Edward  Woodman Sr

Edward Woodman Sr (bef. 1606 - bef. 1692)

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Edward Woodman Sr
Born before in Corsham, Wiltshire, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married in Malford, Wiltshire, Englandmap
Husband of — married in Englandmap
Descendants descendants
Died before in Newbury, Essex, Massachusettsmap
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Categories: Puritan Great Migration | Pequot War of 1637 | Newbury, Massachusetts | First Burying Ground, Newbury, Massachusetts.

The Puritan Great Migration.
Edward Woodman Sr migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640).
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[Note: Unable to find source for his wife Joanna's LNAB. GM lists her as unknown. Torrey lists ?Salway or? Bartel in NE Marriages, which has many errors. Her LNAB should be unknown]

[Note: RE: parents on this profile, his father's name was Edward. No mother listed on baptismal record. NEHGR: 97: 1943:p. 285 suggests/presumes mother is Collet Mallet = full name. Don't know where Olive comes from.]



Edward Woodman, the son of Edward, was baptized Dec. 27, 1606 at Corsham, Wiltshire, England. (pp. 516-522)[1]

He married Joanna ___ by 1628 and they came to New England from Christian Malford, Wiltshire about 1635, and together with Archelaus, his younger half brother, settled in Newbury, MA. Archelaus came from England in the ship James, (p. 512)[1]the name of the ship which brought Edward is unknown. (p. 109-110)[2]

Edward Woodman was one of the ninety one grantees who settled Newbury and one of fifteen of that number who was entitled to be called "Mr". [3]

He was a husbandman as well as serving many offices in Newbury. He served as executive officer or selectman from the beginnings of Newbury and for several years hence. He owned extensive lands including a house lot with 4 acres, a house lot with 1 acre, 45 acres field and upland meadow, 20 acres of salt marsh, a 4 acre planting lot, as well as several other parcels of upland, salt and fresh marsh and meadow. These additional parcels ranged from a few acres, to 300 and 500 acre parcels. [1]

  • c1635: Admitted to the Church at Newbury. [1]
  • 1636: May 25: Made a Freeman. [1]
  • 1636/7: One of the first executive officers ie. selectmen of Newbury. [4]
  • 1637: 38: 41: 42: 45: 46: 49: Re-elected Selectman. These men were elected quarterly and Edward may have served in such position for other terms than noted, as the same group of men are noted as voting town issues.[4]
  • 1638: Aug. 6: Edward and other executive officers of Newbury adopted the 1635 ruling of the General Court, regarding building of houses without permission in any town. [4]
  • 1637: April: Lieutenant in a company sent against the Pequots. (p. 258)[5]
  • 1645: 46: 50-53: 56: 58: 60: 62-64: 71: 83: Commissioner at Newbury to end small causes. [1] [4]
  • 1637/:8: March 12: to 1644: Edward appointed by the General Court to be allowed to sell wine and strong waters at Newbury. [4]
  • 1645/6: Jan. 2: Edward and others on a committee to settle the placement of the meeting house on a Knoll near Abraham Toppans barn. [4]
  • 1647: Sept: 28: Assigned as jury man for the Essex 'petit jury.' [1] [4]
  • 1652: Nov. 29: On the committee to have a school house built and pay a schoolmaster. [1]
  • 1656: May 5: On the committee to meet with men of Rowley and Ipswich for the division of Plum Island. [1]
  • 1658: 59: Newbury commissioner to solemnize marriages. [1]
  • 1659: 60: 64: 70: Deputy for Newbury to the Massachusetts Bay General Court. [1] [4]
  • 1660: Oct. 16: Formally granted a lot of 300 acres between the Rowley and Newbury line, which he had apparently held for some twenty years. [1]
  • 1665: May 23: Appointed to the committee on the boundary between Hampton and Salisbury. [1] [4]
  • 1655: Nov. 13: On the committee to regulate workmen's wages. [1]
  • 1662: 63: Essex magistrate. [1]
  • 1663: Apr. 14: Again on a committee regarding the boundary between Hampton and Salisbury. [1]
  • 1669: 70: 71: He with others, opposed via petition to the Courts, the attempt made by the Rev. Thomas Parker to change the mode of church government from Congregationalism to something like Presbyterianism.[1] (p. 109-110)[6]
  • 1665: 1676: Edward or his son Edward Jr., assigned as jury man for the Essex 'petit jury.[1]
  • 1677: Sept. 25: Edward or his son Edward Jr., assigned to the Grand Jury. [1]
  • 1681: March 25: He conveyed his dwelling house, barns, pastures, orchards etc. to his son Jonathan in return for maintenance of Edward and wife Joanna during their natural lives. [1][6]

Edward died between August 1688, when he appears on the tax rolls for Newbury and July 3, 1692, when his son Jonathan sold land of his late father. [1]

His memorial is in the First Burying Ground, Newbury, MA and the inscription reads: In memory of MR. EDWARD WOODMAN who came from England and settled in Newbury in 1635. "A man of talents, influence, firmness and decision." He served faithfully for many years as Selectman Deputy to the General Court and Commissioner. He died about 1690.[7] [8]


  1. Edward born about 1628; married Mary Goodridge on Dec. 20, 1653 at Newbury.[1][9]
  2. John born about 1630; married first on July 15, 1656, Mary Field [9]; married second on Oct. 17, 1700 at Dover, widow Sarah (Burnham) Huckins. [1]
  3. Jane, likely their daughter, buried at Corsham Wiltshire July 4, 1633. [1]
  4. Joshua born about 1637; died on May 30, 1703; married Elizabeth Stevens at Andover of Jan. 22, 1665. [1] [10]
  5. Mary born about 1639; married John Brown, Feb. 20, 1659. [1])[9]
  6. Sarah born Jan. 12, 1641; married John Kent Jr. March 13, 1665.[1] [9]
  7. Jonathan born on Nov. 5, 1643; married Hannah Hilton on July 2, 1668. [1] [9]
  8. Ruth born March 28, 1646; married Benjamin Lowle on Oct. 17, 1666. [1] [9]

Source notes

England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975

Edward Woodman Christening Date: 27 Dec. 1606 CORSHAM, WILTSHIRE, ENGLAND Father: Edward Woodman [11]

Newbury Births Children: WOODMAN

Jonathan, s. Edward, Nov. 5, ––––. (p. 554)
Mary, d. Edward, Sept. 29, 1654. [Oct. 10. CTR] (p. 554)
Ruth, d. Edward, Mar. 28, 1646. (p. 555)

Newbury Marriages

Woodman: Edward, and Mary Goodridge, Dec. 20, 1653. (p. 520)
Woodman: John, and Mary Feild, July 15, 1656. (p. 521)
Woodman, Jonathan, and Hannah Hilton, July 2, 1668. (p. 521)
Woodman, Mary, and John Browne, Feb. 20, 1659. (p. 522)
Woodman, Ruth, and Benjamin Lowle, Oct. 17, 1666. (p. 523)
Woodman, Sara, and John Kent, jr., Mar. 13, 1665. (p. 523)[9]

Andover Marriages

Woodman, Joshua, and Elizabeth Stevens, Jan. 22, 1665. (p. 354)


New England Marriages WOODMAN, Edward (1606-1688+, 1692?) & Joanna [SALWAY?]/BARTELL? (?1614-1688+); ( Vol. 3: p. 1716)[12]

Entered by Chris Hoyt.


  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 1.18 1.19 1.20 1.21 1.22 1.23 1.24 1.25 1.26 1.27 1.28 Great Migration 1634-1635, T-Y. (Online database. AmericanAncestors.org. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2012.) Originally published as: The Great Migration, Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635, Volume VII, T-Y, by Robert Charles Anderson. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2011.
  2. Genealogical and Family History of the State of Maine, Volume 1 By Henry Sweetser Burrage, Albert Roscoe Stubbs
  3. New England Families, Genealogical and Memorial: A Record of the Achievements of Her People in the Making of Commonwealths and the Founding of a Nation, Volume 2, by William Richard Cutter, Lewis Historical Publishing Co., 1913
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 4.8 History of Newbury, Mass., 1635-1902, Volume 1, by John James Currier, Damrell & Upham, Boston, MA, 1902
  5. Colonial Soldiers and Officers in New England, 1620-1775. (Online database: AmericanAncestors.org, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2013).
  6. 6.0 6.1 Genealogical and Family History of the State of Maine, Volume 1 By Henry Sweetser Burrage, Albert Roscoe Stubbs
  7. Find A Grave Memorial# 6880833
  8. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=pv&GRid=6880833&PIpi=108098998
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 9.6 Vital Records of Newbury Massachusetts to the End of the Year 1849, The Essex Institute, Salem, MA, 1911
  10. 10.0 10.1 Vital Records of Andover Massachusetts to the End of the Year 1849, Topsfield Historical Society, Topsfield, MA, 1912
  11. "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/N6SB-8FM
  12. New England Marriages Prior to 1700, by Clarence Almon Torrey, Genealogical Publishing Com, 1985

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  • This person was created through the import of Weaver.ged on 03 January 2011. The following data was included in the gedcom.
@N519@ NOTEThe town of Newbury, Mass., was settled and incorporated ia 1635. la that year came Mr. Edward Woodman, his wife Joanna, and Archelaus Woodman to Newbury, where they resided till their death. Archelaus came from a place called Christian Maiford, a parish in Wiltshire, in the North-west part of the County, about six miles from Malmesbury, the chief town of that part of the country. He came passenger in the ship James, of London, which sailed from Southampton for New England, in April, 1635. His name may be found in Vol. vii of the third series of the Mass. Historical Society's Collections, page 319. He is there called Hercules Woodman. A few weeks later than the James came the Abigail, bringing a Richard Woodman, only 9 years old. Whether Mr. Edward Woodman, who was probably brother to Archelaus Woodman, came in the James or Abigail, or some other vessel, no record informs us. Both of them came to Newbnry at the same time. Richard died in Lynn in 1647, aged 21. Archelaus, in 1635, is styled a "mercer." His first wife, Elizabeth, died 17th December, 1677. His second wife, Dorothy Chapman, whom he married 12th Nov., 1678, died in 1706. In the Newbury records he is styled Lieut., and died 14th Oct., 1702, aged about 90. He left no children. Of the ninety-one grantees who settled Newbury, fifteen were entitled to the appellation of "Mr." One of these fifteen was Mr. Edward Woodman. He was a man of influence, decision and energy, and opposed with great zeal the attempt made by the Rev. Thomas Parker to change the mode of Church government from Congregationalism to something like Presbytenanism. See history of Newbury under the-years 1663, T670, &c. Mr. Woodman was a deputy to the General Court, in 1636, 37, '39 and '43. In 1638,1641, 1645 and '46, he was one of the three Commissioners to end small causes in Newbary, and at various times held other offices of profit and trust in town and state. Among his other commissions he had: one from the State " to see people marry," of which in 1681 he thus speaks: an unprofitable commission ; I quickly laid aside the worke, which has cost me many a bottle of sacke and liquor, where friends and acquaintance have been concerned." He and his wife Joanna were living io February, 1687-8. She was then 74. He died prior to 1694; his age is not known.
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On 3 Apr 2016 at 08:21 GMT Renee Malloy wrote:

Workman-758 and Woodman-43 appear to represent the same person because: Same DOB, Same DOD almost, Same name, Same ?

On 2 Dec 2015 at 18:17 GMT Chris Hoyt wrote:

Do you have any sources for the children Archaleus, Rebecca and Judith. I have been unable to find any reference to those births. If not they should be disconnected form Edward Woodman Sr.

On 2 Dec 2015 at 18:13 GMT Chris Hoyt wrote:

Woodman-239 and Woodman-43 appear to represent the same person because: Woodman-239 has been reformatted and cleaned up, ready for merging.

On 2 Dec 2015 at 08:05 GMT Paul Bennett wrote:

Look into combining with Woodman-43

On 3 Mar 2014 at 13:49 GMT Chris Hoyt wrote:

FYI - Rebecca Woodman and Judith Woodman by dob, appear in sources as the children of Edward Woodman Jr and Mary Goodridge, the son. I cannot find children of these names for Edward Sr. I also cannot find any reference for a son Archelaus. Does anyone have any sources for these offspring for Edward Sr? Chris

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