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Vital Records of Cambridge, Massachusetts

January 20th, 2011

The town of Cambridge (Middlesex County), Massachusetts was established in 1631 and called “Newe Towne” until 1636. The records herein were abstracted from Thomas Baldwin’s Vital Records of Cambridge, Massachusetts to the Year 1850, 2 vols (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1914-15).

Abbreviations
C.R.1: Church record, First Congregational Unitarian
G.R.2: Grave Record, Cambridge Cemetery, Cooledge Avenue
G.R.3: Grave Record, Mount Auburn Cemetery

Abishai Woodward [parents unknown] was born 1821, G.R.3.
Amos Woodward, s. Daniel, was baptized Oct. 10, 1697, C.R.1.
Daniel Woodward, s. Jno and Rebeccah, was born Sept. 24, 1681.
Ebenezer Woodward, s. of Ebenezer and Delia, was born Mar. 21, 1798.
Eleanor G. [--?--]., w. of Verney C. Woodward, was born May 21, 1816, G.R.3.
Elisha Woodward was born in Petersham, 30 Jan 1779, G.R.3.
Elizabeth M. Woodward was born Mar 22, 1792, G.R.3.
Emma F. Woodward, d. of James H. and Abigail C., was born Sept. 26, 1848, G.R.2.
Francis Woodard, s. of George, b. in Pawtucket, R.I., and Mary, was born in Dorchester, Oct. 5, 1849.
Hannah Woodward, d. of Daniel, was baptised Oct 10, 1697, C.R.1.
Hannah English [--?--], w. of Elisha Woodward, was born in Salem June 10, 1788, C.R.3.
Helen Maria Woodward, d. of Samuel and Eleanor, was born June 17, 1845.
James H. Woodward, was born July 28, 1815, G.R.2.
Jno Woodward, s. of Jno and Rebeccah, was born Sept. 7, 1674.
John Woodward, s. of John and Rebecka, was born July 18, 1675.
Jonas Woodard [parent unknown] was born 1813, G.R.2.
Jonas E. Woodward, s. of Jonas and Sarah T., was born Dec. 31, 1843.
Jonathan Woodward, s. of John and Rebek[a], was born Sept. 28, 1685.
Jonathan Woodward, s. of Daniel, was baptised May 22, 1698, C.R.1.
Joseph Woodward, s. Daniel, was baptised Mar. 9, 1700-1, C.R.1.
Marsh Woodward, d. of Jno and Rebecca, was born Oct. 6, 1684.
Mary Amsden [--?--], w. of Abishai Woodward, was born 1826, G.R.3.
Mary Frances Woodward, w. of Mr. Brown, was born Nov 5, 1833, G.R.3.
Rebecca Woodward, d. of Jno and Rebecca, was born Feb. 12, 1682-3.
Ri[chard] Woodward, s. of Jno and Rebeccah, was born Sept. 26, 1677.
Sarah T. Woodard [parent unknown] was born 1815, G.R.2.
Susanna Woodward, d. of Daniel, was baptised Oct 10, 1697, C.R.1.
Bridget Woodhead married Israel Chevers, June 10, 1690.
Eliza A. Woodward, of Waltham, married John A. Warner, int. Sept. 24, 1841.
Elizabeth Woodhead married Jonathan Moore of Newbury, Aug. 14, 1672.
John Woodward married Sarah Smith, Mar. 16, 1698-9, C.R.1.
Mary Woodhead married Jno Grove, Mar. 15, 1677.
Nathaniel Woodward, of Waltham, married Elizabeth (Lydia int.) Wyeth, Sept. 26, 1804.
Samuel Woodward married Lois Hooper of Charlestown, Feb. 22, 1787 (Feb. 28, 1787, C.R.1).
Samuel Woodward married Eleanor E. Teel, Nov. 6, 1838.
Thomas Woodward married Hannah Learned, Apr. 7, 1803.
Amos Woodward died Oct. 9, 1679, a. 36 y.
Elisha Woodward, died in Boston, Apr. 10, 1847, G.R.3.
Harriet E. Woodward (Harriet Ellen, d. of Samuel and Elenor T., G.R.2), was buried Oct. 14, 1843, a. 23 m. Brain Fever (d. Oct 12, 1843, a. 23 m. 9 d., G.R.2)
John Woodward died Sept. 22, 1674.
Lydia Woodward (Mrs.) was buried Oct 22, 1843, a. 77 y.
Rebeccah Woodward, d. of Jno and Rebeccah, died Mar. 14, 1681-2.
Samuel Woodward, b. in Roxbury, N.H., died Sept. 8, 1849, a. 42 y. 5 m. Md. Dysentery.
Sarah Woodward, w. of Jonas, died Sept. 24, 1677.
Susannah Woodward, died Sept. 22, 1676.

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Vital Records of Boston to 1699

January 18th, 2011

The records are listed in chronological order as they appear in, A Report of the Record Commissioners Containing Boston Births, Baptisms, Marriages, and Deaths, 1630-1699 (Boston: The Town, 1883). They are extracted as found with my comments in brackets.

Joseph of Robert and Rachel Woodward born 24th-8th month, 1641 [Town Record]
Joseph of Rachel & Robert Woodward 7 day 9 mo, 1641 [First Church]
Nathaniel of Robert & Rachel Woodward born ?30th – 8th month, 1642 [Town Record]
Nathaniel of Robert & Rachael Woodward, 30 day 8 mo 1642 about 4 days [First Church]
Smith of Robert & Rachel Woodward born 6th mo. 1644 [Town Record]
Elisha of Nathaniel Woodward, aged about 6 days 21 day 2 mo 1644 [First Church]
Smyth son of Rachel & Robert Woodward, aged about 5 days 4 day 6 mo 1644 [First Church]
Robert of Robert & Rachel Woodward born 14th-9th month, 1646 [Town Record]
Nathaniel of Nathaniel Woodward aged about 7 day 12 day 2 mo, 1646 [First Church]
Robert of Rachel & Robert Woodward aged about 2 days 8 day 9 mo 1646 [First Church]
Mercy of Rachel & Robert Woodward aged about 6 day 1 day 8 mo. 1648 [First Church]
Thomas of Robert’s wife 14 day 2 mo. 1650 [First Church]
Anne of Ezekiel & Anne Woodward born 10th Aug. 1651 [Town Record]
John of Robert Woodward’s wife 14 day 10 mo 1651 [First Church]
John of Robert & Rachel Woodward died 23rd – 6th month 1652 [Town Record]
Sarah of Ezekiel & Anne Woodward born 21st Jan. 1653 [Town Record]
Sarah of Ezekiel & Ann Woodward born 14th July, 1653 [Town Record]
Robert Woodward died 21st-9th month 1653 [Town Record]
Jeremiah of Robert & Rachel Woodward died 26th-9th mo 1653 [Town Record]
Jeremiah of Rachel & Robert Woodward 28 day 6 mo 1653 [First Church]
Thomas Harwood & Rachel Woodward widow were married 7th-5th month 1654 [Town Record]
Margaret of Ezekiel & Ann Woodward born 24th Feb. 1655 [Town Record]
Elizabeth of Ezekiel & Anna Woodward born 22nd Oct. 1657 [Town Record]
Thomas Woodward & Mary Guns were married 7th March [1659] by Major Humphrey Atherton
Prudence of Ezekiel & Anne Woodward born Apr. 4, 1660 [Town Record]
Christopher Mosse & Purdence Woodward daughter of Nathaniell Woodward of Boston were married 1661 [Town Record; Note: no day given but the entry is between 2 other marriages in July] 1661
Esther of Thomas & Esther Woodward of Muddy River born ? -1663 [Town Record]
Hannah of Thomas & Esther Woodward of Muddy River born Apr. 11, 1665 [Town Record]
Elizabeth of Nathaniel & Eliza. Woodward born Jun 10, 1667 [Town Record]
Elizabeth of Thomas & Judith Woodward born June 24, 1667 [Town Record]
Mercy of Nathanll [sic] & Mary Woodward born Jan. 17, 1667 [Town Record]
Mary of Thomas & Esther Woodward born Jan. 13, 1668 [Town Record]
Rachel of Thomas & Esther Woodward born 1671 [Town Record]
—– Son of Thomas & Esther Woodward born Sept. 10 1673 -corner of leaf if torn off [Town Record]
Mary of Thomas and Trypham Woodward born May 16, 1690 [Town Record]
Thomas of Thomas & Tryphana Woodard [sic] born Sept. 26, 1692 [Town Record]
John Bull & Mary Woodward were married by Samuel Sewall Esq. Assist. Apr. 21, 1692 [Town Record]
Triphena of Thomas & Triphena Woodward born Jan. 30, 1694 [Town Record]
John of John & Tripena Woodard [sic] born Sept. 11, 1697 [Town Record]
John Woodward & Hannah Hide were married by Saml. Sewell Esq. Apr. 11, 1698 [Town Record]
Hannah of Thomas & Triphene Woodword [sic] born Nov. 9, 1699 [Town Record]
William Snowton & Rachel Woodward were married by Mr. Saml. Willard June 28, 1699 [Town Record]

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Vital Records of Leicester, Massachusetts

January 17th, 2011

The vital records of Leicester were abstracted from Vital Records of Leicester, Massachusetts to the End of the Year 1849 (Worcester, Mass: Franklin P. Rice, 1903).

(–?–) Woodard, daughter of Asa, born 26 May 1819.

(–?–) Woodard, daughter of Gordon, born 24 Nov 1828.

(–?–) Woodard, daughter of Jonathan, born 1 May 1795.

(–?–) Woodard, son of Asa, born 11 Sep 1821.

(–?–) Woodard, son of Gordon, born 28 Aug 1837.

(–?–) Woodard, son of Jonathan, born 18 May 1793.

(–?–) Woodard, twin sons of Asel, born 9 Aug 1826.

(–?–) Woodward, son of Asa, born 7 April 1834.

(–?–) child of Willard Woodard died 29 April 1816, age 3 months.

(–?–) Mrs. Woodard died 23 Aug 1813, age 89.

(–?–) Mrs. Woodard died 27 Jul 1825, age 20.

Abel Woodart and Elisabeth Tucker, intentions to marry were issued 29 Jul 1753.

Abel Woodart married Mary Worster 20 Dec 1750.

Alvan Boyden Woodward, son of  Gordon and Mary, born 11 Feb 1830.

Amos Woodard and March Thompson of Oxford, intentions to marry issued30  May 1797.

Asa Woodard died 27 Mar 1845, age 53, of consumption.

Asa Woodward, son of Asa, died 27 Sep 1826, age 1.

Asse Woodart, son of Jesse and Sarah, born 23 Jul 1759.

Baty Woodart, daughter of Robart and Deliverance, born 13 Sep 1744.

Benjamin Woodard married Hannah Woodard 8 Nov 1736.

Benjamin Woodart, son of Benjamin and Hannah, born 23 Aug 1741.

Caleb Woodart of Charlton marrid Rhoda Woodart 12 May 1763.

Caleb Woodart, son of Robart and Deliverance, born Feb. 4 or 6, 1745-6.

Charles Woodward, son of Asa, born Feb. 23, 1831.

Charles Woodward, son of Asa, died March 28, 1833, age 2.

Charlotte Woodward, daughter of Asa, died April 24, 1833, a. 3 weeks.

Deborah Woodart, daughter of Benjamin and Hannah, born Nov. 13, 1737.

Dwight S. Woodard, son of Asa, born Dec. 19, 1817.

Dwight S. Woodward, son of Asa, married Harriet F. Woodward, May 12, 1844.

Edwin Francis Woodward, twin son of George S. and Nancy L., born Oct. 31, 1847.

Edwin Woodward, son of  Gorden and Mary, born May 18, 1834.

Elias Woodard died Oct. 13, 1813, age 23.

Elisabeth Woodart, daughter of  Jesse and Sarah, born May 1, 1755.

Eliza F. Woodward, twin daughter of  G.S. and N.L., born Oct 31, 1847.

Elizabeth E. Woodward of Ware and Duty Salisbury, intentions to marry were issued March 17, 1839.

Elizabeth Sophia Woodward, daughter of Willara and Polly, born June 15, 1824.

Francis Woodward and Eunice H. Pratt, intentions to marry issued July 24, 1836.

George Woodward and Nancy Clemons, intentions to marry were issued Jan. 26, 1840.

Hannah Woodard married Benjamin Woodard Nov. 8, 1736.

Harriet F. Woodward, daughter of Elias, married Dwight S. Woodwdard, May 12, 1844.

Huldah S. Woodward, daughter of Willard and Polly, Aug. 29, 1829.

Jane Woodward, daughter of Willard, born June 10, 1832.

Jane Woodward, daughter of Willard, died March 3, 1840, age 8.

Jesse Woodart, son of Jesse and Sarah, born May 1, 1755.

Jesse Wooddart and Sarah Star of Killinslee, intentions to marry issued Jan. 26, 1751-2.

Job Woodard, son of Jesse and Sarah, born Aug. 11, 1767.

John Woodard of Spencer and Zeruiah Tenny intentions to marry were issued Sept. 24, 1794.

John Woodart married Jane Torrey, Jan. 1, 1739-40 (intentions were also recorded).

Josiah I. Woodward of Milbury married Abby Mason, June 18, 1839.

Josiah Woodard [Woodward in int.] of Sutton married Lucy Washburn, June 25, 1794.

Maria Woodard, daughter of Asa, born Feb. 12, 1829.

Mary Abigail Woodward, daughter of Gordon, born Aug. 25, 1840.

Mary Woodard, daughter of Jesse and Sarah, born April 2, 1764.

Mary Woodart, daughter of Benjamin and Hannah, born May 9, 1739.

Mary Woodward, wife of Asa, died May 1, 1835, age 38.

Nancy Woodard, daughter of Jesse and Sarah, born Oct. 20, 1761.

Nathaniel Woodard and Patty Hubbard, intentions to marry were issued Sept. 12, 1802.

Parker B. Woodward and Mary Ann Hartman, intentions to marry were issued Dec. 29, 1849.

Phebe Woodart, daughter of Robert and Deliverance, born May 15, 1748.

Sarah Woodard, daughter of Jesse and Sarah, born Oct. 20, 1761.

Sarah M. Woodward, daughter of George and Nancy, born March 5, 1841.

Thomas Henry Woodward, son of Gordon, born 9 Jan 1833.

Willard Woodard and Polly Stevens, intentions to marry were issued 6 Aug 1814.

William Woodward died 13 Nov 1833, age 60.

William H. Woodward, son of Chauncey, died 2 Jan 1847 of consumption, age 5 months, born in Brookline.

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Vital Records of Beverly, Bradford, & Haverhill

January 15th, 2011

Beverly, Essex County, Massachusetts

Vital Records of Beverly, Massachusetts to the Year Ending 1849, 2 Vols. (Topsfield, Mass.: Topsfield Historical Society, 1907)

Mahitable Woodward intention to marry Samuel Herrick was published Oct. 23, 1698.

Bradford, Essex County, Massachusetts

Vital Records of Bradford, Massachusetts to the Year Ending 1849 (Topsfield, Mass.: Topsfield Historical Society, 1907)

Hannah Woodward [Wood, C.R.1.], and Micajah Kimball, were married Jan. 1, 1797.

Larson E. of Lawrence (a. 21 y., teamster, s. Joseph and Betsy) and Emma B. Bryant of Lawrence (a. 21 y., d. Andrew and Mary) were married Sept. 5, 1847.

Sally Woodward and John Perry were married Sept. -, 1791.

Haverhill, Essex County, Massachusetts

Vital Records of Haverhill, Massachusetts, to the End of the Year 1849, 2 Vols. (Topsfield, Mass.: Topsfield Historical Society, 1910-1911)

Daniel Woodward, s. Daniel, cordwainer, and Ann R. (Webb), was born 12 October 1844.”

Hannah Woodward, d. Jacob and Elizabeth (Smith), was born 12 January 1736/7.

James Woodward, s. Jacob and Elizabeth (Smith), was born March 1741.

Keturah Woodward d. Jacob and Elizabeth (Smith), was born 23 January 1734/5.

Rachel Woodward, d. Jacob and Elizabeth (Smith),  was born 13 March 1738/9.

Sarah Woodward, d. Jacob and Elizabeth (Smith), was born 1 June 1743.

Anna Wooard [Woodward int.] and Simon Chase were married 11 May 1814.

Anne Woodward and John Warner were married [bef. 1733.]

Eliphalet Woodward, of Plaistow, and Martha Gage were married 9 December 1779.

Eliza Woodward (a. 25 y., d. Caleb and Ann) and Charles L. Huse (widr. of Newburyport, a. 30 y., painter, s. Joseph and Elizabeth) were married 18 May 1848.

Eliza Jane Woodward, of Salem, N.H., and RufusK. Knowles, intentions to marry 6 September 1823.

Jacob Woodward and Elizabeth Smith were married [before1735].

Mary Ann Woodward and James A. Bartlett, intentions to marry, 31 Mar 1844.

Ruby Woodward, of Haverhill, N.H., and Samuel Emery were married 4 February 1808.

Stephen Woodward, of Plaistow, and Lydia Gage were married 31 December 1782.

Thomas T. Woodward and Isabella H. Starkey, intentions to marry, 9 December 1849.

Deaths

Charles Woodward, s. Caleb and Anna died [fits. First Parish Church record], 5 August 1825, a. 2 d. [gravestone record, Pentucket Cemetry]

Eliza Woodward, d. Caleb and Anna, died 28 August 1821, a. 6 y. [gravestone record, Pentucket Cemetry]

Rebekah Woodward, d. Caleb and Anna, died 8 September 1822, a. 3 y. [gravestone record, Pentucket Cemetry]

Susan Woodward, d. Caleb and Anna, died 28 May 1822, a. 5 y. [gravestone record, Pentucket Cemetry]

Susan Rebekah Woodward, d. Caleb and Anna, died 5 September 1830, a. 6 w. [gravestone record, Pentucket Cemetry]

——– Woodward, child, consumption, died 6 May 1822, a. 2 y. [First Parish Church record]

——– Woodward, child, quinsy, died — August 1822, a. 1 y. 4 m. [First Parish Church record]

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Vital Records of Amesbury and Andover,

January 14th, 2011

Amesbury, Essex County, Massachusetts

The Vital Records of Amesbury, Massachusetts to the Year Ending 1849 (Topsfield, Mass.: Topsfield Historical Society, 1913)

William Woodward married Betsy Follingsbee, Dec. 30, 1798

Andover, Essex County, Massachusetts

Vital Records of Andover, Massachusetts to the Year Ending 1849, 2 Vols. (Topsfield, Mass.: Topsfield Historical Society, 1912)

Sarah Woodward, d. of  Joseph and Sophia, was born May 21, 1849, [Christ Church Records]

Arvilla Woodward of Lowell to marry Norris Nichols, intentions to marry recorded Jan. 4, 1848.

Lydia Woodward of  Middleton (a. 25 y., b. Island of Ceylon, d. Henry and Lydia W. Woodward) and James Fletcher of Danvers (a. 26 y., clergyman, b. Acton, s. John and Clarissa Fletcher, of Acton) were married  Oct. 10, 1849.

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

Wilson Cleveland Woodard

December 31st, 2010

Wilson Cleveland Woodard was born in North Carolina on 10 Oct 1828, son of Isham David Woodard and Rebecca Webb. He died in Gilmer County, Georgia, on 5 November 1920.

Several years ago I obtained a copy or his death certificate [Death Certificate of Wilce Woodard. file no. 28777, 1920, Vital Records, Public Health, RG 26-5-95, Georgia Archives]. As an aside, Georgia death records from 1919 through 1927 are now available online at the Georgia Archives Virtual Vault – http://cdm.sos.state.ga.us/index.php.

Woodward, who served with the Confederacy as  a 1st Sergeant in the 65th Regiment of Georgia Volunteers,  was buried in the Tails Creek Baptist Church Cemetery on a knoll overlooking the church.

Wilse was married to Emelia Ann (generally called Millie) Blankenship on 5 December 1853, in Madison County, North Carolina [Letter from Connie Fields to Linda Geiger, 1996]. Millie died 6 December 1922 in Gilmer County. A copy of her death record was also copied from the original at the Georgia Archives.

On Millie’s death certificate we find yet another version of the Woodward surname (Woodered) her husband’s given name. Here he is called Willis Woodered.

As we all know, searching for individuals in the various census can be challenging, particularly because of spelling variations. In the 1870 census of Gilmer County [pages 132 and 133, NARA microfilm M593, reel 152], we find Wilson Cleveland Woodard enumerated as W. C. Woodard, while his father is enumerated as I.D. Wooddard.

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