish Church at West Gloucester]

Nathaniel Woodward, s. Ezekiel, jr. and Elisabeth, July 24, 1741.

Nathaniel Woodward, s. Ezekiel, jr. and Abigail, June 15, 1761.

Sarah Woodward, d. Beamsley and Sarah, June 28, 1736.

Stephen Woodward, s. Ezekiel and Hannah, Mar. 9, 1716/17.

Susanna Woodward, d. Beamsley and Sarah, Oct. /, 1742. [bp. Oct. 17, 1st Parish Church]

William Woodward, s. Davis, bp. Apr. 19, 1767, [1st Parish Church]

William Wallis Woodward, s. Moses, bp. Mar. 19, 1769, [1st Parish church]

Marriages

II: 595

Abigail Woodward, Mrs., and Rev. John Rogers, Apr. 2, 1770

Abigail Woodward, and Jonathan Low [Sept. 28, 1785. West Parish Church at West Gloucester]

Anna Woodward, and John Wormer of Ipswich, Nov. 16, 1728.

Beamsley Woodwqrd, and Sarah Smith, Feb. 20, 1733/4.

Davis Woodward, and Lucretia Haskel, Oct. 21, 1760.

Elisabeth Woodward, and Philemon Warner, jr., Dec. 27, 1748.

Ezekiel Woodward, and Mary Davis, Apr. 15, 1719.

Ezekiel Woodward, and Elizabeth Davis, Nov. 30, 1720.

Ezekiel Woodward, sr., and Rachell Haskell, June 22, 1722.

Ezekiel, and Rebekah Benet [wid. int.] Nov. 24, 1740.

Ezekiel, jr., and Abigal Sanders, Dec. 18, 1754.

Ezekiel, Dea. and Mrs. Ruth Welman, Mar. 18, 1767.

George, of York, Me., and Tammy Dennison, Dec. 1, 1836.

Hannah, and Thomas Pulsefer, Oct. 29, 1730.

Mary, and Joseph Haskell, 3d, May 17, 1720.

Ruth, and [Dea. int.] Joshua Ward [of Salem, int.] June 2, 1773.

William [of Poland, Cumberland Co. int.], and Sarah Pulicfer, Apr. 14, 1795.

Woodword

Ezekiel Woodword, and [Mrs. int.] Anna Low of Ispwich, Apr. 13, 1732 (intention also recorded)

Deaths

III: 332

Elisabeth, w. [Dea. [gravestone record, Bridge St. Cemetery]

III: 333

Elizeb[e]th, d. Ezekiel and Elizeb[e]th, Apr. 4, 1730, a. 4 y. 1 m.

Ezekiel, s. Ezekiel and Elisebth, Apr. 3, 1729, a. 2 y. 2 m.

Ezekiel, Jan. 13, 1743, a. abt. 75 y. [Jan. 16, 1743/4, a. 73  y. [gravestone record, Bridge St. Cemetery]

Ezekiel, s. Dea. Ezekiel, —-, 1766, a. abt. 36 y. [Sept. 2, a. 35 y. (gravestone record, Bridge St. Cemetery)]

Ezekiel, Dea. Sept. 4, 1771, a. 74 y. [gravestone record, Bridge St. Cemetery]

Hannah, w. Ezekiel, Feb. 2, 1718/19, a. abt. 43 y.

John, s. —– and Ab—, —— . [17–?] [gravestone record, Bridge St. Cemetery]

Mary, w. Ezekiel, sr., smallpox, Nov. 1, 1721, a. abt. 53 y.

Mary, d. Ezekiel, jr., Mar. 8, 1735, a. 3 w. 5 d.

Mary, dropsy, May 19, 1776, a. 44 y. [Third Parish Church at Annisquam]

Nathaniel, s. Ezakiel and Elesebeth, Dec. 23, 1732.

Nathaniel, s. Ezekiel, jr. and Elisabeth, Aug. 9, 1741, a. 16 d.

Same Man or Men with the Same Name?

January 9th, 2011

In the southeastern region of the United States civil registration of vital records (in general) did not begin until the twentieth century. Consequently when I discuss my family origins I’m not surprised to hear the comment, “You are so lucky that your ancestors were in New England where vital records are so easy to find.” Yes, indeed. However, I find that many New England family histories contain very grave errors because the records are not evaluated and carefully analyzed.  For instance, the wonderful series of document abstracts appearing in the series, Vital Records of [town], Massachusetts to the year 1849, is frequently misused by family historians.

Unfortunately, all too frequently family historians do not consider the entire community. My Woodwards were in the Boston area and the North Shore by the mid sixteen hundreds. The children of Ezekiel and Ann (Beamsley) Woodward were born in Boston and Ipswich [A Report of the Record Commissioners Containing Boston Births, Baptisms, Marriages, and Deaths, 1630-1699 (Boston: The City, 1883); and Vital Records of Ipswich, Massachusetts, to the End of the Year 1849 (Salem, Mass.: The Essex Institute, 1910). The marriages and children of their son Ezekiel and their several grandsons named Ezekiel are frequently misrepresented. Oh, yes, the marriages, and births took place, but which Ezekiel was the principal character in each event?

Abstracts of the Ipswich Vital Records are published below. Readers will note that the births of four children are listed and they all have a father named Ezekiel-Is this the same man, or are there more than one man with the same name? We should not base our final conclusion on this single record. Likewise, we notice two marriages which might cause additional problems. For female marriages, unless stated, we do not know if the given surname is the maiden name of the woman or the surname of a former spouse.

In conclusion: As wonderful as they are the vital records should not stand alone, and we don’t want to take anything for granted.

Let’s look at the Vital Records of Ipswich, Massachusetts, to the End of the Year 1849, 2 volumes (Salem, Mass.: The Essex Institute, 1910).

Births

I: 402

Ezekiell Woodward, s. Ezekiell, Aug. 9, 1666. [court record, Essex Co. Quarterly Court]

Martha Woodward, d. Ezekiell, May 3, 162. [court record, Essex Co. Quarterly Court]

Mary Woodward, d. Ezekiell, Dec. 8, 1664. [court record, Essex Co. Quarterly Court]

Rachell Woodward, d. Ezekiell, Jan. 20, 1668. [court record, Essex Co. Quarterly Court]

Marriages

II: 467

Ann Woodward and Thomas Da, Oct. 20, 1672 [court record, Essex Co. Quarterly Court]

Anne Woodward, of Gloucester, and John Warner, jr., int. Nov. 2, 1728

Margrett Woodward, and William Andrews, Oct. 20, 1672 [court record, Essex Co. Quarterly Court]

Martha Woodward and Nathaiel Emerson, —- [1685?]

Prudence Woodward and Benjamin Marshall, Nov. 2, 1677. [court record, Essex Co. Quarterly Court]

Sarah Woodward and A. William Row, Nov. –, 1671. [court record, Essex Co. Quarterly Court]

Sarah Woodward and Benja[min] Foster, at Chebacco, Mar. 15, 1725/6 (Intentions also recorded).

Thomas Woodward of Brooklline, and “Ms.” Mehitable Gooldsmith, int. Feb. 7, 1756.

Deaths – none