Who were the parents of Henry Woodward of Northampton, Mass.?

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The profile of Henry Woodward, who died in 1685 at Northampton, Massachusetts, currently shows that he was baptized in 1607 in Much Worton, Lancashire, England, son of Thomas and Elizabeth (Tyson) Woodward, with a royal ancestry.  This lineage is common on the internet, but I can't find any reputable (or even published) source that backs it up.  

An example of this alleged royal lineage is here: http://our-royal-titled-noble-and-commoner-ancestors.com/p1152.htm#i34602

Henry is not recognized as a gateway ancestor by the prominent medieval genealogist Douglas Richardson.

On the other hand, a recent Woodward genealogy states that Henry was baptized in 1611 at Childwall, Lancashire, son of John Woodward of Childwall.  See Thomas Steadman, Descendants of Richard, Nathaniel, Robert and Henry Woodward of New England, 2nd ed.  (Tampa, Florida, 1986), p. 575.  This book is online at familysearch: https://familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=654549&disp=Descendants+of+Richard%2C+Nathaniel%2C+R

Which one is right?  If there isn't any evidence for either one, I am inclined to detach the parents of Henry without a replacement, while expanding the "Disputed Parents" paragraph on his profile.

WikiTree profile: Henry Woodward
in Genealogy Help by J S G2G6 Mach 9 (95.3k points)

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Prominent Medievil Geneologist,Douglas Richards,ask him where proof

of his research is.I see no evidence of either names in records. Were they there,

could be.I had a person ,found 5 people with same name in the same village.They

were likely all cousins in different lines of the family.Unless he has will evidence i

would take it with a grain of salt.And often Prominent Geneologist argue between

themselves,who is right.In a lot of cases,you could be right.
by Wayne Morgan G2G6 Pilot (916k points)
Perhaps I should clarify -- Richardson doesn't mention the Woodward lineage in his well-sourced books on the royal and Magna Carta ancestry of 17th-century immigrants to the American colonies.  As Richardson's goal was to include all known proven royal ancestries of 17th-century immigrants (incorporating the research of many others), the inference here is that there is no known royal lineage for the Woodward family.

Richardson's work, by the way, is the guiding light of the Magna Carta project here at WikiTree -- if a Magna Carta lineage of a colonial immigrant isn't in Richardson, then we need strong evidence to include it here.

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