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Family of Henry + WOODWARD and Elizabeth + MATHER

Husband: Henry + WOODWARD (1601-1683)
Wife: Elizabeth + MATHER (1618-1690)
Children: Freedom WOODWARD (1641- )
Experience + WOODWARD (1643-1686)
Thankful + WOODWARD (1646- )
John WOODWARD (1646- )
Marriage 4 Sep 1639 Dorchester, Suffolk, MA, US

Husband: Henry + WOODWARD

Name: Henry + WOODWARD
Sex: Male
Father: Thomas + WOODWARD (1567- )
Mother: Elizabeth + Tyer TYSON (1570- )
Birth 22 Mar 1601 Much Worton, Lancashire, England
Baptism 22 May 1607 (age 6) Much Worton, Lancashire, England
Occupation Doctor/Innkeeper
Emigration 1635 (age 33-34) from Much Worton, Lancashire, England to Dorchester, Suffolk, MA, US
Death 7 Apr 1683 (age 82) Northampton,Hampshire, MA, US1,2,3
Cause: lightning strike

Wife: Elizabeth + MATHER

Name: Elizabeth + MATHER
Sex: Female
Father: Thomas + MATHER (1575-1633)
Mother: Margarite + ABRAM (1568- )
Birth 1618 Dorchester, Northampton, Deerdield, England
Death 13 Aug 1690 (age 71-72) Northampton,Hampshire, MA, US1

Child 1: Freedom WOODWARD

Name: Freedom WOODWARD
Sex: Male
Birth Jul 1641

Child 2: Experience + WOODWARD


Spouse: Medad + POMEROY

Name: Experience + WOODWARD
Sex: Female
Spouse: Medad + POMEROY (1638-1716)
Birth 10 Nov 1643 Dorchester, Suffolk, MA, US
Christening 19 Nov 1643 (age 0) Dorchester, Suffolk, MA, US
Death 8 Jun 1686 (age 42) Northampton,Hampshire, MA, US

Child 3: Thankful + WOODWARD

Name: Thankful + WOODWARD
Sex: Female
Spouse: John + TAYLOR (1641-1704)
Birth 1646 Dorchester, Suffolk, MA, US

Child 4: John WOODWARD

Sex: Male
Birth 1646

Note on Husband: Henry + WOODWARD (1)

Died from a lighting strike hear the upper Corn Mill


1659 Came from Dorchester to NH


1663 appointed Quartermaster of the "troop" the first unit of cavalry in the valley


Was an inn keep 1665-1684 near where the Smith College Hall now stands


Henry is called "Doctor" in early records. He (and Elizabeth?) came (unmarried) to America on the ship "James" on August 17, 1635, in the company that followed Reverend Richard Mather (thought to be Elizabeth's brother). Henry settled in Dorchester, MA where he became a freeman of the colony and a member of the Dorchester Church, and where he married Elizabeth. Henry attained considerable prominence in local affairs, serving frequently on committees and in 1657 as constable.In 1658 the family moved to Northampton, MA. Henry was one of the "three Dorechester men" who it is believed were induced to settle there by Reverend Richard Mather. He was granted a twelve acre homelot. The Woodward's property extended from the east of the highway to the west bank of Mill River near the present location of Smith College in Northampton. He also received about one hundred acres in "Manhan Meadow".At Northampton, Henry became a leading citizen. He was chosen a selectman and "Commissioner to end Small Causes" in 1660. The following year, he served as a member of the jury at the first court held in that town, and was also among the group of eight persons who founded the First Church of Christ. Both he and Elizabeth were signers of the Church Covenant. In 1664 he served as surveyor of highways. In 1665, he was licensed to keep an ordinary tavern which continued in operation until 1681. During that time, it is believed that court meetings were held there. In 1682, he was called "Constable", being in charge of several prisoners to be transferred to Springfield. In addition, Henry had a grist mill and engaged in extensive farming. It may be assumed that he raised flax among other products for in a list of contributions to Harvard College made in 1672/3 it was noted:"Hinery Woodward 8 tb. flaxe at 8 s." He was killed at the corn mill.

Note on Husband: Henry + WOODWARD (2)

Arrived on the ship "James" with Captain Taylor 1635


1"MA Town and Vital Records 1620-1988 Record".
2Henry Fitz-Gilbert Waters, "The New England Historical and Genealogical Register" (NEHGS).
3"US New England Marriages prior to 1700".