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Henry Woodward & Elizabeth Mather
Husband:
Henry Woodward
Bapt.:
22 Mar 1606/07 in , , , England
Married:
04 Sep 1638 in Dorchester, Suffolk, MA, USA
Died:
07 Apr 1683 in Northampton, Hampshire, MA, USA (1)
Wife:
Elizabeth Mather
Born:
1618 in , , , England
Died:
03 Aug 1690 in Northampton, Hampshire, MA, USA (2)
Children:
01  (F):
Freedom Woodward
Born:
1642
Died:
Unknown
02  (F):
Experience Woodward
Born:
1643
Bapt.:
10 Nov 1643
Died:
08 Jun 1686
03  (F):
Thankful Woodward
Born:
1646 in Dorchester, Suffolk, MA, USA
Died:
Unknown
Spouse:
John Taylor
04  (M):
John Woodward
Born:
28 Mar 1649
Died:
Unknown
More Info:

Henry Woodward:

Notes:

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.

Footnotes:
  1. Vital Records.
  2. Ibid., Northampton, MA - Deaths in Vital Records to 1840 ftp://ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/usgenweb/ma/hampshire/towns/northampton/vitals/death001.txt.
    Quality: 3.



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