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Frederick Clifton Pierce on Woodbury (1898)

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Peter Woodbury (1640-1704)
Abigail Batchelder (1643-bef.1667)
John Woodbury (abt.1579-aft.1641)</br />

Frederick Clifton Pierce, Batchelder, Batcheller Genealogy ... (Chicago, W.B. Conkey company, 1898), 348-349 (#17, iii. Abigail Bachelor); digital images, Hathi Trust.

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John and Agnes, the emigrants who came from Somersetshire, Eng. and landed at Gloucester, Mass. in 1624; settled at Salem 1628. William brother of John, came over with Endicott in 1628, and settled at Salem; married Elizabeth Patch, of Petherton, Eng. Both brothers had quite a no. of children. Some of both families were born and baptized in England; it is thought all the Woodburys in this country sprang from these brothers. In 1630 both families moved to Beverly. Wm. settled on the seashore at what is now called Woodbury Point, built a garrison house which stood until 50 years ago. John Conant surveyed 1,000 acres at the head of Bass river. The General Court gave him a grant of 200 acres from this tract on which he settled. In the history of Beverly it is stated that John was a member of the General Court in 1635, and again in 1638. It is stated that he died in 1641. His age is not given, but probably about 85 years. He was called "Father Woodbury," a title it is thought might have been given him as one on whom many leaned for counsel and advice. He was regarded as standing next to Conant in intelligence and usefulness to the colony. His descendants are numerous, and many still live around the spot that witnessed his trials.

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