Joseph Dutton

M, b. 12 December 1711, d. 1 May 1775
Father*Thomas Dutton b. 2 Aug 1681, d. 4 Aug 1759
Mother*Hannah Burge b. 12 Jan 1690, d. 10 Jun 1775
ChartsMargaret E. Spaulding Pedigree Chart
     Joseph was born at Billerica, Middlesex, Massachusetts, on 12 December 1711.1,2 He married Rebecca Adams, daughter of Joseph Adams and Mary Jones, at Westford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, on 6 November 1735.3 Joseph died on 1 May 1775 at Westford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, at age 63.4

Family

Rebecca Adams b. 28 Nov 1709, d. a 11 May 1780
Children

Citations

  1. [S40] Billerica, Mass. Vital Records (published).
  2. [S94] Linda Margaret Farr Welch Cavendish Families, 1:136.
  3. [S39] Westford, Mass. Vital Records (published), 158.
  4. [S39] Westford, Mass. Vital Records (published), 275.

Rebecca Adams

F, b. 28 November 1709, d. after 11 May 1780
Father*Joseph Adams1 b. 27 Jan 1674, d. 22 Jan 1717/18
Mother*Mary Jones1 b. 29 Mar 1677, d. 18 May 1751
ChartsMargaret E. Spaulding Pedigree Chart
     Rebecca was born at Chelmsford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, on 28 November 1709.2,1 She married Joseph Dutton, son of Thomas Dutton and Hannah Burge, at Westford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, on 6 November 1735.3 As of 6 November 1735,her married name was Dutton.4,3 As of 11 May 1780,her married name was Jewett.3 Rebecca Adams married Ezra Jewett on 11 May 1780 at Westford, Middlesex, Massachusetts.3,5 Rebecca died after 11 May 1780 at Westford, Middlesex, Massachusetts.6

Family 1

Joseph Dutton b. 12 Dec 1711, d. 1 May 1775
Children

Family 2

Ezra Jewett

Citations

  1. [S124] Wheeler Genealogy , 1:178.
  2. [S41] Chelmsford, Mass. Vital Records (published), 13.
  3. [S39] Westford, Mass. Vital Records (published), 158.
  4. [S22] IGI, LDS , Film Batch #M500661 Source #962548 extracted from Chelmsford,MA marriage records.
  5. [S512] Littleton, Mass., Vital Records (published), 2:229.
  6. [S17] Dutton, Family Group Sheets.

Henry Adams

M, b. circa 1583, d. before 8 October 1646
ChartsMargaret E. Spaulding Pedigree Chart
ImmigrantY
     Henry was born at Barton St. David, Somersetshire, England, circa 1583.1 He married Edith Squire at Charlton Mackrell, Somersetshire, England, on 19 October 1609.1 Henry Adams immigrated in 1638 to Braintree, Norfolk, Massachusetts.2 Henry died before 8 October 1646 at Braintree, Norfolk, Massachusetts.3 He was buried on 8 October 1646 at Quincy, Norfolk, Massachusetts.3

Family

Edith Squire b. 29 May 1587, d. 21 Jan 1672
Children

Citations

  1. [S38] Henry Adams Family , 59.
  2. [S38] Henry Adams Family , 65.
  3. [S38] Henry Adams Family , 67.

Edith Squire

F, b. 29 May 1587, d. 21 January 1672
ChartsMargaret E. Spaulding Pedigree Chart
     Edith was born at England before 29 May 1587.1 She was christened at England on 29 May 1587.1 She married Henry Adams at Charlton Mackrell, Somersetshire, England, on 19 October 1609.2 As of 19 October 1609,her married name was Adams.2 As of circa 1651,her married name was Fussell.1 She married John Fussell at Massachusetts circa 1651.1 Edith died on 21 January 1672 at Medfield, Norfolk, Massachusetts, at age 84.3

Family 1

Henry Adams b. c 1583, d. b 8 Oct 1646
Children

Family 2

John Fussell b. c 1575

Citations

  1. [S38] Henry Adams Family , 71.
  2. [S38] Henry Adams Family , 59.
  3. [S38] Henry Adams Family , 72.

Joane Close

F
     Joane died at Massachusetts. Joane was born at England.

Samuel Adams1

M, b. circa 1617, d. 24 January 1688/89
Father*Henry Adams b. c 1583, d. b 8 Oct 1646
Mother*Edith Squire b. 29 May 1587, d. 21 Jan 1672
ChartsMargaret E. Spaulding Pedigree Chart
     Samuel was born at Barton St. David, Somersetshire, England, circa 1617.2 He married Mary Eglesfield at Massachusetts circa 1646.3 He married Rebecca Graves at Massachusetts in 1651.3 He married Esther Sparhawk, daughter of Nathaniel Sparhawk and Mary Angier, at Chelmsford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, on 7 May 1668.3,4 Samuel died on 24 January 1688/89 at Chelmsford, Middlesex, Massachusetts.3,1

Family 1

Mary Eglesfield b. c 1617, d. 1650
Child

Family 2

Rebecca Graves b. c 1631, d. 8 Sep 1664
Children

Family 3

Esther Sparhawk b. 21 Jun 1635, d. 1692
Children

Citations

  1. [S41] Chelmsford, Mass. Vital Records (published), 358.
  2. [S38] Henry Adams Family , 76.
  3. [S38] Henry Adams Family , 77.
  4. [S41] Chelmsford, Mass. Vital Records (published), 321.

Esther Sparhawk

F, b. 21 June 1635, d. 1692
Father*Nathaniel Sparhawk b. 16 Feb 1598/99, d. 28 Jun 1647
Mother*Mary Angier b. 21 Aug 1603, d. 25 Jan 1643/44
ChartsMargaret E. Spaulding Pedigree Chart
     She was baptized on 21 June 1635 at Coggeshall, Essex, England.1 She married Samuel Adams, son of Henry Adams and Edith Squire, at Chelmsford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, on 7 May 1668.2,3 As of 7 May 1668,her married name was Adams.2,3 Esther died in 1692 at Chelmsford, Middlesex, Massachusetts.2

Family

Samuel Adams b. c 1617, d. 24 Jan 1688/89
Children

Citations

  1. [S84] Raymond Taylor, Taylor Genealogy.
  2. [S38] Henry Adams Family , 77.
  3. [S41] Chelmsford, Mass. Vital Records (published), 321.

Joseph Adams

M, b. 27 January 1674, d. 22 January 1717/18
Father*Samuel Adams b. c 1617, d. 24 Jan 1688/89
Mother*Esther Sparhawk b. 21 Jun 1635, d. 1692
ChartsMargaret E. Spaulding Pedigree Chart
     Joseph was born at Chelmsford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, on 27 January 1674.1,2 He married Mary Jones, daughter of Ephraim Jones and Ruth Wheeler, at Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, on 26 September 1696.3,4,5 Joseph died on 22 January 1717/18 at Chelmsford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, at age 43.6,5

Family

Mary Jones b. 29 Mar 1677, d. 18 May 1751
Children

Citations

  1. [S38] Henry Adams Family , 76.
  2. [S41] Chelmsford, Mass. Vital Records (published), 12.
  3. [S35] Clarence Almon Torrey, 5.
  4. [S88] Concord, Massachusetts, Vital Records , 21.
  5. [S124] Wheeler Genealogy , 1:178.
  6. [S41] Chelmsford, Mass. Vital Records (published), 357.

Mary Jones

F, b. 29 March 1677, d. 18 May 1751
Father*Ephraim Jones1 b. 6 Jan 1650, d. 23 Jan 1676/77
Mother*Ruth Wheeler1 b. s 1653, d. 9 Feb 1740
ChartsMargaret E. Spaulding Pedigree Chart
     Mary was born at Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, on 29 March 1677.1,2 She married Joseph Adams, son of Samuel Adams and Esther Sparhawk, at Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, on 26 September 1696.3,4,2 As of 26 September 1696,her married name was Adams.3,4,2 As of after 28 February 1724/25,her married name was Barron.5 Mary Jones married Isaac Barron after 28 February 1724/25 at Chelmsford, Middlesex, Massachusetts.5 Mary Jones married Col, Joseph unknown after 17 December 1743 at Chelmsford, Middlesex, Massachusetts.6 Mary died on 18 May 1751 at Chelmsford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, at age 74.7,8

Family 1

Joseph Adams b. 27 Jan 1674, d. 22 Jan 1717/18
Children

Family 2

Isaac Barron d. 16 Sep 1739

Citations

  1. [S88] Concord, Massachusetts, Vital Records , 23.
  2. [S124] Wheeler Genealogy , 1:178.
  3. [S35] Clarence Almon Torrey, 5.
  4. [S88] Concord, Massachusetts, Vital Records , 21.
  5. [S41] Chelmsford, Mass. Vital Records (published), 363.
  6. [S41] Chelmsford, Mass. Vital Records (published), 339.
  7. [S84] Raymond Taylor, Taylor Genealogy.
  8. [S41] Chelmsford, Mass. Vital Records (published), 453.

William Wood

M, b. 1582, d. 14 May 1671
Ancestral Home of William Wood.
Father*William Wood1 b. s 1550, d. b 13 Sep 1616
ChartsRoger C. Wood Pedigree Chart
Margaret E. Spaulding Pedigree Chart
ImmigrantY
     William Wood, the ancestor of the Wood clan, whose names are recorded in this book, was born in England in 1582, but where is unknown. He began his life during the reign of Queen Elizabeth and his early manhood was spent under the reign of James I. and Charles I. During the reign of the latter monarch the dissensions between the Church of England and the Puritans culminated in the expulsion of the Puritans from England, obliging them to seek an asylum in a foreign land, where they might worship God according to the dictates of their own consciences. They first took refuge in Holland and after a residence there of twelve years sought and obtained a charter to found a colony in the new world. These Puritan fathers landed on Plymouth Rock Dec. 21, 1620. Soon others came and eighteen years later our ancestor reached these shores.

He has often been confused with the William Wood, who published "New England's Prospect in London in 1634. That William Wood came to Lynn, Essex County, Mass., in 1629 and returned to England in 1633. It isn't known if that William returned to New England.

In any event, our William was probably illiterate as evidenced by him making his mark on his 1670 will, thereby making it unlikely that he penned "New England's Prospect."2 William was born at perhaps, Matlock, Derbyshire, England, in 1582.3 He married Margaret Gibbens at All Saints Church, South Wingfield, Derbyshire, England, on 9 August 1612.3,4,5 William Wood immigrated in 1638 to Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts.3 He left a will on 15 September 1670

WILL OF WILLIAM WOOD

I, William Wood of Concord, aged about eighty-eight years, doo make this my last Will and Testament, in manner and form as followeth, being in a competent measure of health and memory through God's mercy:
First: I commit my soul into the hands of God trusting in his gratitude, for everlasting salvation by Jesus Christ, and my body to be decently buyred, at the charge of my executors herein mentioned; and as for my outward estate, I, having given to my daughter Ruth Wheeler, at the time of her marriage, a half of my movable estate, that I was possessed of, both within and without as part of her portion, I do further bequeath unto her two brown cowes now in their possession, also a great Brass kettle and a brass pot, and Mr. Bulklyes Books upon the Covenant and all the Augors that my son Wheeler hath in his hands, except the bigest, and those with what I have done for her from time to time, I will to be her full portion from me or my estate.

Also, I give to my grandchild Abigall Hosmer a brindled cow now in the possession of my son Thomas Wheeler.

And all the rest of my reall and personall estate I give unto my son Michael Wood whom I do hereby appoint my sole executor of this, my last Will and Testament.

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 15th day of September, in the year of our Lord 1670.
his WILLIAM X WOOD. mark.

Signed, sealed and delivered in the presence of EDWARD BULKELY,
GEO. HAYWARD,
JNO. HAYWARD,
his EDWARD X WIGLY, mark.

This will was entered for probate April 4. 1671, and is recorded Liber 3, Page 192 No., 18238. There is an impression of a seal In red wax on this will, and the seal is the signet. of Jno. Hayward who witnessed the will.

AN INVENTORY OF THE ESTATE OF WILLIAM WOOD OF CONCORD, who deceased May 14, 1671. Allowing as it was taken by George Wheeler and John Lundley June 17, 1671.

William was not a wealthy man, but he was not poor. When he died he owned sixty-seven acres of land worth more than 42 English pounds, three cows at 12 pounds, lumber worth one pound, and household items worth 18 pounds.

Even though he could not write, he owned books worth one pound, two shillings.

His total estate was worth 77 pounds, 6 shillings, and two pence. In terms of today's currency (2009), his 77 pounds would be worth about $14, 586. Not a large estate, but large enough to have placed William in the middle class of the times. The land he owned would have, by itself, placed him as a substantial citizen.

William died on 14 May 1671 at Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts.3,6

Family

Margaret Gibbens d. 1 Sep 1659
Children

Citations

  1. [S596] Analysis of existing data by John Roger Wood.
  2. [S37] Clay W. Holmes, Wood Genealogy, 259-261.
  3. [S37] Clay W. Holmes, Wood Genealogy, 9.
  4. [S429] LDS Family Search, online www.familysearch.org, "England, Derbyshire, Church of England Parish Registers, 1538-1910," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KBDB-8WJ : accessed 22 Oct 2014), Gulielmus Wood and Margreta Gibbens, 09 Aug 1612; citing Marriage, South Wingfield, South Wingfield, Derbyshire, England, Record Office, Matlock; FHL microfilm 1041630.
  5. [S937] Find A Grave, online www.findagrave.com, Memorial# 105782537.
  6. [S88] Concord, Massachusetts, Vital Records , 15.
  7. [S336] "Register", 56:313.
  8. [S22] IGI, LDS.

Margaret Gibbens1

F, d. 1 September 1659
ChartsRoger C. Wood Pedigree Chart
Margaret E. Spaulding Pedigree Chart
ImmigrantY
     Margaret was born at England.1 She married William Wood, son of William Wood, at All Saints Church, South Wingfield, Derbyshire, England, on 9 August 1612.2,1,3 As of 9 August 1612,her married name was Wood.2,1 Margaret Gibbens immigrated in 1638 to Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts.2 Margaret died on 1 September 1659 at Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts.2,4,5

Family

William Wood b. 1582, d. 14 May 1671
Children

Citations

  1. [S429] LDS Family Search, online www.familysearch.org, "England, Derbyshire, Church of England Parish Registers, 1538-1910," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KBDB-8WJ : accessed 22 Oct 2014), Gulielmus Wood and Margreta Gibbens, 09 Aug 1612; citing Marriage, South Wingfield, South Wingfield, Derbyshire, England, Record Office, Matlock; FHL microfilm 1041630.
  2. [S37] Clay W. Holmes, Wood Genealogy, 9.
  3. [S937] Find A Grave, online www.findagrave.com, Memorial# 105782537.
  4. [S35] Clarence Almon Torrey, 835.
  5. [S88] Concord, Massachusetts, Vital Records , 9.
  6. [S336] "Register", 56:313.
  7. [S22] IGI, LDS.

Michael Wood

M, b. 19 March 1616, d. 3 May 1674
Father*William Wood1 b. 1582, d. 14 May 1671
Mother*Margaret Gibbens1 d. 1 Sep 1659
ChartsRoger C. Wood Pedigree Chart (#1)
Roger C. Wood Pedigree Chart (#2)
ImmigrantY
     No record can be found of the births of his children except two. It is probable that Abigail was the oldest and Jacob the youngest. The order in which the others were born is conjecture. Only Abigail and Jacob are listed in the Concord Vital Records.

On the first settlement of Concord, Michael had a house and lot near the common. Later he settled upon the farm now (1901) occupied by Samuel Dennis, where Michael died 13 May 1674.

His death must have been sudden, as he left no will. There is no record of his wife's death.

History says he was heavily invested in the iron works at Concord.1 He was baptized on 19 March 1616 at Crich, Derbyshire, England. It is a guess that this record pertains to our Michael Wood. It is quite possible, however. Crich is quite close to Matlock, and to South Wingfield, where William and Margaret Gibbens were married. .2,3 He married Mary Thompson? at perhaps, County Derbyshire, England, before 1638. He was probably married just before he and his parents left for New England in 1637-1638..1,4,5 Michael Wood immigrated in 1638 to Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts.1 Michael died on 3 May 1674 at Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, at age 58.1,6

Family

Mary Thompson? b. c 1615, d. 2 Oct 1724
Children

Citations

  1. [S37] Clay W. Holmes, Wood Genealogy, 9.
  2. [S429] LDS Family Search, online www.familysearch.org, "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/V52D-32K : accessed 26 Oct 2014), William Wood in entry for Micghill Wood, 19 Mar 1616; citing , CRICH, DERBY, ENGLAND, reference ; FHL microfilm 1041624.
  3. [S429] LDS Family Search, online www.familysearch.org, "England, Derbyshire, Church of England Parish Registers, 1538-1910," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KB6Z-7BJ : accessed 26 Oct 2014), William Wood in entry for Mieghill Wood, 19 Mar 1616; citing Christening, Crich, Crich, Derbyshire, England, Record Office, Matlock; FHL microfilm 1041624.
  4. [S35] Clarence Almon Torrey, 835.
  5. [S937] Find A Grave, online www.findagrave.com, Memorial# 105781659.
  6. [S88] Concord, Massachusetts, Vital Records , 17.
  7. [S88] Concord, Massachusetts, Vital Records , 3.

Mary Thompson?1

F, b. circa 1615, d. 2 October 1724
ChartsRoger C. Wood Pedigree Chart (#1)
Roger C. Wood Pedigree Chart (#2)
ImmigrantN
     Mary was born at County Derbyshire, England, circa 1615.1,2 She married Michael Wood, son of William Wood and Margaret Gibbens, at perhaps, County Derbyshire, England, before 1638. He was probably married just before he and his parents left for New England in 1637-1638..3,1,2 As of before 1638,her married name was Wood.3,1 She married Thomas Read Sr. at Sudbury, Middlesex, Massachusetts, on 7 March 1677.4 As of circa 1678,her married name was Read.1 Mary Thompson? died on 2 October 1724 at Sudbury, Middlesex, Massachusetts.5

Family 1

Michael Wood b. 19 Mar 1616, d. 3 May 1674
Children

Family 2

Thomas Read Sr.

Citations

  1. [S35] Clarence Almon Torrey, 835.
  2. [S937] Find A Grave, online www.findagrave.com, Memorial# 105781659.
  3. [S37] Clay W. Holmes, Wood Genealogy, 9.
  4. [S411] Vital Records of Sudbury, Massachusetts (published), 256.
  5. [S411] Vital Records of Sudbury, Massachusetts (published), 322.
  6. [S37] Clay W. Holmes, Wood Genealogy, 11.

Abraham Wood

M, b. circa 1654, d. 24 September 1747
Father*Michael Wood1 b. 19 Mar 1616, d. 3 May 1674
Mother*Mary Thompson?2 b. c 1615, d. 2 Oct 1724
ChartsRoger C. Wood Pedigree Chart
     Abraham was a prominent citizen of Concord and spent all of his active life there. He was Town Clerk from 1701 to 1703, and Selectman from 1701 to 1704.

It is likely that after his son Abraham, returned to Sudbury to live, Abraham and his wife went there also, to spend their declining years, as their deaths are recorded in that town.2 Abraham was born at Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, circa 1654.2 He married Sarah Dakin, daughter of Thomas Dakin and Sarah unknown, at Concord/Sudbury, Middlesex, Massachusetts, say 1683. Torrey simply says before 1684..2,3 Abraham Wood left a will on 23 April 1743

The Will of Abraham Wood

In the name of God, Amen: The Twenty third day of April Annoque [sic] Domini 1743, and in the sixteenth year of his Majesty's reign, George the Second, King &c., I, Abraham Wood of Sudbury, in county of Middlesex, In his Majesty's Province of Massachusetts bay, In New England, yooman, being aged and infirm of body but of sound mind and memory, for which I bless God,and likewise for all instances of mercy and goodness toward me, and now, calling to mind my own mortallity, and that it is appointed for all men once to dye, and that it is my duty to set my house III order before I dey, and to this end that peace may flourish in my hows and Justice done to those who succeed me, I make this instrument or writing, to me my last will and testement, wherein and first of all I give and recommend my soule into the hands of God who gave it me. In and through Jesus Christ my ever blessed redeemer, and my body I recomend to the Earth, to be decently interred in a decent and christian burill at the discresion of my executors heare after named and appoynted, nothing doubting but at the generall resorection, I shall receive the same again by the Allrnighty Power of God.
And as touching such worldley estate wheire with it hath plesed God to bless me with I give, Bequeath and disspose off as followeth:

1 ly If it shall pies God so to order it in his wyse and Just providence that my well beloved wife Sarah shall survive me, I will and order that Shee shall have one of my cows to be at hir own disspose for ever, and that ye sundrys heare after mentioned be provided for her by my three grandsons, Samuel Wood Cornelius Wood and Nathan Wood all of Sudbury, (viz) yearly and every year dewring her valuaball life, or her remaining my widow, Six bushells of Indian Meall and foure bushells of Rey Meall and one hundred and twenty pounds of good Fall poork and fifty pounds of good Fall Beafe and two barrills of Seydel' and four bushells of Maltt and three pecks of good Saltt, all brought into the hows to hir, and convenient fyre wod and Room in my howse, the wood to be cut fit for the fyer and brought in to the howse, and that my sd grandsons keep ye sd cow for my wife summer and winter, and her deasase she have a decent and christian buriel bestowed. upon her by my sd grandsons, also ten bushells of Appells a yeare, yearly.

Ithem. I give and bequeath to my dafter Mary Fletcher, the wife of Hezekiah Fletcher of Concord, the sum of twenty pounds, in bills of credit of the last Emision, to be payed her out of my estate by my sd grandsons at my deacese, allway provided and my will is that her sd husband ye sd Hezekiah Fletcher shall not have any ordering or dissposing of any of the sd money, but that it shall be for her own parsonal use and at hir own disspose forever, entyrly exclusife of ye sd Hezekiah Fletcher, which is in full of her portion out of my Estate.

Ithem, I give and bequeeth to my two darters, Sarah Willis the wife of Josiah Willis of Sudbury, and to my dafter Rebacah Blood, the wife of Jonathan Blood of Concord, the sum of twenty pounds apeace, In bills of Credit of the last Emition, to be paid to them and to each of them out of my estate, to be payed to them by my sd three grandsons within three years from my decease, with lawful interest for the saime from my desese, which with what they have already had is in full of theire part or potion out of my Estaite.

Ithem, I give and bequeathe to my dafter Abigill Booth the wife of John Booth, the sum of Twenty five pounds, in bills of credit of the last Emition, to be payed her out of my Estaite, for her own parsonall use by my sd three grandsons under the restriction following: (viz.) to be payed to her by ye order and dyrection of Samuel Dakin of Sudbury, yooman, who I heareby appoynt to take ye caire of ye sd money and order the saime to be payed to her as she shall have nessary ocation therefor at his discression, The saime to be upon interest from my desease, and the reason why I order the payment above is Because the above said John Booth hath delt deceatfully with my sd dafter and goat what Shee had and is goane and luft hir, which sum above with what my sd dafter hath allready had is in full of her part or portion out of my estate.

Ithem. I give and bequeath all the rest of my estate boath reall and parsonall, after my Just debts and funarall charges are payed and the Legeseys above, that I shall dey seized of to my sd three grandsons Samuel Wood, Cornelis Wood and Nathan Wood, all of Sudbury, and theare heirs and asigns forever, and to each of them, and to each of their heirs and assigns, to be equally divided to and amongst them allways reserving to my well beloved wife the use of all such of my movable estaite as she shall have ocation for dewring her naturalllife, and the reason why I give the rest of my Estaite to my three grandsons is for the many good services done for me by their father, my duty full and well beloved son Abraham Wood Junior, Laite of Sudbury decesed, and allso what I expect them further to do for me.

Ithem. And I hereby nominate and appoynt my duty full grandsons Samuel Wood and Cornelius Wood boath of Sudbury, my Executors, to this, my last will and testament heare by nully fying and making void any and all other wills and testaments at any time heare to fore made by me, Raty fying and alowing this will and this ondly to be my last will and testament, and I do heare by Publish and Declare and Pronounce this will and this ondly to be my last will and testament.

In witness whereof I the sd Abraham Wood have heare unto set my hand, afixed my seale the Day year above written.
                         ABRAHAM WOOD, [L.S.]


Sined, Sealled, Published, pronounced
and Declared in the presents of us the
subscribers by ye said Abraham Wood the Testator to be his last will and Testament.

John Cheney William Walker Josiah Richardson

The will was probably written by Josiah Richardson as Abraham’s Signature indicates a very infirm and aged man.

The following endorsement appears on the back of the will:
Entered Liber 25. Page 222.
Josiah Richardson sworn as usual, Jan. 8 1747. Samuel Wood refused the Executorship, Feb 1, 1747. The other two witnesses sworn as usual. Cornelius Wood accepted the Executorship. I shall approve this will unless some material objection be made thereto in a fortnight from this time. Inventory to be exhibited.
Signed
S. Danforth,
Probate Judge
This will was copied verbatim, from the Wood Genealogy, page 261 and is complete with oddities in spellings and grammar.

The inventory of Abraham's estate revealed that he was rather well off for the times. He owned real estate valued at 1097 English Pounds, including a half interest in a thriving grist mill valued at 450 pounds. His personal property, including "two old chests and sundry other things valued at 1 pound, 8 shillings, totaled 129 pounds. Converted to today's 2008) value, his estate was worth $234, 051, making him rather well off. In fact he was much better off than his immigrant grandfather William.

Abraham died on 24 September 1747 at Sudbury, Middlesex, Massachusetts.4 His estate was probated on 23 May 1749 at Sudbury, Middlesex, Massachusetts.5

Family

Sarah Dakin b. 8 Oct 1659, d. 24 Feb 1748
Children

Citations

  1. [S37] Clay W. Holmes, Wood Genealogy, 9.
  2. [S37] Clay W. Holmes, Wood Genealogy, 11.
  3. [S35] Clarence Almon Torrey, 833.
  4. [S411] Vital Records of Sudbury, Massachusetts (published), 1:331.
  5. [S37] Clay W. Holmes, Wood Genealogy, 264.

Sarah Dakin

F, b. 8 October 1659, d. 24 February 1748
Father*Thomas Dakin1 b. c May 1624, d. 21 Oct 1708
Mother*Sarah unknown d. 18 Oct 1659
ChartsRoger C. Wood Pedigree Chart
     Sarah was born at Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, on 8 October 1659.1,2 She married Abraham Wood, son of Michael Wood and Mary Thompson?, at Concord/Sudbury, Middlesex, Massachusetts, say 1683. Torrey simply says before 1684..3,4 As of before 1684,her married name was Wood.3,4 Sarah died on 24 February 1748 at Sudbury, Middlesex, Massachusetts, at age 88. During the probate process for Abraham's will it was noted that "The subscribers being well acquainted with Sarah Wood relict widdow of Mr. Abraham Wood, esteem her utterly incapable of transacting for herself with respect to her dowry, etc." This petition was dated 4 Feb. 1747, and we have to assume that it was approved by the Judge Danforth because he subsequently appointed Josiah Richardson guardian to Sarah Wood and on May 23, 1749, he approved Josiah Richardson's rendering of expenses incurred in the care of Sarah in the amount of 17 pounds, 4 shillings, including an item listed as "The Guardian's journey now and other trouble." In the amount of 2 pounds..5,6,7

Family

Abraham Wood b. c 1654, d. 24 Sep 1747
Children

Citations

  1. [S88] Concord, Massachusetts, Vital Records , Book 1, 9.
  2. [S13] Albert H. Dakin, Thomas Dakin Descendants, 11-12.
  3. [S37] Clay W. Holmes, Wood Genealogy, 11.
  4. [S35] Clarence Almon Torrey, 833.
  5. [S37] Clay W. Holmes, Wood Genealogy, 11, 264.
  6. [S13] Albert H. Dakin, Thomas Dakin Descendants, 12.
  7. [S411] Vital Records of Sudbury, Massachusetts (published), 1:331.

Abraham Wood

M, b. 16 April 1684, d. 11 July 1742
Father*Abraham Wood1 b. c 1654, d. 24 Sep 1747
Mother*Sarah Dakin b. 8 Oct 1659, d. 24 Feb 1748
ChartsRoger C. Wood Pedigree Chart
     They lived in Sudbury until after the birth of their first child. and then moved to Concord, where they lived until 1729, when they moved back to Sudbury.2 Abraham was born at Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, on 16 April 1684.3,4 He married Hannah Browne, daughter of Cornelius Browne and Sarah Lamson, at Reading, Middlesex, Massachusetts, on 30 December 1708.2,5 Abraham died on 11 July 1742 at Sudbury, Middlesex, Massachusetts, at age 58. An entry in the Concord Vital Records stating that " Abraham, son to Abraham and Sarah, his wife, dyed February ye 7th, 1697/98," are incorrect. Abraham senior's will clearly establishes the line through Abraham, Jr.'s children..2 He was buried after 11 July 1742 at Revolutionary War Cemetery, Sudbury, Middlesex, Massachusetts.6

Family

Hannah Browne b. 28 Aug 1680, d. 7 Nov 1746
Children

Citations

  1. [S37] Clay W. Holmes, Wood Genealogy, 11.
  2. [S37] Clay W. Holmes, Wood Genealogy, 16.
  3. [S37] Clay W. Holmes, Wood Genealogy, 11, 16.
  4. [S88] Concord, Massachusetts, Vital Records , Book 2, 44.
  5. [S439] Reading, Mass. V.R. (published), 294.
  6. [S937] Find A Grave, online www.findagrave.com, Memorial #35771899.

Nathan Wood

M, b. 24 March 1722/23, d. 18 June 1777
Nathan Wood's Cane, which came down from Nathan to son Ahijah, Grandson Aaron, Gr. Grandson James Boutelle Wood, to George Boutelle Wood, thence to Clinton Allen Wood, thence to John Roger Wood, Nathan's 4th Great-Grandson. The cane now (13 Sep 2014) is in the possession of John Roger Wood, Roswell Georgia
Father*Abraham Wood b. 16 Apr 1684, d. 11 Jul 1742
Mother*Hannah Browne b. 28 Aug 1680, d. 7 Nov 1746
ChartsRoger C. Wood Pedigree Chart
     They settled in Stow, but moved in 1756 to Westminster, where on Feb. 10 he purchased from Daniel Goodnow the large estate composed of lots 28 and 67. This property is still in the family, having descended to Ahijah and Theodore S, who now occupies it. Nathan Wood is probably the most noteworthy man in this book in many ways. He was the progenitor of more than one-half the descendants of this Wood clan, his son Samuel alone standing sponsor for more than nine hundred known as the Pennsylvania branch. He was a man of highest character, upright, devout, patriotic, Christian in spirit and in life, and to his honor be it said that his descendants have been worthy and Christian followers of this most illustrious parent. His marked personal qualities seemed to impress his fellow townsmen forcibly at an early day, and won for him their regard and confidence. Within a year of his settlement there he was elected one of the Standing Committee of the township, and after the Act of Incorporation took effect, was five years chosen assessor and nine years selectman. He was the first representative to the Colonial Legislature and was a member of that body when it convened at Salem in Oct., 1774, and converted itself into the first Provincial Congress, thus leading the revolt which resulted in the independence of the Colonies. He was also a delegate to the two succeeding Provincial Congresses. He thus goes down to posterity as one of the first legislators of this great republic, He was a deeply religious man and always stood steadfast and true to the cause of civil and religious liberty. He was an earnest worker in the church, in which he held the office of deacon. His wife was also a woman of great self-reliance and force of character, and highly esteemed for her many virtues. Their solidity of character has been well depicted in many of their descendants. When Nathan died his entire family was present at his burial

This writer is in possession of the cane that family tradition says was either made by, or owned by Nathan.1 Nathan was born at Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, on 24 March 1722/23.2,3 He married Rebecca Haynes, daughter of Lt. Ahijah Haynes and Elizabeth Smith, at Sudbury, Middlesex, Massachusetts, on 2 May 1750.4,5,6 Nathan died on 18 June 1777 at Westminster, Worcester, Massachusetts, at age 54.7,8 He was buried after 18 June 1777 at Woodside Cemetery, Westminster, Worcester, Massachusetts.9
Nathan, apparently had a cane, although the cane might have been his son Nathan, Junior's cane.

In any event, the cane was given to Nathan, Senior's son Ahijah who, in turn, gave it to my gr. gr grandfather Aaron.

Aaron gave the cane to his eldest son James Boutelle Wood, who gave it to his only son George Barnes Wood.

At some point, George, having no sons of his own, gave the cane to my grandfather Clinton Allen Wood.

Clinton, for whatever reason, didn't give the cane to my father Roger Clinton Wood. Instead, Clinton's daughter Dorothy Elizabeth came into possession of the cane and subsequently gave it to me, John Roger Wood.

As of this date, 18 December 2010, I am in possession of the cane with no male Wood to pass it on to.

My son Kevin probably will not have any male heirs, and the only male descendants that I have are sons of my youngest daughter Kristen.

I have strong reservations as to that family's interest in preserving anything of family history, so I am currently trying to find another male descendant of Nathan Wood to whom I can bequeath the cane. on 18 December 2010 at Roswell, Fulton, Georgia.10

Family

Rebecca Haynes b. 14 Feb 1731/32, d. 20 Mar 1819
Children

Citations

  1. [S37] Clay W. Holmes, Wood Genealogy, 21-22.
  2. [S37] Clay W. Holmes, Wood Genealogy, 16, 21.
  3. [S88] Concord, Massachusetts, Vital Records , Book 2, 107.
  4. [S37] Clay W. Holmes, Wood Genealogy, 21.
  5. [S20] Francis Haynes, Haynes Genealogy, 73. Haynes claims that Rebecca married 15 Dec 1757 or 1759, Eleazer.
  6. [S411] Vital Records of Sudbury, Massachusetts (published), 214.
  7. [S37] Clay W. Holmes, Wood Genealogy, 22.
  8. [S424] Westminster, Mass. Vital Records (published), 257.
  9. [S937] Find A Grave, online www.findagrave.com, Memorial #34752357.
  10. [S485] Personal knowledge of John Wood.

Rebecca Haynes

F, b. 14 February 1731/32, d. 20 March 1819
Father*Lt. Ahijah Haynes b. 16 Oct 1701, d. c 1787
Mother*Elizabeth Smith b. 15 Apr 1704, d. 2 Jan 1778
ChartsRoger C. Wood Pedigree Chart
     Rebecca was born at Sudbury, Middlesex, Massachusetts, on 14 February 1731/32.1,2,3 She married Nathan Wood, son of Abraham Wood and Hannah Browne, at Sudbury, Middlesex, Massachusetts, on 2 May 1750.2,4,5 As of 2 May 1750,her married name was Wood.2,4,6 As of 27 October 1779,her married name was Howard.7,1,8 She married Nathan Howard at Westminster, Worcester, Massachusetts, on 27 October 1779. Only Westminster V.R. gives date. .7,1,8 Rebecca died on 20 March 1819 at Westminster, Worcester, Massachusetts, at age 87.7,9 She was buried after 20 March 1819 at Woodside Cemetery, Westminster, Worcester, Massachusetts.10

Family 1

Nathan Wood b. 24 Mar 1722/23, d. 18 Jun 1777
Children

Family 2

Nathan Howard

Citations

  1. [S20] Francis Haynes, Haynes Genealogy, 73.
  2. [S37] Clay W. Holmes, Wood Genealogy, 21.
  3. [S411] Vital Records of Sudbury, Massachusetts (published), 70.
  4. [S20] Francis Haynes, Haynes Genealogy, 73. Haynes claims that Rebecca married 15 Dec 1757 or 1759, Eleazer.
  5. [S411] Vital Records of Sudbury, Massachusetts (published), 214.
  6. [S88] Concord, Massachusetts, Vital Records , 214.
  7. [S37] Clay W. Holmes, Wood Genealogy, 22.
  8. [S424] Westminster, Mass. Vital Records (published), 207.
  9. [S424] Westminster, Mass. Vital Records (published), 231.
  10. [S937] Find A Grave, online www.findagrave.com, Memorial #34752426.

Ahijah (Abijah) Wood1

M, b. 15 February 1754, d. 24 July 1840
Ahijah Wood Homestead, Erected 1795, Westminster, Mass.
Father*Nathan Wood b. 24 Mar 1722/23, d. 18 Jun 1777
Mother*Rebecca Haynes b. 14 Feb 1731/32, d. 20 Mar 1819
ChartsRoger C. Wood Pedigree Chart
ImmigrantN
     Ahijah lived his life in Westminster, Massachusetts. He served the town as assessor and for some years as Selectman. He served in the Revolutionary War.

Ahijah Wood was a private in Capt. Miles' company, Col. John Whitcomb's regiment, which marched from Westminster April 19, 1775, upon hearing of battles of Lexington and Concord. They were known as "minute men," raised under the Lexington alarm call for ten days service. They went to Cambridge. At the expiration of the seven days, during which they remained under pay, a company was recruited for eight months service in the regular army and put in charge of Capt. Edmund Bemis. This company was in Col. John Whitcomb's regiment and took part in the siege of Boston, Ahijah was a member of the company.

This is the story as it appears in the History of Westminster, p. 173, but the official record seems to differ, therefore the record as noted below in the certified copy is the correct history and should be observed, which is undoubtedly correct.

Ahijah Wood appears with rank of private on muster and pay roll of Capt. Edmund Bemis's company, Col. Asa Whitcomb's regiment, dated Aug. 1, 1775. Time of enlistment, May 23, 1775. Time of service, two months and fourteen days. Town to which soldier belonged, Westminster.      (Vol. 14: 12.)

Ahijah Wood appears with rank of private on company return of Capt. Bemis's company, Col. Whitcomb's regiment. Probably October returns, 1775. Town to which soldier belonged, Westminster. (Vol. 56; 149.)

Ahijah Wood appears among signatures to an order for bounty coat or its equivalent in money, due for the eight months service in Capt. Edmund Bemis's company, Col. Asa Whitcomb's regiment, dated Nov. 30,
1775. Payable to Capt. Bemis.      (Vol. 57, file 15.)

Ahijah Wood appears with rank of corporal on muster roll of Capt.
Aaron Haynes' company, Col. Asa Whitcomb's regiment, dated in camp at Ticonderoga, Dec. 1, 1776. When enlisted or appointed, Jan. 1, 1776. Time of service, eleven months. Reported; discharged Nov. 7, 1776.

(Vol. 47, 189.) Certified June 5,1900, by Deputy Secretary of State as true abstract of records.

Ahijah Wood was a pensioner in 1840.2
Ahijah was born at Stow, Middlesex, Massachusetts, on 15 February 1754.3,4,5 He was Military Service Ahijah Wood was a corporal in Capt. Aaron Haynes Co., Col. Asa Whitcomb's Regt. on 1 December 1776 at Fort Ticonderoga, Essex, New York.6
He married Dorothy Wheeler, daughter of John Wheeler and Deborah Derby, at Westminster, Worcester, Massachusetts, on 9 December 1779.7,8,9 Ahijah (Abijah) Wood was marriage intent on 8 September 1823 at Westminster, Worcester, Massachusetts.9

He married Lydia Rockwood at Westminster, Worcester, Massachusetts, on 24 September 1823.7,8 Ahijah died on 24 July 1840 at Westminster, Worcester, Massachusetts, at age 86.7,10 He was buried after 24 July 1840 at Woodside Cemetery, Westminster, Worcester, Massachusetts.11

Family 1

Dorothy Wheeler b. 19 Mar 1758, d. 8 Sep 1821
Children

Family 2

Lydia Rockwood b. 23 Aug 1759, d. 24 Feb 1828

Citations

  1. [S424] Westminster, Mass. Vital Records (published), 102.
  2. [S37] Clay W. Holmes, Wood Genealogy, 11, 283.
  3. [S37] Clay W. Holmes, Wood Genealogy, 22, 31.
  4. [S420] Stow, Massachusetts Vital Records (published), 108.
  5. [S424] Westminster, Mass. Vital Records (published), 103.
  6. [S37] Clay W. Holmes, Wood Genealogy, 283.
  7. [S37] Clay W. Holmes, Wood Genealogy, 31.
  8. [S90] Wheeler Family History , 156.
  9. [S424] Westminster, Mass. Vital Records (published), 205.
  10. [S424] Westminster, Mass. Vital Records (published), 256.
  11. [S937] Find A Grave, online www.findagrave.com, Memorial #34752285.

Dorothy Wheeler

F, b. 19 March 1758, d. 8 September 1821
Father*John Wheeler1 b. 21 Sep 1713, d. a 1760
Mother*Deborah Derby1 b. 8 Apr 1714
ChartsRoger C. Wood Pedigree Chart
     Dorothy was born at Westminster, Worcester, Massachusetts, on 19 March 1758.2,3,1,4 As of 7 December 1779,her married name was Wood.2,3 She married Ahijah (Abijah) Wood, son of Nathan Wood and Rebecca Haynes, at Westminster, Worcester, Massachusetts, on 9 December 1779.2,3,5 Dorothy died on 8 September 1821 at Westminster, Worcester, Massachusetts, at age 63.2,3,6 She was buried after 8 September 1821 at Woodside Cemetery, Westminster, Worcester, Massachusetts.7

Family

Ahijah (Abijah) Wood b. 15 Feb 1754, d. 24 Jul 1840
Children

Citations

  1. [S124] Wheeler Genealogy , 3:60.
  2. [S37] Clay W. Holmes, Wood Genealogy, 31.
  3. [S90] Wheeler Family History , 156.
  4. [S424] Westminster, Mass. Vital Records (published), 94.
  5. [S424] Westminster, Mass. Vital Records (published), 205.
  6. [S424] Westminster, Mass. Vital Records (published), 256.
  7. [S937] Find A Grave, online www.findagrave.com, Memorial #34752198.

Aaron Wood1

M, b. 18 December 1791, d. 4 May 1867
Aaron Wood
Father*Ahijah (Abijah) Wood b. 15 Feb 1754, d. 24 Jul 1840
Mother*Dorothy Wheeler b. 19 Mar 1758, d. 8 Sep 1821
ChartsRoger C. Wood Pedigree Chart
     Aaron and his wife Abigail lived on the homestead built by his father Ahijah in 1795. He was a respected and representative citizen who held numerous public offices. He was chairman of the first Westminster board of selectmen, and was chosen on the temperance platform and once elected, rigidly enforced the law. (The temperance platform held that no one should be allowed to drink "spirituous liquors."

Aaron was a devout member of the Congregational church and was elected a deacon in 1848 and served as such until his death.

This writer has photographs of Aaron and his wife Abigail, the earliest such photos of Wood ancestors.2 Aaron was born at Westminster, Worcester, Massachusetts, on 18 December 1791.3,1 He married Abigail Boutelle, daughter of James Boutelle VI and Abigail Fairbanks, at Leominster, Worcester, Massachusetts, on 10 October 1822. Wood Genealogy says that the marriage took place on 12 Sep. 1822, however, if, as Fairbanks Genealogy says, the marriage intent was published on 12 Sep. 1822, it is more likely that the marriage actually took place on 10 Oct. 1822 as Boutelle Family, and Leominster V.R. claims..4,5,6
Abigail Boutelle, Wife of Aaron Wood.
Aaron died on 4 May 1867 at Westminster, Worcester, Massachusetts, at age 75.7,8,9 He was buried after 4 May 1867 at Woodside Cemetery, Westminster, Worcester, Massachusetts. Read and Photographed August 1991.8

Family

Abigail Boutelle b. 4 Jan 1799, d. 28 Jun 1877
Children

Citations

  1. [S424] Westminster, Mass. Vital Records (published), 102.
  2. [S37] Clay W. Holmes, Wood Genealogy, 51-2.
  3. [S37] Clay W. Holmes, Wood Genealogy, 31, 51.
  4. [S37] Clay W. Holmes, Wood Genealogy, 51.
  5. [S107] Donald Erlenkotter, Descendants of James Bowtwell of Salem & Lynn, says 10 Oct, 1822.
  6. [S338] Leominster, Mass., Vital Records (published), 172.
  7. [S37] Clay W. Holmes, Wood Genealogy, 52.
  8. [S938] Aaron Wood Gravestone, unknown repository, unknown repository address.
  9. [S429] LDS Family Search, online www.familysearch.org, "Massachusetts Deaths, 1841-1915," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NWKZ-NQJ : 10 December 2014), Dea Arron Wood, 04 May 1867; citing Westminster, Massachusetts, v 204 p 290, State Archives, Boston; FHL microfilm 960,191. Accessed 1 Sep 2017.

Abigail Boutelle

F, b. 4 January 1799, d. 28 June 1877
Abigail Boutelle
Father*James Boutelle VI b. 18 Mar 1754, d. 26 Sep 1822
Mother*Abigail Fairbanks b. 15 Aug 1770, d. 15 Sep 1845
ChartsRoger C. Wood Pedigree Chart
     
She was descended from
Mayflower passenger
William White.
She was descended from
Mayflower passenger
William White.
Abigail was born at Leominster, Worcester, Massachusetts, on 4 January 1799.1,2,3 She.2 She married Aaron Wood, son of Ahijah (Abijah) Wood and Dorothy Wheeler, at Leominster, Worcester, Massachusetts, on 10 October 1822. Wood Genealogy says that the marriage took place on 12 Sep. 1822, however, if, as Fairbanks Genealogy says, the marriage intent was published on 12 Sep. 1822, it is more likely that the marriage actually took place on 10 Oct. 1822 as Boutelle Family, and Leominster V.R. claims..4,5,6
Abigail Boutelle, Wife of Aaron Wood.
As of 10 October 1822,her married name was Wood.4,5 Abigail died on 28 June 1877 at Westminster, Worcester, Massachusetts, at age 78.7,8 She was buried after 28 June 1877 at Woodside Cemetery, Westminster, Worcester, Massachusetts.9
Abigail [Boutelle] Wood
gravestone, Woodside Cemetery,
Westminster, Worcester County, MA.

Family

Aaron Wood b. 18 Dec 1791, d. 4 May 1867
Children

Citations

  1. [S107] Donald Erlenkotter, Descendants of James Bowtwell of Salem & Lynn, 5.
  2. [S280] Fairbanks Genealogy , 110.
  3. [S338] Leominster, Mass., Vital Records (published), 17.
  4. [S37] Clay W. Holmes, Wood Genealogy, 51.
  5. [S107] Donald Erlenkotter, Descendants of James Bowtwell of Salem & Lynn, says 10 Oct, 1822.
  6. [S338] Leominster, Mass., Vital Records (published), 172.
  7. [S37] Clay W. Holmes, Wood Genealogy, 52.
  8. [S939] Abigail Boutelle Gravestone, unknown repository, unknown repository address.
  9. [S939] Abigail Boutelle Gravestone, unknown repository, unknown repository address, Gravestone read and photographed, August 1991.

Cyrus Kingsbury Wood

M, b. 2 December 1825, d. 8 August 1904
Cyrus Kingsbury Wood.
Father*Aaron Wood b. 18 Dec 1791, d. 4 May 1867
Mother*Abigail Boutelle b. 4 Jan 1799, d. 28 Jun 1877
ChartsRoger C. Wood Pedigree Chart
     Cyrus first lived in Gardner, Massachusetts, and was on the board of school commissioners for nine years. He was also a deacon of the First Congregational Church for seven years. He was Superintendent of the school system for eight years.

Cyrus was a chair maker (Gardener was famous as the "Chair City.")

He moved from Gardner to Asburnham in 1872, where he was overseer in a large chair factory. He then moved to Athol Center on 1 May 1877, where he took up farming. He lived in Athol until his death in 1904.

The Wood Genealogy describes him as a man who "takes deep interest in the family history and has been one of the faithful few to whom the complier is deeply indebted for such valuable information."

Cyrus's life, while probably fulfilling, was still beset with sadness. He lost three wives to death for one reason or another, one of whom was this writer's great grandmother Elizabeth Allen, before finding a woman who out lived him in Sarah Fletcher, whom he married when he was 46.1
He was descended from
Mayflower passenger
William White.
Cyrus was born at Westminster, Worcester, Massachusetts, on 2 December 1825.2,3 He married Catherine Ellen Howard at Athol, Worcester, Massachusetts, on 14 May 1851.4,5 He married Caroline McClellan Washburn at Barre, Worcester, Massachusetts, on 31 October 1854.6,7 He married Elizabeth Allen, daughter of Joseph Allen and Sarah Boutelle, at Enosburg, Franklin, Vermont, on 14 October 1863.6,8,9,10
Elizabeth Allen, 3rd wife of Cyrus Kingsbury Wood.
He married Sarah Fidelia Fletcher at East Berkshire, Franklin, Vermont, on 21 December 1871.6,11
Sarah Fidelia Fletcher, 4th wife of Cyrus Kingsbury Wood.
Cyrus died on 8 August 1904 at Athol, Worcester, Massachusetts, at age 78.12 He was buried after 8 August 1904 at Athol, Worcester, Massachusetts.13

Family 1

Catherine Ellen Howard b. 1 Jun 1829, d. 3 Jul 1852
Child

Family 2

Caroline McClellan Washburn b. 20 Nov 1826, d. 27 Aug 1861
Children

Family 3

Elizabeth Allen b. 14 May 1842, d. 2 Aug 1870
Children

Family 4

Sarah Fidelia Fletcher b. 10 Jul 1841, d. 1917
Children

Citations

  1. [S37] Clay W. Holmes, Wood Genealogy, 108-09.
  2. [S37] Clay W. Holmes, Wood Genealogy, 52, 108.
  3. [S424] Westminster, Mass. Vital Records (published), 103.
  4. [S37] Clay W. Holmes, Wood Genealogy, 108.
  5. [S429] LDS Family Search, online www.familysearch.org, Massachusetts, Marriages, 1841-1915," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/N4Q9-DTL : accessed 03 Oct 2013), Cyrus K. Wood and Catherine E. Howard, 1851.
  6. [S37] Clay W. Holmes, Wood Genealogy, 109.
  7. [S429] LDS Family Search, online www.familysearch.org, "Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FH9L-136 : 13 July 2016), Cyrus K. Wood and Caroline M. Washburn, 31 Oct 1854; citing Marriage, Barre, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States, , town clerk offices, Massachusetts; FHL microfilm 754,012. Accessed 1 Sep 2017.
  8. [S107] Donald Erlenkotter, Descendants of James Bowtwell of Salem & Lynn, 52.
  9. [S409] Letter, Town Clerk of Enosburg, Vermont Ruth P. Hull to John R. Wood, 23 December 1974.
  10. [S429] LDS Family Search, online www.familysearch.org, "Vermont Vital Records, 1760-1954," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XFF2-Y92 : 6 December 2014), Cyrus K Wood and Elizabett Allen, 14 Oct 1863, Marriage; State Capitol Building, Montpelier; FHL microfilm 27,459. Accessed 1 Sep 2017.
  11. [S429] LDS Family Search, online www.familysearch.org, "Vermont Marriages, 1791-1974," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:F8R6-2MN : 5 December 2014), Cyrus K. Wood and Sarah F. Fletcher, 21 Dec 1871; citing East Berkshire, Vermont, reference ; FHL microfilm 1,433,030. Accessed 1 Sep 2017.
  12. [S429] LDS Family Search, online www.familysearch.org, Massachusetts, Deaths, 1841-1915," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/NWFJ-CS4 : accessed 23 Nov 2014), Cyrus K. Wood, 31 Aug 1904; citing Athol, Massachusetts, v 2 cn 484, State Archives, Boston; FHL microfilm 2069264.
  13. [S12] Cyrus Wood, Death Record.

Elizabeth Allen

F, b. 14 May 1842, d. 2 August 1870
Elizabeth Allen.
Father*Joseph Allen1,2 b. Jun 1814, d. 24 Dec 1858
Mother*Sarah Boutelle b. 3 Jan 1815, d. 15 Oct 1900
ChartsRoger C. Wood Pedigree Chart
     
She was descended from
William the Conqueror,
Charlemagne and other
royal houses of Europe
and Asia.
She was descended from
Mayflower Passengers
William White and Francis Cooke.
Elizabeth was born at Enosburg, Franklin, Vermont, on 14 May 1842.2,3 She married Cyrus Kingsbury Wood, son of Aaron Wood and Abigail Boutelle, at Enosburg, Franklin, Vermont, on 14 October 1863.4,1,5,6
Elizabeth Allen, 3rd wife of Cyrus Kingsbury Wood.
As of 14 October 1863,her married name was Wood.4,1,5 Elizabeth died on 2 August 1870 at Gardner, Worcester, Massachusetts, at age 28. She died of Consumption (tuberculosis) and puerperal anemia. The anemia was the result of childbirth, but she was in a weakened condition because of the TB..7 She was buried after 2 August 1870 at Crystal Lake Cemetery, Gardner, Worcester, Massachusetts.2

Family

Cyrus Kingsbury Wood b. 2 Dec 1825, d. 8 Aug 1904
Children

Citations

  1. [S107] Donald Erlenkotter, Descendants of James Bowtwell of Salem & Lynn, 52.
  2. [S408] Elizabeth (Allen) Wood, Elizabeth Allen Death Record.
  3. [S476] East Bridgewater, Mass. Vital Records (published), 49.
  4. [S37] Clay W. Holmes, Wood Genealogy, 109.
  5. [S409] Letter, Town Clerk of Enosburg, Vermont Ruth P. Hull to John R. Wood, 23 December 1974.
  6. [S429] LDS Family Search, online www.familysearch.org, "Vermont Vital Records, 1760-1954," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XFF2-Y92 : 6 December 2014), Cyrus K Wood and Elizabett Allen, 14 Oct 1863, Marriage; State Capitol Building, Montpelier; FHL microfilm 27,459. Accessed 1 Sep 2017.
  7. [S408] Elizabeth (Allen) Wood, Elizabeth Allen Death Record, Father listed as Joseph Allen, B. Bakersfield, Vermont.
    Mother listed as Sarah B. Allen, b Enosbury (Enosburgh), Vermont.

Clinton Allen Wood

M, b. 21 October 1867, d. 29 November 1946
Clinton Wood as a young man.
Father*Cyrus Kingsbury Wood1 b. 2 Dec 1825, d. 8 Aug 1904
Mother*Elizabeth Allen1 b. 14 May 1842, d. 2 Aug 1870
ChartsRoger C. Wood Pedigree Chart
     
He was descended from
William the Conqueror,
Charlemagne and other
Royal Houses of Europe
and Asia.
Clinton Allen Wood, my grandfather, was described in the Wood Genealogy as a "master mechanic," which in 1901, the year the genealogy was published, generally meant a draftsman. That he had that talent is shown in the house plans he drew for the house that he had built on Highland Avenue in Newport, Vermont, a house that this writer lived in and visited at in the late 1930s and early 1940s.

This writer remembers Clinton as a wonderfully fun old man who had false teeth that he would stick out on his tongue much to my delight.

Clinton was also a lover of literature and collected many works of poetry and fiction, including a complete set of James Fennimore Cooper novels; all of which this writer still haves in his collection.

Clinton also probably was a dreamer of great things, although he was never very successful at whatever schemes he came up with.

After he married Josephine Dow, he and she lived in Newport, Vermont, where my father was born. He had a job as Assistant Postmaster in Newport, but for some reason lost to family history, became involved with the Postmaster at the time, who was convicted of stealing for the government. Clinton lost his job over the scandal, but was never accused of wrong doing. I don't when this took place, but the money that was sending my father to college in the late 1930s suddenly dried up and my father had to put a stop to his higher education plans.

Clinton never, it seems, recovered from this situation and the family was forced to subsist on the income taken in for lodgers who stayed at the Highland Avenue house.

In the mid-1940s, Clinton and Josephine sold the house in Newport and moved to Springfield, Vermont, where their daughter Dorothy and my father Roger lived.

Clinton took a job with a dairy making ice cream and died just after Thanksgiving in 1946 when this writer was ten.

I really wish I could have known Clinton when I was an adult, but such things were not to be.2
He was descended from
Mayflower passengers
William White and
Francis Cook.
Clinton was born at Gardner, Worcester, Massachusetts, on 21 October 1867.1,3 He married Lottie Lucinda Crossman at Athol, Worcester, Massachusetts, on 30 October 1889.1,4 He married Josephine Annie Dow, daughter of William Wilder Dow and Mary Adelaide Hinckley, at her parents' house, Coventry, Orleans, Vermont, on 28 June 1900.1,5 Clinton died on 29 November 1946 at Springfield, Windsor, Vermont, at age 79.6 He was buried on 2 December 1946 at Oakland Cemetery, Springfield, Windsor, Vermont.7,6

Family 1

Lottie Lucinda Crossman b. 21 Sep 1866, d. 29 Nov 1895

Family 2

Josephine Annie Dow b. 17 Jun 1876, d. 21 Jul 1962
Children

Citations

  1. [S37] Clay W. Holmes, Wood Genealogy, 109.
  2. [S485] Personal knowledge of John Wood.
  3. [S443] Massachusetts Vital Records, online www.Americanancestors.org/research/Database/MASS_BMD/default.asp, 198:191.
  4. [S443] Massachusetts Vital Records, online www.Americanancestors.org/research/Database/MASS_BMD/default.asp, 399:322.
  5. [S429] LDS Family Search, online www.familysearch.org, "Vermont Vital Records, 1760-1954," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XFHW-M94 : 6 December 2014), Clinton A. Wood and Josephine A. Dow, 25 Jun 1900, Marriage; State Capitol Building, Montpelier; FHL microfilm 540,595. Accessed 1 Sep 2017.
  6. [S130] Springfield, VT Deaths: Vol 51, pg. 100.
  7. [S9] Clinton Wood, Gravestone , Gravestone viewed & photographed by John R. Wood June 1993.

Josephine Annie Dow

F, b. 17 June 1876, d. 21 July 1962
Josephine Annie Dow as a young woman
Father*William Wilder Dow b. 19 Apr 1845, d. 26 Jan 1919
Mother*Mary Adelaide Hinckley b. 23 Nov 1848, d. 22 Nov 1935
ChartsRoger C. Wood Pedigree Chart
     
She was descended
from William the Conqueror,
Charlemagne and other
Royal Houses of Europe and Asia.
She was descended from Mayflower
passenger and first Governor of
Plymouth Colony William Bradford.
Josephine was born at Coventry, Orleans, Vermont, on 17 June 1876.1,2 She married Clinton Allen Wood, son of Cyrus Kingsbury Wood and Elizabeth Allen, at her parents' house, Coventry, Orleans, Vermont, on 28 June 1900.3,4 As of 28 June 1900,her married name was Wood.3 Josephine died on 21 July 1962 at Springfield, Windsor, Vermont, at age 86.5 She was buried on 23 July 1962, in the Oakland Cemetery, Springfield, Windsor, Vermont.5

Family

Clinton Allen Wood b. 21 Oct 1867, d. 29 Nov 1946
Children

Citations

  1. [S16] Robert Piercy Dow, Book of Dow, 113.
  2. [S429] LDS Family Search, online www.familysearch.org, "Vermont Vital Records, 1760-1954," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XFHW-M9H : 6 December 2014), Clinton A. Wood and Josephine A. Dow, 25 Jun 1900, Marriage; State Capitol Building, Montpelier; FHL microfilm 540,595. Accessed 1 Sep 2017.
  3. [S37] Clay W. Holmes, Wood Genealogy, 109.
  4. [S429] LDS Family Search, online www.familysearch.org, "Vermont Vital Records, 1760-1954," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XFHW-M94 : 6 December 2014), Clinton A. Wood and Josephine A. Dow, 25 Jun 1900, Marriage; State Capitol Building, Montpelier; FHL microfilm 540,595. Accessed 1 Sep 2017.
  5. [S130] Springfield, VT Deaths: Vol 67, pg. 102.

Henry Dow

M, b. 6 October 1605, d. 21 April 1659
Ancestral Home of Henry Dow.
ChartsRoger C. Wood Pedigree Chart
Thelma L. Gray Pedigree Chart
ImmigrantY
     Of Henry's path, the account is fairly ample. Of Joan Nudd we know but little: not her maiden name. She was 23 at her marriage and had a baby boy. Her husband was Roger Nudd, son of John, who died in Ormsby 1629. Probably Henry and Roger were fellow farmers. The Nudds were numerous in Norfolk, mostly in the seaward parish. Vital rec, of that parish are not extant prior to 1611.

Under what circumstances Henry and Joan became dissenters is not known. They were of the established church in 1630. There arose in Ormsby a great deal of dissatisfaction, religious and otherwise. This crystallized into a determination of seven families to try the New World. It was an arrangement planned long in advance and was consummated on the same boat. Hotten's Original Lists give all the families, who afterwards appear together in Hampton, N H. the Page, Moulton, Marston families intermarried with Dow with especial frequency. It has often been asserted, with more or less cynicism, that a desire to better one's material condition was the paramount reason for going to America, desire for religious freedom being very secondary. It may be that these people were at no time dissenters in England. They had to be, in Massachusetts Bay, for there were no others. That all of them were of strong religious feeling is sure. No others could .stand the intensely religious atmosphere of New England, a situation in which one must travel a very narrow path of rectitude, almost all ordinary pleasures being outside the pale.If the percentage of immigrants whose motive was improvement of material conditions and not intense religiousness had been at all large, the stem puritan life could not have maintained its iron grip, but would have degenerated into the free and easy morals of Virginia during the same period. In Massachusetts Bay all were of the persuasion which became Congregationalism, in contrast to that of the Plymouth colony whose notion of Government became Presbyterianism.

This is all clear. Henry Dow of Ormsby married the widow of his friend, a year older than himself, took her baby boy; had three children of his own and was able to start with a servant, Ann Manning. This latter does not indicate affluence, Passage to America was very costly. Young men and women of good family gladly indentured themselves for a long term if the employer would pay the passage. It was in this way that Margaret Cole who became Henry Dow's second wife, came to Dedham with the family of Mitchill Metcalfe. But, it does show that Henry was decidedly thrifty or charitable to bring the maid. Of Ann Manning, servant aged 17, nothing further appears; no doubt she found a husband as soon as her term of service was up.

From Henry Dow are descended nearly three-fifths of all the Dows of America. The party landed in Boston after a long voyage, no details of which have appeared. One child either died on voyage or on land before Watertown statistics were begun. How and why Henry parted from his companions we do not know. All but he turned up 1640 in Hampton and asked him to join them there. Henry proceeded almost at once to Watertown. just being settled about ten miles west of Boston. Presumably the selection of the place was influenced by the opportunity to become a grantee on equal terms, with allotment of land free. No settler in those days had to buy land unless it was thought desirable to pay the Indians for a title. He remained seven years in Watertown, a very inconspicuous citizen. He was admitted a freeman May 2, 1638, but held no office in his town. In fact, the only mentions of him in Watertown are in the land records and vital statistics. He could have had free land in Hampton in 1640, but decided not to accept it. There is reason to think that he stayed in Watertown until the land boomed. In a few years the settled place commanded a price at which the original settlers took profits and moved on to begin anew and clear forest land. We know that Henry Dow left Watertown a moderate capitalist.

Henry's first wife Joan died in Watertown and was buried in 1640. Within a year he remarried Margaret Cole.

The little book of Watertown vital records is extant:
The Records of the Births, Deaths and Marriages in Watertown, Kept according to the order of Court Made in the year 1638.

" P 6 .. 1638 Jofeth Dow of Henry and Jone Dow borne the 20'd-ll mo. Pp 9 of the book is blank, the clerk having neglected his duty, but what belongs there is in the records of the Clerk of the Court of Middlesex Co:

1640 Joan the wife of Henry Dow buried 20 (4)

1641 Daniell the son of Henry & Margaret Dow borne 22 (7), Thomas the son of Henry & Jone Dow buried 10 (5).
1643 Mary the daughter of Henry & Margaret Dow borne 14 (7)

In the transcript of Don Gleason Hill of the First Church (of Dedham):" Margarette Cole our sister by p'dence being maried to a brother of Watertown named Dow was dismissed to y't Church 1643." The wedding was not at Watertown.

Thus is recorded the birth of Joseph Dow, first Dow ever born in America, whose posterity is the most numerous; also the death of his older brother; the death of his mother at 33, twice a wife, five times a mother; the birth of two new children, following his father's speedy remarriage. We must not accuse Henry of indelicacy. In primitive New England life for a man without a wife's help was hard indeed; for a woman without help from a husband harder yet; for children without both parents almost unsupportable. Margaret Cole had known Henry Dow in Ormsby, had come to America in 1639 with the Metcalfe family and had settled in Dedham. She was indentured, just as Ann Manning had been, and was younger than Henry Dow. In First Church Dedham:
"Margaret Coole, a maid servant, giving good satisfaction to ye church . was received in ye 3rd month of this yeare, 1639." Others from Ormsby . were admitted about the same time. Margaret survived her husband by 16 years; m 2nd (Martgrit Dow) Aug. 23, 1661, Richard Kimball of
Ipswich. He was of Watertown 1641 to 1644 and came then to know the Dows.

In 1644 the time was ripe to move. Henry sold out all his lands and started overland for Hampton, New Hampshire. In that town is an entry: June 16, 1640, "grant of a house lot to Henry Dow, if he come." Evidently he had thought then of moving. But, he had become an astute land speculator. In 1644 be got enough for his Watertown property to buy treble the property offered as a gift. In 1644 he bought his house lot from John Sanders, freeman, of Ipswich. In 1649 Henry bought the homestead of William Wakefield. It was from this latter plot that Henry set off 10 acres for Thomas Nudd, his stepson, as his home. He bought a house already built from John Sanborn. The original Sanders purchase was on the road from Hampton village to Hampton Beach, about 11 miles from the ocean. In the part of the town now known as Boars Head was the Oxe Common, land where the share holders pastured. The Cow Common was divided in 1645 into 147 shares and allotted to proprietors of house lots, Henry Dow receiving 3 shares by virtue of proportionate lot owning. The homestead remained long in the family, sold by Olive Dow, unmarried, of the 6th generation.

The fates were much kinder in Hampton than in Watertown. Henry was there a man of influence, his merits known. Of course, currency was scarce to all alike and it was wholly in the usual conduct of business that Henry in 1650 binds himself to pay a debt in good merchantable wheat. He was selectman in 1651, Deputy to the General Court of Massachusetts 1655-6. He traded briskly in real estate at all times. In 1650 he sells to Manuel Hiliard a 10 acre house lot and 3 acres of salt marsh for money. He signs his name this year as Doue. Feb 16, 1659, he made provision for his oldest son: a house and barn bought from Thomas Sleeper, 100 rods of adjoining land, a share of the oxe common, the share of the cow common bought from Thomas Sleeper, also 6 acres of planting ground in the east field. He was appointed with two others to examine the land grants and highways, but died before this was completed, Apr 21, 1659. He was one of the dozen men of Hampton always styled "gentleman" and as "Mr."1 He was baptized on 6 October 1605 at Runham, Norfolk, England.2,3 He married Joan unknown at Ormesby, Norfolk, England, on 6 February 1630/31.4,5,3 Henry Dow immigrated in 1637 to Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts.6 He lived after 1637 at Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts.7 He married Margaret Cole at Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts, circa 1641.8,5,3 Henry Dow lived in 1644 at Hampton, Rockingham, New Hampshire.3 He left a will on 16 April 1659 at Hampton, Rockingham, New Hampshire, Ten years prior to making his last will and testament, Henry Dow filed the following, now in Probate Court at Exeter: "Upon a promise made unto my former wife that if I were the longer liver I would make him as my own sonne, he now being grown to man's estate, I doe now and freely give and grant unto Thomas Nudd, my sonne in law to him and his heirs a parcell of lande out of my house lott, containing 10 acres be it more or lesse, etc." Henry called Thomas his son-in-law, but he was actually his stepson by his first wife Joan Nudd.

The original of Henry's will is on file in Salem, Mass. It reads:

The last Will and testament of Henry Dowe of Hampton, being sick and weake of body but sound of understanding and memorie:

Item: I give and bequethe to Margerite my loveing wyfe my house lott being by estimation tenn acres more or lesse and six acres of fresh meadow at the springs, and one share of the cowes Common, three of my cowe and the dwelling house uppon the aforesaid, and my household stuff, excepting what shall be otherways disposed of:

Item: I give and bequethe unto my Sonne Henry Dowe all the planting ground that is in my hands in the East Field, and my seventeen acres of Salt marsh, and one share of the Cowe commons, and one share of the Oxe Common and all my cattell excepting the three Coess abovesaid.

Item: to my Sonne Henry one feather bed wch hee useth to lie uppon and all the bed clothes thereunto belonging and the middlemost iron pott, and I do by these presents make and appoint my Sonne

Henry my sole executor to this my last will and testament. .

Item: I do give and bequeath unto my Sonne Joseph the sum of thirty pounds to be paid when he shall arrive to the age of twenty and one years.

Item: I doe give and bequeath unto my Sonne Daniell and to my daughters Mary and Hannah five pounds apiece to be paid to them when they arrive to their ages of twenty and one years.

Item: I give unto my Sonne Thomas and to my Sonne Jeremei five pounds apeece to be paid to them att the age of one and twenty years, and after my wyfes decease, the house and house lott and six acres of meadow to returne into the hands of my executor. In case that he please to resigne up the house and fifty rods of ground which was sometimes possessed by Thomas Sleeper into the hands of my Sonne Joseph, and to pay unto my five youngest children abovesaid five and twenty pounds, that is to say, five pounds apeece to be payd, five pounds to the Eldest the yeare after my wyfes decease, and so five pounds a yeare to the younger untill the summe of five pounds be payd to the youngest; and still with this proviso, that in case my Sonne Henry bee not willing to leave the place where Thomas Sleeper lived and take the land aforesaid after my wyfes decease upon the condicons above named, then the said house and house lott with the six acres of meadow are to return to my Sonne Joseph, who upon the taking possession is to undertake for the paying of the twenty five pounds above s'd to my five youngest children according to the terms mentioned.

Item: I give unto my wyfe two of the best of my swine, and so much of the corne in the house as may maintaine hir and my Children untill harvest, and the corn till harvest to bee twenty bushells.

To this my last will and testament I set my hand and Seale ye 16th 2nd mo 1659.

Signed: Henry Dowe with his seale to it. Witnessed by Robert X Page (his mark) and Sam: Dalton


The estate was carefully administered, as was customary in those days, and the appraisal made by three disinterested experts. Some of the valuations now seem very high, some very low. Salt marsh, for its hay very easy to cut, was the most valuable land and its abundance was the primary cause of choosing Hampton for settlement. On the invention of the mowing machine, salt marsh fell in a year from very high prices to almost nothing

The estate was inventoried 19 May 1659 by Robert Page, William M Godfrey and Henry Roby. It totaled 193 English Pounds, 4 Pence and 6 Shilling with most of the value being in land and real estate.

Today that amount would be worth $32, 055.9 Henry died on 21 April 1659 at Hampton, Rockingham, New Hampshire, at age 53.10

Family 1

Joan unknown b. c 1607, d. Jun 1640
Children

Family 2

Margaret Cole d. 1675
Children

Citations

  1. [S16] Robert Piercy Dow, Book of Dow, 27-31.
  2. [S16] Robert Piercy Dow, Book of Dow, 26.
  3. [S336] "Register", 142:257.
  4. [S16] Robert Piercy Dow, Book of Dow, 27.
  5. [S35] Clarence Almon Torrey, 228.
  6. [S1049] Robert Charles Anderson, Great Migration Directory, 97.
  7. [S16] Robert Piercy Dow, Book of Dow, 29.
  8. [S16] Robert Piercy Dow, Book of Dow, 30.
  9. [S16] Robert Piercy Dow, Book of Dow, 32-34.
  10. [S16] Robert Piercy Dow, Book of Dow, 31.

Joan unknown1,2

F, b. circa 1607, d. June 1640
ChartsThelma L. Gray Pedigree Chart
ImmigrantY
     Joan was born at England circa 1607.3 As of say 1630,her married name was unknown.2 She married Roger Nudd say 1630 at Ormesby, Norfolk, England.2 She married Henry Dow at Ormesby, Norfolk, England, on 6 February 1630/31.4,1,2 As of 6 February 1630/31,her married name was Dow.4,2 Joan unknown immigrated in April 1637 to Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts.5 Joan died in June 1640 at Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts.6 She was buried on 20 June 1640 at Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts.5,7

Family 1

Roger Nudd d. b 24 Dec 1630

Family 2

Henry Dow b. 6 Oct 1605, d. 21 Apr 1659
Children

Citations

  1. [S35] Clarence Almon Torrey, 228.
  2. [S336] "Register", 142:257.
  3. [S16] Robert Piercy Dow, Book of Dow, 28; she was the widow of Roger Nudd & had one child by him.
  4. [S16] Robert Piercy Dow, Book of Dow, 27.
  5. [S16] Robert Piercy Dow, Book of Dow, 28.
  6. [S16] Robert Piercy Dow, Book of Dow, 30.
  7. [S142] Watertown, Massachusetts, Records 1 , 1:8:13.

Thomas Dow

M, b. 28 April 1653, d. 12 July 1728
Father*Henry Dow b. 6 Oct 1605, d. 21 Apr 1659
Mother*Margaret Cole d. 1675
ChartsRoger C. Wood Pedigree Chart
     Thomas Dow, Ye Wheelwright of Ipswich, was a prolific ancestor equal to his half brother Joseph. The two have a much larger posterity than all other Dows of eight families combined. The brothers differed much, Henry was a public character always, Joseph devoted his best self to his religious association. Daniel did nothing. Thomas built his life closely around his home and his business, avoiding publicity either civil or church. He was a soldier when required, publicly unknown otherwise, except as occasionally surveyor of highways and for ten years Tything man. He went to church, as did everyone; no one could afford stay away. He and Jeremiah had seats together in the new meeting house in 1710. Ipswich commons were divided 1693, the share of Thomas being 6 acres. He was a keen judge of real estate and a successful speculator. His name appears often as witness to deeds and to wills. Of children, he lost but 2, and many grandchildren were maintained under his roof.

Thomas is noted in all the genealogical compendiums, his career known, yet almost no one has noted the discrepancies in his vital statistics. Hoyt, Old Families, noted but offered no correction. Hampton is clear that he was b Apr 28, 1653. Savage Genealogical Dictionary. gives him married 1663. Original entry of marriage has not been found. Hall Genealogy gives 1675; N.E. Gen. Reg.(vol 6, p 250) 1673. The actual date was prior to June 1668. It may be noted that in the list of children of Henry Dow, there is a gap of nearly ten years. Herein is the error. The date is not wrong by a single figure; it could not be 1643, for instance. Men of his time married mostly when 21 to 24. He was born soon after 1644. The name of his 1st wife is given as Wall as frequently as Hall. James Hall of Hampton m 2nd widow Mary Tuck, daughter of James Philbrick. His homestead adjoined the Tuck lot to the north and that of Thomas Webster, subsequently sold to Oliver Towle. His farm was west of Robert Page's, north of Taylor's River. He d Oct 3, 1659, leaving 4 daughter,--Mary m John Marston, Elizabeth m Thomas Harvey, Hannah m Benjamin Moulton, Sarah m Thomas Dow. In Exeter Registry of Deeds: Tho Harvey wife Elizabeth and Sarah Wall, sister of said Elizabeth, convey land in Hampton Aug 20, 1663. Acknowledged by Sarah Wall, now wife of Thomas Dow June 25, 1668, Another: Apr 3, 1669; Tho. Harvey & wife Elizabeth, daughter of said James Wall, and by Sarah Wall, ye present wife of Tho. Dow. Savage's error lies clearly in taking the date of the deed, not its acknowledgment. These acknowledgments were when Sarah came of age, this was 1668, she having been married previously.

No doubt, they lived in Ipswich from the first. When Sarah died is certain. Ipswich earliest rec are almost nil. Early Inhabitants Ipswich gives Feb 14, 1680. Hoyt, Old Families, Feb 7, 1680-1, and Hoyt is as careful as anyone. No authority is quoted. There was only one child. Thomas m 2nd in 1684, name of bride being Susannah. This is only known from the mention in his will. Her identity is the subject, many queries for over 30 years in the genealogical periodicals. If record is extant, which is more than doubtful, it is too garbled for recognition .

He enlisted, in Capt Samuel Appleton's company, for the Narragansett war; in camp when it burned, losing his belongings. For this he was indemnified in £2-10-0, paid May 1676, or over a year later. For the attack on the swamp fort he was in the center of the line. He charged with rest but fell with a bullet through the knee. The fort was carried. and 20 others were taken by boat to Road Island to recuperate. after he was always lame but it was not until Apr 1684 that he fied al petition to be excused from drill on this account.

Thomas was impressed with the conviction that land of his choosing was the best form of property for his posterity. For many years he traded actively in Ipswich, often together with Jeremiah, a less venturesome speculator, but more often alone. Not only Ipswich town lots, farms, water front, shares in new tracts, anything promising. A farm in Rowley is notable, for when he sold it he reserved the right to cut firewood for his own and children's lifetime. This incident served to locate son John, genealogically missing, who availed himself of the privilege 1729. In 1715 the proprietors of a large tract in Windham Co, Conn., advertised very low prices for bona fide settlers, with long credit. It is probable that Thomas himself visited the place, which became the home of three of his sons..

He d July 12, 1728, and his will was l probated 13 days later. It had been made Nov 15, 1720, and provided for wife Susannah, who had d Aug 29,1724. Most of the property had been distributed as land before he died. The whole property was worth about £4,000 ($716,560 in 2009 dollars.) Sister Mary was to be maintained . for life. Daughter Hannah was to have the household goods, but she married and moved away 7 years previously. Legacies of £50 in com cattle were made payable 1, 3, 5, and 7 years later to John, Ebenezer, Thomas and Jeremiah. John received a special legacy of 10 pounds payable in 10 years. Ephraim was executor and residuary legatee.

A crown act resulted unexpectedly to Ephraim's benefit. In 1730 grants of land were made, after many years delay, to veterans of King Philip's War, or their heirs. Five or six such tracts were granted , as more and more claimants were proved. The allotment for Thomas Dow was in what is now Buxton, Maine. Ephraim Dow proved his claim and in 1735 the land was in the name of Nathan Simonds. Probably Ephraim sold it without ever seeing it.1 Thomas was born at Hampton, Rockingham, New Hampshire, on 28 April 1653.2,3 He married Sarah unknown at Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, on 25 June 1668. Dow Family neither gives Sarah a surname, nor does it state a marriage date..4,5,3 He married Susannah Hill, daughter of John Hill and Miriam Gardner, at Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, circa 1684.5,3 Thomas died on 12 July 1728 at Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, at age 75. He was 76 years old..5,6 Thomas's will was probated at Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, on 25 July 1728.5

Family 1

Sarah unknown d. 14 Feb 1680
Child

Family 2

Susannah Hill b. 31 Jul 1660, d. 29 Aug 1724
Children

Citations

  1. [S16] Robert Piercy Dow, Book of Dow, 395-397.
  2. [S16] Robert Piercy Dow, Book of Dow, 31, 395.
  3. [S336] "Register", 142:258.
  4. [S35] Clarence Almon Torrey, 228.
  5. [S16] Robert Piercy Dow, Book of Dow, 396.
  6. [S373] Vital Records of Ipswich, MA (published), 2:545.

Susannah Hill1

F, b. 31 July 1660, d. 29 August 1724
Father*John Hill2,3 d. bt 29 Jul 1680 - 20 Nov 1680
Mother*Miriam Gardner3 b. c 1635, d. bt 31 Jul 1660 - 26 Aug 1664
ChartsRoger C. Wood Pedigree Chart
     Susannah was born at Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, on 31 July 1660.4,3 She married Thomas Dow, son of Henry Dow and Margaret Cole, at Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, circa 1684.4,1 As of circa 1684,her married name was Dow.4,1 Susannah died on 29 August 1724 at Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, at age 64.4,5

Family

Thomas Dow b. 28 Apr 1653, d. 12 Jul 1728
Children

Citations

  1. [S336] "Register", 142:258.
  2. [S694] Ancestry.com, online http://ancestry.com,

    Probate Records 1638-1691; Author: Massachusetts. Probate Court (Essex County); Probate Place: Essex, Massachusetts
    Source Information

    Ancestry.com. Massachusetts, Wills and Probate Records, 1635-1991 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015.

    Original data: Massachusetts County, District and Probate Courts.
  3. [S508] Salem Mass., Vital Records (published), 1:433.
  4. [S16] Robert Piercy Dow, Book of Dow, 396.
  5. [S373] Vital Records of Ipswich, MA (published), 2:545.