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John Woodward

Watertown, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 3 Nov 1732 (aged 83)
Newton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 184665804 · View Source
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Note: No burial record has been found for John, but he lived his entire adult life in Newton, and died there, so is almost certainly buried in the East Parish Burying Ground in Newton where two of his sons have extant gravestones.

John was the son of George and Mary Woodward of Watertown, Mass., and born there 20 March 1648/9. He m. (1) c. 1673 Rebecca ROBBINS, b. c. 1653, d. Newton 8 Jan 1695/6 (VR), the daughter of Richard and Rebecca Robbins. He m. (2) Sarah BANCROFT, b. Reading, Mass 1 April 1665, d. Newton 22 Sep 1723 (VR), the daughter of Thomas Bancroft and Elizabeth Metcalf. An article on the Bancroft family in the New England Historical and Genealogical Register (94:218) says this marriage took place 7 July 1686, and the couple had four children from 1687 to 1696, but this is in direct contradiction to the Newton vital records, which clearly show John having children with his first wife until 1695, followed by her death in 1695/6.

John lived with his family in Newton, Mass. where he was a highway surveyor in 1686, constable in 1694, and selectman in 1701 and 1712. His will, dated 26 Feb 1727/8, was proved in 1732, naming all of his surviving sons: John, Richard, Ebenezer (executor), Daniel and Jonathan, and naming daughters Rebecca Hunting and Abigail Greenwood. Children:

* John, b. Newton 7 Sep 1674 (VR), d. Newton 22 Sep 1674 (VR).

* John (twin), b. Newton 18 July 1675 (VR), may be the Deacon John Woodward who d. Canterbury, CT 1 April 1767. He m. Newton 11 April 1698 (VR) Hannah HYDE, b. Cambridge, Mass. 1 Feb 1676 [/7?], d. Canterbury, CT 13 Dec 1731, the daughter of Jonathan Hyde, Jr. and Dorothy Kidder. They had five children, born 1699 to 1713. Hannah has an extant grave marker in the South Cemetery, Brooklyn, Windham Co., CT.

* Rebecca (twin), b. Newton 18 July 1675 (VR), died young

* Susanna, b. Newton 1676 (VR), d. Newton 22 Sep 1676 (VR)

* Richard, b. Newton 26 Sep 1677 (VR), d. living in 1739, m. Mary _______. On 8 Nov 1708 be bought land in Canterbury, CT, and moved there. They had two children born in Newton 1702 and 1705, then five more born in Canterbury from 1708 to 1725. His will was dated 1739, with son Noah as executor.

* Rebecca, b. Newton 29 Oct 1679 (VR), d. Newton 14 March 1682 (VR, but should be 1681/2?)

* Daniel, b. Newton 24 Sep 1681 (VR), d. Newton 27 Feb 1755 aged 73, m. Newton 27 Jan 1703/4 (VR) Elizabeth GRUNDY, baptized Roxbury, Mass. 27 April 1679, d. Newton 14 Feb 1749/50, aged 71, the daughter of Robert Grundy and Mary Parker of Roxbury. They had five children born 1704 to 1714. Daniel and Elizabeth both have extant grave markers in the East Parish Burying Ground in Newton.

* Rebecca, b. Newton 2 Feb 1682/3 (VR gives year as 1683), d. Needham, Mass. 27 May 1746, m. Watertown 11 April 1709 (Newton VR) Stephen HUNTING, b. Dedham, Mass. 14 May 1688, d. Needham, Mass. 28 March 1740, the son of John Hunting and Elizabeth Paine. Rebecca and Stephen lived in Needham, Mass. from early in their marriage, as the births of all five of their children are recorded there from 1713 to 1722/3. Rebecca and Stephen have FAG memorials in the Old Village Cemetery in Dedham, but there is no record of their burial there, and they are far more likely buried in the Needham Cemetery in the town where they died, and where other members of the Hunting family have extant gravestones.

* Mary, b. Newton 6 Oct 1684 (VR), d. Newton 15 June 1689 (VR)

* Jonathan, b. Newton 28 Sep 1685 (VR), d. Newton 2 April 1745, aged 59 (VR), m. (1) Newton 26 March 1712 (VR) Patience WARD who d. Newton 18 (or 15) Oct 1719. He m. (2) Newton 8 June 1720 (VR) Thankful MIRICK, b. Newton 24 April 1685, d. Newton 21 Feb 1743/4, the daughter of John Mirick and Elizabeth Trowbridge. Jonathan had three children with first wife born 1713 to 1718, and two more with his second wife, born 1721 and 1726.

* Joseph, b. Newton 26 Nov 1688 (VR), d. Windham, CT 30 May 1727 (VR), m. Canterbury, CT 24 June 1714 Elizabeth SILSBY, b. Lynn, Mass. 2 Aug 1685, d. Windham, CT 22 May 1727 (VR), the daughter of Jonathan Silsby and Bethia Marsh of Lynn and Canterbury. Joseph moved from Newton with his brothers John and Richard, and bought land in Canterbury, CT in 1710, living near the line between Canterbury and Windham. No children have been found.

* Ebenezer, b. Newton 12 March 1690/1 (VR), m. Mindwell STONE

* Abigail, b. Newton 25 May 1695 (VR), d. Sherborn, Mass. 19 Sep 1775, m. Newton 21 June 1715 (VR) William GREENWOOD, b. Newton 14 Oct 1689, d. Sherborn, Mass. 14 Nov 1756, the son of Thomas and Abigail Greenwood. They settled in Sherborn, Mass. soon after their marriage, where William was a tythingman in 1717, a selectman for 6 years and town clerk for 24 years. He was also a representative to the Mass. General Court in 1747. Abigail and William had ten children born from 1716 to 1737. William has a FAG memorial in the Sherborn Center Cemetery, but it is not certain that he has an extant gravestone.

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