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MARSHALL, Margaret
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WOODRUFF, Elizabeth

WARDELL, Thomas 1,2,14

  • Born: 1603 14
  • Christened: 1/31/1603, Alford Parish, Wellington, Lincolnshire, England 68
  • Married: 1631 14,66
  • Died: 12/10/1646, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA 14

   General Notes:

Emmigrated to USA on a ship called the "Griffin" in the 1630's

PROFESSION: A shoemaker in Boston in 1634 - then became a freeman on 4 Mar 1634 [Wardells & Vosburghs]

He arrived at Boston, MA in 1633. He then moved to Exeter, NH in 1638 because of a religious controversy in First Church, Boston. He was a founder of the the church at the falls of the Piscataqua in Jan. 1639. He was judge of small cases at Exeter in 1643. In the spring of 1641 the Exeter militia elected Thomas their sergeant. See "Penobscot Pioneers," Philip Howard Gray (Camden: Penobscot Press, 1994), p. 107.

They moved north of Boston and founded the town of Exeter (which is now in New Hampshire) on 6/5/1639. Thomas and William are part of the original 20 founders of Exeter, N.H.


Immigration; 1634, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA. Thomas Wardwell/Wardell was the second member of his family to sail from England and settle in Boston (the first member was Thomas's older brother, Edward). Thomas and his brother, Silliam Wardwell, along with the Rev. John Cotton, Edmund Quincy, Anne Hutchenson, Wheelwright and 200 others, sailed to Boston on September 4, 1633, on the vessel "Griffin". It took eight weeks sailing time from "the Downs". Shortly following their arrival, Thomas married Elizabeth Woodruff. He became a freeman in the Massachusetts Bay Colony.

Religion; 11/9/1634, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA. 66 First Church in Boston

Court; 1637. The Puritans were non-conformists, but could not amicably tolerate views different from their own. Anne Hutchinson was banished from the Colony in 1637 and was killed by Indians at Hell Gate about 1643. Thomas Wardwell was deprived of his arms (weapons) and excluded from the Colony. He moved to Andover Massachusetts, where he was later restored to good standing.

   Marriage Information:

Thomas married Elizabeth WOODRUFF, daughter of Francis WOODRUFF and Ann YEOMAN, in 1631 14,66. (Elizabeth WOODRUFF was born in 1601 in Marchington, Stafford, England, christened on 3/2/1601 in Marchington, Stafford, England and died on 2/22/1697 14,67.)

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