Henry Woodward1

#2118, (1607 - 7 April 1683)
Relationship7th great-grandfather of William David Lewis


Elizabeth Mather b. s 1620, d. 1690
Children 1.Freedom Woodward+3 (c 1642 - 1681)
 2.Thankful Woodward+3,14,15 (1644/45 - )
 3.Experience Woodward+16 (c 1646 - 1686)
 4.John Woodward17 (s 1647 - )
He was "licensed to keep ordinary and sell wines and liquors," as reputable then as any other business, each year for several years successively (1665-81), during which time he regularly"entertained the court" which sat each year in Northampton.2 
Henry Woodward was also known as Dr.3 
Elizabeth is reported as a Mather, unsourced. Savage says that Henry Woodward "came, says Clapp, in his careful Hist. of Dorchester, p. 141, in the James, Capt. Taylor, in the summer of 1635, with Richard Mather, and he calls him a physician."
Trumbull gives an account of the Woodward removal to Northampton that adds some circumstantial evidence.
Banks has Richard Mather and Henry Woodward both sailing on the James.3,4,1 
Birth*1607He was born in 1607 at Lancashire, EnglandG.5,1 
1635He migrated to Massachusetts BayG on the James in 1635.6,7,1 
Marriage*4 September 1638He married Elizabeth Mather, daughter of Thomas Mather and Margarite Abrahms, on 4 September 1638 at Dorchester, Massachusetts Bay.8 
1639He lived in 1639 at Dorchester, Massachusetts.3 
between 1659 and 1661He and Elizabeth Mather removed to Northampton, Massachusetts, between 1659 and 1661.3,9,10 
19 February 1660/61He received a land grant of 46 acres on 19 February 1660/61 at Massachusetts.11,12 
Death*7 April 1683He died on 7 April 1683 at Massachusetts.13,7 
ChartsAncestors of William D. Lewis


  1. [S1703] Charles Edward Banks, Topographical Dictionary of 2885 English Emigrants to New England, 1620-1650, edited by Elijah Ellsworth Brownell (Philadelphia: The Bertram Press for E. E. Brownell, 1937), pp. 87-89, Emigrants from Lancashire. Henry and John Woodward, on the James, from Gt. Woolton [Much Woolton] Parish, settled in Dorchester, citing Banks mss. Also named among the forty-three emigrants from Lancashire: Rev. Richard Mather of Toxteth (on the James) and Henry Cuncliffe (no ship given). Trumbull, in History of Northampton, names Hnery Woodward and Henry Cuncliffe, along with William Clarke, as the "three men of Dorchester" who came to Nothampton from Dorchester in 1659-1661 with Eleazer Mather, son of Rev. Richard Mather (poss. brother or father or uncle of Hnery Woodward's wife).
  2. [S1023] Benjamin W. Dwight, History of the Descendants of Elder John Strong of Northampton, Mass. Vol. I, (Albany, N.Y.: Joel Munsell, 1871), I:766. Hereinafter cited as Elder John Strong I.
  3. [S165] James Savage, A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England, four volumes (Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1860-1862), 4:644.
  4. [S1024] James Russell Trumbull, History of Northampton Massachusetts From Its Settlement in 1654 (Northampton: Gazette Printing Co., 1898, 1902), two volumes, I:105, 117.
  5. [S1023] Benjamin W. Dwight, Elder John Strong I, I:766, "He came from Much Worton, Lancashire, Eng."
  6. [S1019] Ebenezer Jr. Clapp, History of the Town of Dorchester Massachusetts (Boston: Dorchester Antiquarian and Historical Society, 1859), reprinted Salem, MA: Higginson Book Company, pp. 101-102.
  7. [S1023] Benjamin W. Dwight, Elder John Strong I, I:766, "killed by lightning at the upper corn mill," April 7, 1683.
  8. [S183] Clarence Almon Torrey, New England Marriages Prior to 1700 (GPC) (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2004), p. 839. Henry Woodward (?1607- ) and Elizabeth [Mather?] ( -1690), citing birth of child in 1642; of Dorchester, Northampton and Deerfield. Online Ancestry.com.
  9. [S1019] Ebenezer Jr. Clapp, History of Dorchester, 192: "The 18th of June, of this year [1661], Mr. Eleazer Mather, son of the pastor of this church, was ordained minister of Northampton ; and Dea. Edward Clap, Mr. Peletiah Glover and Thomas Tileston were chosen as messengers from the church to attend the ordination—a journey of nearly as much importance as would now be one to New Orleans, and much more dangerous. Several persons removed from this town to Northampton, and formed the church there; among them, William Clarke and Sarah his wife, Henry Woodward and Elizabeth his wife, and Henry Cunliffe and his wife Susanna."
  10. [S1270] George H. Ellis, compiler, Records of the First Church at Dorchester in New England 1636–1734 (Boston: George H. Ellis, 1891), p. 38, 28 Feb 1661, "was dismissed Mr Eliazer Mather William Clark Henery Cunlife & Henery Woodward for to Joyne with sume other for the gathering of a Church at Northampton."
  11. [S1020] Provo, UT and Oxford, MA, Massachusetts Town and Vital Records: Northampton 1620/1650–1893/1988, unknown repository, unknown repository address, Proprietors records (original script), img. 175/372. Hereinafter cited as Mass. Town and Vital Records: Northampton.
  12. [S1024] James Russell Trumbull, History of Northampton, I:80: "On the first of June, the selectmen were empowered "to giue forth to Dorchester men the land that they mee bee inhabytantes in this Towne, vizt : William Clarke Henry Woodward and Henry Cunleife." The name of William Clarke is appended to the original petition, indicating that at that time he intended to come with the rest, still it may have been through the personal solicitation of Mr. Mather that he reached a final decision. About one hundred acres in Manhan meadow were granted to these men in 1659, in addition to their home lots. Their meadow land was located very near that "bequeathed" by Mr. Mather."
  13. [S1020] Provo, UT and Oxford, MA, Mass. Town and Vital Records: Northampton: Births, Marriages and Deaths, p. 136, img. 514/2680: "Henry Woodward was killed at the Corn Mill April 7, 1683."
  14. [S1708] Mary Walton Ferris, Dawes-Gates Ancestral Lines (Milwaukee, Wisconsin: privately printed, 1943), II:848. Thankful, dau. of Henry Woodward and Elizabeth, "b. probably about 1644." With her son John Taylor in 1724 at Norwalk CT.
  15. [S520] VWH, On the same day, 18 Nov 1662, Thankful Woodward marr. John Taylor Jr. and Freedom Woodward marr. Jedidiah Strong, in Northampton.
  16. [S1021] George Norbury Mackenzie, editor, Colonial Families of the United States of America, Seven Volumes (New York and Boston: The Grafton Press, 1907 et al), II:578: "Medad Pomeroy, of Northampton, Mass., d. 30th Dec. 1716; was for many years town clerk, deacon and member of the General Assembly, 1677, '83, '84, '86, '90, '92. m. (firstly) 21st Nov. 1661, Experience Woodward, d. 8th June, 1686, dau. of Henry Woodward"; 579 lists children.
  17. [S1022] Ernest Flagg, Genealogical Notes on the Founding of New England (Hartford, Conn.: Case, Lockwood & Brainard, 1926), reprinted Baltimore: Clearfield Co., 1990, online Ancestry.com, 210.