||Thomas Woodford migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640). (See Great Migration Begins, by R. C. Anderson, Vol. 3, p. 2057)|
Join: Puritan Great Migration Project
Thomas was born by 1614, based on the date he became a freeman. His parents are unknown.
He immigrated from England to Massachusetts on the William and Francis in 1632. He settled first at Roxbury, Massachusetts, then removed to Hartford, Connecticut, 1636 and to Northampton, Massachusetts, in 1656.
He was admitted to the church in Roxbury, in 1632. "Thomas Woodforde, a man servant, he came to N. E. in the yeare. 1632. & was joined to the church about halfe a yeare after, he afterwards marryed mary Blott. & removed to Conecticott & joyned to the church at Hartford"
He became a Massachusetts freeman 4 Mar 1634/5.
By about 1636, Thomas married Mary Blott, daughter of Robert Blott.
“3 March 1640: An order concerning graves: It is ordered that Thomas Woodford shall attend the making of graves for any corpses deceased and that no corpses shall be laid less than four feet deep. None that are above four year old shall be laid less than five feet deep. None that be above ten shall be laid less than six feet deep. He shall receive for giving notice, by ringing the bell, making the grave, and keeping it in comely repair, so that it may be known in future time where such graves have been made: for the lesser sort two shillings and six pense, for the middle sort three shillings, for the biggest sort three shillings six pense.” (spelling modernized and punctuation added for readability) 
|Founders of Hartford Monument: South Face|
Thomas Woodford is one of the founders memorialized on the Founders of Hartford Monument in Hartford, Connecticut.
Thomas Woodford died 6 Mar 1666/7
Thomas made his will 26 April 1665. It was proved 26 Mar 1667. He left his entire estate to his three daughters, Mary, Hannah and Sara, mentioning that each also had children. Son Isaac Sheldon was named executor. An inventory valued at £197 19s 6d was taken 12 Mar 1666/7.
Children of Thomas Woodford and Mary Blott include:
A previous version of this profile claimed, without source, that he was the son of Joseph Woodford and Alice Upton. They have been detached pending citation of a reliable source for the claim.
Some researchers have identified Joseph Woodford as an additional child of Thomas Woodford and Mary Blott. The original source for this claim is unknown and Anderson does not list Joseph as one of their children.
Have you taken a DNA test? If so, login to add it. If not, see our friends at Ancestry DNA.
Thomas is 16 degrees from Katherine Swynford, 12 degrees from Renée Breau, 9 degrees from Jane Coles, 28 degrees from Gothfraid Of Lochlann, 27 degrees from Ocaan Ro, 13 degrees from Michele Sauvagie, 10 degrees from Catherine Strutt, 10 degrees from John Thorpe, 35 degrees from Charibert von Neustria, 19 degrees from Katharina von Pfannberg and 14 degrees from Betsy Ko on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.
W > Woodford > Thomas Woodford
Categories: William and Francis, 1632 | Founders of Hartford | Northampton, Massachusetts | Bridge Street Cemetery, Northampton, Massachusetts | Puritan Great Migration
I am reading the name "Edward" where I believe it should be "Thomas" in the first two lines following the picture of the monument and the note regarding Thomas' appointment as keeper of the graves.
edited by Edward Kuntz
I am rewriting this biography and will disconnect the parents. Objections to disconnecting?
Marriage in Roxbury not sourced.